Premier League Match Week 38 Betting Preview
The final day of the Premier League season has arrived, and there are still some massive issues that need to be decided. The teams that will be joining Manchester City and Liverpool in the Champions League will be one of the issues, with Manchester United, Leicester City and Chelsea all vying for that spot. Meanwhile, relegation will be looming for two of Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth. It promises to be a thrilling afternoon of action.
Leicester City vs Manchester United
The game of the day comes from the King Power Stadium as there is a huge fixture between Manchester United and Leicester City. The winner from this fixture will secure their place in the Champions League, while the losers will likely have to settle for a Europa League spot. It is huge for both clubs, and it will be particularly harsh to see the Foxes miss out on the top four having been in that position since the early weeks of the season.
However, the Foxes have struggled for consistency since the restart and have lost three of their last six games. Their defeat last time out against Tottenham Hotspur also saw them lose their advantage over United in terms of goal difference. United have also struggled in their last two games as they look to have run out of steam. Chelsea dismantled them in the FA Cup semi-final before they were held at Old Trafford by West Ham United.
The Red Devils will at least take confidence that they have won the last three meetings between the sides. Leicester’s last victory in this fixture came back in 2014. A draw could be the most likely result in this fixture.
Chelsea vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Chelsea are also yet to confirm their spot in the Champions League for next season. A draw at the King Power Stadium will mean that a loss for Chelsea will see them slip out of the top four altogether. It would be a stunning turn of events, and could potentially be costly in their pursuit of Kai Havertz. The Blues also lost their third spot this past week as they were beaten 5-3 by Liverpool. That defeat was their second in three games, which means that it could be a nervy final game of the season for the Blues.
Wolves also have work to do, as they could potentially miss out on a European place altogether if they are beaten, and Tottenham Hotspur win. Wolves have enjoyed another incredible season, and they most recently produced a stunning display against Crystal Palace. No European football for Wolves could be costly for them as they may lose stars such as Raul Jimenez, Adam Traore and Ruben Neves. But, they will have the tools in this fixture to cause serious damage to the Blues.
Chelsea will take solace in the fact that Wolves haven’t beaten them at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League era, and they also won the fixture earlier in the season 5-2. However, this will be a much nervier match than that early-season fixture, but Chelsea should still get the three points.
West Ham United vs Aston Villa
There are also huge fixtures at the bottom of the Premier League with Watford travelling to Arsenal and Bournemouth taking on Everton. But, the side that has their fate in their own hands is Aston Villa. The Villa have given themselves a great chance of survival after winning two of their previous three games. Dean Smith would have been delighted with his side’s commitment in their recent 1-0 win over Arsenal, and a repeat performance will likely secure their place in the top-flight for next season.
West Ham are finally safe in the Premier League for another season, and David Moyes deserves a lot of credit for that. They have lost just once in their last six games, and have picked up seven points from a possible nine in their last three league games. The Hammers were unlucky not to have come away from Old Trafford with all three points, and Villa will be wary of coming up against a West Ham side with nothing to lose.
The match earlier in the season ended in a 0-0 draw, while Villa have only beaten the Hammers once in the last five meetings. However, Smith’s side will have the bit between their teeth, and they will get the result they need on the final day.