Kicking off the weekend’s action is the reigning champions who host West Ham and Man City will most likely be looking at handing over the trophy that they won in spectacular fashion last season. This means they'll either be thoroughly lackadaisical and settle for a crappy draw with West Ham or will come out all guns blazing trying salvage some pride from the season. I think will be the latter and West Ham will have a long overdue defeat. Back City winning at 5/19.
Toffees come upstuck / Saints go marching on?
This is there's a mid-table 6 pointer in middle of the table when Southampton take on West Bromwich Albion. Both sides have plenty to be proud of with recent results, but very little to play for as neither are going to go down or finish in the top six, so I think a draw would probably suit both sides best. A draw is available at 11/4 and worth some dollar. Blind faith Saint’s fans can back a Southampton win at 10/11 while Baggies bonus is 7/2.
Two sides who were so desperate for a victory last weekend face-off when Stoke host Norwich. I think this will be very similar to the Southampton / West Brom result. But with Stoke having home advantage and Norwich having a so-so away record we could well see three vital points for the Potters. Bettors should add a Stoke victory to their soccer picks at the price of 11/10.
Championship contenders Wigan will be taking on Champions League contenders Tottenham in the final 3 PM kick-off on Saturday. Wigan tasted defeat and are in a real relegation quagmire while Tottenham had a complete reversal of fortunes on Sunday when they came from behind and in a mad 15 minutes turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 victory (in a result predicted by none other than your Humble Handicapper). Tottenham will be full of themselves and can taste Champions League football. but Wigan are now in the position where they need the sides around them to lose to do them a favour. It won't be a pretty game…but Tottenham will take it. Back Spurs victory at Evens, or if you're feeling perverse go for a Wigan victory at 17/6.
Newcastle takes on a Liverpool side who are now looking at draw after draw after draw. I doubt very much of this game will end drawn as the two sides are too exciting, however I think home advantage will not be enough for Newcastle, and they’re gonna be losing the mach. I'm sure the Geordies will still be playing Premier League football next season, but they won’t be taking any points to help their Premier League survival from this match. If you're a Liverpool fan or a sensible person back the away victory at 7/5, but if you're a Newcastle fan, back a draw at best at 13/5.
CTD…Circling the Drain
Sunday sees three great games not least the bottom of the table 6 pointer between Reading and QPR. This game will probably have very little impact on who stays up and his goes down, but it's a real six-pointer as one side can clamber off the bottom of the table at the other's expense. Personally I think Reading have had longer to get used to the idea that they're going for the drop while for QPR the dream seems to have died and their heads will drop and Reading, who are due a win will get all three points. Back a Reading victory at soccer odds of 13/8.
Chelsea will be full of thoughts of revenge when they take on Swansea at 3PM on Sunday and will likely come out fighting at home to make amends for letting another game slip through their fingers at Anfield. Back a Chelsea victory in this one available at 4/11.
The final game on Sunday would probably be the damp squid when Arsenal hosting Manchester United. The title is Manchester United’s in all but name, while Arsenal are fighting for a Champions League spot. I think the Manchester United might just take their foot a little off the gas in this game and Arsenal are on such an impressive run of late will steal three points off them, not that it make’s any difference to lift the trophy this year. Back a Gunner’s victory at 7/5.
Monday sees Aston Villa host Sunderland and although this probably looked like a relegation six pointer a few week ago the emotional Italian who now manages Sunderland looks to revitalise his team. However I think they are due a loss and Aston Villa are due a victory especially as they desperately need the points. I think Aston Villa will inflict the second defeat on DiCano’s Sunderland. Back home victory at 6/5.
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