Arsenal v Hull City
Arsenal Wenger saying in dulcet tones “it’s never over” at a press conference this week does not mean Arsenal have a sniff of getting back into the title race. Now, if he had screamed “Nothing is over, Nothing!!!” in a John Rambo voice before smashing up the desk and lobbing a few mics into the throng of journalists as though they were grenades I might have been more inclined to believe him. As it stands I’m not sure they should be so heavily odds on to beat Hull, who have picked up four points from recent games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Betting: Both teams to score at evens (Betfair)
Manchester United v Watford
Watford are in rare form and won’t fear a trip to the Theatre of Dreams having blasted past Arsenal and Burnley in recent weeks. United’s home form is pretty strong however and I fancy them to get past the Hornets, albeit after an almighty struggle.
Betting: Manchester United to win and both teams to score at 12/5 (Boylesports)
Middlesbrough v Everton
The Toffeemen are flying while Boro can’t buy a goal at the minute. Ronald Koeman’s side, who have won to nil in each of their last three visits to the Riverside, look the call again here against opponents who have scored just 19 goals in 24 top-flight matches this term.
Betting: Everton to win to nil at 12/5 (Bet Victor)
Stoke City v Crystal Palace
The Eagles have a fine recent record against the Potters, winning their last five meetings, and Big Sam will be demanding a reaction after that truly pathetic capitulation against Sunderland last week. I’m horny for the draw here.
Betting: Draw at 5/2 (Betfred)
Sunderland v Southampton
Big old price for the Black Cats here against a side who have won just one of their last nine league away games. They may be in the EFL Cup final but it’s been an otherwise grim 2017 so far for Saints, who are sinking like a stone. Look for Moyesie’s boys to grind it out, and I’m mildly freaking my noggin’ over the fact the Black Cats are bigger than 3/1.
Betting: Sunderland to win at 31/10 (Bet Victor)
West Ham v West Brom
It’s five wins in nine matches for West Ham, who are clearly not pining for Gallic maverick Dimitri Payet. New signings Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass will prove good investments in the long term and there is a solid look about this Hammers side all of a sudden. Odds against to beat West Brom at home? F**k yeah.
Betting: West Ham to win at 5/4 (Hills)
Liverpool v Tottenham
I don’t care about Liverpool’s record against the top-six teams this season. I don’t care about ‘Fake News’ or the fact Liam Gallagher is now 44 and still a cock. I just care about Spurs and the fact those lovely camel coats have them at 5/2 to win at Anfield. That’s the team with the best defensive record in the country – and Harry Kane and Dele Alli up front – to see off a Reds outfit who have been a complete f**king shambles since New Year. This is a team who look to have collectively run out of steam and who can’t summon the energy to play their gaffer’s favoured high pressing game. 5/2? I’ll s**t em.
Betting: Tottenham to win at 5/2 (Betfred)
Burnley v Chelsea
Looking at the table the title race looks as though it may already have been run. Chelsea are miles clear and just look awesome playing this 3-4-3 caper. This game could be tasty, given that the Clarets have been phenomenal at home, taking 28 of their total 29 Premier League points for the season at HQ. With this in mind I’d be anxious if I had the rent money on Chelsea at 2/5 here, as good as Antonio Conte’s men are. A much better angle would be taking the 7/5 available that this is all square at half-time.
Betting: Half-time result – Draw at 7/5 (bet365)
Swansea v Leicester City
Massive, massive game to round off the weekend and the hosts can be backed here to change Claudio Ranieri’s mindset from ‘slightly worried’ to ‘caking his duds’. Leicester’s away form is a p**s take and they’ve lost three of their last four at Swansea. The hosts, guided by the brilliant and underrated Gylfi Sigurdsson, can claim a fourth win in their last six and leave the Foxes firmly in the poo poo.
Betting: Swansea – Swansea half-time full-time at 16/5 (Bet Victor)