Preview: Premier League matchweek 38

Admin | 23 Jul 2020

By Nilavro Ghosh

The champions and the runners up have been decided but the battle for Europe and the fight for survival are all set to be played out on the last day of what has been a dramatic season

While Norwich City’s relegation has been confirmed, three teams will battle it out to claim the last available place in next year’s Premier League. While Bournemouth, on 31 points, seem likely to go down to the Championship, Aston Villa and Watford will have a keen eye on each other’s game as they are still level on points.

On paper, Villa seems to have gotten a favorable draw as they travel to the London Stadium to take on high flying West Ham United. Watford, however, will have a huge task on their hands when they travel to The Emirates to take on Arsenal. The Hornets will take some confidence from Villa’s victory over the Gunners in the latter’s most recent game.

Bournemouth still have an outside chance of playing next year’s Premier League if both Villa and Watford lose. They would still have to win an away game against Ancelotti’s Everton by any margin. The goal difference between all three sides combined is one. Bournemouth and Watford have -27 while Villa has -26.

The Cherries will give it their all at Goodison Park and if luck is on their side, Eddie Howe may well have another season in the country’s top league.

Credits: Sky Sports

Shifting the focus to the top half of the table, Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City are all set for an incredible climax to the season. The three sides are fighting for one of the remaining two Champions League places.

United are on third, level on points Chelsea but far ahead on goal difference. The Red Devils travel to the dreaded King Power stadium to face fifth place Leicester City who are a point behind them. A win or a draw would seal top four for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men while the Foxes have to win to play Champions League (CL) football next season. Both the sides are going through a slump in form at the moment but United are slight favorites to clinch the CL place.

Credits: The Independent

Chelsea host sixth place Wolverhampton Wanderers to Stamford Bridge. While the Blues only need a point to qualify, a loss and a draw in the United-Leicester game would see them in the Europa League next season. Wolves’ attack is one of the most lethal in the league and given Chelsea’s defensive misfortunes, manager Frank Lampard will have his job cut out for him.

The American talisman Christian Pulisic has been in good form for the Blues and he will be key if Chelsea were to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Lampard’s men, however, are favorites to qualify.

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