Box clever for tonight’s BBC One action.
It was very important that Manchester City beat Liverpool on Thursday.
Pep Guardiola’s season is scripted for a European finale that’s all about winning big games against big teams.
It’s less important that they beat Southampton (7pm). Expect some shuffling of Pep’s cards.
Still mostly aces and kings though, isn’t it?
In contrast, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has been dealt a hand like a foot. But the Alpine Klopp does have one jack up his sleeve in Golden Boot candidate Danny Ings .
Saints’ record against the Big Six – W2 D2 L6 in the Prem, scoring in eight – catches the eye because the big punting stat is all about getting action in both boxes.
In 32 PL games, City have conceded 13 penalties and got 10 – a table-topping total.
Punt ‘a penalty awarded in the match’ at 5/2 (888sport).
Ings is fancied for Saints’ spot-kicks, a boost for his already solid ‘anytime scorer’ claims at 5/2 (Fred).
Is it time to turn up the house lights and cancel any encores because, like Elvis, Liverpool have left the building?
With the title in one hand and a packet of Rennies in the other, the Reds swaggered onto the stage at the Etihad in midweek… and weebled straight off again as soon as Manchester City scored.
Today’s visit of Aston Villa (4.30pm) is trappy at the prices. But some level of Reds bounceback is likely and set-piece high note Virgil van Dijk is worth an each-way poke at 18/1 (Bet365) ‘first scorer’.
Newcastle remain resolute in their ambition to source an more repugnant owner and might point out that West Ham ’s lovely jubbly didn’t come from running a donkey sanctuary.
Andy Carroll is a 3/1 ‘anytime scorer’ offer (2.15pm) who hasn’t scored for either club anytime in 18 months. Punt big Hammer Tomas Soucek ‘anytime’ instead at 11/2 (Fred).
The Burnley WIN is being undervalued at 2/1 (Fred) for the visit of Sheffield United (12pm).
In Spain, Gerard Moreno is ‘anytime scorer’ value at 5/2 (888sport) to heap more misery on title-blundering Barcelona at Villarreal (9pm)
Last week: Winner at 10/11
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