Premier League Betting Preview: 14/03/18 – 16/03/18

Premier League Betting Preview: 14/03/18 – 16/03/18

Premier League Betting Preview: 14/03/18 – 16/03/18

With the Premier League season heading into its closing stages, all 20 sides are in action this weekend and are all still on the hunt for some vital Premier League points. With the race for the European places and the relegation battle still well and truly on and the Premier League title still to be wrapped up, there’s still plenty to play for heading into this weekends fixtures. Here’s our picks for some of this weekends biggest games.

Southampton vs Chelsea

The Premier Leagues early kick off sees Antonio Conte’ struggling Chelsea travel to St. Mary’s to take on Southampton. This is an early look at next weekends FA Cup Semi-Final where Conte looks to salvage something from a disappointing season for the blues. Conte will see this game as ideal preparation for next weekends clash and will be massive favourites to return to Wembley for the final but Conte’s second season in the Premier League hasn’t gone the way Chelsea fans had expected. After winning the League last season Conte’s side now look out of the Champions League race after their 3-1 home defeat to Spurs and last weekends 1-1 draw at West Ham left them 10 points adrift of Spurs who occupy the final Champions League place. With just six games remaining its more than likely Chelsea will be playing Europa League football next season. After losing all four of their last four away Premier League games Chelsea will want to win this weekend to stop their confidence dropping even lower before the trip to Wembley.

Southampton come into this one in real danger of the drop. They currently find themselves 18th in the League, 3 points off safety with just 6 games to play. The Saints have only won 2 of their last 20 Premier League matches and new manager Mark Hughes has lost both of his Premier League matches since joining the club. This is definitely one of the best times to face Chelsea however and they did put in a fight against Arsenal in their 3-2 defeat last time out. The return of their top scorer Charlie Austin is huge for them in their race for survival. The striker has history of scoring goals at relegation threatened clubs from his time at QPR, and scored within minutes of coming on the pitch against Arsenal. The Saints have been lacking goals all season long scoring with just 31 goals in their 32 Premier League matches and the return of Austin could be just what they need to fire themselves to Premier League survival.

Recommended Bets

BTTS: (17/20 at Coral)

Draw at half time: (21/20 at Coral)

Burnley vs Leicester

The battle for the final European place is at stake at Turf Moor on Saturday as Burnley host Leicester. Burnley currently sit in 7th place in what will most likely be the final European spot (as long as Southampton don’t win the FA Cup). Burnley currently sit 6 points ahead of the Foxes and a win here would all but confirm Europa League football at Turf Moor for next season.  Despite a major drop in form at the start of the calendar year, Burnley have turned it back around and are now unbeaten in their last 5 Premier League games, winning 4 of them. Boss Sean Dyche is fresh off his manager of month award for March and will be looking to continue this form to help his side secure a European place. Dyche has done an incredible job at Burnley, favourites for the drop at the start of the season they now boast the 4th best defensive record in the League better than Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal and have had the firepower to win games too. Ashley Barnes has scored 4 in his last 5 league games, Chris Wood has 8 for the season and Sam Vokes fresh off his goal in last weekends victory over Watford, Burnley have three strikers who are all ready to step in and score, so expect at least one of them to add to their tally this weekend.

Leicester are in a much better position than what they expected after their dreadful start to the season. After the sacking of Craig Shakespeare back in October the Foxes were thinking more about a battle for Premier League survival rather than a fight for the European places. Credit to new manager Claude Puel however, he’s turned this Leicester side completely around and they’ve become a difficult side to beat due to the form of the attacking partnership of Jamie Vardy and Rhyad Mahrez. Mahrez has 10 Premier League goals this season, almost double what he achieved last campaign, despite him nearly moving to Manchester City in January, he’s refocused and Puel got him playing at his best once again. Vardy now has 16 for the campaign, including a goal in each of his last 3 matches and will be looking to keep this form up to fire Leicester into Europe for next season.

Recommended Bets

Vardy to score: (8/5 at Coral)

Under 2.5 goals: (4/7 at Coral)

Tottenham vs Man City

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side come into this one on the back of a horrific week. The Manchester Derby loss last weekend was followed up by a 2-1 loss to Liverpool on Wednesday to confirm their Champions League exit at just the Quarter final stage. City had become one of the favourites for the tournament due to their scintillating form throughout the group stages and in the Premier League but yet again City were unable to conquer Europe. The 5-1 aggregate defeat to Liverpool highlighted that there are flaws in Pep Guardiola’s side but it isn’t going to affect their stroll to the Premier League title. City may have failed to wrap up the title last weekend but they still only need 5 points in their final 6 games to claim the title and its just been a matter of time for most of the season for City. They’ll want to wrap up the title as quickly as possible however so that they can push to reach the Premier League records that Guardiola will crave. Top scorer Sergio Aguero may be fit enough to return the starting lineup after coming off the bench on Wednesday and the Argentine could be the key to City returning to their best form here.

