Premier League Betting Preview: 21/04/18 – 23/04/18

Premier League Betting Preview:  21/04/18 – 23/04/18

Premier League Betting Preview: 21/04/18 – 23/04/18

It may be FA Cup Semi-Final weekend but there’s still twelve Premier League sides in action as the season approaches its climax. The title may be over but there’s still plenty of teams fighting for vital points. Here’s our predictions on this weekends matches.

West Brom vs Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool travel to relegation bound West Brom in the weekends early kick off. The reds have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League matches and are looking to keep up the pressure on 2nd place Manchester United. Last time out Klopps men comfortably ran out 3-0 winners away at Bournemouth with goals from each of their front 3, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Premier League top scorer Mohammed Salah. That made it 55 of Liverpools 78 goals in the league for the 3 of them this season. Klopp may look to rest some of his key players here however, with the first leg of their Champions League Semi-Final with Roma on Tuesday. With a top 4 position in the League basically assured for next season Liverpool’s focus will be on Europe for the rest of the campaign in an attempt to win their first major trophy since the League cup in 2012. They will however want to come in to the Roma tie with confidence so will be looking to avoid an upset here, unlike their rivals United last weekend, so expect them to try get the job done early here in order to rest more of their star men for Tuesdays game.

Caretaker manager Darren Moore pulled off one of the shocks of the season last weekend in their 1-0 victory at Old Trafford against Manchester United. The win made West Brom just the 2nd side to beat United on their own turf in the Premier League this season. Despite it being too little too late for West Brom to spark a run for Premier League survival, Moore has revitalised the Baggies and has got them back to doing what they do best. They’re defending well again, putting plenty of men behind the ball and taking their chances when they get them and making the most of set pieces. They’ve returned to the style of play that saw them easily escape the drop last season under Tony Pulis and the players look like their playing for the manager once again. The visit of Liverpool provides a more difficult challenge for the Baggies however and the Liverpool front three’s movement and pace could be too much for them to handle.

Recommended Bets

Liverpool to win and BTTS: (23/10 at Coral)

Mane to score: (2/1 at Betfair)

 

Watford vs Crystal Palace

Javi Gracia’s Watford come into this on the back of five games without a win in the Premier League. With the hornets looking safe from relegation its job done for Gracia’s men, as Watford secure another season in the top flight.  Watford’s home record of late hasn’t been too bad however, losing just 2 of their last 8 at Vicarage Road and will be looking to continue that impressive record here. One man who’s form hasn’t dipped is Roberto Perreyra who has 3 goals in his last 5 home matches. The midfielder looks like Watfords most creative player at the moment so expect Watfords play to run through the Argentine once again.

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side are on a rich run of goalscoring form at the moment, scoring 11 in their last 6 matches in the Premier League. The form of star man Wilfired Zaha means that Palace always look a threat, something which a lot of the sides around them don’t have. Last weekends 3-2 win against Brighton edges Palace further away from the drop zone but the job isn’t done yet. Palace currently sit on 34 points with just 4 games remaining so Palace still need a few more points to secure their Premier League status for next season. Luka Milivojevic has also been on fine form for Palace. The Serbian is Palace’s top scorer with 10 Premier League goals this season and also has 3 goals in his last 4 games so expect the midfielder to be in amongst the goals again this weekend.

Recommended Bets

Over 2.5 goals: (1/1 at Betfair)

Milivojevic to score: (5/2 at SkyBet)

Arsenal vs West Ham

The announcement on Friday that manager Arsene Wenger is stepping down at the end of the season after 22 years at the club is bound to overshadow their game with West Ham on Sunday. The Frenchman managed the Gunners to 3 Premier League titles and 6 FA Cups in his time in charge and it’s difficult to imagine anyone else in charge after such a long reign. The announcement of Wenger leaving is bound to pick up the atmosphere at the Emirates after weeks of empty seats, partly due to supporters rebelling against Wenger’s management. Now however, the rest of the season will become a celebration of Wenger’s career at the club and that could easily inspire the players into a good performance this weekend. Last weekends defeat to Newcastle means that Arsenal are now only two points above Burnley in what has been a more than disappointing season for the Gunners. They have however won all of their last 5 games in all competitions at the Emirates and will look to continue that record with a win here.

David Moyes’ West Ham side now sit on 35 points with just 5 games remaining and could do with one more result to ultimately secure their Premier League status for next season. All of their remaining five games are against sides that sit in the current top half so will need to pull off an upset in order to secure their survival. Home games to both Manchester clubs as well as away trips to both Leicester and this game against Arsenal in their next four could see the Hammers still in the relegation battle on the final day, if the sides below them manage to pick up enough points, a position that the club didn’t expect to be in this long after their move to the Olympic Stadium. West Ham are unbeaten in their last 3 games however, after Andy Carrol’s last minute equaliser against struggling Stoke on Monday, and will be looking to extend that record with the trip to the Emirates on Sunday.

