As the Premier League sprints towards it trademark photo finish, the battle for relegation is hotter than ever. Check who the bookies think will score this weekend, who will win, and who will survive, game-by-game.
Aston Villa - Southampton: Southampton come into their clash with Villa in bad form - losses to both Leicester and Sunderland are humiliating for teams at the bottom, no less a team that was once in the race for Champion's League football. Villa, however, come into this game with two wins on the trot, and are one win away from safety. Southampton is still the favorite on Saturday with odds of about 4/5, the draw is sitting about 3/1, and the bookies' least likely result is an Aston Villa win, with odds of 4/1. The most likely score-lines are 1-0 Southampton and a 1-1 draw, Graziano Pelle is the most likely goalscorer, with odds of about 5/4 - Aston Villa's best threat, predictably, is Christian Benteke, at as low as 3/2. Interestingly enough, one betting company has Jack Grealish at a mere 4/1! Maybe he can finally net his first senior goal.
Sunderland - Leicester: This match is the epitome of a toss up. In a critical relegation match, almost every match result for this game is at about 9/5, a truly peculiar situation. The most likely goal scorers are Jermain Defoe, Leo Ulloa, and Connor Wickham (no typo).
Man United - Arsenal: Manchester United are the favorites in this clash of the titans, with odds of 3/2, slightly better than those of Arsenal at 2/1. Wayne Rooney is the favorite goalscorer, followed closely by Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, and Alexis Sanchez.
Newcastle United - QPR: In the clash of teams without spirit or good managers, the team with Premier League hope is favored. Newcastle's odds of 7/5 trounce QPR's of 2/1, but the lack of disparity between the odds of a relegation-battling Newcastle and a self-destucting-already-relegated QPR should be discouraging for the Newcastle faithful. QPR's most likely goalscorer is Charlie Austin, opposed on the Newcastle line by creative young Spaniard Ayoze Perez.
Hull City - Tottenham: In the Aston Villa safety watch game, Hull travel to White Hart Lane for Spurs' final home game of the season. All Villa fans will be a Spurs fan for the afternoon, and good news seems to be on the horizon, as Spurs are looking at favorable odds of 4/5, while Hull's win chances are astronomical 19/5, followed by the draw at a more reasonable 3/1. Harry Kane's scoring odds are an appetizing 11/10, and Hull's best choice is from resurgent Senegalese strike Dame N'doye at 14/5.
Relegation odds as a whole: Hull lead the pack at an uninspiring 2/5, followed by Sunderland at 5/1 and Newcastle at 7/1. Aston Villa look to be on their way to safety, with heartwarming odds of 80/1.