Sunderland v Manchester United
It’s been a tough old week off the pitch for Sunderland who will now look to Big Sam Allardyce – face like a busted sofa – to try and galvanise them against Manchester United. The Red Devils are odds on for the win here but the best odds-on shot at the SOL is surely backing the ‘unders’ as I fancy the hosts to try and keep it really tight at the back and hope Jimmy Defoe does the rest.
Betting: Under 2.5 goals at 8/11 (Betfred)
Bournemouth v Stoke
The Cherries keep picking up crucial wins at crucial times and a win this weekend would put some clear daylight between them and the dogfight currently taking place at the foot of the table. The good news is Stoke have lost four of their last five matches and are shipping goals too. Home win.
Betting: Bournemouth to win at 11/10 (Paddy Power)
Crystal Palace v Watford
Worrying times these for fans of both the Eagles (no win in eight) and the Hornets (four points from their last eight games). Both are still OK but will be mindful they need to get back to winning ways sharpish. Palace look dodgy at the back at the minute and for this reason I’m siding with Troy Deeney to tamper with the old onion bag.
Betting: Deeney to score anytime at 3/1 (Stan James)
Everton v West Brom
At long last Everton seem to have clicked into gear. Three wins on the spin and nine goals scored suggests the Toffees may have turned a corner. I think they can put the Baggies (who are missing several key men) to the sword here. And if they do, don’t rule out Bobby Martinez busting some moves afterwards in just his pants while listening to the dulcet tones of Jason Derulo.
Betting: Everton to win and both teams to score at 13/5 (Coral/Hills)
Norwich City v West Ham
Norwich are in absolute freefall and I make the Hammers bankers here. The only thing putting me off is that it’s possible their extra-time midweek FA Cup exertions against Liverpool could catch up with them. So instead of backing the straight win, go conkers deep instead in the ‘draw no bet’ market.
Betting: West Ham (draw no bet) to win at 23/20 (Betfred)
Swansea v Southampton
I’ve come over all Clinton Baptiste here and I’m getting the word……. Draw.
Betting: Both teams to score and draw at 15/4 (bet365)
Chelsea v Newcastle
The hosts should do the business in Saturday’s late kick-off but they have become draw specialists recently and I couldn’t trust them at 4/9 with pretendy money. That said Diego Costa looks to be enjoying his football again and the combative Latino gets my vote here to score first.
Betting: Costa to score first at 7/2 (Paddy Power)
Arsenal v Leicester City
Biggest game of the season so far at the Emirates and if Leicester can avoid defeat – following that sensational win at Man City – the title is surely there to be won. 5000/1 outsiders before the start of the season. This is schoolboy’s own stuff. If they win the league it will be the single biggest price winner in the history of gambling. Ever. No pressure then. I took the Foxes on the handicap last weekend and it paid off handsomely. They are odds against to avoid defeat and unless their a*ses start to nip I think they are the bet with a goal start once again.
Betting: Leicester (+1) to win at 15/13 (Bet Bright)
Aston Villa v Liverpool
Interesting game this one as for Liverpool it’s sandwiched in between a gruelling FA Cup defeat and a potentially season-defining Europa League fixture. The latter is the Reds’ only route into next season’s Champions League and so don’t be surprised if Herr Klopp rests a few at Villa. If he does the hosts can sneak a win and cause other down near the bottom of the league to start sh*tting their pants.
Betting: Aston X Villa to win 1-0 at 11/1 (bet365)
Manchester City v Tottenham
City’s title campaign is in danger of imploding. They are shocking at the back and in Yaya Toure have a midfielder who just wants to do his own thing. He’s not tracking back or influencing games like he used to. In fact he’s just strolling around for the most part looking every inch a player who doesn’t want to be there. They can’t afford to carry passengers in this one and my hunch is that Spurs will officially declare their own interest in the title with victory here. The hosts were commended in some sections of the media for the way they announced that Pep Guardiola will be taking over next season but I actually think the announcement has just unsettled a very good team at a crucial stage of the season.
Betting: Tottenham to win at 13/5 (bet365/Hills)