It may not be the prize that their coaches wanted, but for Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool, second place is up for grabs and is definitely worth having.
Automatic entry to the Champions League group stages is one matter, of course; but let’s face it—in a league with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in it, and some of the best players in the world gracing football games for all the top six, this second place takes some winning.
So that’s where I’m looking for this week’s Premier League handicap betting picks.
Bournemouth vs Manchester United (April 19, 02:45 GMT+8)
Manchester United’s defeat to West Brom has opened a door for the chasers, but Jose Mourinho will remind his players they’ve occupied second place for longer than any rival. David de Gea, who has been player of the season for the Red Devils, will have a busy time in Bournemouth, but I expect a professional display from United.
So I’m backing under 2.5 goals in a 🌟🌟 bet at 2.16.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur (April 18, 02:45 GMT+8)
The Seagulls are almost there in their epic survival campaign, but they have a devil of a run in starting with the visit of Spurs. Harry Kane, desperate to catch league-leading scorer Mo Salah, will try to score with any part of his body (or kit) and inspire Spurs to get back to winning ways.
I think Brighton may get the result they need though; and a double chance, win or draw, is available at 2.39 for a 🌟🌟 bet.
West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool (April 21, 19:30 GMT+8)
One thing I won’t back against is Mo Salah getting yet another goal to add to his 30 so far in the league. He’s been outstanding all season as part of a thrilling attacking set up at Anfield. The Baggies will still be smiling after their stunning win at Old Trafford, but I suspect they won’t be after 90 minutes with Mo and pals.
My 🌟🌟🌟 bet is Liverpool to win, at odds of 2.03 with a -1.00 goal handicap.
A short explanation on how our (🌟) bets are worth:
🌟🌟🌟 = £20
🌟🌟 = £10
🌟 = £5
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Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.