Recommended Bets

Aubameyang to score first: (9/4 with Betway)

BTTS – Yes: (4/7 at Betway)

Stoke vs Burnley

Despite not winning a game in their last 10 and finding themselves languishing in 19th place in the table, Stoke City somehow still have a chance of reaching Premier League survival but they need to start winning games now. Stoke currently sit 5 points off of safety with four games to play, making this a must win for the Potters. A win here and it could put them in a position where wins in their final two matches against two of their relegation rivals in Crystal Palace and Swansea could see them edge over the line. That doesn’t look like happening however as Stoke can’t seem to find a winning formula. Peter Crouch’s late goal against West Ham on Monday looked like it was finally the moment where Stoke got the win that they needed to kickstart a push for survival but an even latter equaliser from Carroll crushed the Potters and are now look like they’re too far off to survive. The visit of high flying Burnley could result in another disappointing day for the potters and ultimately seal their fate for next season.

Despite their defeat to Chelsea on Thursday night Burnley are still having an exceptional season. Sean Dyche’s side look certain to be playing Europa League football next season despite being favourites for the drop at the start of the campaign. Burnley are in dreamland at the moment and are still challenging Arsenal for a place in the top 6. Sean Dyche’s side have picked up their form on their travels as well as of late with all 3 wins in their last 3 matches.  Before the defeat against Chelsea they had won all of their last 5 as well so you’d expect them to bounce back with a win against a struggling Stoke side.

Recommended Bets

Burnley to win: (12/5 at SkyBet)

Chris Wood to score: (13/10 at Betfair)

 

Manchester City vs Swansea

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side wrapped up the title last weekend after a 3-1 victory against Tottenham at Wembley, and Manchester United’s defeat to West Brom on Sunday. City looked back to their best after a disappointing week where they were both eliminated from the Champions League by Liverpool and were beaten in the Manchester derby. A performance like that was exactly what City needed to stop the questions against Guardiola’s side after their underwhelming Champions League exit. They didn’t just beat Spurs either, they completely dominated Mauricio Pochettino’s side and looked nearly unbeatable once again. Wrapping up the title with 5 games to spare is a testament to how good Guardiola’s side have been this campaign, completely dominating the Premier League and winning it with ease. The rest of the season could see Guardiola push towards the records for most Premier League wins and points in a Premier League season and with no other competitions to play for Guardiola isn’t likely to rest too many of his star players.

This is probably the last fixture that Swansea City wanted to see on their calendar coming towards the end of the season. Currently sitting in 17th place, just 4 points above the relegation zone Swansea are far from safe just yet and a trip to the Etihad isn’t where Swansea fans would want to travel to this weekend. The swans have only won 1 of their last 5 Premier League matches and and a number of draws of late have seen Swansea trying to edge their way to safety. Swansea have only beaten City once in their 14 meetings since their return to the Premier League in 2011 and don’t look likely to add to that with City back in this kind of form.

Recommended Bets

Man City to win to nil: (8/13 at Betway)

Raheem Sterling to score: (10/11 at SkyBet)

Everton vs Newcastle

Sam Allardcye’s Everton side host Newcastle on Monday night in a game which sees both sides looking to secure their place in the top half of the Premier League table. Allardyce pushed Everton away from the drop zone after the sacking of Ronald Koeman but this season still hasn’t been good enough for Evertonians. After spending around 200 million pounds on players this campaign Everton fans expected to be back amongst the European places at least and not sitting in a lowly 9th place with just 42 points to their name. Everton’s dreadful away form has ultimately cost them, having the 5th worst record on their travels in the division but their form at Goodison does give them hope coming into this one. Everton have lost just one of their last 5 at Goodison Park which was a defeat to newly crowned Champions Manchester City so will be confident coming into this one.

Last weekends victory against Arsenal saw Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle side reach the magic 40 point mark with 5 games to play. Benitez has done an unbelievable job with the Magpies this season and despite not having the funds to get the players in that he wanted he’s still managed to keep Newcastle in the top flight and he’s done it with ease. Ayoze Perez has stepped up when Newcastle have needed him most. The Spaniard has a goal in each of his last three Premier League matches including the winner in their victory over relegation rivals Huddersfield Town and the equaliser against Arsenal last time out so expect him to try carry on that good form in Merseyside on Monday. Four Premier League wins in a row means that Newcastle come into this one on the back of their biggest winning run of the season and will want to continue that with a win here.

Recommended Bets

Perez to score: (3/1 at SkyBet)

Under 2.5 goals: (4/6 at BetVictor)