Cross Game Multi Tips: Best bets for Saturday's top-flight action
We’ve now reached the time of the season where dead rubber games become frequent and from a betting perspective you have to use a lot of guesswork as to which teams will be on their holidays and which will be looking to end the season strongly. I don’t think either Burnley or Leeds will be taking their foot off the pedal too much but I do think Leeds may be the side who’s intensity levels will be the higher here, Bielsa hasn’t rotated his side much at all this season and given they still have a top half finish to play for I think that will mean quite a lot to the manager and the fan base so I think I’d be looking to get them onside.
The player who’s price stands out is Patrick Bamford, he’s not been as prolific in the second half of the season as he was the first but he’s still been getting chances and doing his bit for the team. After going 5 games without a goal he scored and managed 2 shots on target against Spurs last time out and I’m going to back him for 2+ shots on target here at 23/10; only Bruno Fernandes, Mo Salah and Harry Kane have had more shots on target than Bamford this season and if any of those were playing here they’d likely be odds on for 2+ shots on target so I think the price is too big given the stats.
With relegation confirmed it remains to be seen if Fulham will continue going full strength or whether Scott Parker will leave out those players who won’t be at the club next season. Southampton should go as close to full strength as they can although they do have a few players who’s fitness needs to be managed carefully. I do have a feeling for Fulham in this one as whenever they looked doomed and the pressure is off they always seem to find results, but then as soon as they got in contention to stay up and the pressure came back they would crumble, so a dead rubber game may suit them here.
I’m going for a bet that’s landed in 8 of Southampton’s last 9 PL games, it has to be done via the bet builder section but it’s for Fulham to score 1+ goal and manage 5+ corners at 2/1. The Saints have conceded 5+ corners in their last 9 games and Fulham have been a great side for amassing corners managing 8 in both their last two; they have plenty of pace out wide and players who can get to the byline and Southampton look incredibly vulnerable to conceding them at the minute with Walker-Peters being very attacking and easy to get in behind, and Stephens on the other side being a central defender who naturally drops more centrally and always ushers wide players towards the byline.
I’m also going to have a small bet on Fulham 8+ corners at 7/1 for the same reasons.
West Ham still have a top 6 place to play for and they are up against a Brighton side who have a few injuries and now 2 key players suspended so ideally I’d want to get them onside in some way. I’m going to go with Jesse Lingard as I still think he’s being miss-priced in some markets. Only 4 players in the entire Premier League are managing shots on target more frequently than him this season yet the bookies have priced up 5 players at shorter odds than him in this match alone!
So the 21/10 available on him for 2+ shots on target is a price that may not be around all weekend, that’s my main play but I’m going to also have a small priced bet on both Lingard and Welbeck to have 2 shots on target and that’s 10/1. With Maupay suspended we should see Welbeck get the full 90 if he’s playing well, and over the last month or two he’s really been back to close to his best, and with this game meaning much more to West Ham I believe if they do go ahead then they may end up trying to see the game out and having to deal with an awful lot of Brighton pressure in the late stages.