As for Spurs they now focus on the race for 2nd place with a Champions League place for next season basically confirmed. Spurs have a 10 point gap back to rivals Chelsea in 4th place and still have a chance to win the FA Cup. That would claim both Mauricio Pochettino’s first trophy in charge of the club and Spurs’ first since 2009. The return of top scorer Harry Kane to the starting lineup last weekend is sure to be a boost to Spurs’ chances. The forward has 25 Premier League goals this season, after he won an appeal to have teammates Christian Eriksen’s goal changed to his in last weekends 2-1 victory over Stoke, and will look to continue that form so that he can catch Mohammed Salah in the race for the golden boot. Despite losing out on that goal to Kane, Eriksen still has 4 goals in his last 3 games and will look to continue that impressive form at Wembley this weekend.

Recommended Bets

Eriksen to score: (13/5 at Coral)

Over 2.5 goals: (4/6 at Coral)

Newcastle vs Arsenal

Rafa Benitez’ side now find themselves in a position where they’re just one win away from Premier League safety. After looking like narrowly avoiding relegation at best for the majority of the season Newcastle now find themselves in the top half of the League after 3 consecutive victories have taken them right out of the relegation picture. Despite not getting anywhere near the funds that he wanted Benitez has worked his magic and has pretty much secured Newcastle’s place in the top flight next season. The loan signing of Kenedy has been a stroke of genius from Rafa as the Chelsea loanee has added something completely different to Newcastle’s play. The Brazilian has brought flair and directness to the Newcastle attack which has seen them be more successful in front of goal scoring in all but one of their Premier League games since the start of the calendar year. Benitez will be looking to use Arsenal’s Europa League exploits in the week against them in order to get that vital win to secure their Premier League survival.

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have now gone all in on the Europa League for the rest of the campaign. They’ve been making several changes in recent weeks to support their European efforts but have still been picking up some good results in the League as well. They’ve won all of their last 3 Premier League games and have scored 3 goals in each of those matches as well. The form of January signing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who is ineligible for the Europa League has been a big factor in this. The Gabonese striker has 6 goals in his 7 games for Arsenal so far including a goal in last weekends 3-2 win against Southampton and he’ll be looking to continue that form when Arsenal visit St. James Park this weekend.

Recommended Bets

Aubameyang to score: (19/20 at Coral)

BTTS and over 2.5 goals: (10/11 at Coral)

Manchester United vs West Brom

Jose Mourinho’s side are on a massive high after last weekends magnificent comeback in the Manchester Derby. United’s second half comeback saw Mourinho’s men produce one of their best performances of the season and has stopped some of the criticism of both himself and of their record signing Paul Pogba. Pogba got 2 of United’s 3 second half goals and he’ll be looking to continue to silence his critics with another performance like that this weekend. January signing Alexis Sanchez has been in fine form as of late as well. The Chilean international set up 2 of the 3 goals in the derby and scored in the game against Swansea a week prior. Sanchez appears to be finding his feet at United after a disappointing start to life at Old Trafford following his move from Arsenal and he’ll look to contribute even more with the visit of relegation bound West Brom this weekend. United will be looking to carry on their form to ensure that they hold on to 2nd place in the League and also keep up that winning mentality ahead of their trip to Wembley for the FA Cup Semi-final next weekend against Tottenham.

As for West Brom it’s already become about building for next season in the Championship. Currently sitting on just 21 points from their 33 league games relegation is inevitable for West Brom. West Brom only have 3 wins all season and 2 of them were in the opening two games of the season meaning its now one win in 31 League matches so it’s not a surprise they are where they are. Caretaker manager Darren Moore has taken over from Alan Pardew and managed to get a point his first game in charge after a 1-1 draw with Swansea last time out so will be hopeful he can build on that result here.  A lack of goals however has been a problem for West Brom all season long, scoring just 26 league goals in their 33 league matches, the lowest in the League and it doesn’t look like that is likely to improve this weekend.

Recommended Bets

Alexis Sanchez to score: (13/10 with Coral)

Manchester United to win to nil: (7/10 with Coral)

West Ham vs Stoke

Monday night football sees West Ham take on Stoke in a massive game at the bottom of the Premier League table. David Moyes’ West Ham side come into this game knowing that a win could potentially put them 9 points ahead of the drop zone. They look to be regaining their form right when they need it as well with a 3-0 win at Southampton in their last game at the London Stadium and 1-1 draw against Chelsea last weekend West Ham have been edging towards that magic 40 point barrier. The form of Marco Arnautovic has been key to West Hams push for survival with 9 Premier League goals this season and a move to a central striker role under Moyes has revitalised the Austrian this season. He’s gone from an inconsistent performer at Stoke last season to becoming the main man for West Ham and it wouldn’t be surprising if were to send his former club into even more danger here.

Stoke need points quickly if they’re going to stay in the Premier League. They currently find themselves 4 points off of safety and haven’t been looking like a side who are going to turn their form around any time soon. They haven’t won in their last 9 games and have the worst defensive record in the League, conceding 63 goals in their 33 Premier League games this season. Stoke will at least take solace in the fact that they still have 3 games against relegation rivals including this one on Monday night. Stoke also host Crystal Palace and travel to Swansea before the end of the season and know that if they can win those fixtures then survival is still a massive possibility.

Recommended Bets

West Ham to win: (1/1 with Coral)

Arnautovic to score: (6/4 with Coral)