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Get your FIFA Women’s World Cup tips as the Australia Matildas kick off the knockout phase with a showdown against Norway. 

05:00 (AEST), Sun 23th Jun @ Allianz Riviera, Nice

World Cup history: Played 6: Norway 3 V Australia 2 (1 Draw)

Last meeting: February 28, 2018: Australia 4 d Norway 3 at Albufeira Municipal Stadium

Final Thoughts: Australia stormed into the FIFA Women’s World Cup knockouts via two stunning wins. They now square off with Norway for a quarter-final berth.

The Matildas were under the pump after a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Italy in their opening match.

Trailing 2-0 just before halftime of their match against Brazil, Australia’s campaign looked all but over. But goals to Caitlin Foord and Chloe Largarzo either side of the break, followed by a Brazil own goal, powered the Matildas to a famous victory.

Sixth-ranked Australia sealed their Round of 16 spot with a 4-1 thrashing of Jamaica. Sam Kerr – who scored their lone goal against Italy – bagged all four goals.

Norway, ranked 12th in the world, progressed after bookending a 2-1 loss to hosts France with wins over Nigeria (3-0) and South Korea (2-1).

Their last four goals have come from own goals or penalties. They are yet to concede a first-half goal at the tournament.

Neither nation has fared well in FIFA Women’s World Cup knockout games recently. Australia have won just one of their last four, their Round of 16 defeat of Brazil in 2015. Norway have won only one of their last seven sudden-death WC assignments. Australia also downed Norway 2-1 in the 2011 group stage.

It’s no secret Kerr is the Matildas’ key. She has scored an incredible 28 goals in her last 29 internationals – including in Australia’s 4-3 win over Norway at last year’s Algarve Cup.

Australia haven’t been the tightest team at the World Cup defensively, but their attacking flair gives them an edge in Nice.

Tip: Result – Australia @ $2.20

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Get your FIFA Women’s World Cup tips as the Australia Matildas look to snare a place in the knockouts with a big win over struggling Jamaica.

02:00 (AEST), Wed 19th Jun @ Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

History: First meeting

Final Thoughts: Australia kept their FIFA Women’s World Cup knockout hopes alive with a stunning comeback win over Brazil. But their place in the Round of 16 is far from assured – they likely need a big win over Jamaica to sneak through.

The Matildas were under the pump after a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Italy in their opening match.

Trailing 2-0 just before halftime of their match against Brazil, Australia’s campaign looked all but over. But goals to Caitlin Foord and Chloe Largarzo either side of the break, followed by a Brazil own goal, powered the Matildas to a famous victory.

Sam Kerr’s defiant “suck on that” post-match broadside to the team’s critics somewhat overshadowed the result. But the Matildas will continue to use that backs-to-the-wall mentality to their advantage.

Italy lead Group C with two wins and a plus-6 goal differential. Brazil (+2) and Australia (0) each have a win and loss. The simultaneously-played match between Italy and Brazil will help determine whether the Matildas progress.

Jamaica have endured a miserable FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament to date. They went down 3-0 to Brazil, before being humbled 5-0 by Italy.

The $23 outsiders can’t be taken lightly – particularly with players of the class of forward Khadija Shaw – but their defence has been well below standard so far.

First priority for the Matildas is securing the win, but they also need a big margin. With Kerr, their goalscorer against Italy, and Foord in great form up front, that is certainly on the cards.

Tip: Anytime Goalscorer – Caitlin Foord @ $1.80

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Get your FIFA Women’s World Cup tips as the Australia Matildas aim to rectify their campaign against Brazil. 

02:00 (AEST), Fri 14th Jun @ Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier

History: Played 18: Australia 9 V Brazil 8 (1 Draw)

Last meeting: July 26, 2018: Australia 2 d Brazil 1

Final Thoughts: Australia face a virtual do-or-die showdown with Brazil at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Matildas, ranked sixth in the world, suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Italy in their first outing. Sam Kerr scored the only goal of the first half, but Italy equalised in the 56th minute and found the winner five minutes into stoppage time.

It was Australia’s fourth consecutive loss, having dropped three straight friendlies leading into the tournament.

Tenth-ranked Brazil powered to a 3-0 win over lightweights Jamaica in their group-stage opener. Veteran Cristiane Rozeira scored all three goals.

Australia pulled off a 1-0 victory over Brazil at the Round of 16 stage at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. The Matildas went down to Japan by the same scoreline in the quarters.

Australia also won a friendly against Brazil last year and won a pair of matches in 2017.

But Brazil on a 10-match winning streak in World Cup group matches, scoring 24 goals and conceding none.

All three of the nations’ World Cup clashes – with Brazil holding a 2-1 edge – have been decided by a one-goal margin.

Tightening up their defence is the key to a Matildas bounce-back. They have more than enough firepower in the form of Kerr, Caitlin Foord and co. to get the job done against Brazil.

Expect Australia to break Brazil’s streak in a high-scorer.

Tip: Result and Total – Australia and Over 2.5 @ $3.00

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Get your A-League tips for the 2019 Grand Final as Perth Glory hunt a drought-breaking title triumph against perennial big guns Sydney FC. 

A-League Tips – Perth Glory V Sydney FC

18:30 (AEST), Sun 19th May @ Optus Stadium, Perth

History: Played 40: Sydney 23 V Perth 9 (8 Draws)

Last meeting: April 18, 2019: Sydney 1 d Perth 0 at Jubilee Oval

Final Thoughts: The top two teams from the A-League regular season have won their way through to a mouth-watering Grand Final showdown. But the heavyweights took very different Semi-final paths to the big one.

Perth Glory, the Premiers Plate winners, survived an almighty scare from Adelaide United. The match finished 3-all after extra-time, before the Glory won an extraordinary penalty shootout. Goalkeeper Liam Reddy was the hero after saving three straight spot kicks (and scoring from his own) to secure Perth’s passage to the decider.

But it was a reality check for the Glory, who coughed up a 2-0 lead despite conceding just 23 goals in the regular season.

Sydney FC, meanwhile, obliterated defending champions Melbourne Victory 6-1 in the other semi. The Sky Blues led 3-0 at halftime, while an Adam le Fondre brace in the second stanza sealed the result.

The Glory are appearing in just their second A-League Grand Final, losing to Brisbane in 2012. Sydney FC have won three (2006, 2010 and 2017) and lost one (2015).

Perth’s regular-season dominance did not quite extend to overturning their poor record against Sydney.

The Sky Blues won two of the teams’ three encounters: a 2-1 win in Perth in Week 9 and a 1-0 victory at home in Week 26 either side of a 3-1 away loss at nib Stadium. Sydney striker le Fondre scored a goal in all three games.

The Glory lost just one other game this season.

Sydney have won 10 of their last 11 against Perth and seven of their last nine in the WA capital.

Four of the last six A-League Grand Finals (and eight of 13 all-time) have produced two goals or less. The home team is 9-4 in A-League Grand Finals.

Last week’s nail-biter may have chipped away at the Glory’s confidence. Underdogs Sydney FC bring irresistible momentum into the decider and – coupled with their big-match experience – look a great bet to take out another title.

Tip: Result – Sydney FC @ $3.00

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The Premier League Preview has EPL Tips for each match of the season-closing Week 38, with Manchester City and Liverpool both in the title mix. 

EPL Tips – Tottenham Hotspur V Everton
00:00 (AEST), Mon 13th May @ Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

History: Played 176: Tottenham 67 V Everton 55 (54 Draws)

Last meeting: December 23, 2018 (EPL): Tottenham 6 d Everton 2 at Goodison Park

Final Thoughts: The euphoria of Tottenham’s staggering Champions League semi-final triumph will only just be subsiding by the time they line up for their final-round clash with Everton. Spurs’ top-four sport is assured barring disaster – they are three points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal with a superior goal difference to the tune of eight goals.

But their league form has been poor, losing seven of their last 11 – including 1-0 defeats to West Ham and Bournemouth in their past two.

Everton are looking to hold onto eighth and have finished the season with a flourish, winning five and drawing one of their last seven. They accounted for Burnley 2-0 last weekend.

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 12 games against Everton, winning the last four encounters by a combined 16-4. Everton sunk to a humiliating 6-2 loss to Spurs at home just before Christmas, with Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane both grabbing doubles.

But Everton are a great upset chance here, with Spurs coming off such an emotional UCL victory and not having a great deal of motivation to get up for this one.

Tip: Result – Everton @ $3.40

EPL Tips – Manchester United V Cardiff City
00:00 (AEST), Mon 13th May @ Old Trafford

History: Played 30: Man United 15 V Cardiff 7 (8 Draws)

Last meeting: December 22, 2018 (EPL): Man United 5 d Cardiff 1 at Cardiff City Stadium

Final Thoughts: A shocking back-end of the campaign means the best Man United can do is leapfrog Arsenal into a fifth-place finish. They have won just two of their last eight and are winless in their last four, inexplicably drawing 1-1 with bottom-placed Huddersfield last week.

Cardiff City’s relegation fate was sealed via a 3-2 loss at home to Crystal Palace last week, their ninth defeat in their past 11 outings.

Cardiff’s last win over United was in 1960. The Red Devils torched the Welsh outfit 5-1 in Cardiff earlier this season, with Jesse Lingard netting a late brace.

United’s only loss at Old Trafford since Week 3 was to Man City three weeks ago, and they should end a rollercoaster campaign on a positive note.

Tip: Result and Total – Man United and Over 3.5 @ $2.20

EPL Tips – Watford V West Ham United
00:00 (AEST), Mon 13th May @ Vicarage Road

History: Played 76: West Ham 42 V Watford 21 (13 Draws)

Last meeting: December 22, 2018 (EPL): Watford 2 d West Ham 0 at London Stadium

Final Thoughts: Watford and West Ham are squaring off for a top-half finish – the Hornets are 10th and Hammers are one point back in 11th.

Watford have won just two of their last eight, losing their last two to Wolves (2-1) and Chelsea (3-0). West Ham are in much better touch, winning their last two against Tottenham (1-0) and Southampton (3-0).

Watford boast three wins and a draw from their last five games against West Ham – including a 2-0 away victory in Week 18.

But current form points to a win for the visitors, who look sound value as outsiders.

Tip: Result – West Ham @ $3.00

EPL Tips – Southampton V Huddersfield Town
00:00 (AEST), Mon 13th May @ St Mary’s Stadium

History: Played 27: Southampton 12 V Huddersfield 11 (4 Draws)

Last meeting: December 22, 2018 (EPL): Southampton 3 d Huddersfield 1 at John Smith’s Stadium

Final Thoughts: Huddersfield’s last game in the Premier League before dropping back to the Championship is a road trip against 16th-placed Southampton – a team that was mired in the relegation picture not all that long ago.

But last-placed Town signalled their intentions to go out with a bang in Week 37, snapping a run of eight straight losses with a draw at home to Manchester United. Southampton are winless in their last four and went down 3-0 at West Ham last weekend.

Southampton are unbeaten in their last four against Huddersfield. Both games finished in a draw last season, but the Saints carved out a 3-1 away victory earlier this season.

Southampton boast three wins and a draw in their last five at home, while Huddersfield have mustered a solitary point from their past 12 games on the road. But the value in Town with a start – given the emotion surrounding their impending demotion – is impossible to resist.

Tip: Handicap – Huddersfield +1 @ $3.00

EPL Tips – Leicester City V Chelsea
00:00 (AEST), Mon 13th May @ King Power Stadium

History: Played 113: Chelsea 56 V Leicester 26 (31 Draws)

Last meeting: December 22, 2018 (EPL): Leicester City 1 d Chelsea 0 at Stamford Bridge

Final Thoughts: Leicester sit ninth and are guaranteed to finish in the top half, but they will be keen to continue their strong finish to the year. They have won six and drawn one of their last 10, while they almost thwarted Man City last week, ultimately going down 1-0 at the Etihad.

Third-placed Chelsea have lost only one of the last six – to Liverpool – and are coming off a 3-0 thrashing of Watford. But they are chasing just their third win from their last nine away games.

Leicester have won only two of their last 17 against Chelsea – one of which came in Week 18 this season, a 1-0 upset at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are on a four-match winning streak at King Power Stadium.

Chelsea are narrow favourites, but a hard-fought draw is standing out as the best head-to-head option. The under also looks good value.

Tip: Total – Under 2.5 @ $2.12

EPL Tips – Fulham V Newcastle United
00:00 (AEST), Mon 13th May @ Craven Cottage

History: Played 72: Fulham 31 V Newcastle 27 (14 Draws)

Last meeting: December 22, 2018 (EPL): 0-0 draw at St James’ Park

Final Thoughts: Second-last Fulham are heading back to the Championship, but they go into their last game as slight favourites after a late-season surge of form. The beat Everton, Bournemouth and Cardiff to nil, but going down 1-0 at Wolverhampton in Week 37.

Newcastle are 14th but could move one place either way with a win or a loss here. The Magpies have also enjoyed a late flourish, going unbeaten for three games before giving Liverpool a scare in a 3-2 loss.

