Premier League Rundown: Teams Avoiding Relegation

Nikki Adams

Friday, May 6, 2016 6:53 PM GMT

Leicester City may have already clinched the Premier League title, but there’s still plenty to be decided on match day 37. Here’s a rundown of all the action complete with soccer picks.

Leicester City claim title on Match Day 36
Although Leicester City settled on a 1-1 draw to the Red Devils at the Old Trafford last Sunday, they clinched the title the following day after the Spurs failed to better their result. In fact, the Spurs fritted away a two-goal lead to settle on a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The title may be settled but Claudio Ranieri and his Foxes are yet to pop the bubbly officially before their delirious fans, a home party that is sure to get underway this weekend following their date with the mercurial Toffees. Elsewhere, Rafa Benitez hopes to drag Newcastle United further out of the relegation abyss but Sunderland and Norwich City (both with games in hand) look to keep applying the pressure. Finally, the top-billing between Man City and Arsenal, marking the battle for a Top 4 finish, features prominently on the Premier League soccer odds boards: a must win for both sides.

Here we rundown the soccer odds according to Bet365 for the entire Premier League betting slate and below we spot some of our must-bet games with choice soccer picks for your consideration.

Table 1: Premier League Match Day 37 Soccer Odds According to Bet365

 

Norwich vs. Manchester United
Norwich look to stave of relegation when they welcome Manchester United at Carrow Road on Saturday, but the soccer odds are stacked heavily against the Canaries. Markets hang the hosts on whopping +350 soccer odds to win outright with bet365, an outlook underscored by a string of defeats in their last few outings. Norwich are riding a three-game losing streak overall and, most worryingly, they were held scoreless in each and every one of those losses. Home form is bleak as well with five defeats in their last eight fixtures. Inasmuch as Norwich will be desperate to collect points, Man United, who are matched as the firm -125 favourites to win outright with bet365, need this win.

Man United (a game in hand) would move to within one point of fourth-placed Man City in the table with a win at Carrow Road. If Arsenal defeat Man City on Sunday, that gap will carry forth into the next round and could give Louis Van Gaal’s side a realistic shot at a Top 4 finish. Given these contrasting realities and, most importantly, current form, it’s hard to look beyond Man United on our soccer picks. The best current price (at the time of writing) is found with Pinnacle where a Man United win is on offers of -112 soccer odds.

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Free Soccer Pick: Manchester United
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

 
Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United
All of a sudden, Newcastle United’s top-flight prospects look promising. A run of four games undefeated (two wins and two draws) has the Magpies up to 17th in the table with an 8-9-19 record and 33 points. Although their nearest threats in the relegation battle Sunderland and Norwich City have games in hand and are nipping at their heels, both have tough asks on match day 37 with dates against Man United and Chelsea, respectively.
 
Looking ahead to a date with hapless Aston  Villa, Rafa Benitez must like his side’s chances of taking all three points at Villa Park. Aston Villa are without a win in 11 straight fixtures. Yikes. The gift that keeps giving, you could say. It must be the most straightforward bet on the weekend’s soccer betting slate.

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Free Soccer Pick: Newcastle United
?Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Sunderland vs. Chelsea
There are those soccer bettors that expect Chelsea to give Sunderland the Blues when they descend on the Stadium of Light, but the way the market is stacking up for this fixture that’s far from a certainty. The Black Cats are fighting for Premier League survival, which makes them a tricky opponent for the Blues, who really have nothing to play for anymore. Sunderland are riding back-to-back draws at the expense of Arsenal and Stoke City, two positive results that should send them into this clash with a measure of optimism.

Indeed, they’ve drawn six of their last eight fixtures overall. As well, they’ve lost just two of their last eight at home (two wins and four draws). Victories over Man United and a draw with Arsenal are just a couple of those results that lend Sunderland’s odds to either win or draw at the expense of Chelsea some value. You can back either as separate bets or take a stab at the double chance bet with bet365 where a win or draw for Sunderland is trading at -167. Admittedly, Sunderland draw no bet at +100 is better value for your buck.

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Free Soccer Pick: Sunderland Draw No Bet
?Best Line Offered: at Bet365

 

Manchester City vs. Arsenal
Man City are coming off a deflating loss to Real Madrid in midweek Champions League, a disappointment that could play right into the Gunners’ hands at the Etihad. After reaching their first-ever semi-final and holding Real to a scoreless draw at the Etihad, Manuel Pellegrini’s side had high hopes for the reverse at the Santiago Bernabeu. Indeed, Pellegrini sent a watered down side into their last Premier League outing precisely in anticipation of the decider in the Spanish capital.

However, it’s all backfired now as Man City have run their Champions League race, and following the 4-2 defeat to Southampton at St. Mary’s they slipped three points behind Arsenal. Of course, it’s a must-win game for the Citizens if they hope to finish inside the Top 4, but one wonders if they have anything left in the tank. The hangover after Wednesday’s unsuccessful trip to Spain could prove too much. On the flipside, Arsenal must fancy their chances on their own merit as they have not lost to the Citizens in their last five meetings and they won the reverse at the Emirates 2-1.

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Free Soccer Pick: Arsenal
?Best Line Offered: at Bodog