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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Premier League predictions: Liverpool to seal fourth place ahead of Chelsea

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The day English football fans have dreaded, the final games of the season, take place on Sunday.

With Swansea City, who occupy the final relegation place, nine goals and three points worse off than 17th-placed Southampton ahead of their game against already-relegated Stoke City (Southampton are at home to champions Manchester City), we boldly predict the Welsh club's seven-year stay in England's top flight is at an end.

That leaves us with only two games with anything riding on them - Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United at home to Chelsea. A point will see Liverpool secure fourth place and with it a place in next season's Uefa Champions League, while Chelsea need three points and hope Brighton can do them a massive favour.

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How did The National do? Read our predictions before the start of the season

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Predicting the outcome of games is never easy. And with many teams likely to blood young players and grant those moving on a final farewell, this week is arguably the hardest of them all.

So on that note, here are our final predictions for the final matches of the 2018/19 season. Scroll through the picture gallery above to view them.

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Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to focus on Brighton for now - not Real Madrid

Conte's Chelsea future in doubt as Premier League club face top-four woe

Jose Mourinho says injured Romelu Lukaku may not start the FA Cup final

Wayne Rooney did not ask to leave Everton, says manager Sam Allardyce

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