Everton 2.70, the draw 3.25, Southampton 2.75
The club may argue against this theory but Everton seemed to struggle more than anyone with the rigours of Europa League football but now, Roberto Martinez can concentrate on a positive end to the season. The Toffees start their run in with a tough fixture against a Southampton side who aren’t giving up hope of a top four finish.
Southampton are unbeaten in three but Everton host on the back of consecutive league victories over Newcastle and QPR and after an extended break, I fancy that home advantage to help Martinez’s men over the line.
Best Bet: Both teams to score 1.86
Score Prediction: Everton 2-1 Southampton 9.50
Leicester City 2.25, the draw 3.45, West Ham 3.25
Foxes boss Nigel Pearson says he is counting on home form to keep his side in the league and an unfortunate away defeat to Spurs last time out suggests that Leicester aren’t dead yet. FA Cup commitments meant that the fixture calendar had only handed Pearson’s men one home game since early February but their form at the King Power needs improvement – one point and no goals in their last three.
West Ham meanwhile seem to be slumping rather than coasting to a mid-table finish and their win over Sunderland was the Hammers’ first in eight. That run, combined with a positive display by Leicester at White Hart Lane, suggests the hosts can claim a point.
Best Bet: Kevin Nolan to score anytime 6.75
Score Prediction: Leicester City 1-1 West Ham 6.75
Manchester United 1.29, the draw 5.60, Aston Villa 11.50
There’s been a definite improvement at Villa Park under Tim Sherwood but while the final winning margin may not be as wide as the market indicates, this looks to be the easiest game to pick this Saturday.
United’s win over Liverpool last time out made it four league wins from four and with just one goal conceded in that time, it’s no surprise that odds of 1.66 are quoted on the hosts keeping a clean sheet. Claim that and the home win if you like small profits.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals for Manchester United 2.38
Score Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Aston Villa 8.00
Swansea City 1.92, the draw 3.30, Hull City 4.35
Three wins and three defeats in their last six make Swansea hard to read but with Bafetimbi Gomis and Gylfi Sigurdsson restored, Garry Monk’s side should have too much for Hull on Saturday.
Improved results in recent weeks have just started to pull the Tigers away from the bottom three as Steve Bruce’s men became the latest team to expose Chelsea’s late season vulnerability and were unlucky to go down by the odd goal in five.
The draw is a tempter at 3.30 but expect the Swans to edge it.
Best Bet: Bafetimbi Gomis to score anytime 2.65
Score Prediction: Swansea City 2-1 Hull City 9.00
West Brom 1.74, the draw 3.60, Queens Park Rangers 5.30
Disappointing defeats to Villa in league and cup and a predictable 3-0 loss to Manchester City may mask the fact that West Brom’s home form is sound with four straight wins at the Hawthorns and no goals conceded.
QPR have shown that they can finally threaten a positive result away from home and with Charlie Austin, they should at least end the Baggies’ run of clean sheets but this in another game that should go with the favourites. Back the home win with an Austin anytime goal offering good value.
Best Bet: Charlie Austin to score anytime 3.35
Score Prediction: West Brom 2-1 Queens Park Rangers 8.50