With the Premier League title done and dusted, attention turns to the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend with top-flight teams battling it out to claim the fabled trophy. The race for survival in the Premier League however tops the agenda in most of the league fixtures this weekend and with West Bromwich Albion securing a famous win at Manchester United last week, the race to stay up is very much alive.
Points can be picked up too in the race for Champions League football with Liverpool in action and with huge prize money benefits on offer for each position in the Premier League table, these end of season matches are sure to be intriguing battles.
Here are our picks for the thirty-fifth round of fixtures in the Premier League:
21:30 West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool – The Hawthorns
West Bromwich Albion ($7.1)
Liverpool travel to the Midlands with their impending Champions League semi-final sure to be on their minds. Darren Moore inspired West Brom to only their 4th win of the season against Manchester United and although they look totally doomed and resigned to playing Championship football next season, they are finally showing some much needed resilience as the season draws to a close. Liverpool hit the road with the Reds riding the crest of a wave currently. Their 5-1 aggregate defeat of Manchester City in the Champions League in midweek evoked memories of the club’s glory years many moons ago and the reds will be looking to make sure they do not slip up in anyway here in ensuring European football next season. Despite the Baggies upturn in form, Liverpool are in superb nick and should win comfortably here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($3.3) – BET NOW
Liverpool to win 3-1
00:00 Watford vs Crystal Palace – Vicarage Road
Crystal Palace ($2.63)
The fight for survival takes centre stage in North London as Crystal Palace travel across the capital to take on beleaguered Watford. Watford started the campaign incredibly well but a drastic dip in form cost Marco Silva his job and Javi Gracia hasn’t really been able to address the demise as the Hornets currently sit 12th in the division with 37 points from 34 games played. For Palace and Roy Hodgson the threat of relegation is easing with each passing week as the Eagles are currently six points and two places above the drop zone – having played a game more than some of their competitors but it represents a real recovery from Roy’s boys who looked doomed in November. This should be a fiery game between two good sides and it could well end with honours even.
Betting tip: The match to end as a draw and both teams to score ($6.25) – BET NOW
22:30 Arsenal vs West Ham United – Emirates Stadium
West Ham ($6.25)
London rivalry is at the fore on Sunday as West Ham travel across London to take on old foes Arsenal. Arsene Wenger can’t seem to win over the fans domestically – epitomised by another league defeat last time out at Newcastle – but his Arsenal side continue to impress in their quest of Europa League glory this season. David Moyes has galvanised West Ham since his arrival at the end of last year. The Hammers are 14th, 7 points above the relegation zone and they showed incredible resilience to score an injury time equaliser against fellow strugglers Stoke on Monday evening. West Ham will be well up for this but Arsenal possess enough quality to get the job done – just.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and both teams to score ($2.8) – BET NOW
Arsenal to win 2-1
22:30 Stoke City vs Burnley – Bet 365 Stadium
Stoke City ($2.4)
The prospect of relegation has become very real for Paul Lambert and Stoke City who currently sit 19th in the table, 5 points from safety, with only 4 games left to play. Their performances have lacked energy and vigour all season and they need some inspiration from their notoriously rowdy home fans if they are to avoid the plunge this term. The Clarets meanwhile have been so impressive this season – sitting in 7th place, only 2 points behind Arsenal in 6th, leaving Sean Dyche in contention as one of the managers of the year in the Premier League following their latest winning streak – leading the form table with 5 wins on the spin. Stoke have plenty to play for but Burnley will make life very difficult for them.
Betting tip: Match to end as a draw and both teams to score ($4.95) – BET NOW
01:30 Manchester City vs Swansea City – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.17)
Swansea City ($23)
Following their official coronation as Champions last Sunday, the mood around the Etihad has been buoyant. Few would argue that City have been far and away the best team in England this season and Pep Guardiola is sure to want to see his team build upon their remarkable 13 point lead here. Mathematical survival is the order of the day in South Wales as Swansea aren’t clear of relegation trouble yet, with 33 points from 33 games they are on course to just avoid the drop and they will be desperate to cling on to their 5 point lead from the chasing pack. Swansea are a resilient bunch but City should have too much quality and confidence after winning the league.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and over 3.5 goals in the game ($2.15) – BET NOW
Manchester City to win 4-2
05:00 Everton vs Newcastle United – Goodison Park
Newcastle United ($3.4)
Two classic PL teams face off on Monday evening on Merseyside with both teams comfortably placed in mid-table as the season draws to a close. Everton have been uninspiring under Sam Allardyce in recent weeks and they don’t appear to have much to play for but they performed well against Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby before a solid draw with Swansea last weekend. Newcastle have shown real resilience under Rafa Benitez and with 41 points to their name following their incredible win over Arsenal last time out, Premier League safety is assured in the North East already. Both teams could play with the brakes off now that their respective places are confirmed in the league next season and it could be an intriguing battle.
Betting tip: The match to end as a draw and both teams to score ($4.95) – BET NOW
EPL Week 35 Multi Bet
We’re backing four results this week as a four-fold with a betting stake of $50:
Manchester City vs Swansea City – Manchester City to win
Arsenal vs West Ham United – Arsenal to win
Everton vs Newcastle United – Draw
West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
Pays $9.28 for all to win.
A $50 wager would pay out $464 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW