Southampton 1.47, the draw 4.05, Hull City 7.75
Those expecting Saints to wobble while in sight of a Champions League place will point to last week’s defeat at Everton and predict a poor run in. That might yet be the case but for now, Ronald Koeman’s men should have enough to beat a Hull team who haven’t won in five.
Form and a mean home record suggests that Southampton to keep a clean sheet is a good option and it’s the sort of game where Graziano Pelle could justify his tag as favourite to open the scoring at 4.20.
Hull should be fighting but I can’t see too much for Steve Bruce to enjoy on Saturday.
Best Bet: Hull City under 0.5 goals 1.66
Score Prediction: Southampton 2-0 Hull City 6.00
Sunderland 2.75, the draw 3.20, Crystal Palace 2.65
There’s no such thing as a meaningless run in to the end of the season as far as Palace are concerned and the Eagles, despite a change in manager, continue to embarrass the top teams in the closing games as they did 12 months ago.
Sunderland’s improvement under Dick Advocaat also relies on Jermain Defoe who was barely fit during the end of Gus Poyet’s reign. Defoe’s winner last time out makes him a good option at 3.05 for an anytime goal but another in form striker – Palace’s Glenn Murray – could be the man to seal it for the marginal favourites.
Best Bet: Glenn Murray to score anytime 3.30
Score Prediction: Sunderland 1-2 Crystal Palace 10.00
Tottenham 1.55, the draw 4.10, Aston Villa 6.00
The appointment of Tim Sherwood was seen as one last throw of the gilet but it looks to be paying off for Villa and the manager’s old club Spurs seem vulnerable after a monotonous afternoon at Burnley last time out.
Turf Moor is a difficult place to play and the likely ejection of Paulinho should make Tottenham a livelier side on Saturday however. Christian Benteke’s resurgence under Sherwood makes him an obvious dangerman but while Spurs are uncomfortably short – as they often are at home – expect an improvement from the hosts.
Best Bet: Christian Benteke to score anytime 3.15
Score Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa 7.50
West Bromwich 2.20, the draw 3.30, Leicester City 3.35
With Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal ahead, West Brom’s run in is reminiscent of Norwich’s 12 months ago and this really is a must win for Tony Pulis’ side. Known for their mean defence under Pulis, the Baggies let in four against QPR and they look vulnerable against an improving Foxes team whose two defeats in five include an unfortunate reverse at Spurs.
That heavy loss aside, West Brom’s recent form is good but while the draw jumps out, I just feel that Leicester are fighting harder while the hosts don’t seem to be aware of the impending danger.
Best Bet: Both teams to score 1.80
Score Prediction: West Bromwich 1-2 Leicester City 11.00
West Ham 2.25, the draw 3.25, Stoke City 3.30
The Hammers continued a miserable run of form with defeat to Leicester last weekend while Stoke’s predictable loss at Stamford Bridge makes it three straight defeats for Mark Hughes’ men. At one stage, both teams had an outside shot at a European place but already this is looking like one of those meaningless end of season games that are tough to predict.
With the sides at the bottom of the form table, that task becomes even tougher and at times like these, the only thing to do is sit on the fence.
Best Bet: Jonathan Walters to score anytime 4.50
Score Prediction: West Ham 2-2 Stoke City 15.00