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Good old Arsene. The man can do no right, can he? The three at the back system has worked a treat and Arsenal fans are wondering where they’d be had he changed that tactic a couple of weeks prior to when the Frenchman actually did. It’s been like clockwork and bizarrely, despite their poor campaign, they still have the slimmest of slim chances of sneaking into the Champions League spots.
Everton have had their usual sort of season, doing enough to be putting the pressure on, but just not enough to crash the top four party. We’re not sure whether their supporters will be content or disappointed with the campaign, in all honesty, but a win at the Emirates would improve fans’ spirits.
Everton have never won at the Emirates and have also failed to win away to Arsenal in the last 22 trips, dating all the way back to 1996 for their last victory – when the Gunners were still playing at Highbury. Anyway, we’re backing a simple 2-0 home win at 11/2.
Burnley’s home form is what’s kept them in the Premier League for a second successive season. The Clarets are incredibly strong at Turf Moor, whilst being completely and utterly useless on the road. You’d hate to be one of those die-hard followers on the road with them this term, to be honest. It hurts. Truly it does! Man and boy following the 'Ammers and the pain doesn't get any less intense...
Compared to West Ham’s home form, Burnley’s own patch has been something of a fortress. The Hammers looked horrific last week against Liverpool both in attack and defensively and did look to be ‘on the beach’ as that old cliché goes. They surely can’t be worse than they were last Sunday, can they? Slaven Bilic will surely have his Irons fired up from the start.
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Not much to choose between the two, despite Burnley being at home. Both will probably settle for the draw before a ball is kicked on Sunday afternoon. 1-1 at 5/1 looks to be a decent bet.
Chelsea the champions, Sunderland down, Chelsea decent, Sunderland crap, be it home or away. Let’s face it, kids, there’s only one way this one is going to go. But of course, you all know that. What you really want to know is the nuts and bolts of the game. Will Sunderland score? Nope. Will Chelsea score more than three? Yeah, probably.
But before we get to the exciting stuff, you’ll want to make doubly sure this one isn’t an embarrassing coupon buster by reading the stats, facts, and our usual moan about Moyesy, right? Well, Sunderland have won just four of their last 25 games against Chelsea, which is almost as bad as their Premier League record this term. Moyes reckons they were doomed from the start, and will surely meet the Sunderland board of directors for a goodbye kiss soon after the final whistle. Yes, this writer is a fan of Kasabian.
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Chelsea have been in fine fettle the whole season and have been in amongst the goals at both ends in their last outing against Watford. One thing we can guarantee is a teary John Terry, just like that night in Russia all those years ago. Would you bet against him getting on the scoresheet in a 4-0 win? Probably not. But we’re going for the safer scoreline of a plain, old 4-0 at 7s.
Just as we all suspected, Spurs spursed the title up with a recent defeat against West Ham the last time they were on the road. Since then, Chelsea wrapped the league up, Hull have been relegated and the removal company have been coming in and out of White Hart Lane. The one question we would have though, is whether there’s any point in taking that trophy cabinet with them or just giving it to a local scout group for fire wood.
Hull went down with a whimper at Crystal Palace last week, but were pretty much relegated after Marco Silva’s unbeaten, three-year home record was ended by one David Moyes. David. Moyes. Can the players be asked anymore? Yes the shackles are off, but Spurs will surely be too strong, even without a recognised right back, with both Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker out injured.
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Double your money and a bit more with a BTTS and Over 2.5 Goals pick at 11/10.
Miraculously, Leicester – despite only playing well for three months of the season – could finish in eighth place if they play their cards right and results go their way. That would be some achievement in the circumstances, or does it say the rest of the Premier League outside the big boys has been pretty poor? We’ll let you decide.
Anyway, Bournemouth are another side who seemed to be in a relegation battle not so long ago, but since 2017, Josh King’s turned into a combination of a 2004 Thierry Henry, a 2002 Alan Shearer and a 2014 Sergio Aguero to ensure survival for another season down in Dorset. You’d expect King to continue his hot, goalscoring streak at the King Power this Sunday, but at the other end, Leicester do have their own goal machine in Jamie Vardy, so maybe back them both to find the net?
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We’re backing Vardy to score first in an entertaining 2-2 draw. 7/2
Wouldn’t it be classic Liverpool to slip up just when the pressure’s on, and let’s face it, whilst people have been saying “don’t worry, it’s only Middlesbrough”, this is exactly the sort of opponent that has taken points from the Reds this season.
