Chelsea won the Champions League dress rehearsal against Man City, it's advantage Harry Kane in the Golden Boot race and Liverpool have top four in their sights says Charlie Mullan...
"Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea have an FA Cup final and Champions League final to prepare for. Layers who think the Blues will slip up in their quest to finish third, Chelsea can be opposed at 1.574/7"
Thomas Tuchel is City's kyrptonite
Pep Guardiola has conquered almost every manager he has come up against in the Premier League, with the exception of one. Chelsea's 2-1 win in Saturday's Champions League rehearsal was Thomas Tuchel's second successive win over Guardiola since he took over as Blues boss.
Last month, Chelsea knocked City out of the FA Cup thanks to Hakim Ziyech's goal early in the second half. Saturday's league win moved the Stamford Bridge side up to third ahead of this weekend's FA Cup final against Leicester, the side they leapfrogged in the table. Chelsea are 1.538/15 to beat the Foxes this Saturday.
In 25 games as Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has has lost just twice.
As well as Saturday's FA Cup final, Chelsea, who host Arsenal on Wednesday, have a Champions League final to prepare for. For layers, who think the Blues will slip up in their quest to finish third, Chelsea can be opposed at 1.330/100.
Tuchel has a chance to complete a hat-trick of wins over Guardiola this season as the two men go head-to-head in the final of the Champions League on May 29.
Chelsea are 2.767/4 to end the season crowned champions of Europe for a second time.
Kane leads Salah in Golden Boot race
Tottenham's Harry Kane continues to hold a slender one-goal lead over Golden Boot rival Liverpool's Mohamed Salah after both players drew blanks this weekend. But who will emerge as the league's top scorer?
Kane thought he had extended his advantage to two goals but his strike at Leeds in a 3-1 defeat for Spurs was chalked off by VAR. Salah had the chance to draw level with Kane on 21 goals but the Egyptian failed to get on the scoresheet as Liverpool beat Southampton 2-0 at Anfield.
In the last four Premier League seasons, Mohamed Salah has scored 93 goals while Harry Kane has scored 86 goals.
Both players have scored twice in their last four league outings and are expected to play vital roles for their teams as they look to secure European football next season. Salah has moved to the top of the goalscoring market at 1.8810/11 as Liverpool have an extra game to play.
Kane, who can be backed at 2.021/1, will hope to add to his 21 goals when Spurs host Wolves on Sunday. Twenty-goal Salah has Manchester United and West Brom in his sights on Thursday and Sunday respectively.
Fernandes favourite to win top individual award
Manchester United will almost certainly miss out on the Premier League title to their neighbours City, but the Red Devils may pick up the competition's top individual honour, the Player of the Year award.
United's 3-1 win at Aston Villa was their 10th and equalled Newcastle's record for the number of comeback wins in a single Premier League season.
Bruno Fernandes' penalty, his 21st goal from 22 spot kicks since joining United, drew the Red Devils level before goals from Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani secured a 3-1 win at Villa Park to delay their neighbours' championship-winning party.
Fernandes can be backed at 2.3611/8 to pick up the PFA Player of the Year. The Portuguese has scored 17 goals this season and provided 11 assists, which is only bettered by Tottenham's Harry Kane who is 3.185/40 to win the award. Manchester City defender Ruben Dias can be backed at 2.8615/8.
Everton keep European dream alive
In a must-win game for both sides, Everton came away from the London Stadium with a hard-earned 1-0 win over West Ham thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin's first half strike. It kept alive Everton's hopes of playing European football next season.
Everton have won five times in London this season, the same number of wins they have managed at Goodison Park.
Carlo Ancelotti's side ended the weekend eighth, but with a game in hand, they have a chance of finishing the campaign sixth or better. Their game in hand is at Aston Villa on Thursday and if they win that, they will join fifth-placed West Ham on 58 points.
Sadly for the Toffees, none of their remaining four games will be played in London where they have won five times this season. But if they can play like they did at West Ham, a top five finish might be within their grasp. Everton are 3.39/4 to finish fifth or higher.
West Ham's form is deserting them at the worst time of the season. Sunday's loss was the Hammers' third defeat in their last four and leaves them in a fight to stay in the top five. The way West Ham's results have gone recently, layers might fancy their chances at 48.047/1.
Don't rule Liverpool of top four race just yet
The race to finish in the top four looks set to go the final game of the season and, with four matches to play, Liverpool have moved into contention. The Reds can be backed at 2.0421/20 to claim one of the Champions League spots.
Goals in each half from Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara eased the Reds past Southampton on Saturday evening. It was the fifth successive game in which Saints had failed to score on their league travels to Anfield as Liverpool climbed to sixth.
Form is certainly on Liverpool's side as Leicester and West Ham are struggling for wins. Liverpool have picked up 14 points from a possible 18. Victory at Manchester United on Thursday will move Jurgen Klopp's side above the Hammers and to within three points of the Foxes.
It has not been a good title defence from the champions but claiming a place in next season's Champions League would help ease that disappointment.
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