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Premier League Fixtures: EPL Week 38 Schedule, Tickets and Score Predictions

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Vincent Kompany of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with Bernardo Silva of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on May 06, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The Premier League title race will be decided on the final day of the 2018-19 season, with Manchester City knowing a win at Brighton & Hove Albion will be enough for them to retain the prize at the expense of Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola's team put themselves in a commanding position on Monday when they beat Leicester City 1-0, with captain Vincent Kompany scoring a stunning winner. They moved a point clear of the Reds, who had beaten Newcastle United in dramatic fashion on Saturday.

Liverpool will be seeking to apply pressure to their rivals by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur can guarantee a top-four spot with a point against Everton; Arsenal trail Spurs by three points and need to overturn a goal-difference deficit of eight.

         

Sunday, March 12 (3 p.m. kick off, BST)

Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Manchester City

Burnley vs. Arsenal

Crystal Palace vs. Bournemouth

Fulham vs. Newcastle United

Leicester City vs. Chelsea

Liverpool vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Manchester United vs. Cardiff City

Southampton vs. Huddersfield Town

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton

Watford vs. West Ham United

       

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Brighton vs. Manchester City

For almost 70 minutes at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, it felt as though the Premier League title may have been slipping away from City's grasp. Then Kompany strode forward and slammed an extraordinary strike past Kasper Schmeichel.

It was a moment of major elation and relief for City, as they had previously been frustrated by their opponents. 

Afterwards, the defender said he's been warned against hitting strikes from that range previously:

B/R Football @brfootball

No one wanted Kompany to shoot 😂 https://t.co/JbOqGFaAxl

As was evident at the final whistle, even Kompany's team-mates were surprised by what he produced:

Sky Sports MNF @SkySportsMNF

"I told you don't shoot!" Sergio Aguero has some pretty bad advice for Vincent Kompany 📺 Watch more on #MNF now: https://t.co/aDECtKCybj https://t.co/DXywSyKWTr

The goal leaves Guardiola's team three points away from a guaranteed Premier League title, having put together a remarkable finish to the season. The win over Leicester was their 13th victory in succession, as they've hunted down Liverpool in ruthless fashion.

With time to prepare for the game it will be intriguing to see how Guardiola sets his team up for the match, especially given there were issues in their play at times on Monday. Phil Foden struggled, while Leroy Sane's performance appeared to irk the coach when he came on.

Even so, with Brighton's Premier League status secure, City should have more than enough to get the three points needed to clinch success. Guardiola will be desperate for them to grab a couple of goals early on to settle any lingering nerves.

Prediction: Brighton 0-2 City

      

Liverpool vs. Wolves

Those on the red half of Merseyside would have been dejected after Kompany's moment of magic on Monday. Now all they can do is turn up on Sunday, beat Wolves and hope they get a favour from the south-coast side.

To not be on top of the pile at this point in the campaign is harsh on Liverpool, who have only lost one game all season, away at leaders City. They have set standards that have rarely been seen since the inception of the Premier League:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Most points won in a single Premier League season: 🔵 2017-18 Man City (100) 🔵 2004-05 Chelsea (95) 🔵 2018-19 Man City (95) 🔴 2018-19 Liverpool (94) Two of those teams still have one game to play... and only one can win the title. 🤯 https://t.co/ohW1PhknnW

Football writer Leanne Prescott thinks the Reds can reflect on a positive campaign regardless of what happens on Sunday:

Leanne Prescott @_lfcleanne

Never liked the idea that only silverware = success. 2 great teams who have been almost faultless & pushed each other all the way. Would be a cruel ending for #LFC but to amass 97pts is phenomenal. Huge strides made in a short space of time. Will challenge for the foreseeable.

Manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping he can recall star forwards Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah for the match, as it was confirmed they will both miss Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final with Barcelona.

They may need both to beat Wolves, who have enjoyed an excellent campaign back in the top flight and are guaranteed to finish seventh. As Sky Sports Statto relayed, Nuno Espirito Santo's team have been particularly good against the division's best sides:

Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto

Wolves have won more PL games against the top 6 teams (4) than against the current bottom 6 clubs (3) this season https://t.co/Q1Xv6w1jKi

It will be a challenging game for Liverpool, as Wolves have class in midfield and a front two in Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez who will trouble a defence that looks increasingly vulnerable.

However, Liverpool will be determined to finish this campaign well, regardless of what happens elsewhere. They'll do enough to ensure City need to continue their immaculate finish to the season in order to win the title at Brighton.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Wolves

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