Fulham are unbeaten in their last four against Newcastle and managed a scoreless draw at St James’ Park in Week 18.

The lower-half rivals can barely be split in the head-to-head odds, which is a strong indicator the draw is a decent chance of coming in.

Tip: Result – Draw @ $3.50

EPL Tips – Liverpool V Wolverhampton Wanderers
00:00 (AEST), Mon 13th May @ Anfield

History: Played 103: Liverpool 50 V Wolverhampton 36 (17 Draws)

Last meeting: January 7, 2019 (FA Cup): Wolverhampton 2 d Liverpool 1 at Molineux Stadium

Final Thoughts: Liverpool can win the Premier League title with a win over Wolves – but they need Man City to lose or draw with Brighton. Nevertheless, Liverpool will be hell-bent on taking care of their half of the equation, and they should still be buoyant after their miraculous Champions League semi defeat of Barcelona.

Win, lose or draw, Wolverhampton will finish seventh – and extraordinary result for the promoted club. They are coming home with a wet sail, winning their last three against Arsenal, Watford and Fulham, and adding the scalp of Liverpool would be a dream end to a marvellous season.

Liverpool have won their last four Premier League encounters with Wolverhampton – including a 2-0 away win earlier this season. But Wolves have eliminated the Reds from two of the past three FA Cups, scoring a 2-1 home upset in January.

Liverpool have lost just once all season, are unbeaten in their last 16 and have won eight straight. It’s been a stellar EPL campaign regardless of the outcome of the title race and they should finish it off in fitting style.

Tip: Handicap – Liverpool -1 @ $1.91

EPL Tips – Crystal Palace V AFC Bournemouth
00:00 (AEST), Mon 13th May @ Selhurst Park

History: Played 71: Bournemouth 29 V Crystal Palace 23 (19 Draws)

Last meeting: October 1, 2018 (EPL): Bournemouth 2 d Crystal Palace 1 at Vitality Stadium

Final Thoughts: Crystal Palace are 12th and could move up or down one spot, depending on other results. But Palace will be pleased with the way they have extricated themselves from the relegation picture, racking up seven wins and three draws from their last 14 games. They are currently on a three-match unbeaten streak, bookending a scoreless draw against Everton with away wins over Arsenal and Cardiff by 3-2 scorlines.

AFC Bournemouth are 13th and will overtake Palace with a win here. The Cherries have also found a bit of late-season form, stunning Tottenham 1-0 at home last weekend.

Three of the team’s last five clashes finished in a draw. Bournemouth ended a four-match winless streak against Palace with a 2-1 home win earlier this season.

Lean towards Palace at home – though Bournemouth will be no pushovers.

Tip: Double Chance and Total – Crystal Palace or Draw and Over 2.5 @ $2.00

EPL Tips – Brighton and Hove Albion V Manchester City
00:00 (AEST), Mon 13th May @ Amex Stadium

EPL History: Played 21: Man City 12 V Brighton 5 (4 Draws)

Last meeting: April 6, 2019 (FA Cup): Man City 1 d Brighton 0 at Etihad Stadium

Final Thoughts: The equation is simple: Manchester City just need a win over 17th-placed Brighton to clinch back-to-back Premier League titles.

City have won 13 straight in the EPL and have kept clean sheets in their last four, but 1-0 wins over Burnley and Leicester in the past fortnight were more than enough to have their fans on the edge of their seats. They didn’t score until midway through the second half of both wins – including a screamer of a winner from captain Vincent Kompany against the Foxes.

Brighton are safe from relegation. Though they are winless in their last eight games, the Seagulls have managed three draws from their last four outings – including a 1-1 result at the Emriates to stymie Arsenal’s top-four bid.

Man City is on a four-match winning streak against Brighton, including a 2-0 league victory and a 1-0 FA Cup success this season – both at home. It may not be pretty, but the Citizens will get the job done to retain the silverware.

Tip: Man City To Win To Nil @ $1.85

EPL Tips – Burnley V Arsenal
00:00 (AEST), Mon 13th May @ Turf Moor

EPL History: Played 106: Arsenal 52 V Burnley 33 (21 Draws)

Last meeting: December 22, 2018 (EPL): Arsenal 3 d Burnley 1 at Emirates Stadium

Final Thoughts: Arsenal have absolutely butchered their top-four hopes over the past month, winning only one of their last six games. After losing three straight to Palace, Wolves and Leicester, they drew 1-1 at home to lowly Brighton. They would need to win and Tottenham to lose – with an eight-goal differential swing – to sneak into fourth.