Boro will go to Anfield as underdogs, with nothing to lose, already down and armed with Agent Chambers. Agent Chambers is, of course, the man, the legend, Calum Chambers, and Arsene Wenger will have his fingers crossed that the Gunners loanee can play his part in causing an upset and possibly helping his parent club into Champions League qualification. There’ll be no doubt that if Chambers gets an equaliser or even a late winner for Steve Agnew’s side, Wenger will claim the credit four it and come out with something like “that was exactly why Ioaned him out.” Okay, Arsene.
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Now, forget who scores, forget Chambers, you’ll get fantastic odds for a 1-1. And after checking, we can confirm this. It’s a huge 12/1 and surely worth the risk!
The draw specialists this season with a loan of point-gaining yet pointless draws, particularly at home this term. This fixture will even more dull and boring because not only is Jose Mourinho in charge of one of the teams, but because he will once again be playing the fringe players in the build up to the big Europa League Final in a couple of weeks, which we think everyone – aside from United fans – is desperate they lose.
Palace are safe and pushed Hull into the Championship last week with some panache with a 4-0 win, which means they will be confident and play with freedom – even with Big Sam running the ship there. Strange we know, but maybe, just maybe, the Palace boss will let the shackles off with it being last game of the season and all that.
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Wilfried Zaha makes a return to Old Trafford, a place where he had a bit of a luckless couple of years, and how many times have we seen players return to their old clubs and haunt them? Back the winger to score first at 8/1 or anytime at 13/5
We’ll tell you something, Mark Hughes’ job is on the line at Stoke. The last 238 seasons they’ve finished in ninth and the highest they could possibly finish now in the Premier League with a win is 11th. At the time of writing, the Potters, who have had a pretty crap last few weeks, sit just seven points off the drop zone, despite having what on paper looks a decent squad. We’ve still not worked out why Bojan’s out on loan and how someone trusted Hughes to spend £15m on Gianelli Imbula, who’s also fallen out of favour.
For Southampton, this could well be Claude Puel’s final game in charge, despite having an okay-ish sort of campaign and taking them to a cup Final. It could be pretty harsh to get him out, but one thing’s for sure, we won’t miss his lifeless, non-inspirational and dire press conferences if he does go.
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Saints to edge it and gain a second consecutive clean sheet. Stoke probably won’t bother turning up although if we were to bet against ourselves then would you put it past our old friend Crouchy to nab a goal? He’s 8/1 to be FGS.
There’ll be a party atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium after they miraculously survived in the Premier League, despite having Bob Bradley in charge for a few months of the season. You have to credit Paul Clement for the job he’s done in south Wales, despite many believing Marco Silva did a better job at relegated Hull, probably because he’s suave, Portuguese and potentially the Jose Mourinho first time around at Chelsea because of this.
West Brom have been stuck in a deep eighth placed hole for what feels like decades now, without moving an inch, but were overtaken by Southampton and dropped to ninth last week. However, a win, mixed in with a Saints draw or defeat could see them keep hold of eighth, again. Unfortunately for them though, we reckon they’ll lose. Will Tony Pulis care? Definitely not.
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It’s been two men who have done the damage for Swansea this term – Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Lllorente. And it’s the Icelandic midfielder who we’re backing to bag first in a 2-1 Swansea win at 30/1.
Sunday will be Walter Mazzarri’s last as Watford boss at home to Manchester City and it will also be the last time we’ll see his interpreter in the post match press conference. What a cushty, little job that guy’s had since August. So will the Hornets go out to sting Manchester City, who are secure in the top four, despite the fact Watford are pretty much treading water in the division?
Speaking of cushty jobs, how easy has Pep Guardiola had it this season? No Premier League trophy, no FA Cup Final, no EFL Cup, no nothing. But fear not, City fans, Pep’s armed with wads of cash to splurge on more poor signings, and who knows, maybe a new ‘keeper, but on the evidence of Claudio Bravo’s season, would you trust the Spaniard to sign a goalkeeper who, you know, can actually save a ball once in a while. At least that’s what most do, isn’t it?
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Easy for City, we reckon. A comfortable pick of BTTS and Over 2.5 Goals would be our shout at 13/10.
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