The Premiership reaches its final Saturday with only one real issue to be settled. Who is going down to the Championship with already relegated Burnley and QPR.
The odds are on Hull City to join them as they need to get something out of their last home game with Manchester United.
Manager Steve Bruce has not enjoyed much Lipoqq success against his former club and with a clearly out-of-sorts West Ham United the visitors at Newcastle, it would seem the Magpies are going to survive at the expense of the Tigers.
Sunderland have survived and will take their foot off the pedal to lose at Chelsea, Man City should beat Southampton and Stoke to beat Liverpool.
Saturday, 23 May 2015
Arsenal 2 v West Brom 0
Aston Villa 1 v Burnley 1
Chelsea 2 v Sunderland 0
Crystal Palace 2 v Swansea 1
Everton 2 v Tottenham 1
Hull 1 v Man Utd 3
Leicester 2 v QPR 1
Man City 3 v Southampton 2
Newcastle 0 v West Ham 0
Stoke 2 v Liverpool 0
PNE Clear Favs – Little To Separate Other Play-Off Finalists
Preston North End will start this weekend’s League One play-off final as clear favourites, whilst bet365 are finding it tougher to separate the teams in the Championship/League Two Wembley showpieces.
bet365’s Steve Freeth “The twin threat of Garner and Beckford are more than capable of causing havoc at Wembley, but Mark Cooper’s easy on the eye outfit will fancy their chances of extending Preston’s poor play-off record.”
Preston are also fancied to be the top scoring side over the three play-off clashes with Norwich v Middlesbrough rated at 13/8 to be the highest scoring game and bet365 quoting 11/10 about any final being decided by a penalty shoot-out.
bet365 Play Off Specials
To Be Promoted
Norwich 4/5 Middlesbrough Evs
Preston 8/13 Swindon 5/4
Southend 4/5 Wycombe Evs
Highest Scoring Team E/W 1/3 1,2 – 90 minutes only
Preston 7/2 Norwich 4/1
Southend 9/2 Middlesbrough 9/2
Wycombe 11/2 Swindon 6/1
Highest Scoring Game (90 minutes only)
M’Boro v Norwich 13/8 PNE v Swindon 7/4
Southend v Wyc’ 2/1
Combined Goals In Three Games (90 minutes)
Over 6.5 8/11 Under 6.5 Evs
Any final to be decided by a penalty shoot-out 11/10
Fonte targets winning finale
Southampton defender Jose Fonte does not expect to be handed any favours as Ronald Koeman’s side attempt to clinch a place in next season’s Europa League. Saints are seventh after thrashing Aston Villa 6-1 last weekend and, if they are in the same position after their final game of the campaign against Manchester City, their fate will be dependent on the outcome of the FA Cup final between Aston Villa and Arsenal. Southampton are 8/1 with bet365 to keep a clean sheet against City and 25/1 to win the match 1-0. A Gunners victory against Villa at Wembley would ensure the side finishing seventh enters the third qualifying round of the Europa League. “Everything is in our hands,” said Fonte. “We are not expecting favours from anyone. We’re still in the position that will mean we will qualify for the Europa League if Arsenal win the cup, but, obviously, we don’t want to wait for them. “We want to make sure we are in the Europa League on our own merits and, for that, we need to win against Man City.”
Soccer – Kane in no rush to leave Spurs
Harry Kane is keen to stay at Tottenham despite being linked with a summer transfer to Manchester United. The 21-year-old has enjoyed an outstanding season, scoring 30 goals in all competitions for Spurs, as well as netting on his England debut in the 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory against Lithuania in March. He has also been named as the PFA’s Young Player of the Year and is 5/4 with bet365 to score at any time when Spurs visit Everton for their final game of the campaign on Sunday. Kane said: “Spurs is where I’m at and where I plan to be for a very long time. “We’ll be looking to win some good trophies in the future. I want to keep progressing and keep getting better. “This season has been crazy and more than what I ever expected to do so early on but it’s happened, and it’s how you deal with it.” Spurs are available at 15/8 to beat Everton.