- Matchday 36 of the English Premier League starts on Tuesday with Chelsea v Norwich
- With only three games left, the fight for European places and to avoid relegation has reached crunch time
- We list the odds for all ten games and preview three, offering our best picks
It’s Matchday 36 of the English Premier League this week, with the finishing line in sight. The real battles are only just beginning as teams battle for the European places and against relegation. The round kicks off today with Chelsea hosting Norwich and plays nine more matches over Wednesday and Thursday.
We’ll list the whole schedule for Week 36, show the odds, preview three games, and offer a pick for each.
English Premier League Matchday 36 Odds
|Chelsea||-2, -2½ (-125)||-714||Ov 3½ (-111)|
|Norwich||+2, +2½ (+105)||+1700||Un 3½ (+109)|
|Manchester City||-2, -2½ (-118)||-714||Ov 3½, 4 (-109)|
|Bournemouth||+2, +2½ (-102)||+1200||Un 3½, 4 (-111)|
|Burnley||+½ (-109)||+310||Ov 2 (-111)|
|Wolves||-½ (-111)||-111||Un 2 (-109)|
|Newcastle||+½, +1 (-117)||+310||Ov 2½ (-113)|
|Tottenham||-½, -1 (-103)||-122||Un 2½ (-107)|
|Arsenal||+½ (-103)||+290||Ov 3 (-111)|
|Liverpool||-½ (-117)||-117||Un 3 (-109)|
|Everton||-½ (-102)||-102||Ov 2½ (-114)|
|Aston Villa||+½ (-118)||+250||Un 2½ (-106)|
|Leicester||-½ (-104)||-104||Ov 2, 2½ (-111)|
|Sheffield United||+½ (-116)||+285||Un 2, 2½ (-109)|
|Crystal Palace||+1½ (-111)||+825||Ov 2½ (-122)|
|Manchester United||-1½ (-109)||-333||Un 2½ (+102)|
|Southampton||pk, -½ (-118)||+121||Ov 2, 2½ (-115)|
|Brighton||pk, +½ (-102)||+230||Un 2, 2½ (-105)|
|West Ham||pk, -½ (+103)||+149||Ov 2½ (+101)|
|Watford||pk, +½ (-123)||+200||Un 2½ (-121)|
All odds taken July 14
Pick 1: Newcastle vs Tottenham
Tottenham comes into this one off the back of a North London derby win over Arsenal at the weekend; a victory that kept alive their faint hopes of a Europa League place. An empty St. James Park will offer Spurs a more presentable challenge than a full one, and they’ll be confident of keeping the pressure on Wolves and Sheffield United, who are currently between them and that vital sixth place.
The Magpies, meanwhile, head into the game after back-to-back defeats by Man City and Watford and have little to play for. They’re the epitome of mid-table – well short of the European places and clear of the relegation scrap – and so motivation could well be a problem for Steve Bruce’s men.
While Spurs are still without the injured Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son showed glimpses at the weekend of hitting their best form – both had looked particularly rusty after the restart – and so everything here points to an away win. Don’t expect a classic, but my money is on a low-scoring Spurs’ win.
Pick: Tottenham to win (-122)
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Pick 2: Arsenal vs Liverpool
The Gunners will still be reeling after losing in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time – especially after their outstanding restart had put them back in contention for a Europa League place – but a draw against Leicester and the Spurs defeat has left them needing to close a five-point gap over the space of three games to stand a chance. A failure to beat Liverpool and it looks game over.
With the Premier League title already in the bag, Jurgen Klopp has used a rotation policy to give his whole squad plenty of game time and while performance levels have understandably dropped off a little, they have only lost once – to Manchester City. With captain Jordan Henderson out because of a knee injury, the Reds are not at their absolute best, and there’s a chance here for Arsenal to get something. Whether they have enough to get the win, I’m not sure.
Pick: Arsenal and Liverpool to draw (+245)
Pick 3: West Ham vs Watford
West Ham’s weekend thrashing of hapless Norwich City was the perfect boost in their battle to stave off relegation, and if they can follow that up with a win at the London Stadium over fellow strugglers Watford, they’ll put clear water between themselves and the bottom three.
The Hornets’ plight is very similar to West Ham’s – both are just three points from safety – but their inferior goal difference makes their position just that little bit more perilous. They are, however, really up for the fight as two wins (over Norwich and Newcastle) in their last two games prove, and manager Nigel Pearson has been in this position before when he negotiated safety for a Leicester team that looked doomed.
This promises to be a titanic struggle between two teams who literally cannot afford to drop into the Championship, and so there’s an argument here that says both will be more determined to not lose than they will be to win. A point for both would keep them clear of the drop zone with two to play.
Pick: West Ham and Watford to draw (+198)
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