EPL Gameweek 38
Another memorable EPL season comes to a close this week. Chelsea will celebrate their title winning run at home to Sunderland while Mourinho is set to put out an entire second string squad against Crystal Palace in order to avoid any injuries leading into the Europa League Final. Liverpool can secure 4th with a win at home to Middlesbrough with Arsenal needing favours in order to grab a coveted Champions League spot for next season – favours that they WILL NOT get! The Wolf says it will be a week for celebration and the final round of the season has historically thrown up some crazy scorelines like the 5-5 draw between West Brom and Man Utd in 2013. There were 35 goals scored in the final round last season with both teams finding the back of the net in 8 of the 10 fixtures, 7 of the games producing at least 3 goals and half of them at least 4. All games kick off at the same time and it makes for a very entertaining 2 hours.
Feature EPL Match Previews
Arsenal v Everton – (Sun 12:00am)
Arsene Wenger’s unheralded success of consistently qualifying for the Champions League is about to come to an end and the ‘Wenger Out’ jeers will be getting louder and louder in the coming weeks. They have won 6 of their last 7 but even a win will not be enough. They need Liverpool to drop points or Man City to lose at home to be any chance and The Wolf simply cannot see it happening. Everton are winless in their last 7 away games in the league and Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 20 at home to Everton. The Gunners will give themselves a chance by winning but it will all be to no avail.
Best: Over 2.5 & Arsenal ($1.80)
Value: 1st Goalscorer – Alexis Sanchez ($4.00)
Chelsea v Sunderland – (Sun 12:00am)
Chelsea will celebrate their second title in three seasons and what a turn around it has been for Antonio Conte and the Blues. They took full advantage of the fact that they had no European commitments and after some defensive frailties early the Italian manager weaved his magic to help Chelsea go on a decisive 13 game win streak. They never looked back and after resting most of his key players last week it will be all hands on deck for the celebration game. Sunderland may have failed to score in 13 of their last 19 away games across all competitions but have scored in each of their last 4 trips to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will want to put on a show for their fans so we should see a very open encounter with a bag full of goals.
Best: Over 3.5 goals ($2.10)
Value: Both Teams To Score – YES ($2.30)
Hull v Tottenham – (Sun 12:00am)
Spurs put on a clinic away to Leicester midweek and a 4 goal haul for Harry Kane moved him 2 goals clear of Lukaku for the league’s top scorer. Hull will look to give their fans one last thing to cheer for as they will be in The Championship next season. History suggests this one will not go well for them. This will be the 5th time that they end a EPL season at home and they have failed to score a single goal in the other four occasions. There are some positives though. With Marco Silva at the helm the Tigers have collected 19 of a possible 24 points at home in the league – 6 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. With multiple goals in 7 of their last 9 at home they won’t be kept scoreless. This could be one of those 10 goal games!
Best: Hull Over 1.5 goals
Value: Over 4.5 goals
Liverpool v Middlesbrough – (Sun 12:00am)
Surely Liverpool will not buckle at the final step… The Reds can return to the Champions League with a win at home to Boro and the bookies have completely written off the visitors who are paying $29 for the win – a price that you simply do not see in the Premier League, not matter who is playing. That being said, Boro are without a win in their last 17 away league games and have been held scoreless in 7 of their last 8 trips. Liverpool will want to seal the win early and The Wolf is expecting them to explode out of the blocks. Klopp and his men will be having a party.
Best: 1st Half Over 1.5 goals ($2.10)
Value: Liverpool 4+ goals ($2.50)
Man Utd v Crystal Palace – (Sun 12:00am)
We’ve all seen the meme’s about Mourinho and his sides results but they can salvage their season by winning the Europa League and the ‘chosen one’ is fully aware of it. He has already hinted that he will play a completely second string side for this clash and a loss would mean one of the worst statistical seasons Old Trafford has ever seen. Here is a quick run down of the last 12 months… Man Utd sacked Louis Van Gaal and appointed Mourinho. They then signed Zlatan, the Bundesliga player of the year (Mkhitaryan) and the world’s most expensive footballer in Pogba. In addition they went 25 league games without defeat yet they will still finish 6th! The stats don’t lie. Utd will win no more than 18 league games this season – the clubs fewest in the Premier League era and their current goal tally of 52 is the lowest behind only Van Gaal’s side last season. To add insult to injury they have fewer wins at home than relegated Hull. Things will go from bad to worse when Palace take all 3 points. Only Europa can salvage their season.
Best: Crystal Palace WIN ($2.70)
Value: HT/FT – Palace/Palace ($4.50)