Premier League Tips – Sunday 28th May
Well last week was a bit of a washout with the tips as my correct score predictions both fell a goal short, while after City won the league when Arsenal lost to Nottingham Forest on the Saturday, that meant Pep Guardiola could rest his team after their Real Madrid win in the week and effectively start a second XI.
Still, that’s how things go sometimes when you post tips in advance, especially at the end of the season when things can be decided in games taking place before the ones you have backed.
Anyway, we approach the end of the season still in profit and going to finish in profit, but I will admit, it has been a bit of an up and down season at times.
That is the nature of the beast of course, and you can only ever hope to win a few more than you lose and thankfully, I’ve done that, but it doesn’t stop me wanting to land a few more of those bigger value £100+ profit sets of tips.
That’s my aim with this final set of Premier League tips for the season as we reach the last game of the campaign, all of which will take place at 4.30pm on Sunday in order for no team to be at an advantage or disadvantage heading into the last game.
The big action this Sunday will be at the foot of the table, where two from Everton, Leicester or Leeds will be relegated, two huge teams and one a Premier League winner and FA Cup winner from relatively recent times.
So let’s now take a look ahead to the action this weekend, with a particular focus on the games that have more riding on them and which will likely see managers pick full-strength teams.
Premier League Tips: Sunday 28th May
This game is one of the few that sees both teams have something riding on the outcome. For Leeds, it is simple, they have to win to stand any chance of avoiding relegation and then hope that results elsewhere at Goodison Park and the King Power Stadium go in their favour, If they do, the Yorkshire side could pull off their own great escape.
However, in their way stands an inconsistent, but hugely talented, Tottenham side who know a win or perhaps a draw, could be enough for them to claim a spot in the Europa Conference League next season ahead of Aston Villa and Brentford.
That means that there could well be fireworks here but the problem I have is that I don’t see two teams with much confidence or motivation at the moment. Big Sam has come in, but has not yet led Leeds to a win. That is telling and it is hard to see them getting that result here.
I can see both teams scoring here, but my gut feeling is that it will be Spurs who grab the opener, Leeds come back and then late in the game as Leeds push on to try and score the winner, Spurs will catch them on the break to secure the win that sends Leeds down.
Everton know a win here will ensure that regardless of what Leeds and Leicester City do, they will remain in the Premier League for next season. That will be the fervent hope for Everton fans as to what will happen in this game.
Yet they face a Bournemouth side who have beaten them on all the last four occasions they have played and who they have beaten just once in the last seven games. As bogey teams go, Bournemouth are as much one to Everton as anyone else.
Two of those four wins came this season in the league and cup so this is not the rollover many Everton fans are hoping for. Plus there is also the issue of whether having no pressure on a team to pick up a result is actually better for that team, as they can play without fear, or whether it is worse and they let their levels drop. Everton fans will be hoping it’s the latter.
With the pressure off and all the pressure on Everton I can see the Toffees taking the lead but as the game wears on, I think Bournemouth will grab an equaliser which will set the cat amongst the pigeons both here and at the King Power and Elland Road.
It is all or nothing but relegation for Leicester City here today. A draw or defeat condemns the 2015/16 Premier League Champions and 2021 FA Cup Winners to the Championship. A sobering thought for a team that has been beset by financial issues and off the field problems since the very start of the season.
West Ham come into this game knowing their Premier League future is assured and their focus is likely to be on their Europa Conference League Final coming up in around 10 days time against Fiorentina in Prague. So much so that I can see David Moyes perhaps giving some key players the day off here.
Moyes though is an ex-Everton manager and he won’t want to sully his reputation with Everton fans by naming a very weak team here, so I think we will see a strong West Ham side, perhaps with just one or two vital players named on the bench.
If Moyes does rest a few star names, then I think Leicester City could well land the win they need. It won’t be easy, the Foxes have been dreadful this season with only flashes of their best form, but they badly need the latter today to stand any chance of survival, but they may just do it.
Manchester United’s win on Thursday night over Chelsea means Liverpool will be playing Europa League football next season, a blow to Jurgen Klopp’s hopes of overhauling the midfield area of the team where he is losing three players; Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Southampton have greater concerns in that they are dropping into the Championship and they know that there will be interest from Premier League for their top players, with James Ward-Prowse amongst those likely to attract interest from clubs needing a midfielder…like Liverpool.
There’s not a huge amount to play for here for either team. Liverpool can’t improve on 5th, Southampton will finish bottom but I do feel both teams will want to finish the season with a win to at least give their fans something to cheer ahead of the summer.
The Saints home record this season has been awful and Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League games, winning seven of those. I can’t see Jurgen Klopp resting anyone here which is bad news for Southampton as with their extremely porous defence, I can see Liverpool landing a solid victory here with Mo Salah likely to be amongst the goal action.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.