The English Premier League enters its penultimate round this weekend, and is undoubtedly highlighted by an always-fierce contest between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford early Monday morning Australian time.
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Southampton vs Aston Villa
While somewhat falling out of form in recent weeks, Southampton has done enough to post one of the most impressive Premier League campaigns since the turn of the century and look likely to finish seventh overall. Winless in their last four league starts, the Saints return home to face an Aston Villa side who have steadily climbed away from the drop zone and are all but assured survival. Villa have the form to win this match but Southampton at home has proven to be a tough task for even the league’s best this campaign and as a result a draw appears the likely outcome.
Graziano Pele scores and Southampton wins: $4
Christian Benteke scores and Villa wins: $9
Burnley vs Stoke City
Burnley had their fate sealed when Newcastle drew with West Brom last weekend, but have never really looked like a side capable of competing well in England’s top flight and will gain benefit from a return to the Championship. Stoke City has maintained position in the middle of the Premier League table nearly all season and enter this match off the back of a resounding 3-0 win over Tottenham last weekend. Neither team has anything to play for but the Potters have clearly been the better team of late and should have no issue beating Burnley in a low scoring affair at Turf Moor.
Danny Ings scores and Burnley wins: $6
Peter Odemwingie scores and Stoke wins: $7
Tottenham Hotspur vs Hull City
In what has every chance of figuring as the most one-sided affair in Week 37 of the Premier League, Tottenham returns to White Hart Lane to face Hull City; who will almost be confirmed for demotion should they lose. Hull lost to Burnley last weekend and have been unable to post much of a consistent run of form all campaign. Spurs suffered a shock loss to Stoke last weekend and will do everything in their power to return to the winner’s circle and get back into the race for a Europa League berth. Spurs should breeze past Hull in this fixture and should figure as a selection in any Premier League multibet this weekend.
Harry Kane scores and Spurs win: $3.50
Nikica Jelavic scores and Hull wins: $11
QPR vs Newcastle
QPR were also confirmed to go down to the Championship when suffering a demoralising 6-0 loss to Manchester City last weekend and face a Newcastle side in serious danger of the same fate; currently perched just two points above Hull City in 17th position. QPR seemingly have nothing to play for, however their final matches are so that they can cause serious ripples in the league chances of other clubs, namely Newcastle. Having suffered ten start defeats, Newcastle mustered enough for a draw with West Brom last weekend and will surely post a vital win early Sunday morning Australian time.
Charlie Austin scores and QPR wins: $7
Papiss Cisse scores and Newcastle wins: $5
West Ham United vs Everton
West Ham and Everton currently sit 10th and 11th respectively on the Premier League table having contested a very similar campaign. The Hammers found form early, dropped off the pace and have since rebuilt, while the Toffees got off to one of their slowest starts in years before finding good form and the business end of the season. The match is scheduled to be played at Upton Park which is sure to play into the strengths of West Ham, however some recent results produced by Everton; namely a 3-0 defeat of Manchester United two weeks ago means they will probably be a little too good this weekend.
Enner Valencia scores and West Ham wins: $7
Romelu Lukaku scores and Everton wins: $5
Sunderland vs Leicester City
Sunderland posted a much-needed and convincing win over Everton last weekend and will be assured Premier League survival if they can repeat the dose this weekend. Unfortunately for the Black Cats however, they face amazingly the league’s formed team in Leicester City, who have won six of their last seven league matches to climb off the bottom of the ladder and into safety. The Tigers can finish as high as twelfth if other results go their way and won’t have an issue seeing off Sunderland this weekend should they continue their recent form.
Jermain Defoe scores and Sunderland wins: $6
Leonardo Ulloa scores and Leicester wins: $7
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Liverpool are in the box seat for Europa League qualification and will assure themselves a berth if they can see off Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday morning Australian time. Palace have continued to make their presence felt for most of the Premier League season but have dropped out of form at the pointy end; losing each of the four most recent matches. Liverpool will be confident after drawing with newly-crowned champions Chelsea last weekend and will probably return to winning form in this match. Steven Gerard will play just two most games for his beloved Reds and will do everything in his power to get on the score sheet one last time.
Steven Gerard scores and Liverpool wins: $4
Dwight Gayle scores and Palace wins: $17
Swansea vs Manchester City
Two formed teams in Swansea and Manchester City lock horns in Wales on Sunday night, in what is generally a well-contested fixture. Swansea City have worked themselves into outright eighth position overall and can finish as high as sixth in they win both their remaining matches and hope Spurs and Southampton lose at least once. City appeared to be on track for a serious title defence, but after dropping what should have been easy wins at the wrong point of the season, fell off the pace. Responding well over the last month, the Sky Blues have jumped back up to second overall after securing four-consecutive league wins. City is the obvious choice in this match however the Swans offer great value for money in head to head markets at current $4.75 odds and are more than worth consideration.
Bafemtibi Gomis scores and Swansea wins: $9
Sergio Aguero scores and City wins: $2.75
Manchester United vs Arsenal
In what is undoubtedly the standout match in Week 37 of the Premier League, Manchester United return to Old Trafford to face old foes Arsenal early Monday morning Australian time. United took a little while to get going this campaign but have re-captured good form and have sat as high as second within the last month. Arsenal have poked along in typical fashion this campaign; winning most games but failing to take a real stranglehold on the league and currently sit third overall. United are always a difficult task at home but Arsenal are more than capable of beating the Red Devils, having won their most recent meeting 2-1.
Radamel Falcao scores and United wins: $6
Alexis Sanchez scores and Arsenal wins: $6
West Bromwich Albion vs Chelsea
Chelsea sewed-up their fifth Premier League title with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace two weeks ago, and will be looking to end their campaign with two consecutive wins over lowly opposition after only managing a draw with Liverpool last weekend. Boasting a rock-solid defence, talented midfield and potent strike force, Chelsea have proven they can created chances from nothing and from all corners of the pitch, and should also figure as a selection in a Premier League multi bet this weekend. The Baggies could only must a draw with the out of form Newcastle last week and realistically stand no hope of winning.
Saido Berahino scores and West Brom wins: $10
Loic Remy scores and Chelsea wins: $4