Following stellar performances from all of the English sides left in the Champions League, attention turns to the fascinating race for the Premier League title. Manchester City and Liverpool are separated by one solitary point and with only 8 games left, it promises to be a race to the wire. FA Cup commitments mean Manchester City are otherwise engaged this weekend – leaving the Reds with the chance to go top of the table this weekend. Elsewhere, the relegation picture continues to hot up with Cardiff, Burnley and Huddersfield all being given the chance to forge safety bids with the end of the season approaching.
Here are our picks for the thirty-first round of fixtures in the Premier League:
Bournemouth vs Newcastle United – Vitality Stadium
Newcastle United ($3.85)
The fight for supremacy in the middle of the Premier League comes under the spotlight as Newcastle travel to Bournemouth. The Cherries have enjoyed a solid campaign under Eddie Howe and find themselves in 12th place with 37 points to their name – thanks in the main to their impressive home form. Newcastle meanwhile are 13th in the table – three points behind Bournemouth and they will be looking to build on their recent upturn in form as they mount a survival bid. This could be a very cagey encounter, with only three points to separate the sides but Bournemouth’s reliable home form could well push them over the line here.
Betting tip: Bournemouth to win the match and both teams to score ($3.85)
Bournemouth to win 2-1
Burnley vs Leicester City – Turf Moor
Leicester City ($2.5)
Relegation threatened Burnley host Leicester in what promises to be a real battle at Turf Moor. The Clarets have improved in recent weeks but such is the congestion at the bottom of the table they still find themselves in 17th position in the table – two points above the drop zone. Leicester picked up their first win under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers last time out and they will be looking to pick up back to back wins here. They sit 10th and would pass the precious 40 points barrier with a win here. This promises to be a really entertaining clash and with plenty at stake, it could end up honours even in Lancashire.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4)
West Ham United vs Huddersfield Town – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($1.59)
Matters at the bottom of the table are on the agenda in East London as Huddersfield travel to West Ham United. The Hammers have been inconsistent once again this season but have climbed to 9th following a decent run of matches – although their 2-0 defeat at Cardiff last time out will be of cause for concern. Huddersfield have propped up the Premier League table for months and back to back defeats to Brighton and Bournemouth have all but relegated them – they have a 14 point gap between themselves and safety and look doomed. Huddersfield are a plucky side but West Ham should have no issues in front of their home fans here.
Betting tip: West Ham United to win the match to nil ($3.25)
West Ham United to win 3-0
Fulham vs Liverpool – Craven Cottage
Fresh off the back of their famous Champions League win in Munich, Liverpool travel to Fulham as they look to go to the top of the Premier League table. Scott Parker is in charge at Fulham but they look a side doomed, with only 17 points to their name – they look consigned to playing Championship football next term. Second placed Liverpool sit a point behind Manchester City and will be looking to take advantage of the blues’ FA Cup game with Swansea this weekend. Jurgen Klopp’s side are flying high currently and whilst Fulham will look to get the ball down and play, the Reds should have too much confidence and fire power here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($2.55)
Liverpool to win 3-1
Everton vs Chelsea – Goodison Park
Chelsea travel to the blue half of Merseyside as they look to keep their hopes of Champions League football next season alive. 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 11th. Chelsea’s inconsistency this season has been all too evident under Maurizio Sarri and they will be hoping to bounce back from their disappointing draw with Wolves last time out. The blues sit 6th, 3 points behind 4th placed Arsenal – with this fixture their current game in hand. Everton will push Chelsea all the way but the blues should just about edge this one in the key areas.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($4)
Chelsea to win 2-1
EPL Week 31 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as an accumulator with a betting stake of $50:
West Ham United vs Huddersfield Town – West Ham United to win
Bournemouth vs Newcastle United – Bournemouth to win
Everton vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Fulham vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
A $50 wager would pay out $428.15 if successful at the current odds Bet Now