Matchday 38: Arsenal can reach new low

Published by on May 19, 2017

Arsenal vs Everton

Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League football dangle by a thread going into the last day. They should get the better of Everton, but it might well not be enough. Alexis Sanchez is at 3/1 as first goalscorer, but likewise, it’s likely to be a parting gift in what’s expected to be his last game at the Emirates. Arsenal are at 5/1 to sneak into the top four, but it’s got to be a long shot.

Liverpool vs Middlesbrough

Surely Liverpool can’t mess this one up, can they? The Reds need only beat relegated Middlesbrough to guarantee their spot in the top four, but the pressure will be off the visitors. Jurgen Klopp’s side have dropped 19 points against bottom-half opposition this season, but they shouldn’t have too many problems here. They’re at 3/1 to win by one goal against a resolute but ultimately dodgy ‘Boro defence.

Watford vs Manchester City

Walter Mazzarri’s final game as Watford manager is likely to be an unhappy one. City can’t afford to take their foot off the gas just yet and with both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus odds on to score in 90 minutes, it’s going to be a long old afternoon for the Hornets.

Chelsea vs Sunderland

Sunderland are likely to wave goodbye to the Premier League with a whimper as Chelsea celebrate a feel-good day at Stamford Bridge. A lot of eyes will be on Diego Costa, at 9/4 as first goalscorer, who is set to leave west London this summer, and the striker will want a fitting farewell. The same could be said of Jermain Defoe, who is normally the only Sunderland player worth backing, but since his hat-trick on February 4th, he’s scored just one goal.

Southampton vs Stoke

A frustrating Southampton missed a host of chances against Manchester United and St Mary’s now hasn’t seen a goal in over six hours. It goes without saying that we’re backing under 2.5 goals here in a game that’s going to feel like nothing more than a testimonial.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Jose Mourinho struck again in the Southampton game. It’s incredible that the fans still have the audacity to sing “Jose’s playing the way Man United should” after such a dire season in terms of performances. The Portuguese is furious he’s even having to turn up at all with the Europa League final next week, so another game under 2.5 goals – and any real entertainment – is on the cards.

Hull vs Tottenham

No team has lost fewer games than Spurs this season, while at the same time, Marco Silva has only lost one home game since he took over at Hull. A 1-1 draw is at 13/2, and although Spurs would normally be overwhelming favourites, they’re not as strong on the road and are already winding down the season having secured 2nd.

Leicester vs Bournemouth

Remarkably, Leicester can still finish ninth despite their abysmal start. The Foxes haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory regardless, but Bournemouth can be proud of their efforts, especially if they manage a top-half finish. Jamie Vardy is favourite to score in 90 minutes at at 5/6, but Josh King has had a brilliant campaign and he’s at a better price of 6/4.

Burnley vs West Ham

West Ham were quite plainly on the beach last weekend against Liverpool. They can’t afford to defend like that again, though equally, Burnley don’t possess Liverpool’s attack threat. Sam Vokes is surprisingly good value at 5/1 to score first, with the Clarets’ top scorer having netted 11 league goals this season.

Swansea vs West Brom

Paul Clement is rightly up for Manager of the Season having kept Swansea up. His side are at evens to beat West Brom, who will be glad to officially end the campaign after essentially giving up on it as soon as they got their 40 points.