The headline fixture of gameweek 33 takes place at Old Trafford, where Manchester United will play host to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. It is an important match for both teams, with the former battling for a place in the top four and the latter aiming to wrap up the title sooner rather than later.
United have not been beaten at Old Trafford in any competition since losing to local rivals Manchester City in September, but many of their home matches have ended with the scores level. I’m backing another draw at Old Trafford, which would probably suit the Blues more than the Red Devils – a stalemate with both teams to score fetches odds of 4.20 in the sportsbook, while 1-1 in the correct scoreline market is offered at 5.10.
My betting tip: Manchester United to draw with Chelsea.
Tottenham are the side hottest on Chelsea’s heels and should encounter few problems when they lock horns with Bournemouth on Saturday. Spurs possess a fantastic home record at White Hart Lane – they have not lost at their own stadium since a defeat by Southampton in May last season – and should have a relatively comfortable afternoon in store, particularly as the Cherries have little left to play for. A home win to nil looks like the way to go here.
My betting tip: Tottenham to beat Bournemouth.
Arsenal have consistently qualified for the Champions League throughout the last two decades, but they have work to do if they are to climb into the top four this time around. Middlesbrough are their opponents on Monday night, with the northeast outfit surely doomed to demotion back to the Championship. The Gunners have more than enough attacking quality to break down Boro and emerge victorious at the Riverside Stadium, and I expect them to do exactly that. My money will be on an Arsenal win at a price of 1.53 in the sportsbook – why not join me?
My betting tip: Arsenal to beat Middlesbrough.
Manchester City face a tough trip to the south coast to do battle with Southampton, who are pushing for a top-half finish. City are one of the favourites to finish in the Champions League qualification spots but there is still work to be done before they can start celebrating, although I do believe they will eke out a narrow victory in this one. You can back City at odds of 1.73.
My betting tip: Manchester City to beat Southampton.
Elsewhere, it could be worth backing Crystal Palace to get one over on Leicester City at Selhurst Park. The Foxes are now safe from the threat of relegation after a tremendous recent run, and have now turned their attention towards the quarter-finals of the Champions League – Atletico Madrid visit the King Power Stadium just three days after Saturday’s clash with Palace. The visitors will probably rotate their side with that second leg in mind, which is why I fancy the Eagles to pick up all three points – you can back a home victory at odds of 2.02.
By Greg Lea
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