The Premier League returns following a weekend of FA Cup shocks as attention turns back to the enthralling title race. Liverpool, who weren’t in FA Cup action, return with a 4 point lead on the chasing pack, which Manchester City lead and with the blues still fighting on four fronts, it could be a fascinating season for Pep Guardiola’s men. Tottenham and Arsenal also succumbed to FA Cup disappointments whilst Chelsea and Manchester United progressed and their reward is to face each other in round 5.
Here are our picks for the twenty-fourth round of fixtures in the Premier League:
Arsenal vs Cardiff City – Emirates Stadium
Cardiff City ($14)
Unai Emery’s Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League as they take on Cardiff City at the Emirates. Whilst the football world mourns the loss of Emiliano Sala – who was due to arrive in Cardiff to finalise his move from Nantes before his plane tragically disappeared – the Bluebirds will be hoping to win for the Argentine striker. Last weekend’s disappointing defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup will be a worry for Unai Emery who has overseen a transformation for the Gunners this season – epitomised by their 2-0 win over Chelsea the weekend before. Whilst they continue to fight on two fronts, the Gunners will be keen to fend off pressure from the teams below them. Cardiff succumbed to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Newcastle last time out and they need to get back to winning ways – having only managed 1 win in their last 8 games. Cardiff will make life difficult for Arsenal but the Gunners are prolific – particularly at home and should pick up all three points here.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match to nil ($2.42) – BET NOW
Arsenal to win 2-0
Fulham vs Brighton – AMEX Stadium
Fulham’s survival bid comes into sharp focus on Tuesday evening as they welcome Brighton to West London. Fulham are very much in the relegation mix and their defeat to Tottenham last time out was hear-breaking for all connected with the club. Claudio Ranieri hasn’t been able to have the instant impact many would have hoped for in charge of Fulham and his Whites still sit in the bottom three. With only 14 points and 3 wins to their name all season, the Cottagers will be eager to begin their survival push sooner rather than later. The Seagulls will have to endure a FA Cup replay following their draw with West Bromwich Albion but their 13th place standing in the Premier League is testament to the good work done by Chris Hughton. This should be a tight game with Brighton known for their defensive stability and it could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.6) – BET NOW
Huddersfield Town vs Everton – John Smith’s Stadium
Huddersfield Town ($4.2)
Bottom side Huddersfield will be hoping for a turnaround in fortunes as they welcome Everton to the John Smith’s Stadium. David Wagner left his post as Huddersfield manager and has been replaced by Jan Siewert in an attempt to pull away from the drop. The Terriers sit rock bottom of the Premier League table and are currently 10 points adrift of safety and currently look doomed with only 11 points acquired form their opening 23 games. Following their defeat to Millwall in the FA Cup the pressure is mounting on the current crop of Everton players. The Toffees have been one of the most entertaining sides in the Premier League this season but currently find themselves in 11th place in the table. Marco Silva’s men have won 8, lost 9 and drawn 6 of their 23 league games – a sign of their inconsistencies this term. Huddersfield could benefit from a new manager boost and could trouble Everton here but the Toffees should have too much about them in key areas.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match and both teams to score ($3.85) – BET NOW
Everton to win 2-1
Wolves vs West Ham – Molineux
West Ham ($3.8)
Two sides that suffered tough FA Cup games face off in the West Midlands as West Ham travel to Wolves. Wolves managed to salvage a replay against Shrewsbury last time out and will be looking to improve here. They currently sit 8th in the Premier League and to stay in the top half of the table for as long as possible. West Ham suffered a humbling 4-2 defeat at the hands of AFC Wimbledon in a result that manager Manuel Pellegrini described as ‘embarrassing’. The Hammers are 10th in the Premier League table and they will be eager to kick on during the second half of the season and avoid slipping down towards the relegation places. Goals look very much on the cards here between Wolves and West Ham and it could well end up a score draw between two exciting teams.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.45) – BET NOW
Manchester United vs Burnley – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.29)
The form team of 2019 Manchester United will be looking to keep their winning streak under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer going as they welcome Lancashire rivals Burnley to Salford. The Red Devils are unbeaten under their new manager and they will be eager to keep the pressure on the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea above them. The reds continue to fight on three fronts and they will be hoping to pick up at least one trophy this season. The Clarets have clambered away from relegation trouble in recent weeks and now find themselves in 16th place. Three wins from their last 4 Premier League games have helped their cause but they will be looking to bounce back from their 5-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester City in the FA Cup. Burnley will make life awkward for United but the reds are on fire currently and could put Sean Dyche’s men to the sword.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match to nil ($2.15) – BET NOW
