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Premier League – Big Predictions – Week 38
Arsenal Vs Everton
Arsenal made it four Premier League wins in a row to keep their Top 4 hopes alive. The Gunners have been in good form but may fall short having given themselves a mountain to climb. Everton got back to winning ways when they hosted Watford in Gameweek 37. The Toffees have enjoyed an excellent campaign and will be keen to finish on a positive note. Arsene Wenger needs three points from his side and will hope results elsewhere fall in their favour. Home Win Expected at The Emirates – Back an Arsenal Win Here.
Burnley Vs West Ham
Burnley have secured another Season in the top flight which must be seen as a success. The Clarets can begin planning for next Season assured of their place in the Premier League. West Ham had higher aspirations than survival but have endured a difficult campaign they will be keen to put behind them. Neither side has anything but pride to play for and this is unlikely to be the most intriguing match of the campaign. All Square at Turf Moor – Back a Score Draw Here.
Chelsea Vs Sunderland
Champions Chelsea will finish their victorious Season infront of their own fans at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have beaten more fancied rivals due to their work ethic and their habit of bouncing back following disappointing results. Sunderland have been condemned to Relegation for a number of weeks following a disastrous Season. David Moyes can count himself lucky to have avoided dismissal and will have a chance to bring The Black Cats back to the Premier League. Home Win Expected at Stamford Bridge – Back a Chelsea Win Here.
Hull Vs Spurs
Following their heavy defeat at Crystal Palace in Gameweek 37 Hull have been relegated from the Premier League. The Tigers faced an uphill battle with a threadbare squad and have been unable to avoid Relegation. Spurs are also facing a disappointing end to the Season after finishing runners up to Chelsea. Pochettino’s side have played some excellent football this Season and will be keen to end on a positive note. Away Win Expected at The KCOM Stadium – Back a Spurs Win Here.
Leicester Vs Bournemouth
Leicester City have had a Season to forget and will be keen to bring the curtain down on the 2016-2017 Campaign. The Foxes were the defending Champions but looked like Relegation candidates for much of the Season before Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal. Bournemouth sit two points ahead of their hosts heading into this clash with the possibility of securing a Top 10 finish which would be a terrific achievement. Home Win Expected at The King Power Stadium – Back a Leicester Win Here.
Liverpool Vs Middlesborough
Liverpool negotiated a tough looking fixture at West Ham with an emphatic 4-0 away victory. The Reds need to pick up three points against Middlesborough to guarantee a Top 4 finish. Middlesborough are planning for life in The Championship following a disappointing Season. With just one win in their last five Premier League outings Boro will be clear underdogs in this fixture. Home Win Expected at Anfield – Back a Liverpool Win Here.
Manchester United Vs Crystal Palace
Manchester United have given up on their Premier League commitments in an effort to boost their Europa League prospects. The Red Devils have made wholesale changes to their Premier League team in recent weeks in an effort to keep their best players fresh for The Europa League Final. Crystal Palace ensured their sruvival in the top flight with an emphatic 4-0 win over Hull in Gameweek 37. Home Win Expected at Old Trafford – Back a Manchester United Win Here.
Southampton Vs Stoke
Southampton sit 8th heading into the final fixtures of the Season and will be content with their work this Season following the departure of Ronald Koeman last Summer. The Saints have established themselves as a mid-table Premier League side and can plan towards challenging the top sides. Stoke have had a disappointing Campaign by their high standards. The Potters sit 14th and have no chance to move into the Top 10 on the final day. All Square at St Marys – Back a Score Draw Here.
Swansea Vs West Brom
Swansea City were the side who produced a key run of results in crucial times to secure their Premier League survival. The Swans are assured of another Season in the top flight having picked up three wins from their last four EPL outings. West Brom are in dire form but remain in the top half of the table due to their inspired form in the early part of the Season. The Baggies have overachieved this Season but must strengthen to avoid Relegation worries next year. Home Win Expected at The Liberty Stadium – Back a Swansea Win Here.
