Liverpool v Stoke City
We are simply running out of superlatives for the boy Salah. That shift he put in against Roma the other night was pure filth! Super Mo is also on course to break the Premier League record for most goals in a (38-game) season. His current tally of 31 puts him level with Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez. The Egyptian king surely breaks the record and if he starts against Stoke, who have been absolute pony this season, then 9/4 about him scoring first simply has to be snaffled up.
Betting: Salah to score first at 9/4 (Unibet)
Burnley v Brighton
5/4 or better about a Burnley win here is must-bet territory surely? Brighton have not won any of their last 10 league games on the road while Sean Dyche’s classy Clarets have usually been reliable punting material at home against the Premier League’s lesser lights. Chris Wood may look like a shoplifter from Hollyoaks but trust me he knows where the old onion bag is.
Betting: Burnley to win at 5/4 (Betfred/Coral)
Crystal Palace v Leicester City
Man for man Leicester are probably a better side than Palace but just how motivated will the Foxes be here with European qualification now beyond them? Palace are still to officially confirm their top flight status but can do so with a win at Selhurst Park.
Betting: Crystal Palace to win and both teams to score at 7/2 (Smarkets)
Huddersfield Town v Everton
Both teams have scored in just one of Huddersfield’s last six matches and I just cannot see Big Sam asking Everton to go up there and start giving it large like the 1982 Brazil World Cup team, so low goals looks a no-brainer.
Betting: Both teams to score – No at 17/20 (Marathon Bet)
Newcastle United v West Brom
Haddaway an sh*te man! The Toon have won their last four at home and can finally seal West Brom’s fate this weekend with victory on Tyneside, like.
Betting: Newcastle to win to nil at 19/10 (Bet Victor)
Southampton v Bournemouth
After the season Southampton have had I’m struggling to see how they are odds on pokes for this. The Cherries have done OK this year against teams outside of the top six and could be worth a punt on Saturday at inflated odds.
Betting: Bournemouth to win and both teams to score at 7/1 (Betfred/Ladbrokes)
Swansea v Chelsea
Alas it looks like Carlos Carvalhal is facing a potential injury crisis at the heart his defence. Hardly ideal given their precarious league position and certainly not the best preparation for a game with Chelsea, I’m sure you’ll agree. The Blues have not given up hope of catching Spurs for fourth spot and can ease to a win in south Wales, with Eden Hazard in the thick of it as per.
Betting: Hazard to score anytime at 8/5 (Marathon Bet)
West Ham v Manchester City
Leroy Sane has bagged 13 goals in 45 appearances this season and was recently crowned PFA Young Player of the Year by his fellow professionals. Sane insists his improvement is down to working with the “best coach in the world” in Pep Guardiola. But it also has to do with the fact he’s just a serious f**king baller who can shift through the gears faster than a starving cheetah might pounce on a limping Theresa May. 7/1 to score first against West Ham? Das ist nice.
Betting: Sane to score first at 7/1 (Winner)
Manchester United v Arsenal
The hosts are 4/9 here which on the face of it seems very skinny, but really isn’t. The Gunners can’t finish in the top four so the Europa League is their sole priority and their only route into the Champions League next season. Ergo they will have to rest players with that semi-final second leg against Atletico to come. Arsene Wenger would obviously love to claim one more win for the road against a team who have been his most bitter and fearsome Premier League foes down the years. But Arsene’s focus will surely be on Madrid next week for their second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano. To summarise then: Wenger will wear a nice jumper-tie combo, Arsenal will be nowhere near full strength, and the Red Devils will canter to a rather routine win.
Betting: Manchester United to win and both teams to score at 11/5 (Hills)