Everton v Burnley
The Clarets are safe and could have the old flip flops out whereas Everton are finishing the season strongly and look solid odds-on shots to win at Goodison on Friday night. The Toffees have defeated Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United in their last three home games. That’s some going. Home win.
Betting: Everton to win 2-0 @ 7/1 (bet365)
Bournemouth v Tottenham
Does Mo Pochettino stick or twist here? Spurs need the points to absolutely nail down a top-four finish. However, they could also do with resting a few star names ahead of that Champions League semi-final second leg in Amsterdam next week. I’d personally rather be laying Tottenham than backing them this weekend considering they’ve won just one of their last nine away games.
Betting: Bournemouth to win & both teams to score at 5/1 (Paddy Power)
West Ham v Southampton
Saints have scored in each of their last nine top-flight matches so both teams to score should be the bet here but it’s criminally short at 4/9 in places. So let us punt the exact opposite. As the old proverb dictates: ‘Do not swallow a mango seed if your anus is small.’
Betting: Both teams to score – No at 31/20 (888 Sport)
Wolves v Fulham
Fulham spent a few quid this season but it’s been a f**king disaster with relegation confirmed as early as March. They’ve won three off the belt with the pressure off but should be no match for Wolves, who are unbeaten in 14 matches against the Cottagers – a run stretching right back to 1985. Take Nuno Espírito Santo’s men to round off their season in front of their own supporters in fine style by winning this big.
As an aside, I’d like to see Scott Parker be given the Fulham job full-time as he has the makings of a very good young manager.
Betting: Wolves (-1) to win at 6/4 (Paddy Power)
Cardiff City v Crystal Palace
Palace have been on fire away from home in recent weeks and can send the Welsh battlers down this weekend. The Bluebirds just don’t score enough. Trust me: Roy Hodgson’s men are a smash job here. Stick them in your doubles, trebles and accumulators. It will break up the ennui.
Betting: Crystal Palace to win at 17/10 (bet365)
Newcastle United v Liverpool
Excuse me for stating the bleeding obvious but this is must-win for Liverpool. It’s incredible to think that after a truly remarkable campaign their season could implode within four days with a loss here on the back of that 3-0 defeat to Barcelona. They owe it to us all to take this enthralling title race to the final day though, don’t they? And take it they will. Let’s have it right: 3-0 totally flattered Barcelona the other night. It was a game the Reds dominated for decent spells and Salomon Rondon is no Lionel Messi. The Mags will dig in and battle away, but Liverpool’s extra class should eventually get the job done on Tyneside.
Betting: Draw – Liverpool Double Result at 16/5 (888 Sport)
Chelsea v Watford
Watford have not kept a clean sheet for 12 games and could take a beating here. They are making hard work of it but the Blues are still in the box seat for a top-four finish and a win here puts Manchester United out of the equation. Eden Hazard was benched on Thursday with this game in mind and if this is to be his final match at Stamford Bridge then back the Belgian to go out in style.
Betting: Hazard to score two goals or more at 9/2 (Paddy Power)
Huddersfield Town v Manchester United
Drawing 1-1 with Chelsea was a crippling blow to Ole’s top-four aspirations but United should at least get back to winning ways against one of the worst Premier League teams I can remember. The Terriers have picked up just eight points from 18 home games – and are threatening Manchester City’s badge of dishonour – and their stifling brand of anti-football really hasn’t been a joy to watch. If talent was elastic, their pants would be round their ankles.
Betting: Manchester United to win 3-1 at 12/1 (bet365)
Arsenal v Brighton
If Cardiff somehow beat Palace then Brighton’s arses will be nipping on Sunday. But they don’t look good enough collectively to beat Arsenal here. Yer men Lacazette and Aubameyang were unbelievable against Valencia on Thursday night and can help the Gunners keep the pressure on in the race for the top four with another home win.
Betting: Arsenal to win to nil at 13/10 (bet365)
Manchester City v Leicester City
Now I know I never preview the Monday games but this one is difficult to ignore. And it’s Bank Holiday so still technically the weekend. I love how people’s heads literally fall off on Bank Holidays. Whatever you do please rave safe. Remember having fun is like a fart. If you have to force it, it’s probably shit.
Fascinating game here. If Pep Guardiola is honest the one team outside the top six he probably would not be wanting to face at this stage of the season is Leicester. Brendan Rodgers has got them purring and just imagine if he delivered the title to his old club Liverpool by claiming a shock win at the Etihad? If you believe in fairy tales the away win can be backed at 19/1. However the Citizens remain masters of their own destiny. Twelve wins in a row and they know two more keeps the title. You get the feeling this game could be a bit special and the shout here is City to win a crazy goalfest.
Betting: Manchester City to win & both teams to score at 6/4 (888 Sport)