Crystal Palace v QPR
The Eagles have been sh*te at home this year (12 points from a possible 39) while QPR have been sh*te away (one win against 12 defeats on the road). So don’t be surprised if these two serve up, well, sh*te. At the prices I actually reckon Rangers rate as a solid bet with a goal start but a lot will depend on da beg fella up top Charlie Austin.
Betting: QPR (+1) to win at 20/19 (Ladbrokes)
Arsenal v West Ham
The Hammers have lost their last eight in a row against Arsenal and they’ve been serving up pure muck in recent weeks. The Gunners, put simply, don’t tend to lose London derbies at home (unbeaten in last 12) and they rate as a huge price on my tissue to cover a goal handicap here. They will be revved up following their FA Cup win at Old Trafford and in Olivier Giroud (four goals in four games) have a player who absolute loves facing Big Sam’s boys in claret and blue.
Betting: Arsenal (-1) to win at 11/10 (Paddy Power)
Leicester City v Hull City
It’s do-or-die now for Leicester, who are seven points from safety (though they do have a game in hand). The irony is they have not been playing that badly of late and there are goals in this side while The Tigers have failed to score in seven of their last ten matches on the road. Home win.
Betting: Leicester to win at 6/5 (Coral/Ladbrokes)
Sunderland v Aston Villa
Another huge game at the bottom and the loser of this looks booked in for an anxious run-in down among the dead men. The Black Cats are marginal favourites but have failed to beat Villa in any of their last seven attempts so f*ck backing the home win at 11/8 for a game of soldiers. I wouldn’t put anyone off Jack Rodwell scoring again though. The formers teen prodigy notched in that astonishing game against Hull (when Steve Bruce tried to chase Gus Poyet off the pitch in scenes reminiscent of a Benny Hill sketch) and he’s found a bit of form on Wearside.
Betting: Rodwell to score anytime at 13/2 (bet365)
West Brom v Stoke
I don’t see these two bringing sexy back this weekend in a game that could be as dour as a pair of Dot Cotton’s knickers. That said, Stan James are making me somewhat erect by going 3/1 that Peter Crouch (four goals in his last five games) finds the net.
Betting: Crouch to score anytime at 3/1 (Stan James)
Burnley v Manchester City
It’s all going horribly wrong for Man City. The champions are five points behind Chelsea in the title race having played a game more and on the brink of European elimination at the hands of Barcelona. I honestly think there’s more chance of Jason Statham cultivating a side parting that there is Manuel Pellegrini still being in Manchester next season. That said, they should have too much quality for Burnley here and in Sergio Aguero have a striker who would walk into any team in the world and do a job.
Betting: Aguero – Manchester City to win 2-0 scorecast at 25/1 (Bet Victor)
Chelsea v Southampton
Chelsea done me for £440 in midweek (the absolute dogs) and I cannot believe how little grief Jose Mourinho has been given by the media for such negative tactics when facing a ten-man PSG side. They should have gone 4-3-3 and put the Frenchies to the sword. I obviously know what I’m f*cking talking about as well before you start having once guided Coventry City to back-to-back league titles on Premier Manager 2 on the Amiga back in the day.
Betting: Chelsea to win to nil at 6/4 (Betfair Sportsbook)
Everton v Newcastle
The Toffees have been absolute pony in the league so far this term but their fine form in Europe highlights the fact there’s a half-decent side kicking about somewhere. I think they are a great bet here at a shade under odds against to top a Newcastle side who have a rancid recent record at Goodison.
Betting: Everton to win at 5/6 (bet365/Paddy Power)
Manchester United v Tottenham
What’s going on at Old Trafford, kids? That FA Cup defeat to Arsenal means it is officially going to be two seasons without a trophy for the first time in over a quarter of a century for The Red Devils, who look a bit of a shambles right now. Chewing the fat over their capitulation on Monday night my mate Jonny, a massive ManYoo fan, went so far as to say he was “embarrassed” by their display against Arsenal. From Angel di Maria tugging the referee to Adnan Januzaj diving about like an epileptic salmon, they looked a team playing without confidence or a definite strategy. And if you take a look at their run-in, starting Sunday against Spurs (which is certainly no gimme) I genuinely cannot believe that Liverpool are still odds against to finish top four. Madness. Absolute madness.
Betting: Liverpool to finish in the top four at 6/5 (Bet Victor)