Premier League Preview and Betting Tips - 22nd - 23th April

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Updated Monday 24th April 2017, 08:15 AM


All eyes will be on the scrap for Premier League survival this Saturday as Hull City, Swansea City and Middlesbrough try to boost their hopes of staying up. It is also a crucial weekend in the race for the top four, with Liverpool at home to Crystal Palace and Manchester United travelling to Burnley.

The Fixtures

Saturday

Bournemouth v Middlesbrough - Bournemouth have been left looking over their shoulders following losses to Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, but their run-in looks favourable and they have the attacking flair to pose problems for Middlesbrough. Six points from safety and without a league victory in 2017, Boro are in a must-win situation and will have to throw caution to the wind at some point, but in an open game they are unlikely to come out on top.

  • Winner: Bournemouth 17/20, Draw 27/10, Middlesbrough 18/5 - BetVictor  
  • Top Tip: Bournemouth to win and BTTS - 14/5 at William Hill

Hull City v Watford - Watford’s 1-0 victory over Swansea City at the weekend pushed them up to the 40-point barrier and, despite all the best intentions to keep the momentum going, it would be natural for them to take their foot off the gas. Hull are much more precariously placed, just two points above the drop zone, but their home form has been supreme since Marco Silva took charge and another win at the KCOM Stadium would strengthen their position. The Hornets have only scored 12 goals on the road all season and the odds on a Hull win to nil look decent value.

  • Winner: Hull 19/20, Draw 5/2, Watford 14/5 - Paddy Power
  • Top Tip: Hull to win to nil - 11/5 at Boylesports

Swansea City v Stoke City - Swansea have slumped badly in recent weeks, collecting just one point from six games, and manager Paul Clement has described the clash with Stoke as the club’s biggest match in years. Clement’s passion may stir up the fans and the players, but Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente apart, his squad lacks quality as well as confidence. Stoke halted a four-match losing run with a win over Hull last time out and, with Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic firing, they have the talent to deliver another big blow to Swansea’s survival hopes.

  • Winner: Swansea 23/20, Draw 23/10, Stoke 12/5 - Bet365
  • Top Tip: Stoke to win - 12/5 at Bet365

West Ham United v Everton - West Ham have eased their relegation worries with a win and a draw in their last two matches, but will still not feel entirely comfortable with their haul of 37 points. Everton, meanwhile, are pushing hard for a European spot and have the firepower to break down any defence, so an exciting game should be on the cards. The best market for punters could be for the total goals, and Paddy Power’s price of 15/8 on the net bulging at least four times looks particularly tempting.

  • Winner: Everton 5/4, West Ham 9/4, Draw 13/5 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Total Goals Over 3.5 - 15/8 at Paddy Power

Sunday

Burnley v Manchester United - Burnley’s results at Turf Moor have kept them afloat and they have the sixth best home record in the league. Manchester United are unbeaten in 22 Premier League matches stretching back to last October and will be in no mood to surrender their quest for a top-four finish, even though their best route to the Champions League may still be through the Europa League and Jose Mourinho could rest some key players after Thursday’s continental clash with Anderlecht.

  • Winner: Man Utd 1/2, Draw 16/5, Burnley 11/2 - Paddy Power
  • Top Tip: A draw - 16/5 at Paddy Power

Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Liverpool are on a decent run and ground out an important 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion in their last match, but they have not quite been at their fluent best and a visit by Palace represents a potential banana skin. The Eagles have found a successful formula under Sam Allardyce and, having already disposed of Chelsea and Arsenal this month, Palace’s direct approach could well trouble Liverpool. Former Reds striker Christian Benteke is in good touch, and odds of 9/4 on him returning to haunt Anfield with a goal at any time look too inviting to miss.

  • Winner: Liverpool 1/2, Draw 16/5, Crystal Palace 11/2 - Ladbrokes
  • Top Tip: Christian Benteke to score anytime - 9/4 at Bet365

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.


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