Season Finale Tips
Premier League weekend Preview (27th & 28th May)
The Premier League comes to and end this weekend and we preview a few of the games. In the Serie A, Juventus’ 10-point deduction has seen them slip out of the Top 4 while simultaneously shooting Milan into it. Both teams will meet this weekend in Turin. We look at that as well as the Bundesliga’s final day that could end in Dortmund being named champions but before we do, head to the best betting site in Nigeria, BetKing, and check out our variety of betting options from live matches today to our virtual bets section. You can also read about our new feature; the Pick 11 Jackpot Bet here.
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Koln vs. Bayern Munich
If Dortmund manages to defeat Mainz, the Bundesliga may witness a new champion emerging after 11 seasons. However, Bayern’s chances of retaining their title and securing their 11th consecutive league championship would rely on defeating Koln and hoping that Dortmund somehow squanders this golden opportunity. In the previous weekend, Bayern Munich suffered their first defeat against RB Leipzig in 12 games, causing them to relinquish their lead. Despite taking the lead with Serge Gnabry’s goal in the 25th minute, they were unable to maintain it as Konrad Laimer, Christopher Nkunku, and Dominik Szoboszlai scored three second-half goals, resulting in a 3-1 turnaround. Bayern Munich, previously considered favorites to achieve the treble just four months ago, now face the possibility of ending their season empty-handed.
In order to secure the crucial victory, Bayern must concentrate on taking care of their own match on the final day. Koln, who undoubtedly desire to witness Bayern’s title loss, have reportedly made arrangements to broadcast updates about the goals from the Dortmund vs. Mainz game in their stadium, aiming to further demoralise the Bavarians.
Having lost only one out of their last eight games, Koln intends to make things challenging for their opponents by capitalizing on their current form. During this period, they have accumulated 15 points, a record surpassed only by the top three teams: RB Leipzig with 18 points, Dortmund with 17 points, and Bayern with 16 points. In their previous encounter in Munich, the match ended in a 1-1 draw, instilling confidence in Koln that they can pose difficulties for Bayern once again.
Serge Gnabry has scored in four straight games to take his tally to a career-best-equalling 14 single-season Bundesliga goals. He has registered 11 goals in 10 previous meetings with Koln and having scored last week as we predicted, we’re once again backing the German to get on the scoresheet once more. .
Koln Form: W-L-W-W-D
Bayern Munich Form: L-W-W-W-L
Against Bayern in the Bundesliga, Koln are on an 8-game losing streak at home. It is the longest at home to one side in the top flight. In fact, Koln are winless in their last 17 meetings with Bayern (D2, L15) in all competitions, since recording a 3-2 victory over the record champions on 5 February 2011.
- Bayern Munich to win @1.35
- Serge Gnabry Anytime Scorer @2.05
- Bet on Dortmund to Beat Mainz and crowned Bundesliga Champions @1.16
Arsenal vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Following a dreadful period, the Gunners and their players are eagerly anticipating the conclusion of this season. Their recent performance in the Premier League has been disappointing, with only two wins in their last eight games, resulting in an 8-point deficit behind league Champions Manchester City. This sudden decline is remarkable, considering that just a few months ago, Arsenal held an 8-point advantage over Pep Guardiola’s team.
During their last home game, Brighton dominated them and secured a convincing 3-0 victory. Last weekend, they suffered yet another defeat, this time a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest, displaying an inability to score despite holding 82% of the possession. As their final home game of the season approaches, we anticipate their determination to achieve a positive outcome, given that the season has generally held promise for the North Londoners. It’s worth noting that Arsenal has the highest win rate of any team in Premier League history on the last day of the season, standing at 70%. Consequently, we consider this to be a reliable prediction.
After securing their survival, Julen Lopetegui has made adjustments to his Wolves team in the past two matches, aiming to assess his squad ahead of an anticipated busy summer transfer window. These changes have somewhat disrupted their team chemistry but haven’t resulted in disastrous outcomes, as they experienced one loss and one draw in their last two games. However, the club remains concerned about their attacking prowess, as they have scored the fewest goals in the league with only 31. Despite having some success at the Emirates Stadium in recent years (winning one, drawing three, and losing one), we anticipate them to lose this time due to their scoring struggles and poor away form. They have managed only two away victories in 22 league games.
