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Premier League Last Day Preview

With the title and relegation already decided, all eyes are on the battle for top-four, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal still fighting for a Champions League place.

Man City are very much in the driving seat to seal a place in the top-four as they travel to Watford. A draw would guarantee a Champions League place, but maybe not third depending on Liverpool’s place.

Liverpool entertain Middlesbrough at Anfield, knowing a win would be enough for them.

Arsenal take on Everton – and they go into the game, one point behind Liverpool and three behind City, so they not only need a win but need results to go their way.

There is also the chance of a play-offs between all three teams, but that would take some unlikely results.

Away from the battle for the top-four, the other major battle is for eighth place, with three teams able to finish in there.

Southampton are in pole position as if they will seal the spot if they beat Stoke City, but a slip-up by The Saints will allow West Bromwich Albion to move above them.

The Baggies are at Swansea City, and if they should fail to win that would open up the chance for Bournemouth to finish eighth.

Bournemouth travel to Leicester, who in theory can finish level with Southampton in eighth, but to go above them they would need a nine-goal swing.

At Stamford Bridge champions Chelsea will officially pick up the trophy as they host relegated Sunderland and a win will see them become the first team in history to win 30 games.

Runners-up Tottenham travel to Hull City, whilst Burnley host West Ham at Turf Moor.

Europa League finalists Manchester United entertain Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

See below for a run-down on the game, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder and GamblingTimes.com columnist Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey, together with everything you need to know from the bookies – this week with Ladbrokes’s Alex Apati.

We also bring you a Football INDEX – One to follow for every match. Football INDEX is a stockmarket game where players, known as Traders, take a position on the “future success” of footballers with real money. CLICK HERE to play now!

Arsenal 15:00 Everton

TEAM NEWS: Aaron Ramsey is set to feature, but Laurent Koscielny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out. Everton have no new injury worries.
KEY FACT: Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 20 Premier League home matches against Everton
MATCH ODDS: Arsenal 4/11 Draw 19/5 Everton 6/1
ANDY SAYS: I don’t think that Arsenal will win this and Everton will get something – 1-1
TGT INSIDER SAYS: I can’t see Arsenal not winning this while their top-four hopes remain – 2-1
LADBROKES RECOMMENDATION:
Sanchez to score any time 4/5
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Aaron Ramsey at £0.90 still looks a very interesting option to us. Long-term remains good value and could be subject of some summer rumours.

Burnley 15:00 West Ham United

TEAM NEWS: Michael Keane could feature but Ben Mee will miss out. Angelo Ogbonna could return to the first XI for West Ham.
KEY FACT: West Ham United have lost only two of their last 14 league matches against Burnley
MATCH ODDS: Burnley 6/5 Draw 23/10 West Ham 9/4
ANDY SAYS: I think Burnley will sign off with a nice home win, can’t see West Ham troubling them 2-0
TGT INSIDER SAYS:  Could be a decent game this one, I expect a home win – 3-2
LADBROKES RECOMMENDATION:
Under 2.5 goals Evens
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: This could be Andre Gray’s last game for Burnley and at £0.90 he looks a very good buy to us.

Chelsea 15:00 Sunderland

TEAM NEWS: Chelsea are set to make a host of changes again. John Terry will make his final appearance for the club. Lamine Kone and Didier Ndong are fitness doubts because of dead legs.
KEY FACT: Only twice before have Chelsea ended a PL season with defeat at Stamford Bridge on the final day
MATCH ODDS: Chelsea 1/10 Draw 25/1 Sunderland 25/1
ANDY SAYS: An easy win for Chelsea, could be any score really – 4-0
TGT INSIDER SAYS: The champions will not be denied on the day they lift the trophy – 3-0
LADBROKES RECOMMENDATION:
Chelsea to win both halves 11/10
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Eden Hazard at £3.46 is a no-brainer to us, he is a £5 player all day long – get on him.

Hull City 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur

TEAM NEWS: Hull look set to be without Evandro, Harry Maguire and Abel Hernandez. Spurs are hoping Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker will be fit to return. 
KEY FACT: Spurs have lost six of their last eight away matches on the final day of the season
MATCH ODDS: Hull 11/2 Draw 16/5 Tottenham 1/2
ANDY SAYS: Really easy win for Spurs, be far too good for Hull – 0-4
TGT INSIDER SAYS: Hull’s last game before relegation, but it won’t be a happy one – 2-0
LADBROKES RECOMMENDATION:
Spurs win and both teams to score 21/10
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Harry Kane at £4.68 – but he us about to win the Golden Boot, impossible to ignore.

