The relegation battle in the Premier League has gone right to the wire but it’s Hull who 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 to go their way elsewhere and subsequently Steve Bruce’s troops are just 2/9 with bet365 for the drop.
Newcastle are 7/1 via Skybet to go down but considering the Magpies have now taken just one point from their last 10 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 4/5 (William Hill).
Indeed, BetVictor’s 15/4 about the Hammers inflicting a 10th defeat in 11 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 5/2 courtesy of BetVictor to get the better of a Manchester United side (23/20, Skybet) 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 bet365 quote them at 9/20 to take care of Sunderland.
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 (BetVictor) to slump to a defeat at Stoke, Winner.com go 8/15 about revitalised Manchester City overhauling Saints at the Etihad Stadium and Spurs may have to settle for a share of the spoils (13/5, Stan James) at Everton.
Elsewhere, betway 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, Stan James’s 5/2 about an inconclusive affair is the best bet as Crystal Palace entertain Swansea.
The relegation scrap dominates attention in the top flight but heading in the other direction will be either Middlesbrough or Norwich, who lock horns at Wembley on Monday in the Championship play-off final.
There’s little between the pair in the betting, Boro coming in at 9/5 (Ladbrokes) and the Canaries quoted at 8/5 by Stan James but the latter possess the extra quality and can just about shade it.
Rafael Nadal has only ever lost one match at Roland Garros, winning his other 66.
But he heads to the French Open this year in the unusual position of second favourite at 10/3 with Stan James to win the year’s second Grand Slam for the 10th time.
A dip in form and perhaps a crisis of confidence mean that bookies expect the Spaniard’s dominance on the Paris clay to come to an end and set to claim Nadal’s crown is world number one Novak Djokovic (4/5, Paddy Power).
Andy Murray has impressed on the red stuff of late, winning the first clay events of his career and he’s 9/1 at Winner.com to add the French Open to the two ‘majors’ he’s already captured but it’s a big ask for Murray to see off Djokovic, especially on this surface so the Serb gets the nod.
Bet of the week: Newcastle to be relegated – 7/1 (Skybet).
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