The late season shenanigans are notoriously difficult to predict for punters, but we’ve given it a darn good go with our Premier League betting tips:
Liverpool vs Southampton (Sunday, 1:30pm)
You sense that Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Watford last time out was a real watershed moment for them in the quest for a Champions League place.
A trip to Vicarage Road is an obstacle, no doubt about it, and the Reds just about got over the line despite an insipid performance. The good news is that Adam Lallana made his long-awaited return from injury, and the man he replaced – Philippe Coutinho – should be passed fit after suffering a dead leg against the Hornets.
Southampton are one mighty strange team. Some 13 of their last 17 games have landed the Over 2.5 Goal mark, and yet two of their last six have ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Caution is advised when betting on the Saints.
But the picture becomes clearer when they play against the top six; their wretched form (W0 D2 L7) backed by most recent scorelines of 1-4, 1-2, 0-3 and 2-4. As such, we can back Liverpool to enjoy the best of a goalfest at Anfield.
Liverpool to Win & Over 2.5 Goals (11/8 with Paddy Power)
Arsenal vs Manchester United (Sunday, 4pm)
It’s rare that a football match can be decided just as much by the players that aren’t on the field as those that are on it, but Manchester United’s lengthy list of absentees simply cannot be ignored.
On that ist you will find Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo, and with Marouane Fellaini suspended clearly Jose Mourinho is working with basic rations this week.
He is the master of getting results from games he perhaps shouldn’t, but this is the ultimate skeleton squad and a task that even the Special One may find too much to bear.
Arsenal must take heart from their trio of victories over Manchester City, Middlesbrough and Leicester and disregard the admittedly painful defeat in the North London derby – Tottenham are simply unplayable at the minute. If they can do that then this game should be theirs for the taking.
Arsenal to Win (Evens with bet365)