Matt Le Tissier's Premier League Preview
Matt Le Tissier’s Weekend Accumulator
Liverpool’s title aspirations began to fade on the 27th April after their defeat to Chelsea and the disastrous collapse against Crystal Palace on Monday night allowed Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City to put one hand on the trophy.
Amazingly the Premier League leader has never changed hands on the last day of the season and it’s going to stay that way on Sunday. City are as short as 1/66 to lift the trophy for the second time in three years, while Liverpool are out to 19/1 with 888Sport.
I can’t see any other outcome than a Man City victory over West Ham on Sunday and even a draw will be enough. The win perhaps may not by as many as they beat Aston Villa by, as West Ham rarely are on the end of a real thrashing and it did take them a while to break down Villa. The draw/Man City in the half-time/full-time market may be the way to go at 17/4 with BetVictor.
I was asked who my player of the season was the other day and two players have stolen the limelight for me ? Man City midfielder Yaya Toure and Liverpool’s goal scoring machine Luis Suarez. The Ivorian has netted 20 league goals and has really imposed his quality throughout the campaign. But Suarez has to be the pick – he’s been sublime.
I’m going to be keeping a close eye on Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad announcement on Monday. I expect to see three Southampton representatives in the provisional 30-man squad, but realistically only two will probably be on that flight to Brazil – Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana. Shaw is 7/4 with bet365and Lallana is 1/10 with SkyBet to be on the plane to Brazil.
Moving to Sunday’s final day action and it’s all doom and gloom across the Severn Bridge in the Welsh capital. Already relegated Cardiff City welcome a Chelsea side who have the best defence in the league, conceding just 26 times all season.
The Blues can end what has turned out to be a rather underwhelming season on a winning note. The 4/9 with BetVictor is one for the accas and the visitors to win to nil at 13/8 with SkyBet offers decent value.
Liverpool will be hoping for a miracle at the Etihad but they should punish Newcastle to Anfield regardless of events there. The Magpies have lost six of the last seven and I expect Rodgers’ side to bang a few in. Take the Reds at 10/11 with a -2 Asian Handicap with Paddy Power.
Everton ran Man City close last time out and can end a fine campaign with a win at the KC Stadium over Hull, who will surely be focusing on upsetting Arsenal in the FA Cup final. William Hill’s 21/20 for an away victory looks the way to go.
It has been a season Manchester United will want to forget, finishing the season with their lowest ever points tally. That’s in stark contrast to Saints who have already achieved their highest ever league points tally. It would have been a long time since Southampton would have been favourites against United but I’m confident we can justify bet365’s 13/5 on us taking all three points.
Tottenham, another side to disappoint after all the investment at the start off the season, finish off at White Hart Lane against Aston Villa. Paul Lambert’s side have won only one in their last eight but that won’t matter too much to them as they are safe.
Spurs won’t want to slip up in the race with Man United for European football and they can overcome a-1 Asian handicap at 13/10 with Paddy Power.
Stoke visit West Brom in what will probably be a tight affair – just 13 goals have been scored in the last nine encounters between the two sides. Home advantage may just play its part and the 11/10 with Ladbrokes for the Baggies to grab the win looks about right.
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MATT’S WEEKEND ACCUMULATOR
Man City to beat West Ham
Chelsea to beat Cardiff
Everton to beat Hull
Saints to beat Man Utd