Burnley sit in 15th and will no doubt still be relieved at having avoided relegation with their four-game unbeaten run in April. They have lost their last two to Man City (1-0) and Everton (2-0).

Arsenal are on a nine-match winning streak against Burnley. The Gunners prevailed 3-1 at home in Week 18, but they have not scored more than one goal in each of their last four visits to Turf Moor.

It seems incongruous that Arsenal would be only $2.10 favourites against a team running near the bottom of the ladder, but it is a reflection of their shocking spiral. Nevertheless, it does render the Gunners decent value – if their latent ability springs into action, they should grab the win at Burnley.

Tip: Result – Arsenal $2.10

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Get your A-League tips for Semi-finals weekend, featuring a big Friday night in Perth and a mouth-watering ‘Big Blue’ showdown on Sunday.

A-League Tips – Perth Glory V Adelaide United

20:30 (AEST), Fri 10th May @ nib Stadium, Perth

History: Played 40: Adelaide 17 V Perth 13 (10 Draws)

Last meeting: March 15, 2019: Perth 2 d Adelaide 0 at Coopers Stadium

Final Thoughts: Perth Glory have had the week off – now they attempt to turn their runaway Premier’s Plate success into the club’s first grand final appearance since 2012. Since then, the Glory have won just one of four playoffs matches.

Fourth-placed Adelaide United are on a major roll. They went unbeaten in their last five regular-season games, before snaring a 1-0 extra-time Elimination Final win over Melbourne City last Sunday. The Reds have lost only one of their last eight away games.

Perth boast five wins and two draws from their last nine clashes with Adelaide. This season the Glory have notched a pair of 2-0 wins in Adelaide, but their sole encounter in Perth finished 0-0. The clubs have never played a finals match.

The Glory are 10-2-2 at home this season and unsurprisingly pronounced favourites. But it’s their defence – keeping nine clean sheets in their past 14 games – that will get them over the line. Adelaide have scored more than one goal just twice in their past 11 games and will struggle to break down Perth’s wall.

Tip: Perth Glory To Win To Nil @ $2.63

A-League Tips – Sydney FC V Melbourne Victory

19:00 (AEST), Sun 12th May @ Jubilee Oval, Sydney

History: Played 46: Sydney 15 V Victory 15 (16 Draws)

Last meeting: April 6, 2019: Sydney 2 d Victory 1 at Sydney Cricket Ground

Final Thoughts: Melbourne Victory are aiming to upset Sydney at the Semi-finals stage for the second straight season. They produced an impressive 3-1 sudden-death win over Wellington last Friday. But they were trounced 4-0 by Daegu FC in South Korea midweek.

Following their weekend off, second-placed Sydney FC also went to South Korea and crashed 1-0 to Ulsan. They made a pre-finals statement in the A-League with a 1-0 home win over Perth, before a second-string line-up lost 2-0 at Newcastle in the last round.

All three ‘Big Blue’ showdowns this season were decided by 2-1 scorelines – the Victory won the first two, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne, but the Sky Blues prevailed at the SCG a month ago.

Sydney FC have won eight of their last 11 overall against the Victory, but the Melburnians pulled off a stunning 3-2 playoffs win on their way to last year’s grand final triumph. Sydney, though, one the previous season’s grand final at the Victory’s expense.

The Victory are good value as $3.50 underdogs, but it would not surprise one bit to see this blockbuster go to extra-time. The over shapes as a top play with eight of their last 11 clashes (and their last four in a row) producing three goals or more.

Tip: Total – Over 2.5 @ $1.95

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The Premier League Preview has EPL Tips for each match of Week 37, with every result crucial for the ‘Big Six’ in the penultimate round. 

EPL Tips – Everton V Burnley
05:00 (AEST), Sat 4th May @ Goodison Park

History: Played 113: Everton 49 V Burnley 35 (29 Draws)

Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): Everton 5 d Burnley 1 at Turf Moor

Final Thoughts: Everton missed a trick last week in a scoreless draw at Crystal Palace – after winning four of their previous five – but they can still finish seventh if they chalk up a win here. The Toffees have kept five clean sheets in the past six matches, including a remarkable 4-0 rout of Man United in Week 35.

