THE English Premier League top six has to push through the formalities of the remainder of the season, but the title race at week 25 is effectively over.
Chelsea was moved into $1.13 by Sportsbet.com.au after its strong victory over Arsenal last week, which moved the Blues three games clear of the inconsistent Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester City ($12 via Sportsbet.com.au) and Tottenham ($17 via Sportsbet.com.au) are the only two teams under $56 for the 2016/17 EPL title.
Last week we were stiffed by Sunderland putting in the performance of a lifetime against Crystal Palace, but those astute punters that took our advice and insured their multi at least got their stake back.
All odds for the 25th week of the English Premier League season were provided by Sportsbet.com.au, which is offering punters a fantastic carrot for those yet to sign up.
New customers can get their first bet at Sportsbet matched up to the value of $501.
Selections for the week 25 EPL multi:
Arsenal to defeat Hull ($1.25)
Everton to beat Middlesbrough ($2.05)
Chelsea to win against Burnley ($1.40)
Manchester City to win against Bournemouth ($1.45)
Arsenal vs. Hull
Saturday, February 11 from 11.30 pm AEDST Emirates Stadium, London
Arsenal is out of the title race and now looking to maintain its position in the Champions League qualification while Hull is in a relegation dogfight.
Arsenal was ordinary last week against its bitter London rivals Chelsea, going down 3-1 in a match that was a walkover from the opening whistle.
Hull amassed an incredibly-important three points against Liverpool at home. The Tigers kept the Reds goalless en route to one of their finest wins of the season.
It is hard to see Hull replicating that form away from home however. The Gunners should be able to easily account for the Tigers to kick off our multi the right way.
Arsenal to win – $1.25
Middlesbrough vs. Everton
Sunday, February 12 from 2 am AEDST Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Two teams that have experienced vastly different seasons so far lock horns as Middlesbrough host Everton.
Everton is undefeated in 2017 and has not lost a game since its derby defeat at the hands of Liverpool back in early December.
Last week’s 6-3 win over Bournemouth was one of the craziest games of the year and saw its super-striker Romelu Lukaku surge to the head of the Golden Boot leader board after finding the back of the net four times.
Middlesbrough has not won in 2017. Their attack has been a huge problem this year given the ‘brough has scored twice in two months.
Everton are in hot form and who are we to doubt them now? We will take the inflated odds and move on to the third leg.
Everton to win – $2.05
Burnley vs. Chelsea
Monday, February 13 from 12.30am AEDST Turf Moor, Burnley
The heir apparent to the English Premier League title in the form of Chelsea travel to Burnley to face the Clarets.
The Blues continue to take all before them this campaign. Last week they smashed London rivals Arsenal to eliminate a title competitor while enhancing their prospects in the process.
Burnley is hoping to continue a great home run of form. The Clarets have won their last five home games.
Chelsea is looking to maintain a dominant run against Burnley. The visitors have never lost to the home side in the Premier League, winning four of five meetings between the clubs.
You will not see more generous odds of the all-conquering Chelsea to defeat a bottom of the table side but we are not complaining.
Chelsea should be a lock to roll our multi into the final leg.
Chelsea to win – $1.40
Bournemouth vs. Manchester City
Tuesday, February 6 from 7 am AEDST, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth
Final leg of our multi sees the resurgent City travelling to the English coastline to face the Cherries in a do-or-die clash for the visitors.
The Sky Blues are back in business after a troubling period in the league. New recruit Gabriel Jesus has been a revelation, scoring in two straight games since Guardiola decided to start the Brazilian ahead of Sergio Aguero.
Jesus is $2 to score at anytime against Bournemouth at Sportsbet.com.au.
Bournemouth is in desperate need of points after failing to register a win in 2017. The Cherries’ last victory was against the Swans on December 30, and while they are six points clear of the drop zone they still need wins to maintain their safety.
The Sky Blues need to win to keep their slim title hopes alive, and they should have no issues breezing past the Cherries to keep the dream alive and provide us a healthy dividend.