Southampton v Liverpool
The Reds are a piping-hot 4/9 shot to win at St Mary’s and return to the top of the Premier League on Friday evening. But after another laboured victory against Spurs last time out, this could get messy for Jurgen Klopp’s men. The Saints have won seven and drawn three in the Premier League since Ralph Hasenhuttl replaced Mark Hughes. They were level on points with bottom club Fulham when ‘The Has’ took charge in December, but have given themselves a real shout of avoiding the drop with a series of spirited displays. Liverpool were keeping clean sheets for fun not so long ago but have conceded in each of their last four games so both teams to score looks a lock at just under evens.
Betting: Both teams to score at 9/10 (Betfair)
Bournemouth v Burnley
Burnley’s win over Wolves last time out might just prove to be their most important result of the season. They are now five points above Cardiff with just six games to go. I actually felt for Neil Warnock as he stared at the officials, Clint Eastwood style, in the centre circle last Sunday after his teams had been mugged 2-1 by Chelsea. But thems the vagaries Neil I’m afraid. Burnley are not great away from home but the Cherries have won just one of their last eight. If I was having a bet, it would probably be Josh King to score. The Norwegian has been excellent this season but always seems to fly under the bookies radar.
Betting: King to score first at 11/2 (bet 365)
Huddersfield Town v Leicester City
It’s all over for Huddersfield, with the Terriers becoming just the second team in Premier League history to be relegated in March. The other being that infamous Derby team of the 2007/08 season, who really were about as much use as a condom in a monastery. The Terriers have taken just three points from nine games since Jan Siewert replaced David Wagner in January. German word for uninspiring anyone? Jamie Vardy has been excellent since Brendan Rodgers took over, and Vards is 25/1 to to score a hat-trick on Saturday.
Betting: Vardy to score a hat-trick at 25/1 (bet365)
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
The Toon have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Palace, and given their recent home form has been very solid I have zero problem with lumping on them here at odds against. Salomon Rondon has been an inspired purchase for the Geordies, and has been directly involved in six goals in his last five home appearances for Newcastle in the league (3 goals, 3 assists). Booya.
Betting: Newcastle to win at 8/5 (bet365)
Everton v Arsenal
Arsenal now know their top-four destiny is now firmly in their own hands but face a crunch road trip to Everton on Sunday. The Toffeemen have been hugely erratic this season and if they finish outside the top seven then it truly will have been a sh**ty season given their financial outlay last summer. Alexandre Lacazette has been very much “at it” in recent weeks for the Arse. And he looks a temper at 6/4 to score on Merseyside.
Betting: Lacazette to score anytime at 6/4 (Betfair)
Manchester City v Brighton
The quadruple, the unprecedented quadruple, is still on for Manchester City, who are almost unbackable to beat Brighton in 90 minutes. Brighton have only won one of their last 11 matches with Man City in all competitions. They are also winless in four previous matches at Wembley. In short, Brighton’s got two chances – slim and none. And slim just left town.
Betting: Manchester City to win 4-0 at 8/1 (Betfair)
Watford v Wolves
Both of these teams have enjoyed fabulous seasons, with Watford looking to reach their first FA Cup final since 1984. Incidentally that’s the first one I can really remember as a child. I didn’t have a bet like, given I was five. But I distinctly remember being freaked out by Alan Harper. Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez have been in fantastic form for Wolves, who look value for me here to edge a close one.
Betting: Wolves to win at 31/20 (Betfair)
* Having napped the winner last year it goes without saying that you’ll be wanting my Grand National pick for 2019. Tiger Roll (our hero 12 months ago) looks criminally short so I actually fancy Champion Jockey Dickie Johnson to finally get a National winner on board Rock the Kasbah.
Betting: Rock to Kasbah to win the Grand National at 20/1 (888 Sport)