Thanks to Arsenal’s midweek victory over Wigan, the Latics home clash with Aston Villa isn’t a crucial survival showdown and indeed after a week that has seen them win the FA Cup before relinquishing their Premier League status, Roberto Martinez’s men might find it hard to pick themelves up for this one.
They’re nevertheless Stan James’s 11/10 favourites for the points but as it’s probably a somewhat fatigued and forlorn Wigan side that will take to the DW Stadium turf, Villa are hard to resist at 13/5 (bet365).
Obviously top scorer Christian Benteke’s suspension is a blow for the visitors but Gabriel Agbonlahor can certainly pick up the slack in attack. The flying front man has struck six times in eight games and looks decent value at 12/5 with Stan James to notch at some point in this match.
Champions Manchester United said goodbye to Sir Alex Ferguson last weekend but his final match in charge is against West Brom and he’s 5/6 (William Hill) to end his reign with a victory at the Hawthorns, where Stan James price a 2-1 away win at 17/2. Meanwhile, neighbours Manchester City, without a manager following the sacking of Roberto Mancini on Monday, can complete their disappointing campaign by getting the better of Norwich, an outcome bet365 chalk up at 4/11.
Another boss bidding farewell to his club is Everton’s David Moyes, whose departure is 4/6 (BetVictor) to be marked by a defeat at Chelsea, however, the latter could be a touch fatigued following their Europa League exploits and it would be no surprise if punters backing the stalemate at Stan James were rewarded at odds of 3/1.
At Anfield, bet365 post 10/3 against Daniel Sturridge following his impressive hat trick at Fulham with the opener as Liverpool (1/4, William Hill) entertain rock bottom QPR and elsewhere, a trio of likely home wins completes the day’s card.