Attention in the Premier League has turned towards the race for the top 4 and the relegation scrap with Liverpool having already won the title. Leicester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Wolves all look embroiled in the race for the last 2 Champions League spots, which could become three if Manchester City get banned from the competition next season. Down at the bottom of the table, Norwich look done for with Aston Villa, West Ham, Bournemouth, and Watford all vying to not be the two teams that join them.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the EPL:
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Crystal Palace vs Chelsea – Stamford Bridge
Crystal Palace ($8.5)
An all-London clash kicks off the Premier League programme with Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace taking on Chelsea. The Eagles have lost their last three games, which has taken some momentum out of their season. They have slipped to 14th as a result and they will be hoping to spoil the party here as they look to climb into the top half of the table. Chelsea meanwhile will be looking to curb their inconsistency. The blues were disappointing in defeat to West Ham in their last Premier League away game but showed their quality in beating Watford at the weekend. They have a top 4 finish in their own hands, and they look well set under Frank Lampard this season. Both sides get the ball down and play on the front foot and that should suit Chelsea, who perhaps need the points more too.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($2.55) Bet Now
Chelsea to win 3-1
Watford vs Norwich City – Vicarage Road
Norwich City ($6)
Watford will be looking to take a huge step towards safety as they welcome lowly Norwich to North London. The Hornets are yet to win since the Premier League restart and only sit one point above the relegation zone with 5 games to play. Nigel Pearson has masterminded a great escape of sorts so far but there is still significant work to be done. Norwich meanwhile are 7-points adrift of safety and a defeat here would all but confine them to the Championship next season. They have only won 1 away game all campaign and something needs to change drastically if they are to stay up. This should be a comfortable home win for Watford, who really need the points.
Betting tip: Watford to win the match ($1.68) Bet Now
Watford to win 2-0
Arsenal vs Leicester City – Emirates Stadium
Leicester City ($3.19)
Two sides chasing different types of European football face off as Arsenal welcome Leicester to North London. The Gunners have won their last 4 games in all competitions and are starting to show some really strong form. Their win at Wolves last time out was mightily impressive and Mikel Arteta looks to have finally got his team firing. Leicester City meanwhile won their first game since the restart against Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium at the weekend and will be keen to build on that here. The Foxes look to be wobbling a little as they try to fend off the challenges of Chelsea, Manchester United and Wolves in the race for a top 4 finish but still have things in their own hands. This should be a very good game in at the Emirates and a draw looks very much on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.58) Bet Now
Manchester City vs Newcastle United – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.14)
Newcastle United ($26)
Manchester City will be looking to get back to winning ways as they take on Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium. The blues were unlucky in defeat to Southampton on Sunday but continue to drop points in the league and need to pick up a couple more wins to be assured of 2nd place. They also have the FA Cup semi-finals and the Champions League to focus on too, meaning Pep Guardiola could rotate his troops. Newcastle have been in great form since the season restart and their unbeaten Premier League run has seen them climb up to 12th in the table. They were well beaten by City in the FA Cup just 10 days ago and unless something dramatically changes, they could be in for a similar fate here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match to nil ($1.55) Bet Now
Manchester City to win 3-0
Sheffield United vs Wolves – Bramall Lane
Sheffield United ($4.2)
Two sides chasing European football next season face off in South Yorkshire as Sheffield United welcome Wolves to town. The Blades have struggled since the season restart, but 4 points from their last 2 Premier League games is sure to give them confidence coming into this one. They are still in the race for a top 6 finish and will see this game as a real opportunity. Wolves meanwhile have been in superb form all season but their defeat to Arsenal last time out will be a concerning one. They are 5 points off the Champions League places with only 5 games to play, meaning there is no margin for error for them between now and the end of the campaign. This should be a tight game, but Wolves tend to get the job done on the road and should prevail here.
Betting tip: Wolves to win the match ($2.19) Bet Now
Wolves to win 2-1
West Ham United vs Burnley – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($2.08)
West Ham will be looking to continue their survival push as they host Burnley. The Hammers need to keep picking up points, if they are to have any chance of staying up and with 4 points collected from their last 2 games, they are currently out of the relegation zone. They have a 4-point cushion between themselves and the drop zone as things stand and will be eager to build on that here. Burnley meanwhile picked up a point last time out against Sheffield United, making it 7 from their last 3 games having beaten Watford and Crystal Palace prior. The Clarets are 10th and look to have aspirations of sneaking into a Europa League spot come the end of the season. This should be a really tight game in East London and a draw looks on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.55) Bet Now
Brighton vs Liverpool – AMEX Stadium
Brighton host Champions Liverpool as they look to climb away from relegation trouble. The Seagulls opened up a 9-point gap between themselves and the drop zone following their win over Norwich and any sort of result would all but secure their Premier League status for next season. Champions Liverpool meanwhile got back to winning ways at home to Aston Villa, after being thumped by Manchester City last week and will be looking to break the Premier League points record with only 5 games to play. The reds have been in sublime form all season and whilst their away record has been poor of late, they should prevail here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($2.5) Bet Now
Liverpool to win 2-1
Bournemouth vs Tottenham – Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth are very much facing a last chance saloon scenario as they take on Tottenham at the Vitality Stadium. The Cherries are 19th in the table, with just 27 points to their name and one point adrift in the relegation scrap. They have conceded 9 goals in their last 2 games and are winless since the season restart and things are not looking good. Tottenham meanwhile have endured a poor season by their standards, despite their laboured win over Everton last time out. They sit 8th in the table and look to be settling for a Europa League placing this term. Bournemouth need inspiration but Spurs may prove a tough nut to crack, making the draw the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($4.1) Bet Now
Everton vs Southampton – Goodison Park
Two sides locked in mid-table face off on Merseyside as Everton welcome Southampton. The Toffees were beaten by Tottenham last time out but have been in decent form since the season restart, illustrating the progress made by Carlo Ancelotti since the took over. They sit 11th and have aspirations of a top half finish come the end of the campaign. In-form Southampton meanwhile picked up an incredible home win over Manchester City last time out as they look to finish the season in style. The Saints are 13th in the league, mathematically safe and they will be looking to build some momentum towards next season here. These two sides are well matched, and a draw looks the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.65) Bet Now
Aston Villa vs Manchester United – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($10)
Manchester United ($1.36)
Two sides desperate for points for different reasons face off as Aston Villa take on Manchester United. The Villains will see it as very much now or never as a 1-point gap has opened up between themselves and safety. They were in the game for long periods against both Wolves and Liverpool in their last 2 games but ultimately came up short – particularly in the final third. Manchester United have looked in great form since the season restart and they look well set for a top 4 finish come the end of the campaign. The Red Devils sit 5th, just 2 points behind Chelsea in the race for a Champions League place next term and have the FA Cup and Europa league to focus on too. Their thrashing of Bournemouth last time out was a real indicator of their form and they should win on the road again here too.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match to nil ($1.8) Bet Now
Manchester United to win 2-0
EPL Week 34 multi bet:
We’re backing three results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Brighton vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
Aston Villa vs Manchester United – Manchester United to win
Manchester City vs Newcastle United – Manchester City to win
Watford vs Norwich – Watford to win
A $50 wager would pay out $214.50 if successful at the current odds Bet Now