2018/2019 EPL Week 31 Preview

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Only a few Premier League games on this weekend with half the schedule postponed to a later date with the FA Cup Quarter Finals on as well.

This weekend was supposed to be headlined by the Manchester Derby but with that now pushed to the back end of April, we will just have to wait.

For some teams not involved in the Cup they are about to enjoy a massive break with an international window coming up next weekend as well so they will have no excuse to come out flat.

Check out our previews, predictions and same game multis for the five games that are still scheduled for the weekend.

Bournemouth Vs Newcastle

Sunday 17 March, 2:00am, Vitality Stadium

Bournemouth 2 – Newcastle 2

Newcastle was able to jump up to 13th place in the Premier League on the back of their win last week.

It was one to remember after trailing 2-0 before coming from behind in the second half to pick up a 3-0 win.

The Magpies have a chance to jump up to 12th place ahead of this weekend’s opponents Bournemouth and they have struggled to win away from home with just 2 wins from 14 games this season.

Those two away wins came against a struggling Burnley side and Championship-bound Huddersfield back in 2018.

Since then, there has been two draws and four losses away from home with three goals scored in that time.

That is an alarming trend that is just too hard to ignore, back Bournemouth to win here.

Back Bournemouth to Win @ $2.05

SGM: Bournemouth to Win, Under 2.5 Goals

Burnley Vs Leicester City

Sunday 17 March, 2:00am, Turf Moor

Burnley 1 – Leicester 2

You have to hope this game will have a little bit more life to it than November’s 0-0 draw at the King Power Stadium.

Brendan Rodgers picked up his first official win as Leicester boss on the weekend getting his side past Fulham while Burnley slumped to its third successive loss against Liverpool.

Each of those three losses have come by two goals with the Clarets putting a scare into Liverpool before falling short.

If you had to shade a team here you would probably back Leicester, but away from home that’s a bit of a risk.

Instead look for the Both Teams to Score market, that has hit in six of Burnley’s last seven and each of Leicester’s last five.

Back Both Teams to Score @ $1.80

SGM: Leicester to Win, Both Teams to Score, Jamie Vardy Anytime Goalscorer

West Ham Vs Huddersfield Town

Sunday 17 March, 2:00am, London Stadium

West Ham 4 – Huddersfield 3

Just when you think you can have some faith in West Ham they remind you why you have to have plenty of caution when backing them.

After an encouraging run of form the Irons were brought back to earth with a shock loss to Cardiff and this week they take on another relegation battler in Huddersfield.

The Terriers have scored a grand total of one goal in their last four games, which lead to their only win in that time.

In the other three games they were held scoreless and over the course of this season, 14 of their 22 Premier League losses have come to nil.

West Ham’s current win price is more than enough if you are looking for a good head to head multi builder, but for a bit of value you can look for something a bit more focused, such as West Ham to win to nil or West Ham to keep a clean sheet.

Back West Ham to Win to Nil @ $2.63

SGM: West Ham to Win to Nil, Chicharito First Goalscorer

Fulham Vs Liverpool

Monday 18 March, 1:15am, Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 – Liverpool 2

Liverpool have been pretty much boom or bust the last few weeks, either scoring for fun or being frustrated by opponents and the wind.

Fulham on the other hand have just been busts this season and it looks like their return to the Premier League will be short lived.

With 13 points between Fulham and safety, their relegation number sits at four losses before their return to the second division is confirmed.

Even with Liverpool being a bit up and down form wise, this looks like one of those games they will score plenty and give the Reds a chance to (temporarily at least) take back top spot in the Premier League.

Back Liverpool to Win & Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.63

SGM: Liverpool to Win, Over 3.5 Goals, Saido Mane and Roberto Firmino Anytime Goalscorers

Everton Vs Chelsea

Monday 18 March, 3:30am, Goodison Park

Everton 2 – Chelsea 0

Just four points split third from sixth and with Tottenham, Arsenal & Manchester United not featuring this weekend, Chelsea can springboard back onto level points alongside Arsenal.

Everton has been a real challenge for Chelsea in the last two meetings with consecutive scoreless draws in the last two Premier League meetings.

In the last five Premier League matches between these sides, Everton have been held scoreless every time so their recent goalscoring run might be put to the test here.

