⛅️ Friday Forecast: Title race, Europe and relegation go down to the wire | OneFootball

⛅️ Friday Forecast: Title race, Europe and relegation go down to the wire

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Dan Burke

The final Premier League weekend of the season is almost upon us, and it could be one of the most dramatic of them all.

It’s predictions time.


💪 Game of the weekend

Manchester City v Aston Villa

We are truly blessed to have two teams of the calibre of Manchester City and Liverpool slugging it out in the Premier League at the same time, and either of them could be crowned champions on the final day.

A win for City at home to Aston Villa will be enough for them to retain the title regardless of what happens in Liverpool’s game with Wolves at Anfield.

But Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard would love nothing more to do his old club a massive favour, and ex-Red Philippe Coutinho could have a say in matters too. Perhaps the Villa players will also have a bit of extra determination to stop Jack Grealish getting his hands on the title.

All that said, City have been in this position before and you would back their quality to shine through nine times out of 10.

The first goal in this game could be monumental.

📊 Fun fact: Aston Villa have lost 15 of their last 16 away league games against City, losing each of their last 11 in a row since a 2-0 win in April 2007.

🔮 Our prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Aston Villa

Manchester City 3
Aston Villa 2
Full time

😨 Potential upset

Crystal Palace v Manchester United

By the time Manchester United kick-off their final game of the season on Sunday, 15 days will have passed since their shocking 4-0 defeat at the hands of Brighton.

United fans will no doubt be glad to see the back of this dismal campaign but if they are to deliver Europa League football for new manager Erik ten Hag next season, they might need one more result to go their way.

That could depend on West Ham’s result away at Brighton, and a win for the Hammers combined with defeat for Ralf Rangnick’s side would mean Conference League action at Old Trafford next season.

Selhurst Park isn’t the easiest of away grounds to visit and Patrick Vieira will want his Eagles side to finish the season strongly, meaning United will have to dig deep to get a win.

And a draw might not be good enough considering West Ham’s superior goal difference.

📊 Fun fact: Crystal Palace have never won in 12 Premier League home games against United – the most one team has faced another at home without ever winning in the competition.

🔮 Our prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester United

Crystal Palace 1
Manchester United 0
Full time

👍 Big favourites

Norwich v Tottenham

Back in February, Tottenham boss Antonio Conte gave his side just a 1% chance of finishing in the top four this season.

But a late season resurgence combined with a capitulation from rivals Arsenal means Spurs now need just one point away at relegated Norwich on the final day to clinch Champions League football for next season.

Only Watford have a worse home record than the Canaries this term, while Spurs have the fifth best away record in the league, suggesting this should be a straightforward three points.

It might not work out that way of course, but this has to be viewed as a good opportunity for the Lilywhites to prove that “Spursiness” is a thing of the past.

If not, a win for Arsenal at home to Everton could see the Gunners nip into the Champions League spots in dramatic fashion.

📊 Fun fact: This is the sixth time Spurs have faced a relegated side on the final day of the season, though they’ve lost more of those games (3) than they’ve won (2).

🔮 Our prediction: Norwich 0-3 Tottenham

Norwich City 0
Tottenham 5
Full time

🤔 Too close to call

The relegation battle

Everton’s dramatic comeback against Crystal Palace on Thursday night means they travel to Arsenal on Sunday safe in the knowledge they cannot be relegated.

But for Leeds United and Burnley – who are level on 35 points – it’s going to be a nervy final day.

Burnley host Newcastle at Turf Moor while Leeds are away to Brentford, and the Clarets’ superior goal difference means they just have to match Leeds’ result to stay up and condemn the Whites to relegation.

Leeds have won just four times on the road this season but Newcastle’s strong end of season form means a good result is by no means to be expected for Burnley.

This one is going right down to the wire.

📊 Fun fact:  Leeds have lost their final league game in just one of their 13 Premier League seasons, when they lost 1-0 to Chelsea and were relegated in 2004.

🔮 Our prediction:  Burnley 1-1 Newcastle; Brentford 0-1 Leeds; Leeds to survive


🔥 Your Fantasy Football captain should be …

Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

After picking up an injury in the FA Cup final last weekend, it is not yet known whether Mohamed Salah will be fit in time to play for Liverpool against Wolves on Sunday.

If Salah doesn’t make it, Son will have a great chance to leapfrog the Egyptian and clinch the Golden Boot on the final day.

Salah is currently on 22 goals with Son just behind him on 21, meaning a brace at Carrow Road could be enough for the South Korean.

Meanwhile, the Golden Glove winner will also be decided on the final day, with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and Manchester City’s Ederson both currently tied on 20 clean sheets.


Other predictions

  • Leicester 2-0 Southampton
  • Chelsea 4-0 Watford
  • Liverpool 3-0 Wolves
  • Brighton 1-2 West Ham