As the FA Cup and international football takes centre stage in the UK, only a handful of sides battle it out in the Premier League. Manchester City will be taking part in the FA Cup on Saturday, knowing full well that their 14 point gap to the chasing pack in the table could well be enough to see them lift the trophy in May. Fulham look to have a job to do in order to secure Premier League safety, as do West Bromwich Albion, who appear to be slipping further into the mire with every passing week. It promises to be a quieter weekend than normal in the Premier League but a high-quality one nevertheless.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the EPL:
Premier League Week 29 Preview
Fulham vs Leeds United – Craven Cottage
Leeds United ($2.92)
Fulham host Leeds in what promises to be a fascinating battle in West London. The Cottagers eventually found Manchester City too hot to handle last week but their league standing of 18th is representative of their improvement in recent weeks. They sit 2 points from safety and will be eager to put points on the board here and pressure on the sides above them. Leeds meanwhile look to be assured of their Premier League safety this term and they will be looking to build on their impressive point against Chelsea last time out. Marcelo Bielsa’s men find themselves in 12th, knowing full well that a result here could propel them into the top half of the table. Fulham are the draw specialists, and this could be an entertaining draw between two good sides.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) Bet @ Sportsbet
Brighton vs Newcastle United – AMEX Stadium
Newcastle United ($6.75)
A classic relegation six-pointer looks to be on the cards down on the South Coast as Brighton host Newcastle United. The Seagulls got back to winning ways in impressive fashion last time out, beating Southampton but they are far from safe yet, with only 3 points between themselves and the relegation zone. They host a Newcastle side that will be buoyed from their last gasp equaliser at home to Aston Villa last Friday, but Toon have huge problems of their own and find themselves 17th in the table. Steve Bruce is a man under pressure, and he will be hoping his side can pull themselves away from trouble quickly. With only one point and one place separating the sides, this could be a cagey affair, but Brighton look to have the momentum and should pick up a win here.
Betting tip: Brighton to win the match ($1.69) Bet @ Sportsbet
Brighton to win 2-0
West Ham United vs Arsenal – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($2.98)
A classic London Derby looks to be on the cards as West Ham host Arsenal at the London Olympic Stadium. The Hammers have been a surprise package in the Premier League this season under David Moyes and find themselves in 5th – only three points outside the top 4. It has been a really consistent campaign for the Hammers and how they would love to cap it with a win over Arsenal. The Gunners picked up a big win of their own last time out, seeing off Tottenham but their lowly league standing of 10th simply isn’t good enough for a side of their stature. Mikel Arteta does look to have his side firing again and Arsenal should be bang up for this one. West Ham however, won’t roll over and this could well end up being an entertaining draw.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.65) Bet @ Sportsbet
Aston Villa vs Tottenham – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($3.25)
Aston Villa and Tottenham face off, with both sides keen to put a run together as they chase European football. The Villains have enjoyed a remarkable campaign and could climb as high as 6th if they were to win their games in hand. Jack Grealish has been a key miss for them in recent weeks however and they won’t want the season to end on a whimper. They take on a Tottenham side that folded again in a big game last time out, as they were comfortably seen off by Arsenal – posing Jose Mourinho some serious questions. Spurs are in the mix for a top 4 finish though and need to start picking up results consistently if they are to maintain it. This should be the fixture of the weekend and with such fire power in their ranks, Tottenham look the justified favourites.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match ($2.38) Bet @ Sportsbet
Tottenham to win 3-1
EPL Week 29 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week in our multi bet with a stake of $50:
Aston Villa vs Tottenham – Tottenham to win
West Ham vs Arsenal – Draw
Brighton vs Newcastle United – Brighton to win
Fulham vs Leeds United – Draw
A $50 wager would pay out $2519.50 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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