@week 38: Manchester City enjoy advantage over Arsenal as curtains fall Premier League

Manchester City will look to seal a historic fourth consecutive Premier League title when they host West Ham at the Etihad.

The Citizens defeated Tottenham 2-0 in midweek, courtesy of a brace from Erling Haaland, which took them two points clear of Arsenal ahead of the final day of the season.

Victory here will see them lift the crown, and they are well placed to do so as they have won their last three games against thr Hammers by a combined score of 8-1. They are also unbeaten in the League since December, winning 18 of their 22 matches in that time.

West Ham are set to finish ninth thanks to a poor run of form, with a 3-1 win over Luton last time out snapping a four game winless run.

Recent results include a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea, as well as a 5-2 loss to Crystal Palace, so it’s unlikely for David Moyes’ men to crash the Citizens’ party.

Arsenal will take on Everton at the Emirates Stadium knowing that the title race is out of their hands. Man City’s victory over Tottenham has left the Gunners trailing them by two points, and will need to win here and hope City lose or draw to pick up their first Premier League title since 2004.

There’s very little chance of that happening, but as always, this is football. Mikel Arteta’s side have won 15 of 17 games in 2024, drawing one and losing the other to Aston Villa, and they will be looking to do the double over Everton for the first time since the 2017/18 campaign.

The Toffees have secured Premier League safety by 14 points going into this one and are unbeaten in their last five matches, winning four and keeping four clean sheets. They will be tough to crack, but are likely to end up on the losing side anyways.

Tottenham will hope to end their season on a high when they travel to take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The Lilywhites’ saw their push for a Champions League spot come to an end after defeat to Man City, and with Chelsea breathing down their necks, will need at least a point to guarantee fifth spot and a place in the Europa League next season.

Ange Postecoglu’s side have won all five of their games against promoted teams this season, scoring 12 goals and conceding five.

They have lost five of their last six league games, winning just one against Burnley, so they will fancy their chances against one of the worst sides to play in the top division.

Sheffield have lost 27 of their 37 matches and are set to finish bottom in what has been a truly horrendous season for the Blades.

They have lost their last six matches and have dropped 26 points from winning positions in the league this season. While they did beat Spurs the last time they faced off at this ground, the London side are expected to pick up all three points.

Chelsea will aim to secure a Europa League spot when they entertain Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are in solid form going into this one, winning four straight league games for the first time since October 2022, as well as eight of their last 14. A win coupled with a Tottenham loss to Sheffield United will see them finish fifth, an outcome that looked unlikely a few months ago.

A sixth placed finish will be enough for a Conference League place, but should Man City win the FA Cup, then sixth will see them move into the Europa League.

They are unbeaten in their last four matches against the Cherries, who have had a fantastic season under manager Andoni Iraola.

They are looking to hit 50 points for the first time as well as finish in the top half of the table, but they will have it all to do on a ground they haven’t won at since 2019.

Newcastle will be eyeing a fifth straight victory over Brentford when they clash at the Gtech Community Stadium. The Magpies fell to a 3-2 defeat against Manchester United in midweek, which put a spanner in their quest to secure a European spot.

They now have to win here and hope Chelsea lose to Bournemouth, but will settle for a Conference League spot should they and Chelsea win coupled with a Man United defeat.

Brentford, having previously won just two of their previous 18 matches, have won three of their last five and will be looking to end their season on a high.

Manchester United will be targeting a second straight victory when they travel to face Brighton at the Amex Stadium. The Red Devils bounced back from defeat to Arsenal by beating Newcastle 3-2, and will need to pick up another if they are to have any chances of ghosting past seventh placed Newcastle.

In what has been a very disappointing campaign, signing off with a win ahead of the FA Cup final next weekend will be a priority. Brighton on the other hand have been shocking in the second half of the season, partly due to injuries, and have won just one of their last nine matches.

They have lost three of their last four home fixtures, while facing a United side that have won on three of their last five visits to the Amex. A tricky one for Roberto De Zerbi’s side as anything other than a win could see them fall out of the top ten.

Liverpool will look to end the Jürgen Klopp era with a win when Wolves make the trip to Anfield. The Reds were unable to sustain their title charge after a poor run of results saw them crash down to earth, and they come into this on the back of a 3-3 draw with Aston Villa, a game which they threw away a two goal lead.

They lie in third spot on the table and should make light work against a Wolves side who were slammed 3-1 at home by Crystal Palace.

Having secured fourth and a place in the Champions League playoffs next season, Aston Villa will have a tough game on their hands against an in form Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

17th placed Nottingham Forest will take on Burnley at Turf Moor. The Tricky Trees fell to a 3-2 loss to Chelsea in their last game to remain just three points clear of 18th placed Luton, but they have a far more favourable goal difference and should still stay up even if the lose.

Burnley on the other hand have nothing to play for having already been relegated, but will look to sign off with a win either way.

Luton Town will look to end their season on a flourish when they host Fulham at Kenilworth Road.

The Hatters look set for relegation as they are three points and 12 goals behind Nottingham Forest. To survive they will need to thrash Fulham and hope Nottingham Forest suffer the same fate against Burnley, which is very unlikely to happen.

Fulham though can end a decent campaign with a win, as they are unbeaten in their last eight against them, including a 7-0 win at Craven Cottage in 2022.