London Soccer Shorts… 

Brian Jeeves

Sunday, May 19

Premier League

Arsenal v Everton – Emirates Stadium

Arsenal can only control the controllable when they go into the season’s final weekend hoping to better Manchester City’s result and take the title.

Arsenal face Everton at the Emirates. The Gunners have only lost one of their last twenty-seven matches on the last day of the season, while the Toffees have lost fourteen times, more than any other Premier League outfit.

Brentford v Newcastle United – Gtech Community Stadium

Brentford boss Thomas Frank believes he can succeed with the West London club.

Despite an inconsistent season, the Bees comfortably avoided relegation, with Franks keen to achieve better next season. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash with Newcastle United, he said: “I can’t see why not. Ambition is many things – you never know what will happen. 

“Maybe I’ll stay here for the rest of my time in football. Am I going to another club in the future? Maybe. You never know. What I know is I’m very happy here.”

Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth – Stamford Bridge

Chelsea will confirm a Europa League place with a single point against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues’ recent home form has been good. However, the Cherries have tasted victory on three of their six Premier League visits to the Bridge.

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa – Selhurst Park

Free-scoring Palace brings down the curtain on their campaign against a Villa side boosted by their Champions League qualification during the week.

Despite achieving a top-four finish, Villa will be wary that Palace have beaten them seven times in the Premier League at Selhurst Park, including six of the last eight meetings there.

Luton Town v Fulham – Kenilworth Road

Fulham are looking to end a run of four without a win when they head to Kenilworth Road to face a Luton side who will be relegated at the conclusion.

The Cottagers are unbeaten in six against the Hatters but haven’t won any of their last six matches on the final day of the campaign.

Manchester City v West Ham United – Etihad Stadium

David Moyes takes his side to the Etihad Stadium as potential party poopers as the Sctsman brings the curtain down on his second spell in the West Ham United hot seat.

Moyes, who looks likely to be replaced by former Wolves chief Julen Lopetegui, will stand down after Sunday’s clash which could see hosts Manchester City crowned Premier League champions for the fourth successive year and the sixth time in seven.

Despite intense recent criticism, the London Stadium audience provided Moyes with a rousing send-off following last weekend’s 3-1 home victory over Lutron Town: “The reception I got touched me,” he told

“You hear a lot of noise and I’m a football supporter as well and I want my team to win, but like I said, most of the supporters in the stadium recognise that their team won more than it lost.

“That’s helped us get strong positions in the league and let’s hope we can keep it going.”

Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur – Bramall Lane

Tottenham take on relegated Sheffield United having already confirmed Europa League football ahead of next season.

Ange Postecoglou could provide Academy graduate Mikey Moore with further minutes after the sixteen-year-old featured as a late substitute during their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City during the week.


Brian Jeeves