The Premier League season is drawing to a close, though there’s still plenty to play as we final stretch.
While Manchester City have wrapped up the title, nothing has been decided at the other end of the table, and some crunch midweek fixtures could be make or break for some.
Brighton v Spurs
On a normal matchday, this could be seen as an easy away win for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, but a fired-up Brighton may offer a banana skin at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday.
Spurs are still in the hunt for the FA Cup, and with a semi-final against Manchester United coming up on Saturday, Pochettino may choose to give a few of his stars a break. Top four football is nearly guaranteed, despite defeat to City on Saturday, with Spurs heavy 1/2 favourites for victory on Tuesday.
Chris Hughton’s Seagulls go into the game on 35 points with survival in their own hands – but they may still need a few more to guarantee safety.
Brighton beat Arsenal on the south coast last month, and are 6/1 to take the three points against their north London rivals.
I don’t think they’ll do that, but with the backing of a packed-out Amex, I think they can nick a point against a distracted Spurs at 7/2.
Burnley v Chelsea
If you would have said only eight points would separate Burnley and Chelsea at the start of the season many would have been laughing at you.
But Sean Dyche’s Burnley are on a crest of a wave and made it five top-flight wins on the spin for the first time since November 1968 with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City at the weekend.
Chelsea and Antonio Conte’s defence of the title could not have gone much worse and they look set to miss out on a Champions League spot, sitting seven points behind Tottenham in fifth.
They looked on course for defeat last weekend at Southampton before the Saints hit the self-destruct button and a double from super sub Olivier Giroud inspired them to victory.
If the Clarets can get in front like Southampton, they are less likely to crumble, and with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood’s partnership up top for Dyche’s side they can pick up the win.
Leicester v Southampton
The task could not be more straightforward for Southampton and Mark Hughes – win.
They had the ideal opportunity to boost their survival hopes with a surprise win over Chelsea over the weekend but blew a 2-0 lead and now look destined for the drop unless they start winning fast.
That will have done little for the confidence of Hughes’ charges, and although they are 9/4 to secure the win at the King Power Stadium, Southampton have not tasted victory on their travels since 3rd February against West Brom.
Leicester have long been safe and although their last two results have seen them lose out 2-1 to an in-form Newcastle and Burnley, I fancy them to turn the tables at 5/4, as ex-Saints boss Claude Puel can put the boot into his former side.
Jamie Vardy continues to lead the line well for the Foxes and he looks like a good bet at 7/5 to score anytime and net for his seventh Premier League game in succession.