The Big Saturday Multiple: Black Cats to work more magic

Bet 1: Sunderland (HOME) @ 2.75 (7/4)

It’s been a great couple of weeks for Sunderland as seven points from a possible nine has lifted them out of the relegation zone and above local rivals, Newcastle. After pulling off a miraculous escape last season, it would appear that The Black Cats are going to avoid the drop once again, although their work is far from done.

Dick Advocaat will be desperate to take all three points against Leicester and I quite fancy the Dutch master to do so. Sunderland have earned vital wins over Newcastle and Southampton at home of late and confidence among the squad couldn’t be higher.

Obviously Leicester will be formidable opponents given their astounding run of six wins from seven outings, but it’s worth remembering that four of those came in front of their own fans. It also has noted that with their final match coming at The King Power against the already relegated QPR, getting a result isn’t as important for Nigel Pearson as it is to his counterpart.

Bet 2: Stoke (AWAY) @ 2.9 (19/10)

It’s been a fine campaign for Stoke and with just two games to go, they are set to finish in the top 10 – probably in ninth. It’s generally assumed that Mark Hughes’ side earn most of their points at the Britannia and while that is true, there’s not as much difference as you might think.

The Potters have picked up 20 of their 50 points away from home this term and they’ve already won at Aston Villa, Leicester, Everton, Spurs and Man City. Given that record, a trip to the already relegated Burnley won’t hold much fear and while The Clarets have put in plenty of spirited performance this year, it’s going to be hard for the players to get up for a game that now has little to no meaning for them.

Bet 3: Tottenham v Hull (Over 2.5 goals) @ 1.8 (4/5)

The goals are set to flow at White Hart Lane as Hull City battle for survival while Spurs battle for their reputation.

The Tigers make the trip to London knowing that defeat could see them all but relegated from the Premier League. They are two points adrift of Newcastle and Sunderland, and with Manchester United to come on the final day, it will probably be easier for them to pick up points against the sleeping Spurs as opposed to a United side with a point still to prove.

Tottenham have usually been good for goals this year and with 55 scored and 53 conceded, their matches are averaging exactly three goals each time. That’s the second highest total in the division and a whopping 25 of their 36 fixtures have seen over 2.5 backers rewarded.

Given Hull’s motivation to win and Spurs’ knack for high-scoring games, over 2.5 looks like a steal at the prices and worth backing as a single as well as in any multiples.

Bet 4: QPR v Newcastle (Under 2.5 goals) @ 2.15 (23/20)

It’s been a miserable campaign for QPR and their relegation was confirmed by a 6-0 drubbing at the Etihad last weekend. They are rock bottom of the league and it’s not hard to see why when you realise that they haven’t scored more than once at Loftus Road in any of their last nine Premier League fixtures there.

Things haven’t been much better for Newcastle but at least they still have their heads above water. Their dismal run of eight straight defeats ended last time out with a 1-1 draw against West Brom and that point could well prove vital at the end of the season.

Even though John Carver’s side face a QPR team with noting to play for, I can’t see them getting many goals as they haven’t scored a single goal on the road in over eight hours of football. So with a home team who rarely score at home against an away team who rarely score away, under 2.5 looks like exceptional value at odds-against.

Recommended Multiple

Back Sunderland @ 2.75 (7/4);
Back Stoke @ 2.9 (19/10);
Back Over 2.5 Goals in Tottenham v Hull @ 1.8 (4/5);
Back Under 2.5 Goals in QPR v Newcastle @ 2.15 (23/20);
The Multiple pays approximately 30.86 (30/1)

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