There is only one relegation place to be selected the ultimate day of the Premier League season, with Swansea needing a minor miracle to outlive on the expense of Southampton.
Can the Welsh aspect pull it off? BBC Sport’s soccer professional Mark Lawrenson thinks not, saying: “I anticipate Swansea to beat Stoke, however not by anyplace close to sufficient for them to remain up.
“For Southampton to be relegated now, they must lose to Manchester Metropolis whereas Swansea win, and with a nine-goal swing in aim distinction – which isn’t going to occur.”
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight video games this season, in opposition to a wide range of friends.
His closing visitor of the 2017-18 marketing campaign is England netball head coach Tracey Neville.
Tracey, who steered England to gold at the last month’s Commonwealth Games, is the youthful sister of former England defender and coach Gary Neville, and the dual of England ladies’s soccer head coach Phil.
Tracey grew up supporting the group that each her brothers performed for – Manchester United.
“It’s United all the best way for me – they’re true to my coronary heart,” she instructed BBC Sport. “I do nonetheless have a season ticket at Outdated Trafford however I do not really get out to look at them as of late – I’m most likely extra of a social supporter.”
Her favorite second as a United fan is a sport each her brothers had been concerned in – their last-gasp win within the 1999 Champions League closing, when Gary performed in opposition to Bayern Munich on the Nou Camp and Phil was on the bench.
“It is bought to be Barcelona, hasn’t it?” Neville mentioned. “It’s bizarre that it occurred in the identical approach that my second occurred on the Commonwealth Video games, getting back from behind to triumph within the final seconds.
“I simply bear in mind being away on tour with the England netball group as a participant, sat watching it in my lodge room at about 4am.
“My room-mate was within the mattress subsequent to mine and, when United’s winner went in, I simply bear in mind placing my pillow to my mouth and actually screaming into it so I did not wake her up.”
|Premier League predictions – week 38|
|Burnley v Bournemouth||x-x||2-1||0-0|
|Crystal Palace v West Brom||x-x||1-2||0-1|
|Huddersfield v Arsenal||x-x||1-1||0-2|
|Liverpool v Brighton||x-x||2-0||1-2|
|Man Utd v Watford||x-x||2-0||2-0|
|Newcastle v Chelsea||x-x||0-2||2-1|
|Southampton v Man Metropolis||x-x||0-2||0-4|
|Swansea v Stoke||x-x||2-0||1-2|
|Tottenham v Leicester||x-x||2-0||1-0|
|West Ham v Everton||x-x||2-0||0-0|
An accurate consequence (choosing a win, draw or defeat) is value 10 factors. The precise rating earns 40 factors.
All kick-offs 15:00 BST.
Burnley v Bournemouth
Each of those groups have had good seasons. In truth, Burnley have had an excellent one.
The Clarets are in Europe already so this consequence does probably not matter, however they are going to need to finish such a profitable season on a excessive with a house win.
Bournemouth made a foul begin, shedding their first 4 video games, however after recovering from that, they’ve by no means significantly appeared like they’re in any actual relegation bother.
One other large optimistic for the Cherries is their potential to return again in video games, and so they attempt to play soccer as nicely, which can be a superb factor.
You do not get the sense that they begin the season considering that they only need to keep away from relegation any approach they will – their mantra appears to be extra alongside the strains of “let’s go and play”.
Compared, the Clarets aren’t essentially the most open group – they are often fairly useful – however I feel they are going to come out on prime on Sunday.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Tracey’s prediction: Neither group has something to play for thus this could possibly be fairly a flat sport. 0-0
Crystal Palace v West Brom
After 5 video games of the season, West Brom had been 10th with two wins, two attracts and only one defeat, whereas Crystal Palace had been backside with zero factors. What a distinction there was of their outcomes since then.
What I like about Palace goes past the best way they’ve been coached and the best way their supervisor Roy Hodgson has bought outcomes. That has all been very spectacular, however their success can be all the way down to their followers.
Once they play at Selhurst Park it’s actually intimidating. It’s all the time noisy and the environment is nice, and I do not suppose you’ll be able to say that about too many grounds within the Premier League.
Having mentioned all that, I’m going for a shock right here, as a result of I feel the Baggies will win.
