Well first off, week 36 saw a miserable week for predictions as I managed just 1 correct result and 1 correct score. Where there were wins predicted there were draws and where draws looked a banker, the result at Selhurst Park for example was the most unlikeliest result of the season. Who would have thought Crystal Palace would have stuck five past Leicester City. West Brom seem to have left their great escape a bit too late after their win at Newcastle United. With fellow strugglers Southampton (32 points) and Swansea City (33) both with a game in hand, the drop does look inevitable for the Baggies.
The top end of the table saw wins for United, Spurs and Chelsea, whilst Liverpool were held to another home draw after Mo Salah showed he was human after all. It was the first game since Boxing Day that he hadn’t found the net. It would be interesting to see how things pan out as Liverpool travel to Chelsea on the Sunday afternoon. Liverpool will go in looking for a win that would secure their Champions League spot, whilst a draw would be enough to secure a top four spot. Should the Blues win and take maximum points in the remaining games, it will make it interesting going into the final round of the season. Tottenham travel to West Brom where it is likely that the hosts will be doomed to relegation. Should West Brom do anything else, then it could make things quite interesting,especially
- Arsenal 3-1. Burnley. Gunners give Wenger final home win
- Bournemouth. 1-1. Swansea. Swans hanging on by a thread
- Brighton. 0-3. Man Utd. United storm to south coast win
- Chelsea. 1-2. Liverpool. Another win over Chelsea for Klopp
- Everton. 2-2. Southampton. Saints struggling for survival
- Leicester City. 1-2. West Ham. Hammers safe again
- Man City. 3-0. Huddersfield. Can City ton up?
- Stoke City. 1-2. Crystal Palace. Palace send Stoke down
- Watford. 1-1. Newcastle Utd. Hornets and Magpies draw
- West Brom. 1-1. Tottenham Point not enough as Baggies down
So with the penultimate weekend, the Emirates sees Arsene Wenger’s final home game, the relegation battle is being eeked out and the battle for the remaining Champions League spots gets ever closer, so here’s how things should look this weekend.
Arsenal look certain to beat Burnley not only giving Wenger the final home game send off he deserves whilst securing sixth spot. In the chase for the Champions League, Liverpool face Chelsea as they travel to the Bridge and having qualified for the Champions League Final, they will look to secure their place in next seasons competition. The Red look certain to bounce back from the second leg defeat and beat their hosts. For Liverpool a win or draw will give them a top four finish, whilst a home win would make things a little interesting. I am though giving three points to Liverpool.
Spurs look certain to end West Brom’s stay in the Premier League albeit with a draw. This and the other result would surely end any hopes of Chelsea in the Champions League next season.
Swansea City’s trip to Bournemouth sees only a point for the Welsh club which will do nothing for the nerves of the fans although their relegation rivals Southampton will only see a point away to Everton. The two relegation threatened sides face off in the midweek game in what is basically a game that will either make it a final day survival battle or make Premier League survival all but done. That prediction is for another column.
Until then, it’s good night.