The Premier League returns to the top of the agenda following a fascinating week of Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup action. Liverpool top the tree with only 5 games to play whilst Manchester City will be in hot pursuit with their game in hand looming large. Chelsea have climbed to third in the league whilst the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are all part of the picture in terms of a top 4 finish.
At the bottom of the table, Cardiff are in danger of being cut adrift but three points this weekend will put them amongst it once more with the likes of Brighton and Southampton above them.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
Leicester City vs Newcastle United – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($1.73)
Newcastle United ($5.5)
Leicester City welcome Newcastle to the King Power in what should be an intriguing clash of styles in the East Midlands. The Foxes have been a team reborn under Brendan Rodgers and have climbed to 7th in the table following their 4-1 win at Huddersfield Town last time out. With Jamie Vardy banging the goals in too, they look to be finishing the season in style. Newcastle meanwhile sit 7 points clear of the relegation zone in 13th position and know that a win here would all but guarantee their Premier League status next season. Rafa Benitez will be looking to make life difficult for Leicester but the Foxes look to strong currently and should win this one at home.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match ($1.73) – Bet Now
Leicester City to win 2-0
Tottenham vs Huddersfield Town – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Huddersfield Town ($18.3)
Tottenham will be hoping to build on their historic first leg Champions League win over Manchester City as they welcome Huddersfield Town to their new stadium. Despite riding their luck at times, Spurs were ultimately good value for their win in midweek and are sure to have one eye on the return game at the Etihad next week. Huddersfield meanwhile will see this as a free hit with relegation confirmed and they will be keen to showcase their talents in their last few Premier League games. Spurs will be using the depths of their squad for this one but should still have more than enough about them to see off Huddersfield at home.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match and over 2.5 goals to be scored in the game ($2.35) – Bet Now
Tottenham to win 4-0
Brighton vs Bournemouth – AMEX Stadium
Two sides immersed in the battle to avoid the drop face off as Brighton welcome Bournemouth to the AMEX Stadium. The Seagulls performed well in defeat at Wembley to Manchester City but must turn their attention to their impending relegation scrap. They sit 5 points clear of the drop zone but have games in hand on both the teams above and below them. Bournemouth meanwhile have struggled of late and manager Eddie Howe spoke last week of his belief that his team are not fully safe from relegation. They have a 10 point cushion on Cardiff in the final relegation place and a point here would all but guarantee their Premier League status. This should be a cagey game at the AMEX and one where both sides could share the points.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.15) – Bet Now
Burnley vs Cardiff City – Turf Moor
Cardiff City ($4.6)
A classic relegation six-pointer looks to be on the cards in Lancashire as Burnley host Cardiff City at Turf Moor. The Clarets have propelled themselves away from trouble in recent weeks and are now 8 points clear of the Bluebirds. Their 3-1 win at Bournemouth last time out was an indicator as to how well Sean Dyche’s men are currently performing. Cardiff have endured a couple of tough fixtures in recent weeks with Chelsea and Manchester City getting the better of them and they will be eager to get back to winning ways quickly with games running out to make up their 5 point deficit. Burnley will be bouncing after recent wins and should pick up another crucial three points here.
Betting tip: Burnley to win the match ($1.95) – Bet Now
Burnley to win 2-0
Fulham vs Everton – Craven Cottage
Already relegated Fulham will be playing for pride as they welcome an in-form Everton side to West London. Scott Parker is already looking towards next season with his charges who have only amassed 17 points from their 33 Premier League games played this season. Everton meanwhile picked up another impressive win last time out over Arsenal and look to be building towards an impressive end of the season under Marco Silva. The Toffees sit 9th in the table and will be looking to stay in the top half, something three points here should go a ong way towards doing.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match and both teams to score ($2.55) – Bet Now
Everton to win 3-1
Southampton vs Wolves – St Mary’s Stadium
Relegation threatened Southampton welcome Wolves to the South Coast as they look to secure their Premier League status. Saints were unlucky not to walk away with at least a point from their game with Liverpool last time out and they will be looking to build on their 5 point cushion from Cardiff below them in the table. Wolves meanwhile will be eager to get over last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final disappointment and concentrate on securing a top half Premier League finish. This should be a very cagey game between two sides needing points for different reasons and the spoils could be shared.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4) – Bet Now
Manchester United vs West Ham United – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.43)
West Ham United ($8.5)
The race to finish in the top 4 is hotting up for Manchester United who find themselves in 6th following a poor run of results and they will want to return to form as they face West Ham. The Red Devils have been imperious under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and are still in the Champions League shake up as the season ends – testament to the job the Norwegian has done at the club. West Ham meanwhile continue to struggle to put a run of form together and have slipped to 11th place in the table following some poor results of late. West Ham are safe and United could exploit that and pick up a vital home win here.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match and both teams to score ($2.4) – Bet Now
Manchester United to win 3-1
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($11.5)
Manchester City ($1.34)
Manchester City’s pursuit of Liverpool at the top of the table comes into focus once again as they travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace. The Eagles have improved in recent weeks to climb to 12th place and with an eleven point gap between themselves and the bottom three; they look to be safe once again this term. Roy Hodgson’s men will be keen to take the game to City who lost to Tottenham in the Champions League in midweek. The blues still have the Premier League title in their own hands and can dream of a quadruple but know its crunch time in the season and need to get their best players fit and firing with the season finale approaching. This could be a very tight game that City could well just have the knowhow to edge.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.1) – Bet Now
Manchester City to win 2-1
Liverpool vs Chelsea – Anfield
The headline game of the weekend features two of the biggest sides in the division as 1st take on 3rd at Anfield. Liverpool look well set to go all the way in the Premier League this season and despite not having matters in their own hands, continue to apply pressure to Manchester City and lead the table by two points with 5 games to play and are still in the Champions League. Chelsea have enjoyed a good run of form of late, winning their last 3 games to find themselves in 3rd place with the end of the season approaching. Eden Hazard looks to be in the form of his life once again and he could be the scourge of Liverpool once more here. This could be a very tight affair at Anfield which the Reds should just about edge with home fans backing them to the hilt.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match ($1.65) – Bet Now
Liverpool to win 1-0
Watford vs Arsenal – Vicarage Road
FA Cup finalists Watford welcome Arsenal to Vicarage Road in what could be a real battle for both sides. The Hornets came from 2-0 down to beat Wolves in the FA Cup semi-final last time out and confidence is sure to be flowing through their ranks currently. Arsenal meanwhile lost ground in the race to finish in the top 4 with their 1-0 defeat at Everton and they will be hoping to get back to winning ways here with Europa League commitments to factor in to their thinking too. This could be a very tight game and whilst Arsenal will be the heavy favourites, Watford could well get something from the game.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.82) – Bet Now
EPL Week 34 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as an accumulator with a betting stake of $50:
Tottenham vs Huddersfield Town – Tottenham to win
Fulham vs Everton – Everton to win
Manchester United vs West Ham United – Manchester United to win
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City – Manchester City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $288.50 if successful at the current odds – Bet Now