Premier League preview and odds: Monday 9 April

There are five Premier League matches taking place on Monday, with Chelsea, Newcastle and Tottenham all continuing to battle away for a place in the Champions League next season. They are all favourites to win their respective matches

Everton v Sunderland 15:00 BST
For the fourth time this season, Everton and Sunderland clash swords and both sides managed a decent result on Saturday, with the Toffees playing out a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road and the Black Cats holding Tottenham to a goalless draw.

It is Everton that have that FA Cup semi-final to enjoy next weekend although David Moyes won’t allow anyone to mention the Liverpool tie when there is the small matter of finishing seventh in the Premier League, a position that the team currently occupy.

The Merseyside club are firm favourites at even money (Paddy Power £100 free bets) to claim victory in this match, having won three and drawn one of their last four games, with Nikica Jelavic twice putting Everton into the lead against Norwich.

It is without question that the former Rangers man has given the team some cutting edge in attack since arriving from Ibrox and he has four goals in as many games, with the only question whether Moyes might consider resting him ahead of the Wembley showdown. He’s a 5/1 chance (Bet Victor bookmaker) to score the first of the match.

Sunderland certainly haven’t given up the ghost since being knocked out of the FA Cup, having drawn 3-3 at Manchester City before that draw with Tottenham. Revenge might be on the cards for Martin O’Neill’s team and odds of 10/3 (bet365 free bets) are available about the visitors claiming a maximum haul.

Two of the three games between these teams have finished all square this season, including the original quarter final in the FA Cup and odds of 12/5 are on offer that this match is a draw, which probably looks like the value outcome. Stephane Sessegnon makes things happen for Sunderland and is overpriced at 11/1.

Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers 15:00 BST
Only Manchester United have won more away games than Newcastle United this season and Friday’s 2-0 triumph at Swansea was a classic away performance where the Magpies snatched an early goal and then soaked up pressure for the home side before striking again at the end.

It means that Alan Pardew’s side remain in the hunt for a Champions League place at the end of the season despite protestations from the manager that his team are ill-equipped to be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich next season.

Monday’s match against Bolton looks eminently winnable and the bookies offer a tempting 8/13 (Coral) about Newcastle winning their fifth game on the bounce against a team that have managed just half as many points this season.

There will be a stack of First Goalscorer bets on Papiss Cisse breaking the deadlock considering that the Senegalese striker hasn’t stopped scoring since arriving at St James’ Park, making it seven from four when bagging a brace at the Liberty Stadium. Odds of 4/1 (Bet Victor £50 free bet) look very tempting against a side that shipped three at home to Fulham on Saturday.

Strike partner Demba Ba has gone off the boil ever since his compatriot arrived on these shores and he is probably best left at similar odds, although Hatem Ben Arfa clearly has an eye for goal and can be backed at 15/2 with Bet Victor.

What chance do Bolton stand of winning on Tyneside? They have won 33% of their away matches in the Premier League, claiming five victories, no draws and ten defeats. Owen Coyle’s team are 11/2 (Boylesports bookmaker) to claim a much-needed victory in their quest against relegation but you can’t help but feel they will be outclassed in this match.

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City 15:00 BST
Chelsea and Newcastle are breathing down the neck of Tottenham Hotspur following wins on Saturday and Friday respectively, with Harry Redknapp’s side managing just the one point at the Stadium of Light which means they have just a three-point advantage over the 5th and 6th place teams.

Spurs probably overachieved during the first half of the campaign although they still have their destiny in their own hands and are strong favourites to beat Norwich on Monday, with odds of 1/3 (Stan James free bet) available about a home win against a Canaries team who are struggling for wins as we approach the end of the season.

Gareth Bale was denied a late goal at the Stadium of Light after a brilliant saving tackle from Craig Gardner and the Welshman is facing a race to be fit for this contest although he was the shining light during Tottenham’s last home match when they beat Swansea 3-1.

It was Emmanuel Adebayor who scored twice in that game and the forward is a 3/1 poke (bet365 bookmaker) to score first in this game, with Jermain Defoe and Louis Saha available at similar prices.

Norwich twice came from behind to manage a 2-2 draw against Everton on Saturday, although the Canaries have just one win to their name in the last eight matches and that is why Coral are happy to lay the visitors at 10/1.

Paul Lambert’s team have accumulated enough points to stay afloat in the Premier League already although the Scot will urge his team to finish as high up the table as possible and Grant Holt is having a season to remember. He’s an 11/1 shot to score the first goal of this one.

Aston Villa v Stoke City 17:30 BST
Aston Villa are inching their way towards Premier League safety, with Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Anfield taking Alex McLeish’s team six points clear of danger with a game in hand at home to Bolton.

Monday’s match against Stoke represents a chance to effectively guarantee their top flight status for another season and the Villans are a 13/10 chance (Paddy Power) to claim victory in this Midlands derby.

Villa weren’t far away from winning at Anfield on Saturday, with Chris Herd’s early opener ensuring the visitors led for over an hour before Luis Suarez equalised in the 82nd minute. Scoring goals is a problem with Darren Bent on the sidelines, although Gabby Agbonlahor will be itching to score his first goal as captain and is 13/2 (bet365 £200 free bets) to break the deadlock.

Stoke City are looking for a top half finish that would make it a satisfactory season for the Potters, who have enjoyed adventures in the Europa League and FA Cup this campaign, although there has been a distinct lack of goals from the Staffordshire side when it comes to away games.

Just 10 goals have been scored in 16 away games, with the visitors available at 13/5 (Bet Victor free bets) to win the match although a better bet could be that this game ends all square at 23/10. We can see a low-scoring encounter with a point not being a bad result for either side.

Under 2.5 Goals is an attractive wager at 7/10 with several punters likely to have a nibble at the No Goalscorer price in this match at 17/2 although Peter Crouch will be looking to score against his former club and 7/1 is available about the England hopeful.

Fulham v Chelsea 15:00 BST
After an eventful London Boat Race on Saturday, will we witness more drama on the banks of the River Thames on Easter Monday, with Chelsea making the short journey to Putney for a west London derby which should be a closely-contested affair.

It is amazing to see Fulham priced at 13/5 (Bet Victor free bets) to win this match considering they come into this game off the back of a 3-0 victory at Bolton which means that the Cottagers are into the top half of the Premier League and actually only 14 points behind Chelsea.

Clint Dempsey has had an excellent season taking his goal tally to 21 on Saturday at the Reebok where the American bagged two goals and Roberto di Matteo will want to ensure that this prolific attacking midfielder is kept under wraps by the Chelsea defence. Dempsey is an 8/1 chance (Ladbrokes bookmaker) to score the first goal.

It is hard to argue with the assertion that the Blues are a better proposition under Di Matteo than Andre Villas-Boas, with that narrow defeat at Manchester City the only loss experienced since the Italian replaced his predecessor.

Aside from that game, it has been eight wins and a draw for Chelsea although they were fortunate to beat Wigan on Saturday and the manager has to consider the team to play on Sunday when they meet Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-finals.

The visitors are warm favourites at 6/5 (Sky Bet free bets) to win at Craven Cottage although they will come into Monday’s game without captain John Terry and a decision needs to be made over whether to reinstate Fernando Torres to the starting line-up.

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