Everton vs. Watford
After a defeat to salvation-chasing Swansea City last Saturday, Everton can finish no higher than seventh, meaning they will enter next season’s Europa League in the third qualifying round. Effectively, their last two games are merely platforms for Romelu Lukaku to seal up the EPL golden boot. Look for him to add to his 24 league goals at Watford’s expense.
West Brom vs. Chelsea
We’ve practically known for months, but on Friday it will be official. Needing one win to clinch their second league title in three seasons and fifth in the Premier League era, Chelsea will officially remove the elect from their champions elect with a win at the Hawthorns and complete the first part of a potential double in Antonio Conte’s first season
Manchester City vs. Leicester City
Having lost their last two league matches against the Foxes, Manchester City will be well aware of what’s required to beat their toughest remaining opponent. Like last week when they decimated Crystal Palace, the Citizens will show the required urgency needed in their race for Champions League football and take care of business
Bournemouth vs. Burnley
Both safe from the drop, both probably already thinking about needed summer vacations, home team to take the spoils in a free and easy contest.
Middlesbrough vs. Southampton
Back down to the Championship following their 3-0 defeat to Chelsea, Boro can start focusing on making a swift return to the Premiership. But expect to make one take down before heading for the second tier and defeat the Saints.
Sunderland vs. Swansea
Sunderland are essentially playing a game of ‘if we’re going down, you’re coming with us,’ and after stunning Hull City last week, look for the Black Cats to purr once again and defeat a Swansea team who may err like Hull and take this game for granted.
Crystal Palace vs. Hull City
Hull’s defeat last week could prove the death knell, with a final day home date against Spurs also to come. Palace need a win to be sure of survival after last week’s no-show and after a wobbly patch of late, will earn that victory at the expense of Marcos Silva’s squad. It doesn’t look good Hull.
Stoke vs. Arsenal
After conquering two demons, their winless run against Jose Mourinho and 14-year wait for a win at Southampton, Arsenal’s top four hope have been reinvigorated. They’re still behind the eight ball, four points behind Liverpool with a game in hand and three games to go. While Stoke don’t have anything to play for per se, they’ll be up for a fixture they rarely lose against a team who usually shrivels up against more physical sides. Sorry Arsenal fans, a third breakthrough win in a week isn’t forthcoming, ending their highly commendable top four run.
West Ham vs. Liverpool
Arsenal fans will be hoping West Ham does them a favour a la 2005/06 to squeeze into the top four as they welcome the Reds. Liverpool’s home struggles of late have given the Gunners hope, but away from home, they’ve been gritty and grinding out results. The Hammers will be tricky, especially after ending Spurs’ title dream last Friday. But this Liverpool side seems made of different stuff and, with Boro at home on the last day, Klopp’s men will effectively seal a top four berth at the Olympic Stadium.
Spurs vs. Manchester United
What seemed like a game that would so much more at stake two weeks ago has been reduced to being just a sendoff fixture for White Hart Lane. United still have a slim shot at the top four, but with the Europa League final on the horizon, Mourinho may opt to put his eggs in one basket, paving the way for Tottenham to end their long run at the Lane on a high.
Chelsea vs. Watford
Should Chelsea win on Friday, this game will be part of a week-long party for the Blues and particularly departing captain, John Terry, who’s sure to start the last couple of games. Don’t expect Watford to play spoiler.
Arsenal vs. Sunderland
A win here for the Gunners is expected, though should the previous predictions come to fruition, it will be a hollow one as the focus will likely switch to reclaiming the FA Cup.
Manchester City vs. West Brom
Look for Blue Moon to shine one last time at the Etihad and seal Champions League group stage football with a win. If anything, this home stand will prove a great bit of respite for a City attack full of promise but too often inconsistent.
Southampton vs. Manchester United
With United’s top four hopes dashed, look for them to give the youngsters a run out and for these last few games to essentially decide who Mourinho will place his faith in going into the Europa League final on May 24.
Leicester vs. Tottenham
Leicester have been rolling at home since Craig Shakespeare took over, having won every game at the King Power Stadium since the change. That will end though against Spurs, who will try to end another disappointing May in the right fashion