2017/2018 EPL Week 30 Preview

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Manchester City’s magic number sits at six wins before being officially crowned Premier League champions.

That number could be significantly shortened this weekend when their closest challengers Manchester United and Liverpool face off in Saturday’s early fixture.

Brighton’s impressive run of form continues this weekend when they face Everton with an eye on a further jump up the table.

Read on for our preview of this weekend’s Premier League action and recommended plays.

Manchester United Vs Liverpool

Saturday 10 March, 11:30pm, Old Trafford

The “Who Gets to Finish Second This Season” Derby takes place at Old Trafford in the round’s first match.

All three meetings between Mourinho and Klopp in their current positions have ended in draws, two of which have been scoreless.

Liverpool’s short rest coming into this game is negated somewhat by the fact that they played their game against Porto at a snail’s pace.

This has the makings of another Mourinho special where he slows the game down and finds a way to negate Liverpool’s attacking talent.

Back the Draw and Under 2.5 Goals @ $4.40

Everton Vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Sunday 11 March, 2:00am, Goodison Park

Everton’s form has taken a dip since February losing three of their four league games including last weekend’s defeat away to Burnley.

They tend to put in a much stronger performance at home having collected 26 of their 34 points at Goodison Park.

Brighton will coming into this game full of confidence having extended their unbeaten run with a huge win over Arsenal and a win here could catapult them into seventh spot.

A win here might be a step too far but a draw between sides looking to solidify their position in the top ten is the most likely outcome.

Back the Draw @ $3.10

Newcastle Vs Southampton

Sunday 11 March, 2:00am, St James’ Park

Two sides on the edge of the relegation zone could desperately use three points from this game.

Southampton have a significant edge in the recent meetings between these sides winning four and drawing three.

This is a match that has plenty of goals in it, contrary to the goal scoring troubles both sides have had this year and that represents a nice value play.

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.30

West Ham Vs Burnley

Sunday 11 March, 2:00am, Olympic Stadium

With three losses in their last four games, including back to back 4-1 thumpings, West Ham are still a way off safety.

Burnley meanwhile are sitting comfortably in the top ten and might even have half an eye on Arsenal who sit five points ahead of them going into this weekend.

They have built their campaign on picking up points away from home and limiting the goals in their games.

As such an interesting proposition on the road, this looks like good value for a possible upset win.

Back Burnley to Win @ $3.50

West Bromwich Albion Vs Leicester City

Sunday 11 March, 2:00am, The Hawthorns

Leicester have a slight edge in the head to head record between these sides since their most recent promotion to the Premier League.

They have won three League matches and drawn two with West Brom managing to snatch a point when both sides were in their early season malaise.

Since then Leicester have put together a nice run of form to bring themselves into the top half of the table.

It has been a long time since either of these sides were victorious with Leicester winless in five while West Brom have lost five straight.

Something has to give in this game and Leicester are a much better side.

Back Leicester to Win @ $2.55

Huddersfield Vs Swansea

Sunday 11 March, 2:00am, Kirklees Stadium

Swansea’s impressive 2018 got back on track last weekend with a convincing win over West Ham.

Backing that up with a win this weekend over Huddersfield would go a long way to securing their safety from relegation.

They won their first meeting with Huddersfield in October thanks to a Tammy Abraham double.

This is another match where the underdog represents an intriguing value play, particularly with Huddersfield’s inconsistent form as of late.

Back Swansea to Win @ $3.10

Chelsea Vs Crystal Palace

Sunday 11 March, 4:30am, Stamford Bridge

Crystal Palace cannot catch a break in their horrendous run of fixtures at the moment.

After coming close to taking a point off Tottenham they were leading a lacklustre Manchester United 2-0 before Mourinho’s men staged a comeback to extend their losing streak to three.

Palace are one of only three teams with a three or more game losing streak currently attached to their name and it won’t get easier as Chelsea will be looking to respond after their underwhelming performance against Manchester City.

In terms of value plays you will need to look for an added element to the Chelsea win market and they seem likely to put Palace to the sword here.

Back Chelsea to Win to Nil @ $2

Arsenal Vs Watford

Monday 12 March, 12:30am, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal are fast becoming a Premier League punchline as they endure one of the worst runs of form in Arsene Wenger’s time with the club.

There are big questions facing punters ahead of this game wondering if they should continue to back against Arsenal’s general poor form or take them to bounce back at home.

Watford have won three of their last four in the league and will be very excited about the possibility of doing the league double over the Gunners having beaten them at Vicarage Road in October.

