With the FA Cup dominating the landscape in English football this weekend, there are only 4 fixtures in the next round of the Premier League. Manchester City sit 16 points clear of the chasing pack with only 8 games to go, meaning everybody else is just playing for pride this season. The relegation scrap looks hotter than ever with plenty of teams in the mix.
Southampton have turned to Mark Hughes to salvage something from their remaining 8 games as they, Crystal Palace, Stoke and West Bromwich Albion currently occupy the bottom 4 spots in the division.
Here are our picks for the thirty-first round of fixtures in the Premier League:
02:00 Bournemouth vs West Bromwich Albion – Vitality Stadium
West Bromwich Albion ($4.75)
Alan Pardew’s Baggies look to be running out of time to salvage their Premier League status – currently 8 points from safety with 8 games to play. Meanwhile, Eddie Howe’s men sit 12th in the table with 33 points from their opening 30 games and Premier League safety looks a very achievable goal currently – having only lost two of their last 7 league games. Languishing at the bottom of the table and 8 points from safety, Alan Pardew will have to pull off the great escape to ensure the Baggies are a Premier League team next season. West Brom have only won 3 Premier League games this season and have collected 20 points from their opening 30 games – a tally that needs drastic improvement. West Brom look bereft of confidence and Bournemouth look well equipped to put them out of their misery here.
Betting tip: Bournemouth to win the match to nil ($3.25) BET NOW
Bournemouth to win 2-0
02:00 Huddersfield vs Crystal Palace – John Smith’s Stadium
Crystal Palace ($2.75)
Two teams immersed in the relegation picture face off on Saturday afternoon as Premier League points become the priority. The Terriers are currently 15th in the standings, with 31 points to their name – four points clear of the relegation zone. David Wagner’s men have only won twice in the Premier League in 2018 and need to assure their Premier League safety quickly. Despite their initial bounce under Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace have lost their way in recent weeks and back to back defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea have left them in the relegation zone with 27 points from their opening 30 games. This could be a very cagey game between two teams fighting for their lives and they could well cancel each other out.
Betting tip: The match to end as a draw and both teams to score ($4.75) BET NOW
02:00 Stoke City vs Everton – Bet 365 Stadium
Stoke City ($2.6)
Sam Allardyce will be eager to see his side kick on from their win over Brighton last week as they travel to Stoke who have found themselves in the heart of the relegation picture with only 8 games to play. The Toffees beat Brighton 2-0 will want to avoid finishing the season with a whimper. Stoke meanwhile, had no answer to Pep Guardiola’s incredible Manchester City last time out but need wins from games like this to preserve their Premier League status. . Paul Lambert is yet to have the comprehensive approach Stoke fans may well have been hoping for and the Potters currently sit 19th in the table, with 27 points from 30 games and are currently a point adrift in the bottom three. Everton have shown glimpses under Sam Allardyce but heavy defeats on the road of late have checked their progress somewhat and the Toffees are out of all cup competitions and sit 9th in the table with 8 games still to play. Everton are a strong team but Stoke have more to play for and look set to trouble Everton who have been poor on the road.
Betting tip: Stoke to win the match ($2.6) BET NOW
Stoke to win 1-0
04:30 Liverpool vs Watford – Anfield
Jurgen Klopp will be eager to see his team bounce back from their defeat to Manchester United as they welcome Watford to Anfield. The Reds have been in great form all season but need to keep going in order to secure their Champions League status next season. Jurgen Klopp has guided his men to 4th in the Premier League table, with 60 points from their opening 30 games and they have only lost four times in the league all season and have a last-8 Champions League tie to look forward to. Javi Gracia is looking keep his strong start to life in English football going as he travels to Merseyside in an attempt to continue to steady the ship. The Hornets are now 10th in the standings with 36 points to their name although their 3-0 defeat to Arsenal last time out will concern the Spaniard. Watford are a plucky outfit but Liverpool will have too much quality here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($2.75) BET NOW
Liverpool to win 3-1
EPL Week 31 Multi Bet
We’re backing all four results this week as a four-fold with a betting stake of $50:-
Stoke City vs Everton – Stoke City to win
Huddersfield vs Crystal Palace – Draw
Bournemouth vs West Bromwich Albion – Bournemouth to win
Liverpool vs Watford – Liverpool to win
Pays $18.91 for all to win.
A $50 wager would pay out $945.50 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW