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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Chelsea on brink of title, Hull and Swansea sweat over Prem status

Chelsea will win the league with victory at West Brom on Friday and it has been a long time coming. The Blues have been the best this season, no question, but there's plenty more to sort out this weekend other than a title procession.

The critical action comes at the bottom, where Hull travel to Crystal Palace and Swansea face relegated Sunderland. If Hull lose and Swansea win, the Tigers will go down.

And there's also the small matter of the final game at White Hart Lane as Tottenham face Manchester United. Predict the outcome of that and all the rest by voting in our match polls.

WEST BROM: The Baggies' final home game of the season sees them face champions-elect Chelsea. If Tony Pulis' men are to stop the Blues clinching the title at The Hawthorns, they will need Craig Dawson to be at his best against Eden Hazard -- and also a threat in the opposition box.
Prediction: West Brom 0-2 Chelsea -- Matthew Evans

CHELSEA: With just three points needed for Chelsea to secure their fifth title in 13 seasons, there will be no let-up from the men in blue. West Brom's massed ranks of centre-backs means the stage should be set for Cesc Fabregas to pick the lock. Salomon Rondon's return to the scoresheet makes him the main threat at the other end of the pitch.
Prediction: West Brom 0-2 Chelsea -- Phil Lythell

TOTTENHAM: Tottenham lost December's reverse fixture and go into this clash on the back of a defeat at West Ham. However, the historic significance of Sunday's showdown -- the last game at White Hart Lane -- is sure to inspire them, and they have won their last 13 league matches at home. 
Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Manchester United -- Ben Pearce

MAN UNITED: Tottenham's chase of Chelsea in the Premier League may now be in vain, but they will still be vigorous and their attack should be too subtle for Manchester United's faltering defence, especially with the away side still recovering from their Europa League exertions.
Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Manchester United -- Scott Patterson

WEST HAM: Liverpool desperately need a win at the London Stadium to cement their Champions League aspirations and may find hosts West Ham in a relaxed mood after reaching 42 points with the win over Spurs. EastEnders love an end-of-season knees-up, though, and both teams may have to settle for a point.
Prediction: West Ham 2-2 Liverpool -- Peter Thorne

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool have been quite efficient in picking up points on their travels recently, while West Ham no longer have the home advantage of Upton Park and have struggled since moving to their new stadium. The Reds will get the win they need, but it will be close.
Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Liverpool -- Dave Usher

MAN CITY: Prior to last season's 3-1 home defeat to a vigorous Leicester side that would be heralded Premier League champions, this weekend's visitors to the Etihad had inflicted next to no damage in Manchester for three decades. With City going hard for the finishing tape and a third-place finish, expect a home win.
Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Leicester -- Simon Curtis

LEICESTER: Leicester will be glad they are safe, since an away trip to City followed by a home fixture with Tottenham is hardly ideal at this stage of the season. The Foxes underlined their title credentials at City last term and another shock win would virtually guarantee a top-half finish. A comfortable home win is likely but perhaps Leicester can raise their game to influence the race for Champions League football.
Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Leicester -- Ben Jacobs

CRYSTAL PALACE: Palace will need to work incredibly hard to get a win, but following last weekend's drubbing against Manchester City, Sam Allardyce will have drilled the importance of winning at least a point into the side. With that as a foundation, Palace have enough talent to create and take chances.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-0 Hull -- Rob Sutherland

HULL CITY: Crystal Palace's slump puts them under added pressure, but Hull would dearly love to swap positions with their hosts. Last weekend's defeat at home to Sunderland has transformed the requirements from this game and anything less than a win could effectively see the Tigers relegated. A point will do for Palace and travelling with optimism has suddenly become difficult for Marco Silva and his side.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Hull City -- Phil Buckingham

STOKE: Stoke will be revelling in the prospect of assuming the role of party-poopers in what could be Arsene Wenger's final Premier League away game as Arsenal manager. The ever-industrious Mame Diouf deserves another start up top while Marc Muniesa will be lucky to escape the manager's ire and keep his place following the horror show of his last performance.
Prediction: Stoke 2-1 Arsenal -- James Whittaker

ARSENAL: Having not won at St Mary's since 2003, Arsenal will be hoping their 2-0 over Southampton on Wednesday augurs well as they prepare for another away trip to a ground that has been difficult for them. The last time the Gunners went to Stoke and won was in 2010, so they have a similar hoodoo to break on Saturday. It's a big test, but one they should just about be able to come through.
Prediction: Stoke 1-2 Arsenal -- Tom Adams

SUNDERLAND: Swansea's players clubbed together to pay for the away fans' tickets and there'll be 3,000 of them at the Stadium of Light, rooting for another giant stride toward safety. As against Swansea's relegation rivals Hull City last Saturday, Sunderland need to play for pride. 
Prediction: Sunderland 2-2 Swansea -- Colin Randall

SWANSEA: Swansea couldn't have wished for a better turn of events last Saturday, with the Welsh club beating Everton 1-0 and relegation rivals Hull suffering a shock home loss to Sunderland. The relegated Wearsiders can help Swansea's survival bid once again by reverting to form this Saturday.
Prediction: Sunderland 0-2 Swansea -- Max Hicks

MIDDLESBROUGH: Given that Boro's relegation was confirmed following a 3-0 defeat at Chelsea, and that Southampton's season is all but done, this game could be a real non-event.
Prediction: Middlesbrough 0-0 Southampton -- Catherine Wilson

SOUTHAMPTON: This is a massive game for under-fire manager Claude Puel. Southampton have failed to score in their last three games and if that run is extended against a Boro side already down, the knives will be out for the Frenchman. Boro do not let in many, though, so another afternoon of frustration could be ahead.
Prediction: Middlesbrough 0-0 Southampton -- Alex Crook

EVERTON: Everton are the only Premier League team unable to alter their league placing in any way in the remaining matches. As such, the visit of Watford is merely a chance to underline excellent home form and claim three points from the final Goodison outing of the season.
Prediction: Everton 2-0 Watford -- Luke O'Farrell

WATFORD: Watford haven't scored a goal away from Vicarage Road since their stunning win against Arsenal in January, and recent performances suggest this isn't likely to change at Goodison. The lack of attacking threat is exacerbated by an increasingly porous defence and that adds pressure on Walter Mazzarri, who must be praying that 40 points is enough to stave off relegation.
Prediction: Everton 2-0 Watford -- Mike Parkin

BOURNEMOUTH: Eddie Howe will want his side to win their last home game of the season in style and that is exactly what they will do. Bournemouth will likely dictate possession against Burnley and win in impressive fashion, with Josh King hitting the scoresheet yet again.
Prediction: Bournemouth 3-0 Burnley -- Will Kent

BURNLEY: With the Clarets virtually safe -- although not quite mathematically -- the pressure is off ahead of this weekend's trip to Bournemouth. Burnley won their last away game at Crystal Palace, but a draw looks like their best chance of a result against the club's former manager Howe. 
Prediction: Bournemouth 2-2 Burnley -- Jamie Smith

Arsenal remain hopeful of a top-four spot but to do that, they must win away at Stoke and hope that either Liverpool or Manchester City slip up. 

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