Find the back of the net with tips for the three midweek catch-up matches – including two that will have a major bearing on the relegation scenario – ahead of the final round of the EPL season.
History: Played 55: Everton 22 V Crystal Palace 15 (18 Draws)
Last meeting: March 20, 2022 (FA Cup): Crystal Palace 4 d Everton 0 at Selhurst Park
Final Thoughts: Everton can ensure they will avoid relegation prior to their final-round match at Arsenal if they beat Crystal Palace in this Week 33 catch-up. The Toffees are 16th, one point ahead of Leeds and two ahead of Burnley (who also have two matches to play).
After securing three wins and two draws from their previous six games, Everton missed a huge opportunity via a 3-2 home loss to Brentford on the weekend. They led 2-1 at halftime through goals to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
Palace are 13th but finishing with a flourish and looking to land in the top half. They have won five and drawn four of their last 11 games, with a 1-all draw at Villa Park on the weekend extending their current unbeaten run to four matches.
After going 13 matches without a win in the rivalry, Crystal Palace have had the wood on Everton this season. Palace won 3-1 in their December EPL clash and 4-0 in a March FA Cup tie. But the Eagles are chasing their first win at Goodison Park since 2014.
Everton are set to get Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey back in a boost to their defence, while Donny van de Beek is a chance of returning. They are $1.83 at home with everything to play for – but I can’t overlook the value in in-form Palace as a big outsider here.
Best Bet: Handicap – Crystal Palace +1 @ $1.83
Same Game Multi: Result – Crystal Palace; Total – Over 2.5; Anytime Goalscorer – Wilfried Zaha; Both Teams To Score @ $15.73
History: Played 121: Aston Villa 52 V Burnley 41 (28 Draws)
Last meeting: May 7, 2022 (EPL): Aston Villa 3 d Burnley 1 at Turf Moor
Final Thoughts: Aston Villa and Burnley finally get their Week 18 fixture played – and it couldn’t be any more important for the 18th-placed Clarets.
A loss here would leave Burnley – who are a point behind Leeds and two shy of Everton – needing a win or draw against Newcastle in the last round and other results to go their way if they are to remain in the Premiership. The cellar dwellers fought hard but went down 1-0 at Tottenham on the weekend.
Aston Villa are 14th without a great deal to play for. They drew 1-all with Crystal Palace in Week 37.
Burnley have won only two of their last 11 against Aston Villa, who carved out a 3-1 win at Turf Moor earlier this month. Distinct outsiders on the road, Burnley have otherwise been defensively solid in the past month or two and can do enough to grab a valuable point and inch ahead of Leeds on goal differential ahead of Week 38.
Best Bet: Handicap – Burnley +1 @ $1.80
Same Game Multi: Result – Draw; Total – Under 2.5 @ $4.32
History: Played 121: Chelsea 59 V Leicester 28 (34 Draws)
Last meeting: November 20, 2021 (EPL): Chelsea 3 d Leicester 0 at King Power Stadium
Final Thoughts: Chelsea can’t be bumped out of the top four, but a win here will ensure they finish third. It should never have got this tight for the Blues, who had won only two of their previous seven games before a thumping return to form last week in a 3-0 win over Leeds. They subsequently lost a scoreless FA Cup final to Liverpool on penalties on the weekend.
Leicester are looking to finish a poor campaign on a positive note, climbing to ninth with big back-to-back wins over Championship-bound Norwich (3-0) and Watford (5-1). After a lean goalscoring trot, Jamie Vardy produced back-to-back braces.
Chelsea have lost just two of their last 12 EPL clashes with Leicester and romped to a 3-0 away win earlier this season.
Chelsea have won just one of their last four at home and are prohibitive $1.36 favourites in this one. I’ll back them to get the job done, though, with Leicester’s recent form spike exaggerated by the standard of their opposition.