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Who will win El Clasico?

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 By Derek Bilton

Sturridge to star for Liverpool, Arsenal and Crystal Palace will earn wins

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol discusses Liverpool's top four hopes.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol discusses Liverpool's top four hopes.

Daniel Sturridge will lead Liverpool to Champions League, Arsenal will end in good form and look for Crystal Palace to triumph at Old Trafford.

Here's the best bets ahead of the weekend's action...

Sturridge good bet to beat Boro

After a rollercoaster season, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are just three points away from securing Champions League qualification. The Reds have been blowing hot and cold for much of 2017 but should get the job done against a Middlesbrough team who've recorded just one Premier League win in the last five months. Boro have failed to score in seven of their last eight away games, so the stars could be aligning for a rather emphatic home win here.

Liverpool have never lost a final day home fixture at Anfield in the Premier League era. They've won eight of 10 games played on Merseyside on the final day and averaged 2.7 goals a game during that sequence. Middlesbrough are the lowest scorers in the top flight, having managed to find the net just 27 times in 37 games so far this season.

The decision to replace Aitor Karanka with Steve Agnew obviously didn't work and it will be interesting to see how much fight Boro display here following a long, frustrating season.

Sturridge was the catalyst for last weekend's 4-0 cruise at West Ham and the England man looks to be fit and firing again after another season that has been hampered by injury and indifferent form. He's chalked up as a 7/2 shot to score first against Middlesbrough with bet365 and has the pace and poise to undo a Middlesbrough defence that has been found wanting time and time again this season.

Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal will be celebrating a season-ending win over Everton.

Arsenal to win

Arsenal are now relying on favours elsewhere to secure a top four finish but look good to roll Everton over at the Emirates. The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 20 home games against the Blues, and their recent home form has been solid. In contrast, Everton have not won any of their last seven away fixtures and are as big as 11/2 with bet365 to snap that sequence and finally get a win in north London.

Everton are going to finish the season in seventh. While that in itself is not a disaster, they'll need to sort their away form out if they really want to push on and become a threat to the top four. They've claimed just two points from a possible 15 against teams in the top six this term, and Ronald Koeman knows that's just not good enough.

There are question marks over the futures of standout performers Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley and you wonder whether Arsene Wenger might fancy either (or both) as he looks to rebuild the Gunners this summer.

Arsenal have been off the pace in the Premier League all season and playing catch-up ever since that dramatic 4-3 defeat to Liverpool at home on the opening weekend. Full credit to them for their recent revival and they can sign off in style here by beating Everton 3-1. Odds at bet365 are 12/1 on this one finishing 3-1, and that looks a big price given that Everton always carry a goal threat with Lukaku in their ranks.

Stay away from United

Elsewhere on Sunday, Crystal Palace could be value to win at Old Trafford. The Eagles have won seven of their last 12 games and have already won at Anfield and Stamford Bridge this season. They secured their Premier League status with an emphatic 4-0 win over Hull City last weekend and will be playing without fear on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho is already on record as stating he will be making significant changes for this game given they have a Europa League final to contest against Ajax three days later. United have not won in the league since beating Burnley 2-0 on April 23 and have picked up just one point from a possible nine this month.

Their main issue this season has been underperforming at home, and with players being rested Palace look monster value here at 5/2 with bet365.

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