Breaking Down The Crucial Round 36 of the Premier League

Swansea FC

Stuart Woodrow

Thursday, May 4, 2017 8:20 PM GMT

Thursday, May. 4, 2017 8:20 PM GMT

With Sunderland finally seeing the axe fall last weekend we’re down to just 2 relegation places to be sorted out. At the other end of the table, Chelsea have guaranteed their Champions League spot for next season while the Spurs are just one point away from doing the same. 

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West Ham welcome Tottenham in a rare Friday night match. Spurs are the strong favourites in this one and with them wanting to keep the pressure up on Chelsea they will need all 3 points from this one. Tottenham have a good habit of winning games late on so Spurs to Win the Second Half is about as good a bet as you’re going to find in this one. Bet365 are offering -149 on that.

Crystal Palace travel to the blue half of Manchester for the lunchtime game on Saturday and although Palace look pretty safe, a couple of extra points could make things certain. Manchester City, on the other hand, seem to be wobbling a bit and they will be looking to get all the points in their chase for a Champions League spot. I like Both Teams To Score (Yes) in this one and at -149 with Bet365 I think there is a tiny sliver of value in that one.

Bournemouth and Stoke clash in the first of the traditional 3 pm kick-offs and a home win is an option here for me. I’m not fully ready to jump on this yet but at +123 with Pinnacle I am tempted.

I don’t think we’ll see a winner in the Burnley v West Brom game but the odds haven’t got to a point where I’d want to place a bet on the draw. Bet365 are offering +229 but I want +240 before I think there’s any value there.

Both Teams To Score (Yes) comes up again for the Hull v Sunderland clash. I expect Hull to win this one but we may see Sunderland play better now that their relegation is finally confirmed. BTTS (Yes) is at +100 with Bet365 but a bet on the home win can’t be advised at odds of -217 (average odds).

I’m skipping Leicester v Watford as I don’t have a read on either side right now.

Swansea v Everton is a game that could have a huge bearing on the relegation battle. I’m staying out of the Match Odds market but I do like Under 2.5 goals at -109 with Pinnacle. This could be a tight game with chances at a premium.

Of the 3 games that are left I only have a bet for the Arsenal v Manchester United game. With poor form for the home side and injuries for the away side, a point apiece could be looked at as a good result and I’m sure at least one manager will claim that after the match if that’s the way it goes. Take the +275 for a draw with Pinnacle in this one.

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