Week 40: Sunday concludes Predikta season

Predikta comes to an end for another season on Sunday when all 10 Premier League games kick off at 3pm.

Heading into week 40, Ben Richmond holds a six-point lead over Georgios Samaras, but Carl Weeks and Phil Duncan are also in the thick of it to win a signed Cristiano Ronaldo football shirt.

The overall winner of the Football Manager Community League is set to win a signed Freddie Adu shirt, while the League of Leagues champions will also be crowned on Sunday with a tour of Wembley on the line.

In terms of the games, everything has just about been settled with Liverpool just needing a point at home to Brighton to secure a top-four spot, while the only way Southampton will be relegated is if they lose to champions Manchester City and Swansea beat Stoke with a 10-goal swing.

The heavyweights

Cristiano Ronaldo

A signed Ronaldo shirt is going to the overall winner of Predikta (Pic: Emilio Morenatti/AP)

Liverpool v Brighton: The Reds just need a point to secure Champions League football next season and having won 5-1 at the Amex Stadium earlier in December we expect them to do better than just draw. This will be the last game before the Champions League final in two weeks’ time so Jurgen Klopp will want to ensure his players are on the ball without picking up any injuries. Brighton lost 3-1 to Manchester City in midweek and a similar defeat could be on the cards.

Southampton v Manchester City: City broke the Premier League points record by defeating Brighton on Wednesday but victory against Southampton will ensure they hit the hundred mark. Saints still have a mathematical chance of going down but that scenario is very unlikely even if they lose by a similar 2-1 scoreline as they did at the Etihad.

Huddersfield v Arsenal: The Terriers secured their Premier League status with a backs-to-the-wall 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday so they will be in full party mode when Arsene Wenger takes charge of Arsenal for the last time in what should be an emotional day in West Yorkshire. The Gunners have lost every game away from home in 2018 – a run of seven games – but surely they won’t let down their manager in his last hurrah? Arsenal won 5-0 at the Emirates earlier in the season and the country – Spurs fan excepted – will be hoping for a similar result.

Manchester United v Watford: The Red Devils wrapped up second spot with a goalless draw at West Ham on Thursday but Jose Mourinho will be hoping to end the season on a high when Watford visit Old Trafford having lost 10 of their last 11 away games and failed to score in their last seven. United have scored exactly two goals in seven of their last eight home games, so a 2-0 win looks a decent shout.

Newcastle v Chelsea: The Blues blew the chance of finishing in the top four with the midweek draw against Huddersfield although they would more than likely have missed out in any case. Only a victory at St James’ Park in combination with Brighton winning at Liverpool will guarantee Champions League football and that is unlikely to happen with Jurgen Klopp’s side the only team yet to lose at home this season. This one looks like a draw and then Antonio Conte can slip quietly away.

Tottenham v Leicester: Spurs ended their year at Wembley by guaranteeing Champions League football next season with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle. Leicester ended a five-match winless run with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday but we’re not expecting a north London double at the weekend even if they did beat Spurs 2-1 at the King Power. Spurs have won six of their last seven Premier League games at Wembley without conceding and a similar outcome is on the cards for Sunday.

The rest of the games

Burnley v Bournemouth: The Clarets have already secured European football for next season by finishing in seventh place and they face a Bournemouth team that have drawn six of their last eight matches away from home against teams outside the top six. Burnley looked understandably jaded when they lost 5-0 to Arsenal last weekend and their season could end with a share of the spoils.

Crystal Palace v West Brom: Relegation was finally confirmed for the Baggies on Tuesday when Southampton won 1-0 at Swansea so they go into the match understandably feeling low. The sides drew 0-0 at The Hawthorns in December in a match dominated by West Brom, who won this fixture 1-0 last season. However, Palace have won three matches in a five-game unbeaten run and a home win looks on the cards at Selhurst Park.

Swansea v Stoke: This match looked hugely significant before the start of last weekend, but Stoke were relegated with a home defeat by Crystal Palace, and Swansea have one foot in the Championship following their loss to Southampton. Carlos Carvalhal is unlikely to be in charge of Swansea next season so it would be a nice send-off if the Welsh side could avenge their 2-1 defeat by Stoke earlier in the season. Could be a low-scoring affair.

West Ham v Everton: David Moyes and Sam Allardyce go into the final game of the season with doubts surrounding their futures. Everton hammered West Ham 4-0 in David Unsworth’s final game in charge before Allardyce took over but the teams are starting to look a lot more equal. The Toffees have an advantage as they did not play during the week unlike West Ham who fought out a goalless draw with Manchester United.

We’d like to wish everyone in with a chance of a prize the best of luck this weekend and say thanks to all of you for playing Predikta this season. We’ll catch up with you on Monday to wrap up the season to reveal all the winners. Click on the blue banner below and see if you finish the season on a high note.

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