Predictions

Time to say goodbye

The final Super Sunday of the 2016-17 season promises to be an emotionally charged day of goodbyes for some clubs with some goodbye.

 

Hull need a win at Crystal Palace if they aren’t to be saying au revoir to the Premier League, a year on from promotion.

 

For Tottenham, they face a long tough day as they play Manchester United in the tea time match.

 

This game will be the last ever to be held at White Hart Lane, before it is demolished to make way for a new stadium on the same site.

 

With no games in hand, Liverpool must win their match or it could be goodbye to their top four hopes.

 

Crystal Palace vs Hull

 

Anything less than a win for Hull will all but mathematically send them down to the Sky Bet Championship.

 

Crystal Palace had a strong April but three defeats on the bounce have put them back in danger.

 

In the Premier League era, Palace have met the Tigers only seven times. Both sides have two wins apiece but drew the reverse fixture earlier this season, 3-3.

 

Sam Allardyce will be hoping that the improved form can help them here, given that they have lost all of their home games this season against teams in bottom three.

 

The Tigers however have the worst away record of all the clubs in this season’s top flight. They have headed home with just a single win on the road all season long.

 

Marco Silva needs his squad to change that stat if they’re to win here. Hull’s last two wins at Selhurst Park came thirty years apart (1985 & 2015), making this a massive ask.

 

Looking at the form of both teams, the fans have to be the twelfth man and lift their sides that extra notch. If Hull can get their fans in full voice, expect relegation to go to the final day.

 

Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-1 Hull City

Result: Crystal Palace 4-0 Hull City

 

Hull City are RELEGATED!!!!!

 

West Ham vs Liverpool 

 

Liverpool have to win here in their Champions League bid, with their rivals all having games in hand.

 

West Ham however are playing for Slaven Bilic’s future. The Hammers put a sledgehammer to Spurs’ title ambition so can they strike again against another top team’s plans?

 

Both teams are in contrasting form coming into this match.

 

The Irons are unbeaten in five whilst Liverpool have three wins in the same period.

 

Those three victories have all come away from Anfield so expect Jurgen Klopp to field a strong team here.

 

If look at this fixture separately from form, West Ham have won the last five clashes across all competitions.

 

With so much at stake, a draw here would seem the most logical option. The Reds however have no games in hand to play during midweek so victory is vital.

 

In the last eleven league meetings in east London, there have been no draws so expect a tight result with a winner

 

Given that stat, I am going to go against the wall and predict a high scoring draw.

 

Prediction: West Ham 2-2 Liverpool

Result: West Ham 0-4 Liverpool 

 

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

 

After missing out on the title, Tottenham will want to leave White Hart Lane with their heads held high.

 

Manchester United however will be tough opposition here, after seeing their 25 match unbeaten league run ended last weekend.

 

United might be starting to develop a habit for being the final visitors to a London team, leaving their home. Who want to bet that the Red Devils will be the last side to go to Stamford Bridge next season?

 

Last year, they visited West Ham for the final game at Upton Park, before the Hammers moved out to the London Stadium. Fast forward a year and they will be the last club in Tottenham’s away dressing room at the Lane.

 

Back to the match in hand.

 

Spurs have the upper hand here in recent years, having not lost their last two home games against United.

 

Their home form is strong with no defeat all season. How special would it be for Harry Kane and co to leave home without a defeat in their final season there?

 

Man U haven’t lost three consecutive away matches to Tottenham without scoring a single goal. This is their last chance to avoid another poor away day in the N17 area of London.

 

Jose Mourinho’s record against the Lilywhites is poor with no win on the road since 2005.

 

With United having more to play for in case they don’t win the Europa League final, I expect them to give this a good go.

 

The fact that Tottenham find themselves in a similar position to that of West Ham last season hosting Man U in their final home match, makes me think that we might be in for another mad Stadium farewell game in the Capital.

 

Emotions however will be key here and Mauricio Pochettino’s players will deliver a beautiful ending to 118 years of drama at the Lane.

 

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Manchester United

Result: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Manchester United

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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