The fight for survival comes to crunch time with just two games left for a lot of teams. There’s still plenty to play for, particularly down the bottom of the table. No team is down yet, so it’s set to be an interesting weekend of Premier League football.
Everton v Southampton
One side in the thick of it down at the bottom of the table is Southampton. The Saints, who for so long have been famed for their ability to produce top class British talent, have fallen foul of their own system this year and have suffered after years of selling their best talent.
After sacking Mauricio Pellegrino in March, former Stoke manager Mark Hughes was the man given the job of saving the Saints. As it stands, Southampton is still in the relegation zone, but their win over Bournemouth last week as huge in their quest to survive.
In Everton, they face a side who were once embodied in a relegation fight themselves, but the hiring of Sam Allardyce has saved the Toffees. It’s a club in disarray, though, with fans upset with Allardyce’s style of play.
With nothing to play for, it remains to be seen how Allardyce will motivate his side. For that reason, I think that Southampton’s motivation will be enough to get three points away from home. What a huge three points it would be, too.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Southampton -0.25 at 2.250
Stoke City v Crystal Palace
Two of the other sides currently in a relegation fight lock horns at the Bet365 Stadium. Stoke City, having sacked Southampton manager Mark Hughes, have failed to gain momentum under Paul Lambert and may be leaving it too late to escape relegation.
If they do manage the great escape, they’ll need to start with three points against Crystal Palace.
For Palace, it’s still mathematically possible to get relegated, but it’s looking extremely unlikely. Last week’s 5-0 demolition of Leicester City was a huge step towards survival. It’s just what Roy Hodgson and his side deserve, though. There’s been a fantastic atmosphere at the club this season despite their struggles and Hodgson must take a huge slice of credit for that.
The Eagles are in such good form, it’s hard to look past them here. A loss would surely mean the end of the road for Stoke City.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Crystal Palace -0.25 at 2.390