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Premier League Preview: Matchday 38

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 11 May 2018

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The Premier League concludes on Sunday afternoon with almost all matters solved though Chelsea will be hoping for Liverpool to slip up as they aim to beat the odds and secure Champions League qualification.

The Blues go into the round of games two points shy of Jurgen Klopp’s side, so they need to beat Newcastle United at St James’s Park and hope that the Reds lose at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.

A point would be enough for Jurgen Klopp’s men due to their far superior goal difference while they could also pip the Blues to qualification for Europe’s top competition if the beat Real Madrid in the final of this year’s tournament later month – regardless of who finishes higher.

Century

Manchester City will be looking to become the first side in Premier League history to reach a hundred points and will do so if they beat Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s men have scored over a hundred goals in the league already and Swansea City will hope that they can further boost that total by another six or seven as they look for a ten-goal turnaround to have any hope of survival.

The South Wales side take on already relegated Stoke City needing to score big themselves though with them averaging way less than a goal a game so far this season the odds are unsurprisingly stacked against them.

However, if you do fancy an outlandish final-day pun the Saints are priced at 100/1 to drop down to the Championship.

Comfort

Huddersfield Town secured their safety with a point against Chelsea on Wednesday evening and end their first Premier League campaign with the visit of Arsenal.

All eyes will be in the away dugout as Arsene Wenger oversees the final game in his twenty-two-year tenure as the North London club’s manager.

However, whatever the result the Gunners are guaranteed a sixth-place finish which will be their lowest since 1995.

West Ham United go in to the weekend in sixteenth place but following their goalless draw with Manchester United on Thursday could finish the season in the top ten though they would need to beat Everton and hope that other results fall in their favour.

Aiming high

Watford, Bournemoth and Crystal Palace also have their eyes on the top half of the table with all three currently tied on points with Newcastle.

The Hornets travel to Manchester United, who secured a second-place finish with that point at the London Stadium while Bournemouth travel to Europa League-bound Burnley and Palace host relegated West Bromwich Albion.

Finally, Tottenham Hotspur face Leicester City in their final league game at Wembley looking for the three points which would secure a third-straight top three finish.

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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