The 2017/18 Premier League campaign will be over by teatime on Sunday. There is, in truth, not a great deal to play for on the final day: Swansea City require a miracle to avoid relegation at the expense of Southampton, while Liverpool only need to avoid defeat at home to Brighton and Hove Albion to beat Chelsea to the final Champions League qualification spot.
That does not mean there is no interest from a betting perspective, however. With all 10 matches set to kick off at exactly the same time, you could do far worse than mark the end of the campaign with a top-flight accumulator.
A glance at the league table would suggest there is little interest to be found in Arsenal’s trip to Huddersfield Town. The Gunners, after all, made sure of a sixth-place finish when they thrashed Burnley 5-0 last weekend, while two unlikely draws at Man City and Chelsea mean the Terriers are safe from relegation with a game to spare.
However, the fact that this will be Arsene Wenger’s final match as Arsenal boss – and possibly his last ever encounter in English football – adds a layer of intrigue to proceedings at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Many neutrals will want to see Wenger sign off with a victory, but Arsenal’s dire away form cannot be ignored. Wednesday’s 3-1 reverse against Leicester City means the north Londoners have now lost all seven of their Premier League trips away from the Emirates Stadium in 2018, a truly abysmal record which shows why they are so far off the pace as far as the top four is concerned.
Huddersfield’s draw at Chelsea was bad news for Swansea’s hopes of avoiding the drop, and even victory over Stoke City is unlikely to be enough for the Welsh outfit. Losing at home to Southampton in midweek was a huge blow for Carlos Carvalhal’s charges, and there is likely to be hangover experienced at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
The fact that it is now public knowledge that Carvalhal will not be in charge of the club next season will probably not help their prospects here either, and Stoke may well fancy their chances of salvaging some pride with a final-day triumph. Backing the visitors to emerge victorious at 10/3 (BetBright) could be the way to go here.
Liverpool have done brilliantly in qualifying for the final of the Champions League, but they have been uncharacteristically lethargic in recent Premier League outings. Whether that is a physical or mental issue is not clear, but it is easy to have sympathy for Jurgen Klopp’s men taking their foot off the gas domestically given they held a considerable points advantage in the top-four battle.
Brighton are in many ways ideal opponents for the Reds, but they could be made to work for their victory at Anfield – a goalless first half, available at 14/5 (Netbet) would not be at all surprising.
Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion have both been resurgent in recent weeks, although the latter’s upturn in form was not enough to save them from relegation. Darren Moore has done a terrific job as caretaker boss, however, and he will see this game as a final chance to demonstrate his credentials in a bid to land the role full-time.
Palace have played some fine football in recent weeks and could still finish in the top half, so an open spectacle could be on the cards at Selhurst Park. Both teams to score looks like a wise choice, with BetBright offering 4/6 in that market.
It is always worth padding an accumulator out with at least one sure-fire selection, and perhaps the best choice in that regard would be a Manchester United triumph over Watford. This has, in many respects, been an underwhelming campaign for Jose Mourinho’s men, but their record at Old Trafford is largely excellent and several United players will have a point to prove ahead of next week’s FA Cup final.
Watford, meanwhile, have long been on the beach, with 2017/18 yet another season in which they have drifted alarmingly after Christmas. It is not really the Red Devils’ style to blow teams away, but an efficient, no-frills home win can be expected at Old Trafford, with Redbet providing a price of 20/67 on that eventuality.
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