English Premier League Previews and Predictions (Game-Week 38)

Arsenal vs. Watford
Date: 26/7/2020
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Time: 4:00pm

For a second time in five days, Arsenal plays against a team involved neck deep in the relegation fight, this time hosting Watford at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners put up an extremely disappointing performance in a shock away defeat to Aston Villa, lacking any sort of rhythm, coordination, a display which culminated in a 10th defeat of the season which ultimately ended all hopes of Arsenal qualifying for Europe next term via the league.

They will be keen to end the season on a high at the expense of a team potentially doomed for relegation, as the Hornets appear to have given up and accepted their fate, perhaps signalled by the sack of Nigel Pearson.

We predict a one-sided home win, over 2.5 goals and a Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang goal(s) to improve his chances of winning the Premier League’s golden boot.

Prediction: Arsenal 3 – 0 Watford

Burnley vs. Brighton
Date: 26/7/2020
Venue: Turf Moor
Time: 4:00pm

Burnley hosts Brighton at Turf Moor in a final game of the season which holds no significance for two teams that have already secured safety.

The Clarets have been on a strong run, unbeaten in their last five matches, picking up seven points on the road, drawing twice at home with teams above them on the log.

For Brighton survival was always the aim and now that it has been secured, they can begin to plan for next season and this game could afford Graham Potter the opportunity to hand fringe players and those on their way out of the club game time.

We don’t see much happening in the game which doesn’t motivate the two sides. A score draw should settle this tie.

Prediction: Burnley 1 – 1 Brighton

Chelsea vs. Wolverhampton
Date: 26/7/2020
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Time: 4:00pm

Chelsea requires just a point at home to Wolverhampton to secure UEFA Champions League football next season.

The Blues were involved in a thrilling eight-goal classic away to Liverpool on Wednesday, defence letting them down for the umpteenth time in a campaign which has seen them ship in 54 goals.

Despite the significance of the match for the fourth-place Blues, they don’t appear to have enough in their tank to do the double against a Wolves team, that equally require a result in this game to secure a UEFA Europa League ticket and finish ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who are hot on their heels.

We don’t expect Chelsea to win this game, majorly due to a porous defence that should be frequently exposed by the dynamic Wolverhampton attack.

We predict goals at both ends, a draw and just like recent Chelsea matches over 2.5 goals to wrap up the match.

Prediction: Chelsea 2 – 2 Wolves

Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Date: 26/7/2020
Venue: Selhurst Park
Time 4:00pm

Can Crystal Palace halt their seven-game losing streak when they host Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park?

The Eagles have being on one of the division’s worst run of form, only bettered by that of Norwich City and they have their work cut out against a Spurs team chasing UEFA Europa League qualification.

It should be a disappointing end to the campaign for Palace, as Tottenham should record a fourth straight win and fourth successive barren goal drought for the hosts.

Prediction: Palace 0 – 2 Spurs

Everton vs. Bournemouth
Date: 26/7/2020
Venue: Goodison Park
Time: 4:00pm

Bournemouth could be playing a ceremonial game as they travel away to Everton.

The Cherries’ relegation fate appears to have been sealed after losing at home to Southampton in the south coast derby at the weekend, a game which could have afforded them an opportunity to have an outside chance of survival.

We expect the Toffees to finish the season on a winning note, a result which confirms Bournemouth’s relegation to the Championship after five seasons.

Prediction: Everton 2 – 1 Bournemouth

Leicester City vs. Manchester United
Date: 26/7/2020
Venue: King Power Stadium
Time: 4:00pm

Manchester United are away to Leicester City in arguably the most significant game on the Premier League’s final day at the King Power Stadium.

The Red Devils’ winning form has hit a roadblock in the last fortnight, winning just once from their last three games in all competitions, winning and losing the others.

Leicester themselves haven’t inspired much confidence, embarking on a mixed run of results and they apparently ran out of luck following their defeat at Tottenham Hotspur which eventually saw them drop out of the top four.

This should be a well-balanced game but the major disadvantage for the Foxes is a weakened defence which will have Caglar Soyuncu serving the last of a three-game ban, a major miss for Leicester, replacement Wes Morgan expected to struggle with the pace and movement of the United forwards.

This game should produce goals by both teams, over 2.5 goals and a Manchester United victory which significantly seals a UEFA Champions League spot and ensures Leicester settle for a place in the UEFA Europa League.

Prediction: Leicester 1 – 2 Man Utd

Manchester City vs. Norwich City
Date: 26/7/2020
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Time: 4:00pm

Manchester City should end what has being a disappointing season on a high when they welcome relegated Norwich City to the Etihad Stadium.

The Citizens have been rampant in front of goals in recent Premier League matches and that should continue against a side that humiliated them back in September at Carrow Road.

We don’t expect Pep Guardiola to hold back, as he should field a strong squad.

This game should produce a one-sided Manchester City victory, over 3.5 goals and Raheem Sterling to get on the score sheet.

Prediction: Man City 4 – 0 Norwich

Newcastle United vs. Liverpool
Date: 26/7/2020
Venue: Saint James’ Park
Time: 4:00pm

Champions Liverpool are away to Newcastle United on the final day of the season.

Historically game between both teams are never without exciting and talking points and we anticipate the trend to continue in this game despite nothing but pride being at stake.

It should be an emotional farewell for Adam Lallana, who should get some minutes against the Magpies, possibly from the start, likewise some other fringe players.

We anticipate an open game which should see Liverpool concede for a fifth successive Premier League game, over 3.5 goals and the Reds to conclude the season on a winning note.

Prediction: NUFC 1 – 3 Liverpool

Southampton vs. Sheffield United
Date: 26/7/2020
Venue: Saint Mary’s Stadium
Time: 4:00pm

Southampton are home to Sheffield United at Saint Mary’s Stadium.

The Saints have played some brilliant football post lockdown, impressively losing just once in that period, on this ground against Arsenal.

They are up against a Sheffield side, the breakout team of the Premier League season, a game which could be low-key entertaining.

Considering the fact that Southampton’s home form hasn’t been the best, we expect Sheffield to halt their two-game losing streak and get a point here in a game which should record Danny Ings adding to his goal tally for the Saints.

Prediction: Saints 1 – 1 Sheffield

West Ham vs. Aston Villa
Date: 26/7/2020
Venue: London Stadium
Time: 4:00pm

West Ham United should end the season on a high when they welcome Aston Villa to the London Stadium.

The Villains head into the final day of the season on edge as they are heavily involved in a three-way relegation battle together with Bournemouth and Watford, but realistically it will appear that the latter are more of the competition as both teams are level on points.

This should be a closely fought game, one of the more interesting and open matches of the 10 to be simultaneously played.

West Ham should win by a close margin, a Michail Antonio goal a certainty, the result regardless sees Villa retain their Premier League status on the final day.

Prediction: Hammers 2 –1 Villa

Disclaimer- Predictions are just for fun, based on analysis. We do NOT sell or guarantee results.

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