Manchester United to win 3-0
Newcastle United vs Manchester City – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($19)
Manchester City ($1.21)
Manchester City travel to Newcastle in what promises to be a real battle in the North East on Tuesday evening. The Toon currently sit just outside the relegation zone in 17th and will be hoping to take confidence from their thumping win over Cardiff in their last Premier League fixture. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have been in fine form since the turn of the year, scoring 29 goals in their last 6 fixtures in all competitions. They continue to fight on four fronts this term and look well set to maintain their push to catch Liverpool in the Premier League title race. Newcastle won’t be targeting games such as these as part of their survival bid but the Magpies will want to push Manchester City all the way but Pep and his team should be more than capable of picking up the win here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.75) – BET NOW
Manchester City to win 3-1
5:45am Bournemouth vs Chelsea – Vitality Stadium
Wednesday evening looks set to host a classic Premier League encounter as Chelsea travel to Bournemouth. The Cherries have enjoyed an impressive campaign under the stewardship of Eddie Howe and currently sit in 12th place in the table. They are however in the midst of a rotten run of form – having only won 2 of their last 10 matches in all competitions. Chelsea are very much in the top 4 mix but their defeat to Arsenal last time out looks to have pegged them back somewhat. They sit four points behind Tottenham in 3rd yet only 3 points clear of Arsenal and Manchester United below them – a gap they will want to rebuild quickly. With two managers that possess attacking mentalities, it could be a memorable encounter and it could be Maurizio Sarri who comes out on top with Chelsea looking to bounce back in style on the South Coast
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($2.75) – BET NOW
Chelsea to win 2-1
5:45am Southampton vs Crystal Palace – St Mary’s Stadium
Crystal Palace ($3.26)
Two sides hovering above the relegation zone face off on Wednesday evening as Crystal Palace travel to Southampton. Premier League survival is on the agenda for Southampton for both teams and it could be a real battle at St Mary’s. Ralph Hasenhüttl has enjoyed an instant impact with Southampton yet they are still only three points clear of the dreaded drop zone. The Eagles have found form of late too and have climbed to 14th in the table and come into this one fresh off the back of their FA Cup victory over Tottenham.Both sets of players will fancy their chances here and it should be a real spectacle between two very exciting teams and it could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.65) – BET NOW
6:00am Liverpool vs Leicester City – Anfield Stadium
Leicester City ($15)
Premier League leaders Liverpool welcome Leicester City to Anfield as they look to push towards their first Premier League title. The reds survived a scare last time out against Crystal Palace and Jurgen Klopp will be eager to see his team take full advantage of their rest over the FA Cup period. With only the Champions League and Premier League to play for, expectation is high at Anfield. Leicester continue to be plagued by inconsistency in the Premier League and despite currently lying in 9th place in the table, come into this one fresh off the back of three consecutive defeats in all competitions. Leicester will certainly trouble Liverpool but the reds look too good at home and should pick up all three points here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($2.35) – BET NOW
Liverpool to win 3-1
6:00am Tottenham vs Watford – Wembley Stadium
A classic London Derby concludes the Premier League fixture list on Sunday as high-flying Waford travel to Wembley to take on a stuttering Tottenham side. Having lost Harry Kane and Dele Alii in recent weeks to injury, Tottenham’s season looks in jeopardy as they have fallen off the pace in the title race as well as going out of the League Cup and FA Cup. They have time to rectify their league standing though and will be looking to get back to winning ways here. Watford sit 7th in the table, find themselves in the 5th round of the FA Cup and look to be well clear of relegation trouble this term. Javi Gracia’s men will push Tottenham all the way but Spurs need a win and should get it here in front of their home fans.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match and both teams to score ($3.45) – BET NOW
Tottenham to win 2-1
EPL Week 24 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as an accumulator with a betting stake of $50:
Liverpool vs Leicester City – Liverpool to win
Arsenal vs Cardiff City – Arsenal to win
Manchester United vs Burnley – Manchester United to win
Newcastle United vs Manchester City – Manchester City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $123.90 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW