EPL Moves Into Final Week Of Action

The English Premiership draws to a close on Sunday and everything could still hang in the balance at both ends of the table. 

Newcastle @ Liverpool 

Soccer Betting Odds: Liverpool -500, Newcastle +1200, Draw +550

Liverpool had one hand on their first league title since 1990, but they lost to Chelsea at home and then gave up a 3-0 lead in a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace on Monday and now they need some help from from other teams. The picture of Luis Suarez in tears is something that Liverpool fans won’t soon forget if they don’t win the title, which is unlikely at this point. Newcastle halted a six-game winless skid by beating Cardiff City 3-0 in their final home game, effectively sending Cardiff to the Championship, but Alan Pardew’s job is still up in the air. Liverpool will be the favorites in their Anfield finale as Newcastle hasn’t won there in the league since 1994, but they did hold the Reds to a 2-2 draw at home in October.

West Ham @ Manchester City 

Soccer Betting Odds: Manchester City -800, West Ham +1400, Draw +800

City will play their game in hand at home against Aston Villa on Wednesday, and a win would give them a two-point edge over Liverpool going into this game against West Ham, who might be playing for Sam Allardyce’s job despite a 2-0 home win over Tottenham in their last match. City is on theverge of their second league title in three years and in both seasons, it has come down to the wire, so this is a team that is used to the pressure and they know what they are up against. This will be the fourth meeting of the season between the two clubs, and City has won all three by a combined score of 12-1, including a 6-0 thrashing at the Ethiad Stadium in the Capitol One Cup. They should be large favorites going into this game despite whatever happens on Wednesday. 

Swansea City @ Sunderland 

Soccer Betting Odds: Sunderland +120, Swansea +220, Draw +240

Sunderland’s survival run has been the stuff dreams are made of with three wins and a draw in their last four, tying at Manchester City, and winning at Chelsea and Manchester United, with at home against Cardiff. The win at United was special as it was Sunderland’s first win at Old Trafford since 1968, and now they are two points ahead of Norwich City, who will host Arsenal while this game is being played. Since they have lost and tied with Norwich, Sunderland needs all three points to stay in the Premier League. Swansea is coming off a 1-0 loss at home to Southampton, but they’re comfortably above the drop zone, so their motivation level is not high at all; that being said, their players will still give their all. Sunderland should be the favorites at the Stadium of Light, and they’ll be out for revenge after getting smacked 4-0 at Swansea earlier in the season and they haven’t beaten the Welsh side in three matches. With all they have to play for on Sunday, Sunderland will be fired up for all 90-plus minutes.