Watford Vs Manchester City
Watford tried to spoil Chelsea’s title winning party on Monday Night Football but finished on the wrong of a 4-3 scoreline. The Hornets have lost five straight in the Premier League but have already accumulated 40 points in order to guarantee their safety. Manchester City must pick up at least a point here to ensure they finish in the Top 4. Three points for City would guarantee third place and avoid a potentially difficult Champions League qualifying round. Away Win Expected at Vicarage Road – Back a Manchester City Win Here.
Chievo vs Roma
As expected Chievo did just enough to hold out for a draw in Sampdoria while Roma were superb as they downed league leaders 3-1 at the Olimpico in what was a great game of football. I reckon the visitors can win this.
Napoli vs Fiorentina
Napoli kept chase with second place Roma following their comfortable 0-5 win in Turin and also secured Champions League for next season. Fiorentina were rewarded for their determination with a hard earned victory over high flying Lazio to climb up to 7th place. Home win expected for the home side.
Milan vs Bologna
Despite playing second fiddle for most of the encounter Milan fought back late on and snatched an important point in Atalanta as they attempt to secure a Europa League spot. Bologna added more misery to relegated side Pescara with a 3-1 win. Montella’s side should win this.
Empoli vs Atalanta
Empoli missed the perfect chance to add another point to their name but front man Pucciarelli missed a crucial penalty as his side eventually lost 3-2 despite an attempt at a late comeback. Atalanta failed to make the most of their chances and were punished late one when Milan found a late equaliser. I am backing the visitors to win this.
Genoa vs Torino
Both sides have had disappointing campaigns considering their pre-season expectations with Genoa sitting just two points above the bottom three, while Torino are most likely going to finish 9th this term. I predict that both sides will settle for a draw.
Juventus vs Crotone
Despite being soundly beaten at the Olimpico last weekend, slightly delaying their celebration plans, Juventus bounced back by winning the first of three trophies in what they hope will be a historic treble on Wednesday night after beating Lazio in the Coppa Italia final. Crotone’s recent resurgence might all be in vain as they are likely to lose in Turin and should other results not go their way then they will be the final side to be relegated from the Serie A.
Sassuolo vs Cagliari
Sassuolo dumped further misery onto Inter as they beat the Nerazzurri 1-2 at the San Siro while Cagliari were close to squandering a three goal lead against Empoli but managed to hold on by the skin of their teeth to win 3-2. Just one point separates these two sides and that is why I am going for a draw.
Udinese vs Sampdoria
Both these sides have had pretty average seasons as they occupy 11th and 10th place in the standings respectively and will hope to make the necessary reinforcements over the summer to try and secure Europa League football. Just three points separate these two sides in the Serie A standings and hence I am backing another draw.
Lazio vs Inter
Despite losing in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday night Lazio can still look back at this season with great pride as they look set to finish 4th, quite an achievement considering their limited transfer budget. Inter’s season has gone down the drain as they seem to have self-disintegrated with coach Pioli being sacked in recent weeks and they have now not won a league game in almost two months. Home win expected.
Pescara vs Palermo
Monday night sees a pretty irrelevant game take place with both sides already relegated and their final placing in the league already set. Do not expect a thrilling encounter as I reckon both sets of players will be pretty demoralised.
Fiorentina vs Lazio
Both sides were involved in very exciting games last weekend, with multiple goals, cards and talking points. La Viola came from behind after playing the last quarter of the game with ten-men while Lazio beat a stubborn Sampdoria side 7-3 in what was a memorable encounter. Considering the visitor’s form, I am backing them to win this.
Atalanta vs Milan
Despite a fine run of form, Atalanta were held on their travels to Udine however a win over the Rossoneri on Saturday night will confirm their 5th place finish after a superb season for Gasperini’s squad. Milan were comfortably beaten at the San Siro by a stronger Roma side and the fans will eagerly be awaiting the summer transfer window when they should have healthy budget to replenish their ranks following the takeover of the club by a Chinese billionaire. Home win expected.
