Premier League Table 2014 Week 38: Latest Standings, Predictions for Matchday 38

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07:  Edin Dzeko of Manchester City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 7, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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The entire English Premier League season will all come down to one day.

Manchester City's midweek victory over Aston Villa put the club back on top of the table with a two-point lead over Liverpool. It also eliminated Chelsea from contention as they sit four points back with just one match remaining.

Still, the two squads on top will be involved in an exciting final day of action as they each look to bring home a league title. With other places in the standings on the line, Matchday 38 is certain to be a thrilling one.

Here is a look at the standings coming into the week with predictions for Sunday's biggest matches.

English Premier League Table (as of May 7)
1Manchester City37265610037+6383
7Manchester United37196126342+2163
9Newcastle United37154184257-1549
11Crystal Palace37135193146-1544
12West Ham37117194049-940
15Aston Villa37108193958-1938
17West Bromwich Albion37715154257-1536
Matchday 38 Fixtures and Predictions
DateTime (BST)Time (ET)HomePredicted ScoreAway
May 113 p.m.10 a.m.Cardiff City0-2Chelsea
May 113 p.m.10 a.m.Fulham1-1Crystal Palace
May 113 p.m.10 a.m.Hull City1-2Everton
May 113 p.m.10 a.m.Liverpool3-1Newcastle United
May 113 p.m.10 a.m.Manchester City1-0West Ham United
May 113 p.m.10 a.m.Norwich City2-2Arsenal
May 113 p.m.10 a.m.Southampton0-1Manchester United
May 113 p.m.10 a.m.Sunderland2-1Swansea City
May 113 p.m.10 a.m.Tottenham Hotspur0-0Aston Villa
May 113 p.m.10 a.m.West Bromwich Albion1-2Stoke City

Manchester City vs. West Ham United

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Although Manchester City got off to a slow start against Aston Villa, two second-half goals by Edin Dzeko gave the team the advantage in what became a 4-0 victory. In the win, the club moved to historic levels offensively:

With a two-point lead and a significant advantage in goal differential, City likely just need to earn a draw in the upcoming match to win the league. This is likely to keep them relatively conservative compared to their normal level.

Manchester City will try to keep possession and avoid mistakes in order to keep West Ham off the scoresheet. Considering the club has lost four of its last five matches, this should not be difficult.

Offensively, the club will find a way to break through as they have so often at the Etihad Stadium this season:

After scoring, the defense will ramp up as the players will do anything necessary to avoid a loss. This should be enough to help secure the win and come away with the team's second league title in three years.

Prediction: Manchester City 1, West Ham 0

Liverpool vs. Newcastle United

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on May 5, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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As soon as they conceded three goals against Crystal Palace to finish with a draw, Liverpool were aware they put themselves in a terrible position. Even manager Brendan Rodgers admitted the disappointment, via Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail:

Manchester City are the clear favourites - we tried to play Roy of the Rovers football. We needed to win tonight. Man City have two home games and we needed to win tonight to keep the pressure on.

I think City will go on and win their two games now - they will be champions.

The Reds will now need to earn a win while Manchester City suffers a surprising loss. While this is not likely, it does not mean they will give up heading into the final day.

Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge will remain aggressive in this match and try to fire as many shots at the net as possible. With the way this duo has scored this year, a bunch of them will go into the goal.

While Liverpool are likely to give up some good looks on a counter-attack, this should not lead to more than one goal by a club that has struggled on the road lately. Newcastle United have gone scoreless in their last four matches away from home.

This will be enough for Liverpool to pull away and do their part to try to win a title.

Prediction: Liverpool 3, Newcastle United 1

Manchester United vs. Southampton

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 06:  Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United competes with Maynor Figueroa of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford on May 6, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by
Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Although Manchester United have had a miserable year by almost any metric, they can save a little bit of respect by earning a spot in the Europa League. A win against Southampton and a Tottenham loss would give them sixth place, which is enough to get into the European tournament.

While this was clearly not the goal heading into the year, it is certainly better than nothing.

If United want to pull this off, they have to show the effort that was on display in the last match against Hull. The squad utilized its young talent such as James Wilson and Adnan Januzaj, and these players responded with a 3-1 win.

It was obvious that these men cared more about being on the pitch than some of the others who have been going through the motions for much of the season. There is a lot of talent on the roster, and the ones who want to play will get a chance.

Even against a tough opponent such as Southampton, Manchester United will come out with enough energy to gain the advantage early and hold on for a win.

Unfortunately, Tottenham will need just one point to secure a sixth-place finish and a spot in Europa League. With a home match against Aston Villa, Spurs should be able to pull this off.

Prediction: Manchester United 1, Southampton 0

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