⚽️ Premier League Matchweek 38- Previews, Stats, Results and Live Updates: Top Four race, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and more

After nearly eight months of gruelling action, in what has been the most intense Premier League season, the 2020/21 campaign comes to an end with Gameweek 38. The final two qualifiers for the UEFA Champions League are yet to be identified and Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester City will be hoping to be one of the two teams to clinch the remaining spots in the top four.

The race for top four is going down to the wire :fire:

Final Day Fixtures and Live Match Times:

Sunday, 23rd May

4:00pm (BST) 8:30 PM (IST)


Race for the top four:

:three: Chelsea 67pts (+23)
:four: Liverpool 66pts (+24)
:five: Leicester 66pts (+20)

Aston Villa :vs: Chelsea
Liverpool :vs: Crystal Palace
Leicester :vs: Tottenham

The club that will miss out on Champions League football is ___________________


Arsenal vs Brighton

Arsenal take on Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, in their final match of the 2020/21 campaign. Standing at ninth in the league table, it has been a dismal campaign for Mikel Arteta’s men, who have also underperformed in both FA Cups and Carabao Cup before being knocked out of the UEFA Europa League by former manager Unai Emery, earlier this month.

The Gunners, though, still have an opportunity to seal European football – more precisely in the newly introduced UEFA Conference League. In order to qualify, they must secure all three points this weekend and hope both Tottenham Hotspur and Everton drop points in their respective games against Leicester City and Manchester City.

As far as Brighton themselves are concerned, they do not really have too much to play for, having secured their top-flight status a while back. The Seagulls, though, are keen on ending their campaign on a strong note, which was evident in the magnificent win over champions Manchester City this midweek.


Arsenal vs Brighton and Hove Albion Team News

Arsenal will be without the services of Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin, who still hasn’t recovered from a lower leg injury he suffered in the win against Chelsea. There is doubt over David Luiz’s involvement as he is recuperating from a hamstring problem.

Brighton Forward Neil Maupay remains out with suspension. Danny Welbeck is expected to miss the game against his former club due to a hamstring issue.

Davy Propper, Joel Veltman, Solly March, Tariq Lamptey all remain sidelined due to injuries.


Arsenal vs Brighton Key Stats

  • Arsenal are looking to complete their first league double over Brighton since the 1980/81 campaign. Indeed, the Gunners have won just two of their seven meetings with Brighton since the Seagulls were promoted to the Premier League.

  • Brighton won this exact fixture 2-1 last season, their first ever top-flight away win against Arsenal.

  • Arsenal haven’t lost their final league game of the season since 2004/05 and have won each of their last nine games to end a Premier League campaign.

  • When finishing a Premier League season at home, Arsenal have won each of their last 11 matches, with their last defeat coming in 1992/23 at the hands of Tottenham.

  • Brighton have won their final league game in just one of the last six campaigns, though that did come at Burnley last season.


Aston Villa vs Chelsea

Aston Villa do not have anything let to play for this season, as they are certain to finish 11th. As far as their performance over the course of the season is concerned, the Villans have been a marked improvement on the team that nearly got relegated last season. This time around, Dean Smith & co. have been fairly solid while constantly improving their output in the final third as well, which does reflect in their final position.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have endured a roller-coaster of a Premier League campaign, having gone from being table-toppers and possible title contenders to fighting for a place in the top four. The Blues, though, have been one of the most solid sides under the tutelage of Thomas Tuchel and have well and truly earned a top four finish, although they still need a win to guarantee the same.

The reverse fixture, played at Stamford Bridge back in December, saw Aston Villa come back from a goal down to hold Chelsea to a 1-1 draw.


Aston Villa vs Chelsea Team News


The hosts remain without the services of Matty Cash (hamstring), Dominic Revan (jaw), Trezeguet (knee) and Morgan Sanson (knee) through injuries. Ross Barkley will not be able to face his parent club.

Ngolo Kante (hamstring), Kai Havertz (muscle) and Andreas Christensen (hamstring) are major doubts for the game having sustained injuries.


Aston Villa vs Chelsea Key Stats

  • Aston Villa have lost 10 of their last 12 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (W1 D1), although they did secure a draw in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge this season. The Blues have indeed have won their last three Premier League away games against Aston Villa, last winning four in a row at Villa Park between 1995 and 1999.

  • Aston Villa have not won their final league game in any of the last nine campaigns, since beating Liverpool 1-0 in 2010/11. However, the Villans are unbeaten when facing Chelsea in their last game (W3 D1), most recently winning 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on the closing day of the 2001/02 season.

  • Chelsea have lost their final league game in just one of their last nine campaigns (W6 D2), going down 0-3 at Newcastle United in 2017/18.

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in each of their eight away Premier League games under Thomas Tuchel (W6 D2), conceding just four goals in total and never more than once in a match.

  • Olivier Giroud has scored in each of his last seven Premier League appearances against Aston Villa, netting nine goals in total. Only Robin van Persie has ever scored in eight consecutive games against an opponent in the competition (versus Stoke City).