Inter vs Sassuolo
Inter have literally imploded over the last month, with their latest defeat coming in Genoa, with rumours in Milan suggesting that Pioli will be shown the door come the end of May. Sassuolo threw away a great chance to snatch three points over Fiorentina only to be pegged back by a late Bernardeschi strike. I am backing Inter to win this.
Bologna vs Pescara
Despite securing Serie A football last season, Bologna know that they have a lot of cracks to mend this summer if they hope to avoid a relegation scrap next year. Pescara were undoubtedly Serie A’s weakest side this term, winning just two games and frankly do not deserve to play in the Italian top flight. Home win expected.
Cagliari vs Empoli
As expected, Cagliari were comfortably beaten on their travels to Naples on Saturday afternoon while Empoli dug deep to beat Bologna and maintain a four point gap over Crotone who are breathing down their necks in the fight for survival. I predict a draw.
Crotone vs Udinese
Crotone have now collected more points in the past few weeks than the previous 6 months and are still in with a fighting chance of survival. Udinese look to finish in a mid-table position and will definitely strengthen key positions in their squad in order to better their position in the Serie A next season. I am backing a home win.
Palermo vs Genoa
Palermo have officially been relegated back down to the Serie B after only managing to secure a point in Chievo in what has been a pretty disappointing season for the Sicilians. Genoa have been extremely inconsistent this term and still need to secure four points to ensure their safety. I expect a bore draw.
Sampdoria vs Chievo
Sampdoria were pummelled on their travels to Lazio in a ten goal thriller, playing for over 70 minutes with ten men and finishing the game 7-3. Chievo were held by Crotone as their season continues on a downward spiral after such an encouraging start. Considering just four points separates these two sides I predict a draw.
Torino vs Napoli
Torino were very close to a historic win at the Juventus Stadium on Saturday night only for star front man Higuain to break Il Toro’s heart with the game ending 1-1. Napoli maintained the pressure on second place Roma with a comfortable 3-1 win over Cagliari. Close one too call but I reckon the visitors can win this.
Roma vs Juventus
Sunday night sees the clash between Italy’s two top sides, with just a point for Juve enough for them to win their sixth consecutive Scudetto. You can be sure the Romans will go all out to delay the Old Lady’s party however I reckon Allegri’s will do just enough to snatch a point and kick off the celebrations, in what would round up a fantastic week for Juventus, after they qualified for the Champions League final several days ago.
Napoli vs Cagliari
A defensive blunder gifted Napoli with the only goal of the game as they beat Inter 0-1 at the San Siro to move to just a point below second place Roma. Cagliari maintained their mid-table position after beating bottom side Pescara however I believe they stand little chance of success in Naples.
Juventus vs Torino
Despite being held in Atalanta last weekend Juventus increased their lead in the Serie A to nine points meaning that four more points in these last four games will secure their sixth consecutive Scudetto. Torino’s inconsistent season continued as they were held at home by Sampdoria. Home win expected.
Udinese vs Atalanta
Udinese are another side who have struggled to maintain a positive run of form this season and their latest 4-0 loss to Bologna is testament of this. Atalanta on the otherhand are having one of their best seasons in recent history as they held Juventus to a 2-2 draw in what was an exciting game of football to move five points clear in 5th place and all but secure Europa League football. I predict a score draw.
Chievo vs Palermo
Chievo came from behind to beat Genoa at the Luigi Ferraris while Palermo fought hard and downed Fiorentina on their home soil. It might be little too late for the Sicilians who have been struggling all season and are still 10 points from safety with just four games to do. Home win expected.
Empoli vs Bologna
Floating just four points above the relegation zone Empoli would have thought they were home and dry several weeks ago only for Crotone to produce a series of fine results and clamber up the standings and give themselves a fighting chance of survival. Bologna’s top performance of the season came last Sunday when they beat Udinese 4-0 with front man Destro grabbing a brace. I predict a score draw.
