There's one more twist left in this season
Goodness me what a season it has been. Leicester’s fairytale, the saga with Guardiola, Klopp’s revival of Liverpool and the drama down the bottom. We saw Jamie Vardy pick up an extra game ban so he’s missing for Leicester’s potential title winning game at Man U. Dele Alli and Spurs’ challenge effectively ended Monday evening with a draw vs West Brom and a three game suspension for Alli.
I’ve been so close recently, so my treble this week is Manchester United, Newcastle and Arsenal at odds of 4/1
And if you’re braver and are looking for something a bit bigger back Lukaku, Ighalo,Sanchez and Kane all to score at odds of just over 9/1.
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace – 3pm Saturday – Live on Setanta Ireland – BET NOW
Palace managed to see off Watford last week at Wembley but apart from that they have nothing really left to play for. The last thing that Alan Pardew will want when he visits his old club is for someone like Bolassie to get injured.
Rafa Benitez is starting to work his magic but needs to get the three points here because it’ll heap the pressure on to Norwich. He has the support of the fans. That could be enough.
Andy’s bet: Newcastle win
Arsenal vs Norwich – 5:30pm Saturday – Live on Sky – BET NOW
Well, what more can you say about Arsenal? It’s the same every single season and you have to question Arsene at this point. His comments yesterday about the fans ensures there’ll be plenty of boos. I don’t blame them, it’s been disappointment after disappointment.
Norwich are still in the driving seat in the race for survival and any sort of result in the Emirates could be enough depending on the Tyne and Wear clubs results at 3. Desperation could leave them open to a devastating counter by the Gunners.
Andy’s bet: Arsenal 2-0 Norwich
Swansea vs Liverpool – 12pm Sunday – Live on BT – BET NOW
A rare early game on a Sunday. Swansea weren’t ip to much last week and Leicester absolutely destroyed them. Newcastle did the same to them the week before, it’s like they’ve gone into autopilot now that they are safe from relegation.
Normally, I’d have Liverpool to win this. But Jurgen Klopp knows that he can’t make the top 4 of the table so he’ll put all of his eggs in the Europa League. I don’t believe we’ll see any first teamers on Sunday against the Swans. So I’m going for an upset at some decent odds
Andy’s bet: Swansea win
Man United vs Leicester – 2:05pm Sunday – Live on Sky – BET NOW
Don’t crown them yet. Leicester could wrap up the title this weekend if they manage to better Tottenham’s result. But like all good fairytales, there’s a little twist coming. Vardy is missing for a game where they need (but are unlikely to get) goals so they could be left sweating.
Man United still have a lot to play for in the race for fourth and have an FA Cup final to prepare for as well. They know that one of City or Arsenal will drop points. They have a terrific defence at home, they’ve only conceded something like seven goals in 17 games at Old Trafford.
Andy’s bet: Man United to win
Southampton vs Man City – 4pm Sunday – Live on Sky – BET NOW
City did okay ish on Tuesday night against Real but need to step it up if they want a result against Ronald Koeman. I think Manuel Pellegrini is determined to stick it to the owners on his way out the door. It’s a little like the Swansea and Liverpool game for me though. I’d be very surprised if we saw a full-strength City team ahead of the second leg.
Southampton have some great stats at St.Mary’s especially since Fraser Forster returned. They look so much more composed since he came back from a lengthy spell out on the sidelines. This is too close to split them.
Andy’s bet: 1-1 draw
Chelsea vs Spurs – 8pm Monday – Live on Sky – BET NOW
Spurs are missing Alli for the rest of the season and the dressing room will be down after the West Brom result. They are a young side but Pochettino has shown before that he’s a shrewd tactician in the face of adversity.
Chelsea have been so impressive under Hiddink but have nothing to play for. The fans are key here. They love beating Spurs and if they do it on Monday night then they end the title race. They won’t have to beat or lose to Leicester to end it.
This is Spurs’ last chance. But that’s the thing. They still have a chance. They’ve got to keep the pressure on Leicester. If the Foxes drop points, Spurs have to be ready. I’m backing them to win on Monday
Andy’s bet: Spurs win
Andy’s quickfire Saturday picks
Everton vs Bournemouth – BET NOW
How unlucky were Everton last Saturday? A repeat performance will be enough to see off Bournemouth. Toffees win
Andy’s bet: Everton win
Stoke vs Sunderland –BET NOW
Sam Allardyce avoids relegation. It’s just what he does. Normally Stoke would be a home banker. But they seem to have just given up for this season. Sunderland need every point they can get and I can see them getting a huge win.
Andy’s bet: Sunderland win
Watford vs Aston Villa – BET NOW
Aston Villa lose football games. It’s just what they do. Watford need to finish strongly because of the rumors surrounding Quique Flores
Andy’s bet: Watford 3-0 Aston Villa
West Brom vs West Ham – BET NOW
There could be a hint of a draw about this one for me. I wouldn’t tip it, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was level. I’m expecting Payet to star in a Hammers win.
Andy’s bet: West Ham to win