The final weekend of the Premier League season is upon us, with the race for a top 4 finish the only element of the campaign as yet undecided. Champions Manchester City lost to Brighton in midweek and look to have one eye on the Champions League final, whilst Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United are already relegated. Liverpool and Chelsea appear to be in pole positions for a top 4 finish but FA Cup champions Leicester, will be doing all they can to disrupt proceedings.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the EPL:
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Arsenal vs Brighton – Emirates Stadium
Arsenal will be looking to finish the season in style as they take on Brighton. The Gunners can still finish in the top 7, which would be a reasonable return for a side that has struggled do desperately at times this season. They welcome a Brighton side that had their moment in the sun in beating Manchester City in midweek but will already be focusing on Premier League survival again next year. With not much on the line, all results are a possibility here, but Arsenal should prevail at home.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match ($1.66) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Arsenal to win 3-1
Aston Villa vs Chelsea – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($7.2)
Chelsea will be looking to wrap up their Champions League place next season, as they travel to Aston Villa. The hosts have been in excellent form for the majority of the season and the way in which they beat Tottenham in midweek was a real marker. They will be doing all they can to disrupt Chelsea here, who have a Champions League final on the horizon next weekend. The blues have been fighting on lots of fronts in recent weeks and they will be eager to get their top 4 place secured, before they travel out to Porto. Villa are tough to beat but Chelsea should ultimately prevail in this one.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match ($1.53) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Chelsea to win 2-1
Fulham vs Newcastle United – Craven Cottage
Newcastle United ($3.35)
Already relegated Fulham host Newcastle as both sides look towards building in the summer. The hosts battled hard in their survival bid but ultimately came up short and return to the Championship under the stewardship of Scott Parker. Newcastle meanwhile have kicked on a gear in recent weeks to secure their Premier League status, but speculation continues to grow around the future of manager Steve Bruce at the club. Another dead rubber with not much on the line and a draw could well be on the cards in this one.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.84) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Leeds vs West Bromwich Albion – Elland Road
West Bromwich Albion ($7)
Leeds will be looking to finish their season on a high as they take on already relegated West Bromwich Albion. The Whites have excelled in the Premier League this year and with a top half finish already secured, they will be looking to build towards next year. West Brom meanwhile are heading back down into the Championship and with Sam Allardyce confirming he is set to leave the club in the summer, a rebuilding job looks imminent. Leeds should pick up a comfortable win in front of their home fans to finish the season here.
Betting tip: Leeds to win the match ($1.49) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Leeds to win 3-0
Leicester City vs Tottenham – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($2.05)
FA Cup winners Leicester City will be looking to finish inside the top 4 as they host Tottenham. The Foxes have seen their fate slip out of their own hands in recent weeks and they will now be doing all they can to conclude a remarkable campaign in style. Tottenham meanwhile have been way off the pace this term and look to be facing a summer of upheaval, as Harry Kane is believed to be ready to leave the club. This is a huge game for Leicester, who should win and hope other sides falter.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match ($2.05) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Leicester City to win 2-1
Manchester City vs Everton – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.48)
Champions Manchester City will be looking to get momentum going once more, with their Champions League final on the horizon. They have been too good for all in front of them this season in the Premier League and they will want to give their fans something to cheer at the Etihad. Everton meanwhile have run out of steam a little in their Champions League push and now look to be fighting for a Europa League place. They have a tendency to spoil parties and with City perhaps preoccupied by the Champions League final, the Toffees could nick something here.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($5.25) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – Anfield
Crystal Palace ($19)
Liverpool will be hoping to salvage something from an otherwise poor season, as they take on Crystal Palace. The reds now have a top 4 finish in their own hands a win here would see them over the line. They take on a Palace side that are bidding farewell to Roy Hodgson and look to be building towards next season already. Liverpool need the win and with fans back inside Anfield, this should be a comfortable afternoon for the reds.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match ($1.19) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Liverpool to win 3-0
Sheffield United vs Burnley – Bramall Lane
Sheffield United ($3)
Already relegated Sheffield United play their final Premier League game as they welcome Burnley. The Blades have been poor all season and have looked a lost cause for much of the campaign. They will be looking to rebuild next season in the Championship, with a new manager at the helm. Burnley meanwhile have battled to survival once again and Sean Dyche looks to have the formula for keeping teams in the Premier League. This should be a cagey affair, but Burnley have goals in the squad and should prevail in this one.
Betting tip: Burnley to win the match ($2.45) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Burnley to win 2-1
Wolves vs Manchester United – Molineux
Manchester United ($2.76)
Wolves host Manchester United, with the reds sure to have one eye on the Europa League final in midweek. Wolves have struggled at times this season, mainly with injuries and they will be raring to go again next year. Manchester United meanwhile have ultimately come up well short in the title race, but a second place finish yields a brilliant return for the Red Devils comparatively. Predicting the XI’s here will be interesting and a draw could well be on the cards in this one.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.53) – Bet @ Sportsbet
West Ham United vs Southampton – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($1.77)
West Ham will be doing all they can to finish inside the top 6 as they take on Southampton. It has been a remarkable season for the Irons, who have flirted with the Champions League place all season but look set to be playing Europa League football next season. They take on a Southampton side that have also faded during the second half of the season and look to have one eye on the summer already. Simply by having something to play for here makes West Ham favourites for this one and they should pick up all three points to finish a great season.
Betting tip: West Ham United to win the match ($1.77) – Bet @ Sportsbet
West Ham United to win 3-1
EPL Week 38 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week in our multi bet with a stake of $50:
Sheffield United vs Burnley – Burnley to win
Leeds United vs West Bromwich Albion – Leeds United to win
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – Liverpool to win
Arsenal vs Brighton – Arsenal to win
A $50 wager would pay out $355 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
Combining his sports coaching career with freelance journalism, Sam is a sports betting writer for various online publications. He is looking to develop both his respective coaching and writing careers, whilst incorporating his other huge passion – travelling the world.
Sam currently lives and works in Milan, Italy and playing/following/writing about cricket, football (soccer), tennis, formula 1 and golf continue to take up much of his spare time.