We recap the weekend's action, provide an update on futures markets and take an early look at the odds on next weekend's games.
<p> </p><p> </p><p></p><h2>Weekend Recap</h2><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Liverpool battered 5-0 in the Friday night game to climb above Man City at the top of the Premier League table. Naby Keita opened the scoring in the first minute and then Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah both scored twice to turn it into a rout. West Ham opened proceedings on Saturday with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Tottenham. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted his men were stressed and fatigued after the game, with a huge Champions League clash against Ajax looming large on the horizon.</p><p>Southampton and Bournemouth played out a pulsating 3-3 draw on Saturday, and Callum Wilson grabbed a brace for the visitors. Anyone hoping for a similar thrill ride in the Everton v Crystal Palace game was disappointed, as it finished 0-0. Fulham are already relegated, but they have now won three out of four games and they could well drag Cardiff down with them after beating Neil Warnock’s men 1-0. Watford have one eye on the cup final, and they lost 2-1 to Wolves. In the late game, Brighton battled back to earn a draw against Newcastle and edge closer to safety.</p><p>Arsenal had Ainsley Maitland-Niles sent off in the first half away at Leicester on Sunday and they went on to lose 3-0. Jamie Vardy scored twice late on to rub salt into the Gunners’ wounds. Arsenal have now lost four out of their last five games, and they could not have picked a worse time to suffer a slump in form. A second-half strike from Sergio Aguero handed Man City a 1-0 victory over Burnley and that carried them back to the top of the table, with just two games remaining. Man Utd hosted Chelsea in the final game of the weekend and Juan Mata gave the Red Devils the lead against his old club. However, a David De Gea mistake gifted Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso the equaliser and it finished 1-1. The battle to finish fourth now looks set to go right down to the wire.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p></p><h2>Futures Update</h2><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Man City are now just 2/7 (1.29) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&f=1" target="_blank" title="Betfred">Betfred</a> to win the Premier League title for the second year in a row, while you can find 4/1 (5.0) on Liverpool. City simply have to hold their nerve and beat Leicester and Brighton and the title will be theirs. Liverpool play Newcastle and Wolves, with a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona interrupting proceedings.</p><p>Salah is now out in front in the Golden Boot race with 21 goals. Aguero and Mane each have 20 and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is stuck on 19. Salah is now 5/4 (2.25) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&f=1" target="_blank" title="Betway">Betway</a> to win the Golden Boot, but some punters may like the 5/2 (3.50) on offer for Aguero, who should enjoy plenty of chances against Leicester and Brighton. Cardiff are now just 1/60 to go down, with Brighton out at 20/1 after that battling draw against Newcastle.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p></p><h2>Early Look at Week 37</h2><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Everton play Burnley in the Friday night game and they are best priced at 4/6 (1.66) to win it. They beat Arsenal and Man Utd comfortably in their last two home games, so that is likely to be a popular bet. However, Burnley are a tough nut to crack and they were unbeaten in four games before that narrow defeat to Man City. Bournemouth are all the way out at 15/4 (4.75) to beat Tottenham on Saturday and several punters may fancy those odds. Spurs look absolutely knackered and they will face a young, energised and well-rested Ajax team on Thursday. They already have several injury concerns and Pochettino could decide to rest a few players for this game ahead of the second leg against Ajax. Bournemouth -0.75 Asian handicap is available at 15/16 (1.94) and that looks tempting, as the Cherries are decent at home.</p><p>Wolves are poised to nail down seventh place in the table and that could earn them a Europa League spot for next year if Man City beat Watford in the FA Cup final. They should be able to beat Fulham at home, despite the Cottagers’ upturn in form in recent weeks and they are just 1/2 (1.50) with some bookies to pull it off. Giving them a -1 Asian handicap or backing them to win and under 4.5 goals in the game might be a good idea. Chelsea should be able to beat Watford, who are focused on the cup final, while it is imperative for Arsenal to beat Brighton, but there is little value on either team, so they could be good accumulator additions. The same is true of Man Utd away at Hudderfield, and an Arsenal-Chelsea-Man Utd treble could be a nice bet.</p>