We’re into the penultimate weekend of the 2017/18 season which has just seen Manchester City being crowned champions. Week 37 begins with Manchester United’s trip to the Amex, where Jose Mourinho will be hoping to avoid becoming the first United manager to lose away at all three promoted teams in a Premier League season, and ends with a blockbuster clash between Chelsea and Liverpool that could well decide the Blues’ chances of playing Champions League football next season.
Brighton (Nike) v Man Utd (Adidas)
United have already been beaten away by both Huddersfield and Newcastle and will be seeking to avoid another away loss at the hands of a promoted team. Brighton have all but guaranteed their stay in the top flight next season after drawing 0-0 with Burnley in their previous game. The previous clashes between the two sides this season, both at Old Trafford, have gone 1-0 and 2-0 in favour of the home side.
On United’s side is Brighton’s poor recent home record- the Seagulls are winless in their last six at the Amex, and the little fact that the Red Devils have never lost a league game on a Friday.
Arsenal (Puma) vs Burnley (Puma)
This all-Puma battle will be Arsene Wenger’s final game in charge of Arsenal. The Gunners were knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday evening by Atletico Madrid, dashing Wenger’s dreams of a final title in charge of the Gunners.
Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by United last weekend but the performances of youngsters like Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Konstantinos Mavropanos would’ve been hugely encouraging for Wenger, who is expected to again give youth a chance against Sean Dyche’s side.
Victory for Arsenal will confirm sixth place finish for them.
Leicester (Puma) v West Ham (Umbro)
Leicester were thrashed 5-0 by Crystal Palace last weekend, a result that saw Palace take a massive step towards staying up. West Ham will be hoping that the same Leicester turn up this weekend and boost their chances of survival. Should the Hammers lose this one, this could get real messy for David Moyes’ side. A look at FootyAccumulators.com shows that the visitors are 12/5 outsiders to beat the Foxes.
Other important fixtures in the bottom half
West Brom gave themselves a glimmer of hope by beating Newcastle last weekend, but an encore at home against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs might be asking a bit too much of the Baggies.
Everton pushed Huddersfield back into the relegation dogfight with a 2-0 win last weekend, and could deal a devastating blow to Southampton’s chances of survival if they beat them at Goodison Park. The team Saints beat in Round 36, Bournemouth, will again be away at another relegation threatened team, this time in the form of Stoke.
Chelsea (Nike) v Liverpool (New Balance)
Liverpool ended a Nike team’s European campaign in midweek when they beat Roma 7-6 on aggregate, and could do the same to Chelsea’s hopes of playing CL footy next season if they beat them at the Bridge.
The Reds have a six point cushion over the Blues but the latter have a game in hand. A defeat here could very well mean Liverpool finishing outside the top four, which would necessitate them HAVING to beat Real in Kiev. A lot riding on this one, but will they have the legs to compete after their midweek trip to Rome?