Chelsea’s last minute winner at Manchester City has left Pep Guardiola’s side facing a potentially frustrating week – waiting to see if Manchester United drop points and hand them the title. United won well at Aston Villa and have two more games during this game week, with congestion and fatigue sure to take its toll. Elsewhere, the race for the top 4 is hotting up for Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester, and West Ham – with all 4 sides battling it out for the remaining two spots. West Bromwich Albion meanwhile joined Sheffield United in being relegated at the weekend and with Fulham on the cusp too, the relegation picture could be done and dusted by the end of the week.
Here are our picks for the midweek round of fixtures in the EPL:
Premier League Week 36 Preview
Manchester United vs Leicester City – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($2.58)
Leicester City ($3.25)
Manchester United will be doing all they can to prolong Manchester City’s wait to clinch the league title as they host Leicester City. The reds have clinched their place in the Europa League final and with second place in the table all but secured, it has been a solid campaign for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men. They host a Leicester City side that have the FA Cup final on the horizon this weekend and are in danger of combusting somewhat this term. They need a result here to assure themselves of a top 4 finish and will be looking to bounce back from a thumping from Newcastle last time out. This should be a very tight game and the draw looks to be the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.4) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Southampton vs Crystal Palace – St Mary’s Stadium
Crystal Palace ($3.75)
Two sides that look to have run their race somewhat this season face off as Southampton host Crystal Palace. Saints did have a brief spell at the top of the table this year but also suffered badly at times too and they will have one eye on the summer already. Similarly, Crystal Palace made sure of their Premier League status relatively early on in the campaign and have coasted a little ever since. There is nothing but pride to play for here on the South Coast and it could be a good game, with the draw looking the most plausible outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.75) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Chelsea vs Arsenal – Stamford Bridge
Champions League finalists Chelsea host Arsenal in what promises to be a memorable encounter in West London. The blues won well at Manchester City last time out and with a FA Cup final on the agenda too next weekend, are starting to shape up as a real set of contenders under Thomas Tuchel. Arsenal meanwhile have endured a mixed campaign under Mikel Arteta and they will have one eye on rebuilding for next season under the Spaniard. The Gunners will take the game to Chelsea here, but the blues need points in their top 4 pursuit and should run out as comfortable winners.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match ($1.71) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Chelsea to win 3-1
Aston Villa vs Everton – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($2.76)
Two sides hoping to finish the season strongly face off as Aston Villa host Everton. European football isn’t out of reach for either side at this juncture and they will both see this as a winnable encounter. Villa have been one of the surprise packages of the campaign but appear to be tailing off as the season draws to a close. Everton meanwhile, haven’t given up hope of a top 4 finish and their resilient 1-0 win over West Ham was indicative of just that. There is very little to split these two sides and an entertaining draw looks to be on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.55) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester United vs Liverpool – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($3.4)
Two European super powers do battle as Manchester United host Liverpool. United sit 2nd in the league and look to have all eyes on their upcoming Europa League final against Villareal. Catching Manchester City could be a bridge too far but their impressive form this season will be something they are hoping to build upon next year. Liverpool meanwhile have regressed somewhat this season and face a real battle just to finish inside the top 4. They had to show resolve to beat Southampton last weekend, and this looks to be a must win game in terms of their Champions League aspirations for next season. There is no love lost between these sides and a fiery draw looks to be on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.95) – Bet @ Sportsbet
EPL Week 36 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week in our multi bet with a stake of $50:
Southampton vs Crystal Palace – Draw
Manchester United vs Liverpool – Draw
Chelsea vs Arsenal – Chelsea to win
A $50 wager would pay out $1231 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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