Arsenal Form: L-W-W-L-L
Wolverhampton Wanderers Form: W-L-W-L-D
Arsenal have won each of their final Premier League games of the season for 11 straight years now. When these games have come at home, that record figure is an impressive 13 wins in 13 games. Wolves have lost each of their last 5 final day fixtures.
Brentford vs. Manchester City
Only two teams have done the league double over Manchester City in a season when they were crowned Premier League champions. Chelsea achieved this feat in the 2013/14 season, while Spurs accomplished it just last season. Brentford, who previously secured a victory against Man City at the Etihad (which was Pep Guardiola’s only home loss in all competitions), will strive to become the third team to achieve this double. During their previous encounter, Brentford emerged as 2-1 winners, with goals scored by Ivan Toney. However, Toney will not be available for the upcoming match due to an 8-month ban related to gambling. In Toney’s absence, Brentford will rely on Bryan Mbeumo, their talented forward from Cameroon who has been in excellent form recently. Mbeumo has scored 4 goals and provided 2 assists in his last 6 games, during which Brentford has 4 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss. Although Brentford’s aspirations for European qualification suffered a significant setback during a poor three-week period in April, leading to their drop out of the top 8, they now have the opportunity to join the exclusive group of teams who have defeated Man City twice in a season.
Ahead of the FA Cup final, it is anticipated that Manchester City will opt to rest some players during this particular game. However, considering the abundant quality within their squad, there is minimal decline in performance when Pep Guardiola rotates his team. Erling Haaland, who is arguably their most valuable player, is likely to be given a break in preparation for the upcoming cup finals. Consequently, we expect Julián Álvarez to be given the opportunity to start as the striker. The Argentine has been exceptional as a backup forward, boasting impressive statistics of 17 goals and 5 assists in all competitions, with 9 of those goals being scored in the league.
In their last 6 games, Man City have kept just one clean sheet while Brentford have found the back of the net in 12 of their last 13 games at the Gtech Community Stadium. We expect this bet to continue and both teams to score on Sunday.
Brentford Form: W-W-L-W-W
Manchester City Form: D-W-W-W-D
Manchester City has won five of its last six away games against London sides this season, with Spurs being the only side to deny them a victory. Only one team in league history – Liverpool in the 1988/89 season – has registered six of such wins in a single campaign.
- Double Chance: Man City to win or Draw @1.25
- Both teams to score @1.57
- Julián Álvarez anytime scorer @2.50
Manchester United vs. Fulham
Manchester United scored four goals in a Premier League game for the first time since their 4-2 victory over Leeds United in February 2022, which was 48 games ago. This time, they defeated Chelsea, who never seemed to have gotten off the team bus. With this win, Manchester United secured their spot in the Champions League for the next season. Considering they also have an upcoming FA Cup final next weekend, it is expected that they will make changes to their lineup for this Sunday’s match.
This season, Manchester United has an impressive record against newly promoted teams, winning all five of their league games, scoring 10 goals and conceding only one. The lone goal they conceded was against Fulham in their previous encounter at Craven Cottage, just before the World Cup break. The match appeared to be heading towards a 1-1 draw, but United’s talented youngster, Alejandro Garnacho, scored a 93rd-minute winner, breaking the hearts of the London team.
Motivated by their desire to avenge their FA Cup loss to Manchester United in March, Fulham is expected to approach this upcoming match with great determination. During their previous encounter, Fulham managed to hold onto a 1-0 lead and had Manchester United in a vulnerable position, seemingly heading towards an unexpected victory. However, a series of unfortunate events led to Fulham conceding a penalty and receiving three red cards, including one issued to their manager, Marco Silva. With only nine players remaining on the field, Fulham had little chance against the relentless Red Devils and ultimately lost 3-1.
