With all three of the relegation spots already sown up, the prospect of Southampton v Stoke City on Sunday is hardly likely to set the pulse racing for fans and punters alike.
Both teams have brought out the usual pre-match spiel about wanting to finish on a high for their supporters, but with Saints sat safe in 14th and Stoke 11th, this fixture looks like the ultimate dead rubber on paper.
Or at least it did until the revelations this week that Saints chairman Nicola Cortese is considering his position at the club amid differences with the trust that own the club.
The brash Italian banker has certainly ruffled a few feathers at St Mary’s since he came to the club in 2009 with the late owner Markus Liebherr, but he has overseen the south-coast club’s rise from League One to Premier League safety.
And if that wasn’t enough late-season drama, news then emerged that manager Mauricio Pochettino will follow Cortese out of the exit door if he does indeed leave this summer.
Add in the fact that Saints haven’t won in their last five matches and there should be plenty for them to play for on Sunday after all.
The same can be said for Stoke, who have endured a dreadful 2013 to date, collecting just 12 points from a possible 51.
The Potters might have secured their top-flight status for another year, but their form and much-maligned style of play has seen much dissent towards manager Tony Pulis.
A win against Southampton is unlikely to shut up those doubters, but the potential top-ten finish it could bring would certainly buy the Welshman some breathing space.
Stoke are outsiders in bwin’s 3way market with odds of 15/4, with the draw at 5/2 and a home win odds-on at 3/4.
Those odds look rather skinny for a Southampton victory, particularly as they have only netted two goals in their last five matches.
The fact that Rickie Lambert has been carrying a back injury won’t have helped, but that is no excuse for their profligacy in front of goal in last Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Sunderland.
Pochettino’s men, quite frankly, battered their opponents for large parts of the game, but were thankful to get a point thanks to sub Jason Puncheon, who cancelled out Phil Bardsley’s deflected opener for the Black Cats.
Stoke are also short of goals, having notched just 12 in their last 17 league outings, though they did find the back of the net in their previous game – a 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham.
Steven N’Zonzi gave Pulis’ side the lead, before Clint Dempsey capitalised on a defensive mix-up to level and then set up Emmanuel Adebayor for a late winner.
Charlie Adam’s early second-half dismissal didn’t help their cause, but in truth they were well beaten.
Trying to find some value from this match is quite difficult with both teams having little left to play for.
The draw at 5/2 will attract backers, possibly even the 1-1 stalemate at 21/4. But given the week Southampton have had, I think I’d look towards a home win.
Stoke have only managed two wins from their previous 16 clashes with the Saints and they have also only managed two away successes all season.
So I’d look at Saints to win and for there to be under 2.5 combined goals scored in the game at 5/2.
It might not be the most exciting gamble on offer, but any new customers could collect a tidy £70 if they staked their free £20 bet on this outcome.
Southampton have won each of their three last-day home fixtures during Cortese’s reign and extending that to four on Sunday would provide their chairman with a much-needed smile.