We’ve had a go at predicting Wolverhampton Wanderers’ end-of-season run-in – and it went rather well.
Wolves are currently in eighth position in the Premier League, with six games against Burnley, Brighton, Chelsea, Norwich, Liverpool and Manchester City remaining. Wolves were due to face reigning champions City this weekend, but their FA Cup commitments led to the game being postponed.
Bruno Lage and his players are recharging their batteries ahead of their trip to Burnley a week on Sunday. The defeat to Newcastle on Friday was untimely, but Wolves’ rivals Manchester United, West Ham and Arsenal all slipped to defeat too.
Wolves can’t afford many more slip ups though and their final six fixtures are by no means simple. Lage’s team face all of the top three, as well as relegation battlers Burnley and Norwich City – plus a Molineux meeting with mid-table Brighton sandwiched in the middle.
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Here are the run-ins of all the teams involved…
Wolves’ remaining fixtures: Burnley (a), Brighton (h), Chelsea (a), Norwich (h), Liverpool (a), Man City (h)
Manchester United’s remaining fixtures: Norwich (h), Liverpool (a) Arsenal (a), Brentford (h), Brighton (a), Chelsea (h), Crystal Palace (a)
West Ham’s remaining fixtures: Burnley (h), Chelsea (a), Arsenal (h), Norwich (a), Man City (h), Brighton (a)
Arsenal’s remaining fixtures: Southampton (a), Chelsea (a), Man United (h), West Ham (a), Leeds (h), Newcastle (a), Everton (h), Tottenham (a)
Spurs’ remaining fixtures: Brighton (h), Brentford (a), Leicester (h), Liverpool (a), Burnley (h), Norwich (a), Arsenal (h)
Our prediction is that Wolves will take maximum points from Burnley, Brighton and Norwich, and draw with Chelsea and Manchester City, before losing to Liverpool on the final day in May. That would give Wolves 11 points from their final six games and, based on our predictions for the rest of the Premier League, would see the club finish seventh.
Seventh-placed finishes in 2019 and 2020 represent Wolves’ best-ever Premier League seasons. If Wolves match our predictions in their final six games, they will also equal the club’s record points haul of 59 from 2020.
Tottenham secured the coveted final Champions League spot in our predicted table. Spurs have improved vastly under Antonio Conte in recent weeks to move ahead of rivals Arsenal in the standings.
Arsenal and Manchester United have the target of finishing fourth but, if our prediction is correct, both face the hammer blow of missing out on Champions League football. Arsenal and United would therefore play in next season’s Europa League, with Wolves joining the Europa Conference League and West Ham missing out on Europe all together – unless they win this season’s Europa League.
You can have a go at predicting the final Premier League table here.