F & F Predictions: Final DayMay 23, 2015
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
Head to head: P134 W67 D31 L36
Last five meetings: W4 D1 L0
Fabian says: There’s something uncharacteristic about Arsenal’s rather barren form in front of goal but then again after the last impressive two months, it isn’t that out of place. With a Wembley final date with Aston Villa looming over the horizon, it’s not so easy to predict what to expect from the Gunners. The Baggies on the other hand come off an imperious outing, 3-0 conquerors of the champions, Chelsea. So in terms of momentum, they got loads of it. You get the sense that the Arsenal players might want to put out a show to keep their fans buzzing in the build up to the FA Cup final.
Fridah says: Tough game for Arsenal to score. Furthermore, the Baggies are just coming from an emphatic win against Chelsea. I bet Arsene will rest some of the players which will give Arsenal a new lease of life.
Did You Know: Arsenal have won 6 and lost none of their last 7 Barclays Premier League matches against West Bromwich Albion.
The Gunners are unbeaten on the final day in each of the last nine seasons, the longest current run.
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Head to head: P169 W55 D52 L62
Last five meetings: W1 D2 L2
Fabian says: Everton will win. I don’t see this going any other way.
Fridah says: Relatively balanced teams at the moment. There is little that separates these two teams. This will probably end in a draw.
Did You Know: Tottenham have won on the final day in each of the last four seasons, the longest current run in the BPL.
Harry Kane has failed to score in his last four league matches, his longest drought since October.
Aston Villa v Burnley
Head to head: P116 W49 D27 L40
Last five meetings: W3 D2 L0
Fabian says: With survival secured, Tim Sherwood’s Wembley-bound men will be looking to create some positive momentum for that and even more importantly, to erase memories of last weekend’s horror show at St. Mary’s. Burnley are signing off the Premier League and maybe you feel they want to go out on a high?
Fridah says: The Villans will be looking to gain some momentum for the FA Cup final match on Saturday. However, they may also rest some key players to avoid injuries. They will probably win this one. Burnley have been a pleasure to watch. Maybe they will bounce back immediately. Who knows?
Did You Know: Villa have scored 31 BPL goals this season, their lowest ever.
Burnley have not won a top-flight league match at Villa Park since April 1967.
Chelsea v Sunderland
Head to head: P121 W57 D23 L41
Last five meetings: W2 D1 L2
Fabian says: The Blues will finally get their hands on the Premier League trophy that they cantered to so assuredly. Sunderland secured another season in the top flight on Monday so there’s only one way this will pan out.
Fridah says: This is actually a big game for Jose Mourinho. Sunderland is the only team to beat Mourinho at home in the Premier League ever. I reckon he’ll approach it from a big game point of view. Sunderland did extremely well to defend against Arsenal and get the point that ensures survival. They’ll want to end the season on a high.
Did You Know: Mourinho doesn’t like the P. All his four defeats this season have been to managers whose surnames begin with the letter P, while his only Barclays Premier League home defeat at Chelsea was to Sunderland when they were managed by Gus Poyet.
Mourinho has won only four of his last 10 league matches against Newcastle United and Sunderland.
If John Terry plays the full match he will be only the second outfield player to play every minute of every match in a BPL season and win the league (after Manchester United’s Gary Pallister in 1992-93).
Crystal Palace v Swansea City
Head to head: P23 W4 D9 L10
Last five meetings: W0 D2 L3
Fabian says: In end of season games with virtually nothing at stake, it’s hard to look beyond a home win, and really, Selhurst Park should be in full voice to salute the returning hero that is Alan Pardew.
Fridah says: The Eagles have a woeful record against the Swans. However, this time they have the proper spirit and manager to guide them to a win.
Did You Know: Crystal Palace have scored just two goals in their last seven matches against Swansea City and never more than once in a match (D3 L4).
Bafetimbi Gomis’ seven Barclays Premier League goals have won his team 10 points, two more than Diego Costa’s 19 have won for Chelsea.
Hull City v Manchester United
Head to head: P28 W5 D4 L19
Last five meetings: W0 D0 L5
Fabian says: The last time this exactly fixture happened on the final day United won, but Hull City survived. The Tigers cannot fancy a repeat scoreline – it would be fatal. Do they have the bottle to beat the Red Devils who have already secured Champions League football?
Fridah says: The terrible record they have against Manchester United is made worse by the fact that Rooney is back and also by the fact that it is May and they never win in May. However, they have a small chance of survival and I reckon they will go for it.
Did You Know: Wayne Rooney has scored seven and assisted three more in five league appearances against Hull.
Man Utd have drawn on the final day of the season for the last two campaigns (1-1 at Southampton in 2014, 5-5 at WBA in 2013).
Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers
Head to head: P59 W22 D11 L26
Last five meetings: W2 D0 L3
Fabian says: In an alternate universe, this would be a tense relegation decider, but thanks to Leicester’s revival, we are deprived of that. They have survived. QPR are relegated. Bummer!
Fridah says: Leicester survival was magical. They will look to end the season on a high and I think they will do it.
Did You Know: Leicester have kept five clean sheets in their last six league matches.
Jamie Vardy has eight assists from open play this season, level with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
Manchester City v Southampton
Head to head: P82 W27 D25 L30
Last five meetings: W3 D1 L1
Fabian says: Would have been interesting if maybe for this fixture both needed wins; The Saints for Champions League football and The Citizens for league glory. Oh well.
Fridah says: They had said that this game would be a title decider during that time when the Saints were in top four. Odd how times change! This should be a thrilling match if both sides come out to play.
Did You Know: Manchester City have won their last three Barclays Premier League home matches against Southampton, this after losing the three beforehand.
Southampton have scored on each of their last nine trips to Man City in the top flight.
Newcastle v West Ham United
Head to head: P127 W50 D38 L39
Last five meetings: W1 D2 L2
Fabian says: The game of the round, and indeed most lenses will be trained at St. James’ Park. Newcastle United could lose their top flight status. They could still lose this one and survive, but that’s dependent on the Hull-United result. To be safe, a win is required. West Ham is not the most daunting of challenges, so I reckon that finally after eons, The Magpies will win a match.
Fridah says: Who would have thought that the Toon would be in the relegation battle coming to the end of the season? John Carver is clueless and the team has no harmony or discipline. However, this is one match they can win and take the summer to reorganize. However, I don’t think they will win it.
Did You Know: The last time Newcastle were relegated from the top flight, in 2009, the final day matches were played on 24 May, Hull faced Man Utd and Sunderland played Chelsea.
West Ham have ended the season with a negative goal difference in all 18 BPL seasons they have featured in before this season. Heading into the final day at Newcastle they are on minus one, so a win of any kind would end the run.
Stoke City v Liverpool
Head to head: P146 W35 D40 L71
Last five meetings: W1 D1 L3
Fabian says: The last time we’ll see Steven Gerrard playing in the league. At the Brittania! How fitting, or not? Though he won’t be bowing out on a high.
Fridah says: Stoke City have already outdone themselves and they seek to better their points tally. Liverpool looked finished after the FA Cup exit and I don’t know if they have any fight in them left. I think Stoke will win this one.
Did You Know: Jonathan Walters has scored in each of his last three Barclays Premier League appearances versus Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium (four goals).
Gerrard is currently his club’s top scorer in the league with eight goals this season. If he ends as their top scorer on eight goals it will be the lowest total the Reds’ top scorer has recorded in BPL era.