Genoa vs Inter
Genoa have left themselves completely exposed now and sit just five points above 18th place Crotone, the side from Liguria under-performing all season bar a couple of surprise victories of Milan and Juventus. Inter’s season has gone up in smoke after such an impressive recovery following the appointment of Pioli last November, and now haven’t won a game since mid-March. I expect a draw.
Lazio vs Sampdoria
After a superb season Lazio have added another scalp to their trophy cabinet after beating rivals Roma on Sunday afternoon in what was a hotly contested game of football at the Olimpico. After a pretty inconsistent season Sampdoria’s recent form has marginally improved meaning that they will most likely finish among the top half of the table. Home win expected.
Pescara vs Crotone
After steadily climbing up the table in recent weeks, snatching points off the likes of Inter and Milan, Crotone will see this as a golden opportunity to add a further three points to their name when they play Pescara who have almost no chance of survival. I am backing the visitors to win this.
Sassuolo vs Fiorentina
Both sides are having seasons to forget when compared to their last campaigns. Sassuolo sit in 14th place after finishing 6th last season while Fiorentina have also been punished for their inconsistent performances and will most likely not qualify for the Europa League next September. Tough one to call but I’m going for a draw.
Milan vs Roma
Despite not setting the world on fire Milan can be pretty pleased with their season to date, considering their limited transfer budget they stand a good chance of finishing 6th and will hope for much needed investment over the summer following the takeover by a Chinese consortium. Roma will be kicking themselves after failing to take their chances and also win when it counts, both in Serie A and Champions League, and will end another season empty handed. I expect an entertaining game at the San Siro which will end in a draw.
Atalanta vs Juventus
Atalanta’s dream season continued as they beat Bologna on Saturday afternoon to remain in 5th place and look likely to securing Europa League football next term. Juventus took another step towards their 6th consecutive Scudetto with a comfortable 4-0 win over Genoa in which Allegri’s men were superb. I am backing the home side to hold out for a draw.
Torino vs Sampdoria
Torino fans would have expected better from their team this season considering the strength in their ranks, however coach Mihajlovic has a young side to build on. Despite young front man Schick scoring a superb goal, Sampdoria were unable to keep the backdoor shut and conceded two Crotone goals to lose 1-2. Home win expected.
Roma vs Lazio
Sunday’s early afternoon fixture sees one of two show stopping encounters in Gameweek 34, with the Roman derby taking centre stage. Spalletti’s men will feel that they did not quite reach their pre-season objective and despite all but securing second place, even the most ardent Roma supporter will have to admit that they are still second best to Juventus. Lazio on the otherhand have probably surpassed everyone’s expectations as they sit in 4th place and can definitely be proud of their season to date. I am backing the Giallorossi to win this.
Bologna vs Udinese
Eight points separate these two sides in what has been a season to forget for both of them. Despite all but securing their Serie A status for next season Bologna will have to up their game in order to avoid a relegation scrap next season, while Udinese will also be aiming to improve on their mid-table finish. I predict a score draw.
Cagliari vs Pescara
Both sides lost their respective fixtures last weekend, with the Sardinians losing out in Udine whilst Pescara were pummelled 1-4 at home by Roma and it is now pretty much impossible for them to survive the drop to Serie B. Home win expected.
Crotone vs Milan
It might be a little to late for Crotone who have collected almost as many points in the past three weeks as they did over the entire season. The Southerners are still five points from safety and time is running out. Milan were surprisingly beaten at home to 17th place Empoli but I am backing them to win on Sunday.
Empoli vs Sassuolo
Empoli were rewarded for their brave display with a historic win at the San Siro over the Rossoneri maintaining their five point breathing room over the bottom three. Sassuolo were very close to securing a historic result of their own, only for Napoli to bounce back and snatch a point. I predict a close game which will end in a draw.
