VAVEL's Gameweek 36 Premier League Predictions
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The final set of games are being swiftly wrapped up in the space of a week and that's probably a good thing.

Unlike most Premier League campaigns, almost everything has been resolved! Nonetheless, there are still a few small narratives that need to unravel before we can close the book on this unprecedented season. 

Game of the week

West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool: The Hawthorns, Sunday 16.30 (Sky Sports)

West Brom have battled valiantly in recent months, but their revival came a little too late. January signings, such as Mbaye Diagne, have added a spark to Sam Allardyce’s group. Allardyce, himself, seems to have the support of the players and that could keep him at the club for the new Championship season.

Liverpool are the best placed team to break into the top-four places, however they will have to sharpen up. The Reds have struggled to maintain a high level of performance, sluggishly dropping points against Newcastle United just a few weeks ago. A combination of defensive ill-discipline and erratic finishing cannot be 

There is only one team with something to play for in this clash. The onus is on Liverpool to take maximum points from their trip to The Hawthorns; anything else and they can kiss their Champions League hopes goodbye. With Mo Salah chasing the Golden Boot, he will have one eye on the top-four and another on that individual accolade. 

Prediction: 0-3

Friday

Newcastle United vs Manchester City: St James’ Park: 20.00 (Sky Sports)

This is the first match since Pep Guardiola’s men became Premier League champions for the third time in four seasons. Even though their success had become an inevitability for some time, it should still take the weight off the shoulders of the players. There is no points record to chase but Sergio Aguero is one goal away from equalling Wayne Rooney’s record-breaking goal tally for one club (182). His team-mates will want to help him out, and this is a team that will want to bounce back from their recent defeat against Chelsea.

Prediction: 0-2

Saturday

Burnley vs Leeds United: Turf Moor, 12.30 (BT Sport)

Burnley fans felt rather aggrieved after the events of their reverse fixture with Leeds. The Clarets conceded a harsh penalty in the opening stages before Ashley Barnes saw his equaliser controversially ruled out. Burnley’s home record has been poor and they could be without Nick Pope, who has been struggling with a slight niggle, so this could be another match without that victory on home soil.

Prediction: 1-1

Southampton vs Fulham: St Mary’s Stadium, 15.00 (Sky Sports)

Fulham are down and it has been coming. Their brilliant revival came to a stop when everybody started to believe that they would survive. Suddenly, Scott Parker’s team seemed to lose a little bit of edge and the relentless nature of the Premier League offered them no favours for that. It probably isn’t the best time to play Southampton either, with Danny Ings on the back of a brace after coming back from his injury. 

Prediction: 2-0

Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United: AMEX Stadium, 20.00 (Sky Sports)

West Ham’s flirtation with the Champions League ended this week. David Moyes has done a remarkable job; punters had the Hammers as relegation candidates! However, he will be feeling a little disappointed that his top-four dream is at an end, especially given that the upcoming fixtures look rather kind on paper. Brighton, arguably their toughest opponent left, are also without Lewis Dunk through suspension. 

Prediction: 1-2

Sunday

Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa: Selhurst Park, 12.00 (Sky Sports)

Palace and Villa have been on the seaside for some time. Roy Hodgson has notoriously allowed players to “take it easy” after survival has been achieved. Dean Smith isn’t necessarily of the same mindset, but his team’s form has drastically dropped since Jack Grealish’s injury in February. There isn’t much to separate both teams but Oli Watkins is in good form and Grealish is on the verge of returning to the starting eleven. 

Prediction: 0-1

Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 14.05 (Sky Sports)

Like most, Spurs are staggering to the finish line with very little to play for. It was always going to be a long shot for Ryan Mason to get their Champions League push back on track but it looks as though the interim coach will have to focus on a Europa League slot. This isn’t what Daniel Levy expected at the start of the campaign but he will absolutely take it in the current circumstances. 

Prediction: 3-0 

Everton vs Sheffield United: Goodison Park, 19.00 (BT Sport)

The Toffees have really struggled on home soil of late but they should have a reprieve from those troubles on Sunday night. Sheffield United simply want to get going in the Championship; they have a lot of rebuilding to do. 

Prediction: 2-0

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