It’s the final game of the Premier League season with very little to play for apart from the Champions League spots up for grabs.
Liverpool can seal fourth with a victory, while Arsenal are hot on their heels. There could even be play-off, should results go that way.
With the prospect of some mouth-watering fixtures, who better to guide you through the best bets than BonusCodeBets ambassador John Barnes? John has given us his predictions to help you win big this weekend.
Arsenal v Everton
For the first time since 1997, Arsenal face the very real prospect of not making into the Champions League. The Gunners’ qualification record is outstanding, and the longevity of manager Arsene Wenger is remarkable. Wenger finished in the top four in each of his first 20 seasons in charge – but failure to do so again might indicate the decay that has set in. While the Frenchman has weathered the storm of seven defeats in 12 with four successive wins to give Arsenal a chance, there is still a palpable discord between manager and fans. They still have the FA Cup final to prepare for, but first, Everton on Sunday. Victory might not even be enough depending on events at Anfield, but Wenger will be keen for his charges to fulfil their side of the bargain should Liverpool slip up.
The Toffees have nothing to play for – firmly ensconced in seventh place, they cannot lose or gain any positions in the table. They’ve scored just once in their last four games, with Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley seemingly eyeing up moves away from Goodison. Lukaku leads the race for the Premier League’s golden boot on 24, but hasn’t scored in his last four, and this match could be his last in Everton colours. Having won just one of their last nine away trips, I don’t see them putting up much of a fight against an in-form Arsenal.
John Barnes’ tip: The BonusCodeBets ambassador is backing Arsenal to put the pressure on Liverpool with a 2-1 win at the Emirates.
Liverpool v Middlesbrough
The title is headed to Stamford Bridge, and the three relegated clubs already know their fate, so all that remains to be decided is the final Champions League spots.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have their destiny in their hands, sitting just one point ahead of Arsenal. Victory over already-relegated Middlesbrough would ensure qualification to Europe’s elite competition for only the second time in eight seasons. Liverpool were well in the title race before a horrendous run of form in the new year, winning just three games out of 12 in all competitions during January and February. Having rallied, extending the lead over Arsenal to eight points last month, the Red have failed to win any of their last three home games. A win over Boro should be a formality – but all of Liverpool’s six league defeats have come to clubs in the bottom half.
Middlesbrough have gone down with a whimper – their 27 goals and five victories are the lowest in the division. They do have one last chance to restore some pride here, as well as offering a final shop window for any players who don’t fancy Burton away next term. While Liverpool have struggled at times against lowly opposition, I don’t think Middlesbrough have the intensity or quality to deny them.
John Barnes’ tip: John tips his former side to the business and book their Champions League place with a 3-0 win over Boro.
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace
Man Utd have Sergio Romero to thank after he saved a penalty to earn his side a goalless draw at Southampton. It’s the fifth game United have gone without a win and Mourinho has never gone six Premier League games without a victory in his career. That could be under threat here with Jose stating that he’s going to play more youngsters for this fixture with their Europa League final with Ajax only three days after.
Crystal Palace thumped Hull 4-0 at home last time out, putting an end to a losing run of three games without scoring. They were handed a thrashing of their own in their latest road game at Man City but they were without Dann and Tomkins for that one and both should return here. Previously the Eagles had won four of six, which included excellent victories at Liverpool and champions Chelsea.
Mourinho has made it clear that he’s going to play a second-string side with the Europa League final just around the corner.
John Barnes’ tip: The Bonus Code Bets ambassador feels this will be a tight affair is backing United to clinch all three points at Old Trafford.
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