Premier League Final Day - What to Watch For and Betting Tips
It's the final day of the English Premier League. We let you know what to watch for and what is worth betting on.
It's the final day of the Premier League and as with all final days, all 20 teams play at once starting at Midnight on Monday morning. Here is what is still left to play and some tips to get you through until next season.
Final Champions League Spot
Liverpool are in the box seat to secure 4th spot and the final Champions League spot. Because of their superior goal difference, they only need a point against Brighton to make sure of it. Otherwise, if Liverpool lose and Chelsea win, Chelsea would steal 4th spot from the Reds.
Brighton have already mathematically avoided relegation and are only playing to improve their position on the table with no real consequences as a result. They have been poor against top sides this year, losing to nil five times against the top five sides. Liverpool will be keen not to avoid disaster and miss out on the Champions League, in which they've managed a dream run into the Final later this month.
Tip: Liverpool to win to nil.
Can Salah Break the Goal-scoring Record?
It's no secret Mo Salah has had an unbelievable season but he has a chance to be the first player to score more than 31 goals in a season since the Premier League changed to 38 games in 1995. He is currently locked in a four-way tie with Alan Shearer ('95-'96), Cristiano Ronaldo ('07-'08) and Luis Suarez ('13-'14). If you think he'll break the long-standing record, there certainly isn't a massive price on offer but such is the proficiency of Salah in front of goal.
Not too far behind Salah is Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane on 28 goals. If you think he could pull off a last-day miracle and tie Salah for the Golden Boot, you can get $8.50 for him to score a hat-trick.
Tip: Mo Salah First Goalscorer
Can City Crack Triple-Digits?
Manchester City have had an incredible season. They've already broken numerous records including most points, most wins and most goals. This week they also have a chance to break a tie with 2004-05 Chelsea for most away wins in a season when they face Southampton at St Mary's. If they do so, they will finish the season on a staggering 100 points.
To put this achievement in context, the record for most points by a team in the top four football tiers in England is held by Reading who accumulated 106 points...in 8 more matches than City will have played this year.
Tip: City have won their last two away games by a combined score of 7-2 so we'd suggest there's a good chance City can win by 2 or more goals.
The Mess Between 10th-17th
There is a massive logjam in the 2nd half of the table between 8 teams within 5 points of each other - (in order) Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Watford, Brighton, West Ham, Huddersfield and Southampton - and amazingly, none of them play each other. This means that West Ham, despite currently in 15th position and once in the relegation battle, could feasibly finish as high as 10th for a respectable-looking season.
While there are no major consequences between finishing 10th or 17th, it certainly can boost or diminish a club's morale significantly, not to mention the changes in prizemoney associated with the different finishing positions.
Tip: With Newcastle in a tough matchup against Chelsea, Crystal palace are in a good position to win against last-placed West Brom and take 10th spot after a dreadful first half to the season.