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Premier League Preview: Matchday 37

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 4 May 2018

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Matchday thirty-seven in the Premier League kicks off on Friday evening as Brighton and Hove Albion take on Manchester United.

Victory for the Seagulls will all but secure their Premier League status while a win for the Red Devils will see them tighten their grip on second place.

Should Jose Mourinho’s men get all three points, Liverpool would be unable to catch them while Tottenham Hotspur would need to win their remaining games and hope that United slip up massively.

Preoccupied

Liverpool, fresh from booking their place in the final of the Champions League face a tough trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon where the hosts will be desperate for the win as they look to keep alive their slim hopes of finishing in the top four.

The Blues go into the weekend five points shy of Spurs with both sides having three matches to play and are 10/1 to finish the season in the Champions League places.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men travel to bottom of the table West Bromwich Albion where nothing but a win for the Baggies will see them finally relegated though even victory might not be good enough should Swansea City beat Bournemouth.

Scrape

Stoke City could also go down this weekend, and they take on a Crystal Palace side who moved all the way up to eleventh place after thrashing Leicester City last time out.

Anything other than a win for Paul Lambert’s side will see them down unless Swansea lose while even that scenario will leave the Potters with an incredible mountain to climb thanks to their inferior goal difference.

Southampton can move out of the relegation zone if they beat Everton at Goodison Park and other results go their way while a draw would see them move above the dotted line if Swansea lose.

Huddersfield Town are far from safe and face a trip to champions Manchester City who will be in part mode with them set to receive the Premier League trophy after the game while West Ham United, who like the Terriers go into the weekend on thirty-five points are at Leicester.

Mid-table

The Foxes hopes of finishing the campaign in the top seven were well and truly ended at Selhurst Park though they could still leapfrog Everton into eighth.

Burnley have seventh spot all but wrapped up but can be absolutely sure of European qualification with a result against an Arsenal side who were knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday evening as they lost to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their semi-final tie.

The Clarets can move level on points with the Gunners with victory though they have played a game more.

Finally Watford, who aren’t quite safe themselves host a Newcastle United side who are looking to end the season strongly as they aim to finish just where they are – in the top half.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deke Hardman


Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.

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