EPL Betting: Newcastle position in danger
Everton have finished off their season strongly, unbeaten in eight with four wins
In previewing four of Sunday's Premier League matches, Feizal Rahman sees Everton an excellent price to beat Newcastle without conceding.
Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers
Match Odds: Chelsea 1.32, Blackburn 11.0, The Draw 6.4
With Chelsea unable to finish higher or lower than sixth and Blackburn's relegation fate already decided, this should end up as something of an exhibition match. The home side will, however, be resting key players ahead of next weekend's Champions League final.
Roberto di Matteo's team have found wins hard to come by in recent months but it has been their miserable away form that has seen them slump to a lowest league finish since 2001/02. At home, however, the Blues have secured four wins from the last six.
Blackburn's run-in form has been dreadful and with seven defeats from eight, there can be no complaints about suffering the drop. Since the turn of the year, Steve Kean's men have picked up points in only two games - including a maximum at fellow strugglers, Wolves.
Opta note that Rovers have failed to score in their last five visits to Stamford Bridge, losing four of these by an aggregate score of 12-0. Indeed, Opta further point out that Chelsea have won 13 of the last 17 encounters - home or away - defeated just once.
With Blackburn also losing to nil in their last three away - and by at least a two-goal margin - take Chelsea to beat a -1.5&-2.0 Asian handicap at 2.04. A Chelsea win to nil is available at 2.52, with Over 3.5 Goals on offer at 2.1 and three or more Chelsea Total Goals around 1.8.
Everton v Newcastle United
Match Odds: Everton 2.2, Newcastle 3.4, The Draw 3.7
Everton can finish no higher than seventh but remaining above Liverpool - for only the second time under manager David Moyes - is the sole incentive for this match. Newcastle, meanwhile, will hold on to the slim hopes that they can still earn a Champions League spot.
Everton have finished off their season strongly, unbeaten in eight with four wins. At Goodison, they have recorded an impressive six wins from seven - four against current top six sides - keeping a clean sheet in each of those victories while scoring a total of 14 goals.
Two defeats in the last three seem to have scuppered Newcastle's chances of a top four finish but Alan Pardew's men have otherwise won seven in nine. On their travels, however, the Magpies do have five losses from their last ten - four by a margin of two goals or more.
Newcastle have a mixed record at Goodison, with Opta revealing that last season's win was their first in seven attempts. Prior to that, they had suffered five defeats and earned a point on two occasions.
Take the Toffeemen to wrap up their campaign on high and to do so in style. Everton are a very attractive 4.1 to win with a -1.5 Asian handicap with similar available on an Everton win to nil. Opta state that Nikica Jelavic has seven in seven and he is 2.5 To Score.
Norwich City v Aston Villa
Match Odds: Norwich 2.24, Aston Villa 3.45, The Draw 3.65
Inconsistency has been the issue for Norwich this term but safe from relegation, there are valuable building blocks for next term. Villa, however, have barely retained top flight status and big changes are needed in the summer, with the managerial position a priority.
Last week's thrilling 3-3 draw at Arsenal ended a run of three defeats for Norwich. Paul Lambert's side have suffered four losses in their last seven at Carrow Road with victory over bottom side, Wolves, the only highlight in that period.
Opta indicate that Villa's form column makes for grim reading with just one league win in 15 and none in the last nine. Manager, Alex McLeish, is rightly under fire but he might point out that his side's only away defeats this season have come at teams currently in top five.
One positive for the visitors, however, is that they have not lost to Norwich in Premier League competition since 1993, home or away. According to Opta, the Villans have won three and drawn four of the last seven encounters with the Canaries.
Hard to make a case for a win for either team, it may pay to stick with the Draw here at 3.5. Neither side is especially prolific in front of goal either so Under 2.5 Goals appeals at 2.3, with a 1-1 Correct Score available at 8.0.
Stoke City v Bolton Wanderers
Match Odds: Stoke 2.46, Bolton 3.0, The Draw 3.7
Stoke can still mathematically achieve a top half finish but it is essentially home pride to play for here. For Bolton, however, three points will be crucial for survival along with the hope that QPR succumb to potential champions Manchester City at the Etihad.
Stoke have been average Joes for the past few months, with Opta highlighting that they have managed just one win and five draws in their last 10 in the league. In the most recent six fixtures at the Britannia, Tony Pulis' side have recorded three wins and three draws.
Having given themselves a mountain to climb after their abysmal start to the campaign Bolton have given their all in order to stay up, with four wins and just three defeats in their last ten. Only Newcastle have taken all available points in the Trotters' last three away trips.
Opta underline Bolton's decent Premier League record against Stoke with three wins and just one defeat in the last five. However, two of their three trips to the Britannia have ended in a home win - both by a 2-0 scoreline.