Leicester’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, right, and Wes Morgan hold the trophy aloft at the end of the FA Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium in London, England, Saturday May 15, 2021. Leicester won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)
- It’s the English Premier League Matchday 37, the penultimate round of the season, with games on Tuesday and Wednesday
- With the title and relegation places sorted, the battle now is for the Champions League places
- We list the odds for all ten games and preview three, offering our best picks
It is Premier League Matchday 37 this week – the penultimate round of games in the EPL – with games taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday. With Manchester City having already been crowned champions and Sheffield United, West Brom, and Fulham already relegated, the one thing left to be decided is the EPL’s Champions League representatives for next season.
Read on to see the odds and our best bets for this week’s EPL action below.
English Premier League Matchday 37 Odds
|Manchester United vs Fulham||-278||+420||+750|
|Southampton vs Leeds United||+175||+275||+140|
|Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City||+600||+330||-205|
|Chelsea vs Leicester City||-143||+275||+420|
|Tottenham vs Aston Villa||-195||+370||+480|
|Everton vs Wolverhampton Wanderers||-117||+260||+335|
|Newcastle United vs Sheffield United||-141||+280||+410|
|Crystal Palace vs Arsenal||+525||+350||-200|
|Burnley vs Liverpool||+950||+510||-375|
|West Bromwich Albion vs West Ham United||+430||+310||-162|
Odds as of May 17 at DraftKings
Chelsea vs Leicester City Prediction
In a repeat of Saturday’s FA Cup, which was won 1-0 by Leicester, the Foxes again come face to face with Chelsea in what is a crucial battle in the quest for a place in next season’s Champions League. Leicester will of course be buoyed by having lifted the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history, and celebrations will have been curtailed as a result of having this vital game in the schedule just three days hence, but equally, Chelsea will be stung and know that a win here takes them above Leicester and into third with one to play.
Not the outcome we wanted, but it was great to have you back and see those blue flags flying high again. 💙 pic.twitter.com/kAXBJJA64t
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 16, 2021
Both managers will look to make a few changes to keep their teams fresh but Chelsea has greater strength in depth – particularly useful as they have the small matter of a Champions League final against Manchester City upcoming on May 29. Thomas Tuchel will also have learned one or two lessons from Saturday’s defeat and it is hard to see past a home win here.
This team 💙 pic.twitter.com/WzQa13IJEe
— Leicester City 🏆 (@LCFC) May 16, 2021
For Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, a Champions League place will be almost as treasured as the FA Cup win, but the emotional toll of winning on such a big stage on Saturday still fresh, this is a massive task for the Foxes.
Pick: Chelsea to win (-143)
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Burnley vs Liverpool Prediction
Liverpool’s dramatic win at West Brom on Sunday, where goalkeeper Alisson Becker scored a last-minute winner with a header, has kept their hopes of a Champions League place alive. With the minutes ticking away at the Hawthorns and with the Reds seemingly unable to find a second goal against a stubborn West Brom defense, Alisson was encouraged by the Liverpool bench to go up for a 95th-minute corner. And then, from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s beautifully flighted delivery, Alisson rose the highest to glance a perfect header into the West Brom net.
Onto Wednesday 💪#BURLIV 🔜 pic.twitter.com/YDnaUBGmVQ
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 16, 2021
The lift that goal has given the Reds is immeasurable and with Chelsea and Leicester playing each other, that win has put Liverpool’s fate effectively in their own hands. Jurgen Klopp and his men now know that a win here and another against Crystal Palace at the weekend will guarantee them Champions League soccer next season – something that looked almost impossible a few weeks ago.
How it started: How it ended: pic.twitter.com/fNH7cU3rtD
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 17, 2021
And with Burney on an awful run of home form – they have not won in their last nine at Turf Moor – it really is hard to see Liverpool slipping up, especially with Mo Salah on a fine scoring streak and closing in on the EPL’s Golden Boot. The Reds are odds-on, but to make it a more worthwhile bet, consider also Salah as the first goalscorer.
Pick: Liverpool to win (-375) / Salah to score the first goal (+260)
West Bromwich Albion vs West Ham United Prediction
West Brom’s Premier League fate has been sealed for several weeks now and they will be playing Championship soccer next season. The Baggies, however, look determined to end the season strongly, as they showed against Liverpool on Sunday, and but for Alisson’s heroics, they would have earned a deserved point. This makes them a dangerous opponent for West Ham who themselves have reached the must-win stage of the season.
Level at the hour mark. Keep battling, lads!#WBALIV | 🔵⚪️ 1-1 🔴 pic.twitter.com/TXNGw8jVzX
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 16, 2021
The Hammers have an outside chance of making it into next season’s Champions League but did themselves no favors at the weekend when they were only able to draw 1-1 with Brighton – a result that leaves them needing two wins from their final two games and hoping other results to go their way.
🇩🇿🧙♂️🙌 @Benrahma2’s first goal for West Ham United pic.twitter.com/3h34AEjj0Y
— West Ham United (@WestHam) May 15, 2021
Given how well West Brom played against Liverpool, I can see them making life difficult for the Hammers, who have struggled to manage the pressure of closing in on a Champions League place. Therefore, do not be surprised to see the Baggies finish off a disappointing campaign with a flourish and earn themselves a narrow home win.
Picks: West Brom to win (-182)
Once just a sports fanatic, fan-turned-writer Gary Gowers has been featured on European television and radio networks to discuss several professional football clubs. His work can be found in an assortment of publications like The Metro, MyFootballWriter.com, and BBC Radio Norfolk.