Arsenal are a good side when playing in front of their home fans but on such a short turnaround following their Europa League engagements and with their apparent lack of confidence it is hard to back them to do anything at the moment.

Back Watford Win/Draw Double Chance @ $2.55

Bournemouth Vs Tottenham

Monday 12 March, 3:00am, Vitality Stadium

Tottenham seem to enjoy playing Bournemouth recording four wins and a draw in the five Premier League meetings between the clubs.

All of those wins except for the most recent one have been by multiple goals and Tottenham look well positioned to keep their streak going.

After their midweek match against Juventus, they will be looking to bounce back from their Champions League exit and turn their focus onto finishing the Premier League on a high note.

Back Tottenham to Win -1 Goal @ $2.35

Stoke Vs Manchester City

Tuesday 13 March, 7:00am, bet365 Stadium

Stoke have picked up three straight draws in the Premier League but when the champions-elect come to town, they are in for a very different challenge.

City strolled through the midweek Champions League match and will be fresh when they travel to a place that opposing teams used to fear.

Stoke’s home record is not atrocious, in fact it is very much middle of the pack and they would love to turn around their 7-2 deficit from the last time these teams met.

That being said with City’s form it is hard to see anything beyond a victory for them and with the value of the market this might be one to just sit back and watch.

NO BET


The English Premier League returns after a week off for international football and there are a number of big games.

Arsenal and Manchester City are in the hunt for a top four finish and both sides will do battle this weekend, while Chelsea face a tricky assignment against Crystal Palace

Throw in the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton and it is another huge weekend of football, with plenty of outstanding betting opportunities.

Liverpool Vs Everton

Saturday 1 April, 10:30pm, Anfield

Liverpool 3 - Everton 1

Liverpool have had the edge over their Merseyside rivals in recent seasons and they go into this clash with Everton as clear favourites.

Liverpool have lost just one game at Anfield over the past 12 months and they have won 13 of their past 20 games as home favourites for a narrow profit.

Everton went into the international break on the back of two strong wins over West Brom and Hull and they really have been in outstanding form in 2017.

Winning away from home has been somewhat of an issue for Everton this season and they have won just one of their past 10 games as away underdogs for a clear loss.

The price isn’t massive, but Liverpool have a great record in big games and should prove too strong for their local rivals.

Back Liverpool To Win @ $1.67

Burnley Vs Tottenham Hotspur

Sunday 2 April, 1:00am, Turf Moor

Burnley 0 - Tottenham Hotspur 2

Tottenham Hotspur take a three game winning streak into this clash and it is no surprise that they will start this game as clear favourites.

Tottenham don’t have the best record away from home, but they have still proven to be a profitable betting play as away favourites – although they have drawn four of their past ten games in this scenario.

Burnley have not won a game since the first day of February, but they continue to have one of the best home records in the whole English Premier League.

They have won nine of their 14 games in front of their home fans and they have taken a point from some of the best sides in the competition at Turf Moor.

It cannot be understated how difficult Burnley are to break down at Turf Moor and they are capable of taking a point from Tottenham.

Back The Draw @ $3.80

Chelsea Vs Crystal Palace

Sunday 2 April, 1:00am, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 1 - Crystal Palace 2

Chelsea are cruising towards the English Premier League title and they really should have no trouble accounting for Crystal Palace.

Chelsea just continue to go from strength to strength and they have not lost these sort of games all season long.

They have won 12 of their past 16 games as home favourites for a clear profit and their record against Crystal Palace is good.

Crystal Palace have not been playing the best football, but three straight wins in the lead-up to the international break earned that they are now well-clear of the relegation zone.

This is a much tougher assignment and it is tough to have any confidence in them against such quality opposition.

They have won only four of their past 17 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and it would not surprise to see them produce a fairly lacklustre effort.

Chelsea should get the job done comfortably, but there is no value at their current price.

No Bet

Hull City Vs West Ham United

Sunday 2 April, 1:00am, The KC Stadium

Hull City 2 - West Ham United 1

The fact that Hull City will start this clash as clear favourites is an indication of just how poor West Ham have been this season.

Hull City have struggled for consistency through the EPL season, but a win over West Ham would go a long way to ensuring their safety at the end of the season.

They have proven tough to beat at The KC Stadium this season and they have won five games in front of their home fans for a clear profit.

West Ham went into the international break on the back of three straight defeats and it really has been a season to forget for this club.

They have won four of their 14 games as away underdogs and their recent record against Hull City has been good.

