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MARSHY’S CORNER – ROUND 27 OFFERS SOME GOOD OPPORTUNITIES

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CHELSEA V SPURS
This is a game that even Chelsea in their current poor form should be able to win. I say this not out of disrespect to Spurs but because 1) they had a tough Champions League in midweek to deal with and 2) they have too many injuries at the moment. Chelsea are under some serious pressure at the moment with both Spurs and Man United (as well as Sheff United) breathing down their neck for a Champions League spot.
Chelsea 1, Spurs 0

BURNLEY V BOURNEMOUTH
Burnley looked compact and solid against Southampton last weekend while Bournemouth slumped to another away defeat (at Sheff United). Bournemouth have lost their last 4 straight away games and I see them adding to that here.
Burnley 1, Bournemouth 0

CRYSTAL PALACE V NEWCASTLE
Neither of these two sides have shown any form of late to speak of. Palace have not won in their last 8 competitive matches and their problem has been mainly in front of goal. Defensively they are holding up but have been struggling for goals. Newcastle on the other hand have only lost one of their last 9 games. This one has a draw written all over it.
Palace 1, Newcastle 1

SHEFFIELD UNITED V BRIGHTON
The bookies are offering very generous odds of 1.91 on the home win which looks decent value considering that Brighton are the third worst away team in the division. Sheff United are no slouches either pushing hard for a remarkable Champions League spot.
Sheff United 2, Brighton 1

SOUTHAMPTON V ASTON VILLA
The worst home team vs the second worst away team. Southampton looked decent in their loss to Burnley but the problem for them is that because of their high pressing aggressive approach to games, they need a solid defence to clean up when they get caught on the counter. Southampton don’t have that. An injury to key link man, Nathan Redmond, may hurt them and Jack Grealish has been literally carrying this Villa side on his own but I think the Saints edge this one.
Saints 3, Villa 2

LEICESTER V MAN CITY 
Leicester are having a great season, make no mistake about that. I just think that Man City are a class above them. Aymeric Laporte’s return has helped restore some defensive solidity. Man City are also playing with a chip on their shoulder following their shocking Champions League ban. The other factor favouring Man City is that Leicester won’t sit back which will should give Man City plenty of opportunities.
Leicester 0, Man City 2

MAN UNITED V WATFORD
It all depends on which Man United turns up for this one. They were extremely lucky to beat Chelsea away on Monday night with the win literally handed to them by some frankly embarrassingly poor VAR decisions. Watford have been on a slide since their great start under new manager Nigel Pearson. It would be hard to bet against Man United here though but I wouldn’t make this your banker.
Man United 2, Watford 0

WOLVES V NORWICH
Wolves should be too good for battling Norwich at Molineux. Norwich are as a good as gone but have at least provided an entertaining cameo. Their defence won’t be able to contain Wolves who have plenty to play for with an outside chance of claiming a Champions League spot … especially if an extra one becomes available due to Man City’s ban.
Wolves 2, Norwich 0

ARSENAL V EVERTON
Both teams have seen a revival in fortunes since changing their managers toward the end of last year. Both have become harder to beat and both are building for something a bit better next season. I see them cancelling each other out.
Arsenal 1, Everton 1

LIVERPOOL V WEST HAM
A brutal run of fixtures has come at the worst time for West Ham as they try to battle their way out of the relegation zone. A trip to Anfield is definitely not what the doctor ordered after a midweek beating from Man City. Amazingly, Liverpool have ALREADY qualified for the Champions League – the first team in Europe to do so. I see a 5-0 battering.
Liverpool 5, West Ham 0

THE VALUE BETS:

Liverpool to win to nil over West Ham at Anfield at 1.91 is a give away.
Chelsea to win to nil over an injury hit Spurs at 2.95 is also some decent odds.

Others
Man City over Leicester offering 1.70 is a solid bet.
Sheff United at 1.91 at home over Brighton is even better.

Written by Ian Marshall

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