The final weekend Premier League fixtures of 2017 are set to go after a batch of midweek games that saw Manchester City extend its incredible winning streak to 18 games and Tottenham’s Harry Kane bag a hat trick in his second straight game.
Spurs are off this weekend and don’t play again until Tuesday but the Citizens look to extend that magical run to 19 when they visit Crystal Palace on Sunday.
I’m going solo on the picks column this week as Rob Trites enjoys a well-deserved holiday break, so without further ado, here is my favorite side, total and prop with a bit of decent value for the Saturday and Sunday fixture list.
As always, odds are courtesy of online shop Sportsbook.
Everton moneyline (+215)
After spending heaps of cash in the summer window, Everton came out of the gates in horrific form. After sacking Ronald Koeman and appointing Sam Allardyce, however, the Toffees have gotten positive results and have surged up the table.
Entering the weekend, Everton sits ninth in the table and hasn’t lost a match since that 4-1 defeat away to Southampton on November 26. In six matches since, the club has three wins and three draws and travels to face a Bournemouth side that is having a very poor run.
It could be a different-looking side with Leighton Baines hurt and Wayne Rooney doubtful, but with youngsters like Ademola Lookman, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jonjoe Kenny in the fold, the side should be in good hands for the trip.
The value here is too good to pass up considering the opposing directions these clubs are headed. Big Sam and company should be able to grind out a result here.
Manchester United-Southampton OVER 2.5 (-135)
The Saints were picked apart by Tottenham so easily on the 26th that this is a multi-unit play for me.
Southampton isn’t a team that generally caters to OVER 2.5 totals (just twice in their previous six) but the feeling you get from watching this team is that it’s in a bit of a mess. Virgil van Dijk has been sold to Liverpool for the tidy sum of 75 million pounds and the club will surely address needs in the January window, but, obviously, that won’t be enough time with Man United looming.
While still sitting second in the table, United has put forth a couple of less than stellar performances entering this one. Back-to-back 2-2 draws away to Leicester and at home to Burnley have helped Man City to that glaring 15-point lead at the top of the table, but I expect the Red Devils to be out for blood here.
They won in the south 1-0 in the reverse fixture thanks to Romelu Lukaku and I like the big Belgian to find the back of the net again. Perhaps many times.
The United defense is light without the services of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling so they could be hit back as well. It’s a bit of chalk on the 2.5, but I like goals to be scored at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Romelu Lukaku To Score AnyTime (-150)
Speaking of Lukaku, here’s your prop for the weekend.
Yeah I know. It’s chalky, but I’ve admittedly done poorly with my props in this column and I need a Sportsbook. This is the one.
Lukaku feasts on smaller clubs and, as mentioned, scored in the reverse fixture earlier this season. United will want three points and the Belgian will be too much for Southampton centerbacks Maya Yoshida and Wesley Hoedt should they be called upon.
If you’re feeling more brave than I, take a shot at Lukaku first goal scorer at +260.