Fulham 2.30, the draw 3.35, Hull City 3.20
Second from bottom Fulham have everything to play for in this fixture and while Hull may have one eye on next month’s cup final, the Tigers are far from safe. Steve Bruce’s side could follow Sunderland’s example and let a cup run get in the way of a battle for survival.
At least Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic will be refreshed: Both men are cup tied and will feature for Hull on Saturday and an anytime goal for Jelavic is my first tip at 3.60. As for the result, a respectable run of nine points from a possible 18 under Felix Magath has me backing the revival to continue.
Score Prediction: Fulham 2-1 Hull City (9.50)
Stoke City 3.25, the draw 3.35, Tottenham Hotspur 2.30
Since Stoke first broke into the Premier League, this game has finished with a 2-1 scoreline for five straight seasons. I’m predicting a similar outcome on Saturday but must admit I’m not entirely sure who to back.
The Potters have won three of those five fixtures and have already beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United at the Britannia during this campaign. Mark Hughes’ men should therefore be strong enough to see off an unconvincing Spurs side who have been slow starters under Tim Sherwood in recent weeks. Tottenham may not be able to recover from a flat opening at fortress Britannia so I’m taking the home win while both teams to score at 1.78 is usually safe for games involving Spurs.
Score Prediction: Stoke City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (11.00)
Swansea City 1.63, the draw 3.75, Aston Villa 6.25
Since Villa beat Chelsea back in March, Paul Lambert’s team have gone on a dismal run that has seen them take just one point from possible 15. With the bottom three sides all picking up positive results recently, the Villans are far from safe and should be targeting a draw at the Liberty Stadium at the very least.
Swansea have a point advantage over their opponents and while they have played a game more, Garry Monk’s team look placed to take the win here after that impressive victory at St James’s Park. Two-goal Wilfried Bony gave me an extra profit from that match so I’m keeping faith with the Ivorian to score in 90 minutes at 2.25.
Score Prediction: Swansea City 2-1 Aston Villa (8.50)
West Brom 1.85, the draw 3.65, West Ham 4.40
West Brom’s Monday night defeat to Manchester City means that Pepe Mel’s team are far from safe but while West Ham can still mathematically go down, their season is effectively over. The Baggies come into the match with just one defeat in their last four while the Hammers have suffered three straight losses.
This should be one of those end of season matches where the side that has everything to play for takes the points. Back the home win while West Ham’s recent form suggests that it’s wise to back Ben Foster and West Brom to keep a clean sheet at a generous 2.75.
Score Prediction: West Brom 2-0 West Ham (9.50)