Who Should I Back in the Premier League This Weekend?
After a brief hiatus for a series of international games, including the Euro 2020 qualifiers, this weekend the Premier League returns and from now on, we will have a clear run of games through until we reach the end of the season in May.
There’s plenty to play for for almost every team, with Liverpool and Manchester City duelling it out for the title, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United batlting for the two remaining Champions League spots, while the likes of Southampton, Burnley, Cardiff City, Fulham and Huddersfield to name but five, are battling to try and avoid relegation to the Championship.
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This weekend we have a full complement of matches, including a massive game on Sunday as top of the table Liverpool, who could well be in second spot by the time the game kicks off with Manchester City playing away to Fulham at lunchtime on Saturday, face third-placed Tottenham in a game which has massive significance at the top of the table.
Let’s now take a look at the full fixture list for Saturday and then we will bring you our tips for each of the ten games.
Premier League Fixtures
The odds shown below are for the Full Time Result market. Odds correct with bet365 Sport as of Wednesday 27th March at 11.15am.
Premier League Tips
- Fulham v Manchester City
Fulham (19th) – LLLLL
Man City (2nd) – WWWWW
As you can see from the form of these two teams, it could not be more contrasting and therein lies the reason that even away from home, all-conquering Manchester City are the 1/9 favourites to win this game and of course, they are the option to back here. Scott Parker’s tenure as manager hasn’t helped Fulham’s cause any and in truth the home side look destined for the drop. City should pick up the win here that would move them back top of the table.
- Brighton v Southampton
Brighton (15th) – WWLLD
Southampton (16th) – WLWLL
South coast derbies are generally rare games but this one has added importance as both sides are still very much embroiled in the battle to avoid the drop. Two wins in their last two games has helped Brighton’s cause no end and they will be looking to keep that record going here against a Southampton side who beat Tottenham last time out. The Saints are decent at home but have struggled at times on the road and with Brighton’s home record strong, I am backing the Seagulls to land the win here.
- Burnley v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Burnley (17th) – LLLLW
Wolves (7th) – DWLDD
Burnley are the side most in danger of being sucked into the relegation places as they are just two points ahead of Cardiff City in 18th, but having played a game more. Sean Dyche’s men take on a Wolves side who have proven difficult to beat in the Premier League of late but who have not picked up too many wins in the process. Burnley need to end their poor run of results and Wolves are very tough to do that against and as such, I feel this game will most likely end in a closely fought draw.
- Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town
C.Palace (14th) – LWLWD
Huddersfield (20th) – LLLWL
Crystal Palace are a side that blows hot and cold, on their day they are capable of beating any team in the division, but they can also lose to any team in the division. Huddersfield though are a team in desperate need of points but I can’t see them getting any joy at Selhurst Park. Even if Palace are not 100% at the top of their game, they have more than enough talent in their team to secure a win and as such, I think a win for the home side would confirm them as safe, while also condemning Huddersfield to the drop, if the Terriers are not already relegated.
- Leicester City v Bournemouth
Leicester (10th) – WWLWL
Bournemouth (12th) – DWLLD
It’s been a decent start to life at the King Power Stadium for Brendan Rogers. The ex-Celtic manager has overseen two wins and a last-gasp defeat away to Watford in his three games in charge and I think he will want to make that three on the bounce at home to an inconsistent Bournemouth side. Eddie Howe’s team play some nice football at times, but their form is erratic, especially on the road and with Leicester hitting some decent form, I can’t see anything but a home win for the Foxes fans to enjoy.
- Manchester United v Watford
Man Utd (5th) – LWWDW
Watford (8th) – LWLWW
Having lost for the first time in the Premier League since he took over as manager at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to get used to that feeling and ensure his charges bounce back at home against a decent Watford side. The Hornets have enjoyed a solid season this year under Javi Gracia and deserve their top ten spot. United’s home form hasn’t been the most convincing so Watford may fancy their chances of an upset here, but I feel United will want to make a statement after that loss and I’d expect them to win here.
- West Ham United v Everton
West Ham (9th) – WLWLW
Everton (11th) – WLDWL
After spending plenty of money pre-season both of these teams may feel this campaign has been a little underwhelming to be fair. West Ham’s form is improving of late and they have a decent home record and in truth, I can’t see them losing this game against an Everton side that have been dogged by inconsistency of late. The Toffees are a capable side but don’t’ seem to show it particularly often and as such, I feel the Hammers will just about get the better of things in the clash between the two on Saturday.
- Cardiff City v Chelsea
Cardiff (18th) – WLLLW
Chelsea (6th) – LDWWL
Cardiff City need the points to move out of the drop zone this weekend, or to at least attempt to and they face a Chelsea side that is still pretty much in disarray. Mauricio Sarri’s position is under threat and the transfer ban is looming large over the club. Could Cardiff cause a big upset? They could do if Chelsea fail to play to their best and the Bluebirds are a decent side at home. Having said that, I feel Chelsea have a point to prove and I think the Londoners will do just enough to get the win here.
- Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool (1st) – WWDWD
Tottenham (3rd) – LDLLW
This is a vital game for both teams. Liverpool will need the win to ensure they remain top heading into next week, Spurs will need the win to stay at the head of the pack chasing City and Liverpool and battling for Champions League spots next season. Spurs recent form however isn’t great and while Liverpool have drawn a few games of late, they do not lose very many at all. This finished in a controversial draw last season but I think this time around, with a stronger side, Liverpool should just about have the edge.
- Arsenal v Newcastle United
Arsenal (4th) – WDWWW
Newcastle (13th) – DWLWW
The final game of the weekend takes place on Monday night and sees two sides in decent form clash at the Emirates. Arsenal have moved back into the Champions League places on the back of that good run of form and they will be confident against a Newcastle side that they have a good record against at home. Newcastle are tough to beat but this is a big ask for Rafa Benitez’s team and as such, I think Arsenal will win the game relatively comfortably.