Burnley 2.55, the draw 3.40, Swansea 3.85
A battling and many would say fortuitous draw against Chelsea last weekend leaves Burnley in the bottom three but the result continues a decent run of form after the Clarets seemed certainties for relegation. Palace meanwhile landed a correct score profit with their 2-1 defeat at Arsenal and while the wheels haven’t exactly come away from the Pardew era, performances have dipped in recent weeks.
One point from a possible nine makes the Eagles look vulnerable here but a point apiece is a likely outcome with Danny Ings an obvious but good option to get on the scoresheet.
Best Bet: Danny Ings to score anytime 2.75
Score Prediction: Burnley 2-2 Swansea 15.00
Manchester United 1.35, the draw 5.00, Sunderland 10.00
The Black Cats were relieved to welcome Jermain Defoe back last weekend but the England striker couldn’t influence their home bore draw with West Brom. Sunderland remain three points off the drop zone and are widely tipped to be sucked in to the relegation battle with Defoe seen by many as the sole hope for survival.
Defeats to Southampton and Swansea make Manchester United look vulnerable for this game and the hosts prove to their opponents that having a wealth of strikers is no guarantee of success. I’m avoiding the goal scoring markets for this one and while United should claim the points, it may well be tighter than the market claims.
Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals 3.00
Score Prediction Manchester United 3-1 Sunderland 14.00
Newcastle United 1.95, the draw 3.40, Aston Villa 4.25
It’s a measure of Villa’s problems that we can look at recent form and talk in terms of goals rather than points. At least they found the net against Stoke last time out before going down to an injury time penalty.
That spot kick robs the Villains of Ron Vlaar but Scott Sinclair could offer better support for the main strikers as the season comes to a crucial close.
It could also be a good time to be playing Newcastle but these are all scant positives for a game where the home side should be strong enough to edge it.
Best Bet: Both teams to score 2.12
Score Prediction: Newcastle United 2-1 Aston Villa 10.00
Stoke City 1.95, the draw 3.40, Hull City 4.25
Injury time goals for Stoke against QPR and Villa robbed me of correct score profits on each occasion but in the last few weeks, the Potters have suddenly become predictable. The FA Cup defeat against Blackburn aside, games for Mark Hughes’ men have been going with form and that would suggest a home win on Saturday.
However, Hull are unbeaten in three and with two home victories over Villa and QPR, Steve Bruce’s side have dragged themselves out of the relegation zone for now. That may point to the draw but I’m sticking with my first theory and staking on Stoke.
Best Bet: Jonathan Walters to score anytime 4.00
Score Prediction; Stoke City 2-1 Hull City 10.00
West Bromwich 3.40, the draw 3.20, Southampton 2.30
Having played a full part in the tedium at the Stadium of Light last weekend, West Brom aren’t inspiring as the outside bet although once again, Tony Pulis’ men kept tight at the back.
The Baggies should receive a stronger test from a Southampton side who continue a strong campaign, despite that setback at Liverpool last weekend. Under 2.5 goals has dropped in for the Saints’ last four games and it could be another extremely close contest at the Hawthorns.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals 1.55
Score Prediction: West Bromwich 0-1 Southampton 6.75