Tips and Preview of another Key Premier League Weekend
We’re now reaching the point in the Premier League season where it is crunch time for most teams. While Manchester City have already been confirmed as Premier League Champions, there is still a race on for the Champions League places with Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea chasing the three places remaining in next season’s competition.
However, it is at the foot of the table where things are so intriguing with West Brom, Stoke City and Southampton currently occupying the bottom three places in the table, but a whole host of teams including Swansea City, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town, West Ham United and Brighton all still in real danger of being caught and dropping into those dreaded relegation spots.
With teams having either three or four games left to play, it is going to be a massive weekend when the wrong result for one team, or the right result for another, could see matters at the top and bottom of the tables decided one way or the other.
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So, assuming you are all sorted with your betting account, let’s take a look at this weekend’s set of fixtures.
Premier League Preview
Saturday 28th April
- Liverpool (1/4) v Stoke City (9/1) (19/4 the draw)
This is a must win game for Stoke, while Liverpool need the points to move towards securing a Champions League spot for next season. The Reds have bigger fish to fry with their Champions League final second leg on Wednesday night, but Jurgen Klopp will know a win here leaves them just two points shy of certain Champions League football and even with a couple of key players rested, I’m backing the Reds to get the result. Tip – Liverpool to win (1/4)
- Burnley (6/5) v Brighton (19/5) (12/5 the draw)
Brighton have fallen off the pace a little in recent times and if they don’t put a halt to their slide, they could find themselves embroiled in a relegation battle. I think they’ll struggle to score at Burnley who have been superb this season defensively. I can’t see many goals being scored at Turf Moor today and there may only be the one, but I fancy that going to the home side. Tip – Burnley to win (6/5)
- Crystal Palace (21/20) v Leicester City (13/5) (5/2 the draw)
Palace come into this game with the better recent form of the two sides, but Leicester are a tough team for anybody to beat, especially with 17-goal Jamie Vardy amongst the goals. Selhurst Park will really be up for this, as a win would possibly make Palace safe barring a miracle from the teams below them. I think this will be a close one but I am backing Palace to come away with the points. Tip – Palace to win (21/20)
- Huddersfield Town (13/8) v Everton (19/10) (2/1 the draw)
David Wagner has done miraculously to steer his side clear of the relegation zone up to now and one more win for Huddersfield may well be enough to keep them safe for another year. Everton’s form has improved of late but their away record in general is still not great. That said, I fancy Sam Allardyce’s team to keep their unbeaten run going here by claiming a point. Tip – Draw – (2-1)
- Newcastle United (4/5) v West Brom (19/5) (12/5 the draw)
Newcastle’s fine run of form came to an end with defeat at Everton last weekend, but they now face a home game against bottom side West Brom, who have beaten United and drawn with Liverpool in their last two games. Darren Moore has done well in a caretaker role, but it is these games that have defined West Brom’s poor season and I fancy Newcastle to come away with a narrow win. Tip – Newcastle to win (4/5)
- Southampton (4/6) v Bournemouth (4/1) (14/5 the draw)
It is now win or bust for Southampton as they lie four points clear of safety with four games to go. Mark Hughes will know this south-coast derby is a must win game, but I fear for Southampton. With just one win in 21 Premier League games, they are struggling for form and confidence and Bournemouth are a tricky side. I can’t see Southampton losing here, but I also feel they won’t win and that Bournemouth will get a point. Tip – Draw (14/5)
- Swansea City (13/2) v Chelsea (1/2) (3/1 the draw)
Chelsea’s away record of late isn’t great but Swansea have also hit a poor spell of form which has seen them drop to 17th in the table. The Swans will be desperate for three points here but with Chelsea also needing the win to keep apace with Spurs and Liverpool in the race for fourth, I fancy that their better quality will be the key and that the Blues will come away with the win. Tip – Chelsea win (1/2)
Sunday 29th April
- West Ham United (17/2) v Manchester City (3/10) (21/5 the draw)
With 35 points and four games to go, West Ham need two wins to be certain or perhaps one win to make sure of survival, but Manchester City at home are not the team to try and do that against. City are confirmed Champions and their away form this season has been sensational at times. I don’t think this will be too easy for City, but I do feel that the visitors take the points here. Tip – Man City win (3/10)
- Manchester United (4/9) v Arsenal (6/1) (10/3 the draw)
The biggest game of the weekend sees Arsene Wenger make his last trip to Old Trafford, a ground he has had mixed fortunes on, winning the Premier League there but also suffering some humiliating defeats. United are chasing the FA Cup and second place in the league but Arsenal have hit a bit of form at the right time. However Wenger has prioritised the Europa League and I feel as such, his weakened side will get beat at Old Trafford on Sunday. Tip – Man Utd win (4/9)
Monday 30th April
- Tottenham (1/7) v Watford (22/1) (13/2 the draw)
Tottenham’s form of late hasn’t been great and it does appear as if Harry Kane’s return to the team has been a little rushed as the England striker has been a little off the pace in recent games. Watford are in mid-table limbo and should be safe barring a crazy set of results, and as such with little to play for, I think Tottenham will win this one at a canter. Tip – Tottenham to win (1/7)