The Premier League title is there for the taking this weekend, as Manchester City travel to Crystal Palace and Manchester United needing to at least match their result to stay in touch. Perhaps the more intriguing narrative lies around the race for the top 4, with Leicester City, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool all battling it out for the remaining two places. The relegation scrap looks a done deal too, with Sheffield United already down and Fulham and West Bromwich Albion seemingly too far gone but in the Premier League, anything can happen.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the EPL:
Premier League Week 34 Preview
Southampton vs Leicester City – St Mary’s Stadium
Leicester City ($2)
Leicester City will be looking to maintain their push for a Champions League finish, as they travel to Southampton. Their incredible start to the campaign is now a distant memory for Southampton, who look to be completely safe but have petered out significantly in recent weeks. Leicester by contrast, have been superb in recent weeks and also have a FA Cup final against Chelsea on the horizon. They have their top 4 hopes in their own hands and should pick up a solid win on the road here.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match ($2) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Leicester City to win 2-0
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($11.5)
Manchester City ($1.36)
Manchester City will be doing all they can to create an unassailable lead in the Premier League title race as they travel to Crystal Palace. A win here, would leave City 13 points clear of Manchester United, with the reds having 5 games to play – meaning City would be on the cusp of a 5th Premier League title in the last 10 years. Palace meanwhile, have had a solid campaign, which has been blighted by injuries to key players, but they are capable of hurting anybody on their day. This could be a tough game, with City also pre-occupied by the Champions League, but the blues should get the job done here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match ($1.36) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester City to win 2-1
Brighton vs Leeds United – AMEX Stadium
Leeds United ($3.45)
Brighton will be doing all they can to mathematically preserve their Premier League status, as they welcome Leeds to the AMEX Stadium. The Seagulls have been in decent form of late but a defeat to relegated Sheffield United last time out ensured that they still have work to do in their survival bid. They host a Leeds side, that have picked up results against Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United in their last three games and should be full of confidence here. This could be an excellent game, between two good sides and a draw looks to be on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.55) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Chelsea vs Fulham – Stamford Bridge
Chelsea will be looking to continue their excellent form, as they host local rivals Fulham. The blues are very much alive and kicking in the Champions League, have a FA Cup final to look forward to and have snuck back into the top 4 in the Premier League. They face a Fulham side, that have fought hard all season but look to be running out of gas at the crucial moment. They have a 7-point deficit to overturn if they are to stay up this term and it is now or never for the Cottagers. This should be a comfortable outing for Chelsea, who should win well in this one.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match ($1.51) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Chelsea to win 3-1
Everton vs Aston Villa – Goodison Park
Aston Villa ($3.9)
Everton host Aston Villa, in what promises to be a hugely entertaining encounter. The Toffees are a side on the fringes of the European picture currently and their late win at Arsenal last time out looks to have done all at the club some good. They can still catch the likes of Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool above them and should take the game to Villa here. The Villains meanwhile, have struggled of late and the absence of Jack Grealish is being felt throughout the squad. They look to have one eye on next season already and that could play into Everton’s favour in this one.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match ($2.04) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Everton to win 2-1
Newcastle United vs Arsenal – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($3.95)
Newcastle United will be looking to continue their survival bid as they host Arsenal. Steve Bruce’s men have been inspired in recent weeks and their point on the road at Liverpool last weekend, looks to have all but secured their top-flight status for next season. They will host an Arsenal side that have work to do in their Europa League semi-final against Villareal but could still end the season with a trophy in the cabinet. They look likely to rotate in this one, which could suit Newcastle, and this could well end up as a draw at St James’s Park.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.65) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester United vs Liverpool – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($2.88)
Manchester United and Liverpool clash in what is notoriously one of the biggest games of the Premier League season. The Red Devils look set to finish second in the Premier League this season but with a Europa League final spot all but secured, they could be putting more silverware in the cabinet come the end of the campaign. They take on a Liverpool side that have underwhelmed this season and have their sights on sneaking into the top 4 and stopping Manchester United from being able to catch City in this one. This should be an entertaining game between two good sides and a draw looks to be on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.7) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Tottenham vs Sheffield United – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Sheffield United ($13.5)
Tottenham will host relegated Sheffield United as they do all they can to finish in the top 6 this season. Spurs were well beaten by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final last weekend and now have Ryan Mason in charge, following the departure of Jose Mourinho. They host a Sheffield United side that are plying their trade in the Championship next year but picked up their first win under Paul Heckingbottom last time out against Brighton. This could be a real damp squib, but Spurs should have too much about them in this one.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match ($1.33) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Tottenham to win 2-0
West Bromwich Albion vs Wolves – The Hawthorns
West Bromwich Albion ($3)
A Midlands Derby kicks off the programme on Monday night as West Bromwich Albion host Wolves. The Baggies look to be all but relegated this term, but Sam Allardyce will never want his side to give up and they should be ready to rattle in to their closest rivals from the outset here. Wolves meanwhile have ended the season with a real whimper and their loss to Burnley last weekend was particularly chastening. West Bromwich Albion look way overpriced here and should pick up a much needed three points.
Betting tip: West Bromwich Albion to win the match ($3) – Bet @ Sportsbet
West Bromwich Albion to win 2-1
Burnley vs West Ham United – Turf Moor
West Ham United ($2.3)
West Ham will be looking to continue their top 4 push as they travel to Burnley. The Clarets hammered Wolves last time out and have once again secured their Premier League status against the odds. They will be looking to take the game to a West Ham side that were edged out by Chelsea last weekend and now look to have a job on their hands to stay in the top 4. This could be a tight game in Lancashire but with West Ham’s goal threat, they could pick up a valuable three points here.
Betting tip: West Ham United to win the match ($2.3) – Bet @ Sportsbet
West Ham United to win 2-1
EPL Week 34 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week in our multi bet with a stake of $50:
Chelsea vs Fulham – Chelsea to win
Tottenham vs Sheffield United – Tottenham to win
Southampton vs Leicester City – Leicester City to win
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City – Manchester City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $266.50 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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Sam currently lives and works in Milan, Italy and playing/following/writing about cricket, football (soccer), tennis, formula 1 and golf continue to take up much of his spare time.