Premier League Football Betting Tips: 1st-2nd April

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Updated Monday 3rd April 2017, 12:08 PM


The Premier League returns this weekend after a fortnight’s break for international football and it could be a pivotal time at both ends of the table. While Chelsea’s title push shows little sign of being derailed, an absorbing battle for the remaining UEFA Champions League spots is developing and the scrap for survival also looks set to go down to the wire.

The Fixtures

Saturday

Liverpool v Everton - Everton are in a rich vein of form ahead of their trip across Merseyside and have put themselves in contention for a top-four finish. Romelu Lukaku and co are sure to test Liverpool’s fragile defence and an open encounter should be on the cards, but the Reds have not lost to their city rivals since 2010 and have saved their best performances for the big matches again this season. Even without the injured Adam Lallana, the odds on a home win with both teams to score look too good to ignore.

  • Winner: Liverpool 7/10, Draw 13/5, Everton 4/1 - Paddy Power
  • Top Tip: Liverpool to win and BTTS - 12/5 at William Hill

Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur - Second-placed Spurs shrugged off the absence of Harry Kane to see off Southampton before the international break and keep their fine run going, but they face another stern challenge at Turf Moor as they bid to stay ahead of the chasing pack. The Clarets have the sixth best home record in the league and, back on their own patch after four consecutive away games, they could well frustrate Tottenham just as they did in a 1-1 draw with leaders Chelsea.

  • Winner: Tottenham 4/7, Draw 3/1, Burnley 19/4 - Bet365
  • Top Tip: A draw - 3/1 at Coral

Chelsea v Crystal Palace - Chelsea go into the latest round of games with a ten-point cushion and, even though they have not been at their blistering best in recent weeks and Crystal Palace are on a three-match winning streak, this should be fairly straightforward for the Blues. Chelsea’s defence has been rock-solid all season and they are unlikely to be breached by a Palace team that will be focused primarily on trying to keep it tight.

  • Winner: Chelsea 3/10, Draw 4/1, Crystal Palace 9/1 - Sky Bet
  • Top Tip: Chelsea to win to nil - 20/21 at BetVictor

Hull City v West Ham United - Hull’s perilous position in the drop zone makes every game vital, but they will be targeting their home fixtures in particular and West Ham look vulnerable after losing three on the spin. Hull’s 4-0 defeat by Everton last time out was an unfair reflection of their competitive display, as three late goals came after they had been reduced to ten men. On-loan striker Oumar Niasse was ineligible for that match but scored twice against Swansea City and will be back to face West Ham.

  • Winner: Hull 6/4, West Ham 9/5, Draw 23/10 - William Hill
  • Top Tip: Oumar Niasse to score and Hull to win 10/3 at Sky Bet

Leicester City v Stoke City - Leicester are back in full flow under Craig Shakespeare, having notched three consecutive wins to give themselves a bit of breathing room in the relegation scrap. They have home matches against Stoke and Sunderland up next so could just about secure their safety with another couple of wins, but there is a danger that the international break could snap their momentum. Stoke are on course for another creditable top-half finish and, having competed well against Manchester City and Chelsea in their last two games, will be no pushovers.

  • Winner: Leicester 21/20, Draw 12/5, Stoke 11/4 - Betfred
  • Top Tip: Draw and BTTS - 15/4 at BetVictor

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion - A promising season for United has been punctured by too many draws, especially at Old Trafford, and they need to start winning more regularly to book a Champions League berth. West Brom showed with their 3-1 victory over Arsenal just how far they have progressed this term, but their record against United is poor and they have not even scored in the past four meetings between the teams.

  • Winner: Man Utd 4/11, Draw 4/1, West Brom 10/1 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Man Utd to win to nil - 21/20 at BetVictor

Watford v Sunderland - Watford are still at risk of being sucked into deep trouble following a run of four matches without a win and will be desperate to ease the pressure against bottom club Sunderland. Time is quickly running out for the Black Cats to begin their great escape, but unfortunately the goals have started to dry up and they have not scored in their last four. With two misfiring attacks, another tight game can be expected.

  • Winner: Watford 5/6, Draw 13/5, Sunderland 16/5 - Bet365
  • Top Tip: Correct Score 0-0 - 9/1 at William Hill

Southampton v Bournemouth - If Watford’s clash with Sunderland might be a cagey affair, Saturday’s South Coast derby at St Mary’s should be extremely open. The Cherries have been lively in attack but frail at the back all season, while Southampton’s last five matches in all competitions have produced a total of 23 goals.

  • Winner: Southampton 13/20, Draw 3/1 Bournemouth 4/1 - William Hill
  • Top Tip: Over 3.5 goals - 2/1 at William Hill

Sunday

Swansea City v Middlesbrough - Middlesbrough’s first game since the sacking of Aitor Karanka pits them against fellow strugglers Swansea, and it will be fascinating to see how the new-look coaching team tries to transform the team’s fortunes. Boro will hope the change has a galvanising effect on the players like the one Paul Clement’s arrival sparked at Swansea, but the Welsh side have now suffered two straight defeats and there is likely to be an air of edginess around the Liberty Stadium.

  • Winner: Swansea 1, Draw 9/4, Middlesbrough 3/1 - William Hill
  • Top Tip: A draw - 9/4 at William Hill

Arsenal v Manchester City - The international break has failed to take any of the scrutiny away from Arsene Wenger, while speculation surrounding the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil also continues to swirl around the Emirates Stadium. A game against Man City at least represents an opportunity to boost their top-four hopes after a demoralising 3-1 loss to West Brom, but the Gunners have repeatedly come up short in the big games this season and Man City have the flair and intensity to capitalise on any lack of confidence.

  • Winner: Man City 11/8, Arsenal 19/10, Draw 12/5 - Paddy Power
  • Top Tip: Man City to win and BTTS - 3/1 at William Hill

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.


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