While West Ham are a tough team to trust from a betting perspective, it really is difficult to get Hull City as short as their current price and I have to take them on.

Back West Ham To Win @ $3

Leicester City Vs Stoke City

Sunday 2 April, 1:00am, King Power Stadium

Leicester City 2 - Stoke City 0

Leicester City have improved substantially following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri and they are favourites to continue their winning streak this weekend.

The King Power Stadium continues to be a happy hunting ground for Leicester City and they have won eight of their past 13 games as home favourites for a clear profit.

Stoke City have played some strong football in recent weeks and they were unlucky not to take a point from their clash with Chelsea.

They have generally saved their best form for their home fans and they have won just one of their past 16 games as away underdogs for a clear loss.

Leicester City should get the job done comfortably and they are one of the best bets of the weekend.

Back Leicester City To Win @ $2

Manchester United Vs West Bromwich Albion

Sunday 2 April, 1:00am, Old Trafford

Manchester United 0 - West Bromwich Albion 0

Manchester United have not lost in the English Premier League since October and that looks unlikely to change this week.

The problem for Manchester United has been winning games like this one and they have drawn eight of their past 19 games as home favourites.

West Bromwich Albion will have taken plenty of confidence from their 3-1 victory over Arsenal before the international break and they have a genuine chance of taking something from this clash.

They have won only three of their past 18 games as away underdogs for a clear loss, but they have drawn seven games in this scenario.

West Brom are more than capable of taking a point form this clash and the $4.75 on offer for the draw is outstanding value.

Back The Draw @ $4.75

Watford Vs Sunderland

Sunday 2 April, 1:00am, Vicarage Road

Watford 1 - Sunderland 0

Sunderland are staring down the barrel of relegation and they desperately need to win this game to have any chance of avoiding the drop.

Sunderland have won only one of their past eight games and it is no surprise that they will go into this clash as clear underdogs.

They have won only three of their past 15 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and are a very tough team to trust from a betting standpoint.

Watford have struggled for consistency so far this season and they have not won a game for almost two months.

The Hornets have struggled badly as home favourites this season and they have won only three of their nine games in this scenario for a clear loss.

Neither of these teams can be trusted from a betting standpoint and I am more than happy to stay out of this game.

No Bet

Southampton Vs Bournemouth

Sunday 2 April, 1:00am, St Mary's Stadium

Southampton 0 - Bournemouth 0

Southampton went into the international break on the back of a fighting loss to Tottenham and they will start this clash with Bournemouth as clear favourites.

Southampton have proven tough to beat at St Mary’s Stadium this season and they have won eight of their past 12 games as home favourites for a clear profit.

Bournemouth have put a gap on themselves and the relegation zone with two straight victories, but this is obviously a much tougher challenge.

The Cherries have struggled away from home this season and they have won just two of their past 14 games as away underdogs for a loss.

Southampton are a safe bet to take the three points from this clash and should be able to keep a clean-sheet in the process.

Back Southampton To Win To Nil @ $2.75

Swansea City Vs Middlesbrough

Sunday 2 April, 1:00am, Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 0 - Middlesbrough 0

This is a crucial game for both these sides that are stuck in the relegation dogfight.

Swansea City suffered disappointing defeats at the hands of Hull City and Bournemouth, but they will still go into this clash as favourites.

Liberty Stadium has been a fairly happy hunting ground for Swansea City this season and they have won won of their past eight games as favourites for a clear profit.

It has been an eternity since Middlesbrough won a game in the English Premier League and they are in massive trouble heading into the final couple of months of the season.

They have won only one of their past 13 games as away underdogs and their recent form has been putrid.

This is a must-win clash for Swansea City and they really should come away with the victory.

Back Swansea City To Win @ $1.95

Arsenal Vs Manchester City

Sunday 2 April, 1:00am, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 2 - Manchester City 2

This is easily the match of the round and is a crucial clash for a struggling Arsenal.

There really is nothing separating these two teams in betting and neither bring the best form in this clash.

Arsenal have lost four of their past five games in the English Premier League and their season hit another low when they went down to West Bromwich Albion before the international break.

They have proven tough to beat at Emirates Stadium and they have won 12 of their past 16 games at home for a small profit.

Manchester City were bundled out of the Champions League before they played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

They have won 11 of their past 18 games away from home and taking three points from this clash is definitely not out of the realms of possibility.

In saying that, there really is nothing between these two sides in general and the $3.60 for them to play out a stalemate really does appeal.

Back The Draw @ $3.60