Burnley, currently 15th, are also looking for a late climb up the standings over the last fortnight of the premiership. Their four-match unbeaten came to an end last weekend, but they were far from disgraced in a 1-0 loss at home to Man City.

Burnley have won three of their last five against Everton, including both clashes last season. But Everton romped to a 5-1 victory on the road on Boxing Day with Lucas Digne scoring in each half.

The Clarets boast three wins and three draws from their last eight away games, but Everton’s recent defensive prowess should get them the win at home.

Tip: Everton To Win To Nil @ $2.56

EPL Tips – AFC Bournemouth V Tottenham Hotspur
23:30 (AEST), Sat 4th May @ Vitality Stadium

History: Played 8: Tottenham 6 V Bournemouth 1 (1 Draw)

Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): Tottenham 5 d Bournemouth 0 at Wembley Stadium

Final Thoughts: Tottenham head to Bournemouth aiming to put a horrible week at home behind them. First, they lost 1-0 to West Ham when consolidating third spot was there for the taking. Then Spurs went down 1-0 to Ajax in the Champions League.

Bournemouth, who sit 14th, have won only two of their last 12 games. Last weekend they played out a 3-3 draw with Southampton; Callum Wilson’s second goal late in the piece secured the point.

The best Bournemouth have managed against Tottenham since their elevation to the elevation to the EPL in 2015 was a scoreless draw in 2016. Spurs have won the other six encounters by a combined 22-2 – including a 5-0 rout earlier this season in which Son Heung-Min bagged a double.

Spurs are two points clear of Chelsea and four in front of fifth-placed Arsenal, but can’t afford another slip-up with a tough match against Everton in the final round. Bournemouth’s home form has been second rate and the heavyweights should prevail.

Tip: Result and Total – Tottenham and Under 2.5 @ $2.88

EPL Tips – West Ham United V Southampton
00:00 (AEST), Sun 5th May @ London Stadium

History: Played 172: West Ham 76 V Southampton 50 (46 Draws)

Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): West Ham 2 d Southampton 1 at St Mary’s Stadium

Final Thoughts: West Ham look destined for an 11th-place finish, but they will be buoyed by becoming the first visiting team to win at Tottenham Stadium, knocking over Spurs 1-0 last weekend. Michail Antonio scored for the second week in a row to end Hammers’ four-match scoreless streak.

After a nervous few months, Southampton’s 2019-20 EPL pass is secure after drawing their last two games against Watford (1-1) and Bournemouth. Despite their lowly standing, the Saints have been held scoreless just once in their past 15 games.

West Ham have won three of their last four against Southampton, including a 2-1 away victory in Week 19. Felipe Anderson scored both of Hammers’ goals.

West Ham have generally been very strong at London Stadium this season and shape as the obvious pick here.

Tip: Result and Both Teams To Score – West Ham and Yes @ $3.60

EPL Tips – Wolverhampton Wanderers V Fulham
00:00 (AEST), Sun 5th May @ Molineux Stadium

History: Played 91: Wolverhampton 42 V Fulham 26 (23 Draws)

Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage

Final Thoughts: Wolverhampton are in the box-seat for a seventh-place finish after back-to-back wins over Arsenal and (3-1) and Watford (2-1). They sit three points ahead of the chasing pack – a tremendous accomplishment for a promoted club.

Life back in the Premier League hasn’t gone quite as swimmingly for Fulham, who are headed for the drop in second-last. But they are going out with a bang, following up a nine-game losing streak with three straight wins to nil over Everton, Bournemouth and Cardiff.

The sides drew 1-1 at Fulham on Boxing Day. But Wolverhampton are unbeaten in their last four at home against the Cottagers.

Lean towards Wolves…but Fulham can’t be written off entirely on recent form.

Tip: Double Chance and Total – Wolverhampton or Draw and Over 2.5 @ $2.20

EPL Tips – Cardiff City V Crystal Palace
02:30 (AEST), Sun 5th May @ Cardiff City Stadium

History: Played 68: Crystal Palace 32 V Cardiff 16 (20 Draws)

Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park

Final Thoughts: It’s the last roll of the dice for 18th-placed Cardiff – they need to win they last two games and hope Brighton lose their last two. But the Welsh outfit have lost four of their last five games to nil, including a 1-0 defeat at Fulham last weekend.

Crystal Palace have clawed their way to 12th with six wins and three draws in their last 13 games. After upsetting Arsenal at the Emirates in Week 35, they held in-form Everton to a scoreless draw at home.

