It’s arguably the most exciting day in the domestic football calendar this Sunday as the curtain comes down on another season of the Premiership. Millions of us football fans across the country will be enduring a sleepless night wondering whether our team can avoid relegation, win the league or clinch that money spinning Champions League position.
Chelsea v Blackburn: Prediction: 3-0 After describing the tension of the final day here’s a game with next to nothing on the line for both clubs. This could be an opportunity for some Chelsea players to make a last effort to try and clinch a place in the Champions League final starting XI.
David Luiz and Gary Cahill in particular will be looking for some vital minutes on the pitch to prove their fitness ahead of next saturday’s showdown. While for Blackburn this game is likely to be one last chance to vent their frustrations towards their Indian owners and Scottish Manager.
Everton v Newcastle: Prediction: 1-3 Newcastle conclude their quest for Champions League football this weekend against an Everton side who will be eager to finish above local rivals Liverpool. Both sides enter this game off the back of disappointing performances last time with Newcastle rather tamely in the end going down to City while Everton played out a dire nil nil draw with already relegated Wolves. I expect the attacking flare of Newcastle’s front line to once again come good in this one.
Manchester City v QPR: Prediction 2-0 There’s everything to play for in this one with City needing a win to ensure a first Premiership title while QPR need a point to guarantee survival. Trying to think of reasons while City won’t win this one is pretty tricky.
Mark Hughes and Joey Barton return to their former club in search of redemption but its difficult to find any evidence that the R’s will be able to defend at the level required to keep City out of ninety minutes.
Norwich v Aston Villa: Prediction: 2-0Villa finally sealed their Premiership status for another season last week much to the relief of Alex McLeish. Norwich went to the Emirates last weekend and produced another wonderful performance to gain an unexpected point. Villa have struggled for goals or season and I expect that to continue this Sunday, and Norwich will offer everybody another reminder of how impressive they’ve been this campaign.
Stoke v Bolton: Prediction: 2-1 Bolton need to win this game to have any chance of staying up, but just one win in their last five games suggests they won’t. Bolton’s task is made all the more difficult by the game being an away trip to Stoke. Bolton must go out and look for the win, this could leave Owen Coyle’s men exposed to both the pace of Stoke’s widemen and long balls in behind them.
Sunderland v Manchester United: Prediction 0-3 If United are to secure a record 20th league title they’ll need to win here and pray City don’t. While I’ve already stuck my neck out for the City win I expect United to also do their job on Sunday against a Sunderland team with little but pride to play for.
Swansea v Liverpool: Prediction: 1-2 Liverpool enter this game after probably their finest performance of the season in demolishing Chelsea midweek. In contrast Swansea were outclassed at Old Trafford by a United side who at times threatened to rack up massive scoreline. For Swansea its already been a superb season and I expect Liverpool to go out and win this game in a desperate bid to end the season on some sort of high.
Tottenham v Fulham: Prediction: 3-1 A final London derby of the season should be a competitive affair. Fulham have found some good away form of late and Spurs badly need a win to secure fourth spot and potentially Champions League football.
Tottenham’s results may have tailed off ever since Harry Redknapp was linked with the England job but the fillet of Champions League football should be enough incentive to produce one last performance.
West Brom v Arsenal: Predictions: 0-2 There should be a great atmosphere at this game as West Brom bid Roy Hodgson what should be a fond farewell after a successful season at the Hawthorns. That said Arsenal know what they have to do to ensure third spot and you’d expect them to go and do it. Van Persie and co should prove to much for the Baggies to handle.
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