Burnley 5.10, the draw 3.70, Southampton 1.74
Anyone subscribing to the theory that the Saints were in a false position would feel vindicated by a run of three straight defeats that see Ronald Koeman’s team slip out of the top four. It’s been a good overall campaign for Southampton but while they are favourites here, that record isn’t going to inspire any confidence.
Burnley are on a decent run of form that briefly took them out of the relegation zone but while the draw is tempting, I expect the visitors to edge it.
Best Bet: Both teams to score 1.87
Score Prediction: Burnley 1-2 Southampton 9.00
Chelsea 1.17, the draw 7.40, Hull City 19.00
Having taken four points from a possible nine, Chelsea are no longer the Premier League’s form team but the Blues will surely have enough to see off a Hull side who haven’t won in their last eight and now sit in the final relegation place.
Determined draws against Arsenal and Liverpool suggest that the Tigers can fight but it’s time for Diego Costa – if fit -to fill his boots and get Chelsea’s title challenge back on track.
Best Bet: Diego Costa to score at least twice 4.25
Score Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Hull City 5.80
Crystal Palace 2.57, the draw 3.25, Stoke City 2.90
The two teams that have given me most problems this season meet at Selhurst Park so I may not be parting with my own cash for this one. Last weekend, Stoke contrived to beat Arsenal after a poor run of results while Palace took a battling point from Spurs and were unlucky not to claim all three.
Form seems to point to a draw so I’ll take it, even though form can usually be discounted for both clubs.
Best Bet: Jon Walters to score anytime 4.60
Score Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-2 Stoke City 16.00
Leicester City 6.50, the draw 4.60, Manchester City 1.47
Leicester claimed a memorable win the last time they faced a Manchester club but their 5-3 victory over United came ahead of a miserable run that has taken the Tigers to the bottom of the table. Problems for boss Nigel Pearson have further darkened the mood in the camp so surely there can only be one winner?
Well, yes but the loss of Sergio Aguero will be felt at some point so the away win may be closer than the market indicates.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals 1.50
Score Prediction: Leicester City 1-3 Manchester City 12.00
Sunderland 2.85, the draw 3.35, West Ham 2.55
Andy Carroll returned to inspire the Hammers to an impressive win over Swansea last time out and I expect the striker to play an important role at the Stadium of Light. Having held Chelsea, Sunderland can clearly give good value for a positive result but West Ham – unlike Southampton – have been consistent against every side they’ve played – top half or bottom half.
Take the away win with Carroll to get on the scoresheet.
Best Bet: Andy Carroll to score anytime 3.15
Score Prediction: Sunderland 1-2 West Ham 10.50
West Brom 2.07, the draw 3.35, Aston Villa 3.85
Villa are very much the form team here with a run of five unbeaten games that has lifted them out of trouble for now. Meanwhile, West Brom’s point at Hull last weekend was their first in five – a record that leaves Alan Irvine’s men one point above the drop zone.
Again, the draw looks tempting but this could be another game where home advantage has the final say.
Best Bet: Both teams to score 2.00
Score Prediction: West Brom 2-1 Aston Villa 10.00