Key Matchday 38 Fixtures and Predictions
The thrilling conclusion of the 2022-23 season is upon us, with the European spots and the Premier League title already decided. However, the spotlight now shifts to a fierce relegation battle. Everton, Leicester, and Leeds will engage in an intense struggle for safety in the final round of the season.
Discover our top predictions for the crucial Matchday 38 fixtures below. Best of luck to all the supporters!
Everton vs Bournemouth: Everton’s Last Stand
Everton, currently in 17th place and holding the most advantageous position among the three teams in the relegation battle, will host Bournemouth on Matchday 38.
While Everton has endured a disappointing season overall, they can avoid relegation by either securing a draw while Leicester fails to win or, even better, clinching a victory regardless of other results.
Last weekend, Everton earned a valuable away point against Wolves, which placed them two points clear of the 18th spot. In a highly eventful match, Yerry Mina emerged as an unexpected hero with his equalizer in the 99th minute.
Bournemouth, the other team in this fixture, doesn’t demand significant attention. They accomplished their work earlier in the season with an impressive winning streak, affording them the luxury of relaxing and enjoying the final day.
Given the high stakes, Everton is likely to adopt a cautious approach among the three battling teams on Sunday night. They will be conscious that conceding an early goal could have devastating consequences. Consequently, I anticipate Everton playing compact and deliberate football to advance the ball. With this in mind, I don’t expect a high-scoring match, making the under 2.5 goals market an appealing choice.
Leeds vs Tottenham: Leeds’ Last Glimmer of Hope
As the final day approaches, Leeds finds themselves on the brink of Championship football, needing something akin to a miracle to survive another season in the Premier League.
Sitting in 19th place, two points behind Everton in 17th and also trailing in goal difference, Leeds faces a precarious situation. Their survival depends on Everton avoiding defeat against Bournemouth and Leicester defeating West Ham. While the odds are against Leeds, stranger things have happened in football.
Regardless of the various scenarios, Leeds will give their all to at least have a fighting chance at safety. They must approach the match with positivity and strive to score an early goal.
On the other hand, Tottenham’s motivation stems from pride as they aim to conclude a disappointing campaign on a positive note.
Considering these factors, it appears to be the perfect recipe for a high-scoring affair. Therefore, I will be exploring markets that align with this expectation.
Leicester vs West Ham: Foxes’ Battle for Survival
Leicester, the third team embroiled in the relegation battle, captured the English Premier League title in a spectacular manner just seven seasons ago.
To secure their top-flight status, the Foxes require a victory against West Ham on Sunday night, combined with a draw or worse for Everton against Bournemouth.
However, the Foxes’ journey this season, particularly at the beginning and end, has been far from straightforward in accumulating valuable league points. They managed just one point from their first seven matches, and in their last 15 encounters, they have only garnered seven points leading up to this weekend.
Nevertheless, Leicester remains a genuine contender to avoid relegation, possessing the quality, at least on paper, to triumph on the final day.
Their opponents, West Ham, have nothing left to play for, and amid transfer speculations surrounding some key players, wouldn’t be surprising to see them field a team that falls short of their best starting lineup.
Taking all factors into account, it is evident that Leicester’s form in recent games has been extremely poor. However, I still have faith that their inherent quality can prevail in this crucial encounter, thereby placing their Premier League future in Everton’s hands.
The final matchday of the season promises an exhilarating relegation battle. Everton, Leeds, and Leicester will leave no stone unturned in their quest for safety. The fixtures between Everton and Bournemouth, Leeds and Tottenham, and Leicester and West Ham carry immense significance, determining the fate of these teams. Brace yourself for intense action and dramatic moments as the season reaches its thrilling conclusion.
Best of luck to all the teams and supporters involved!