As the season nears its climax the intensity of battle doesn't diminish a jot as teams battle relegation, and aspire to be crowned champs. There are six games to sink our teeth into this Saturday, the lunchtime curtain-raiser between Manchester City and Crystal Palace bkicking things off..
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Palace thought they were safe just a couple of weeks ago, however, they are just six points clear with three games to go. A win, will pretty much confirm survival depending on results elsewhere, although their superior goal difference will just about do the job anyway.
Manchester City are hard to trust for us and their backers. They should have enough, but you just never know with them – after all, at the start of the season, who would have had them to gain just two points from a possible six in their two league games against Middlesbrough?
City have their injury worries, with doubts over David Silva and Sergio Aguero, but the return of Gabriel Jesus should soften the blow of the latter potentially being unavailable for Guardiola’s men.
What We Sayin’?
Despite there being a seed of doubt in our mind about Pep Guardiola’s side, this is must win for the side, with Manchester United breathing down their neck. At home they have only lost once in the league, but Palace will push them hard. A pick of BTTS and a City win at 13/10 could well be a profitable pick.
Two of Tony Pulis’ old sides tackle each other down at the Vitality Stadium as Stoke make the trip south to take on Bournemouth. You never really know what you’ll get from the Potters, but they’ve lost the last three trips on the road and tackle a Cherries side in decent form themselves.
Both sides aren’t in danger of going down in all honesty, but Mark Hughes needs a couple of good results between now and the end of the campaign, with reports circulating that the Welshman could be clinging to his job in the summer. Can the likes of Marco Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri help Hughes out?
What We Sayin’?
It’s hard to look past Bournemouth right now. In Josh King they have a striker in form in 2017 and although we’re behind him scoring first, our tip is for a comfortable 2-0 home victory at 9/1.
Burnley closing in on being safe and excellent at home, West Brom on the beach and simply waiting for the season to end. There will only be one way this will go, and no doubt you'll be hearing the likes of Alan Shearer eulogising on Match ofthe Day and saying “What a job Sean Dyche has done this season.”
And it will be hard to disagree with Al. After all, by the time MOTD begins this evening, Burnley – with a win – could well be sitting in 9th place. Remarkable. So yeah, erm, West Brom. Well, erm, they seem to have been in eighth place longer than the person writing this blog has been alive, and win, lose or draw, they're unlikely to budge from that position for another week.
What We Sayin'?
Andre Gray grew up round the corner from West Brom and we've got a feeling he'll continue his scoring streak and score first at 7/2.
Hull are on the cusp of staying up, and with Marco Silva at the helm, have a manager who loves his home comforts. The Portuguese has an amazing record when it comes to winning games on his own turf during his time with Olympiacos and the Tigers and this should be too easy for him and his side against a dismal, doomed and disillusioned Sunderland side.
As for Sunderland, where do you start? The survival plan was pretty flawed from the start. Poor summer signings, expensive summer signings for the quality they were getting and a sinking ship since Big Sam, erm, jumped ship for England. What a trade he did. There's been talk of David Moyes throwing in the towel this week, but will it happen? Probably not, after all, where would his next managerial break come following this season's catastrophe?
What We Sayin'?
A simple, yet effective (on paper anyway) shout of BTNTS and Over 2.5 goals at 9/2 would be our top tip for this one.
Watford have somehow found themselves towards the higher point of mid-table, despite somehow struggling to win. Is It just us that thinks that? Like Southampton fans' relationship with Claude Puel, the Hornets' nest has been prickly (sounds slightly better than sting-y, anyway) for Walter Mazzarri, who could face the chop come the summer, just as he's mastering English.
It was Leicester who axed their Italian boss in shambolic fashion according to some a few months back, but the owner (whose name we won't be disclosing as it's too bloody long) appears to be vindicated in that decision with an upturn in fortunes for the Foxes under Craig Shakespeare. Nowadays people are backing Leicester, which was a far cry from their January and February form and you'd be surprised if they failed to get the points on Saturday.
What We Sayin'?
The Jamie Vardy party is back alive and well. The England striker is hitting that red hot form from last season again and has ten goals in his last 14 games for his club. Back him to score first at 13/5.
Do you know what, we don't know if it's just us, but you still just can't trust Everton in what many think should be a banker like this one at Swansea City. The Toffees have come unstuck in games like this both this season and in years gone by and we just have a suspicion Swansea will get something from this – and boy don't they have to!
It's do or die time for the Swans who have picked up since Paul Clement's arrival – unfortunately for the Welsh side, though, so have Hull. Everton aren't going to creep into the top four and will probably end up battling it out for fifth place withArsenal. Will they have their feet up? Will Swansea want it more than them? Perhaps! Admit it, you have doubt for this one, now.
What We Sayin'?
It's the need and the want for Swansea which sees us jot down out 1-1 prediction. They put up a fight at Old Trafford last week and gained what could be a crucial point and were unlucky not to win against Jose Mourinho's men. The same scoreline this week can be backed at 19/4.
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