Southampton v Hull City
Hull’s away form is p*ss poor and if they do go down it will be because of how they’ve performed away from the KCOM. If Marco Silva keeps this lot up, considering their plight when he took over in January, he definitely deserves to be named Manager of the Year. He should also be allowed to poo tash Paul Merson and Phil Thompson for ever doubting him.
Betting: Draw at 3/1 (Paddy Power)
Stoke City v West Ham United
Stoke don’t lose many at home to teams not challenging the top four and have a fine record against the rest at the Britannia. The Hammers are safe from the drop but have been very erratic of late. Home win.
Betting: HT Draw – FT Stoke at 9/2 (bet365)
Sunderland v Bournemouth
The Black Cats are 1/2000 on with bet365 to go down, and few will miss them next season on the strength of their recent ‘performances’ and the frankly ludicrous post-match interviews that have followed from David Moyes. Bournemouth have not won in eight away games, but might be worth tickling here to beat a Sunderland side seeming bereft of belief. And ability. And cojones.
Betting: Bournemouth to win at 29/20 (Bet Victor)
West Brom v Leicester City
The Baggies are decent at home, having won nine out of 17 at The Hawthorns. They look a bit skinny here though and a better bet surely is the 4/5 on offer for both teams to score?
Betting: Both teams to score at 4/5 (bet365)
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Fair f*cking play to Big Sam. I’d hazard a guess in saying it’s not been his best season in management after being ditched by England after just one game but you cannot argue with the job he’s done at Palace since that Three Lions debacle. He’s already virtually assured Palace will be playing top-flight football next season after a fine recent run (the Eagles had won six of their last eight before Wednesday’s loss to Spurs) and they look stick ons here against a Burnley side who are absolute muck away.
Betting: Crystal Palace (-1) to win at 23/10 (Coral)
Manchester United v Swansea
It wasn’t pretty but United claimed a solid point against Manchester City on Thursday night. Marouane Fellaini sticking the nut on Sergio Aguero fully three yards from ref Martin Atkinson then looking genuinely shocked when he was sent off was beyond parody by the way. It all means the Red Devils are now unbeaten in 427 Premier League games yet still the bookies don’t fancy them for a top-four finish. They do fancy them to take down a Swansea side who have lost six consecutive away games though. And so do I.
Betting: Marcus Rashford to score anytime at 6/5 (bet365)
Everton v Chelsea
This looks just about Chelsea’s toughest test of a fairly routine run-in and it should certainly be an interesting watch. The Toffees have lost just once at home all season and they are on an eight-match unbeaten run at HQ. They’ve also got a fine recent record against Chelsea at Goodison. With this in mind and with Romelu Lukaku absolutely flying they look a spot of value here to turn over Antonio Conte’s mob.
Betting: Everton to win and both teams to score at 6/1 (Bet Stars)
Middlesbrough v Manchester City
The Boro have scored only 14 goals at home all season and are almost certainly on their way down with the Sunderland. They’ve enjoyed 2017 about as much as that geezer who was cajoled to leave that United Airlines flight the other week and might struggle to contain a City team who’ve won 11 away from home this season. The Citizens drew a blank in the Manchester derby but you just can’t see them failing to trouble the scoresheet for a second consecutive game.
Betting: Manchester City to win to nil at 13/10 (Paddy Power)
Tottenham v Arsenal
Spurs have won eight league games in a row and look destined to finish above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years. Whether that will be as Premier League champions or runners up remains to be seen. I lumped them in-play to beat Palace in midweek so was absolutely buzzing when Christian Eriksen lowered the boom with 12 minutes left at Selhurst Park. I don’t know what was more pleasing though: seeing Eriksen score or my dad’s outburst in the pub when he shrieked “F*ck me, he’s hit that right on the valve.” Momentum is definitely with Spurs and that man Harry Kane, who has scored five goals in his last five appearances against Arsenal. The home win looks an absolute mortgage job.
Betting: Tottenham to win at 19/20 (Betfair)