We have reached the final Matchday of the 2020/21 Premier League season with European qualification the only thing left to be decided. Seven clubs are left fighting for spots in the Champions League, Europa League, and UEFA’s newest competition, the Europa Conference League.
The last day can throw up some wild results. Remember when 10-men relegated Newcastle thrashed 2nd place Tottenham 5-1? Be careful about who you’re betting on, and make sure they are teams who have something left to play for.
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFICATION
Manchester City and Manchester United have already confirmed their participation in Europe’s most prestigious cup competition.
Chelsea sits in 3rd and faces Aston Villa. A win will guarantee a Top 4 finish, and it will round off an excellent job done by Thomas Tuchel, who took over at the end of January when the club were down in 9th.
Liverpool host Crystal Palace and a win should be enough to qualify for the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp’s side have a 4 goal cushion over Leicester City, who would need to outscore them by 5 goals. Brendan Rogers’s side’s best hope is to beat Tottenham and hope that Chelsea or Liverpool drop points.
EUROPA LEAGUE QUALIFICATION
The loser out of Chelsea, Liverpool, and Leicester will have to settle for Europa League football. West Ham sits in 6th and have their destiny in their own hands. All David Moyes’s side have to do is avoid defeat against Southampton, and they will be playing on Thursday nights.
If The Hammers do slip up, the only side who can realistically catch them is Tottenham, who will need to win away to Leicester. Everton can equal West Ham’s points total, but their goal difference is inferior by 8. It will take something pretty incredible to overcome that.
EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE QUALIFICATION
That leaves Tottenham, Everton, and Arsenal fighting for 7th. We’ve already discussed Tottenham’s trip to face Leicester. Everton heads to The Etihad to face Manchester City, who might take things easy with the Champions League final next weekend. Arsenal travel to The Amex to face a Brighton side full of confidence after beating Pep Guardiola’s side 3-2 midweek.
- Top 4: Chelsea and Liverpool (I know, very boring!)
- Europa League: Leicester City and West Ham
- Europa Conference League: Arsenal (Their fans need this to get through the Summer, lol)
ROY HODGSON STEPPING DOWN AT CRYSTAL PALACE
Sunday will be an emotional day in the Crystal Palace dugout. It will be Roy Hodgson’s final game in charge of The Eagles and probably the end to his glittering managerial career that has spanned 45 years across six decades. He started in 1976 at Swedish club Halmstad and enjoyed spells at Liverpool, Inter Milan, Udinese, Malmö FF, Fulham, Switzerland, Finland, and England.
A true gent and servant of the game whose tactics and training methods are still capable of comfortably keeping sides in the Premier League. My favorite Hodgson memory was Fulham’s Europa League Last 16 clash against Juventus. They returned from Turin with a 3-1 defeat in the first leg and won 4-1 at Craven Cottage to go through 5-4 on aggregate. It’s one of the most memorable performances in Fulham’s history against a Juve side that featured David Trezeguet, Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Del Piero, Mauro Camoranesi, Diego, Fabio Grosso, Hasan Salihamidžić, and Antonio Candreva.
Here are the 2020-21 Premier League Matchday 38 Betting Lines
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY 38 BETTING LINES
ODDS & ENDS
- Jump on Leeds United -1.5 Goals at +123.
- I would back Over 2.5 Goals at -113 in Wolves games against Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will rest players for their Europa League final against Villareal on Wednesday evening.
- Newcastle or the Draw at -143 should be a pretty safe bet against Fulham.
- I like a Chelsea and Arsenal Money Line Parlay at +143
WHERE TO BET THE PREMIER LEAGUE IN THE US
In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in New Jersey, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.