Cardiff boast seven wins and three draws in their last 15 clashes with Palace. The teams played out a scoreless draw at Selhurst Park in Week 19, while Palace have won just one of their last 10 in Cardiff.

The desperation factor makes this game a dangerous proposition for punters, but the under still holds plenty of value.

Tip: Total – Under 2.5 @ $1.85

EPL Tips – Newcastle United V Liverpool
04:45 (AEST), Sun 5th May @ St James Park

History: Played 177: Liverpool 84 V Newcastle 50 (43 Draws)

Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): Liverpool 4 d Newcastle 0 at Anfield

Final Thoughts: Liverpool need to bounce back quickly from a dismal 3-0 UCL loss in Barcelona to keep their increasingly faint Premier League title hopes alive. They crushed Huddersfield 5-0 last weekend – with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah both bagging braces – but remain one point behind frontrunners Man City.

Thirteenth-placed Newcastle followed up solid wins over Leicester and Southampton with a 1-1 draw at Brighton.

Newcastle have managed two wins and two draws from their last seven games against Liverpool. But the Reds thumped the Magpies 4-0 at home earlier this season.

Expect Newcastle to fall victim to Liverpool’s blowback after being humbled by Barcelona, with the heavyweights notching a seventh straight league win.

Tip: Handicap – Liverpool -1 @ $2.00

EPL Tips – Chelsea V Watford
23:00 (AEST), Sun 5th May @ Stamford Bridge

History: Played 34: Chelsea 18 V Watford 10 (6 Draws)

Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): Chelsea 2 d Watford 1 at Vicarage Road

Final Thoughts: Chelsea are winless in their last three games but cling to fourth spot on the back of consecutive draws against Burnley (2-2) and Man United (1-1). The up-and-down Blues are unbeaten in their last eight at Stamford Bridge, however. They are two points ahead of Arsenal.

Tenth-placed Watford will be hopeful of inching up the standings before the season is out, but they come into this road trip off a disappointing fortnight at home: a 1-1 draw with lowly Southampton and a 2-1 loss to Wolves.

Watford boast just one win from their last 15 games against Chelsea, who grabbed a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road via an Eden Hazard double in Week 19. Watford are searching for their first win at Stamford Bridge since 1986.

But the Hornets are tantalising value as a $7.50 outsider with a respectable six away wins to their name.

Tip: Handicap – Watford +1 @ $3.00

EPL Tips – Huddersfield Town V Manchester United
23:00 (AEST), Sun 5th May @ John Smith’s Stadium

History: Played 49: Man United 23 V Huddersfield 11 (15 Draws)

Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): Man United 3 d Huddersfield 1 at Old Trafford

Final Thoughts: Last-placed Huddersfield are on an eight-match losing streak and were thumped 5-0 by Liverpool last week.

Manchester United’s top-four quest has fallen apart in the past couple of months, losing four of their last seven games and being held to a 1-1 draw at home by Chelsea last week. Amidst that dismal run, United were also bounced out of the UCL by Barcelona. But they are still only three points adrift of the top-four.

Man United have won 10 of their last 12 against Town, including a 3-1 home victory on Boxing Day. Each of United’s current streak of three straight wins over Huddersfield were by two-goal margins.

Despite their poor recent efforts, it’s difficult seeing United being run even remotely close by a Huddersfield side that has a goal differential of -54.

Tip: Handicap – Man United -1 @ $1.91

EPL Tips – Arsenal V Brighton and Hove Albion
01:30 (AEST), Mon 6th May @ Emirates Stadium

EPL History: Played 18: Arsenal 12 V Brighton 3 (3 Draws)

Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw at Amex Stadium

Final Thoughts: Fifth-placed Arsenal are seemingly self-destructing in the top-four bid, losing three in a row to Palace (3-2), Wovles (3-1) and Leicester (3-0). Each defeat was more humiliating than the last.

Brighton are on a seven-match winless run, though they have managed draws with Wolves and Newcastle in the past three rounds. Brighton are the only club they could potentially drop into the bottom three – though that depends on Cardiff winning both of their games. A point would guarantee their safety.

After a five-match Arsenal winning streak, Brighton scored a 2-1 upset last season and a 1-1 draw earlier this season – though both were at home. But the Seagulls are winless in seven visits to Arsenal.