Chelsea on the other hand have looked decidedly average needing a late equaliser to get a point against Wolves last weekend.

With some of their squad likely to be rested from Friday’s trip to Dynamo Kyiv they will be coming out fresh and firing for this game.

Back Chelsea to Win @ $1.95

SGM: Chelsea to Win, Eden Hazard First Goalscorer, Both Teams to Score

Tottenham Vs Crystal Palace

Thursday 4 April, 5:45am, Tottenham Stadium

MATCH POSTPONED TO WEEK 32

Brighton And Hove Albion Vs Cardiff

Wednesday 17 April, 4:45am, Amex Stadium

MATCH POSTPONED TO WEEK 34

Watford Vs Southampton

Wednesday 24 April, 4:45am, Vicarage Road

MATCH POSTPONED TO WEEK 35

Wolverhampton Vs Arsenal

Wednesday 24 April, 4:45am, Molineux Stadium

MATCH POSTPONED TO WEEK 35

Manchester United Vs Manchester City

Thursday 25 April, 5:00am, Old Trafford

MATCH POSTPONED TO WEEK 35

 


2017/2018

Just four Premier League matches take place on the weekend as they were originally scheduled as the FA Cup forces the remaining six into postponements.

Of course, those clubs that are still participating in the Cup won’t mind the inconvenience of having to double up on their duty.

More interruptions are on their way in the form of 2018’s first and only pre-World Cup international window after this weekend so it presents the final chance for some fans to see their team in action before Easter.

Here are our previews of the four matches scheduled to take place this weekend and recommended plays.

Stoke Vs Everton

Sunday 18 March, 2:00am, bet365 Stadium

A match between two sides that have been Premier League mainstays however Stoke’s decade long run in the top flight is in danger of ending.

They now face an Everton side who has had an advantage over them in recent meetings, claiming three of the last four in the Premier League.

Working in Stoke’s favour however is the fact that Everton’s form away from home this year has been poor at best with just one win.

The market here reflects Everton’s poor form on the road but there is plenty of value on off for them doubling their away wins total for the current season.

Back Everton to Win @ $3.10

Huddersfield Vs Crystal Palace

Sunday 18 March, 2:00am, Kirklees Stadium

A six pointer featuring two teams at the bottom of the table as Huddersfield look to take one step closer to safety while Palace need three points to pull themselves out of the drop zone.

Huddersfield claimed all three points at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the season however seven months is a long time in football.

They have been able to generate enough results as of late to make them a competitive outing for most side they face.

Palace on the other hand have the second longest losing streak in the Premier League at four games and will not have won in over two months by the time they take to the pitch.

The market has this as a potentially close game but the form line is skewing towards Huddersfield picking up the points in front of their home fans.

Back Huddersfield to Win @ $2.75

Bournemouth Vs West Bromwich Albion

Sunday 18 March, 2:00am, Selhurst Park

Bournemouth’s loss to Tottenham last week should not mask what has been overall, a profitable string of results post Christmas.

With four wins and five draws in the Premier League they are within touching distance of the 40 point mark which has traditionally meant safety for Premier League clubs.

West Brom are in need of a minor miracle to get themselves back into contention to be safe with five matches since their last Premier League point and six since their last win.

They have come close in recent matches however last weekend’s comprehensive defeat by Leicester had an air of inevitability about it.

This is a good price for anyone playing the bottom side in the Premier League at home.

Back Bournemouth to Win @ $1.85

Liverpool Vs Watford

Sunday 18 March, 4:30am, Anfield

Watford have not been afraid to take on the Premier League’s elite this season, taking points off Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea already.

That opening day 3-3 draw with Liverpool ended a three-match losing streak against them and has helped set up a season that is looking like turning out to be a successful one for the club.

Liverpool are yet to lose when playing in front of The Kop in the Premier League this season but have been held to draws on far too many occasions for their liking.

They have the only unbeaten home record aside from the Champions-elect Manchester City.

That run should continue here and the market reflects that expectation, expect a free scoring affair that Liverpool runs away with.

