The Premier League champions are decided, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League finalists are ready to lock horns on the last week of May, and the FA Cup final fixture is also set to take place a week earlier. With that, the only thrill remains in the Premier League is to see who finish in the top four and who get demoted to the Championship in the next season.
Let us start our discussion with a quick look at the upcoming matches this weekend.
It goes without an iota of doubt that this Sunday showdown will be the most crucial fixture to set the fate of the Premier League giants this season. With a defeat against Manchester United, Arsenal are out of the race of the top four. If Chelsea lose against Liverpool, they will be out of contention too. However, should they manage to sneak a victory over Mo Salah and co, they will reduce the gap to three points, with a match in hand. And that would give Antonio Conte’s men more than a sliver of hope.
With three more points from the next week fixture against Huddersfield, Chelsea will be level at points with Liverpool. And then, in the final Premier League gameweek, all Chelsea will want to happen is to see a slip-up from Liverpool in their outing against Brighton while they themselves get a victory over Newcastle United. Luck will have to be in favour of the Blues, but it’s still not going to be out of the question, don’t you think?
(2) The exciting relegation battle:
West Bromwich are almost set to relegate at the end of the season. If they lose any point against Spurs, their demotion will be confirmed. It will be, however, interesting to see who join them next year.
In the table below, we can see how the bottom seven teams look at the moment. Just above Brighton, Watford, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are all at 38 points from 36 games, and barring a few mathematical jargon, they should be realistically safe to stay.
This weekend, Stoke have to get the better of the Eagles to stay afloat in the British top tier. If they lose or draw and both Swansea and Southampton manage to win, Stoke’s relegation will be confirmed too. Similarly, the Swans and the Saints will also aim for all three points in their Saturday outings. Southampton, especially, have to keep in mind that their final game is against the Champions and hence, any point will be difficult to obtain.
(3) Huddersfield’s miserable fixtures:
Premier League’s new boys might not be able to see it through this season. They have been very good for large parts of the season. In fact, the Terriers started the season brilliantly, with only one loss and four clean sheets in the first six games. However, they have faltered, mostly due to inexperience and that has seen them losing points. As you can see above, they are now at 16th spot, three points above the drop zone. But, they might not be able to save their glory for another season. Huddersfield will face Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in their last three Premier League games and it is very likely that they will not be able to grab a single point from these games. Naturally, they might see themselves in the bottom three at the end of the season.
(4) Salah vs Kane – race to personal feat:
This year’s star signing, Liverpool’s Mo Salah is now leading the chart of Premier League top scorers with 31 goals. But, Harry Kane is also not far behind. The Tottenham star has 27 goals to his name, with one extra match to play. This weekend, Kane will be facing the last boys of the British top tier while the Egyptian king will be up against a resilient Chelsea. Thus, the Englishman has a slight edge and he can try to reduce the gap with some fantastic goals. Salah, on the other hand, definitely knows about this and will be all in for proving his class, just as he has done on numerous occasions this season.
All in all, the viewers can surely expect a mouth-watering battle between two of the top Premier League players.