There will be no serious issues at stake on Sunday when Southampton host Sheffield United so that famous ‘end-of-season feel’ should be very much in evidence.
If focused, the hosts should really win.
They’ve impressed since the season resumed, winning four and losing just one of their eight games.
Sheffield United, on the other hand, have lost five of 10 and their three wins have all come at Bramall Lane. Away from home they’ve drawn two, lost three, scoring one goal and conceding nine.
In short, the hosts look solid enough at 23/20.
For a bigger price, add Danny Ings to score. Ings to net in a home victory is a 11/5 chance via bet365’s BetBuilder feature.
Ings has six in eight since the lockdown ended and comes into this game just two goals behind Jamie Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot.
Interestingly, four of those six goals have been the first of a game so 7/2 about him netting first in this one is also tempting.
Finally, that aspect of there being little at stake could easily make this a game of few cards – something the final day is well known for.
Only 13 of 370 Premier League games this season have seen no cards but you have to go back to 2013 to find the last final day without a game with zero cards shown.
The Blades have featured in three of those 13 and Southampton one. Ref Peter Bankes has been one of the stricter refs but even he’s managed a no-cards game – one of his 10 have produced that result.
Add in the fact that Southampton are 18th and Sheffield United 12th in the table for yellow cards collected this season and 8/1 about no cards (available in the first player booked market) looks worth a small punt.
*All prices are correct at the time of writing and subject to change