Back Liverpool to Win & Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.25

Tottenham Vs Newcastle

POSTPONED, Wembley

Burnley Vs Chelsea

POSTPONED, Turf Moor

Leicester Vs Arsenal

POSTPONED, King Power Stadium

Swansea Vs Southampton

POSTPONED, Liberty Stadium

West Ham Vs Manchester United

POSTPONED, Olympic Stadium

Manchester City Vs Brighton & Hove Albion

POSTPONED, Etihad Stadium


It is only a very short break between match days and every team in the English Premier League is set to play multiple games in just a few days.

Every game is important at this stage of the season, but there is no doubt that the clash between Manchester City and Chelsea is the clear highlight of this midweek action.

There are a number of competitive fixtures during these midweek fixtures and you can find all the best betting plays below.

Burnley Vs Stoke City

Wednesday 5 April, 4:45am, Turf Moor

Burnley 1 - Stoke City 0

Burnley suffered a rare loss in front of their home fans last weekend against Tottenham, but they are favourites to return to winning form against Stoke City.

They were far from disgraced against Tottenham and their record in front of their home fans continues to be outstanding – they have won nine of their past 15 games in front of their home fans for a clear profit.

Stoke City suffered their second straight loss when they went down to Leicester City last weekend and they continue to struggle away from home.

The Potters have won only one of their past 16 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and they continue to be a massive losing betting proposition as underdogs.

Burnley continue to be an excellent bet in front of their home fans at Turf Moor and they are good value to get the job done in this midweek fixute,

Back Burnley To Win @ $2.38

Leicester City Vs Sunderland

Wednesday 5 April, 4:45am, King Power Stadium

Leicester City 2 - Sunderland 0

Leicester City made it four English Premier League wins on the trot with a quality performance against Stoke City and they are clear favourites to continue their winning run.

Leicester City have thrived under the leadership of Craig Shakespeare and they have now won eight of their past 15 games as home favourites for a clear profit.

Relegation now looks like a certainty for Sunderland and they have not scored a goal in the English Premier League for over 2 months.

Sunderland have won only three of their past 16 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and taking them on in every metric has proven to be a winning play.

Leicester City are a very safe bet to maintain their winning form and they should be able to keep a clean sheet in the process.

Back Leicester City To Win To Nil @ $2.38

Watford Vs West Bromwich Albion

Wednesday 5 April, 4:45am, Vicarage Road

Watford 2 - West Bromwich Albion 0

There is very little between these two teams and it is Watford that will go into this clash as narrow favourites.

Watford scored a vital 1-0 win over Sunderland last weekend, but their record as home favourites still leaves something to be desired.

They have won only four of their past ten games as home favourites and five of these games have ended as draws.

West Bromwich Albion played out a scoreless draw with Manchester United and will go into this clash with plenty of confidence.

The Baggies have won only three of their past 18 games as away underdogs, but they have drawn seven of their games in this scenario and are more than capable of taking a point from this clash.

The draw really does standout in this clash and is a great bet at the current price.

Back The Draw @ $3.10

Manchester United Vs Everton

Wednesday 5 April, 5:00am, Old Trafford

Manchester United 1 - Everton 1

Manchester United dropped points once again last weekend, but they will still go into this clash with Everton as clear favourites.

Manchester United have still not lost in the English Premier League since October, but they have drawn four of their past eight games and are tough to trust from a betting standpoint.

The Red Devils have won only nine of their past 19 games as home favourites for a clear loss, while backing the draw continues to be a profitable play.

Everton were no match for Liverpool last weekend and they face another tough challenge against Manchester United.

Winning away from home has proven to be an issue for Everton this season and they have won only one of their past 10 games as away underdogs for a clear loss.

Everton have performed well against Manchester United in recent seasons and they are capable of taking at least a point from this clash.

Back The Draw @ $4

Arsenal Vs West Ham United

Thursday 6 April, 4:45am, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 3 - West Ham United 0

Arsenal have won just one of their past six English Premier League games, but they will still go into this clash as clear favourites.

While Arsenal have been a tough side to trust this season, they have still won 12 of their past 16 games as home favourites for a narrow profit.

West Ham United let slip a golden opportunity against Hull City last weekend and they have now loss four English Premier League games in a row.

They have won only four of their past 15 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and their recent form really doesn’t inspire confidence.