Genoa vs Chievo
Genoa have had an extremely disappointing season, despite a few impressive wins over some of Serie A’s big guns they have paid for their inconsistency and sit 16th in the standings. Chievo are in a similar situation and will be grateful for their good run of form earlier on in the season which has spared them from any relegation scraps. Considering both these sides form, I expect a bore draw.
Palermo vs Fiorentina
Like Pescara, Palermo have been extremely poor this season and do not deserve to remain in the Serie A, winning just three games all season. Fiorentina came from behind to win by the odd goal in nine over Inter in what was an extremely entertaining game of football. Away win expected.
Inter vs Napoli
Despite Icardi grabbing his second hat trick in two months his side still left Florence empty handed as Inter’s season seems to be ending in disaster, having not won a game out of their last five. Despite most likely finishing third, Napoli will also be disappointed with their season, having fallen out of the title race fairly on. Sarri’s men still lack they killer instinct to compete with Juventus but I predict their quality will see them through on Sunday evening.
Atalanta vs Bologna
Atalanta’s determined performance was rewarded as they snatched a cheeky point at the Olimpico to frustrate Spallett’s side and all but hand the title to Juventus. As expected Bologna were held in Sicily in what was a pretty boring game. The home side should have no problem winning this.
Fiorentina vs Inter
Both these sides are having a season to forgot considering the high expectations last September. La Viola sit in 8th place, four points below Inter who visit Florence fresh from a heated draw agaisnt rivals Milan in which Pioli’s men conceded the equaliser in the 97th minute. The home side will still be trying to figure out how they lost to lowly Empoli last Saturday. I predict a close encounter which will end in a draw.
Sassuolo vs Napoli
Sassuolo’s will be counting their lucky stars as they beat a Sampdoria side who had more than the lion’s share of chances last weekend. Napoli all but secured their Champions League football next season following a 3-0 win over Udinese to move 9 points clear of 4th place Lazio. I am backing Sarri’s men to win in the early Sunday afternoon kick-off.
Milan vs Empoli
Milan left it very late to frustrate Inter and secure a point in what was a great game of football to remain two points above their derby rivals. Empoli provided one of the shock results of Gameweek 32 as they scored a late penalty to win in Florence and move five points clear of the bottom three. The home side should have no problem winning this.
Chievo vs Torino
Chievo suffered probably their most embarrassing loss of the season in Sardinia as they conceded four unanswered goal to continue sliding down the table. Torino were left frustrated on Saturday afternoon when they conceded late on to drop two vital points against 18th place Crotone. Considering both sides recent form, I reckon a draw is the most likely outcome.
Lazio vs Palermo
Not for the first time this season Lazio snatched a point at the death to draw 2-2, in what was a great game of football at the Luigi Ferraris. Palermo couldn’t take their chances, despite playing for most of the game against ten-men, meaning the Sicilians are now 10 points from safety and all but destined for Serie B. Home win expected.
Sampdoria vs Crotone
Despite being the better side on the day, Sampdoria failed to make their chances count and were eventually beaten 2-1 in Sassuolo. Crotone were rewarded for their determination as they scored late on in Turin to snatch a point and maintain a glimmer of hope of surviving in the Serie A. I am backing the visitors to hold out for a draw.
Udinese vs Cagliari
Udinese were completely swept away by a much better Napoli side while Cagliari were ruthless when they knocked four past a hapless Chievo on Saturday afternoon. I predict an exciting score draw.
Juventus vs Genoa
Juventus took a massive step towards their sixth consecutive Scudetto on Saturday by comfortably beating Pescara while closest rivals dropped two points meaning Allegri’s men are now eight points clear with just six games to go. Genoa failed to kill the game off and were punished by a alte Luis Alberto equaliser. Home win for the Old Lady.
Pescara vs Roma
Pescara languish at the very bottom of the Serie A with little hope in site, 12 points from safety as they take on a far superior Roma side in what I expect will be a one sided affair. Away win expected.