WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
Saturday kicks off with mid-table Fulham facing relegated Reading. Reading already down but I feel that there’s still some pride in the side and I'm backing a surprise victory with the underdogs producing an unlikely result as all pressure has been removed. Fulham are shaky at the moment (with just one point from their last five games) and Reading have to win… sooner or later. Back a Reading victory at 9/2.
Canaries V Villians
Norwich, a side from the dreadful run of their own host Aston (beat Sunderland 6-1) Villa who are now one of three sides on tied 37 points just above the dreaded dotted line. The Canaries looked to be having a good season but, final third saw them slip down the table. Aston Villa seems to be revitalised now that they know there is only one drop zone space left and four contenders. I think just to keep things exciting this game is going to end drawn available at 12/5.
Elsewhere, Swansea take on Manchester City with the Citizens guaranteed second place silver medal status this year still playing for pride, and still probably have enough gumption to beat Swansea. I suggest backing a City victory at 3/4 but if you're feeling a little bit sassy why not go for a draw at 3/1.
One of the sides contesting the Champions League place, Tottenham will be looking to make ground on both Arsenal and Chelsea when they host Southampton. The Saints are guaranteed top flight football next season but Spurs are chasing (at 6/4) Champions League football next season. I think home advantage will make the difference in this game and my money is going Spurs at 1/2.
Mid-table West Bromwich Albion host a side who are in the greatest danger of dropping down, that is Wigan. Your Humble Handicapper backed Wigan long time ago for the drop and they are currently listed at 2/5 at most sportsbooks. This is the sort of game Wigan must win to stay up and I don't think they will… Therefore, back either a home victory at 7/5 or a draw at 5/2.
Anyone who thinks Newcastle is too big to go down must have a very short memory, as the soccer odds makers have the Geordies at 7/1 for the drop (aka only reasonably secure).
The once mighty Newcastle take a trip to West Ham to visit their old manager Sam Allardyce, their old striker Andy Carroll and old captain Kevin Nolan. The Geordies were totally torn apart by Liverpool last Saturday and their manager now admits they are in a relegation scrap and I reckon they will turn that 6-0 shame into win. I think the Geordies will record something that is so rare to them these days, an away victory at 11/5.
The other relegated side take on another Champions League hopeful side when QPR host Arsenal. This one should be an absolute banker after Arsenal managed a very worthy draw against Manchester United they will be (far) too much for Queens Park Rangers. So don’t be shy, back an away victory at 5/11.
Sunday sees the Merseyside derby when Liverpool takes on Everton, and as with most Merseyside derbies I'd say this one is an absolute coin toss. Having tossed my own particular 50p piece I can now confidently predict a Liverpool win (available at 20/19), and on top of that it’s even told me that the score will be 2-1 at 9/1.
Manchester United take on Chelsea in Sunday's late kick-off and while the league is already sewn up for the Red Devils, Chelsea are still in contention for that Champions League spot and to grind out any points against the champions at Old Trafford would be great result for them. The best the Blues can hope for is a draw which is available at 5/2 but it has to be Glory Glory Manchester United once again, back a home victory at 5/4.
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