Their type beneath caretaker supervisor Darren Moore has been very good and though they’ve been relegated since their final match, Saturday’s win over Spurs, I’m anticipating one other sturdy efficiency from them right here.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-2
Tracey’s prediction: West Brom are down however I nonetheless suppose they are going to need to placed on a superb efficiency for his or her caretaker supervisor Darren Moore. 0-1
Huddersfield v Arsenal
I didn’t see Huddersfield’s draw with Chelsea on Wednesday coming, identical as I didn’t anticipate them to get something at Manchester Metropolis on Sunday both.
These two factors in opposition to two of the highest 5 groups within the nation have gotten the Terriers to security, and I doff my cap to them as a result of I by no means fancied them to remain up from day one.
You’ll be able to see that from the league desk beneath primarily based on my predictions – and I do know Huddersfield followers have already observed that.
However that was as a result of I all the time thought they had been going to get relegated and didn’t suppose that they had sufficient to remain up.
Within the final quarter of the season you might see them sinking into the abyss in order that they deserve immense credit score for turning that round and beating the drop.
I’m happy too, as a result of they’re what I might name a typical Championship group who bought promoted and have needed to combat very laborious to remain there. The supervisor, David Wagner, has performed a brilliant job.
As for Arsenal, am I stunned that they win 5-Zero at residence after which comply with that by shedding 3-1 at Leicester? No, in no way.
The Gunners are nonetheless the one group within the prime 4 tiers of English soccer to not have earned a single level on the street in 2018, though I do suppose that can change on Sunday.
There isn’t any approach Huddersfield will play with the identical depth now they’re secure, and a extra open sport will go well with Arsene Wenger’s aspect in his closing sport in cost.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Tracey’s prediction: It’s Wenger’s final sport so I feel Arsenal will do it for his or her supervisor. 0-2
Liverpool v Brighton
Liverpool’s superior aim distinction means they solely want a degree to make sure of ending above Chelsea and making the highest 4, and I feel the Reds will get the consequence they want.
Brighton secured their survival by beating Manchester United final Friday evening and they don’t seem to be combating for something anymore.
All three promoted groups – Newcastle, Huddersfield and the Seagulls – have stayed up and so they have fought laborious for it, as a result of all of three of them have barely scratched the highest half of the desk for the reason that finish of November.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Tracey’s prediction: Liverpool have come off a reasonably robust marketing campaign and I’m backing Brighton right here. 1-2
Man Utd v Watford
It has been a little bit of an odd season for Manchester United, however they’re going to end second and so they might win the FA Cup too.
However Jose Mourinho’s enjoying type is clearly a serious downside for some United followers, and the opposite large difficulty is that they do not appear like they’re going to be anyplace close to Manchester Metropolis once more subsequent season both.
I’m anticipating United to win and move the 80-point mark, which has been sufficient to win the title in 4 seasons in the course of the Premier League period, however they by no means bought near Metropolis this yr.
In the meantime, it has been a troublesome marketing campaign for Watford and, though they’ve by no means actually been in peril of relegation, this could possibly be Javi Gracia’s final sport in command of the Hornets.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Tracey’s prediction: I’m clearly going for a United win right here. 2-0
There has positively been progress from United beneath Mourinho, when it comes to them being the place folks need to be, which bodes nicely for subsequent season.
I’ve performed various analysis into Mourinho’s strategies as a coach and, as a frontrunner myself in netball, I feel there are some issues he does which might be nice to remove. I’ve already performed that to implement them in my sport.
Newcastle v Chelsea
Chelsea have underachieved this season and I can not see Antonio Conte being in command of the Blues firstly of the subsequent marketing campaign.
Sadly for Newcastle followers, it isn’t clear whether or not Rafa Benitez will nonetheless be their supervisor by then both.
Benitez has performed an incredible job and he might be glad if he will get some cash to spend within the switch market, so it’s a no-brainer to attempt to hold him, certainly.
Newcastle haven’t picked up one other level since they handed the 40-point mark a couple of weeks in the past. They’ve misplaced 4 video games in a row, however that does not matter as a result of it’s job performed – they’re secure.
I do not see the Magpies returning to successful methods on Sunday, both. It could be similar to Chelsea to place in a silky efficiency this week, however they haven’t performed that always sufficient this season.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Tracey’s prediction: 2-1
Southampton v Man Metropolis
I’m anticipating Metropolis to win, however not by sufficient targets to ship Saints down.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect have damaged the data for many factors, most targets and most wins in a Premier League season, however he desires the champions to achieve 100 factors too.
I hope they do it, as a result of they deserve it – and I can not see anybody beating these data for a very long time.
