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Game week 38 Preview

The Premier League draws back its curtain for one final time this season, with not much left to fight for besides the league title this Super Sunday. The top four was all but confirmed last weekend with Chelsea distancing themselves from Manchester United and Arsenal, who were both held to 1-1 draws. Elsewhere, Cardiff’s relegation was also set in stone after their 3-2 home defeat against Crystal Palace. Now, all heads turn to the top of the table as Manchester City look to successfully defend their league title, while Liverpool lie in waiting hoping for their first-ever Premier League trophy.

Sunday 12 May

22/10 Leicester City | Draw 5/2 | Chelsea 12/10 (16:00)
Leicester City’s hopes of finishing as the best team from the rest seem to have died down now with Wolves clearing ahead with 57 points to their name. Chelsea, on the other hand, cemented their spot in the top four after humbling Watford 3-0 at home, while their closest challengers, Arsenal and Man United, succumbed to 1-1 stalemates. With the Blues playing a crucial second leg on Thursday against Eintracht Frankfurt, and with not much left to play for in the league, perhaps the Foxes could fancy their chances. Brendan Rodgers’ men beat Arsenal 3-0 in their last home tie and are tipped to claim maximum points over Chelsea.

49/20 Burnley | 11/4 | Arsenal 1/1 (16:00)
With their top four hopes now all but over, Arsenal’s final home game sees them travel to Turf Moor to face a fiery Burnley side. The hosts had been on a great run of form before their trip to Everton, losing just once in five matches with that defeat coming against Manchester City. Before the loss against City, the Clarets drew at Chelsea and won three league games in a row. Arsenal will have travelled to Valencia on Thursday and with their away form so shambolic this season, you get the feeling that the Gunners could roll over yet again. Take the home win here at 49/20.

2/9 Manchester United | 57/10 | Cardiff 10/1 (16:00)
The final game at Old Trafford for the campaign sees Manchester United host already-relegated Cardiff City. The Red Devils are winless in five games across all competitions and their spot in next season’s UEFA Europa League was booked after their failed to beat Huddersfield last weekend. Despite the inevitable drop down to the Championship, Cardiff will hope to cause one last upset in the league after suffering three consecutive defeats. With all the negativity on their back, perhaps a home tie against relegated opposition came at the best possible time. Manchester United are tipped on the (-1) Handicap at 11/20.

17/10 Fulham | 5/2 | Newcastle 15/10 (16:00)
For one final time in top flight football, Fulham will be hoping to go down in style as they host Newcastle in their final game of the season. The Cottagers suffered their first defeat in four matches after winning three consecutive fixtures. Newcastle also suffered their first loss in four matches after going down at home to Liverpool, although, the Magpies showed great fight and character and were thwarted right at the end, courtesy of a late Divock Origi header. The last time these sides met, they played out to a goalless draw, but this time, they both should find the back of the net. Take Both Teams to Score here at 6/10.

9/10 Tottenham | 51/20 | Everton 31/10 (16:00)
Tottenham, like Chelsea, are all but guaranteed a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League. They’re three points clear of Arsenal with an (8+) goal difference swinging in their favour. This fixture will also come straight after Spurs’ crucial second leg tie with Ajax in the Champions League, while they will also have to do their business without Son Heung-min, who starts his suspension this weekend. Everton have ended the season superbly, losing just one of their last seven encounters. In that run, the Toffees have kept six clean sheets, including in their wins over Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. Spurs have lost three of their last four matches, failing to score in each of those defeats. Put your money on the Away Win/Draw Double Chance at 17/20.

18/1 Brighton | 17/2 | Manchester City 1/8 (16:00)
It was a great result for Brighton last weekend, drawing 1-1 away at Arsenal to spoil the party for the Gunners, ending their top four hopes. For themselves, their impressive 1-1 draw didn’t mean much after their survival was already confirmed. This is Manchester City’s biggest game of their season. Win this, and a domestic treble is well on the cards. Pep Guardiola will also become the first manager to successfully defend a league title since the great Sir Alex Ferguson. City know how to cope with pressure and really should ease past Brighton here. Back the champions-elect to Score In Both Halves at 9/20.

3/10 Liverpool | 9/2 | Wolves 9/1 (16:00)
It’s do or die here for Liverpool. Anything but a win could see them fall to yet another trophyless season. As much as missing out would be failure, it certainly wouldn’t be a failed campaign after reaching 90+ points, losing just once all season and having the league’s top scorer in their ranks. The Reds have won eight matches in a row in the league and will hope to make the ninth one their most valuable one as they lie in waiting for a slip-up from Manchester City. Wolves have had an emphatic season, sealing that seventh spot which would guarantee them Europa League football should Man City win the FA Cup final. In the league, they’ve also taken more points from the top six than the bottom six, while they also knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup this season. I’d back Liverpool to Win & Both Teams to Score here at 7/4!

9/10 Crystal Palace | 28/10 | Bournemouth 28/10 (16:00)
Crystal Palace continued to rack up the points and put the final nail in Cardiff’s coffin last weekend, winning 3-2 away from home. To be fair, it’s at Selhurst Park where Palace have struggled, winning just four times all season. Bournemouth come off the back of a massive result against Tottenham, winning 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium. The Cherries also ended the match with two more players than their opponents after Spurs were shown two red cards in the game. For this one, I’ll be backing Over 2.5 Goals at 6/10.

4/10 Southampton | 38/10 | Huddersfield 13/2 (16:00)
It seems that the wheels are starting to fall off for Southampton, or perhaps a bit of complacency is starting to kick in, following the Saints’ fourth league game without a win. Their 3-0 defeat at West Ham also meant that their run of scoring in nine games in a row also came to an end. Huddersfield have been poor all season, but came to life against Manchester United, drawing 1-1 in their final top-flight home game. With home advantage, Southampton should come out on top.

11/10 Watford | 26/10 | West Ham 47/20 (16:00)
Watford and West Ham battle it out with a place in the top half being the only thing to fight for. The Hornets are now three games in a row without a win following their 3-0 defeat at Chelsea. West Ham have been the complete opposite and have not tasted defeat in three encounters, coming off the back of a 3-0 win over Southampton. These sides have shown that whether its them scoring or if they’re conceding, goals are always a given when they step foot on the pitch. My money is on Over 2.5 Goals here at 6/10.

TREBLE @ 12/1
Burnley Win 49/20
Liverpool Win & BTTS 7/4
Southampton Win 4/10

Jesse Nagel

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