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A Premier League title, a place in next season’s Champions League campaign, and an unwanted place in the Championship next season. Those are what Sunday’s games will decide and conclude what has been yet another remarkable and suspenseful season in the Premier League. For the last time this season (we’ll ignore the fact I didn’t do these last week…) I bring you my predictions for the final 10 games of the 2021/2022 Premier League season.

SUNDAYMy prediction:
Arsenal v Everton1-0
Brentford v Leeds2-0
Brighton v West Ham1-1
Burnley v Newcastle1-1
Chelsea v Watford3-0
Crystal Palace v Man Utd1-2
Leicester v Southampton2-0
Liverpool v Wolves2-0
Man City v Aston Villa4-0
Norwich v Tottenham0-3

SUNDAY

Arsenal v Everton

Everton are now safe after their enthralling comeback from 2-0 down to beat Crystal Palace on Thursday, and their fans are probably still getting their breath back. Some of them might only have gotten back from Popworld.

It’s just as well that Everton have secured safety, really – I wouldn’t be confident about their chances of staying up if Frank Lampard’s side had to get anything at the Emirates Stadium to avoid the drop.

So, the best news for the Toffees is that this result doesn’t matter. Arsenal are hardly reliable themselves at the moment but they are at home and, although Everton won at Leicester at the start of May, their away form is still very poor.

All of this means I expect Arsenal to win, but I don’t think they will finish in the top four.

Given the position they were in a few weeks ago, Mikel Arteta’s side should have already secured a spot in next season’s Champions League, but they have been so bad that it is not even in their hands with a game to go.

That must hurt, especially because they had another blip just before that and it appeared they had recovered.

Arsenal were outplayed by Newcastle when they lost at St. James’ Park on Monday but, overall, I don’t think it is a question of them lacking quality – they just don’t have enough leaders to step up when it matters.

I don’t think the players will get much sympathy from the fans either. The mood at the ground will probably be along the lines of ‘you did this to yourselves, there is no one else to blame’.

My prediction: 1-0

Brentford v Leeds

To stay up, Leeds know they need a better result than Burnley against Newcastle – but I can’t see them getting it.

Jesse Marsch’s side nicked a vital point against Brighton in injury time, but getting anything at all at Brentford is a big ask.

The Bees are in great form and there is nothing for them to play for because this is going to be one of the best seasons in their history. Their highest-ever position is fifth in the old First Division, in 1936, and they could still make ninth this year.

I fancy Brentford to get goals on Sunday – far more than I do Leeds, even though they won’t lack any effort because they play at 200mph anyway.

My prediction: 2-0

Brighton v West Ham

Both of these sides have had good seasons, but especially West Ham. David Moyes’ side seem to give everyone a good game – with leaders Manchester City another example last weekend.

West Ham do not have the biggest squad but it looks like they only need a couple more additions in order to challenge properly for the Champions League spots next season.

Brighton are not quite at that level but they are still trying to beat their best-ever league finish, was 13th in the top flight in 1981-82. I think they’ll do it too.

My prediction: 1-1

Burnley v Newcastle

Burnley started playing with freedom after sacking Sean Dyche and they won a few games that way.

The way they were playing was the way you can do when there is no expectation or pressure on your shoulders, but it was a different story once they gave themselves a chance of staying up.

It was no surprise to see them tighten up again recently because teams always revert to type. The Clarets are determined – which helped them get a point against Aston Villa on Thursday – but they have gone back to how they were playing previously, which is with an element of fear.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have done a lot of hard work since the turn of the year and had some excellent results.

I’d be surprised if they left Turf Moor empty-handed… so the final relegation place could be in the balance until the very last kick of the campaign.

My prediction: 1-1

Chelsea v Watford

For very different reasons, both of these clubs will be happy to see the end of the 2021/22 season.

A return to the Championship awaits Watford, while Chelsea have already secured a top-four finish but will end a turbulent campaign without a trophy.

Neither club really knows what the future holds, either. The Hornets could see a lot of ins and outs over the summer, and the same goes for the Blues squad too.

My prediction: 4-0

Crystal Palace v Man Utd

Incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will be at Selhurst Park to watch this game and his presence could bring a reaction from the United players. Something has to.

Crystal Palace have had an excellent season, and the way they play is like a breath of fresh air but, with Ten Hag in the stands, you know United cannot just let their campaign peter out.

The United players are already playing for their places next season. I think we will see a very different side compared to the one that lost 4-0 to Brighton last time out.

My prediction: 1-2

These are two of the most inconsistent teams we have seen in the Premier League all season, which has made this result very difficult to predict.

Whenever Jamie Vardy is fit and in the kind of form he is showing at the moment I have a bit more confidence in Leicester, and the Foxes are at home here too.

It has been a disappointing ending to the season for Southampton, who have only won one of their last 11 league games and I reckon it will finish as one win in 12.

My prediction: 2-0

Liverpool v Wolves

Liverpool’s win at Southampton on Tuesday was such an impressive result after Jurgen Klopp made nine changes from the side that won the FA Cup on Saturday.

It was the performance that really stood out for me, because after going a goal behind early on, Liverpool just got better and better. They were completely on top by the end.

The big guns will be back for Liverpool for this game and I just cannot see Wolves being a threat. They seemed to sign off for the season a few weeks back.

A win won’t be enough for the Reds to win the title unless Manchester City drop points against Aston Villa, but I don’t think the mood will be low at Anfield if they miss out – in fact, there is no chance of that happening.

No one expects them to win the title, and they will get a brilliant reception on their lap of honour for winning the FA Cup and Carabao Cup. The main thing though is the send-off they will get before the Champions League final in Paris the following weekend – everyone knows that is the chance to end a brilliant season on a massive high.

My prediction: 2-0

Man City v Aston Villa

We’ve seen in the past few weeks how good Manchester City and Liverpool are when they go behind in games, not just when they are bossing them and in front.

City have lost once in the Premier League since the end of October – that’s how good they are. It’s a similar story with Liverpool too, and both teams are simply miles ahead of everyone else.

So, if there’s any sort of setback for City or indeed Liverpool during Sunday’s games – let’s just say one of them is a goal down at half-time – you know they are both capable of recovering from it and finding a response.

I don’t see that scenario happening though. We know how good this City team is, and I fully expect them to go on and clinch the title without another wobble like the one we saw at West Ham.

My prediction: 4-0

Norwich v Tottenham

I know there is this perception that Tottenham can always slip up, but not this time.

I am not expecting Norwich to give them a game at all and Spurs have got Dejan Kulusevski now as well as Harry Kane and Son Heung-min and I don’t see the Canaries holding out, let alone beating them.

Spurs have fought so hard to get into this position, where they just need a point to get back into the Champions League after two seasons away. I don’t see them falling at the final hurdle.

My prediction: 0-3

There you have it, my final predictions for this season and what I think will occur in relation to the vital places that will be decided on Sunday. Do you agree with my predictions? Or have I got it all wrong on the final day? Let me know in the comments section below, and I’ll see you next season!

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