Premier League Football Preview and Betting Tips: 12th - 14th May

Football
Updated Friday 26th May 2017, 04:01 PM

With the end of the season in sight, the race is on to pick up valuable Premier League points at both ends of the table. Chelsea look all but certain to secure the title, leaving Tottenham to lick their wounds, but will the Blues have what it takes to see off West Brom on a chilly spring evening in the Midlands? Meanwhile, the race remains wide open for a place in next season’s Champions League as Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Arsenal aim to avoid defeat, and the fight to stay in the division heats up with Crystal Palace hosting Hull in a game that could prove crucial to both sides’ hopes of survival. Which teams will cope with the pressure as the penultimate weekend of the season gets underway?

The Fixtures

Friday

Everton v Watford - Two teams with very little to play for meet at Goodison Park this Friday in a game that is unlikely to go down as a Premier League classic. Everton’s faint hope of finishing in the top four was snuffed out some time ago as Ronald Koeman’s men failed to pick up points at home to Chelsea and away at struggling Swansea. Watford are enduring a similar run of poor form that has seen them slip to within six points of the relegation zone. Luckily for Hornets’ fans, their team’s superior goal difference should be enough to keep them in the division. This could be a low scoring affair with little to separate the two sides.     

  • Winner: Everton 9/20, Draw 18/5, Watford 7/1 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Everton to win 1-0 7/1 - Bet365

West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea - Chelsea could wrap up their second Premier League title in three years with victory at the Hawthorns this Friday, two days before second-placed Spurs even kick a ball. Antonio Conte’s side have been dominant throughout the season and could even land the double in the Italian’s first year in charge. The Blues should have no issues securing the win required,  especially against a West Brom team who are without a victory since March.

  • Winner: Chelsea 4/11, Draw 21/5, West Brom 7/1 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Chelsea to win to nil - Evens - Sky Bet

 

Saturday

Manchester City v Leicester City - Manchester City strengthened their grip on a place in the top four last weekend with a 5-0 shellacking of a beleaguered Crystal Palace. Pep Guardiola will be hoping for a similar showing of strength from his team when they host Leicester City in what could be a crunch game at the Etihad. City need to keep winning if they are to keep their dream of Champions League qualification alive, but the Foxes might not be too keen on rolling over without a fight. Having been threatened with the drop earlier in the year, the outgoing Premier League champions have climbed up to ninth and could find themselves a place higher come the the full time whistle. Expect a tight game with both sides likely to find the back of the net.     

  • Winner: Man City 2/9, Draw 19/4, Leicester City 12/1 - Bet365
  • Top Tip: Man City to win and BTTS 29/20 - Coral

Bournemouth v Burnley - Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe should be in for a very warm reception as his former side, Burnley, visit the Vitality Stadium. However, that feeling of acceptance will be of little consolation should the Cherries fail to see off a Clarets side who have only won once away from home all season. The south coast outfit, who successfully avoided the drop for a second straight season, will hope that an in-form Josh King can inspire them to victory. A winning goal for the Norwegian would be especially hard for the travelling supporters to swallow, given the 25-year-old once donned the blue and white of Blackburn Rovers.

  • Winner: Bournemouth 11/4, Draw 10/3, Burnley 6/1 - Bet365
  • Top Tip: Josh King to score anytime and Bournemouth to win 2/1 - William Hill

Middlesbrough v Southampton - A 3-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea saw Middlesbrough’s relegation confirmed, with the Teesside club returning to the Championship after just one season away. Now, with nothing but pride to play for, Steve Agnew’s men will play without the dark cloud of the drop hanging over them; however, with just 26 goals all season, the chances of Boro bringing an end to the drought look slim, especially against a Southampton side who have not conceded a goal in over 180 minutes of football.      

  • Winner: Southampton 3/1, Draw 10/3, Middlesbrough 13/2 - Sky Bet
  • Top Tip: Draw 0-0 9/1 - Ladbrokes

Sunderland v Swansea City - Swansea’s win against Everton last Saturday was enough to lift them out of the bottom three at the expense of Hull. This shift was made possible by the Welsh side’s next opponents securing just their sixth win of the season at the KCOM, as Sunderland ruined accumulators across the land by picking up a shock 2-0 victory. Now, it is Paul Clement’s men who must sidestep the Black Cats’ corpse as they aim to put breathing space between themselves and the dreaded drop. Swans fans will be desperate for top scorer Fernando Llorente to find the target for a third time in four matches and put their side in the driver’s seat as the teams head into the final round of fixtures next weekend.   

  • Winner: Swansea City 4/5, Draw 13/5, Sunderland 10/3 - Paddy Power
  • Top Tip: Fernando Llorente to score first 9/2 - Sky Bet

Stoke City v Arsenal - Arsene Wenger ended his Jose jinx by leading his team to victory over Manchester United, a result that kept Arsenal’s fading hopes of a place in next season’s Champions League alive. The under-pressure manager must now make sure his players produce a similar display against a Stoke City team who have had their buckets and spades out since March.     

  • Winner: Arsenal 8/13, Draw 3/1, Stoke City 7/2 - 32Red
  • Top Tip: Draw/Arsenal in the Half Time/Full TIme market 7/2 - Bet365

 

Sunday

Crystal Palace v Hull City - Following victories over Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, Crystal Palace fans may have been forgiven for thinking their side was out of trouble, but recent bad results have brought the Eagles crashing back down to earth. Similarly, Hull had created a cushion between themselves and the bottom three, but defeat to already-relegated Sunderland dragged the Tigers below the dotted line once again. This game could go a long way to determining which of these two teams dines at the top table of English football next season. A Palace win would see Hull relegated, should other results go against them, while success for Marco Silva’s team would drag the Londoners back into the mire and set up a fascinating final weekend. Expect a scrappy game with the home team narrowly edging out their opponents by a single goal.      

  • Winner: Crystal Palace 21/20, Draw 12/5, Hull City 13/5 - Paddy Power
  • Top Tip: Crystal Palace to win 2-1 17/2 - Bet365

West Ham United v Liverpool - Last Friday’s 1-0 win over city rivals Tottenham all but ended the title race, and West Ham could deal a hammer blow to another side’s hopes of success as Liverpool prepare to visit the London Stadium. Having started the season in explosive fashion, the Reds appear to be limping over the finish line, having picked up just one win in their last three games, and look incapable of killing teams off when it matters most. Jurgen Klopp’s men, who are the only current Premier League side yet to play at the Hammers’ new home, have struggled against the club from the capital in recent years and could miss out on valuable points once again in their pursuit of Champions League football next season.     

  • Winner: Liverpool 7/10, Draw 29/10, West Ham 18/5 - Sky Bet
  • Top Tip: Draw 1-1 15/2 - BetVictor

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Tottenham’s pursuit of a first league title since 1961 was all but ended after West Ham ended their nine-game unbeaten run in heartbreaking fashion. Spurs must now focus on grabbing the win they need to guarantee second spot in the division, a position they last occupied at the end of the 1962/63 campaign. To achieve this, Mauricio Pochettino's boys must overcome a Manchester United team who will be entering this game just days after competing in a Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo. On current form, Spurs should be too strong for the Red Devils, but United have always been something of a bogey team for the White Hart Lane club, meaning a home win might not be a foregone conclusion.     

  • Winner: Tottenham 3/4, Draw 11/4, Man United 21/5 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Draw 11/4 - BetVictor


*Please note, odds may fluctuate.


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