The soccer Metropolis have performed has been elegant. Sure, the numbers are incredible however their type of play is what folks will bear in mind in years to return.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Tracey’s prediction: I simply suppose Metropolis are too good in the mean time. 0-4
Swansea v Stoke
I anticipate Swansea to win, however not by anyplace close to sufficient for them to remain up. They are going to be becoming a member of Stoke within the Championship subsequent season.
Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal might be leaving on the finish of the season. He began nicely however they’ve gone eight video games with no win, and that’s the reason they’re again down on the backside finish of the desk.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Tracey’s prediction: Stoke have gotten loads to show following their relegation so I really suppose this might be an actual battle. I feel Swansea will take an early lead however Stoke will come again at them to win. 1-2
Tottenham v Leicester
Leicester are one other membership the place we have no idea whether or not the supervisor will keep in his job on the finish of the season.
There are 10 Premier League sides whose supervisor is both positively leaving, on a short-term contract that ends this summer season, or faces an unsure future due to poor outcomes or relegation: Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester, Southampton, Stoke, Swansea, Watford, West Brom and West Ham.
In the event you rely Newcastle supervisor Rafa Benitez, who might resolve he desires to go away if he’s not backed financially, and Huddersfield boss David Wagner, who’s being touted as a possible substitute for Foxes boss Claude Puel, then that determine is 12 managers who could possibly be leaving out of 20 top-flight golf equipment.
That’s what the Premier League is like as of late, with such a excessive turnover of managers. It appears lots of golf equipment are making a choice virtually day-by-day – there is no such thing as a forward-thinking occurring.
If Puel must win to maintain his job, then I do not suppose that can occur.
I’m backing Tottenham to win, and Harry Kane to attain – he got a hat-trick on the final day of last season.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Tracey’s prediction: Spurs know they’re ending within the prime 4 and I feel they are going to log out for the season with a win. 1-0
West Ham v Everton
West Ham boss David Moyes and Everton supervisor Sam Allardyce are two of the managers I used to be speaking about above.
Each males have performed what was requested of them by preserving their sides up after being appointed in mid-season and, whereas Moyes will get a say in his future, it could possibly be that Everton resolve that Allardyce is surplus to necessities.
It’s laborious to know what’s going on at Everton as a result of there are such a lot of blended messages popping out of Goodison Park. Allardyce seems adamant he’s staying for the ultimate yr of his contract, however I do not suppose many Toffees followers can be too glad if that occurs.
Will both of them be within the Premier League in August? Who is aware of. But when they don’t seem to be, I might not wager in opposition to them getting a job in September or October when a md presses the panic button.
By way of the sport, I’m going for Moyes to return out on prime in opposition to his former membership.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Tracey’s prediction: I feel this might be one other flat sport. 0-0
Lawro was chatting with BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
How did Lawro do in midweek?
From the rearranged midweek Premier League video games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Lawro bought three right outcomes, with no good scores, from six matches for a complete of 30 factors.
Lawro was up in opposition to opponents who had made predictions on FA Cup quarter-final and semi-final weekend. Comic John Bishop additionally picked up 20 factors after getting two right outcomes, however BBC Asian Community DJ Noreen Khan didn’t add to her tally.
|Whole scores after week 37|
|Lawro v Visitors|
|+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION|
|160||Justin Hawkins, Chris Shiflett|
|130||James Anderson*, Joe Johnson*|
|120||Russel Leetch*, Will Poulter, Moeen Ali|
|100||Noreen Khan, Cesaro & Seamus, Wretch 32|
|91||Lawro (common after 37 weeks),|
|90||John Bishop, Arni and Justin from The Vaccines, Pete Wentz|
|80||John Cena, Darren Campbell|
|70||Plan B, Brendan Foster*, Mark Robust|
|60||Jimmy from Django Django, Will Ferrell, Nish Kumar, Non Stanford, Rick Witter|
|50||Steve Cram, Michael Dapaah, Russell Howard, Channing Tatum, Joe Root, Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, Dario Saric, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell,|
|40||James Bay, Craig David, Ed Lay|
|30||Elis James, Rhys James, Felix White|
|20||Charlie Cooper, Richard Osman, Emmanuel Sanders and Josh Norman|
* Reveals weeks the place Lawro had multiple visitor, and solely the best rating contributed to the visitor whole.
Lawro’s finest rating: 170 factors (week 30 v Arni and Justin from The Vaccines)
Lawro’s worst rating: 40 factors (week 4 v Umenyiora and Bell, week 5 v Non Stanford, week 21 v Darren Campbell and week 23 v Saric and Baynes)