With the final week of the season upon us, we think that most sides will go gangbusters and score lines should set up nicely for managers. Stoke and WBA have already set themselves up for relegation with the Swans needing a 10 goal swing to keep their EPL hopes alive. Southampton clinched a critical win over Swansea to basically keep their hopes of staying in the premiership alive.
Other relevant contention: 1) Kane is trailing Salah for the golden boot by 3 goals. Aguero is trailing Salah by 10 in distant third 2) Tottenham’s win over Newcastle guarantee the team a top-four spot and Champions League football for next season, 3) Arsenal are still without an away win in 2018 after losing to Leicester and 4) Chelsea suffered a huge blow drawing to Huddersfield, effectively keeping them out of the Champions League for next year.
Forwards: Jesus, Kane, Aubameyang
Midfield: Arnautovic, Salah, Zaha, Sterling
Defense: Laporte, Mustafi, PvA
Up top, power forwards are likely to dominate this week. Jesus and City are at risk of rotation but that should come as no surprise. No matter, Pep will want to exit the season with flair as he has done so for most EPL games this season. While he probably felt short of expectations given the side he has (esp silverware in Europe), winning the Premier League is still worth a nod. Kane and Tottenham will be out to have fun against Leicester who have been as volatile as ever in the last 2 GW’s. Losing to Palace 5-0 but winning against Arsenal, creates quite a bit of uncertainty as to what side is expected to show up. Kane will still chase the golden boot here, even if the chances of catching Salah are slim. He also does need a small confidence boost ahead of the world cup this summer and will be looking to find the net more than ever.
Auba and Arsenal are expected to find their first away win in 2018. Huddersfield are not exactly a rock solid team at home. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal’s last 10 games and we expect this to be the turning point in their away form.
In midfield, much of the same. Sterling did not feature in the second of the DGW”s leaving him likely to return to the lineup next week. Zaha continues to play in a very attacking position and will be setup nicely against bottom-ranked and already relegated WBA. Crystal Palace are undefeated in their last 5 matches, but surprisingly so are WBA. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Crystal Palace’s last 4 home games. Arnie and Salah ring out the balance of our mid. At time of writing, Arnie is yet to play United (there have been doubts about his ability to start).
As for cleans, we think City, Palace, Arsenal and United have the best chances of keeping cleans given their opponents. Southampton (vs. City) have been lackluster this season, barely hanging on to a spot in the premiership. Man City have scored at least 3 goals in their last 3 away matches, and will rely heavily on their offense to keep a clean. WBA have nothing to play for except their pride. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Huddersfield’s last 9 games.