Aston Villa 2.47, the draw 3.20, Swansea City 3.10
Tim Sherwood’s clumsy public comments may just be masking the fact that he actually has something to offer as a coach. Goal-shy Villa put four first half goals past an admittedly dismal Sunderland last week to continue a much improved run since the former Spurs man took over.
Saturday gives Sherwood another chance to claim three points against a Swansea side who have lost their last two. Prior to those defeats, Garry Monk’s team did beat Manchester United but somehow they look like a club who are coasting to the end of the season having lost their best player. The home win looks tempting but a draw is a strong option.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals 1.62
Score Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Swansea City 6.50
Newcastle United 5.95, the draw 4.25, Arsenal 1.57
Arsenal could be deflated after their Champions League exit but that seems a faint hope for a Newcastle team whose slide continues under John Carver. Anyone favouring the Magpies will look at a brave performance against Manchester United but the last four games have resulted in three points at home to Aston Villa, with nine goals conceded and just one for.
The Gunners are now targeting Manchester City’s problems and hope to be the team putting pressure on Chelsea. As the away side, they look a little short but the favourites should edge it.
Best Bet: Alexis Sanchez to score anytime 2.43
Score Prediction: Newcastle United 1-2 Arsenal 8.00
Southampton 1.45, the draw 4.35, Burnley 8.25
Burnley’s win over Manchester City last weekend means they have now taken points from three of the top four sides so the Clarets won’t be awed by the long trip to St Mary’s.
Saints remain in touch with those Champions League places although overall form is patchy with two wins, two draws and two defeats in their last six. In doing so they have also become the new Spurs, who in turn became the new Manchester United by scoring right at the death.
A late goal may be required to clinch what should be a tight affair.
Best Bet: Both teams to score 2.18
Score Prediction: Southampton 2-1 Burnley 8.50
Stoke City 2.15, the draw 3.25, Crystal Palace 3.75
Just when you think you’ve worked Stoke out, they let you down with a disappointing defeat and last weekend’s 1-0 loss at West Brom ended a good run that had taken the Potters to the brink of the European places.
Meanwhile, Palace continue to improve under Alan Pardew and two of their last three matches have ended in winning 3-1 scorelines.
That might suggest plenty of goals but that doesn’t usually happen at the Britannia where under 2.5 is a common banker. Once again, the draw looks a serious option but expect Stoke to edge a dull afternoon.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals 1.57
Score Prediction: Stoke City 1-0 Crystal Palace 6.75
Tottenham 1.56, the draw 4.25, Leicester City 6.00
Negative bias can often cloud your judgement but this is just the type of game that finishes in a 1-0 win to the away side. David de Gea had another brilliant day for Manchester United last weekend but overall Spurs were outclassed and may look vulnerable on Saturday.
The Foxes remain bottom after a dour home draw against Hull but despite winning at White Hart Lane in the Cup, they have little threat against the top teams. It’s not straightforward but taking out that United loss, Tottenham’s league form is decent enough to claim the points without too many alarms.
Best Bet: Christian Eriksen to score anytime 2.95
Score Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Leicester City 8.00