Swansea v Everton
Not a lot between these two and it could come down to firepower (or lack of) on the day. Toffees hit man Romelu Lukaku is said to be struggling while Bafetimbi Gomis has scored three in his last two matches and could fire the Swans to victory in the valleys.
Betting: Swansea to win at 6/4 (General)
Southampton v Hull City
The home win is a no-brainer here. Saints have won their last five against Hull, who have picked up just two points from a possible 15 and as a result find themselves firmly ensconced among the relegation chaos. And after suffering the trauma of seeing Stevie Bruce on holiday in a pair of Speedos the other week I’ll have no sympathy at all if The Tigers do go down.
Betting: Southampton (-1) to win at 6/4 (Paddy Power)
Sunderland v Crystal Palace
It’s a telling stat that Jermain Defoe has scored three of Sunderland’s last four PL goals, but the first of those came way back in January. No wonder he was sobbing his little heart out after scoring that pearler against the Mags last Sunday.
Betting: Under 1.5 goals at 9/5 (Bet Victor)
Tottenham v Aston Villa
Spurs have been a bit ropey on their travels of late but their home form remains decent and they should know too much for Villa here. It was funny watching Tim Sherwood throw his coat to the floor like some managerial ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage the other night but I don’t see his return to Spurs ending well this weekend, especially with Harry Kane (six goals in last four starts at the Lane) on the prowl.
Betting: Kane to score – Spurs to win at 8/5 (Paddy Power)
West Brom v Leicester City
Leicester are not dead yet and can put a cat (or should that be a fox?) among the pigeons down the bottom with a win here. I’m backing Jeff Schlupp to score as well. I wish I was called Jeff Schlupp instead of Derek as I would almost certainly have had myself more bearded clam dealings down the years. Jeffrey Schlupp. For me it just smacks of a name guaranteed to get the ladies moist.
Betting: Schlupp to score anytime at 9/1 (Bet Victor)
West Ham v Stoke
West Ham are winless in three against the Stokies but it looks a really tough game to call this so instead I will exclusively reveal my Grand National tip. It’s worth remembering that I cleaned up at the National last year. F*cking hated that job though if I’m honest (WHEEEEY!) Forget Tony McCoy, who will soon be doing the rounds on the celebrity lookalike scene opening supermarkets in Rhyl as Rob Brydon. His mount Shutthefrontdoor looks outrageously short and the smart each-way dough this year should go on Godsmejudge.
Betting: Godsmejudge to win the Grand National each-way at 22/1 (Sky Bet)
Burnley v Arsenal
It’s seven wins on the spin for Arsenal making them one of the hottest teams in Europe. They have a mooch up north to play Burnley on Saturday evening – a side against who they’ve scored 10 goals in their last four matches. No team in the Premier League have won eight in a row this season but I strongly fancy the Gunners here, who must be wishing it was February instead of April as they make a heroic late run for the title.
Betting: Arsenal to win 3-1 at 12/1 (Hills)
QPR v Chelsea
Eden Hazard should make his 100th Premier League appearance in this fixture and no player has won more profit for this page this season than the diminutive Belgian. He’s been hands down the best player in the league this term and the bookies continue to offer him at inflated odds despite the fact he’s Chelsea’s penalty taker and an all round good egg.
Betting: Hazard to score first at 11/2 (bet365)
Manchester United v Manchester City
Just a few short weeks ago this looked the biggest away banker on the coupon but while their noisy neighbours have imploded Man United have hit some serious form. Citeh have held local bragging rights after winning the last four Manchester derbies and would create history by winning a fifth off the belt. But they looked in horrendous nick against Palace and having lost their last four away matches in all competitions you have to say the hosts look value at 17/10. Ander Herrera has been massively influential in recent weeks and the jinky Spaniard can lead The Red Devils to a huge win and put some clear daylight between themselves and The Citizens in fourth.
Betting: Manchester United to win at 17/10 (Bet Victor)