The Premier League draws to a close this weekend with English teams taking to the field for the final time in the nation’s top flight. Although Liverpool will go down as the deserved champions of the 19/20 season, history remains to be written elsewhere, with teams battling it out for survival and European qualification.
Join us as we take a look into the final round of fixtures in the English Premier League and preview some exciting options for EPL Betting in week 38.
This Sunday, Leicester City play Manchester United in a winner-takes-all final-day showdown. With both teams aware that only the full three points will guarantee a place amongst Europe’s elite next season – and the accompanying financial rewards – the clash promises to be a vital and epic finale to the turbulent 19/20 EPL season.
The Foxes head into the game in fifth place, just a single point behind both Chelsea and Manchester United. Brendan Rodgers will be on the back foot this weekend, unable to play his strongest lineup as James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira are all currently sidelined due to injury, while defender Caglar Soyuncu serves a suspension.
Leicester fans will place their hopes of Champions League football on the shoulders of Jamie Vardy, who stands on a current tally of 23 goals and is in prime position to claim his first Golden Boot. The striker is at 23/20 (2.15), to score anytime against the Red Devils.
Manchester United’s resurgence has slowed after two league draws against Southampton and West Ham. Their failure to fully capitalise on the results of teams around them has left them vulnerable and in the middle of a three-way fight for a spot in the top-four. Although currently third in the table, the Red Devils find themselves level on points with Chelsea and only a single point away from their opponents Leicester City in fifth place.
If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are to succeed, hopes will hinge on Bruno Fernandes to once again turn the cogs of the Manchester United machine and secure the win and a place in the Champions League.
Having won 1-0 in their previous fixture at home to the Foxes earlier this season courtesy of a converted Rashford penalty, Manchester United have the opportunity to do the league-double over a wounded Leicester City side.
Having suffered a demoralising 5-3 defeat to champions Liverpool on Wednesday, Chelsea ensured their fight for a top-four finish goes down to the wire.
Although a single point will be enough for the Blues to qualify for European football’s premier competition, Frank Lampard will ask his players to relish the pressure, secure a win, and make a statement on the pitch before their upcoming FA Cup final against Arsenal.
Chelsea have won eight out of their last 11 Premier League fixtures against Wolverhampton Wanderers and should be able to deploy enough firepower to swing the result their way. All subject, of course, to their shaky defence being able to withstand the pace and power of the Wolves attack.
Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud is at 3/2 (2.50), to continue his immense form and bang in a goal this Sunday.
If not for a few poor showings on the road, Wolverhampton Wanderers could have already successfully booked their ticket into the Europa League for next season. With just a point separating them from seventh-place Tottenham, a win against Chelsea this Sunday will see their fantastic season end with a top-six finish.
If their previous encounter against the Blues, which ended in a 5-2 defeat at the Molineux Stadium, is anything to go by, this weekend’s matchup is set to be a cracking affair between two teams desperate for the three points.
Arsenal fans will be relieved to see the end of the Premier League season after their final fixture against Watford this Sunday. Although they have virtually nothing to play for – European qualification via the league having slipped beyond their grasp – the Arsenal manager has already expressed his desire to end the season strongly, mindful that a positive result could help confidence ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea on 1 August.
Knowing the catastrophic implications of an injury to a star man, Arteta may look to rest one or two of his key players. As their starting XI for the FA Cup final will remain undecided until the day, Arsenal’s young guns will stand ready to showcase their talent in this fixture and petition the manager for an opportunity to feature in the final.
Arsenal’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is at 5/7 (1.71), to add another goal to his tally and a great option for EPL betting in week 38.
Things went from bad to worse for Watford after a heavy 4-0 defeat to Manchester City last Tuesday was exacerbated by Trezeguet’s volley, gifting relegation rivals Aston Villa a win. As things stand, the Hornets go into their final game of the season equal on 34 points with Villa but in the relegation zone due to their inferior goal difference.
In their previous fixture against the Gunners they were able to turn a two-goal deficit into a 2-2 draw; caretaker manager Hayden Mullins knows that his team must go one better this time out to lessen the threat of relegation.
With their fate not entirely in their own hands, Hornet fans will be keeping one eye fixed on Aston Villa, where a loss by a margin of over two goals may keep Watford in the Premier League regardless of a low-scoring loss against Arsenal.
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