Premier League Penultimate Weekend Preview and Tips – 3rd to 6th May 2019
We’ve now reached the 37th and last-but-one weekend of Premier League action for another season and still there’s plenty to discover over the remaining two weeks of the season. At the top of the table, Liverpool and Manchester City are still battling it out for the title, while the race for the one definite and two possible Champions League qualification spots behind them still rages on.
Similarly, although they are up against it, Cardiff City still hold out hope that they can pull back the deficit on Brighton to remain in the Premier League this season, while the likes of Leicester City and Wolves are amongst the clubs looking to finish 7th and potentially bag a Europa League spot next season.
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Let’s now take a look ahead to this weeks’ games which stretch over the Bank Holiday weekend in full, from the first game on Friday night, through to the final match of the weekend on Monday evening.
Premier League Fixtures
Friday 3rd May
Everton v Burnley
Both of these teams have generally been in better form of late and Burnley’s battle for relegation proving successful will have eased the pressure on Sean Dyche’s team. Everton have been in good form at home of late though and the Toffees are hoping to finish the season strongly to give themselves a good basis going into the summer. Burnley won’t make it easy and if Everton have struggled at home, it has tended to be against the occasional lower position opponent. Thi swill be close but I am just backing the home side to win it at 4/7 with bet365.
Saturday 4th May
Bournemouth v Tottenham
If one team this season have been consistent in letting me down with my tips, it is Bournemouth. When I have picked them to win, they have frequently lost and vice versa. Eddie Howe must be wondering how he can get some consistency from his talented group of players. Tottenham will most likely have half an eye on Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal second leg and their recent form is not great. However, with Son back from suspension for this one, I think he will be the difference maker here. Back Spurs to win at 10/11 at bet365.
West Ham v Southampton
Two sides who will probably be looking forward to the end of the season after a campaign that will be below what both expected. Southampton at least saved themselves from the drop and Ralph Hassenhuttl looks like being a solid appointment. West Ham are starting to deliver some good performances of late but it is all a little too late and they are still very erratic. I can’t see the Saints winning this one and West Ham need to finish the season strongly in front of their home fans so I am backing the Hammers here at 13/10.
Wolves v Fulham
Both these sides were promoted to the Premier League last season and while Wolves have thrived in this elevated company, it has been a real struggle for Fulham. Scott Parker’s side though have landed a couple of decent results in their last few games, winning three in a row but Wolves is a tough place to go and pick up a result, especially after they won their last two. Wolves to win here at 1/2.
Cardiff City v Crystal Palace
The facts are quite simple for Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City side. They must win this game and their final game of the season (away to Manchester United) next week and hope Brighton lose to Arsenal and Manchester City in their final two games in order to stay up. I have no doubt Cardiff will battle hard but I think Palace are a very tough team to face in this position and coming on the back of a good run of results, I think Palace may be the team to put the nail in Cardiff’s campaign here. Back the Eagles to land the win in this one at a tempting 17/10.
Newcastle United v Liverpool
It’s crunch time of the season for Liverpool and nothing less than a win will do against their former manager Rafa Benitez current charges. We know Newcastle can raise their game, as they did when beating Manchester City earlier in the campaign, and the Toon Army are in good form on home soil at the moment. Liverpool have also been in action in midweek so it is a tough game for them coming on the back of Barcelona. Many experts feel this is where the Reds will slip up, but I can’t see it and I think Liverpool to win, albeit narrowly, at 3/10 is the best option.
Sunday 5th May
Chelsea v Watford
Chelsea have had some poor results against Watford over the past couple of years and they will want a bit of payback for those results here. However, coming on the back of their Europa League semifinal in Germany, this could be a tough game for Chelsea, against a Watford side who have proven very tough to beat this season. I do feel Chelsea are strong at home though and though they are without a win in their last three, I think the home side will do just enough to claim the win here (2/5).
Huddersfield v Manchester United
Last season, Huddersfield stunned the football world when beating Manchester United on home soil but even though United are in the middle of their worst run of form in living memory, I still feel that they are going to have too much to offer for Huddersfield here. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to finish the season strongly and two games against teams in the bottom three should give him a chance to do that. United to win for me at 3/10.
Arsenal v Brighton
Arsenal’s form has fallen off a cliff in the Premier League of late with the Gunners losing four of their last five. However a home game against a Brighton side that still need at least a point (although mathematically, it is two, but Brighton’s goal difference is far superior to Cardiff’s) should be enough to put them back on track. The Europa League semifinals could make this a game Arsenal don’t want or need, but with Champions League football not assured as yet, this is a game that they cannot afford to drop points in. I don’t think they will so I am backing the Gunners to win here at 4/11.
Monday 6th May
Manchester City v Leicester City
Can Leicester do Liverpool a huge favour and dent City’s title hopes by earning a point or even winning at the Etihad? Brendan Rodgers, a former Liverpool manager, will have plenty of fans on Merseyside once again in this game, but City’s form at the moment is imperious and although they are not sweeping teams aside as they did previously, they are doing enough to win games. Scoring first against City is absolutely crucial. If Leicester can do this, they stand a chance, if not, then I’d expect a comfortable Manchester City win and that is what I am backing here at 1/8.