West Ham United can guarantee a spot in the 2016/17 Europa League with a road win at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke City in the season finale of the English Premier League this Sunday, May 15th. They put themselves in this position with a big 3-2 win over Manchester United on Tuesday night in the club’s last ever game at their Upton Park/Boleyn Ground stadium. The London side will move into the Olympic Stadium for the next Premier League campaign. No matter what the result of the game is though, Stoke will be resigned to a mediocre mid-table finish this season. The hosts’ last outing was a 2-1 loss at Selhurst Park in London to Crystal Palace.
With Leicester already winning the English Premier League, the most attractive game this weekend is the Manchester City vs Arsenal clash at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester this Sunday, May 8th. Both teams are trying to hang onto their top-four positions to make sure they qualify for the 2016/17 European Champions League. Man City was just knocked out of this year’s tournament with a 1-0 aggregate loss to Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid on Wednesday while Arsenal’s last match was a 1-0 home win over Norwich City. Man City was also beaten 4-2 down in Southampton last weekend in their last Premier League match.
Southampton has no chance at a top-four finish in this year’s English Premier League, but they can place in the top six and earn a spot in next season’s Europa League. Meanwhile, Manchester City is currently in a top-four spot and hoping to remain there to clinch a berth in the European Champions League. The two sides will clash at St. Mary’s Stadium on the south coast in Southampton this Sunday, May 1st with points being at a premium. Man City is coming off of a 0-0 home draw against Real Madrid in a Champions League semifinal match on Tuesday while Southampton beat Aston Villa 4-2 on the road last weekend.
English Premier League leaders Leicester City have a huge home game this Sunday, April 24th when they host Swansea City at the King Power Stadium. Leicester is hanging onto first place by five points with just four games remaining in the campaign and are hoping to win their first-ever Premier League title. It’s not going to be easy though as they also have to play Manchester United, Everton, and Chelsea. This makes Sunday’s game a must-win situation for Leicester as they could still possibly be caught and overtaken by Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal before season’s end.
Time is running out for Manchester United in the English Premier League season if the club hopes to finish in the top four and reach the European Champions League next season. They’ve got five games remaining in the campaign and trail both third-place Manchester City and fourth-place Arsenal by four points. They need to take all three points against a mediocre Crystal Palace side when they host the London team at Old Trafford this Wednesday, April 20th. Palace appears to be safe for another season as they’re nine points ahead of the relegation zone. United were 1-0 winners at home over last-place and relegated Aston Villa on Sunday while Palace drew 1-1 against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in a London derby.
Tottenham Hotspur need to make up a seven point gap with just five games to go to overtake English Premier League-leading Leicester City.
One of the most attractive English Premier League clashes this weekend is the Chelsea vs Manchester City tilt at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, April 16.
Things don’t get easier for Leicester City as they try to win the English Premier League for the 1st time. They take on Sunderland on the road April 10th.
Manchester City is fighting to hold onto 4th place in the Premier League standings with neighboring Manchester City and West Ham United right behind them.
PREMIER LEAGUE SOCCER BETTING – Leicester City’s miracle season continues this weekend vs Southampton at King Power Stadium on Sunday, April 3.