Leicester City 15:00 Bournemouth

TEAM NEWS: Robert Huth, Wes Morgan,Danny Drinkwater, Molla Wague and Nampalys Mendy are all sidelined. Bournemouth are hopeful Dan Golsing and Andrew Surman will return from injury.
KEY FACT: The Foxes could achieve a top-half finish for consecutive PL seasons for the first time since 1999/2000
MATCH ODDS: Leicester 19/20 Draw 11/4 Bournemouth 11/4
ANDY SAYS: This will be a close one and I can see Bournemouth getting a draw – 1-1
TGT INSIDER SAYS:  I think Leicester will finish the season with a win – 3-1
LADBROKES RECOMMENDATION:
Over 3.5 goals 13/8
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow:  Kasper Schmeichel at £0.99 could be very interesting player to have this summer.

Liverpool 15:00 Middlesbrough

TEAM NEWS: Roberto Firmino is a doubt for Liverpool. Boro will be without Victor Valdes.
KEY FACT: Liverpool have won each of their last four Premier League matches against Middlesbrough at Anfield
MATCH ODDS: Liverpool 1/9 Draw 7/1 Middlesbrough 20/1
ANDY SAYS: No way Middlesbrough can trouble Liverpool in this one – 3-0
TGT INSIDER SAYS: Boro I think might score, that could be as good as their day is – 3-1
LADBROKES RECOMMENDATION:
Boro to win or draw 24/5
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Philippe Coutinho at £2.18 – come on everyone, we don’t need to tell you what a steal that is, brilliant investment.

Manchester United 15:00 Crystal Palace

TEAM NEWS: Joel Pereira is set to make his debut in goal for United, whilst Paul Pogba is available again following the death of his father. Andros Townsend is out for Palace and Yohan Cabaye remains a doubt.
KEY FACT: Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has scored in his last two Premier League trips to Old Trafford
MATCH ODDS: Man Utd 8/5 Draw 23/10 Palace 7/4
ANDY SAYS: I think Palace are going to pull of a shock here – 0-2
TGT INSIDER SAYS:  I think this could be another bore draw, neither side too bothered – 0-0
LADBROKES RECOMMENDATION:
Draw 11/5
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: £4.14 for Paul Pogba – has dropped recently which makes his price quite attractive. Great long-term investment.

Southampton 15:00 Stoke City

TEAM NEWS: Southampton’s Shane Long will miss out because of broken metatarsal . Cedric Soares and Ryan Bertrand are doubts. Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic is doubtful because of an elbow problem.
KEY FACT: Southampton have lost only once in 10 final-day home PL matches
MATCH ODDS: Southampton 4/5 Draw 27/10 Stoke 17/5
ANDY SAYS: I can see a draw coming here, but should be goals – 1-1
TGT INSIDER SAYS:  I think that Southampton will do enough to land 8th place with a win here – 2-0
LADBROKES RECOMMENDATION: 
Manolo Gabbiadini to score at any time 23/20
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Jack Butland at £0.96 is surely a great investment long-term and if he gets his move that will be on the up this summer.

Swansea City 15:00 West Bromwich Albion

TEAM NEWS: Swansea have no new injury worries. Salomon Rondon, Gareth McAuley and Matt Phillips are all struggling.
KEY FACT: Swansea City have won four of their five home Premier League encounters with West Brom
MATCH ODDS: Swansea Evens Draw 23/10 West Brom 29/10
ANDY SAYS: Swansea will sign off a win for me, can’t see West Brom getting anything – 2-1
TGT INSIDER SAYS:  I can see a comfortable home win here – 3-1
LADBROKES RECOMMENDATION:
West Brom to win 12/5
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Gylfi Sigurdsson could be playing his last game for Swansea and looks a huge bargain at £1.22.

Watford 15:00 Manchester City

TEAM NEWS: Watford are without the suspended Sebastian Prodl. Christian Kabasele is sidelined, whilst Miguel Britos is a doubt. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany should be fit along with John Stones.
KEY FACT: Man City have lost only one of their last eight matches on the final day of the season
MATCH ODDS: Watford 11/1 Draw 11/2 Man City 2/9
ANDY SAYS: Man City are going to win with ease here, could be a big score – 1-4
TGT INSIDER SAYS: This is only going one way and Man City will win here – 0-3 
LADBROKES RECOMMENDATION: 
Man City to win -1 Evens
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: £4.32 – Gabriel Jesus could very well be the first £6 player and more, long-term he is a no-lose player.

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