Moyes will become the new Manchester United manager in July and the Scot is certain to receive a warm support from the Goodison Park faithful despite the fact that they will be losing a manager who has performed well above expectation levels for several seasons.
Everton face West Ham on Sunday, while there are other important matches taking place at Carrow Road and the Stadium of Light, where Norwich and Sunderland will look to boost their survival hopes with wins against West Brom and Southampton respectively.
Everton v West Ham 3pm
All of a sudden, this will be the final time that David Moyes occupies the home team’s dugout, with the 50-year-old deciding that he won’t get a better chance of managing one of the biggest clubs in the world.
While Moyes has never won anything with Everton, he has consistently steered the Toffees into the top six of the Premier League and last weekend’s goalless draw at Anfield means that is virtually certain to happen again, with Europa League football on the cards for an incoming manager.
Ladbrokes offer a best price 8/15 about a home win on Sunday and the players are sure to be charged for the occasion, although perhaps some of them will be joining Moyes at Old Trafford next term, with Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini among those linked to a transfer.
Everton have won 11 of their 18 home games this season and have been defensively rigid of late, with six clean sheets being kept in the team’s last eight matches. It could well be worth going for a 1-0 win and 2-0 win as a permutation here, with BetVictor on hand to offer a best price 13/2 and 7/1 respectively.
West Ham will look to play the role of party poopers and Sam Allardyce’s team are a 13/2 chance to win what would be their fourth away game of the season, with the Hammers looking to sign off with a top ten finish.
Fulham v Liverpool 3pm
Liverpool supporters will have been encouraged to see Sir Alex Ferguson announcing his retirement this week, with the Scot having steered Manchester United to several league titles while their arch-rivals have failed to keep pace in Merseyside.
Perhaps Brendan Rodgers can build a similar legacy to Fergie and he has had an encouraging first season since replacing Kenny Dalglish, with the Reds sitting seventh in the table with two games remaining.
The fact that Liverpool will miss out on next season’s Europa League is probably a blessing in disguise, with Rodgers wanting no distractions as he aims to finish a lot closer to the Manchester clubs – thirty points separate them and United this term.
William Hill go 11/10 about the visitors winning at Craven Cottage and this might actually be value for once, with the Reds having won 6-0 at St James’ Park in their last away match. Only Manchester United have scored more goals on the road this term.
True enough, Luis Suarez is currently serving a long suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic, although Daniel Sturridge is a smooth operator in attack and he is a 5/1 chance with Coral to score first on his return to west London.
The fact that Liverpool are also without Steven Gerrard is a negative and some would argue that 3/1 about Fulham winning a home game makes a great deal of appeal, with the Cottagers looking to bounce back from a poor run of recent results.
Martin Jol’s team have lost five of their last six games and the most recent of these was a 4-2 reverse at home to Reading, with the players looking as though they are already picturing a sun lounger on their foreign holidays.
Norwich City v West Brom 3pm
A victory would make Norwich virtually safe from Premier League relegation although defeat could be catastrophic, with the Canaries travelling to Manchester City on the final day of the season where they are unlikely to get anything out of the game.
It’s been a tough few months for Chris Hughton’s team and their only wins in 2013 have been hard-fought home wins against Everton and Reading, with draws and defeats peppering the form card.
Perhaps West Brom aren’t a bad team to be playing in your final home game of the season and Norwich’s need is certainly greater on Sunday, with the bookies making them a best price 5/4 to get the three points they need to be safe.
Back-to-back defeats against Stoke and Aston Villa mean that City have to do things the hard way, with Paul Lambert returning to his former club to steal the spoils a week ago, although it marked a return to the scoresheet for Grant Holt who has struggled for goals all season.
The former Forest striker is 7/1 with Coral to score first in this match and might have his chances against a West Brom side who were turned over at home to Wigan last weekend, with Albion having already done their hard work for the season.
Steve Clarke’s team sit in eighth place and we should note that they won 3-0 at Southampton on their last foray away from The Hawthorns, with bet365 going 13/5 about another three points for the Midlands club in this match.
QPR v Newcastle 3pm
Harry Redknapp was being linked with the vacant England manager’s position a season ago, although he will be in charge of a Championship club next term providing he remains at Loftus Road this summer.
Redknapp will argue he inherited a sinking ship in January from Mark Hughes although it didn’t stop the cash being splashed on players such as Loic Remy and Christopher Samba, neither of whom are likely to be with the club when the season resumes in August.
QPR have had a thoroughly miserable campaign, winning just four of their 36 matches and it makes it even more unreal to think one of those victories came at Stamford Bridge. They are a 12/5 chance with bet365 to beat Newcastle on Sunday although they don’t appear capable of winning a game of football at the moment.
As for the Magpies, they eked out a goalless draw at West Ham last weekend which was a reasonable enough result, although they will have been relieved to have seen Wigan lose at home to Swansea during the week.
That result means that United can make sure of their Premier League status by winning on Sunday and the north-east club are the 11/8 favourites (BetVictor) to crawl over the line, with the last few games seeing Newcastle stumbling badly including a 6-0 thumping at the hands of Liverpool.
There has been just one win in the past nine matches and Alan Pardew will have some seriouys thinking to do this summer, although the focus at Loftus Road will be to keep things tight in defence and manage a slender 1-0 or 2-0 win. The latter is a 12/1 chance with BetVictor and looks like reasonable value.
Sunderland v Southampton 3pm
In truth, both of these clubs are probably safe from Premier League relegation, with Sunderland a 20/1 chance to go down while Southampton are 80/1 despite consecutive defeats against West Brom and Tottenham.
The Saints worked their way clear of trouble thanks to a hat-trick of victories against Liverpool, Chelsea and Reading, something which means they can start planning for life in the top flight next term.
A victory at the Stadium of Light could actually see Southampton challenging for a top ten spot, something that wasn’t on the cards after the first few months of the season under Nigel Adkins. Paddy Power go 19/10 about this happening and Sunderland will be the team under pressure.
Paolo Di Canio steered his team to two initial victories, although a 6-1 trouncing at Villa Park announced the end of the honeymoon and they rescued a point against Stoke on Monday despite being reduced to ten men in the first half.
William Hill go 9/5 about Sunderland winning this contest and it’s not a bad price even if the Wearside club are missing Stephane Sessegnon and Craig Gardner, both of whom have been sent off in consecutive matches.
This very much looks a game where a goalless draw could be on the cards and No Goalscorer is a 10/1 chance with Sky Bet, with both defences likely to be on top throughout the contest.
Under 2.5 Goals can be backed at 8/11 with a reasonable degree of confidence, with Di Canio wanting to get back to basics after a poor couple of results, while Southampton came very close to getting a goalless draw at White Hart Lane last week.