Everton v Watford
Ronald Koeman won’t be messed about by Ross Barkley. The Dutch Pat Butcher wants an answer by next week at the latest from Barkley about his Goodison future. It remains to be seen whether the young England schemer will commit and if he doesn’t this would be his final game at Toffees HQ. He’s 7/1 to score first against a pretty ordinary Watford side and while he’s hardly been prolific this season he could be pumped for this and ping in a worldy.
Betting: Barkley to score first at 7/1 (bet365)
West Brom v Chelsea
The Blues can seal the deal on a second Premier League title in three seasons by winning at The Hawthorns and you wouldn’t back against them given how poor the Baggies have been in recent weeks. They’ve taken only two points from a possible 18 and failed to score in seven of their last nine league matches. Look for Chelsea to smash this and ‘The Confather’ to get loose as only he can afterwards.
Betting: Chelsea to win 3-0 at 9/1 (Sky Bet)
Manchester City v Leicester City
It’s been a tough old season for Pep Guardiola, lauded back in August as the man to bring the good times back to the Etihad. It’s not quite turned out like that, but at least they should be playing Champions League football next season. The Foxes, who dined at Europe’s top table themselves of course for a time this season, won’t make it easy for Pep’s mob but the home win looks the most logical shout.
Betting: Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 29/20 (Hills)
Bournemouth v Burnley
These two clubs have been excellent this season. Both were touted as relegation fodder last summer but have proved they can hang with the best in the land and are on course for decent finishes. Kudos to Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche, who have instilled belief and passion into two of the Premier League’s least lavish squads. That said, Burnley are still sh*te away though.
Betting: Bournemouth to win at evens (Bet Stars)
Middleborough v Southampton
Boro went down without a fuss on Monday after being outplayed by champions-elect Chelsea. It remains to be seen whether Steve Agnew will be trusted to get them out of the Championship next season because he’s not made the impact the club thought he might since taking over from Aitor Karanka. Two points from a possible nine in that crucial week of games against Swansea, Hull and Burnley hardly helped Boro’s cause. This could be grim. Real grim.
Betting: Under 1.5 goals at 5/2 (Sky Bet)
Sunderland v Swansea
The Swans are on course for survival having been bottom at Christmas after a stellar couple of weeks that’s seen them claim a point at Old Trafford and three against Everton. And who would punt against them beating the Black Cats here? A Sunderland fan I work with was shattered to see his side’s relegation confirmed recently but equally devastated when news broke that David Moyes would be staying on next season to lead them in the Championship. During his time at the club, right back to those awful early interviews, acceptance of mediocrity and defeatism have soaked into the concrete and girders at the Stadium of Light. Nobody has won fewer points at home in the Premier League this season than Sunderland. This stinks of an away win.
Betting: Swansea to win and both teams to score at 29/10 (Bet Stars)
Stoke City v Arsenal
I’m not sure why but it really tickled me when I discovered this week that Arsenal have a Lord Harris of Peckham on their board. Mai Oui, Mai Oui. All things being equal he will be related to Monkey Harris, the oft quoted but never seen pal of Del Trotter in Only Fools & Horses. The Gunners are a 5/2 shot to finish in the top four and cannot be written off even though they are now relying on favours elsewhere. They are also 5/2 to win this to nil and that looks a fair shout against a Stoke side who’ve drawn a blank in two of their last three matches.
Betting: Arsenal to win to nil at 5/2 (Boylesports)
Crystal Palace v Hull City
Since that fine win at Liverpool, Palace have lost focus. Three games, three defeats, no goals. Without swearing it’s sh*t or bust for Hull. They’ve been bobbins away for most of the season but look a spot of value here at odds approaching 3/1.
Betting: Hull City to win at 14/5 (Paddy Power)
West Ham v Liverpool
The Reds are lurching like a bleeding, babbling drunk towards a top-four finish but it’s not been pretty and they’ve looked very iffy of late. Put simply, I wouldn’t back them with stolen dosh at 8/11 here. A draw is much more likely, leaving the door wide open for Arsenal.
Betting: Draw at 3/1 (General)
Tottenham v Manchester United
There will be tears from Chas & Dave no doubt as Spurs play their final league fixture at White Hart Lane. They’ve won their last 13 matches at home in the Premier League and won’t fear a United side who failed to impress against Celta Vigo on Thursday night. Three of the Red Devils’ four league defeats this season have also come in Sunday fixtures immediately following a Thursday European match. Tottenham should ease to victory here, especially if Don Jose makes wholesale changes to his side like he did against Arsenal last week. If he does, it could result in a proper paddling.
Betting: Tottenham (-2) to win at 11/2 (Bet Victor)