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Premier League

There are three Premier League matches tonight with the focus being very much on the relegation battle as both Sunderland and Norwich are involved.

Sunderland go into their game against Everton knowing that a win will guarantee themselves Premiership survival. They had a brilliant win at the weekend, coming from behind to win at home to Chelsea and they will hope playing in front of their fans will spurs them on to do the same against an Everton team that already appears to be on holiday. With nothing to play for the Toffees have looked pretty abject in recent weeks and it is the perfect match for Sunderland to have.

If Everton were to put the required effort in and be on their game, then they definitely have the ability to cause Sunderland problems. It is hard to trust them to do that though on recent showings and everything points to a home win and safety for Sunderland.

Norwich have to win at home to Watford to stand any realistic chance of staying up, and even then it will likely not be enough. Watford are another side with nothing to play for and they looked lethargic against a Liverpool second string on Sunday. Norwich will have to throw everything at them and I am backing them to come away from Carrow Road with the three points, but still being relegated.

Liverpool host Chelsea still with ambitions to make the top six and secure a place in the Europa League next season. It will be tough for Jurgen Klopp to keep his players minds from straying to think about their Europa League final in Basel next Wednesday, however I think he will play his strongest team possible tonight, and then rest them all for the final league match of the season at the weekend.

Chelsea raised their game against Spurs last week but then slipped back into the status quo of this season against Sunderland, and if Liverpool are on their game they could put a few past this Chelsea side. The Liverpool players can go all out knowing they will likely have a full weeks rest before the final and if they do, they are definitely capable of covering the minus one handicap, as they did at Stamford Bridge earlier on in the season by winning 3-1.

 

Today's Selections

Treble - Sunderland, Norwich & Liverpool - 1 point @ 6.22 (Paddy Power)

Liverpool minus one - 2 points @ 13/5 (Coral)

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