The midweek Premier League big games promise even more twists and acute drama with a feast of football serving up teams battling at both ends of the table and numerous under fire managers desperately trying to cling onto their jobs.
With Manchester Utd aiming for a Champions League place at what is bound to be a highly emotional Boleyn Ground – click here for your free tips – Norwich and Sunderland fighting for survival and Liverpool taking on bitter foes Chelsea at Anfield, there is plenty to anticipate, savour and bet on in the Premier League’s last midweek matches.
All will be trying to salvage something from their season but not everyone will be happy come the final whistle – put yourself in the best position to make sure you are by seeing what teams our tipsters think can capitalise and keep their dreams alive ahead of Sunday’s season finale.
MANCHESTER UTD AIM FOR TOP FOUR FINISH
WEST HAM UTD V MAN UTD (Tuesday, 18.45 GMT)
Manchester United are gunning for the top four but West Ham will be looking to give their famous old stadium the send off deserved in their last ever competitive match at the Boleyn Ground (aka Upton Park).
An electric and emotional atmosphere will set the scene as Slaven Bilić’s men aim to keep their hopes of qualifying for European football alive. The chance to gain revenge for their FA Cup knockout by the Red Devils a few weeks ago adds yet another level to this tantalizing clash and Bilić said: “It’s a big game for a couple of reasons and one of them is that this is the last game ever at Upton Park. Then, if you add to that it’s a very important game for us and for Manchester United, as both teams need to win the game, it makes it mega-big!
“It’s a special one and a once-in-a-lifetime kind of game. It’s going to be emotional but we have to channel those emotions to be our motivator in order to win.
“One part of me is happy we are moving forward with more capacity and everything, but another part of me will miss this special kind of stadium. It’s like a home.”
— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) May 10, 2016
Louis Van Gaal’s inconsistent side need all three points if they are to leapfrog Manchester City and move into pole position to take the all important fourth place. He said: “We have to win our matches because otherwise we cannot be in the first four – that’s the pressure that we have. We have to fight until the end.”
Victory tonight could prolong the Dutchman’s reign but defeat, as the season has shown, is no guarantee he’ll be shown the door.
Punters with an eye on the summer are betting on a possible successor to LVG – given Jose Mourinho is repeatedly being linked to the job – while others taking a more short term view are looking just at the game ahead, while of course giving themselves the best chance of reaping rewards by reading the best tips from the very best online football tipsters right here on BetAdvisor.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 10, 2016
Wednesday’s Premier League match previews
NORWICH DOOMED FOR DROP
NORWICH V WATFORD (18.45 GMT)
Norwich looked doomed to drop into the Championship but still have a slim mathematical chance of surviving in the Premier League – but only if they win their last two matches and other results go in their favour.
The fact is they have won only eight of 36 games and if Sunderland beat Everton tomorrow (see preview below) their fate, along with Newcastle’s will be sealed.
Norwich’s plight is down to the number of goals scored – 35 from 36 games – compounded by a leaky defence that’s conceded 62. If they are to bounce back next year they’ll have to strengthen both areas while Watford will be desperate to keep hold of captain Troy Deeny who has already been linked with a move to champions Leicester.
SUNDERLAND SEEK DOUBLE DELIGHT
SUNDERLAND V EVERTON (18.45 GMT)
Sunderland can ensure Premier League survival and double the delight of their fans by relegating their bitter rivals Newcastle with victory over Everton.
Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce said: “Our destiny is in our own hands. Now we must take full advantage of that position and try to finish it off on Wednesday.
“We need a repeat of the performance and support we had against Chelsea [where they won 3-2], particularly in the second half. Don’t come to the Stadium of Light with the expectation that it’s job done because it isn’t.”
The roar from the @SunderlandAFC fans when the 3rd goal went in on Saturday will be remembered for the rest of our lives! Bring on Wednesday
— Sam Allardyce (@OfficialBigSam) May 9, 2016
It is two years since Sunderland managed back-to-back league wins at home but Everton have only one win in their last nine outings (including five defeats). However, the Toffees did beat them 6-2 earlier in the season at Goodison so find out what the top tipsters think by clicking here.
LIVERPOOL FOCUS ON FINAL
LIVERPOOL V CHELSEA (19.00 GMT)
— Betadvisor (@BetAdvisor) May 10, 2016
Liverpool will understandably be more focused on next week’s Wednesday match in the Europa League final than this end of season clash against Chelsea – so expect another changed line-up from Jurgen Klopp
However, the Reds are eighth in the table – ten points ahead of ninth placed Chelsea – and could go sixth with a win (depending on West Ham’s result against Man Utd) which would be a massive step towards ensuring European football next season.
Chelsea will be without skipper John Terry whose 17 year career with the Blues could be over after he was sent off at Sunderland, meaning he’ll miss the rest of the season.
The big question for punters and tipsters is what Chelsea will turn up? Will it be the anaemic side that cost Jose Mourinho his job, or the one that turned up to deny Spurs their shot at the Premier League crown?
For Liverpool players it’s the perfect chance to impress the boss with places up for grabs in the Europa League final.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 9, 2016
By: Joe Cahal