Newmarket July Meeting 2017 Betting Tips + Preview
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Just a few short weeks ago it looked as though we were going to be treated to a nerve shredding end to the Premier League season. As it turns out, most of the issues at the top and bottom of the table have already been decided.
We’ve known for a while that Chelsea would win the title and they finally got the job done at the Hawthorns last Friday. One day later and Hull joined both Sunderland and Middlesbrough in the Championship after a humbling day at Selhurst Park.
But don’t think that there is nothing to play for in the traditional closing Sunday of the Premier League. Arsenal still have a chance of overhauling Man City or Liverpool and claiming a Champions League spot while every place higher in the table that clubs finish is worth an extra £2 million in prize money.
So, with all 20 clubs playing at the same time, we’ve gone through the betting markets to pick out our selection of the best bets from the Premier League’s final day.
Arsenal 4/9 (Ladbrokes)
Draw 4/1 (Betfred)
Everton 7/1 (Betfair)
For years Arsene Wenger has been subject to ridicule for his assertion that a top four finish is just as important an achievement as winning a trophy. For many, that mindset is the embodiment of putting the finances of a club above what football should be about.
This season, Arsenal go into the final day of the season with only a very slim chance of a top four finish and a place in the FA Cup final and the criticism of Wenger has never been greater. Thousands of Arsenal fans boycotted their penultimate home game against Sunderland in apparent protest at the way the club is being run so it could be a strange atmosphere when Everton visit the Emirates on Sunday.
Everton fans can tell Arsenal all about the benefits of changing manager. Ronald Koeman has improved the Toffees considerably since replacing Roberto Martinez last summer and even if they lose at the Emirates, Everton will finish with 14 points more than last season.
Both sides will be looking to end the strongly which should contribute to an entertaining game. Ultimately, we think Arsenal will extend their impressive recent run and will win in a game where both teams score at 2/1 with William Hill.
Burnley 7/5 (Betfair)
West Ham 11/5 (Betfred)
Draw 5/2 (Sportingbet)
You get the feeling that both Burnley and West Ham need a win to end their season.
The Clarets have done brilliantly under Sean Dyche to secure their top flight survival but their form’s tailed off significantly with only two wins since the start of February. As for West Ham, their topsy turvy season took another downwards turn last weekend with the 4-0 thrashing at home against Liverpool.
The match at Turf Moor is perhaps most important for both managers. While Sean Dyche is being linked with a move away from Burnley, Slaven Bilic still has to convince the West Ham owners to stick with him for next season.
In a match where there’s simultaneously nothing and everything on the line, it would be no surprise to see the spoils shared with the draw priced at 5/2 with Sportingbet.
Man Utd 6/4 (Betfred)
Crystal Palace 9/4 (William Hill)
Draw 5/2 (Bet365)
Winning the Europa League is thought to be worth as much as £50 million for Man Utd. In reality, it’s actually more important than that as Jose Mourinho knows another year out of the Champions League will not only cost him the chance to sign world class players, it could result in some of his best players leaving during the summer.
Mourinho has set his stall out in terms of favouring the Europa League over the Premier League for a number of weeks now and he’s already said that he will be making wholesale changes to his starting XI for Sunday’s game against Crystal Palace.
Having secured their Premier League status, Crystal Palace have been presented with a great chance to head into the summer holidays with a bang. Sam Allardyce will play his strongest team and they may just get the better of Mourinho’s kids at 9/4 with William Hill.
Man City 2/5 (Stan James)
Draw 9/2 (Betfred)
Watford 9/1 (Betfair)
Pep Guardiola admitted this week that he would have been sacked at Barcelona and Bayern Munich for the sort of season that he’s overseen at Man City. City have fallen short of all expectations when Guardiola took over at the club and yet he remains in charge.
Contrast that with Walter Mazzarri who is only the second manager to keep Watford in the Premier League and is suffering the same fate as Quique Sanchez Flores by being sacked.
Mazzarri has never been that popular with the Watford fans or players and many at Vicarage Road will be happy to see him leave. There’s little chance of Watford giving Mazzarri anything to smile about in his final game in charge so have a bet on Man City to win and over 2.5 goals at 10/11 with Ladbrokes.
Arsenal to beat Everton and both teams to score at 2/1 with William Hill
Burnley and West Ham to draw at 5/2 with Sportingbet
Crystal Palace to beat Man Utd at 9/4 with William Hill
Man City to beat Watford and over 2.5 goals at 10/11 with Ladbrokes