Chelsea vs Aston Villa earlier this season…


Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool have needed to throw the kitchen sink and more in order to rescue a season that was spiraling out of control midway through March. Once seeming like potential title contenders again, the Reds were on a free fall upon the turn of the year, but have held themselves together in the last couple of months, embarking on a nine-game unbeaten run that has helped them go from seventh to fourth.

Crystal Palace, on the other hand, will reach the end of a spell on Sunday, as Roy Hodgson takes charge of the Eagles for one last time. The visitors have typically blown hot and cold in recent weeks and come into this game on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal, which essentially means that the best they can do is finish 12th, provided they can get a win here.

The reverse fixture, played at Selhurst Park back in December, saw Liverpool cruise to a 7-0 win over Crystal Palace, with Takumi Minamino, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah all on target.


Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Team News

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is waiting on a late assessment on forward Diogo Jota ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace. Midfielder Naby Keita remains a doubt as he has not featured in the last four games.

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke faces a fitness check to see if he can line up against his former club.

Defender Tyrick Mitchell is also nursing a knock and Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who says he will be taking a roll call of fit players before training on Saturday, is definitely again without Luka Milivojevic (family issues), Eberechi Eze (Achilles), James McArthur (calf), Mamadou Sakho (thigh) and Connor Wickham (muscle).


Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Key Stats

  • Liverpool have won their last seven Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace by an aggregate score of 22-5. However, the Eagles’ last nine Premier League away games against Liverpool have seen them lose three in a row (1998-2013), win three in a row (2015-2017) and then lose three in a row (2017-2020).

  • Liverpool have won their final league game in each of the last four seasons, their longest such run since winning their season finale in 13 consecutive campaigns between 1907-08 and 1923-24.

  • This is the 12th time Crystal Palace finish a top-flight campaign away from home, with the Eagles winning just one of their previous 11 such matches (D3 L7).

  • Sadio Mane has scored in each of his last seven Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace; in the competition’s history, only Robin van Persie (against Stoke) has scored in eight consecutive games against an opponent.

  • Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have scored a combined 19 Premier League goals for Liverpool against Crystal Palace. Only against Arsenal (20) have the trio netted more goals against a single Premier League opponent during their time at Liverpool.


Crystal Palace vs Liverpool earlier this season…


Wolves vs Manchester United

Runners up Manchester United will be in action against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Stadium in what will pretty much be a dead rubber of a contest.

While there may not be much left to play for, Wolves will want to give a proper send-off to Nuno, who confirmed earlier this week that he will be on his way out at the end of the campaign. With fans in attendance as well, a win would be a proper farewell gift to the Portuguese tactician who has done a marvellous job at the Molineux despite the struggles of this season.

As for Manchester United, the Red Devils sealed second spot earlier this week despite the draw to Fulham as Leicester City lost to Chelsea. It has been a season of progress for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once again with the team improving on their third-placed finish in the league last term and making it to the finals of the UEFA Europa League as well, which takes place next week.


Wolves vs Manchester United team news

While Jimenez and Pedro Neto remain sidelined for the long-term, Wolves will also be without Daniel Podence, Jonny and Owen Otasowie. Young Fabio Silva has been preferred to Willian Jose, and should get the nod down the firing line once again.

Harry Maguire could miss the Europa League final, Solskjaer confirmed in his press conference. That most certainly means he is out for this fixture, along with Anthony Martial.

Scott McTominay and Fred have shrugged off their injury concerns, while Daniel James is poised to slot straight into the playing XI as he is available.


Wolves vs Manchester United Key Stats

  • Manchester United have lost just one of their last seven Premier League meetings with Wolves (W3 D3), going down 2-1 at Molineux in April 2019.

  • Wolves have alternated between winning (3) and not winning (D1 L2) in their six Premier League home games against Manchester United, with the last such meeting ending 1-1.

  • If Manchester United avoid defeat, they will become just the fourth side to remain unbeaten away from home across an entire English top-flight campaign, after Preston (1888-89), Arsenal (2001-02) and Arsenal again (2003-04).

  • With Raul Jiménez in the team this season (up to the end of November), Wolves had won 50% of their Premier League games (5/10). Since his injury, Wolves have won just 26% of their league games (7/27).

  • With 18 goals and 12 assists this season, Bruno Fernandes has become just the fifth player to register 30+ goal involvements in a single Premier League campaign for Manchester United, after Eric Cantona in 1993-94 (30), Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007-08 (37), Wayne Rooney in 2011-12 (31) and Robin van Persie in 2012-13 (35).


Manchester United vs Wolves earlier this season


Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, R.Williams, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Sadio Mané.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Mitchell; McCarthy, Kouyaté, Riedewald; Townsend, Ayew, Zaha.


Arsenal vs Brighton

Arsenal XI: Leno; Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Pépé, Ødegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang.

Brighton XI: Sánchez; White, Webster, Dunk, Burn; Jahanbakhsh, Groß, Bissouma, Trossard; Moder; Alexis Mac Allister.


Aston Villa vs Chelsea

Aston Villa XI: Martinez; Konsa, Hause, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Nakamba; Traoré, Grealish, El Ghazi; Watkins.

Chelsea XI: Mendy; James, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Chilwell; Pulisic, Mount; Werner.