One of the most memorable Premier League seasons in living memory will come to its end on Sunday as the new champions continue their party at the home of dethroned Chelsea. But there’s plenty more action to sink our teeth onto on the day, and we’re hopeful of picking up one last BTTS winner.
With only one division to choose from, it’s a harder task than usual. On the other hand, confidence is sky high following back-to-back wins over the past two weekends. Let’s hope that this trio of selections can see us land another £53 profit from a £10 stake.
So here are our picks for May 15th. Good luck!
Manchester United v Bournemouth
Louis van Gaal’s men missed a massive opportunity by falling to a 3-2 defeat against West Ham on Tuesday night, but the Red Devils have to keep believing. All they can do on the final day is register a win at Old Trafford and hope for the best as Manchester City head to Swansea.
The Red Devils shouldn’t have any problems scoring against a Bournemouth side that will be in party mood after staying up. Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Wayne Rooney are all capable of guiding the hosts to a 12th home win of the campaign. But they shouldn’t expect things all their own way against the Cherries.
Manchester United’s home form has been good, especially in defence. Nevertheless, those vulnerabilities were highlighted once more against the Hammers while Bournemouth’s lack of pressure could make them dangerous. Just scoring at Old Trafford would be a great way for Eddie Howe’s men to complete their first year in the top flight.
Bournemouth have shipped 30 on the road, though, and can’t see them keeping a shutout here.
BTTS Yes @ 11/10 with Betfred
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Southampton have endured some testing moments throughout 2015/16, but Ronald Koeman is set to lead them to their best ever Premier League return, and a win over Crystal Palace could lead to Europa League qualification once more. St Mary’s will expect the Saints to go marching on, but the visiting FA Cup finalists may have something to say about that.
Alan Pardew’s men have been awful since the turn of the year, but will see this as the perfect opportunity to build confidence ahead of their return to Wembley, especially after beating Stoke last weekend. It’s one final chance for the starting XI to stake their claims for an appearance next Saturday, and they’ll be eager to grab the opportunity with both hands.
However, Southampton’s home record has been pretty solid, and only Manchester City have netted more home goals this term. Graziano Pelle and co are more than capable of punishing the poorly travelled Eagles, and we’d expect one goal at the very least.
Can Palace join them on the scoreboard? At odds of 10/11, we certainly think it’s worth the risk.
BTTS Yes @ 10/11 with Betfred
Stoke City v West Ham United
Champions League football may have escaped West Ham, but it’s still been an incredible first season in charge for Slaven Bilic. After bringing down the curtain on the Boleyn Ground in style, the Hammers will be determined to end the campaign in equally splendid fashion at Stoke.
The visitors have recorded some memorable results on the road this term, notching a total of 30 goals on the road. The likes of Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and co should have no problem finding the net against a Stoke side that has conceded 23 on the road.
However, Mark Hughes’ men will be equally eager to end the campaign on a high. A return of 20 goals is hardly spectacular, but they can increase that against an away defence that’s leaked six in its last two matches.
The odds aren’t brilliant, but we do expect goals. Back both teams to score.
BTTS Yes @ 4/7 with Betfred
A £10 treble returns £63.00 with Betfred