Aston Villa 2.70, the draw 3.33, Everton 2.70
Coincidence or otherwise, Everton’s form has improved since Europa League elimination and the Toffees have taken 13 points from a possible 15 since their 5-2 reverse at Dynamo Kiev. Meanwhile, Villa were unlucky not to extend their own unbeaten run at Manchester City and this is as tough to call as the matching win odds indicate.
The focus will be on Christian Benteke who, like Emmanuel Adebayor last season, has enjoyed a resurgence under Tim Sherwood and the Belgian striker could prove to be the deciding factor in a tight and tense afternoon.
Best Bet: Christian Benteke to score first 5.00
Score Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Everton 9.00
Liverpool 1.36, the draw 5.15, Queens Park Rangers 9.00
Odds of 1.36 will tempt few people into investing in a Liverpool side whose season has been so spectacularly derailed. A run of two defeats and a tedious draw at West Brom includes just one goal – thereby underlining the problems at Anfield.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho have masked the fact that the Reds desperately need a new striker – perhaps even Charlie Austin could liven up Merseyside. Austin is good value at 4.00 for an anytime strike but QPR’s poor run and dismal overall away form suggests another unhappy afternoon.
Liverpool should take the points but recent results don’t point the way to a heavy investment at a short odds-on figure.
Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals 2.50
Score Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Queens Park Rangers 10.00
Sunderland 4.00, the draw 3.30, Southampton 2.05
The Dick Advocaat revival continues to stutter with the Black Cats remaining in the relegation zone following last week’s 1-1 draw at Stoke. Meanwhile, Southampton may retain hopes of finishing fifth but recent form is mixed with two wins, two draws and two defeats from their last six.
Like last season, it has taken Connor Wickham until the very last stages of the campaign to find his radar but the key to survival is Jermain Defoe and I expect the former England striker to secure a point for the struggling home side.
Best Bet: Jermain Defoe to score anytime 3.90
Score Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 Southampton 6.50
Swansea City 2.25, the draw 3.35, Stoke City 3.35
I had called Swansea ‘toothless’ prior to last weekend’s 3-2 win but results against Newcastle have to be taken into context. Stoke should provide a tougher test in all areas of the pitch and the Potters are proving hard to beat as they close in on their best Premier League finish.
Charlie Adam is the threat from midfield and he, alongside Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson will offer some tempting prices in the individual goal scoring markets. My pick however is Jon Walters in what is unlikely to be a thriller as both teams wind down their campaigns.
Best Bet: Jonathan Walters to score anytime 5.00
Score Prediction: Swansea City 1-1 Stoke City 6.25
West Ham 2.25, the draw 3.40, Burnley 3.30
One goal in eight underlines Burnley’s problems and while that solitary strike – George Boyd’s winner against Manchester City – was pretty special, issues up front are about to condemn the Clarets to the Championship.
Saturday’s clash puts Sean Dyche’s men up against another team at the bottom of the form table. One notable stat sees the Hammers as the side scoring most headers with 15 while Burnley have conceded the highest proportion of headed goals at 33%.
If West Ham had scored more than four goals in their last eight that might be telling: Overall, it’s a good chance for Burnley to claim a point.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals 1.81
Score Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Burnley 6.25