Burnley 2.50, the draw 3.30, Leicester City 2.95
Mid season results and strong performances against the top teams suggested Burnley would be the more likely candidates for survival but instead, it’s Leicester who sit on the edge of the safety places. Form points to one winner – the Claret’s have managed one win and just one goal in their last seven while the Foxes come here on the back of three straight victories.
Home advantage might just even that out however so I’m going for a share of the points.
Best Bet: Danny Ings to score anytime 2.85
Score Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Leicester City 6.50
Crystal Palace 2.05, the draw 3.33, Hull City 3.95
While Palace lost at home to West Brom last weekend it remains a surprise to see the Eagles quoted at an odds against figure. Prior to that defeat, Alan Pardew’s side had won four on the bounce compared to Hull’s record of two points from a possible eighteen.
Palace should send Steve Bruce’s side into the bottom three on Saturday evening but with the hosts keeping just one clean sheet in 13 under Pardew, both teams to score looks the best side bet.
Best Bet: Both teams to score 1.98
Score Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Hull City 9.00
Newcastle United 2.35, the draw 3.25, Swansea City 3.25
It’s six straight defeats now for Newcastle including three at St James’s Park which suggests a restless crowd will provide little home advantage. However, without Wilfried Bony and Bafetimbi Gomis, the Swans now look toothless up front and this could be the best chance John Carver’s men have of ending that dismal record.
It’s unlikely to be a thriller and under 2.5 goals is an option in another tense draw.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals 1.65
Score Prediction: Newcastle United 1-1 Swansea City 6.30
Queens Park Rangers 2.27, the draw 3.40, West Ham United 3.25
The Hammers are battling with Newcastle at the bottom of the form table while QPR’s position in the table belies a decent home record at Loftus Road. Factor in West Ham’s run of nine away games without a win and the favourites look a good option.
Charlie Austin has had a hand in 55% of his side’s goals – higher than any other player – and Rangers’ key man is the one to swing this in QPR’s favour.
Best Bet: Charlie Austin to score first 4.90
Score Prediction: Queens Park Rangers 2-1 West Ham United 8.50
Stoke City 1.89, the draw 3.40, Sunderland 4.60
It’s not often you’d back over 2.5 goals in a game involving Stoke but Sunderland’s shaky form makes that a better option than for most games at the Britannia. The Potters look in good shape to finish eighth after an impressive win over Southampton while the Black Cats have been dormant since losing 1-4 to Palace two weeks ago.
Mame Biram Diouf has scored in each of his last three home games and is my tip to see Stoke claim the points.
Best Bet: Mame Biram Diouf to score anytime 3.00
Score Prediction: Stoke City 3-1 Sunderland 15.00
West Bromwich 4.00, the draw 3.50, Liverpool 1.98
Liverpool look uncomfortably short after a demoralising week and they now face a West Brom side who finally showed some fight with their win at Palace last time out.
The Reds’ league form shows two straight wins and they retain an outside chance of making the top four but a Tony Pulis side has never lost in six home matches against Liverpool and I expect that run to continue.
Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals 3.40
Score Prediction: West Bromwich 2-2 Liverpool 14.00
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