Premier League Preview
The Premier League 2017/18 is soon coming to end, this weekend is the penultimate weekend round of Premier League football, and we have all the big games covered and betting tips for all matches.
Friday Night at the Pier
Matchday 37 of the Premier League starts on Friday night as Man Utd travel down to Brighton to take on the seagulls at the Amex. Man Utd just about got all three points from the big game last weekend against Arsenal with a last-gasp winner from Fellaini. Brighton are happy they are just about secure in the Premier League thanks largely to their early season form.
This match could end up to be like an exhibition pre-season friendly match where both teams have little to play for, but surely the big players in the Man Utd squad will want to keep up their relative good form ahead of the looming World Cup finals.
The Relegation Dogfight
Stoke City are just about hanging in there with the faintest of hopes of Premier League survival, they only have two games to play and will surely need all 6 points to even be in contention. They take on a resurgent Crystal Palace who have achieved something beyond their fans wildest dreams this season, mid-table mediocrity!
Crystal Palace have done ever so well to beat the drop from where they were at the turn of the year, they have done even better to be where they are now. No-one could blame them if they are to finally let off some steam and take it easy for the last couple of weeks. Stoke, however, are fighting for their lives, with some faint hopes of survival. Can Palace match Stoke’s obvious desire if not desperation? I’ don’t think so.
Speaking of desperation, West Brom have shown over the last few weeks exactly what can happen when teams are desperate for points. A team that went through February and March without gaining a single point has just gone through all of April unbeaten but they’re still rooted to the bottom of the table with virtually no hope of survival.
Tottenham too have gone off their early season boil since crashing out of the Champions’ league and have since largely played out the season to cemented another season in the Champion’s League. West Brom beat Man Utd and drew with Liverpool recently, could they take points off another top-4 team? Possibly, one thing is for sure, under their caretaker manager Darren Moore they are a far more tough prospect then they were earlier on in the season.
The Ultimate 6 Pointer
There is a storm brewing in the South of England and in the South of Wales, and it’s set to make landfall at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night when Swansea will take on Southhampton in a winner-take-all 6 pointer game. But first, they must both be in place to benefit from that game.
On Paper, Swansea who have a point lead on Southampton have the easier task playing away to Bournemouth while Swansea travel up north to take on Everton. Both are away fixtures and both if they play well could meet on Tuesday having gained all three points in their respective fixtures. However, the last thing they would want is to come away from the weekend fixtures without anything to show for it.
The Group of Death
Huddersfield are in a bit of a pickle, hell of a big pickle. Their last three games are against away to Manchester City( this Sunday), away to Chelsea and then against Arsenal at home for Arsene Wenger’s game as Arsenal manager. Huddersfield are just 3 points above the relegation zone, and they take the Premier League Champion’s Manchester City on Sunday in a fight for their lives.
Manchester City are in a record-breaking mood, we’ve all lost count how records they have broken, set or invented this season already but it’s clear they’re in no mood to stop until the very final whistle of the season is blown. Huddersfield will need a miracle to get anything out of this game, but this is the Premier League, and in the Premier League there are often miracles!
Who would have given Liverpool any chance of reaching the Champion’s League this season after their dismal showing in the last season’s Group stage? But they are in the final (just) and will face the perennial Champion’s League winners Real Madrid In Kiev. Meanwhile, they have the small matter of Chelsea to take of in the Sunday’s big game.
This fixture usually would get top-billing but it does feel like a meaningless big-game. Nonetheless, Liverpool have to finish the season off strong to be in form for the Champion’s League final and Chelsea won’t like losing to Liverpool no matter what the league positioning. It’s hard to call this game but Chelsea have been on good form recently and Liverpool, of course, have been mainly concentrating on their European ventures. Chelsea might just cut Liverpool down to size here though I doubt Liverpool will care much if they do, they have much bigger fish to fry.
Premier League Betting Tips
|FRI 04/05||Brighton Vs Man Utd||Man Utd to win||Lost|
|SAT 05/05||Stoke Vs Crystal Palace||Stoke City to Win||Lost|
|SAT 05/05||Leicester City Vs West Ham||Both Teams to score- NO||Won|
|SAT 05/05||Watford Vs Newcastle Utd||Newcastle Double Chance||Lost|
|SAT 05/05||West Brom Vs Tottenham||Asian Corner over 9.5||Won|
|SAT 05/05||Swansea Vs Bournemouth||Asian Corners over 10||Won|
|SAT 05/05||Everton Vs Southampton||Both Teams to Score-YES||Won|
|SUN 06/05||Manchester City Vs Huddersfield||First Half Goals Over 1.5||Lost|
|SUN 06/05||Arsenal Vs Burnley||Both Teams to Score-YES||Lost|
|SUN 06/05||Chelsea Vs Liverpool||Chelsea To Win||Won|