The Premier League title race continues at pace with Manchester City now top of the tree with three games to play. Liverpool sit a point in what has the makings of a fascinating climax once again in the top flight. Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to contest the Champions League places whilst Brighton and Cardiff look set to take their relegation scrap all the way down to the wire.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
Liverpool vs Huddersfield Town – Anfield
Huddersfield Town ($41)
The title race reignites again at Anfield as Liverpool host basement club Huddersfield Town. 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. They showed determination to beat Cardiff last time out and will be hoping to capitalise on any City slip up. Relegated Huddersfield have only notched up 14 points and don’t look to possess too many tools to hurt the reds. This is a free hit for the Terriers but Liverpool should pick up three more crucial points here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match to nil ($1.47) – Bet Now
Liverpool to win 2-0
Tottenham vs West Ham United – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
West Ham United ($7.5)
A London Derby kicks off the Premier League programme on Saturday as Tottenham host West Ham. Tottenham sit in third place in the Premier League and have a Champions League semi-final to look forward to. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have impressed all season and have been in fine fettle since their new stadium was completed. West Ham meanwhile sit 11th under Manuel Pellegrini and tend to up their performances when the big games take place. They will be relishing the chance to spoil the party in North London and with Tottenham sure to be focusing on their Champions League semi-final in midweek, this could be a closer game than many expect.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($5.5) – Bet Now
Crystal Palace vs Everton – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($2.72)
Two sides engrossed in mid-table face off in Croydon as Everton travel to Crystal Palace. The Eagles have secured their Premier League status under Roy Hodgson and currently reside in 12th place with 42 points to their name. Everton meanwhile have been a resurgent force in recent weeks, beating Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United to climb to 9th. With the prospect of finishing in 7th very much a carrot for Marco Silva’s men, they will be hoping to pick up three points on the road here.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match ($2.88) – Bet Now
Everton to win 2-1
Fulham vs Cardiff City – Craven Cottage
Cardiff City ($3)
Two sides that have spent the majority of the season in the relegation zone face off on Saturday as Fulham welcome Cardiff City. Scott Parker has galvanized Fulham in recent weeks, with the Cottagers winning their last 2 games but it is merely something to build on for next season as their fate was sealed earlier this month. Cardiff meanwhile are very much alive in their survival bid and currently sit 3 points behind 17th placed Brighton with 3 games to play. It still looks to be a long shot for Neil Warnock’s men but they are sure to battle all the way to the end and could well pick up a point on the road here.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($5) – Bet Now
Southampton vs Bournemouth – St Mary’s Stadium
A South Coast Derby is on the horizon for Southampton and Bournemouth with only 4 points and 2 places in the Premier League table separating the sides. Southampton sit 6 points clear of the drop zone and know that a win here would secure their Premier League status for yet another season following an impressive second half of the season. Bournemouth by contrast have fallen away significantly during the second half of the campaign and look to be focusing on next season already. Eddie Howe has spoken of his frustration at his side’s inconsistency and he will be hoping for a response following their 1-0 defeat at home to Fulham last weekend. This could be an intriguing battle between two teams looking to secure local pride.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.75) – Bet Now
Watford vs Wolves – Vicarage Road
In a repeat of the FA Cup semi-final, finalists Watford host Wolves with both teams looking to take a step towards finishing 7th in the Premier League. Watford showed real resolve to pick up a late draw with Southampton last time out and the Hornets have the FA Cup final to look forward to next month too. Wolves meanwhile picked up yet another result against a big side by beating Arsenal 3-1 in midweek and they continue to raise their game in the big fixtures. There is sure to be no love lost between these sides in context of the FA Cup semi-final earlier this month and it could well be a fiery encounter in North London.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.2) – Bet Now
Brighton vs Newcastle – AMEX Stadium
Relegation threatened Brighton host Newcastle with the Seagulls sure to be eying up a big step towards Premier League safety. Brighton are immersed in the relegation scrap and only sit 3 points clear of the drop zone following their gut-wrenching defeat at Tottenham in midweek. Newcastle meanwhile have shown real resolve under Rafa Benitez – particularly during the second half of the season and have climbed to 13th place in the table as a result. Newcastle are safe but won’t take their feet off the gas however, Brighton will be up for this one and could well get a crucial point in their survival bid.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.2) – Bet Now
Leicester City vs Arsenal – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($2.8)
Champions League chasing Arsenal travel to Leicester City in what is a must-win game for the Gunners. Leicester have improved significantly under Brendan Rodgers in the Premier League and currently sit 10th – with their sights sure to be set on finishing as high as possible before the season is out. Arsenal meanwhile have lost their last two games (to Crystal Palace and Wolves) and have conceded 6 goals in the process. They sit one point behind Chelsea in the race for a top 4 finish but need to get back to winning ways quickly with a Europa League semi-final on the horizon too. Leicester will trouble Arsenal but Unai Emery’s men need to address the slide and should do so here.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and both teams to score ($3.75) – Bet Now
Arsenal to win 2-1
Burnley vs Manchester City – Turf Moor
Manchester City ($1.16)
In-form Burnley host Manchester City in what promises to be a huge game in the context of the Premier League title race. The Clarets have enjoyed an impressive second half of the season and their 2-2 draw at Chelsea last time out has propelled them to 15th place in the Premier League table – mathematically safe this term. Manchester City meanwhile will be reveling in their midweek Derby Day triumph and they know that three wins from their last three games will give them the Premier League title. Pep Guardiola will not be relishing his trip across Lancashire but City should have the resources to win this one.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($1.95) – Bet Now
Manchester City to win 2-1
Manchester United vs Chelsea – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($2.75)
The race for the top 4 intensifies at Old Trafford as Manchester United host Chelsea. United have stumbled somewhat in recent weeks – conceding 9 goals in three defeats in all competitions – without scoring themselves and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men need to arrest the slide. Chelsea meanwhile have wobbled a little in their pursuit of a top 4 finish but currently have a Champions League finish in their own hands as well as a Europa League semi-final to look forward to. This could be a cagey affair and both teams could well cancel each other out with so much at stake.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.1) – Bet Now
EPL Week 36 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as an accumulator with a betting stake of $50:
Manchester United vs Chelsea – Draw
Burnley vs Manchester City – Manchester City to win
Leicester City vs Arsenal – Arsenal to win
Brighton vs Newcastle – Draw
A $50 wager would pay out $1659.84 if successful at the current odds – Bet Now