Everton are showing great end of season resolve and are finally playing to their potential after a disappointing injury-plagued campaign.
LEAGUE 1 champions Brighton play their last game at the Withdean stadium and while manager Gus Poyet will want to end the season with a victory, he might use the opportunity to have a look at some fringe players who will have to prove they can cut it in a higher division.
Hull City, looking for a win to stay in with a shout of the play-offs when they host a hapless Middlesbrough side at the KC Stadium, are this weekend's banker. Recent signing Matty Fryatt will fancy his chances against Boro's leaky defence and the Tigers are 4/5 with Coral.
THE all-Manchester FA Cup semi-final was finely-poised betting wise until Carlos Tevez pulled up injured in City's humbling at Anfield in midweek.
The lower reaches of English football are usually treacherous from a punting perspective, but this week there are a few gems to unearth from the rubble.
SCOTLAND to lose by a goal at 3-1 on William Hills handicap betting seems a great price considering our gallant losers' tag, and the fact that although the boys from Brazil have the talent to thrash Craig Levein's side they don't need to and probably won't bust a gut doing so. A face-saving win will suffice for Brazil at the Emirates and 3-1 looks a sporting banker bet of the weekend.
Portsmouth are the banker bet to see off Sheffield United, who have yet to taste victory under Micky Adams. A team that go two up at Scunthorpe within seven minutes and still manage to lose must be opposed, and the Blades can't be looking forward to their trip to the south coast.
The year 2011 has been annus horribilis so far for Sean O'Driscoll's Doncaster Rovers, who have gone from a solid mid-table outfit to Championship whipping boys.
THE arrival of Paul Jewell has galvanised Ipswich Town after Roy Keane's disappointing tenure, and the Tractor Boys rate this weekend's best bet at 10-11 (Scotbet and Hills) to beat Sheffield United at Portman Road.
Let's back the Saints to go marching in at Tranmere today at 3-4 with Victor Chandler.
WRITING Blackpool off this season has been one of the least profitable ways of punting this season, but maybe today it is worth taking them on in the FA Cup as they plan to field what is effectively a reserve team to face Southampton in the third round.
Bristol City look a decent bet at 5-4 to hand out more away day punishment to inconsistent Derby County today.
FINDING matches that are on is proving just as difficult as locating attractive wagers, but Stoke City are tipped to land the banker bet at Wigan today.