Matchday 30 Premier League Previews and Tips
There’s no doubt that the headling game this weekend in the Premier League comes at the Emirates Stadium in London where Arsenal, who have been in better for of late for Unai Emery, face a tough task against their FA Cup vanquishers, Manchester United, who have won every single one of their away games in the Premier League under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Matchday 30 also sees crucial games at the top and bottom of the table with Manchester City aiming to keep top spot in their grasp as they take on Watford at the Etihad Stadium, while Liverpool will be hoping for victory over Burnley on Sunday in the unlikely event of a Manchester City mishap against the Hornets beforehand.
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There’s also a crucial relegation battle at Selhurst Park where two fierce rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton will go head to head, while the likes of Fulham, Huddersfield, Cardiff, Newcastle and Southampton all will be desperate for three points to ease their plight. At the top, Chelsea face Wolves and Spurs face a trip to Southampton as the battle for fourth place hots up.
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Let’s now take a look across the full ten games this weekend, seven taking place on Saturday with the remaining three games all being shown live on satellite TV across Sunday.
Premier League Preview and Tips
*Odds shown above were correct with bet365 as of 11am on Wednesday 6th March
Crystal Palace v Brighton
This is one of the more unusual, but no less fierce rivalries in the Premier League and there will be no love lost between the teams or sets of fans at Selhurst Park on Saturday lunchtime. Palace though have the upper hand for me as they are on a fine run of games without a defeat whereas Brighton only stopped the rot with an unconvincing win over Huddersfield Town last week. With Palace now finding the net far more regularly and key men in form, I’m backing the Eagles to take the points in this one today. Tip – Crystal Palace to win – 4/5
Cardiff City v West Ham
Cardiff fans have had a miserable couple of games at home the last two times the Bluebirds played on their own patch, a 5-1 defeat to Watford followed by a 3-0 loss to Everton. West Ham could deliver a similar blow unless Cardiff can find a bit more spirit and resolution in this game but I feel Neil Warnock will have his team primed to bounce back after a tough few weeks. The Bluebirds desperately need a win here and while I can’t see them getting that, I can see them doing enough to hold West Ham to a draw. Tip – Draw – 12/5
Huddersfield Town v Bournemouth
I already feel Huddersfield’s race has been run this season and they will drop out of the Premier League, Jan Siewert may be saying in public the opposite, but I feel in private he will know that the Terriers situation at the foot of the table is pretty forlorn. Bournemouth are hardly the most consistent side but they do have a knack of getting results against teams in the lower reaches of the table so I am backing them to land the win here. Tip – Bournemouth to win – 5/4
Leicester City v Fulham
Both these teams have new managers but it is clear that Fulham’s Scott Parker has the more difficult task in trying to save his team from the drop. Unfortunately, I don’t think the ex-Chelsea and England star will be able to do that as Fulham’s defensive woes are so problematic, I can’t see them getting anywhere near enough points. Brendan Rodgers start at Leicester ended in defeat at Watford, but I think the ex-Celtic man will see his team pick up an important three points in this one. Tip – Leicester City to win – 4/7
Newcastle v Everton
After beating Cardiff in Wales and then drawing 0-0 with Liverpool, Everton will head north with a degree of confidence for this game, but Newcastle have won all of their last four at home and will be no pushovers for the Toffees. Rafa Benitez signing of Almiron in the January window looks to be an inspired piece of business and I think Newcastle have what it takes to get something from this game as I am not sure Everton are the most consistent team in the world at present. It will be close, but I am backing Newcastle to win it. Tip – Newcastle to win – 17/10
Southampton v Tottenham
Southampton fans will be cursing he fact that the Saints, after a decent run of form, seem to have hit a rocky period of form just at the wrong moment and as the team in 17th place in the table, they are the ones looking over their shoulders with most concern. After putting up a good display in defeat at Old Trafford they now face a Spurs side who will be thrilled with their 1-0 win in Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek. Spurs league form has been rockier though of late, but I am backing them to be back to their best here and to land a win. Tip – Tottenham to win – 4/5
Man City v Watford
Watford’s recent form is generally good but the one blip was a 5-0 hammering away to Liverpool last week and now they face the team one place above the Reds on the table, also on the road. City have won the last two matches they played 1-0 and they’ll take the same scoreline again here if that gets them the three points, however I don’t think that it will finish in such a low-scoring affair and I am backing City to earn a very solid victory here to open up a four point gap at the top of the table on Saturday night and throw the gauntlet down to Liverpool. Tip – Man City to win – 1/7
Liverpool v Burnley
Burnley were in great form and have earned a point at Old Trafford and beaten Spurs in recent weeks, but defeats in their last two will have dented their confidence. Liverpool have drawn too many games of late and are finding goals hard to come by, especially on the road. This could be a tricky afternoon for the Reds but even so, I am going to back them to come through and claim the win that will keep them on the shirt tails of Manchester City heading into the next round of matches. Tip – Liverpool to win – 1/7
Chelsea v Wolves
Wolves have been a somewhat problematic side for top six sides this season, they have beaten Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea in all competitions and drawn with Man Utd, Arsenal and Man City too. Chelsea will be under no illusions here as to the size of the task but after two wins in their last two games, I feel Mauricio Sarri’s team are starting to answer a few of their critics and a win here against a decent Wolves team would be a very positive result. Tip – Chelsea to win – 1/2
Arsenal v Man Utd
Two big Premier League rivals clash once again at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Man Utd are looking for their 100th victory over Arsenal in all competitions, but the Gunners recent form is improving and they should be more confident taking on a United side that is without several key players due to injury. United won the cup game between the teams and have won all their away Premier League games under Solskjaer, but I feel this may be the game where that run comes to an end at the hands of the Gunners. Tip – Arsenal to win – 6/5