EPL Tips: Matchday 38

One of the most exciting title races in recent years reaches its finale on Sunday, with Man City needing a win to be certain of lifting their sixth Premier League title and Liverpool, desperate for Pep’s men to slip up, to have any chance of bringing the title back to Anfield. The final Champions League spot can still go to either Spurs or Arsenal and the third relegated team is yet to be confirmed. 

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Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: BTTS no $2.30 at PlayUp

Patrick Vieira can be fairly pleased with his first season as a Premier League manager. Palace were realistically safe from the drop weeks – if not months – ago and they’ve beaten last year’s points total. A decent return for talisman Wilfried Zaha has been supplemented by Chelsea loanee Connor Gallagher’s standout campaign. Overall, there’s plenty of reasons to be positive at Selhurst Park.

The same cannot exactly be said at Old Trafford. The Manchester United faithful will be hoping Eric Ten Haag is a miracle worker because he has his work truly cut out. United have been woeful by their standards and, despite needing a win to secure Europa League qualification, it feels like many of the squad are already looking elsewhere for next season. 

Palace have kept four clean sheets in a row at home and United have hardly shown themselves to be potent on the road in recent weeks, so BTTS: no at this price looks good. 

Norwich vs Tottenham Hotspurs: Spurs to win both halves $2.45 at PlayUp

As most predicted, Norwich are making an immediate return to the second tier after a dismal year at the top table. A creditable draw last time out at Molineux brought a run of six straight defeats to an end but their record against the current top four this season is frighteningly poor: Played 7, lost 7, scored 2, conceded 28.

Spurs, conversely, have hit the afterburners at precisely the right time. In recent weeks they’ve derailed Liverpool’s title hopes and crushed Arsenal in the North London Derby. You’d imagine that pipping their arch rivals to fourth spot is more than enough motivation for Kane, Son and co. to steamroller the Canaries. 

Manchester City vs Aston Villa: Manchester City -2.5 handicap $2.30 at PlayUp

Sorry Liverpool fans, I just can’t see the narrative being strong enough to blow Pep off course on the final day of the season. City looked as if they’d thrown it away at West Ham but did well to recover a point and, were it not for a late missed penalty, the title would already be all but theirs. 

Stevie G has done a very good job at Villa, all things considered. His side dropped off a little in March and early April but has recovered somewhat in the last few weeks, with their only defeat in the last five coming against Liverpool. The permanent signing of Phillipe Coutinho is a coup for the Villains, who will be targeting a top half finish next season. 

As good as the Aguerooooo moment was, City will be doing all they can to put this game to bed long before the 94th minute so the handicap looks very beatable.


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