The collective sigh of relief in the north East could be heard in London as Arsenal finally ended Wigan’s eight-year tenancy in the top tier that leaves Newcastle and Sunderland with little to play for against Arsenal and Spurs.
The Gunners are 4/7 (1.67) to claim all three points and ensure entry into the Champions League for the 16th consecutive season and look to be in a marginally stronger position than their great north London rivals.
Wenger and Pardew have never quite seen eye-to-eye and the 7-3 mauling at the Emirates earlier this season should be raw enough in the memory for the Magpies to believe they have a point to prove.
However, the memory of a 6-0 drubbing by Liverpool the last time they played at home may make the Magpies very jittery – or very defensive – and that will give a Arsenal a big psychological advantage.
Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick in the 7-3 win and is 25/1 (26.0) to get the match ball on the final day of the season by scoring another three.
Spurs are trading at 3/10 (1.30) with Paddy Power to take all three points in their must-win match against Paulo Di Canio’s Sunderland side, but they still have to rely on the Gunners dropping points at St James’ Park.
A home win looks a banker given Spurs have only lost three out of their 18 league games all season at White Hart Lane, while the Black Cats have drawn four and lost 10 on the road.
But the fiery Italian manager has threatened to cut short his players' summer holiday if they don’t put in a performance on Sunday, which effectively means that someone will be getting up close and personal with Gareth Bale
The Wales international’s three goals in his last three league games makes him a sure-fire contender to hit the back of the net for the 21st time this season, as Spurs try to erase the agony of getting shunted out of the Champions League places by Chelsea’s win in the competition last season.
The PFA Player of the Year is 5/2 (3.50) to score the last goal of the game and if Bale or Walcott score the last goal in either of their matches, Paddy Power will refund all losing 1st/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on that match.
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast