This Weekend’s Premier League fixtures
Saturday is the final matchday of this season’s Premier League and all twenty teams are playing at the same time, 4PM BST. Most teams have nothing to play for but pride, although in the Premier League that is enough to guarantee competitive games.
Leicester City vs Manchester United
The King Power Stadium will be the venue for the biggest game of the final day. Leicester City will be taking on Manchester United, with the winner guaranteed a spot in the top four and therefore a coveted Champions League qualification position.
United will only need a draw but Leicester City, who have not qualified for the Champions League since their famous Premier League winning campaign will be giving their all to claim the spot. Having spent a long time in second position, a lot of Leicester fans will be disappointed if this is not achieved, and it is all in their hands now.
Both teams have been inconsistent of late. United did string together some impressive results but in their last four games, they have two draws against relegation threatened opposition and a very frustrating loss in the semi-final of the FA Cup against Chelsea.
The quality they have in their squad is undeniable, and Bruno Fernandes in particular has been receiving a lot of praise and admiration. Indeed, his goal and assist tally has been the best in the league since he arrived although it must be mentioned that he takes the United penalties, of which there have been many this season.
Mason Greenwood has been putting in good performances recently, including an absolute thunderstrike against Aston Villa, and his quick feet are great to watch. Even he is uncertain of which his strongest foot is, testament to his quality.
Leicester’s results recently have been very poor, and their slump in form since the restart has been clear. A positive result against United will completely rectify this however, and Leicester have a knack for fairy-tale ending.
Knowing that only a win on the day will be good enough to guarantee a Champions League spot should motivate them, although a draw could be enough if Chelsea lose to Wolves, which is undoubtedly a possibility, as Wolves are a strong side against top six opposition.
One player who will be totally unconcerned with other team’s results will be Jamie Vardy. The star striker leads the golden boot race so far with twenty three goals and he will be hoping to add to his season tally against United. They are an opponent he enjoys playing against, scoring his famous record breaking goal against them, scoring in eleven games in a row.
It is sure to be hotly contested game, and although some fancy United as the favourites, it is far too difficult to predict considering what is at stake.
Manchester City vs Norwich City
Manchester City’s final game of the season is against Norwich City at the Etihad. On paper, this game seems to be already decided, with City’s squad on paper being far superior to Norwich’s, however the Canaries will be hoping to give a positive last showing of themselves in the Premier League.
An upset could easily be on the cards, even if there is nothing to play for. In the reverse fixture almost a year ago, Norwich managed to beat City 3-2 in a game that shocked the Premier League and lightning does strike twice.
This will be a very uphill battle however, and Norwich are on a ten game losing streak in the Premier League. This season they have gained fans and respect from opposition team by trying to play football the right way even when results go against them, and when they do manage to put in place their football, they are a formidable team.
The same can be said for Manchester City. Their fans will be disappointed with the season so far, but City have still dominated many teams, including the champions Liverpool, when they destroyed them 4-0 in Liverpool’s first game as champions.
Kevin de Bruyne has probably been the best player in the league this season, and his ability, creativity and vision are unrivalled in the league. He can spot the pass and execute it perfectly but also scores important goals his dribbling can be mesmerising.
Although this game looks theoretically over, the Premier League is the number one league for unpredictability, and Norwich will be hoping to snatch a win, playing with no hindrances at all.