Everton vs. Watford: Everton HT/FT (5-4, Ladbrokes)
I’ve been caught out a few times recently on HT/FT, but worry not: I am fully willing to place to blame at certain referees’ feet and continue at a blistering pace down this path.
Chelsea ended Everton’s remarkable run of seven thumping home victories the other weekend, and in that seven-game stretch, the Toffees had been ahead at half-time in six of them, per WhoScored.com.
Watford are all but on the beach, so don’t expect them to put up much of a fight. Everyone except Abdoulaye Doucoure’s been pretty dreadful since February.
Manchester City vs. Leicester City: Over 3.5 Goals (10/11, Ladbrokes)
The last time these two teams met they shared six goals; it was a victory for the Proper Football Man’s 4-4-2, triumphing over the poncey possession play of Pep (or so the cretins said).
Since that date both of these teams have gotten significantly better, with Leicester City picking up under Craig Shakespeare and Manchester City recording a brilliant 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend.
With both teams still harbouring question marks all over their defensive lines but boasting formidable firing power, it’s an easy choice to tip goals again.
West Ham vs. Liverpool: Under 2.5 Goals (Evens, Ladbrokes)
Liverpool have been sneaky good away from home of late; they’ve followed up a March draw at the Etihad Stadium with wins over Stoke City, West Brom and Watford.
The hallmark of those games, generally, has been a lack of goals. Three of the four went under 2.5, and when you consider the Hammers have suddenly found a backbone (sine Adrian replaced Darren Randolph in goal, to be honest) and look solid at the back again, all signs point to a 0-0, or perhaps a 1-0 win for Liverpool.
Tottenham vs. Manchester United: Spurs Win (4/6, Ladbrokes)
Jose Mourinho’s been clear on his priorities: Europa League first, Premier League second. It’s dangerous for him to place all of his eggs in one basket like this, but makes my job considerably easier.
He’s been playing rotated teams in the league, even willing to ruin his perfect record against Arsene Wenger by sustaining a loss that ensured his main guys are appropriately rested for the second leg against Celta Vigo.
Spurs, who have had time to chew and seethe over a gutting loss to West Ham last Friday, should make light work of the Red Devils Reserves.