Dead Rubber acca includes Chelsea win for Premier League finale
The last day of the Premier League promised so much a few weeks ago but with so much now decided the coupon is now packed with passed contraception. Below we preview four certified dead matches with the selections combing for a £243.30 fourfold when placing a £10 stake.
Chelsea to beat Cardiff @ 4/9
Despite what their manager has said all along, Chelsea fans could understandably look back on this season as a missed opportunity after rendering their excellent records against the top sides pointless thanks to woeful performances against the weaker sides.
However, despite dropping points to the likes of Sunderland, Palace, Villa, West Brom, West Ham and Stoke this term they can be trusted to ensure that Cardiff’s Premier League finale is as miserable as their ultimate demise.
Cardiff have conceded 10 goals in their last three games at home and have let in at least one, but usually more, in every game in front of their own fans since December.
There have been some drubbings as well in Wales including a 3-0 defeat to Palace, 6-3 against Liverpool and 4-0 when hosting Hull just since February.
This should be one game Mourinho won’t feel compelled to get fined from.
Crystal Palace to beat Fulham @ 7/4
Fulham’s torrid season ended in suitably disastrous fashion last week and it’s difficult to make a case for them putting up much more of a fight against the biggest success of the season in Tony Pulis’ Crystal Palace.
Although another defeat is never welcomed by supporters it would surely be galling for home fans to see their team perform now when they surrendered so easily when needed most at Stoke.
Pulis arrived with a mere four points behind him when he took over the reins that many in the game told him he shouldn’t and remarkably they have been enjoying safety for a couple of weeks.
However, that hasn’t dampened their enthusiasm or commitment and they look like the value with their manager looking to further boost his credentials for the Manager of the Season awards.
Fulham actually won the reverse fixture convincingly back in October but their opponents are a different animal now and should be backed to record a sixth win from their last eight.
West Brom v Stoke – Draw @ 5/2
It took Steve Clark picking up his P45 and months of agony for Baggies fans but a crucial win against West Ham three games ago secured survival for another season, however, the relief felt has surely contributed to two largely innocuous efforts away to Arsenal and Sunderland since.
Stoke on the other hand have had an excellent campaign after a difficult start which saw the aforementioned Pulis make way for a possible challenger to him when the end of season accolades are distributed in Mark Hughes.
Sparky wasn’t many Potters’ fans first choice but there is no doubt that he has successfully altered the course of style of the Stoke tanker and he deserves a lot of credit.
Five victories from their last eight matches has seen them maintain their status with plenty of time to spare and their record against the lower clubs bodes well for their last outing.
Their form against teams ranked ninth or lower reads WDWWWWDD from their last eight so it looks unlikely they will lose. However, Pepe Mel will be desperate to send his fans home with something to cheer about after such a torrid time and that could equate into a classic last-game-of-the-season stalemate.
Hull v Everton – Over 2.5 goals @ 3/4
Both teams can be rightly proud of their achievements with Hull navigating the trap door and giving themselves a chance to win the FA Cup and Everton securing European football and nearly at the top-table.
As a result neither manager will feel that they ‘owe’ their supporters anything like some of the teams above and that makes this a difficult tie to solve.
What is for certain is that Hull have not been the same team since the threat of relegation was quashed and they had made the final at Wembley.
Steve Bruce’s side have lost three and drawn one since overcoming Sheffield United although their opponents have also been guilty of going off the boil.
After beating Arsenal at the start of last month the Toffees had Champions League football in their hands, however, they have stumbled badly since and with the dream fading they have slipped to three defeats in their last four.
The reverse fixture doesn’t provide too much more illumination with Everton shading it 2-1 and so the best route might be in the goals market.
The last four fixtures between the two have produced more than 2.5 goals and with respective handbrakes taken off it could make for an entertaining end to two excellent seasons.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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