There are only a handful of games left in the Premier League season. There is plenty of competition still left even with the title being decided. The relegation battle is extremely tight. One win for any side fighting relegation could be the difference in saving or losing their season. The chase for European football is still going at the other end of the table with Champions League positions still up for grabs.
Manchester City v Newcastle United, 8th July, 12 p.m.
It’s less than a fortnight since these sides last met, in a 2-0 FA Cup win for Manchester City that was typical of their recent meetings.
Newcastle has won just one of their last twenty-four Premier League clashes with City, drawing another four. Seven points from a possible seventy-two doesn’t spark much confidence in Steve Bruce’s side in Wednesday’s match at the Etihad.
However, they can take heart that four of those points came in their last two meetings with Pep Guardiola’s team.
Newcastle has found their shooting boots since the restart, scoring ten in their last four Premier League matches – a tally that took them fourteen games to accumulate prior to that. They’ve also broken the City rearguard in their last four league meetings and we fancy both teams to score here at (+130).
With City unbeaten in their last fifteen home games against The Magpies, we like the look of a home win and both sides to net at (+145).
It’s difficult to predict City’s starting eleven as Guardiola has made the most changes of any manager in the top flight this season. However, if you’re looking for some value in the goalscoring markets, Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron may be worth a punt. The previously goal-shy Paraguayan has scored in his last two games and is (+2800) to open the scoring and (+800) to net at any time at Canplay.
Sheffield United v Wolves, 8th July, 12 p.m.
To highlight the achievements of both clubs this season, Wednesday’s clash at Bramall Lane will be just their second Premier League meeting.
December’s reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw at Molineux and it would be no surprise to see another stalemate between these evenly-matched sides. The hosts are looking for three home wins on the bounce, while the Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are chasing a fourth consecutive away win.
Something has to give, with a draw priced at (+200). We prefer a score draw, though, at (+350).
It’s difficult to look past Raul Jimenez in the goalscoring markets but he doesn’t represent great value at (+400) to score first and (+150) at anytime. Matt Doherty does though. The Irish defender has scored as many Premier League goals as the likes of Olivier Giroud, Phil Foden and David Silva this season and is always worth considering. He is (+400) to get on the scoresheet at Bramall Lane and (+900) to get the first goal.
Brighton v Liverpool, 8th July, 2.15 p.m.
After a post-title celebrations capitulation at Manchester City, Liverpool got back to winnings ways at the weekend with a comfortable victory against Aston Villa.
Brighton, meanwhile, earned a massive three points in their battle against relegation with a 1-0 win at doomed Norwich City. They probably still need another few points to guarantee safety but are unlikely to get them against the newly-crowned Premier League champions.
The hosts have lost all five meetings with Jurgen Klopp’s side since promotion to the top tier, conceding thirteen and scoring just twice. Graham Potter’s team have struggled for goals of late – scoring just five in their last eight games – and will face an uphill battle against a Liverpool defense who have kept clean sheets in three of their last four league games. A win to nil for The Reds looks a no-brainer here at (+145).
Nevertheless, Liverpool’s last three wins against The Seagulls have been by a one-goal margin. Indeed, fourteen of the table-toppers’ twenty-nine victories this campaign have been by just one goal. It’s (+225) for them to make that fifteen out of thirty at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday at Canplay.