Date published: Friday 21st April 2017 8:16
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
It’s looking very seedy for Boro, who are bang in trouble and unable to buy a win at present. They face a Cherries outfit who have lost their last two (and Jack Wilshere for the season) but it doesn’t bode well for the Teessiders, who have never won a league match at Bournemouth. As the old Hindu proverb goes: ‘Can’t score get banged.’
Betting: Bournemouth to win to nil at 23/10 (Bet Victor)
Hull City v Watford
The Tigers are still down among the dead men but the main reason they’ve got a sniff of staying up is their home form under Marco Silva. They’ve won their last three at the KCOM and 25 of the 30 points they’ve accumulated this season have been procured on home soil. War Tigers!
Betting: Hull to win at 19/20 (bet365)
Swansea City v Stoke City
This is must-win territory now for Swansea, whose form has dipped alarmingly in recent weeks. They’ve only won one of their last seven against Stoke and it’s all looking a bit grim for Paul Clement and the boys. Nobody has conceded more goals than Swansea in the top flight and here’s a bit of trivia that will delight Hull fans: All 11 teams who had conceded 68+ goals in the Premier League after 33 games went on to be relegated. Oooosh.
Betting: Draw at 12/5 (Paddy Power)
West Ham v Everton
There is no hotter striker in the Premier League right now. Twenty-three goals already this season, and often unplayable, Romelu Lukaku has scored nine goals in nine games against the Hammers (landing the odds for first goalscorer punters on four occasions during that streak). You know what to do.
Betting: Lukaku to score first at 7/2 (Ladbrokes)
Burnley v Manchester United
Burnley have a decent record at home but Jose Mourinho’s mob are unbeaten in 22 top-flight matches and handily placed now to finish in the top four. Marcus Rashford got the Red Devils out of jail in Europe on Thursday night after big Zlatan missed an absolute lorry load of goalscoring opportunities, and the England youngster should be backed to find the net again here. Rashford is so fast he can turn out the lights on a night and is regularly in bed before it gets dark.
Betting: Rashford to score anytime at 2/1 (Unibet)
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
The Reds have kept just two clean sheets in the league since January and won’t be relishing this ‘little to gain, everything to lose’ fixture against the Eagles, who are now finding the net regularly under Big Sam. Wilfried Zaha has been excellent this season while Christian Benteke, with three goals in his last four games, looks revitalised. There will be goals.
Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 15/8 (Bet Bright)
Chelsea v Tottenham
We also have two FA Cup semi finals from Wembley this weekend and if football matches were beer guts, this one would be Jocky Wilson’s. It’s that big. The Blues might be four points clear at the top of the Premier League but are in danger of being reeled in by Spurs, who can land a huge psychological blow by winning this and swaggering off into the FA Cup final. Tottenham have won their last eight while the Blues looked ragged in losing to Manchester United on Sunday. Whichever way you dress it up, 7/4 about a Tottenham win here just looks huge.
Betting: Tottenham to win at 7/4 (Coral/Ladbrokes/Stan James)
Arsenal v Manchester City
Another stupendous semi to get fans of the beautiful game all horny this weekend and Arsene Wenger will have to run the gauntlet should Arsenal lose this. It’s been a shocking season for the Gunners, who can claw back a modicum of respectability by making it to their third FA Cup final in four years. The trouble is they were outplayed at home for long spells when these teams met earlier this month and I don’t fancy that they have the cojones to get the job done here. They look a team devoid of leaders at this moment in time and they also look very fragile defensively. That’s simply no good when you have the likes of a revved-up Leroy Sane running at you. The German put in a Man of the Match shift during that April 2 game with Arsenal and can deliver the goods for City again here.
Betting: Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 9/4 (Bet Stars)