Sam Hendry with the best football bets of the weekend
It could be worth taking a chance on West Brom to upset Tottenham Hotspur when they meet at the Hawthorns
After the utter shambles that was the reign of Alan Pardew, the Baggies have found a new lease of life under Darren Moore and are unbeaten since he took over.
This revival has surely come too late, though, as they require maximum points from their remaining three games and favours from other teams if they are to pull off a miraculous escape.
Spurs got the job done against Watford on Monday night, but were far from impressive in doing so, although their overall form in 2018 cannot be questioned and they will have ambitions on claiming second after Manchester United’s slip-up against Brighton last night.
West Brom are big odds to win, but I’d rather take a punt on the draw, a result which would see them relegated, but with some pride still intact.
Manchester City will deservedly lift the Premier League title on Sunday afternoon and they look likely to mark the occasion by thrashing opponents Huddersfield Town.
Huddersfield have come up short in recent fixtures with the teams around them and, with all three of their remaining games coming against sides in the top six, they are in big danger of an immediate return to the Championship.
They’ve simply not played well lately and that is reflected in the odds, with Man City a ludicrously short price to win.
The value instead, then, may lie in the goalscorer market where David Silva appeals backed to score anytime.
The Spanish playmaker missed last week’s win at West Ham for personal reasons but is set to return to the starting line-up this weekend.
Silva has enjoyed the second best goal-scoring season of his career and if City play like they usually do, he should have plenty opportunities to add to his nine league goals.
Stoke City are in desperate need of a win but could find it hard to come by on Saturday lunchtime when they host Crystal Palace.
Roy Hodgson has done a terrific job at Selhurst Park and their Wilfried Zaha-inspired 5-0 hammering of Leicester City last week should prove to be the final points they need to confirm their Premier League survival.
That’s an incredible feat given where they were when Hodgson took over, although if Zaha is off form then they do still struggle for goals.
Stoke have struggled for goals themselves lately and it’s been over three months since they scored more than one goal in a single game.
Paul Lambert has solidified them defensively, but they have drawn far too many games and need a huge stroke of luck if they are to get out of trouble.
Six of Stoke’s last eight games have had goalless first halves and I can see this one following the same pattern. A half-time score of 0-0 is the play.