The wait is over! Leicester City are the new Premier League champions. While the Premier League title race may have already been decided, there’s plenty to look forward to, as we head for the penultimate round of fixtures.
Attention now shifts towards the relegation battle where three teams – Norwich City, Sunderland and Newcastle United – are fighting for survival. Also, there’s an interesting battle going on for the Champions League spots next season, with Arsenal, West Ham and both the Manchester clubs are heavily involved.
FIXTURES & TV INFO
Norwich vs. Man United – Saturday 12:45pm, BT Sport 1
Aston Villa vs. Newcastle – Saturday 3pm
Bournemouth vs. West Brom – Saturday 3pm
Crystal Palace vs. Stoke – Saturday 3pm
Sunderland vs. Chelsea – Saturday 3pm
West Ham vs. Swansea – Saturday 3pm
Leicester vs. Everton – Saturday 5:30pm, Sky Sports 1
Tottenham vs. Southampton – Sunday 1:30pm, Sky Sports 1
Liverpool vs. Watford – Sunday 4pm
Man City vs. Arsenal – Sunday 4pm, Sky Sports 1
Norwich vs Manchester United
The Canaries suffered a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal last weekend and desperately need points on the table to ensure safety. Manchester United, on the other hand, will be disappointed for failing to pick up three points against Leicester City at Old Trafford last weekend, especially considering they had dominated the game and Manchester City lost 4-2 against Southampton.
Prediction: Norwich 1-2 Manchester United
Aston Villa vs Newcastle United
Villa Park will bid farewell to Premier League with Saturday’s game against Newcastle United. The Magpies have found form at the crucial time and should pick up three points against a side that have failed to win in their last 12 matches.
Prediction: Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle United
Sunderland vs Chelsea
The Blues showed great fightback in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham last weekend, and they need to put up a similar kind of performance when they face Sunderland who are fighting for survival.
[Chelsea have released their new 2016/17 home kit manufactured by Adidas earlier this week and it will be debuted against Leicester City in the Blues’ final game of the season]
Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 Chelsea
Leicester City vs Everton
The fixture hardly holds any significance now, with Leicester having won the Premier League title last weekend. The home fans will be in a party mood right now and results are inconsequential at the moment.
[Leicester City have released their brand new 2016-17 home shirt manufactured by Puma on May 6, and the fans could see their players wearing the new kit against Everton on Saturday]
Prediction: Leicester 2-1 Everton
Tottenham vs Southampton
Spurs remain the only Premier League team Southampton have not beaten since they returned to the Premier League in 2012. Spurs are missing Dembele and Alli through suspension, while Southampton are on a roll at the moment, having scored eight goals in their last two games.
Prediction: Spurs 1-1 Southampton
Liverpool vs Watford
Jurgen Klopp will be looking to keep the momentum going after Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Villarreal in the Europa semifinal on Thursday. The German would likely to rotate the squad for this one again but expect the home side to pick up full three points on Sunday.
Prediction: Liverpool 3-2 Watford
West Ham vs Swansea
The Swans have secured their safety in the Premier League after beating Liverpool 3-1 last weekend. However, they face a tough challenge against West Ham, who have European qualifications to play for.
Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Swansea
Crystal Palace vs Stoke City
While the focus is on the FA Cup, Crystal Palace are still not mathematically guaranteed safety yet. A win over Stoke City would secure that. On the other hand, Stoke are looking for their first win in two months and thus it should be an interesting contest at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Stoke City
Bournemouth vs West Brom
Eddie Howe’s side are going through a crisis at the moment having lost five times in their last six games. The Baggies will be looking to avenge a 2-1 loss in the reverse fixture and Tony Pulis may field an attacking line-up for this one.
Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 West Brom
Manchester City vs Arsenal
Interestingly, City’s season now depends on winning their final two games of the season after bowing out of the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid earlier this week. The Gunners are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games and are hoping to take advantage of City’s midweek Champions League exploits when the two teams meet on Sunday.
Prediction: Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal