Reds target perfect ending

Title contenders Liverpool kick-start the weekend’s intriguing action in the Premier League when they welcome Huddersfield Town to Anfield.


Reds can wrap up winning finish


With Liverpool closing the campaign with games against the Terriers, Newcastle United and Wolves, few would expect them to slip based on recent form.


Whether that will be enough to see the Reds secure their first Premier League crown remains to be seen but Huddersfield will provide the first possibility of a banana skin on Friday night.


In their three previous Premier League meetings, Liverpool have enjoyed a clean sweep of victories. Huddersfield were on the wrong end of 3-0 scoreline at both Anfield and the John Smith’s Stadium last season but were more competitive this term in a 1-0 loss in West Yorkshire back in October.


The Terriers have failed to build on surviving in the top flight last season and it’s hard to see them putting up much resistance on Friday.


Liverpool could really run riot on home soil and are 1.83 to score over 3.5 goals in the game.


Spurs to claim bragging rights


Saturday’s action starts with a tasty London derby, as Spurs welcome West Ham United to the new surroundings of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


Spurs, like Liverpool, do have the distraction of Champions League semi-finals but they can’t afford to take their eyes off domestic matters with so much on the line.


Tottenham will be desperate not to slip up against the Hammers and the form book suggests they will avoid any difficulties when facing Manuel Pellegrini’s men.


Spurs are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games against West Ham, winning two and drawing the other.


It was a 3-1 win for Spurs at West Ham in their last meeting in the EFL Cup, with Heung-Min Son (2) and Fernando Llorente bagging the goals.


In the continued absence of Harry Kane, it will be down to Son and Llorente to step forward once again, with the pair both 2.35 to score either first or last.


Spurs are 2.15 with a -1 3W handicap to come out on top this weekend.


Saints to wrap up survival


Southampton have the opportunity to secure their Premier League status for next season on Saturday when they welcome fellow south coasters Bournemouth to St Mary’s.


Saints will be disappointed a late goal denied them all three points at Watford on Tuesday night but they are a step closer to avoiding the drop.


As for the Cherries, Eddie Howe’s side did enough earlier in the campaign to avoid a relegation scrap and sit on 41 points despite a disappointing run of form.


One win in their last five games and a 1-0 defeat at the hands of already-relegated Fulham in their last outing means Bournemouth might already be on the beach.


With Saints having much more to play for, the 2.00 for a home win at St Mary’s looks attractive, especially when you consider they recently beat Wolves 3-1 on their own patch, a result that is 12.50 to be repeated.


Bluebirds can stay in the hunt


One side right in the thick of the relegation fight are a Cardiff City outfit who will be giving everything to claim a valuable three points at Fulham on Saturday.


As previously mentioned, the Cottagers know they will be playing Championship football next season and all the Londoners can do is try and drag the Welsh outfit down with them this weekend.


Neil Warnock’s side should be confident going into the game, having secured a 4-2 win over Fulham earlier in the season.


The Cottagers are having a bit of success recently but it’s far too little too late and Cardiff, at 2.95 for the win, should keep the relegation battle going.


Gunners to bounce back against Foxes


Arsenal still have plenty to play for and on Sunday make the trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City.


Past encounters between these two teams have not been short of goals and there could well be a few more this weekend.


With 15 goals in the last three Premier League meetings between the two, it’s 2.55 for there to be over 3.5 games in total at King Power.


Arsenal to win the match is also available at 2.45, with the Gunners desperate to continue their push for a top-four finish.


City to avoid Clarets downfall


Manchester City also look like they can avoid a banana skin of their own when they make the short trip to Turf Moor on Sunday to face Burnley.


City did come unstuck on their last visit to the Lancashire ground as they were held to a 1-1 draw but that was not enough to deny the Citizens the Premier League crown last season.


Pep Guardiola’s side have faced Burnley twice already this season – in the league and the FA Cup – and both matches have finished in 5-0 thrashings against the Clarets.


Sergio Aguero, who is 2.90 to finish as the Premier League’s top goalscorer, scored goals in both those games and the Argentine is 3.00 to net two or more against Sean Dyche’s men this weekend.


Stalemate on the cards for giants


Two of the biggest names in the Premier League go head-to-head in the final game of the weekend as Chelsea travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.


Those doing their research will have to go back to 2013 for the last time the Blues won at United in the Premier League but Maurizio Sarri’s side might be able to grind out a draw on Sunday.


The two teams played out a 2-2 draw in their last league meeting and are 3.35 to share the points at Old Trafford.


That will help neither side in their hopes of a top-four finish and Chelsea might have to rely on winning the Europa League at 2.40 in their bid to secure Champions League football for next season.


The Blues are 1.50 not to finish in the top four in the Premier League and there would be more questions over Sarri’s future should they fail to return to European football’s top table.