The relegation battle in the Premier League has gone right to the wire but it’s Hull that are in the most jeopardy given that their fate is no longer in their own hands. Only a victory against Manchester United at the KC Stadium will give the Tigers any chance of survival but even if they defeat the country’s fourth best team, which would be a feat in itself, they’ll need things elsewhere to go their way and subsequently Steve Bruce’s troops are just 1/6 with betway for the drop.
Newcastle are 5/1 via bet365 to go down but considering the Magpies have now taken just one point from their last ten matches, those odds appear a touch high, especially as their inferior goal difference means that they’ll probably slip into the Championship if they fail to overcome West Ham and Hull emerge triumphant.
Given their form, it’s hard to see John Carver’s troops securing a maximum haul too, even though they’ll kick-off as odds-on favourites at 3/4 (Ladbrokes). Indeed, BetVictor’s 4/1 about the Hammers inflicting a tenth defeat in eleven on the Tyneside outfit represents solid value and its appeal is enhanced by the fact that former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce, now in charge of the visitors, would dearly love to send his old club down.
Stan James quote a St James’s Park stalemate at 3/1 while bet365 price the Hammers at 23/20 to avoid defeat but if the Magpies are toiling then just down the east coast Hull will be heartened and they could well defy odds of 12/5 courtesy of BetVictor to get the better of a Manchester United side (6/5, Stan James) with a pretty ordinary away record.
Don’t rule out a great escape for the Tigers then and cash-in by backing the beleaguered Geordies to slip meekly into the bottom three.
Champions Chelsea were hammered at West Brom on Monday but they’ll be keen to end the campaign on a high at Stamford Bridge, where Skybet quote them at 4/9 to take care of a Sunderland side now safe after a midweek draw at Arsenal. The Black Cats aren’t the top flight’s most prolific scorers so a Blues triumph ‘to nil’ catches the eye at 8/5 (Stan James) and BetVictor mark 15/2 against Jose Mourinho’s side notching twice without reply.
Two of Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton have fifth in their sights but the Reds look set to claim that position even though there’s a decent chance none of the trio will emerge with a maximum haul on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers’s vulnerable looking side are a cracking 13/5 (Paddy Power) to slump to a defeat at Stoke, Skybet go 4/7 about revitalised Man City overhauling Saints at the Etihad Stadium and Spurs may have to settle for a share of the spoils (13/5, William Hill) at Everton.
Elsewhere, Stan James make Arsenal just 1/3 to finish with a flourish as they welcome West Brom to the Emirates Stadium, Leicester’s incredible revival is 4/7 with Ladbrokes to continue at the expense of relegated QPR and Aston Villa are 11/10 at Paddy Power to bounce back from their 6-1 mauling at Southampton by conquering Burnley. A treble on the Gunners, Foxes and Villans comes in at 17/5 (bet365) and finally, Winner.com’s 5/2 about an inconclusive affair is the best bet as Crystal Palace entertain Swansea.
Arsenal, Aston Villa and Leicester treble – 17/5 (bet365)
Stoke to beat Liverpool – 13/5 (Paddy Power)
Newcastle to be relegated – 5/1 (bet365)
Hull to beat Man Utd – 12/5 (BetVictor)