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EPL: Final Matchday Predictions

The last day of the season is here and it is always a special day as all 20 Premier League sides will play on Sunday. All matches will kick-off at 11:00 AM EST which should make for some dramatic finishes in the race for European places. Before a summer break which features EURO 2020, Copa America and the Olympics, here is a final round of predictions for the last matches of the 2020/2021 Premier League season.

Arsenal (9th) vs. Brighton (16th)

Brighton were at an all-time high when they beat Manchester City midweek 3-2. Arsenal have won four straight to finish the season and could slip past their neighbors Tottenham if they lose at Leicester and finish in a European spot. Arsenal still need to put in a solid performance against a Brighton side who have lost their last seven away from home

Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Brighton

Aston Villa (11th) vs. Chelsea (3rd)

Villa won at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium midweek, and an 11th place finish may have been a bit higher had Jack Grealish not missed 12 matches through injury. A Champions League final in a week’s time should impact Tuchel’s selection, but they need to match Leicester result for a top four finish. Five red cards in the last five matches these sides have played. Tuchel is also undefeated away from home in the league (W6, D2).

Prediction: Villa 0-2 Chelsea

 

Fulham (18th) vs. Newcastle United (15th)

Fulham drew 1-1 away at Old Trafford in the week and showed what their fans were hoping for more of this season and down the final stretch. No Joelington, Allan Saint-Maximin, or Joe Willock for Newcastle who have only lost three in their last 12. Fans in the stands should give Fulham a boost.

Prediction: Fulham 3-1 Newcastle

Leeds (10th) vs. West Bromwich Albion (19th)

Three wins in a row and Leeds have only lost one of their last eight matches at Elland Road. West Brom have let leads slip in their last two matches and are winless in their last six road matches. Albion have only won twice on the road all season. They lost the reverse fixture 5-0, as well.

Prediction: Leeds 3-0 West Brom

Leicester (5th) vs. Tottenham (7th)

Image Courtesy of the Guardian

Leicester have been in the top four all season, until now. This feels like déjà vu for the Foxes who let a Champions League place slip in a similar fashion last year. They need to win here and hope Liverpool and/or Chelsea drop points in their matches. Harry Kane’s announcement to leave will be tough to shake off and get ready for this match. They lost at home to Aston Villa midweek. The Foxes will be keen to pounce on the weakened Hotspurs

Prediction: Leicester 3-1 Tottenham

Liverpool (4th) vs. Crystal Palace (13th)

Liverpool will finish fourth if they match Leicester’s result and could get third if they better Chelsea’s match. This will be Roy Hodgson’s final match in charge of Palace, can we make some magic happen at Anfield? Palace lost 7-0 to Liverpool in the reverse match and have conceded four on their last two trips up north. Liverpool will be hungry to put this game to bed early and secure a Champions League spot.

Prediction: Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace

Manchester City (1st) vs. Everton (8th)

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City let a 2-0 lead go for the first time since January 2019 in the league. With eyes on the Champions League final, expect a rotated squad like what we saw at Newcastle last week. Everton can finish 5th, but a lot of goals would need to happen for that final position. Everton haven’t won at the Eithad since 2010. 

Prediction City 3-1 Everton

Sheffield United (20th) vs. Burnley (17th)

Sheffield have lost 29 out of their 37 matches and will finish bottom of the league. Burnley are safe from relegation and could potentially move up a few places if matches go their way. While this may not be the most exciting match of the day, Sean Dyche does not want this team to slip up against the last placed club in the league.

Prediction: Sheffield 0-2 Burnley

West Ham (6th) vs. Southampton (14th)

The Hammers need just one point to secure fifth and Europa League football next fall after a comeback win against West Brom midweek. Southampton will gladly close the door on this season after an incredible fall from grace. West Ham have scored three goals in their last three home matches against Southampton and should be confident of winning.

Prediction: West Ham 2-0 Southampton

Wolverhampton Wanderers (12th) vs. Manchester United (2nd)

Image Courtesy of BBC

Wolves announced Nuno Espirito Santo would leave the club after four years of being in charge. It has not been a good year as Wolves should finish 12th, but could slip down a few places if results go against them. Since reaching the Europa League final, United have stumbled to the finish as Solskjaer should rotate the squad with the final this Wednesday. Adama Traore should be licking his lips at a rotated United team, and could finish the season a high note.

Prediction: Wolves 1-1 United

 

Full Weekend Schedule:

Fixtures Courtesy of ESPN

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