Crystal Palace among Value Choices on Premier League Slate

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 7:08 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 2, 2018 7:08 PM UTC

European places will be decided this weekend and we'll see which sides are being relegated, so let's check out some lof Saturday's Premier League action and try to cash in.

Soccer: Premier League RundownStoke City vs. Crystal Palace

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At the start of the season Stoke didn’t look like they would be in too much trouble as they had a solid enough side, sprinkled with some very talented players. Since then, though, Stoke has told one of those talented players he’s not welcome back and let another one leave on unpaid personal leave, happy in the decision to let him go as he probably wasn’t going to play. Crystal Palace looked in all kinds of trouble. Their change of manager really didn’t work out and Frank de Boer was gone in a few weeks with them bottom of the table and looking all set for a relegation season. Now they are sitting in 11th place and nothing but the weirdest run of results could see them going down. Indeed, they look more likely to finish in the top half of the table.

With my Premier League picks for this game, my money is on the away side and the value is with me. A loss for Stoke would effectively see them relegated; even if they could get level on points with 17th-place Swansea, they are unlikely to catch up on the goal differential. On the soccer odds board you can back Palace at +181 with Pinnacle and that’s where my money is going.

Leicester vs. West Ham

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I’ll be backing the home side in this matchup. Leicester let me down badly last week but this is a game that seems like it meets their style of play. Pinnacle has the home side at +125 and that really holds the kind of value I’m looking for.

Everton vs. Southampton

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I can see this game being a real fight. Everton has steadied themselves since changing managers and I suspect they’ll be looking to change again in the summer. Southampton is in very poor form and looks ready for the drop. It has happened to them in the past and it could give them a chance to regroup. I can’t see that happening under Mark Hughes, though. This one looks destined to be a draw and, happily, that’s where the value is. At +231 with Pinnacle, there is money to be made here.

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