Sunderland slipped into the bottom three last Saturday, following their 1-1 stalemate at Stoke but having played a game less than the teams above them, the Black Cats still have their fate in their own hands. Nevertheless, Dick Advocaat’s charges are now odds-on, at a worryingly slender 2/5 with William Hill, to be playing Championship football next season.
They won’t find it easy either, to ease their relegation worries by grabbing a maximum haul at the expense of a Southampton outfit with European aspirations, even if Sunderland do enjoy home advantage.
Indeed Saints head to the Stadium of Light as betway’s even money favourites while Dick Advocaat’s side are as high as 7/2 (BetVictor) and Stan James post 23/10 against it finishing all square. The latter could prove to be the shrewd pick in what looks set to be a tight affair and for ambitious punters William Hill’s 7/1 about a goalless affair on Wearside isn’t without appeal.
QPR have been cut adrift of safety a touch and their dismal record on their travels suggests they’ll struggle to reduce the gap at Liverpool. Admittedly, the Reds have been somewhat indifferent of late but they should be too strong in this one and Ladbrokes agree, rating them at just 4/11 to keep the three points at Anfield.
Also a home banker are Manchester United, on offer at an identical 4/11 this time with Skybet to overcome West Brom at Old Trafford and champions-elect Chelsea aren’t much bigger at 2/5 (Stan James) to defeat Crystal Palace, a result that will seal the title for them. The Blues, United and Liverpool meanwhile, combine at 8/5 via BetVictor in a tasty treble. Add Arsenal, who William Hill chalk up at 4/6 to prevail at Hull and it becomes a 10/3 fourfold.
Rejuvenated Everton have won five of their last six, drawing the other but they may have to settle for a point at an Aston Villa side with work to do to secure their Premier League status. Bet365 quote the pair at 23/10 to be inseparable at Villa Park and it’s a heftier 13/5 at Winner.com to prove inconclusive in the White Hart Lane contest between Tottenham and Manchester City.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool & Man Utd accumulator – 10/3 (BetVictor)
Sunderland v Southampton to be goalless – 7/1 (William Hill)
Double on Swansea and West Ham – 19/5 (Stan James)
Aston Villa v Everton draw – 23/10 (bet365)