After Sheffield United let us down on last weekend’s 10/1 treble (cheers guys), it is time for this season’s last roll of the betting dice and with that, the final opportunity to ‘bash the bookies’ between now and September.
The form guide has been poured through and the numbers have been analysed, do we go hard or go home? You guessed it, we’re going hard(ish) and with nothing to lose (except money), here’s what is on Sunday’s menu.
A VILLA PARTY
A month or so ago, you would have never had Aston Villa in this position and one that sees them on the right side of the relegation dotted line before the final day of the season. Then again, football is a strange beast at the best of times, and this is the situation we now find ourselves in.
A situation that takes Dean Smith’s men to West Ham and if they can better the outcome of Watford across the capital, it will be last season’s EFL play-off winners who end up avoiding the ignominy of the drop.
That means, Villa travel to East London hoping that they can do their bit and potentially asking a favour from an Arsenal side who looked lacklustre on Wednesday – a performance which saw them lose to the very team in question.
That languid approach may be something of a concern, especially as the Gunners will likely rotate their squad with an F.A. Cup Final in mind and therefore, relying on favours elsewhere may end up being a rather fruitless pursuit.
With West Ham’s own survival now assured, it means they have every right to take their foot off of the pedal on Sunday and if that proves to be the case, it will play massively into the hands of Villa and massively into your wallet at odds of 2.20
Summary: Back the Villa to complete the great escape
MORE NORWICH MISERY
How do you sum up Norwich’s last nine league performances in one word? Bleak. A defeat in each one of them and with a visit to Manchester City on the horizon, there is little to suggest that number ten is not on the way.
The Canaries have scored just a single goal during those uninspiring nine defeats and with Pep Guardiola’s litany of attacking prowess to call upon, it could get particularly ugly at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon.
However, there is a sense that Norwich may at least play for pride this weekend and although a point of any kind is outside the realm of possibility, they may not get thumped by something resembling a cricket score.
Which means the Under goals market is the one to keep an eye on and less than 4.5, at odds of 1.50 seems to be the yardstick between a comfortable win for Manchester City win and something resembling embarrassment for Daniel Farke’s men.
Summary: A comfortable but not embarrassing defeat for Norwich
PALACE ON THE BEACH
With Crystal Palace ending the season at the start of June, they have been the poster image of a club that is on the beach and with seven straight defeats to their name, it will be music to the ears of Tottenham.
Jose Mourinho’s men come into the final day of the season needing to get a better result than Wolves and if the latter lose, it means that the white half of North London need a point to finish in the top six.
A position that should (bar an incredible combination of circumstances) see them enter next season’s Europa League and although it is not what the club set out to achieve at the start of the campaign, European football will still be welcomed next season.
Should Tottenham play in Europe’s second tier club competition, they is no reason why they cannot go on and win it, especially as Mourinho has overseen success at that level with both FC Porto and Manchester United (although the former was when it was still called the UEFA Cup)
If Crystal Palace record an eighth straight defeat on Sunday, a big question will be asked regarding Roy Hodgson’s future and it might just be the point where he and the club’s hierarchy reach a natural parting of the ways.
That will be of no concern to Tottenham and after putting Leicester to the sword last Sunday, they will look to make it six league games unbeaten. Should that be the case and they win on Sunday, you can pick up odds of 1.53 for your efforts.
Summary: Spurs to beat the Eagles in South London