With the Premier League finally drawing to a close this weekend, Sunday offers us an exciting day of fixtures from up and down the country. With it all still to play for in the relegation battle and the race for Europe, we have found a few helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for this weekend.
Sunday 26th July
BST 16:00 Arsenal vs Watford
Starting with Sunday’s hosts, back to their worst last time out and failing to build off what had been a stunning week, Arsenal are a side desperately seeking an immediate response. Hit with a shock 1-0 defeat away at relegation scrappers Aston Villa on Wednesday night and it confirmed that they will finish no higher than eighth this season, Mikel Arteta’s side will be desperate to refind a similar level that they set in the capital last week. Along with beating Manchester City 2-0 at Wembley to book their spot in the final of this year’s FA Cup, the Gunners also came from behind to pick up maximum points against newly-crowned champions Liverpool at the Emirates. Although Sunday’s hosts might have continued to show some glaring issues outside of North London this season, they will be glad to make a return to home soil this weekend. Including that shock victory against Liverpool last week, Arteta’s men are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League contests on home soil, winning six of those appearances. Looking to make a statement on Sunday, there is no doubt that Arsenal have the perfect opportunity. Completely blown away in what was a 4-0 drumming at the hands of Man City in midweek, Watford find themselves firmly at the heart of a crisis. With Villa snatching three points off of the Gunners earlier in the week, a managerless Hornets side find themselves sat back in the drop zone. Also still reeling from what could be a crucial 3-1 defeat away at West Ham last week, Sunday’s guests have now lost their last five top-flight away fixtures on the bounce.
Tip: Arsenal win @ 1/1
16:00 Crystal Palace vs Tottenham
Putting in what was a rampant display in North London last weekend, few would have expected Tottenham’s stellar end to the campaign. Picking up a 3-0 romp against Champions League chasers Leicester last time out, Spurs have managed to reignite their own European ambitions thanks to their recent purple patch. Continuing to build off of their derby day turnaround against Arsenal earlier in the month, Jose Mourinho’s side open Sunday’s contest sat just one-point adrift of breaking into the top-six. Since coming from behind to snatch a 2-1 win off of their bitter rivals, the former Manchester United boss has seen his side collect three Premier League wins on the bounce. Collecting 13 points over their last five appearances and bagging a trio of strikes in back-to-back outings, Mourinho will be hugely excited by Harry Kane’s individual end to the campaign. Once again bagging a brace against Leicester last weekend, the England skipper has recorded four goals in just his last two top-flight appearances. With Spurs bagging a 4-0 win when they faced off against Palace earlier in the season, Kane and co should be looking to make another statement on Sunday. Hit with a 2-0 loss away at Wolves in midweek, it has been nothing short of an abysmal end to the year for the Eagles. Now in the midst of a seven-match Premier League losing run and only an already relegated Norwich holding a worse return since the restart, Palace have also failed to bag a single goal in six of those seven appearances. It should also be noted that when the Spurs have won seven of their last eight meetings against their London rivals.
Tip: Tottenham to score over 1.5 goals & Harry Kane to score anytime @ 7/5
16:00 Manchester City vs Norwich City
Starting with Sunday’s hosts, while Manchester City might still be reeling from their FA Cup defeat at the hands of Arsenal last weekend, the now-former Premier League champions certainly bounced back in midweek. Completely blowing away relegation scrappers Watford on the road earlier in the week, Pep Guardiola’s side landed a 4-0 win at Vicarage Road and will be looking to make another statement on their top-flight farewell. With it looking like their defeat at Wembley was just another minor blip, the former Barcelona boss will be hugely excited by Raheem Sterling’s individual end to the campaign. Bagging yet another brace away at Watford on Wednesday evening, the England international has enjoyed a career-best campaign at the Etihad. Along with leaving the Amex with the match ball after recording a hat-trick in City’s 5-0 win away at Brighton, the 25-year-old has landed nine goals across all competitions since returning from the enforced break. Knowing that just one more strike will see him break the 20+ goal barrier, Sterling and co should be relishing Norwich’s arrival this weekend. Down to nine men before half-time in their 2-0 defeat at home against Burnley last time out, it has been an abysmal end to the year for Daniel Farke’s men. With an immediate Championship return secured with plenty of time to spare, Sunday’s guests have lost their last 10 matchups across all competitions. With that run highlighted by a 4-0 drumming against West Ham earlier in the month, it should be a long Premier League farewell for a downbeat Canaries.
Tip: Manchester City to score over 2.5 goals & Raheem Sterling to score anytime @ 23/20
Our Sunday Premier League Accumulator:
Arsenal vs Watford – Arsenal win @ 1/1
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham – Tottenham to score over 1.5 goals & Harry Kane to score anytime @ 7/5
Manchester City vs Norwich City – Manchester City to score over 2.5 goals & Raheem Sterling to score anytime @ 23/20
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