Premier League Weekend Preview and Tips 20th to 22nd April
Every weekend seems to be a crucial one in the Premier League at the moment, but given the situation at the top of the table, the battle for Champions League places and the jostling for position at the foot of the table with teams desperate to avoid relegation, it genuinely is a crucial weekend for many teams every time they turn out to play.
This weekend we have a total of ten games taking place across Saturday through to Monday night’s clash at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea face a Burnley side who are not yet safe themselves from the threat of relegation. Chelsea, meanwhile, are battling it out with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham for possibly two Champions League qualification spots, although Chelsea or Arsenal could also claim a spot in the tournament by winning the Europa League this season too.
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We’re going to preview the ten games being played this weekend and give you our tip for each and remember, if you fancy a bet on any of the games in the Premier League then head over to bet365 Sport for the latest betting odds and a wide choice of markets. If you are not a member, sign up using the current bet365 New Player Bonus and you’ll be away and betting on the site in no time.
Let’s now preview the ten games taking place this weekend.
Premier League Preview and Tips
(Kick off 3pm unless stated)
Saturday 20th April
Manchester City v Tottenham (12.30pm)
Manchester City battle Spurs just days after their clash in the Champions League and I do feel the result of that game could have a real bearing on the outcome of this. City are in great form in the league at the moment though and it is so difficult not to back them to win this game, even against a Spurs side that managed to beat them ten days ago.
Spurs will be without Harry Kane but I feel without Kane on the counter, Son and Moura could be a real threat to City and as such, if City win the Champions League clash, as I feel they will, I am backing Spurs to pick up a rare point for the visitors at the Etihad. (Draw – 17/4)
Bournemouth v Fulham
Both these teams come into this game on the back of a rare win in the league, while for Fulham their win over Everton was simply a consolation, for Bournemouth their win over Brighton was not only a thumping one, but likely ensured their safety for another year.
With the pressure off, I think we will see the best of the Cherries and with both these sides keen to play attractive football, I reckon this should be a cracking game with a fair few goals but I am backing the home side to grab the win. (Bournemouth to win – 3/5)
Huddersfield Town v Watford
Huddersfield are already down and out in the Premier League and they are only playing for pride. In truth, it looks like. Jan Siewert’s reign as manager may be a quick one as there are plenty of rumours that he is not that popular with the Town senior players and that seems to be evident in their run of losses.
Watford lost to Arsenal on Monday but despite playing most of the game with 10 men, put up a valiant display and were perhaps unlucky not to claim a point. I think they will do better than that here on their trip up north. (Watford to win – 3/4)
West Ham v Leicester City
West Ham produced a fine display at Old Trafford last weekend but some wasteful finishing meant that in the end they could only succumb to a 2-1 defeat in a game that they should have perhaps got at least a draw from. Leicester are in good form in contrast, although they did lose their last game but they have moved up to 7th under Brendan Rogers.
This is a very tough one to call, on the one hand West Ham are very solid at home, but Leicester’s form of late has been strong. As such, I think a draw is the most likely outcome. (Draw – 12/5)
Wolves v Brighton
After the disappointment of losing out to Watford in the FA Cup Semifinals, Wolves were well beaten last weekend too but I feel they should be more than capable of picking up a win against a Brighton side who have lost all of their last four games in the Premier League.
The Seagulls have dropped right to the edge of the drop zone now and they will know a win is vital. However I can’t see them getting it here against a Wolves side who have been strong at Molineux this season. (Wolves to win – 8/11)
Newcastle United v Southampton
Can Newcastle United continue their excellent home form in recent weeks, or will Southampton get back to winning ways on the road? The Saints have a game in hand over Newcastle at the moment, but Newcastle are two points better off and a win here would likely mean they are safe in the Premier League for another year.
Both these sides are well matched and their recent form has been markedly better than their early season form, but I think St James Park is a big advantage for the home side and as such, I think Newcastle will just shade this. (Newcastle to win – 7/5)
Sunday 21st April
Everton v Manchester United (1.30pm)
After a tough trip to Barcelona in the week, Manchester United return to domestic action with a difficult trip to Liverpool to take on Everton at Goodison Park. The Toffees are in a decent run of form at the moment and will be confident of getting a rare positive result against United, who have lost five of their last seven games.
United though will know that they need to win in order to enhance their prospects of Champions League football again next season and with only third spot guaranteed at the moment to offer that, it is imperative United get a result here. I think they will but not perhaps the one they want. (Draw – 5/2)
Arsenal v Crystal Palace (4pm)
Arsenal returned to winning ways last week with a fortuitous win at Watford, thet then faced Napoli in the Europa League before returning to the Emirates to take on a Crystal Palace side that were well-beaten by Manchester City last weekend. The Gunners home form has been excellent this season and as such, they will start this game clear favourites.
Palace have made life tough on the road for a number of teams in the top six this season but I can’t see them doing likewise here. The Gunners need the points for their Champions League aspirations and I think they will get them. (Arsenal to win – 1/2)
Cardiff City v Liverpool (4pm)
Regardless of how Manchester City got on yesterday, Liverpool will know this is a must win game but they face a Cardiff side desperate to avoid the drop and with a manager in Neil Warnock who would love nothing more than to dent Liverpool’s title hopes. The Bluebirds have put up some good displays at home of late but this promises to be a very tough test.
Liverpool’s form at the moment is excellent and as such, I feel they have the qualities to get the job done here with Mo Salah seemingly coming back into goalscoring form and Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino also chipping in, I think Cardiff will make it tough but that the Reds will prevail. (Liverpool to win – 2/11).
Monday 22nd April
Chelsea v Burnley (8pm)
Chelsea come into this game with an extra days rest following their Europa League tie on Thursday and that will help them out against a Burnley side who despite having 39 points, will still be a little concerned about relegation, especially after Cardiff City’s win over Brighton in midweek.
Stamford Bridge however is a tough place to go and get a result and despite Burnley having won all of their last three, this is where I see that run coming to an end as I am backing Chelsea to land the victory here. (Chelsea to win – 1/4).