Despite most teams still having 8 games to go, the Premier League has a whiff of inevitability about it – though it would come as no surprise if Liverpool, Spurs or Southampton made a last gasp bid for a Champions League spot or Burnley or QPR made a bid for Premier League survival.
However we’ve concentrated our efforts on the three games we think offer us the best chance to make a profit this week – so here are this week’s football betting tips.
Chelsea vs Stoke
At 3/10, Chelsea are likely to be in many big-hitter accas come Saturday and it’s easy to see why when you look at past results for this fixture as Chelsea have won the last 6 renewals 3-0, 1-0, 1-0, 1-0, 2-0 and 7-0.
Perhaps more noticeable though is Chelsea’s amazing record of not conceding a goal in any of those six games. They have also managed to win and keep a clean sheet in well over half their home games this season – making the 17/20 for them to extend those two records look decent odds.
Chelsea to win to nil @ 17/20 (Betway)
Everton have emerged victorious the last four times Southampton have visited Goodison Park, be it two of those where pre 2005. The Toffees have also won their last two Premier League games, however their previous five home games were all draws.
After a poor February in which Southampton took only 4 points from a possible 15, they have rallied well in March collecting 7 points from their last three games.
Both teams still have something to play for with Everton still not completely free of the relegation Zone, whilst Southampton will be desperate to claim a UEFA Cup spot for all their hard work this season, now that a Champions League spot seems beyond their reach.
The betting suggests this should be a tightly fought affair and, with Everton drawing a lot of their recent home games, a draw looks to be the value bet.
Draw @ 9/4 (BetFred or BetVictor)
Manchester United vs Aston Villa
United have defeated Villa 4-1, 3-0, 4-0 and 3-1 the last four times they have entertained them – and there will be plenty of big-hitters lumping on United at 1-3.
However, with 3 of those 4 games having 4 or more goals in them, plus the fact Villa recently scored four goals at Sunderland, the 2/1 that there are more than 3.5 goals looks on the generous side.
More than 3.5 goals @ 2/1 (Sky, BetVictor, Hills)