Wolves 1-2 Liverpool
In the second most significant match of super Sunday, Liverpool must be on their game if they hope to keep their chances of winning their first Premier League title alive. Liverpool has had a truly incredible season that deserves at least one trophy. That may come in the form of the Champions League or the Premier League or they may leave for the summer empty-handed. The final possibility is improbable given the unrelenting quality of this unique squad that has spurred them to countless last-minute goals and inspiring comebacks. Liverpool will be boosted by the return of Salah to the lineup who will make up for any tired legs following the Reds remarkable comeback against Barcelona from last Tuesday.
The Portuguese National team, sorry, Wolverhampton Wanderers, pose a tough final match. Wolves have an impressive record against the top 6, securing at least a draw or a win against every single side they have faced in the Premier League besides Liverpool – the club they knocked out of the FA Cup. Neves, Jota, Jimenez, Dendoncker, and Moutinho are all players of extremely high quality and fitness who will relish one final opportunity to stick it to the top six. Wolves have produced a remarkable campaign for their first season back in the Premier League and will be finishing this weekend as competitors in next year’s Europa League having officially secured 7th place.
Once again, Liverpool’s quality will overcome their opponents. Don’t be surprised, however, when Wolves spring a surprising counter-attack through Neves and Jota that results in a goal. Even if they do find the net, Liverpool will score more. Nothing will stop this Liverpool side from finishing the season with a win and, quite possibly, a Premier League trophy.
Manchester City 3-0 Brighton
When Vincent Kompany scored a pile driver of a goal against Leicester last weekend, rumor has it that Manchester City fans could hear shouts of exasperation ringing out all the way from Liverpool. It will take a momentous effort to stop Pep’s robots from savagely hoisting their second straight Premier League trophy this weekend. Unfortunately, Brighton is the team standing in their way.
Having recently secured safety in the League, Brighton has little more to play for than their pride which, if you weren’t aware, doesn’t run very high in the land of Brighton.
But, hey, nothing is impossible! Maybe Chris Hughton’s men can pull off the most stunning result of the season and scramble a draw from the City machine. Right?
No. No, they cannot.
Congratulations, Manchester City. Ladies and Gentlemen, I now present your 2018-2019 Premier League Champions. Ugh.
Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
The motivations for both teams here run extremely low. For Chelsea, they have just reached the final of the Europa League and currently hold third place in the League having secured Champions League football for next season. For the blues, they will look to celebrate the match as potentially Eden Hazard’s final Premier League appearance. If this is the last time that Eden Hazard steps onto the pitch as a member of the Premier League, everyone should thank him for his brilliance and humility that has seen him develop into the greatest player in England over the last five years. If Chelsea would like to stop Spurs from overtaking them for the trophy of “Best of the Rest” of the top six, they must secure all three points from the match.
Leicester, on the other hand, will rightfully have their minds on the beaches of Dubai or Cornwall or wherever they decide to vacation. Jamie Vardy has the potential to reach 20 goals in all competitions if the result falls his way. Also, Brendan Rodgers will relish the opportunity to get one over on the club that spawned his managerial career and cement the Leicester fans faith in their new manager.
Neither team will put up much fight in this match, especially given their respective injuries and lack of concern for the result. This match has 1-1 draw written all over it.
Arsenal 1-2 Burnley
Though Arsenal resembles a galactic force in the Europa League, their Premier League form has more in common with my 8th grade C team. Emery’s men have secured only a single point from the last twelve available, seeing their hopes as Champions League qualification slip through their fingers. As a Chelsea fan, I’d like to take this moment to thank Arsenal from being so terrible in these past few weeks that they have allowed the Blues to surge into third place.
Currently, Arsenal has their sights set on the Europa League as their most direct path to Champions League qualification. They have been absolutely dynamite in Europe and will deserve to enter their final against Chelsea as favorites. The Premier League, however, has not been kind to the Gunners and will see them finish outside of the top 4 yet again.
Sean Dyche’s Burnley may have lost their last two league games after securing survival, but they will want to finish the season on a high note. Don’t be shocked to see Burnley pick up a surprise win this weekend.
Everton 2-2 Spurs
Tottenham is ecstatic following their Champions League heroics in the semifinal against Ajax on Wednesday night. With injuries and absences beginning to compound, however, Pochettino’s side will be a shell of the team that started the campaign as they take the pitch against Everton on Sunday. Spurs currently hold 4th in the Premier League and will return to the Champions League barring complete collapse in this weekends match. This match will be a cagey affair as Spurs tired legs attempt to keep pace with the lightning rods of Everton including Digne and Richarlison – two players likely to hurt any team on the counter-attack. The match will finish in a draw as each set of supporters see a mediocre end to their domestic campaign.
Cardiff City 0-1 Manchester United
Manchester United’s disappointing campaign will finally come to an end this Sunday as they find themselves left out of the Champions League party for next season. With every other member of the top six competing for a European Trophy in a few weeks besides the Red Devils, Ole’s men will be happy to scramble away from England to put in their headsets, apply their tanning oil, and lie on the beach. United’s form has been absolutely miserable lately. Against relegated Cardiff and playing at Old Trafford, however, even the most pessimistic United supporter would expect a win. Many of these United Players will not be in the team next season including the big man, Paul Pogba. Perhaps this is his final Premier League match. If it is, what a way to exit – winning three points at home to Cardiff City as your team whimpers its way to sixth place in the League.
Newcastle 1-1 Fulham
Fulham has been playing their best football of the season in the past few weeks. Unfortunately, they decided to start this trend after they had been relegated from the Premier League. What a remarkable strategy. Fulham will desire to give their home fans one final performance to cheer for and are likely to pull off a rare win against Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle. I don’t know who will be watching this match but, whoever you are, I hope you are surrounded by friends and loved ones who are willing to pull you out of this dark, dark period of your life.
Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace ends the season in relatively good form considering their depressing start to the campaign and the persistence of Roy Hodgson’s managerial tactics that make many wonder if the manager is lying about his age and is in fact 81, not 71. Crystal Palace has the potential to finish the year on yet another high as they will likely pick up another three points against Bournemouth. Eddie Howe’s team is riddled with injuries and have struggled to claw out results against manageable opponents in recent weeks. Just last week, against a nine-man Spurs side, Bournemouth barely managed a shot on target until the final few minutes of the match when they finally scored thanks to a Nathan Ake header. Crystal Palace wins this weekend, hoping to inspire their fans to regain their confidence in the club’s precarious position as a viable Premier League side.
West Ham 0-2 Watford
Since beating Wolves in a thrilling FA Cup semifinal, Watford’s form has dipped dramatically. Last week they keeled over as Chelsea slammed three past them at Stamford Bridge. West Ham, whose season has resembled a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, have looked decent in their past couple of matches, winning both comfortably. Watford’s quality, however, should be enough to get them over the line with a victory. After all, a win on the last day of the season would be the perfect send off as they approach their massive FA Cup final against Manchester City that is quickly approaching.
Huddersfield 0-4 Southampton
Unfortunately for the Terriers, their final game of the season will be a reminder of their woeful performance throughout their entire campaign. Huddersfield has had a horrible season. It is only fitting that their final match is just as bad. Southampton, who desire to fully erase their terrible performance in the first half of the season, can leave their fans satisfied with their season if they can win big on the final day. Southampton will achieve their goal, sending Huddersfield into the championship with a boot to the chest that would make Leonidas proud.