Premier League Football Preview and Betting Tips: 5th - 8th May

Football
Updated Monday 8th May 2017, 07:59 AM


With just a handful of games remaining, the race to pick up valuable Premier League points continues to intensify. Following a run of nine consecutive wins, in-form Tottenham still hold out hope of overthrowing Chelsea as both teams slog it out for the title, while the pursuit of a place in next season’s Champions League remains as competitive as ever with Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal all still in the hunt. Meanwhile, down at the bottom, Hull will be hoping to put some breathing space between themselves and the bottom three when they take on already-relegated Sunderland this weekend. Which clubs will handle the pressure as the season enters the home straight?

The Fixtures

Friday

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur - Following their north London derby success on Sunday, Spurs will be hoping to keep their faint title hopes alive with victory over another of their rivals from the capital, West Ham. Mauricio Pochettino's men currently sit top of the form table having collected maximum points from their last nine outings and should have no issues hitting double figures against a Hammers side who haven’t found the net in over 220 minutes of Premier League action.          

  • Winner: Tottenham Hotspur 4/9, Draw 19/5, West Ham 13/2 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Tottenham to win to nil 31/20 - Ladbrokes

 

Saturday

Manchester City v Crystal Palace - Last weekend’s disappointing 2-2 draw with relegation-threatened Middlesbrough was a real setback for a Manchester City side hoping to grace next season’s Champions League. The Citizens could record their first win in three, but they are certain to have their work cut out as they take on Big Sam’s Crystal Palace. The south London side have picked up unlikely wins against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in the last month and will be eyeing another scalp as they aim to wrap up their place in the Premier League next season.   

  • Winner: Manchester City 2/9, Draw 11/2, Crystal Palace 11/1 - Paddy Power
  • Top Tip: Draw 11/2 - Paddy Power

Bournemouth v Stoke City - Having all but secured their place in the Premier League next season with a 1-0 win at Sunderland, Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth will want to finish the season as high as possible, and with just three points between themselves and West Brom, an eighth place finish is a real possibility. Given their home advantage this weekend, the Cherries should have no problems taking all three points from a Stoke City side who have picked up just 12 points since the beginning of February. A bet on an in-form Josh King finding the back of the net in this game might prove a wise move.

  • Winner: Bournemouth 6/5, Stoke City 12/5, Draw 13/5 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Josh King to score first 11/2 - Bet365

Burnley v West Bromwich Albion - Burnley’s first away win of the season at Selhurst Park last Saturday could well have saved the Clarets from being dragged into the relegation mire. Sean Dyche’s men aren’t mathematically safe just yet, but a positive performance at home to West Brom would see them over the line. Given the Lancashire side’s impressive home form this campaign, it’s hard to imagine a Baggies team, who haven’t found the target since March, leaving with anything more than a fifth straight defeat.  

  • Winner: Burnley 5/4, Draw 21/10, West Brom 12/5 - William Hill
  • Top Tip: Burnley to win 2-0 9/1 - Bet365

Hull City v Sunderland - Following their relegation last week, Sunderland now require two more teams to join them in the Championship next season. So, with nothing to play for, could the Black Cats turn on the style? Probably not! Under the guidance of Marco Silva, the Tigers have shown they have claws at the KCOM and are unbeaten on home soil since December. Disgruntled Mackems could be in for a long afternoon, and the calls for David Moyes’ head might be a lot louder come 5pm on Saturday.  

  • Winner: Hull City 4/9, Draw 16/5, Sunderland 13/2 - Bet365
  • Top Tip: Hull City to win to nil - 7/5 - Paddy Power

Leicester City v Watford - Despite their dreadful start to the season, defending champions Leicester could still finish in the top half of the table. Craig Shakespeare, who has steered the club clear of danger, will now be hoping to strengthen his position as manager by securing the points required to guarantee Premier League football at the King Power Stadium next season. Their upcoming opponents, Watford, are in the same boat, but the Hornets may be forced to wait a little longer, especially given the fact they have managed just one goal in their last four outings.   

  • Winner: Leicester City 3/5, Draw 3/1, Watford 5/1 - Sky Bet
  • Top Tip: Jamie Vardy to score anytime 13/10 - Paddy Power  

Swansea City v Everton - Swansea fought back to gain a valuable point at Old Trafford last weekend, but the Welsh club must try harder if they are to compete at this level next season. Another tough fixture awaits as Everton head to the Liberty Stadium, however, Ronald Koemen’s men may still be suffering after Sunday’s 3-0 second half collapse at home to Chelsea. This could be a very difficult game to call as the Swans’ players flail wildly in their attempt to save the club from the drop. An honourable draw could be on the cards.    

  • Winner: Everton 6/4, Draw 7/4, Swansea 5/2 - Betfred
  • Top Tip: Draw 1-1 28/5 - 32Red

 

Sunday

Liverpool v Southampton - The travelling Liverpool fans were treated to a moment of individual brilliance on Monday night, as Emre Can’s stunning overhead kick secured all three points at Vicarage Lane. Jurgen Klopp’s men must now go in search of another crucial win as they aim to finish above both Manchester clubs for the first time since 2002 and qualify for next season’s Champions League. On paper, a win looks more than achievable, but against a Southampton side who neutralised the Reds’ attack in both legs of the EFL Cup semi-final earlier in the year, victory is far from assured. This could be another frustrating afternoon for the Anfield faithful as the Saints eye another hit and run.      

  • Winner: Liverpool 4/6, Draw 29/10, Southampton 17/4 - Ladbrokes   
  • Top Tip: Southampton to win 1-0 19/1 - BetVictor

Arsenal v Manchester United - The pressure on Arsene Wenger increased tenfold following Sunday’s north London derby defeat at the hands on Tottenham, a loss that guaranteed the Gunners would finish below their bitter rivals for the first time in 22 years. Now, Arsenal must dust themselves off as Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United come calling in a fixture that could determine whether or not the side from the Emirates miss out on a lucrative Champions League spot for the first time in 20 seasons. The Red Devils, who sit five points above their upcoming opponents, are in a similar position and will be looking to overhaul rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in their efforts to improve on last season’s fifth-placed finish. This could be a scrappy affair, with Mourinho likely to park the bus in an attempt to avoid defeat.    

  • Winner: Arsenal Evens, Draw 12/5, Manchester United 11/4 - Betfred
  • Top Tip: Draw 0-0 12/1 Paddy Power  

 

Monday

Chelsea v Middlesbrough - An impressive 3-0 victory at Everton saw Antonio Conte’s Chelsea plant one hand firmly on the Premier League trophy; victory on Monday would only intensify their grip. The Blues, who have already picked up 31 more points than they managed in the whole of last season, should have few issues dispatching of a Middlesbrough team who look destined for the drop. However, last weekend’s spirited 2-2 draw with Manchester City, a game in which the men from the Riverside scored 8.3 percent of their total goals from the whole Premier League campaign, proved that there are still signs of life in the battered Boro carcass. Could a shock really be on the cards?  

  • Winner: Chelsea 1/6, Draw 7/1, Middlesbrough 20/1 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Middlesbrough to score 13/10 - William Hill




*Please note, odds may fluctuate.


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