Among those sent off was Aleksandar Mitrović, who had scored Fulham’s goal earlier in the game. Mitrović’s conduct resulted in an eight-match suspension. Since his return, the Serbian striker has already found the net three times in just two matches, indicating his excellent form. Therefore, it is anticipated that Mitrović will pose a threat to Manchester United’s defense and we’re backing him to score.
Manchester United Form: L-L-W-W-W
Fulham Form: L-L-W-W-D
Man Utd haven’t lost a league game at Old Trafford since the opening day of the season and have beaten Fulham in 18 of their last 21 league games at home. However, the Cottagers have picked up 2 draws in 3 of their last visits.
- Double Chance: Fulham to win or Draw @2.40
- Both teams to score @1.53
- Aleksandar Mitrović anytime scorer @2.60
Chelsea vs. Newcastle United
Frank Lampard experienced his heaviest defeat since his return to Chelsea as Manchester United convincingly triumphed over his team with a 4-1 scoreline. This loss marked the eighth defeat for the Blues in only ten matches, during which they conceded a total of 20 goals. Despite this dismal record, one glimmer of positivity for Chelsea, albeit belated in the season, is their recent discovery of their scoring prowess, having netted seven goals in their past five games. In contrast, they had managed to score only once in the five preceding matches. Nevertheless, despite their impressive home record of just one defeat in their last 27 Premier League games against Newcastle (20 wins, 6 draws) and an active winning streak of nine consecutive victories, this current Chelsea side lacks the cohesion necessary to compete with Newcastle.
Newcastle secured their return to the Champions League after a 20-year absence with a goalless draw on Monday. Eddie Howe’s remarkable journey with the team began when they were positioned 19th in the table. He led them to an 11th place finish last season and now, has secured a coveted top-four position.
The Magpies were unfortunate not to secure a victory against Leicester City on Monday, as they dominated the game and had 23 shots. Although this upcoming match is a dead rubber, we anticipate Newcastle to field a strong lineup, aiming to end the season on a positive note. One player deserving attention is Callum Wilson, the seasoned striker who is currently enjoying his most productive Premier League season with 18 goals, 11 of which were scored in his last 11 games.
Chelsea Form: L-W-D-L-L
Newcastle United Form: W-L-D-W-D
Following their 1-0 win at St. James Park back in November, Newcastle United are looking to complete their first league double over the Blues since the 1986/1987 season.
Juventus vs. AC Milan
Juventus’ management was understandably livid following their 4-1 loss at Empoli on Monday. News of their 10-point deduction for financial irregularities was announced hours before the game and this did irreparable damage to the players’ morale as they went on to suffer a heavy defeat in a game they were expected to win convincingly. The Old Lady, who had 15 points docked and then restored over the past few months, has now dropped to 7th in the league, just outside a Europa Conference League spot.
Meanwhile, AC Milan bounced back and secured a convincing 5-1 triumph over Sampdoria. Rafael Leão and Brahim Díaz contributed to the scoreline for the Rossoneri, but it was Olivier Giroud who stole the spotlight by scoring a hat-trick. This victory was crucial for coach Pioli, especially after being eliminated from the Champions League by their local rivals, Inter. Additionally, with Juventus facing a 10-point deduction, AC Milan climbed from 5th to 4th place in the league standings. This places them in a favorable position to secure a Champions League qualification for the upcoming season.
They have managed to keep clean sheets in their last two encounters and have remained unbeaten in their past four games, dating back to January 2021 when Andrea Pirlo was still the coach of Juventus. On the other hand, Juventus has experienced their worst season in over a decade, losing nine league games for the first time since the 2010/11 season, when they suffered ten losses. Given the lingering low morale among Juventus players, we anticipate Milan to capitalize on this situation and strengthen their position in the top four of the league standings.
Juventus Form: W-D-W-L-L
AC Milan Form: W-L-L-L-W
Following a 2-0 win over Juventus at the San Siro this season, Milan could complete a league double over their fierce rivals for only the 3rd time in 50 years, having previously done so in 1990/91 and 2009/10.
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