English Premier League betting tips of the week
Back Chelsea to claim the title this weekend
By Matt Pitt
West Bromwich Albion (+800) vs. Chelsea (-290)
Although West Brom cannot finish in the top six places and gain entry to European competitions next season, they are locked in what looks to be a five horse race to finish in eighth, which would equal their best ever finish in the Premier League.
Until last weekend’s 2-2 draw away to Burnley, the Baggies had failed to score a goal in five consecutive matches, which doesn’t bode well for this game as Chelsea have the best away defensive record in the league and the third best overall. This game may have finished 3-2 to Chelsea last season, but don’t expect West Brom to put another two goals past the champions elect.
Chelsea go into this game on Friday knowing a victory would secure the title. Beating West Brom would put Chelsea on 87 points, 10 ahead of Tottenham, with Spurs only having three games left.
Antonio Conte’s side may have slipped up and lost 2-0 away to Manchester United on April 16, but before that loss Chelsea had won five and drawn two of their previous seven road fixtures.
Chelsea have scored 10 goals in their last three matches in the Premier League and have looked unbeatable at times. Bovada price Chelsea to win by two goals at +300 and by three or more goals at +275. Both of these bets look good, as does a Chelsea-Chelsea half time / full time result at -110.
Pick: Chelsea-Chelsea half time / full time at -110
Tottenham Hotspur (-145) vs. Manchester United (+400)
If Chelsea do not win their game at West Bromwich Albion, Tottenham Hotspur have a slight chance to win the Premier League title but they must beat Manchester United at home to keep their tiny hopes alive.
Spurs slumped to a 1-0 away defeat at West Ham on May 5 which all but ended their title hopes as it left them seven points behind the leaders with only three games left to play. The boys from White Hart Lane are guaranteed a runner-up finish but will still want to end the season in style by beating United and essentially ending their rivals’ Champions League dreams.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and could be seven behind before kick off. Regardless of the City result, United have to win, something they have done in 10 of their 16 away games this season, but also something they have not done on the road against any of the top seven teams.
This game finished 3-0 to Spurs last season but I would fall off my chair if it was a similar score this time around. Both teams are excellent in defense and I can see this fixture being settled by a single goal. Under two goals is currently +200 with Bovada yet I’m going for a Spurs 1-0 win at +600.
Pick: Tottenham Hotspur to win 1-0 at +600