This weekend, we have eight Premier League games due to Chelsea and Leicester City’s FA Cup Final clash. All that’s left to play for is European qualification, with every team from 3rd to 9th still in contention.
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MANCHESTER CITY CROWNED PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Tuesday after Leicester City beat Manchester United 2-1. The Citizens are deserved winners and hit their stride in mid-December to early March when they went on a 15 game winning streak. That run propelled them 8th to 1st, and it all but killed the title race these last three months.
Last season Pep Guardiola was heavily criticized for City’s defending, and he responded by turning them into one of the best defensive units in Europe. This is his fifth season at the club and third title win. Only Alex Ferguson and Arsené Wenger have been able to rebuild their side and win the Premier League again. It’s a fantastic achievement, and he fully deserves to be awarded Manager of the Season.
Summer signing Rúben Dias is easily my Player of the Season. I’m certain he will be handed the captaincy when Fernandinho’s time at the club comes to an end. He has transformed their backline with his leadership and organization, and no one has benefitted more than John Stones. The England international is finally realizing his full potential, and their partnership has probably saved his City career. If they can win the Champions League & Dias gives a good showing at the Euro’s, he will be a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or.
Fulham’s 2-0 defeat to Burnley confirmed their relegation to the Championship. All the teams above them can breathe a sigh of relief and relax for the final games of the season. Scott Parker looked to be turning things around in late January to early March when they collected 14 points from 10 games. That run was followed up with 1 point from a possible 21, and the sides around them pulled away.
Fulham have played some good stuff at times, but they’ve struggled to score goals and lacked quality in the final third. The club wants Parker and Aleksandar Mitrović to stay and spearhead their promotion push next season.
Parker has been linked to Tottenham, and he managed their Under-18 side before taking the Fulham job in February 2019. He has done a good job shoring up The Cottagers defense after they leaked 10 goals in their opening three games of the season. But I don’t think he’s experienced enough to take Spurs to the next level, and they should make Graham Potter their number one target.
I can’t see the Serbian international staying after the way he has been used this season. Mitrović has mainly appeared from the substitute’s bench and has only been handed thirteen starts. He has 41 international goals to his name and scored 26 in the Championship last season. He has been linked with a return to Anderlecht in the past, and I think this move or something similar will happen.
Here are the 2020-21 Premier League Matchday 36 Part 2 Betting Lines.
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY 36 PART 2 BETTING LINES
ODDS & ENDS
- I like Leeds United’s Money Line at +138. Burnley will relax now their Premier League survival has been confirmed.
- A Manchester City and Liverpool -1.5 Goal Handicap Parlay is very attractive at +231.
- Back Both Teams To Score YES at -130 in Crystal Palace’s game against Aston Villa.
- A Manchester City, Liverpool, and Everton Money Line Parlay is decent at +129.
WHERE TO BET THE PREMIER LEAGUE IN THE US
In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in New Jersey, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.