The midweek Premier League programme threw up its usual mix of thrills and spills with Liverpool and Manchester city both winning in their title pursuits but Tottenham faltering at Chelsea to fall even further off the pace. Manchester United and Arsenal also picked up big wins in their quest for a top 4 finishes whilst Southampton climbed out of the bottom three with a crucial win over Fulham. That result saw the end for Claudio Ranieri at Fulham and fans favourite Scott Parker is the man they have installed in an attempt to claw them away from relegation trouble.
Here are our picks for the twenty-ninth round of fixtures in the Premier League:
Tottenham vs Arsenal – Wembley Stadium
The North London Derby kicks off another huge weekend of football in the Premier League. Spurs have lost back to back away games to leave them closer to the sides below them in the race for top 4 football than Manchester City and Liverpool above them. Arsenal are 4th in the table and continue to churn out big results – although their away form continues to be a problem under Unai Emery and he will be hoping his side can continue to battle in the Premier League and Europa League. With league position and local pride at stake, this has the makings of a draw between two sides, desperate not to lose.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.35) – Bet Now
Bournemouth vs Manchester City – Vitality Stadium
Manchester City ($1.25)
Manchester City have the chance to go back to the top of the table (for the evening at least) as they travel to the South Coast to take on Bournemouth. The Cherries have enjoyed an impressive campaign under the stewardship of Eddie Howe and they find themselves in 10th place in the Premier League table – thanks in the main to their impressive home form. City have had a fixture pile-up in recent weeks which showed in their laboured 1-0 win over West Ham last time out. They are a side decimated by injuries and will be hoping to keep fighting on 4 fronts for as long as possible. Bournemouth will really stretch City here but the blues should have enough about them to grind out a win.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.75) – Bet Now
Manchester City to win 2-1
Brighton vs Huddersfield Town – AMEX Stadium
Matters at the bottom of the table are on the agenda on the South Coast as Huddersfield travel to Brighton. The Seagulls have slipped into relegation trouble and are only 2 points clear of the drop zone and need to start picking up wins under the stewardship of Chris Hughton. Huddersfield have propped up the Premier League table for months but the manner of their 1-0 win over Wolves last time out could be the catalyst they need for an unlikely survival bid. They have a 13 point gap between themselves and safety but are not going down without a fight. Brighton have relied on their home form in the Premier League and they should pick up a crucial home win here in front of their passionate support.
Betting tip: Brighton to win the match ($1.87) – Bet Now
Brighton to win 1-0
Burnley vs Crystal Palace – Turf Moor
Crystal Palace ($2.75)
Two sides locked on 30 points face off in Lancashire as Crystal Palace travel to Burnley. Both sides suffered defeats last time out but have improved in recent weeks to pull away from relegation trouble. The Clarets beat Tottenham in their last home game and look a side reborn and despite only being 5 points clear – look full of confidence. Similarly, the Eagles have found form of late and have only lost one of their last 7 games in all competitions and have a FA Cup quarter final to look forward to. There is very little to split these sides and a draw very much looks on the cards at Turf Moor.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.15) – Bet Now
Manchester United vs Southampton – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.5)
Manchester United’s pursuit of Champions League football continues as they welcome Southampton to Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revolutionised Manchester United in recent weeks and the Reds are unbeaten domestically under his stewardship and sit 5th in the Premier League table. Southampton climbed out of the bottom three with a crucial home win over Fulham last time out and they have shown real resolve in recent weeks. It won’t be games such as this however that the Saints are targeting for survival and United should have no issues in picking up a home win here.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match to nil ($2.25) – Bet Now
Manchester United to win 3-0
Wolves vs Cardiff City – Molineux
Cardiff City ($8)
Wolves will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Huddersfield as they welcome Cardiff City to the West Midlands. Nuno Esporito Santo’s men have only lost one of their last 9 games in all competitions and have a FA Cup quarter final on the horizon. Cardiff have been pegged back in their last two home games (conceding 8 goals in the process) but they have fought hard all season and despite sitting 18th, won’t go down without a fight. Wolves will want to bounce back from a poor showing last time out and should have too much for Cardiff City here, in front of their home fans.
Betting tip: Wolves to win the match ($1.53) – Bet Now
Wolves to win 2-0
West Ham United vs Newcastle United – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($2.2)
Newcastle United ($3.75)
Mid-table matters are on the agenda in East London as West Ham welcome Newcastle to the capital. The Hammers have been inconsistent once again this season – epitomised by their current standing of 10th but they showed real grit in defeat at Manchester City last time out. Newcastle are 13th in the table – six points above the bottom three and they will be looking to build on their back to back home wins against Huddersfield and Burnley. This could be a very cagey encounter, with Newcastle notoriously tough to break down on the road but West Ham should have too much fire power at the London Stadium.
Betting tip: West Ham United to win the match ($2.2) – Bet Now
West Ham United to win 2-1
Watford vs Leicester City – Vicarage Road
Leicester City ($3.1)
Two sides looking to climb the table with 10 games to go are Watford and Leicester City. Watford sit 8th in the table and Javi Gracia’s men have been in good form of late, despite their 5-0 thumping at Liverpool in midweek. Leicester will be under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers for the first time as he returns to his former club and he will be looking for his men to improve on their league standing of 11th in the final quarter of the campaign. Both sides have squads packed with quality and this could be an entertaining battle in North London.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.35) – Bet Now
Fulham vs Chelsea – Craven Cottage
Sunday sees a classic West London Derby in prospect as Fulham host Chelsea at Craven Cottage. Claudio Ranieri got the boot this week, leaving Scott Parker in charge at Fulham and how he would want to get off to a winning start against his former club. The Cottagers are immersed in relegation bother and are currently 10 points adrift in the relegation zone. Chelsea bounced back well from their Carabao Cup nightmare by beating Tottenham in midweek and they will be hoping to kick on and focus on the fight for a Champions League place next season. Fulham will get a boost from a change of manager but Chelsea should have too much quality for them here.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($3.3) – Bet Now
Chelsea to win 3-1
Everton vs Liverpool – Goodison Park
The Merseyside Derby concludes the game week and it promises to be a real classic at Goodison Park. Everton have endured an inconsistent season but have plenty of fire power in their ranks and Marco Silva will be keen to see his side improve on their current standing of 9th. League leaders Liverpool will fully aware of the threats the Toffees pose and they will be hoping to continue their form from midweek – where they thrashed Watford 5-0. Everton would love nothing more than to derail Liverpool’s title charge but Jurgen Klopp’s men are a classy outfit and should pick up three crucial points here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($3.55) – Bet Now
Liverpool to win 2-1
EPL Week 29 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as an accumulator with a betting stake of $50:
Manchester United vs Southampton – Manchester United to win
Bournemouth vs Manchester City – Manchester City to win
Wolves vs Cardiff City – Wolves to win
Everton vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
A $50 wager would pay out $236.67 if successful at the current odds – Bet Now