It is officially less than four weeks now until the end of the Premier League season, but there are still battles taking place up and down the table.
European qualification spots are there for the taking, while the fight for top flight survival enters its final and most gripping rounds.
Our football betting expert casts an eye over the pick of this weekend’s action.
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool
One look at this fixture and you would be forgiven for backing a comprehensive Reds win over a team who look set to play Championship football come August.
Last time out, however, the Baggies capitalised on a stunned Manchester United side who were caught reeling from their city rivals wrapping up the title, felling them 1-0 thanks to a Jay Rodriguez header, and the forward is 17/5 with Grosvernorsport.com to score again this weekend.
Caretaker manager Darren Moore has steered West Brom to four points from his first two Premiership games in charge and will look to sustain that momentum when they host Liverpool on Saturday.
With the Reds likely to field a second-string side ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Roma in midweek, I think the resurgent Baggies can produce again. Back the draw at 7/2 with Grosvenorsport.com.
The Reds boast the league’s top scorer in Mohamed Salah, but the 5/2 for him to score at the Hawthorns is too short for my liking. There is more value to be found in the 22/5 on offer for the overshadowed but lethal Roberto Firmino to find the back of the net at any time.
Arsenal v West Ham United
The weather is hotting up just as the races for survival and European football come to a head. Here we have two sides failing to stay on course during tempestuous times – one clinging onto the hope of a top-four spot and the other caught in a relegation battle.
West Ham have taken five points from their last five and now hover dangerously close to the drop zone. They did pull off a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge this month though and are unbeaten in three. The Hammers are 19/4 to execute another London derby victory at the Emirates this weekend and I for one wouldn’t rule out an Arsenal collapse.
I can see it being a cagey one, though, with both outfits wary of the implications of putting a foot wrong at this stage in their campaigns, and it could pay to be bold by backing the 24/5 for under 1.5 goals here.
Manchester City v Swansea
Manchester City are officially the kings of English football, for this season at least, after tying up the Premier League last time out, while Swansea are caught up in their frantic survival plight and head into the fixture 17th.
I think City’s class could prove too much for Carlos Carvalhal’s men on Sunday and I can’t see them coming away with any points.
City may drop down a gear though, so they’re an attractive 17/2 to win after being a goal behind. It’s feasible, as the Swans should opt to come out swinging in a bid steal an early goal, given it’s do-or-die for them.
From that point on I can only see it going one way, and there are some tempting goalscorer markets on offer, with Gabriel Jesus 29/10 to score at any time being my pick of the bunch.
Ilkay Gundogan netted a penalty last weekend for City, and with their tricky players, may induce a couple of rash challenges inside the box. Grosvenorsport.com go 3/1 for City to net from the spot.
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