Leicester City to beat Southampton – 23/20
We just saw this match, with much higher stakes, a couple of weeks ago, and we reckon the result will be no different. Leicester City have twice now beaten Southampton within not just this season, but this calendar year. Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal of the game at Wembley Stadium to send Leicester into the FA Cup Final where they’ll play Chelsea, although it was a cagey affair. Prior to that, City and Southampton met at the King Power Stadium in mid-January, when James Maddison and Harvey Barnes scored to give the hosts a 2-0 win.
Manchester City to beat Crystal Palace- 20/57
Palace will fancy their chances here, with Pep Guardiola’s men facing two of the biggest games in the club’s history either side of this one. Back in January, the Carabao Cup winners didn’t mess around, putting four goals past Roy Hodgson’s team without reply, and the odds are heavily stacked in favour of that happening again. However, a Crystal Palace draw no bet at a whopping 6/1 wouldn’t be the worst bet independently of an acca. Expect a slightly weaker Man City team who are only taking a one-goal lead into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final. With the league title pretty much sealed they could drop focus.
Brighton to draw at home with Leeds United – 23/10
Don’t expect a thriller at the Amex this weekend. Leeds drew 0-0 with Manchester United last time out, and Brighton managed to lose to the already relegated Sheffield United, courtesy of a David McGoldrick goal. The last time these two played at the start of the year, it took a goal from Neal Maupay to separate the sides after a lacklustre game which ended a 9-game winless streak for this weekend’s hosts. Honestly, we wouldn’t be opposed to recommending the 29/4 bet on this game to end 0-0, which says a lot about both teams’ threats up top. Otherwise, 20/23 seems like a solid near-evens bet on there to be less than 2.5 goals in the game.
Chelsea to beat Fulham – 10/23
There really is no way to predict how Chelsea games are going to go this season. Last time out, this game went essentially as expected, with then-boss Frank Lampard guiding Chelsea to a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage. However, they really have been inconsistent this year, with some wacky results sprinkled on top of a pretty unremarkable season that has them sitting in fourth, just three points ahead of West Ham. For example, they hammered their closest top four competitors 4-0 earlier this year, but they’ve shipped 8 goals and only picked up one point in their two games with relegation-battling West Brom. We just can’t back any result other than a Chelsea win.
Everton to draw at home with Aston Villa – 27/20
Back in January this match was postponed, and their last meeting towards the end of last season ended in a dour 1-1 draw. It’s hard to split these two teams, despite Everton’s much more impressive league standing. We haven’t been impressed at all lately by Carlo Ancelotti’s men, and with another game still up in the air between these two, Aston Villa could fancy their chances of slicing Everton’s seven-point lead over them in eighth to just one with two wins. We aren’t expecting a barn-burner here either, but expect a strong performance from John McGinn in the midfield for Villa.
Arsenal to beat Newcastle – 10/11
At near-evens here, we actually think Arsenal are pretty good value. They travel to St James’ Park having already put three past this weekend’s opponents earlier in the year. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two goals either side of a Bukayo Saka strike to give the Gunners a home win in January. However, that time it took Mikel Arteta’s men almost an hour to break the deadlock, and this weekend’s hosts have begun to tighten up at the back of late. We’re expecting a pretty solid defensive performance from Steve Bruce’s side, but will it be enough to keep a team like Arsenal at bay? We doubt it.
Manchester United to draw at home with Liverpool – 51/20
This is one of the more difficult games to call this weekend, and the odds pretty much reflect it. Last time out, Manchester United progressed in the FA Cup after a remarkable game that ended 3-2 to the current Premier League second-place side. Just a week earlier, they played out a drab 0-0 league draw, and despite Liverpool struggling to make an impression during their first title defence in decades, we always expect them to go to Old Trafford and give their best. We’re going for a repeat result here, and could see it being a score draw, which is priced at a very worthwhile 16/5.
Tottenham to beat Sheffield United – 2/7
There isn’t a great deal to say about this one. Spurs haven’t looked brilliant towards the tail end of this year, but Sheffield United are relegated and shouldn’t be able to cause a team of their quality much trouble. To be fair to Sheffield United, they did beat Brighton last week, which was one of the shock results of the weekend. David McGoldrick got the goal that day, and he also scored against Tottenham in the reverse of this fixture. He’s 13/5 to score anytime, which may be worthy of a flutter.
Wolves to beat West Brom – 6/4
The oddsmakers have put some real value on the line in this one. It’s actually very hard to pick as well, but we have to back Nuno’s troops to get the away win at Hawthorns. They had a cracker of a game at Molineux at the start of the year, when the Baggies came from behind to snatch a win through Matheus Pereira’s second penalty of the game, so this one could be saucy.
West Ham to beat Burnley – 6/5
The Hammers still have an outside shot at the Champions League, for the first time in a long time. To make that happen, they have to be beating teams like Burnley, and we believe that this time out they will.
*Odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change