Another boilover seems unlikely despite Arsenal’s abhorrent form. But the Gunners’ defensive woes should at least allow the Seagulls to find a goal or two.

Tip: Result and Both Teams To Score – Arsenal and Yes @ $2.88

EPL Tips – Manchester City V Leicester City
01:30 (AEST), Mon 29th Apr @ Old Trafford

EPL History: Played 117: Man City 58 V Leicester 30 (29 Draws)

Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): Leicester 2 d Man City 1 at King Power Stadium

Final Thoughts: Competition leaders Man City hold a one-point advantage over Liverpool and cannot afford a slip-up over the last fortnight of the premiership. The defending champs are on a 12-match winning streak – including nine clean sheets – though they were pushed in a 1-0 win at Burnley last weekend.

Eighth-placed Leicester are three points adrift of Wolverhampton and will be eager to push for the ‘best of the rest’ finish in seventh. They have won five and drawn one of their last seven, including a stunning 3-0 home win over Arsenal last weekend.

Leicester have managed three win and a draw in their last nine clashes with Man City, but the result in Week 19 snapped a five-match City winning streak in the rivalry. The Citizens carved out a 5-1 thrashing of the Foxes at Etihad Stadium last season.

Leicester – $17 outsiders here – are unbeaten in their last three on the road and shape as a tricky opponent for Man City. It’s tough to find value on the hosts, so consider the Foxes with a big start.

Tip: Handicap – Leicester +3 @ $1.73

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Get your A-League tips for Elimination Finals weekend, featuring a pair of fascinating sudden-death showdowns in Melbourne and Adelaide. 

A-League Tips – Melbourne Victory V Wellington Phoenix

19:50 (AEST), Fri 3rd May @ AAMI Park, Melbourne

History: Played 36: Victory 19 V Wellington 8 (9 Draws)

Last meeting: February 15, 2019: 1-1 draw at Westpac Stadium

Final Thoughts: The third-placed Melbourne Victory host the sixth-placed Wellington Phoenix in the first A-League Elimination Final.

The Victory tuned up for the playoffs with a 1-0 away win over Wanderers in Week 27, their fourth win in six games. Ola Toivonen scored the only goal and has found the back of the net in each of their last three wins.

The Phoenix rested several stars in going down 5-0 to the Glory in Perth last weekend, opting to keep his side as fresh as possible for this showdown. Roy Krishna – the league’s Golden Boot winner with 18 regular-season goals – shapes as the visitors’ key man.

All three of the teams’ clashes this season – two of them in Melbourne – finished in a draw. Roy Krishna notched a brace for Wellington in a 3-all draw at AAMI Park in Week 14. The Phoenix have an overachieving record against the heavyweight Victory in recent years, winning four of the previous eight games between the clubs.

Finals experience could be crucial here. The Victory stormed from third to win the A-League title last year; the Phoenix are playing their first finals match since 2015 – and haven’t won one since 2012. This shapes as a wild ride, but leaning towards the Victory looks like the smart option.

Tip: Result and Both Teams To Score – Victory and Yes @ $3.25

A-League Tips – Adelaide United V Melbourne City FC

19:00 (AEST), Sun 5th May @ Coopers Stadium, Adelaide

History: Played 28: Adelaide 10 V Melbourne City 10 (8 Draws)

Last meeting: April 13, 2019: 0-0 draw at AAMI Park

Final Thoughts: Adelaide United have timed their run perfectly to earn a home Elimination Final, hosting up-and-down Melbourne City on Sunday night.

Fourth-placed United won four (including wins over fellow finalists the Victory and Phoenix) and secured a scoreless draw away to Melbourne City in their last five regular-season games. The least potent attacking outfit of the six finalists, Adelaide scored four second-half goals to down Brisbane 5-3 last weekend.

Melbourne City crushed Central Coast 5-0 at home in Week 27, but it was just their third victory from the last 12 rounds. They have only beaten one fellow finalist (a 2-0 upset of Sydney in Week 22) since downing Adelaide in mid-December.

Melbourne City are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Adelaide, winning four. City prevailed 2-0 at Coopers Stadium in Week 8, while their other two encounters – in Melbourne in Week 18 and Adelaide in Week 25 – finished in low-scoring draws.

Adelaide are hunting their first playoffs win since 2016, but they have been far more reliable than City of late and should be favoured to grind out a semi-final berth.

Tip: Double Chance and Total – Adelaide or Draw and Under 2.5 @ $2.20

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