Despite a genuine scare at home to West Ham, Liverpool continued to blaze a trail at the top of the Premier League. The reds are now 4 wins away from claiming their first ever Premier League title trophy and they remain unbeaten. The chasing pack endured a mixed weekend meanwhile with Manchester City winning at Leicester, Chelsea seeing off rivals Tottenham and Manchester United moving into 5th with a home win over Watford. At the foot of the table, the problems are mounting for Norwich, who continue to slide further away from safety whilst Bournemouth, West Ham and Aston Villa remain very much in the relegation dog fight.
Here are our picks for the 28th round of fixtures in the EPL:
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Norwich City vs Leicester City – Carrow Road
Norwich City ($4.7)
Leicester City ($1.78)
Relegation threatened Norwich will see this as now or never as they take on Leicester City. The Canaries are 7 points adrift at the foot of the table and their stay in the Premier League looks to be coming to an end sooner rather than later. Their home form has been their only realistic way of getting out of trouble and they desperately need a result if they are to mount a survival push here. Leicester meanwhile are looking over their shoulder to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United below them as they now only have a six-point cushion in the race for a top 4 finish. Despite missing a couple of early chances, they were well beaten by Manchester City last time out and they will just be hoping to get over the line in the top 4 this term. Norwich are tough to break down at home, but Leicester should prevail here.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.35) Bet Now
Leicester City to win 3-1
Brighton vs Crystal Palace – AMEX Stadium
Crystal Palace ($4.1)
Two sides hoping secure their Premier League statuses sooner rather than later face off as Brighton host Crystal Palace. Brighton fought back to earn a point on the road at Sheffield United last time out and Graham Potter’s side missed multiple chances to win the match. They currently sit four points above the drop zone, and they will see this as a real opportunity to pull away from trouble. Roy Hodgson’s Palace meanwhile picked up a crucial win last weekend at home to Newcastle as they look to mount their own survival bid. They currently have a 9-point cushion between themselves and the relegation zone and they have played their best football on the road this season. This should be a very tight match, with both sides desperate not to lose.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.35) Bet Now
Bournemouth vs Chelsea – Vitality Stadium
Chelsea travel to Bournemouth as they look to continue their push towards a top 4 finish. Bournemouth can’t seem to pull away completely from relegation trouble and sit 2 points and 2 places above the drop zone as things stand. Their defeat at Burnley last time was marred by VAR controversy but they are immersed in the relegation scrap with only 11 games of the season to play. Chelsea mean while responded well to their home defeat to Manchester United, with an impressive win over Tottenham last time out. They have a 3-point cushion on the teams chasing them for a place in the top 4 but they need to start winning games like this, if they are to make a Champions League spot their own come May. This should be an excellent game between two sides that always look to play on the front foot, and Chelsea should come through this test with three points in the bag.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($2.75) Bet Now
Chelsea to win 3-1
Newcastle United vs Burnley – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($2.62)
Two sides looking to make sure of their Premier League statuses face off on Tyneside as Newcastle welcome Burnley to St James’s Park. The Toon have been in decent form all season under Steve Bruce, although a recent blip in form has seen them drop to 14th in the table. They have 31 points to their name so look assured of safety at this point and just need to keep picking up points to reach the magic 40. Mid-table Burnley meanwhile have won 4 their last 5 matches and have climbed up to 10th as a result – having been immersed in the relegation picture at the start of the year. They picked up an excellent win over Bournemouth last time out and they will be desperate to build on that here. This should be a tight game, between two sides who prioritise defending and a draw looks on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.24) Bet Now
West Ham United vs Southampton – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($2.74)
West Ham will be desperate for a win as they look to build on their strong showing at Liverpool last time out against Southampton. The Hammers pushed the reds all the way on Monday night but ultimately came up short and they remain in the relegation zone. The arrival of David Moyes has not had the desired effect, with the Hammers languishing in 18th and they look to have a big task on their hands if they are to avoid the drop this term. Southampton meanwhile will be looking to continue to further themselves from the relegation scrap. Their win over Aston Villa last time out propelled them 10 points clear of the drop zone and confidence looks to be growing down at the South Coast. This should be an entertaining tie with West Ham needing the win and Southampton in good form, a score draw looks on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.65) Bet Now
Watford vs Liverpool – Vicarage Road
Liverpool’s title charge continues as they head to relegation threatened Watford. The Hornets continue to scrap for Premier League survival under the stewardship of Nigel Pearson and they now only sit one point from safety. They have however lost momentum in recent weeks and were well beaten by Manchester United last time out at Old Trafford. They will see this as very much a free hit however and play their best football at Vicarage Road. Liverpool meanwhile haven’t been at their fluent best in recent weeks but continue to churn out the results. They have a 22-point gap to Manchester City below them in the Premier League and it looks to be a matter of time before they get their hands on the trophy. With the Champions League and FA Cup to play for, Jurgen Klopp could rotate here but Liverpool have plenty of strength in depth and they should come through this test with ease.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match ($1.45) Bet Now
Liverpool to win 2-0
Everton vs Manchester United – Goodison Park
Manchester United ($2.93)
Two sides chasing European football next season face off on Merseyside as Everton host Manchester United. The Toffees’ unbeaten run came to an end last week on the road at Arsenal, but they look side reborn under Carlo Ancelotti. The congestion in the table has seen them fall to 11th but they are only 4 points behind Tottenham in 6th place, Dominic Calvert Lewin is leading the line with aplomb for the blues who are banging the goals in for fun. Meanwhile, high-flying Manchester United will be looking maintain their place in 5th after back-to-back wins over Watford and Chelsea. The reds are only 3 points off the top 4 and very much in striking distance of the likes of Chelsea and Leicester. This should be a real cracker at Goodison and with both teams confident and in-form, a draw looks on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.1) Bet Now
Tottenham vs Wolves – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham host Wolves on Sunday with only a point separating the sides in the Premier League table. Spurs were gathering momentum under Jose Mourinho but defeats to RB Leipzig in the Champions League and Chelsea in the Premier League have stalled their progress somewhat. They sit 6th in the table, only 4 points behind Chelsea in 4th and it’s games like this they need to start winning regularly. Wolves meanwhile are yet another side that are chasing a top 4/5 finish and they will be desperate to keep the pressure on the sides above them. They sit 8th in the table, 5 points off the top 4 but they will be all too aware of the need to keep picking up points having only won 2 of their last 6 fixtures. With Europa League football to contend with later this month too, they will be rotating their squad to the maximum. This should be a tight game in North London that could end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.3) Bet Now
EPL Week 28 multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Watford vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
Bournemouth vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Everton vs Manchester United – Draw
Norwich City vs Leicester City – Leicester City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $792 if successful at the current odds Bet Now