The Final Day of the Premier League 2015-16 Preview:

The Final Day of the Premier League 2015-16 Preview:
May 15, 2016

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Following the amazement of the 2015/16 Premier League season, the league is nearing its end with one last game left to play before the new season of 2016/17 rolls in. With the relegation battle already over: Norwich, Newcastle United and Aston Villa all see themselves departing to the SkyBet Championship. On top of this, the race for a place in the Champions League also looks all but over Manchester City within touching distance of a Top 4 place. Overall, there is not much to expect from the final day of the 2015/16 Premier League season.

Arsenal v Aston Villa

Following a poor Premier League campaign from both teams, they will both look to end the season in a positive fashion. Arsenal unfortunately missed out on the title yet again, this season to Leicester City, with Aston Villa unfortunately being relegated for the first time in the club’s history since the Premier League began in 1992. Despite the poor season from the Gunners, it appears to be inevitable that they will pick up a very good result against the Aston Villa team that you could argue has been the worst side to play in the Premier League since its introduction.

Chelsea v Leicester

What a game to end the final day of the season! The former Premier League champions against the newly crowned Premier League champions. Despite the poor campaign as well as gifting Leicester the league title, the Blues will surely look to spoil the party and finish the season on a high note – with Antonio Conte arriving following the end of the EUROs. For Leicester, this game will see the Foxes take down the former champions and gift the fans with one last special moment of this unforgettable season for them.

Everton v Norwich

The past week has not been good for either Everton or Norwich City fans. On Wednesday, Sunderland beat the Toffees 3-0 to confirm their place in next seasons Premier League, resulting in Norwich facing the drop to the championship. Despite this, Norwich did pick up a big 4-2 win against Watford this past week which will surely boost the confidence on the players come today’s game. Following the sacking of Everton manager Roberto Martinez, there surely is not much for the two teams to play for today – apart from one final moment in the Premier League.

Manchester United v Bournemouth

The race for a place in the Champions League is on! If Swansea defeat Manchester City today with United beating Bournemouth, then the Red Devils will be awarded with Champions League football once again. Despite a poor season for them, United could still end the season on a high with a place in the Champions League alongside a joint-record 12th FA Cup win. For Bournemouth, they have already earned their place in the Premier League with not much to play for today. United will hope results go in their favor in todays games.

Newcastle v Tottenham

In what has been their best season within the Premier League, Tottenham will look to complete the season by finishing above fierce rivals Arsenal for the first time in 20 years. On top of this, following the news that they will be relegated, Newcastle will go into the game looking to give their fans one last special moment in the Premier League before they depart to the Championship. Considering their brilliant form all around the season on top of their great defensive record this year, Tottenham fans should expect themselves to ease past Newcastle to complete their best ever season in the Premier League to date.

Southampton v Crystal Palace

Southampton have been in some amazing form as of late whilst Palace have confirmed their place in the league next season. With a place in Europe on the horizon, Southampton will surely look to do whatever it takes to bring European football to St Mary’s Stadium next season. For Crystal Palace, they will have much better things in mind with their FA Cup Final match against Manchester United taking place next season. With Southampton looking for a Europe place and Palace needing some confidence ahead of the final, both teams will look to do whatever they can to win today.

Stoke City v West Ham

Despite losing to Swansea City which eliminated a dream Champions League position, West Ham are in a position where they too could finish the league in their highest ever league position as well as achieving a place in the Europa League next season. Slaven Bilić has done a phenomenal job since taking over at West Ham and will want to earn a place in Europe next season. But for Stoke City, they do not have anything major to play for, for the last game apart from looking to end the season in a positive fashion.

Swansea v Manchester City

Following a poor display against Crystal Palace, Manchester City find themselves in a position where without a win on Sunday, it could mean they’re forced to have Europa League football next season rather than the Champions League football the fans and players had been hoping for. After surviving the potential relegation battle, Swansea find themselves without anything major to play for come Sunday so they will look to spoil the party for Manchester City come Sunday.

Watford v Sunderland

Following their win against Everton mid-week, Sunderland have put the relegation battle to bed with Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa taking the drop to the Championship next season. For both teams, there is not much for either to play considering a win for either team has no major effect on the league table. For his last match in charge, Quique Sanches Flores will want to win his final game as manager of Watford FC.

West Brom v Liverpool

If results go their way, Liverpool could also be seeing European football once again with both a Champions League and Europa League spot up for grabs for them. A win today with results going their way can see them earn a place in the Europa League, a win in the Europa League final will see them in the Champions League next season. For Liverpool, this game could very well be one of their most important for this season. However, for West Brom, this game does not affect them in any way overall with both a loss and a win not having a major effect on either them or the league table.

My Predictions:

Arsenal 4 – 0 Aston Villa

Chelsea 1 – 2 Leicester

Everton 2 – 2 Norwich

Manchester United 2 – 0  Bournemouth

Newcastle 1 – 3 Tottenham

Southampton 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

Stoke 1 – 1 West Ham

Swansea 2 – 3 Manchester City

Watford 0 – 0 Sunderland

West Brom 0 – 2 Liverpool

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