The final throw of the Premier League dice: A look at the title race and European chase

The curtain is ready to fall on the 2023/24 Premier League season – and there is plenty to be decided on the final matchday.

Many players will be thinking of a trip to Germany for the Euro 2024, while other players will be looking at Las Vegas hotel guides for a summer break in Sin City.

But we still have some top-flight action to enjoy before all that.

Defending champions Manchester City are holding all the cards in the title race with Arsenal – but stranger things have happened and Mikel Arteta will be hoping David Moyes has an ace up his sleeve in his final game as West Ham boss.

The fight for Europa League and Europa Conference League will unfold between Tottenham, Chelsea, Newcastle and Manchester United.

Here, Adam Nash takes a look into the possibilities of what could happen on the final day of the thrilling 2023/24 Premier League campaign.

Manchester City vs West Ham 

Manchester City are the frontrunners to win the Premier League after beating Tottenham in a must-win game which left them two points ahead of Arsenal. 

City haven’t lost a game in the Premier League since the 6th of December where they lost to Aston Villa. 

West Ham have only managed to win two of their last 10 games in the Premier League.

Man City are understandably massive favourites to win this game and never seem to buckle under the pressure. The last time the title race came down to the final day, they beat Aston Villa 3-2 after being 2-0 down.

Prediction: Man City 4-0 West Ham

Arsenal vs Everton

Arsenal have arguably been the best team in the Premier League this season.

Mikel Arteta has got them playing excellent football, however it’s the result against Aston Villa which could end up costing them title glory. 

Arsenal need Manchester City to either lose or draw against West Ham and they must beat Everton, who are in the best form that they have been in all season and will compete. 

Arsenal gained a lot of experience from last season after losing the league in the final weeks of the season – and they have learnt lessons and gained experience once again.

It will be a strange atmosphere at The Emirates as home fans dream of what might have been – but we expect Arteta’s Gunners to finish on a high note.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Everton

Chelsea vs Bournemouth

With a lot still on the line for the European spots, Chelsea are one of the teams who are in contention for fifth place. 

Chelsea got off to a very bad start in the league – but since the start of the year, their form has really picked up, mainly thanks to the fine form of Cole Palmer.

They have only lost one game in the last 14, and also haven’t lost a game at home since February after losing to Wolves 4-2. 

However, Bournemouth’s form has also picked up in the second half of the season and the Cherries have picked up their most points in a season in the Premier League, with star player Dominic Solanke scoring an incredible 19 goals.

It will be a close game, however with Chelsea having Europe to play for and the game being at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will come out on top in what we expect to be a goal-laden game.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Bournemouth

Brighton vs Manchester United

Both teams have had extremely poor seasons compared to last season, when both of them qualified for European competition.

Brighton don’t have anything to compete for, whereas Manchester United have the opportunity to get into the Europa Conference league depending on the FA Cup final.

If United lose the FA Cup final to Manchester City then there’s another European spot in the league, so whoever finishes seventh will get the opportunity for European football. United are currently joint on points with Newcastle in seventh.

Man United have the FA Cup final on the 25th of May which is a bigger game than the Brighton clash, with a trophy on the line.

Erik ten Hag’s team have plenty of injuries, so despite United getting a good result against Newcastle, expect Brighton to come out on top in this one.

Prediction: Brighton 2-1 Man Utd

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Adam Nash
Adam Nash
Adam is a sports journalism student at Leeds Trinity University. He is a Chelsea fan who likes football, darts, tennis and boxing.

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