Weekend Bets – goal thriller at Stamford Bridge and Bournemouth edge closer to Premier League promotion

Liam Smith gives his tips on a selection of games from the Premier League, Championship, and League Two.

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Chelsea v Manchester United – over 2.5 goals

Resurgent Manchester United face their toughest challenge yet against top-toppers Chelsea. The hosts only need to pick up a 11 points, then the Premier League title will once again be heading to Stamford Bridge. But United want to continue their fine form with a few goals and put in a good performance against arguably the best side in the Premier League. Both teams will feel they can win the game, which should be a classic for the neutrals.

Best odds: 11/10 (BoyleSports)

Stoke v Southampton – 3-1 win in favour of Southampton

Southampton must have sensed something of an opportunity after Manchester City’s derby defeat last weekend. If they pick up crucial points in their remaining fixtures, Ronald Koeman’s men could climb into the Champions League spots for the first time. However, Stoke are no pushovers and will put up a fight against high-flying Saints. But I reckon the visitors are just too strong for their rivals and they’ll win the game emphatically.

Best odds: 25/1 (Coral). £25 for every £1 you put on.

Aston Villa v Liverpool – Raheem Sterling first goalscorer

While Reds starlet Raheem Sterling has once again been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons this week, he’ll be determined to let his football do the talking at Villa. Although it looks like the 20-year-old may not be playing at Anfield next season, he’ll be out to impress in a bid to land that big-money contract he desires. I can see Sterling scoring an early opener again for Liverpool but they’ll need to beware the threat of in-form Christian Benteke after his winner at Spurs.

Best Odds: 11/2 (BoyleSports)

Bournemouth v Sheffield Wednesday – Bournemouth win

Bournemouth fans are starting to get excited as their long-held dream of gaining promotion to the Premier League is now within touching distance. Eddie Howe has crafted his team perfectly as they have swept aside many of their promotion rivals in recent weeks. Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, have nothing much to play for in the Championship this term and they don’t look strong enough to beat a very impressive Cherries team.

Best Odds: 4/11 (Sky Bet)

Wimbledon v Wycombe – Wimbledon to win by a goal

Wimbledon have gained a reputation for being tough to beat at Kingsmeadow and they’ll be looking to live up to that here. The visitors are trying their best to pull away from Bury and Southend in the race for third place in League Two, but it won’t be easy against Neal Ardley’s men. I can see the Dons edging it against this hard-working Wycombe side.

Best odds: 4/1 (BetVictor). You will receive £4 for every £1 you put on.

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