It was another great weekend last weekend for football, and Mrs Richardson was severely cheered up by the sunshine and the fact that plenty of my predictions came in. However she knows that there are just two rounds of weekend games left for her dutiful husband to win big to see us through the cold summer months before the season starts again.
Enough with the trouble and strife…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
There are a handful of midweek games where teams take up their in-hand matches, but as I'm a real weekend warrior, I'm going to focus my soccer picks on the Saturday and Sunday fixtures.
Saturday's only game sees Aston Villa host Chelsea and despite the fact that the Villains need the points more than Chelsea do (after their surprise victory over Manchester United) I can't see the Blues taking their foot off any sort of gas when the two remaining Champions League places are still up for grabs. Don't forget as well, Chelsea could technically steal second place of Manchester City and will be full of enthusiasm and joy and will likely crush Aston Villa. Back an away victory in this one at soccer odds of 4/5.
There's a full raft of matches on Sunday
1:30 seas Stoke host Tottenham, and while Spurs managed to force a 2-2 drawl against Chelsea, I expect them to bounce back into the top four race by beating Stoke. Back the London club again at 18/19.
This is probably good time to mention that Chelsea is 1/12 on a top four finish while Tottenham are 2/1.
The side that looks like it's just missed out on being in the Champions League scrap, # Everton host West Ham who ground out a very reputable (if slightly dubious) draw with Newcastle last weekend. Neither side has very much to play for in this game, and I think it will either end drawn at 10/3 or with an Everton victory at 8/15.
Fulham who went down against Reading host Liverpool and it will be much the same for these two clubs. Once again there is very little to play for, but I do think Fulham with the home advantage and after receiving a telling off after last weekend's poor display might take it. Don’t forget that Liverpool might be a spent force after their draw with Everton.
Bet on Fulham in this game at 16/5 but don't get too heavily as a draw is at 13/5 and a Liverpool victory is at Evens.
Norwich, who looked to be safe so many weeks ago now look in real danger of getting into a relegation scrap and will be very keen to get some points on the board when they host West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies will still be smarting from last weekend’s result when they lost 3-2 to Wigan, but I think this game will either go with the home side at 6/5 or end drawn at 13/5 at Bet365.
Next up we have a wild card when Queens Park Rangers host Newcastle. The Geordies are 5/1 to be relegated and if they are to survive, this is probably their best chance of getting three points from 90 min before the end of the season, as their last game is against Arsenal (who will probably be fighting tooth and nail for that last Champions League spot). Newcastle or 13/10 to win this game and I feel that QPR are a spent force in the premiership and their heads will drop and the Geordies will get a long overdue goal (or two) and get the victory.
There is another potential relegation six pointer when Sunderland hosts Southampton. Sunderland is not yet safe and Southampton are in danger of being sucked back down to that dreaded dotted line. I think this game will probably end drawn as the two sides will cancel each other out. I draw is at 5/2 at a home victory is at 8/5 and an away victory at 11/5.
Sunday's final game is Manchester United finally I can't imagine this one's doing what Chelsea did last weekend and this games can be all about Man United, but the bettin odds are so poor, 2/5 on a home victory, that it's barely worth adding to your sports picks.
Tuesday night sees Arsenal take on Wigan and as both sides have a huge amount at stake in this game (Arsenal to the Champions League spot and Wigan going for Premiership survival). I'm very tempted to say that this is a coin toss of the match and anything can happen, but my coin toss says it’s going to be an Arsenal win at 4/11.
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