Premier League Predictions: Wenger must capitalise against distracted United

Published by on May 6, 2017

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace

City have drawn their last two games, and Pep Guardiola certainly won’t have been expecting to be held by Middlesbrough. With Palace all but safe, however, they should have no such problems at the Etihad. Gabriel Jesus will be looking to pick up where he left off before his injury – the Brazilian is at 5/2 to score first.

Bournemouth vs Stoke

Bournemouth have struggled for consistency but so have Stoke. The Potters have won two of their last three meetings against the Cherries, but the hosts are the slight favourites at 23/20. Josh King, at 6/5 to score in 90 minutes, is set to attract plenty of interest this summer after another impressive campaign under Eddie Howe, so this is one of his last chances to put himself in the shop window.

Swansea vs Everton

Everton’s thrashing at the hands of Chelsea last week should be no more than a blip on the radar. Swansea have ensured they are still in with a chance of staying up, but the Toffees are at 6/4 to continue their run of form. As tempting as it may be to lump money on Romelu Lukaku finding the back of the net, the Belgian has a tendency to tail off towards the end of the season, so it will be interesting to see how he fares at the Liberty Stadium.

Leicester vs Watford

Leicester finally have their 40 points, but the end of this season was always going to feel like an anti-climax after last year. A draw against Watford is at 3/1, the same price as Jamie Vardy scoring either first or last. The England striker’s form has picked up considerably under Craig Shakespeare, and Walter Mazzarri will be well aware of the threat he poses.

Burnley vs West Brom

Burnley had been on a poor run until a much-needed victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The Clarets are so much better at home than on the road, and West Brom already look like they’re thinking about their holidays, hence why they’re at 5/2. Tony Pulis’ side haven’t won away since December 31, and their travelling fans won’t be expecting much more joy on this occasion either.

Hull vs Sunderland

Only one side has anything but pride to play for after Sunderland’s relegation last weekend. With the pressure off, the Black Cats ought to muster something for their beleaguered travelling fans, but Marco Silva’s men just have a tighter defence, more options up front, and crucially, more fight. Hull have rarely been as much as 4/9 on for any game this season, but Sunderland have been abysmal.

Arsenal vs Manchester United

Arsenal have experienced the highest and lowest points of their season over the last fortnight, securing a place in the FA Cup final before losing the north London derby to Spurs. United may be focusing on the Europa League, but they still look a good price at 11/4 to win at the Emirates as Arsenal’s demise continues. Jose Mourinho is set to rest several of his most important players, but his plan will still be to shut Arsenal out and hit them on the break.

Liverpool vs Southampton

The Saints haven’t fared well against the Premier League’s top sides this season, losing six of their last six against the clubs in the European spots. That doesn’t really justify Claude Puel being under pressure, but the Frenchman needs a special end to the season to convince the Southampton board to keep him on. Liverpool aren’t immune to the odd banana skin, but there’s little value in backing them – in fact, the best value looks to be a double of Roberto Firmino and Manolo Gabbiadini both to score at 8/1.