This weekend we have a feast of Premier League football to bet on: a handful of games that will go a long way to determining who stays and who goes in the relegation shake-up.
Sunderland vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm)
You’d imagine that Wednesday’s 0-1 defeat at Middlesbrough was the death knell for Sunderland’s hopes of evading relegation, and the bitter scenes at the end of the game and the calling for David Moyes’ head just about sums up a frustrating day and a blood-boiling campaign of mediocrity.
Twelve points from safety with five games to play, the Black Cats are doomed and in front of a disgruntled set of home fans the atmosphere will be tense at best – it certainly won’t offer any advantage to the home side’s players.
So step forward Bournemouth, fresh from a week off and a 4-0 thumping of Middlesbrough. Eddie Howe has set his men a target of a top ten finish – still achievable mathematically – and victory here will certainly help with that aim.
Bournemouth to Win (29/20 with Betfair)
West Brom vs Leicester City (Saturday, 3pm)
You can back Leicester at 19/20 to win this game – laughable really given how good they’ve been of late and how poor the Baggies have been.
The Foxes won five in a row under caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare, and while there was a slight regression of late with defeat at Everton and a draw at Crystal Palace, both of those results were forgivable given that they coincided with the Champions League quarter final against Atletico Madrid.
Atleti are one of the best sides on the continent, and the fact that Leicester matched them for large swathes of that tie speaks volumes. West Brom, they ain’t.
And that’s no offence to Tony Pulis’ men, who have been excellent this term, but the end of season malaise has kicked in. They cannot finish any higher than their present position of eighth, so where is their motivation? One win in six suggests it’s on the beach already.
Leicester +0.25 Asian Handicap (3/4 with BetVictor)
Crystal Palace vs Burnley (Saturday, 5:30pm)
Another side at a healthy price this week are Crystal Palace, who offer a sublime chance of almost doubling your money on Saturday.
Six wins in their last nine, including triumphs over Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, indicate the good vibes running through this Eagles side at present, and they will simply be loving the game again; a very powerful thing indeed at this time of the season when energy levels drop exponentially.
Burnley, they of the W0 D4 L13 record away from home, have scored just two goals in their last six games and there is simply nothing about them that appeals at present.
Crystal Palace to Win (5/6 with William Hill)