This is a match that the market looks to have got just about right and I am happy to stay out from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Hull City Vs Middlesbrough

Thursday 6 April, 4:45am, The KC Stadium

Hull City 4 - Middlesbrough 2

This is a classic game for both sides that are locked in the relegation battle.

Hull City did their chances of survival a big favour when they beat West Ham last weekend and they will start this clash as clear favourites.

The Tigers have now won two of their three games as home favourites this season and their record in front of their home fans is excellent.

Middlesbrough cannot find a way to win and they are still chasing their first English Premier League victory of 2017.

They have won just the one game away from home this season, but they are generally tough to break down and they have drawn seven of their past 14 games in this scenario.

Hull City really should be able to claim all three points from this clash and take another big step towards survival.

Back Hull City To Win @ $2.05

Swansea City Vs Tottenham Hotspur

Thursday 6 April, 4:45am, Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 1 - Tottenham Hotspur 3

Tottenham closed at the top of the English Premier League by three points and they are clear favourites to win again against Swansea City.

Tottenham handled what could have been a tricky fixture against Burnley with plenty of composure and they have now won four games on the trot.

They have won six of their past 11 games as away underdogs for a narrow profit, but they have drawn four games in this scenario.

Swansea City dropped points they can’t really afford to drop against Middlesbrough and they obviously face a tough challenge this weekend.

The Welsh outfit have proven tough to beat at Liberty Stadium this season and they have won three of their nine games as home underdogs for a small profit.

Tottenham should be able to continue their winning run, but there is no value at their current price and I am happy to stay out from a betting standpoint.

No Bet

Southampton Vs Crystal Palace

Thursday 6 April, 4:45am, St Mary's Stadium

Southampton 3 - Crystal Palace 1

Crystal Palace scored a big upset win over Chelsea, but it is Southampton that will go into this clash as clear favourites.

Southampton failed to break down Bournemouth last weekend and they continue to struggle for consistency in the English Premier League.

The Saints have still proven to be a profitable betting play as home favourites this season – they have won eight of their past 13 games as home favourites for a narrow profit.

Crystal Palace produced their best performance of the season to beat Chelsea and they have recorded four wins on the trot in impressive fashion.

They have now won five of their past 17 games as away underdogs for a clear profit and they will go into this clash with plenty of confidence.

I am more than happy to take on Southampton in this clash and the $4.75 on offer for a Crystal Palace victory is well and truly over the odds.

Back Crystal Palace To Win @ $4.75

Chelsea Vs Manchester City

Thursday 6 April, 5:00am, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 2 - Manchester City 1

This is clearly the highlight of these midweek fixtures and a must-win for Manchester City if they are to keep their very slim title hopes alive.

Chelsea suffered a shock loss at the hands of Crystal Palace last weekend, but they will still go into this clash as narrow favourites.

Last weekend was the first time that Chelsea have lost at Stamford Bridge in 2017 and they have still proven to be a profitable betting play as home favourites this season – they have won 12 of their past 17 games in this scenario.

Manchester City played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Monday morning and a lack of composure at the back continues to be an issue for this side.

Winning away from home has not been an issue for Manchester City this season and they have won two of their past four games as away underdogs for a clear profit.

The one market that does stand in this clash is the Total Goals betting.

Over 2.5 goals have been scored in 14 of the past 17 games played at Stamford Bridge and backing the over has also proven to be a profitable betting play in Manchester City fixtures.

The $1.85 on offer for more than two goals to be scored is simply outstanding value.

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.85

Liverpool Vs Bournemouth

Thursday April, 5:00am, Anfield

Liverpool 2 - Bournemouth 2

Liverpool were far too strong for Everton last weekend and it is no surprise that they will go into this clash as clear favourites.

One of the big improvements for Liverpool this season has been their record at Anfield and they have won 14 of their past 20 games as home favourites for a clear profit.

Bournemouth claimed a fighting point for their clash with Southampton last weekend and they have not lost an English Premier League fixture for over a month.

Winning away from home has still proven to be an issue for the Cherries – they have won only two of their past 15 games as away underdogs for a clear loss.

This is another game where the value lies in their being plenty of goals and I am confident that Liverpool will win, but both teams will score.

Back Both Teams To Score And Liverpool To Win @ $2.63