‘No more pencils no more books
No more teacher’s dirty looks
Out for summer
Out till fall
We might not come back at all’
So sang Alice Cooper on his timeless ode to the end of term, ‘School’s Out’, an anthem so evocative it ranked 319 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
It’s an intoxicating sentiment that’s bound to have Premier League pupils drunk on the promise of possibilities beyond the training ground gates, as they lace up their rainbow boots for the final outing of the campaign.
Given such a burgeoning atmosphere it’s hardly surprising that the last day of the season can yield some extreme scorelines, with the minds of the protagonists all over the proverbial chip shop.
Last term West Brom and Manchester United duked out a 5-5 draw on the final afternoon to usher out Sir Alex Ferguson, while Norwich bested Manchester City by three goals to two at the Etihad.
The previous season’s last chapter saw Wolves bid the top flight “adieu” with a 3-2 defeat at Wigan, while those Baggies were putting on a farewell bonanza again, losing 2-3 to Arsenal.
At news.bwin.com/en/, the plan is to yoke this farewell-fixture goal energy into a powerful accumulator.
In doing so, it’s vital to notice the context in which the aforementioned games unfolded, situations in which all matters of relegation, qualification or league titles were of no bearing.
As such the following tussles look ideal for consideration in an accumulator that would pay out at odds just shy of 15/1 should it land.
Tottenham v Aston Villa – over 3.5 goals @ 13/10
Spurs must avoid defeat to nail down the dubious reward of Europa League football, but that’s about it for motivation here against safety-assured Villa, who have shipped 12 in their last four away games.
Hull v Everton – over 3.5 goals @ 17/10
Frozen in fifth, the Toffees have little left to rouse them, while Hull will be dreaming of their FA Cup final.
Southampton v Man Utd – over 3.5 goals @ 31/20
The possibility of leaping into sixth should Spurs lose to a Villa side who have already drawn stumps for the campaign offers a vague motivation to United.
That should be enough to make for a delightfully open game on the south coast, where four of the Saints’ last seven home games have gone over 3.5 goals.