Aston Villa 2.35, the draw 3.20, Hull City 3.10
Both sides need a win from this fixture but current form offers little confidence in backing either Villa or Hull. The home side have taken just one point from a possible 18 since beating Chelsea back in March while the Tigers have won once in their last five league matches.
Paul Lambert’s team have a greater need for the win and with Hull City having one eye on the FA Cup final, home advantage should be enough to swing it. Back Villa for the three points with an anytime goal for Gabby Agbonlahor at 3.40.
Score Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Hull City (10.00)
Manchester United 1.30, the draw 5.50, Sunderland 9.50
Even under David Moyes, United had started to despatch the weaker teams with greater regularity and last weekend’s 4-0 defeat of Norwich might suggest a comfortable home win. Sunderland, however, have taken points off Manchester City and Chelsea in recent matches and this won’t be as easy as this market suggests.
Connor Wickham’s sudden resurgence could lead to plenty of goals in this fixture and over 3.5 is a good selection at 2.18. Manchester United have put four past Norwich, Aston Villa and Newcastle in recent weeks but victory here should be a lot closer.
Score Prediction: Manchester United 3-2 Sunderland (20.00)
Newcastle United 2.00, the draw 3.60, Cardiff City 3.80
Newcastle’s dismal run now extends to six straight defeats and a 3-0 loss to Arsenal on Monday night means that Alan Pardew’s men have scored just once in that period. The Magpies may be favourites for this match but having watched the Arsenal game in full, there’s nothing to suggest that the run won’t continue.
Cardiff are bottom but they have everything to play for while Newcastle can’t wait for the campaign to be over. Take the away win, with both teams to score at 1.53.
Score Prediction: Newcastle United 1-2 Cardiff City (11.00)
Stoke City 2.33, the draw 3.50, Fulham 3.05
It’s pleasing to see Stoke at an odds-against figure when you consider that last weekend, Spurs became only the third team to win at the Britannia in the league this season. Admittedly the Potters have nothing to play for at this stage but their home ground is something of a fortress.
Fulham continue to pick up points and their draw against Hull means Felix Magath’s side have lost just one of their last four but I expect Stoke to take the points with a goal in 90 minutes for Peter Odemwingie at 3.20.
Score Prediction: Stoke City 1-0 Fulham (8.50)
Swansea City 2.42, the draw 3.45, Southampton 2.95
Neither team has anything to play for at the end of a long season and that fact, together with a mixed set of form for each club makes this the hardest game of the weekend to predict. The Saints beat Champions League chasing Everton last weekend but in their previous home match they lost to relegation strugglers Cardiff.
Garry Monk’s side have experienced a similar set of strange results but they have won their last two, and with home advantage I’m backing Swansea at 2.42.
Score Prediction: Swansea 2-1 Southampton (9.50)