Premier League Weekend Preview and Tips 26th to 28th April
After all the games in midweek, the Premier League table is now looking rather more uniform with all teams having played 35 matches so far and each having three games left in the season. There’s still lots to play for at both ends of the table and of course the culmination of what has been one of the most exciting title races in years between Manchester City and Liverpool.
With two weeks and three sets of fixtures left in the season, we’re going to be giving you our top tips on each weekend’s set of games over the next fortnight or so starting today with this run through of the games taking place from Friday night, which sees Liverpool face Huddersfield Town at Anfield, through to Sunday’s games which see Manchester City face Burnley and Manchester United take on Chelsea in two huge clashes.
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Let’s now take a run through of the games taking place this weekend, starting with Friday night’s key live game at Anfield as title-chasers Liverpool host the Premier League’s bottom club, Huddersfield Town.
Premier League Fixtures
Friday 26th April
Liverpool v Huddersfield Town – Home Win
Liverpool will run out in front of a charged Anfield on Friday night with the home crowd expectant that their favourites will achieve a straightforward win against a Huddersfield Town side that are bottom of the table and who have scored just 20 goals in the Premier League this season. The appointment of Jan Siewert hasn’t really paid off for Town and with rumours that the first team squad are unhappy with the new manager, I don’t think their mood will be improved with the result here. Liverpool to win this one easily.
Saturday 27th April
Tottenham v West Ham United – Home Win
After earning a key victory over Brighton in midweek, Tottenhams prospects of qualifying for the Champions League next season, at least by their Premier League finishing position, looks much enhanced. A win here against a West Ham side who have a decent record over Spurs over the years, would therefore be welcome. With West Ham’s form somewhat erratic at present, I am backing the home side to nab the win.
Crystal Palace v Everton – Away Win
There’s been a number of false dawns for both these teams this season but Everton’s 4-0 win over Manchester United and Palace’s 3-2 win at Arsenal means both will come into this game in good form. For me, Everton have the edge here as their form of late has been much improved and they’ll want to take advantage of Palace’s somewhat woeful home record. This will be close but I’m backing Everton to pinch the win.
Fulham v Cardiff City – Away Win
Cardiff City know that if they are to survive then winning this game is likely to be crucial. Neil Warnock’s men will take on a Fulham team however that has won their last two games and who are starting to perform, albeit way too late, for Scott Parker. This could be a dramatic game with goals aplenty but I think Cardiff may just have that extra urgency to get the result here.
Southampton v Bournemouth – Home Win
A tough south coast derby for both these teams and with Southampton not yet assured of safety, they will be hoping to pick up another three points against a Bournemouth team that have been the definition of inconsistency this season. Southampton have been much more solid under Ralf Hassenhuttl and they have been decent at home in most games of late, so I am backing them to snatch a vital win here.
Watford v Wolves – Draw
A replay of the FA Cup Semifinal of a few weeks ago won in dramatic fashion in extra time by Watford. Wolves will want a degree of revenge for that loss but their form has tailed off a little since then. Watford remain a tough, battling team to beat and this won’t be easy for the visitors which is why I think all things considered, a draw is the most likely outcome here.
Brighton v Newcastle United – Away Win
After falling to a late goal at Tottenham in the week, Brighton will be desperate to pick up the three points against Newcastle at home. Rafa Benitez’ men have ensured themselves of another Premier League campaign next year on the back of some excellent form of late and this could well be a real test for the home side. So much so that I am backing Newcastle to earn a solid away victory here.
Sunday 28th April
Leicester City v Arsenal – Home Win
Arsenal’s lack of ability to keep clean sheets on the road this season has been a real problem for them and they face a Leicester side that will want to try and nab a potential Europa League spot for next season in their last few games. This could be a torrid test for the Gunners who have looked very unsure defensively in recent games and as such, I am backing Leicester to land the win.
Burnley v Manchester City – Away Win
This is going to be a tough game for Manchester United, with Burnley in a good run of form. City though have beaten the Clarets twice already this season in relatively comfortable fashion and they should be confident of getting a result here. Sean Dyche’s team could make things very difficult if they get this tactically right but even so, I am backing City for the win.
Manchester United v Chelsea – Home Win
This is a must-win games for both these teams as they seek to earn a qualification spot in the Champions League next season. Neither team are in the best of form domestically with Chelsea’s results arguably slightly better, but United’s home form has been decent even throughout their dismal run of results of late. This will be close and edgy and just one goal may decide it and I think it will just about go in favour of the home side.