There’s one match tonight – Newcastle at home to champions Manchester City – with three games tomorrow and four on Sunday. Many of them are “dead rubbers”, with the champions (City) already decided, as well as the three clubs who have been relegated – Sheffield United, West Brom and Fulham.
Liverpool could be the big winners because if they defeat West Brom they’ll move to within a point of Chelsea in fourth spot. It is also an important game tomorrow night for West Ham, who travel to Brighton.
As Sir Alex Ferguson coined it, it’s squeaky bum time for those chasing Champions League places.
Here’s a rundown of this round of fixtures:
Newcastle 0 Man City 1: Neither team has anything to play for, and certainly City won’t be fielding their best XI given they’ve wrapped up the title and have eyes on the Champions League final. They’re prohibitive favourites to win here and should still do so, but I wouldn’t include them in my multis at such short odds.
Burnley 1 Leeds United 2: Another match where bragging rights only are up for grabs after Sean Dyche pulled off another Houdini escape act with the Clarets. I’m inclined to go for Leeds because they seem to be playing with the freedom of earlier in the season, but Burnley have scored in their last 9 games.
Southampton 2 Fulham 1: Yup, another where the result isn’t going to influence anything. Fulham are already relegated while Southampton are lying 14th. I’ll go for Southampton to build on their win over Crystal Palace because Danny Ings is fit and firing again. The reverse fixture ended 0-0.
Brighton 1 West Ham 2: This is last chance saloon for West Ham to make their Champions League push, but they’re now 6 points off of fourth with three games to go. They’ve lost 3 of their last 4 and 2 of their last 3 away. Still, they won’t be lacking for motivation here.
Crystal Palace 1 Aston Villa 2: The record is a bit stuck here, another dead rubber between 13th and 11th. I’m going for Villa simply on the basis that they won the reverse fixture 3-0 and when the players look one another in the eye it’s Villa who might feel they have the mental edge here to count on the field.
Tottenham 2 Wolves 1: The honeymoon for Ryan Mason came to an abrupt end when Spurs were beaten 3-1 by Leeds last time, but there should be a reaction here. Tottenham are fighting for a spot in the Europa League next season, while Wolves’ European hopes are over.
West Brom 0 Liverpool 3: Liverpool will be bouncing after their 4-2 win over Manchester United and victory here over already relegated West Brom will see last year’s champions move to within one point of fourth-placed Chelsea with two matches remaining. The reverse fixture ended 1-1 but it’s surely Liverpool all the way here.
Everton 2 Sheffield United 0: The hosts are locked with Tottenham in a fight for a Europa League spot next season and can’t afford anything other than 3 points here. Fortunately they’re up against the worst side in the League, with Sheffield United’s players probably wondering who stays and who goes next season.
4.20/1 win multi on GGGaming: Wins for Southampton, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton