Following an action-packed international program, the Premier League returns to the agenda with attention turning to one of the most eagerly anticipated run-ins for years. Liverpool top the tree by two points but Manchester City have a game in hand below them and they have quadruple aspirations. The scrap for Champions League football next season is also at the forefront for the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea and it promises to be a highly entertaining weekend of football.
Here are our picks for the thirty-second round of fixtures in the Premier League:
Fulham vs Manchester City – Craven Cottage
Manchester City ($1.15)
Second bottom side Fulham host Manchester City as both teams go in search of points for very different reasons. 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. They pushed Liverpool all the way last time out though and will be hoping for a repeat performance here. City meanwhile showed real resolve to keep their quadruple dreams alive by coming back to beat Swansea last time out. They will be hoping to keep their momentum going after the international break and whilst Fulham will be a test, Pep Guardiola’s men should have enough about them to come through this one.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.2) – Bet Now
Manchester City to win 3-1
Brighton vs Southampton – AMEX Stadium
Matters at the bottom of the table come into sharp focus as Brighton host Southampton in what should be a hum-dinger of a South Coast Derby. Brighton have reached the FA Cup semi-finals but currently only sit 5 points above the relegation zone in what has been an inconsistent season for Chris Hughton’s men. The Saints meanwhile sit 3 points and one place below the Seagulls and they too are aware of the relegation threat they currently face. This should be a cagey game between two sides that need the points and it could end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4) – Bet Now
Burnley vs Wolves – Turf Moor
Burnley are another side in the relegation mire and the Clarets sit only 2 points and one place above the drop zone as they face off a buoyant Wolves side that have just secured a place in the FA Cup semi-finals. 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 and their defeat to Leicester last time out will still be bugging them. Wolves meanwhile sit 7th in the table and have a fantastic first season back in the big time of the Premier League. They should push Burnley all the way but both sides will probably settle for a point with the end of the season nearing.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.25) – Bet Now
Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield Town – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($1.47)
Huddersfield Town ($8.5)
Precious points at the bottom of the table are up for grabs in East London as Crystal Palace welcome Huddersfield Town. Palace will be disappointed to have seen their cup run come to an end last time out but they must get back to winning ways with only a 5 point gap between themselves and the relegation zone currently. Huddersfield have propped up the Premier League table for months and relegation could be confirmed here if results around them don’t go their way. The Terriers won’t go down without a fight but Palace need points and couldn’t ask for a better home game here.
Betting tip: Crystal Palace to win the match and both teams to score ($3.4) – Bet Now
Crystal Palace to win 3-1
Leicester City vs Bournemouth – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($1.87)
Two sides locked in the mid-table scrap face off the East Midlands as Leicester City welcome Bournemouth to the King Power. Leicester have picked up back to back wins under Brendan Rodgers and look well set to finish the season strongly. They sit 10th in the table, 2 places and 3 points above their opponents here. The Cherries have enjoyed a solid campaign under Eddie Howe and find themselves in 12th place with 38 points to their name – thanks in the main to their impressive home form. This promises to be a really entertaining clash between two excellent sides and it could end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.9) – Bet Now
Manchester United vs Watford – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.45)
Following confirmation of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent appointment in charge of Manchester United, attention turns to matters on the field as they face Watford. The Red Devils sit 5th in the table and look to have their sights set on a top 4 finish this season whilst they are still in the Champions League. Watford meanwhile will be riding the crest of a wave with a FA Cup semi-final on the horizon and they will be looking to have a go at an United side that may be a little distracted. This should be an excellent game which United should just about edge in front of their home fans.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match and both teams to score ($3.05) – Bet Now
Manchester United to win 2-1
West Ham United vs Everton – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($2.57)
Matters in the middle of the table are on the agenda in East London as Everton 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 including an incredible 4-3 comeback against Huddersfield last time out. Everton too have endured an inconsistent season but have plenty of fire power in their ranks and Marco Silva will be keen to see his side build on their impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea last time out. There is very little to split these sides and a draw looks on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.5) – Bet Now
Cardiff City vs Chelsea – Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff City ($9)
Chelsea travel to South Wales as they look to keep their hopes of Champions League football next season alive whilst Cardiff will be looking to climb clear of the relegation places. Neil Warnock’s men sit 18th in the table but are only 2 points from safety despite a tumultuous season, on and off the field. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s inconsistency this season has been all too evident under Maurizio Sarri and they will be hoping to bounce back from uninspiring defeat to Everton last time out. The blues sit 6th, 3 points behind 4th placed Arsenal and they will be all too aware of the importance of picking up 3 points here. Cardiff will make life tough for Chelsea but the West Londoners should just edge this one.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($3.6) – Bet Now
Chelsea to win 2-1
Liverpool vs Tottenham – Anfield
Table-topping Liverpool will be looking to make a statement when they face third place Tottenham at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s side are flying high currently and with both the Champions League and Premier League to play for, the reds are in a position of strength they haven’t been in for years. They will have to be at their best however against a Tottenham side that have struggled in recent weeks but are still in the Champions League too and have a fit and firing again Harry Kane in their ranks. This will be the biggest game of the Premier League weekend and Liverpool should just about edge it to allow their fans to dare to dream.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($2.85) – Bet Now
Liverpool to win 2-1
Arsenal vs Newcastle United – Emirates Stadium
Newcastle United ($9.5)
Monday Night Football promises to be a classic as Arsenal host Newcastle. The Gunners sit 4th in the table and are in the driving seat when it comes to finishing in the top 4 – 2 points ahead of Manchester United and 3 ahead of Chelsea. Unai Emery’s men are also still in the Europa League and have been consistent at home this season – only losing once in the Premier League. Newcastle meanwhile are 13th in the table and they will be looking to build on their recent upturn in form as they currently sit 7 points clear of the drop zone with only 7 games to play. Newcastle won’t roll over here for Arsenal but the Gunners have been in good form of late – especially at home and should pick up a hard fought win.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and both teams to score ($2.75) – Bet Now
Arsenal to win 3-1
EPL Week 32 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as an accumulator with a betting stake of $50:
Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield Town – Crystal Palace to win
Arsenal vs Newcastle United – Arsenal to win
Cardiff City vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Fulham vs Manchester City – Manchester City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $176.39 if successful at the current odds – Bet Now