Everton v Liverpool
The Reds are odds on to win Saturday’s early kick off but let’s have it right: how motivated will they be, derby or no derby, given what’s to come at the Etihad next week? One of my Scouse pals reckons he’d play the lads who played in the legends game at Anfield the other week against the tricky Toffees. “We are not arsed la, seriously,” reckons my old spar Suave Philly from Toxteth. Overs it is then.
Betting: Over 2.5 goals at 5/6 (General)
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
The Eagles have lost nine of 16 matches on the road and have looked vulnerable all season. There will be worse bets placed this weekend than 4/1 about Bournemouth winning this by more than a goal.
Betting: Bournemouth (-1) to win at 4/1 (Bet Victor)
Brighton v Huddersfield Town
Poor old Huddersfield haven’t scored in four Premier League matches and are having a real hard time of it in front of goal. How hard? Think of the trouble Dot Cotton had running about after criminal son and all-round bad egg Nick Cotton. Then double it.
Betting: Brighton to win to nil at 15/8 (Bet Victor)
Leicester City v Newcastle
Leicester have won their last four against the Toon and look a cracking shout here at even money. It’s gone pretty much under the radar but Claude Puel has done some job for the Foxes this season.
Betting: Leicester to win at evens (Hills)
Stoke City v Tottenham
Stoke huffed and puffed against Arsenal last weekend but look criminally short of quality and with big Harry Kane back Spurs will take some stopping at the bet365 Stadium. Said Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City the other day: “The feeling that even a Ronaldinho could do little in this team is sobering. Here at Stoke I can not exert too much influence, simply because there is a lack of quality around me.”
Thinly-veiled: ‘We are going down and I’m offski’s in the summer cos I’m still mint.’
Betting: Tottenham to win 3-0 at 15/2 (Hills)
Watford v Burnley
Burnley have won their last three so look value at 12/5 or better to do the business against Watford. It’s April, and Burnley are seventh. F**king seventh!
Betting: Burnley to win at 127/50 (Marathon Bet)
West Brom v Swansea
The Baggies finally got rid of Alan Pardew then. He won just one game. I have to say I’ve never been a fan pretty much since he ignored me in a hotel lobby in Cyprus in the mid noughties. Indeed if I had two bullets and was in a room with a burglar, a shop lifter and Alan Pardew, I’d shoot Pardew twice. Then probably pistol whip him, just to make sure. The Baggies have lost nine on the spin and Swansea are plenty good enough to extend that horror run.
Betting: Swansea to win at 121/50 (Marathon Bet)
Manchester City v Manchester United
Hand on heart, I never thought I’d be closing in on 40 and turning my front room upside down desperately trying to find cash under the settee cushions after having a filthy amount of dough on Manchester City to score 1+ goals and get four corners at 4/7 during Wednesday’s Champions League game against the Reds. Was there a certain arrogance about Pep’s gameplan at Anfield? You would have to say so. Every man and his dog is shouting about the tie not being over by any means but this is in spite of, rather than because of, Guardiola’s gung-ho approach to that first leg. I’m bitter obviously, but they can make amends to old Cheeky and secure the Premier League title in the process by doing a job on the Red Devils here. After all it’s worth remembering that the hosts are unbeaten in 27 Premier League home games having scored 51 times at the Etihad this season.
Betting: Manchester City (-1) to win at 5/2 (Bet Stars)
Arsenal v Southampton
Five wins in a row for Arsenal, who have scored three goals or more in each of their last four matches during that sequence. Eggs are firmly in the Europa League basket now of course, but 8/15 about them winning this looks about right. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored four in his last three and looks the logical call to open the scoring.
Betting: Aubameyang to score first at 100/30 (bet365)
Chelsea v West Ham
Chelsea are eight points adrift of fourth so won’t be qualifying for the Champions League anytime soon. That 3-1 reverse to Spurs last week must have hurt and it will be interesting to see how they rebuild in the summer, with Antonio Conte surely on his way. Europa League no-man’s land is no place for a club of this stature, but the Blues have lost five of their last seven in the league so only have themselves to blame. Both teams to score here looks a knocking bet and is freely available at odds against.
Betting: Both teams to score at 5/4 (sportingbet)