Final day four fold enhanced to 10/3
Man City v West Ham
Manchester City should more than likely just require a point against West Ham, although I feel that Manuel Pellegrini’s side would like to win the Premier League in style if they can.
After Liverpool’s late slip at Crystal Palace, City easily disposed of Aston Villa 4-0 to put the league in their own hands, and they are now set to land their second title in three years.
It took two stoppage time goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero for the Sky Blues to capture the league from under rivals Manchester United’s nose in 2012, although it is doubtful there will be as much drama this time around.
West Ham don’t have much to play for, but if recent speculation is to be believed then this may well be manager Sam Allardyce’s final game in charge of the Hammers.
It would seem strange to stick by Big Sam and then see him lead the club to a safe mid-table finish before disposing of his services, but the fans are not happy with his team’s style.
City will want to get the job done easily, so expect a comfortable home victory and a win to nil priced odds-on at 17/20.
Liverpool v Newcastle
Only a miracle will see Liverpool now claim their first league title since 1990, as they need to beat Newcastle and hope West Ham do them a favour and get three points at Manchester City.
A draw at the Etihad would do for the Reds but that would mean they would then need to beat Newcastle by 13 goals and, although Brendan Rodgers side have been free scoring this campaign, not even the SAS could muster up that amount.
Liverpool have certainly been a great sight to watch for neutral spectators with their quality of strikers and problems at the back, they have more often than not adopted the tactic of we’ll just score more than you.
The way they have played have rekindled memories of the great Newcastle side of the early nineties, with the similarities also leading to the fact both sides came so close to winning the league.
Rodgers’ side will still hope for a City slip up and should put on a performance in front of their own fans at Anfield, so bets such as Liverpool to win to nil 27/20 and over 3.5 goals at 4/6 could come in to play.
Cardiff v Chelsea
Jose Mourinho’s first season back at Chelsea ends without a single trophy, although the manager had said all along that he did not expect his side to win the league.
Whether he truly believed this or it was just another example of Mourinho’s mind games is for you to decide, but the Blues could have been top of the table had they won their last two home fixtures.
Those two matches of course saw the Portuguese gaffer lose his unbeaten home record as Chelsea manager, after being defeated 2-1 to Sunderland and a disappointing 0-0 draw with relegation-threatened Norwich.
With the visitors assured of at least a third place finish and Cardiff already relegated back to the Championship after a brief one season visit to the top-flight, there isn’t much to play for again here.
Chelsea won the reverse fixture 4-1 back in October, with Eden Hazard bagging a brace, and the Belgium international is 6/1 to score first and 5/4 to net anytime.
Norwich v Arsenal
Well Norwich’s task of staying up is easy, they need to beat Arsenal, hope that West Brom lose to Stoke and that both results end with a 17-goal swing in favour of the Canaries.
Yes, although they aren’t officially down yet, it is safe to say that Norwich must now prepare for life back in the Championship next season.
It was always going to be tough for them knowing their last four fixtures were against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, so they needed to have points on the board well before those games.
The home side spent big on strikers during the summer, with around £13.5 million used to bring in Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper, but the club have only scored 28 league goals all term.
Arsenal have again secured their top four spot and a place in next season’s Champions League and with the FA Cup final against Hull to look forward to, they can finally deliver that elusive piece of silverware.
With Arsene Wenger expected to make changes, it gives players the opportunity to try and impress to earn themselves a starting spot in the final, so expect The Gunners to go out and win this game.