The Premier League could be won on Friday night if Chelsea can win at West Brom. The Blues will also be crowned Champions even if they draw at The Hawthorns and second-placed Tottenham fail to beat sixth-placed Man United on Sunday afternoon. With both Chelsea and Spurs assured of a Champions League place next year, the race for the final two places in the top-four is on. Liverpool currently sit third but face a tough looking trip to West Ham on Sunday, whilst Man City in fourth can leapfrog Liverpool by beating last year’s title winners Leicester at The Etihad on Saturday. Elsewhere, Arsenal in fifth can keep their hopes of another top-four finish alive if they can win at Stoke City. At the bottom, Sunderland will be joined by Middlesbrough in the Championship next year if Boro lose at home against Southampton on Saturday afternoon. Even a win could see them go down if Swansea can win at Sunderland, whilst Hull, who currently occupy the final relegation place must wait until Sunday for their huge relegation clash at Crystal Palace, with the hosts far from safe too – especially if they were to lose to The Tigers.
With the Championship completing on Sunday, which saw Newcastle steal the title from Brighton, and relegation being confirmed for Rotherham, Wigan and Blackburn – interest is now turned to the play-off tussle. The first legs of the Championship play-offs takes place on Saturday, with Reading who finished third, going to Fulahm who finished in sixth. On Sunday, Huddersfield make the short trip to Sheffield Wednesday.
League One winners Sheffield United and fellow promoted club Bolton are already enjoying their summers. We also now know who will compete in the League One play-off final, with Bradford and Millwall meeting at Wembley next week.
A dramatic last day in League Two saw Portsmouth come from nowhere to land the title, ahead of Plymouth and Doncaster. Sunday sees the firts legs of the play-offs, with Luton travelling to Blackpool, whilst Exeter make the long journey to Carlisle. At the bottom, Hartlepool joined Leyton Orient in the National League next year, after a dramatic last few minutes saw Newport scramble to safety.
With few games taking place in England, we’ll also be looking at fixtures in Germany, Italy, Spain and Scotland for some good value bets .
HOME WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – LUCKY 15:
- MANCHESTER CITY – PL
- BOURNEMOUTH – PL
- RANGERS – SPL
- ST JOHNSTONE – SPL
Man City can take a big step towards Champions League qualification by beating Leicester City. The Foxes have improved in recent weeks and will cause City problems, but we see the home side just edging this in what could be an open game.
Bournemouth’s recent form has seen them pull away from any relegation fears, and Burnley look safe too. We see this being an entertaining game with goals for each side, but The Cherries should just come out on top.
Rangers v Hearts is always a competitive games and this should be no different. Hearts know they must win to have any chance of qualifying for next year’s Europa League, whilst Rangers will want to finish their first season back in the SPL on a high in from of their own fans. We predict goals, but Rangers just being too good.
St Johnstone can secure Europa League football next season by beating Partick at McDiarmid Park. It might be a nervy afternoon though for the home side who are so close to securing the feat. We can see Partick scoring against the hosts, but for St Johnstone to ultimately run out comfortable winners.
OVER 2.5 GOALS & BTTS – ACCA:
- Fulham v Reading – Over 2.5
- Augsburg v Borussia Dortmund – Over 2.5
- Schalke v Hamburg – Over 2.5
- Fiorentina v Lazio – Over 2.5
- Bayer Leverkusen v 1. FC Köln – BTTS
- Werder Bremen v Hoffenheim – BTTS
- Atalanta v AC Milan Italian – BTTS
- Espanyol v Valencia – BTTS