Premier League Preview and Betting Tips - 29th April to 1st May

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Updated Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 09:23 AM

It could be a decisive weekend in the Premier League as Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur continue to slug it out for the title, a host of teams fight for Champions League football and the relegation scrap continues. Among the highlights are the North London derby between Spurs and Arsenal, plus Chelsea’s visit to Everton, and there are hundreds of markets available for all ten fixtures.

The Fixtures

Saturday

Southampton v Hull City - Safely positioned in mid-table, there is a danger that Southampton’s season could fizzle out in the next few weeks. However, they gave Chelsea a tough game in midweek before succumbing to a 4-2 defeat and start as favourites against a Hull side that has continued to perform poorly on the road in spite of their significant home improvement. The Tigers will be the fresher side after a longer rest, though, and another victory here would represent a giant stride towards survival, so odds of 4/1 on an away win look extremely tempting.

  • Winner: Southampton 4/6, Draw 14/5, Hull 4/1 - William Hill
  • Top Tip: Hull to win - 4/1 at William Hill

Stoke City v West Ham United - A single point separates the teams ahead of their meeting at the Britannia Stadium, but the Hammers are in slightly better form after going unbeaten in their past three matches. Stoke have lost five of their last six games, and will be desperate to stop the rot as they aim to finish in the top half. A draw may be the best way to go for punters, as four of the last five clashes between the teams have ended all-square.

  • Winner: Stoke 23/20, West Ham 13/5, Draw 5/2 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Draw - 5/2 at BetVictor

Sunderland v Bournemouth - A painful season for Sunderland is coming to an end and their main focus for this weekend will be just on trying to delay the inevitable for as long as possible, whilst giving their fans something to smile about. Bournemouth’s talented attack will pose plenty of problems, however, and after demolishing Middlesbrough 4-0 last time out, they look a good bet to pile more misery on another doomed team.

  • Winner: Bournemouth 6/4, Sunderland 7/4, Draw 5/2 - Betfred
  • Top Tip: Bournemouth to win to nil - 17/4 at BetVictor

West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City - West Brom are without a win, or a goal, in four matches, and their 1-0 defeat by Liverpool was a third defeat in succession. Tony Pulis will resent any notion that his players have already mentally started to get ready for their summer holidays, though, and is sure to have to have spent the last fortnight forming a game-plan to combat Leicester’s counter-attacking style. The Foxes, by contrast, will only have three days to get ready following their midweek clash with Arsenal and it is easy to envisage a turgid encounter with little goalmouth action.

  • Winner: West Brom 6/4, Leicester 13/8, Draw 5/2 - Bet365
  • Top Tip: Total Goals Under 1.5 - 12/5 at Sky Bet

Crystal Palace v Burnley - Crystal Palace’s form has improved dramatically over the past few weeks to catapult them clear of the relegation dogfight, and they will start as firm favourites at home to a Burnley side still looking anxiously over their shoulders following back-to-back defeats against Everton and Manchester United. If the outright odds of a Palace win don’t quite look appealing enough, it may be an idea to explore the market for both teams scoring, as they have both suffered from creaky defences all season.

  • Winner: Crystal Palace 4/5, Draw 5/2, Burnley 18/5 - Sky Bet
  • Top Tip: Crystal Palace to win and BTTS - 16/5 at Ladbrokes

Sunday

Manchester United v Swansea City - A huge game for both sides, as United continue to chase a top-four finish and Swansea bid to boost their survival hopes. The Swans claimed a vital 2-0 win over Stoke last time out and there is a chance that United could rest a number of their top players in a game that is sandwiched between the Manchester derby and the first leg of their Europa League semi-final. United have dropped a lot of points against lower-ranked teams at Old Trafford this season and the long odds on another draw will entice many wagers.

  • Winner: Manchester United 2/5,Draw 15/4, Swansea 7/1 - Coral
  • Top Tip: Draw - 15/4 at Coral

Everton v Chelsea - Chelsea took another massive step towards the Premier League title with their win at Southampton and Sunday’s trip to Everton looks to be their hardest remaining challenge by far. Antonio Conte’s men hammered the Toffees 5-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, but Everton have been irresistible at home in recent times. A ninth straight league win at Goodison Park will be tough, but Romelu Lukaku has scored in nine consecutive home matches and is rated at a generous 7/4 with Betfred to find the net anytime against his former club.

  • Winner: Chelsea 11/10, Draw 5/2, Everton 11/4 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Romelu Lukaku to score anytime - 7/4 at Betfred

Middlesbrough v Manchester City - Middlesbrough’s season has fallen apart after a competitive start and it is hard to see how they will be able to contain a Man City side pushing to secure Champions League qualification after missing out on their last chance of silverware in the FA Cup. It is an important few weeks for Pep Guardiola and his team should overpower Boro, making the market for the winning margin among the most attractive.

  • Winner: Man City 1/3, Draw 4/1, Middlesbrough 8/1 - Coral
  • Top Tip: Man City to win by 3 or more goals - 15/8 at Sky Bet

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Arsenal showed wonderful spirit to edge out Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals and a decent campaign could still be salvaged if they go on to beat Chelsea at Wembley and clinch a top-four league spot. Delivering a knockout blow to their North London rivals’ title hopes would also be a sweet moment for the Gunners, but Spurs have oozed class over the past few weeks and are playing with a remorseless intensity. They have a far more settled side and are understandable favourites, so a wager on the correct score in what should be an open and exciting encounter may offer greater potential rewards.

  • Winner: Tottenham 1, Arsenal 14/5, Draw 14/5 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Tottenham to win 2-1 - 17/2 - Bet365

Monday

Watford v Liverpool - Liverpool’s ‘Robin Hood’ tendency to take from the rich and give to the poor surfaced again as they lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace last week, but Watford have very little left to play for after reaching 40 points and the Reds should be able to regroup ahead of their trip to Vicarage Road. Liverpool thumped Watford 6-1 in the reverse fixture earlier this season and there are good odds to be had at William Hill for another glut of goals.

  • Winner: Liverpool 1/2, Draw 7/2, Watford 19/4 - Bet365
  • Top Tip: Total goals over 3 - 15/8 at William Hill

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.


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