Aston Villa v Chelsea (Saturday)
Remi Garde’s appalling time in charge of Aston Villa came to an end earlier in the week and the Midlands club are also without veteran striker Gabriel Agbonlahor who’s been suspended by the club. Villa are hurtling quickly towards the Championship and are taking on a side who haven’t lost in the league in 2016. Backing Chelsea -1/1.5 on the Asian Handicap at 2.38 looks a value bet as they bid to put this disintegrating side to the sword.
Stoke v Swansea (Saturday)
There’s lots to like about Stoke this season. They sit eighth in the Premier League and have won four of their last six games. On Saturday they host a Swansea side who’ve done enough now to stay up and it wouldn’t be a surprise if their focus waned slightly. At odds against 2.14, Stoke look a decent bet as they bid to finish in their highest ever Premier League finishing position.
Sunderland v West Brom (Saturday)
It’s crunch time for Sunderland, and this match against a side with virtually nothing to play for is simply a must win. To be fair to Sam Allardyce’s side they’ve been in fair form of late with just one defeat in their last six matches and are more than capable of winning here. West Brom have been struggling to score goals this season, so rather than backing Sunderland at 2.09, a more speculative win-to-nil punt at 3.15 may prove more fruitful.
Arsenal v Watford (Saturday)
Arsenal were dumped out the FA Cup by Watford last month but don’t expect history to repeat itself here in this Premier League fixture. The Gunners are clinging on to the feint hope of getting back in the title race and a win here is a must. Since Christmas, Watford have won just two of their 12 Premier League matches and now also have the FA Cup semi-finals as a distraction. The Hornets have fired blanks in three of their last four league games and the 2.18 on Arsenal winning to nil makes sense.
Bournemouth v Man City (Saturday)
With a Champions League fixture against PSG coming up in a matter of days it makes no sense to believe in odds against 2.05 Man City here. The home side have beaten Manchester United and Chelsea this season and clearly relish these type of matches. Eddie Howe’s men have won three of their last four games and look worth chancing at 3.45 against this soulless Manchester City outfit.
Norwich v Newcastle (Saturday)
Newcastle have just appointed one of the most decorated and well-respected coaches in world football. Is it fair to assume their form must simply pick up at some point? Rafael Benitez will surely targeting this match against Norwich as a must win. While the Canaries form has picked up recently they’ve still lost nine of their last 12 matches and the Magpies are worth backing at generous odds of 3.50.
West Ham v Crystal Palace (Saturday)
The perils of Palace continue as Alan Pardew’s side remain winless in the league in 2016 and with an FA Cup semi-final date at Wembley on the horizon this could clutter the picture further. West Ham have been exemplary at home this season with no defeat since August and find themselves on the cusp of a Champions League berth. On current form they simply have to be backed at odds of 1.94.
Liverpool v Tottenham (Saturday)
Title contenders Tottenham have a tough run in the remaining few weeks of the season and this trip to Anfield will be one of the stiffest tests of the lot. Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost just one of their last nine matches and will no doubt have relished the international break. Tottenham look too hot at the moment to lose here but a win may prove beyond them so back on the draw at 3.40 to deliver.
Leicester v Southampton (Sunday)
Onto Sunday and Leicester’s title charge continues with a home fixture against Southampton. This provides the Foxes with one of their toughest remaining fixtures and it’s worth recalling that Southampton have beaten Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool this season. Saints are 3.50 to win here but look worth backing at +0/0.5 at odds of 2.03. While Leicester are winning, they’re grinding rather than cruising and this might be the week they get tripped up.
Manchester United v Everton (Sunday)
The curtain closer this weekend takes place at Old Trafford as Manchester United host Everton and Louis Van Gaal’s remain a huge puzzle to solve. They pulled off an unlikely win before the international break against Man City but still suffer from inexplicable defeats. Everton produced their poorest performance of the season against Arsenal two weeks ago and should bounce back here with a more sterling show. Under 2.5 Goals looks the call here at 1.83, that’s paid out in six of the last 10 Manchester United home Premier League games.
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Sunderland to beat West Brom to nil (3.15)
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