With the battle for Premier League top-four places seemingly set in stone, all the drama has dropped further down the table as sides battle it out for a top-ten spot, and frantically try to avoid being pulled into a relegation scrap.
That’s where we’re heading with our pick of the Premier League’s 3pm bets this Saturday. They combine for a treble that pays out at almost 14/1!
Southampton to beat Hull/Under 3.5 total goals @ 11/10
Ronald Koeman’s charges have been shaky at home since beating Arsenal 2-0 on the south coast on New Year’s Day, with recent 1-0 and 2-0 victories over Crystal Palace and Burnley respectively halting a run of no wins in five all-competition fixtures at St Mary’s, which included three losses.
They’re recent form should be plenty to take care of Hull though, with the Tigers winless on the road since Boxing Day and only able to boast one more away victory in the top flight all term.
There’s unlikely to be a deluge of goals though, with Southampton managing just three in their past five Premier League home games, and Hull posting an even worse tally of two in their away matches during the same timeframe.
West Ham v Stoke – Draw @ 11/5
The Irons are 6/5 favourites to inflict on Stoke a fourth Premier League loss on the spin, but are hardly in tip-top form themselves, winning only one of their past ten fixtures and just two in the top flight since mid-December, which is tantamount to relegation form.
Mark Hughes’ men’s three consecutive losses have come after a run of nine wins in their previous 14 all-competition games, and a 2-1 reverse at Chelsea last time out was obviously no disgrace.
They are due a draw though, having shared the spoils just once in their past 14 fixtures, and not since early February, whereas West Ham have done so seven times in 16 outings since New Year’s Day.
West Brom to beat Leicester @ 6/5
The Baggies responded to their last home humbling, a 3-0 reverse at the hands of Spurs, by beating Swansea 2-0 in their next Hawthorns fixture, so after QPR’s smash and grab 4-1 against Tony Pulis’ side last weekend, they could hardly have hoped for a better opponent than rock-bottom Leicester for the remedy.
Nigel Pearson’s Foxes haven’t won away in the Premier League since late December, and that was at Hull, so nothing to shout about. Their only prior top-flight road victory this term came at Stoke in September.
Leicester may have clocked a morale-boosting triumph over West Ham at home last time out, but they look easy pickings for a West Brom side not yet safe.