After a lengthy yet truncated set of matches in the Premier League last weekend we are back to a more normal schedule on Saturday where we have seven fixtures taking place across the usual three kick off times.
With the title decided and the top four all but secured it is the bottom end of the table which will be under the microscope for much of the day. We could lose two sides to the relegation trap door on a pivotal day at the bottom on Saturday.
Early Kick Off
The action begins at Anfield where Liverpool host Stoke City. If Stoke lose this match then they could be relegated later in the day should results go against them. They might be getting Liverpool at the right time though with them having the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in midweek. It is hard to believe the likes of Mo Salah and one or two others will be risked so the Potters could just be getting a lifeline here.
There are five matches in the usual kick off slot. One of those comes from Turf Moor where Burnley will look to get on the wagon when they play host to a Brighton side who mathematically are not yet safe. Crystal Palace are another team who still need points to secure their safety and they host Leicester whose season has fizzled out.
A third side who are not yet secure in the Premier League for next season are Huddersfield Town but they will be if they can beat Everton on Saturday afternoon. The side who are trying to catch a team and overtake them are Southampton and they host their Solent rivals Bournemouth in a big match for Mark Hughes’ men.
The action all finishes with a clash at the Liberty Stadium where another side yet to seal their survival in Swansea City takes on last year’s champions Chelsea. Chelsea are hoping to reel in Tottenham in the race to qualify for the Champions League. Swansea know one more win will almost guarantee their safety and they would love to get it here.
I’ll go with the one bet on Saturday and it comes at St Mary’s Stadium. Bournemouth matches tend to be high scoring these days and I don’t expect Southampton to be willing to play out another 0-0 draw like they were at Leicester in their last Premier League match.
Southampton quite clearly have to win this match if they are going to survive and they are going to have to attack accordingly but Bournemouth rarely step down from an attacking battle themselves so there should be an end to end element about this which makes me like over 2.75 goals.
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