Saturday, May 14, 2016

EPL 2015/16 - Week 38

Arsenal v/s Aston Villa - Home win
Chelsea v/s Leicester - Draw
Everton v/s Norwich - Draw
Man Utd v/s Bournemouth - Home win
Newcastle v/s Tottenham - Draw
Southampton v/s Crystal Palace - Home win
Stoke v/s West Ham - Home win
Swansea v/s Man City - Home win
Watford v/s Sunderland - Draw
WBA v/s Liverpool - Home win

So the EPL season ends this Sunday with Leicester coming out as the shocking crowning champions. People talk of a Black Swan being a highly unforeseen event in the financial world; the Foxes win was much more than a massive Black Swan. What they have achieved is unprecedented and it would take some feat for another team to top that.

Many of the Sunday's fixtures are skewed because there is not much to play for. Which international playing in the upcoming Euros will risk injury by giving 110% in a meaningless match? The only meaningful matches involve the Manchester teams vying for the 4th and final UCL spot. It is almost a certainty that Man Utd will defeat Bournemouth. I cannot see the result of this match going otherwise. However, the Red Devils will have to count on neighbours City losing at Swansea. This is not as improbable as it looks as the Citizens have a dreadful road record. Swansea have been playing spoilers of late and getting a result is certainly not beyond their means; this team seems to play better when there is not much at stake or when they are under-valued underdogs. I think they will outright win or get at least a point from this match, which will give Man Utd the final UCL spot.

I see easy wins for Arsenal and Southampton as well.

This has been one of the most exciting EPL seasons ever, and hope that you enjoyed the weekly musings. Thanks for tuning in and all the feedback. In the upcoming months, I will focus on the major races as well as the Euros, before the start of 2016/2017 season. Have a great Summer and stay tuned!

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