Gameweek 38: 5 talking points ahead of the latest Premier League action
Gameweek 38 of the 2021/22 Premier League season is set to play out over the upcoming weekend.
The action starts and ends on Sunday afternoon with every single side in action at 4 pm UK time.
Ahead of the weekend’s action getting underway, 101 have picked out five key talking points.
Who will win the Premier League?
Like in 2018/19, the Premier League title race will go down to the final day.
Manchester City are the current leaders ahead of the final game week, sitting one point clear of Liverpool with six better goal difference.
As a result, Manchester City will be crowned Premier League champions for a 4th time under Pep Guardiola if they beat Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa or if they lose and Liverpool fail to beat Wolves.
Arsenal to miss out on Champions League
The race for the top-four has been one of the most entertaining in many years. Both Arsenal and Tottenham have shown their quality at points in the campaign. However, both clubs have also experienced some rather embarrassing spells of form.
And it was Arsenal’s latest dip that looks to have cost them a Champions League place. Mikel Arteta’s side are two points off Spurs with a much worse goal difference.
This means the only way Arsenal can get top-four now is by beating Everton and hoping Spurs somehow lose to Norwich on Sunday.
West Ham back in Europa League?
The hunt for the final Europa League place will go down to the final day.
Manchester United are currently 6th, but are in dismal form and have a tough clash vs Crystal Palace to round out their campaign.
West Ham, meanwhile, are just two points off United in 6th with a much better goal difference, meaning they can secure 6th by beating Brighton and then having United lose or draw vs Palace.
Relegation battle continues
Everton secured their Premier League survival on Thursday evening, but the battle to avoid the drop will go down to the final day.
Burnley and Leeds United are both currently sat on 35 points, though Burnley are 17th due to their 20 better goal difference.
This means Leeds have to better Burnley’s result if they wish to stay up. Jesse Marsch’s side take on Brentford whilst the Clarets face Newcastle on Sunday.
A top 10 finish
Finally, though not exactly the most exciting accolade, the fight to finish in the top half of the Premier League is going down to the final day.
Brighton currently sit in 10th place with 48 points. However, all of Brentford, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa could end up there come Sunday evening.