The past week has provided us with a flashback to 2003 with Arsenal and Manchester United the form sides in the Premier League.
Of course, unlike the early part of this century those two sides are not competing for the title, instead they are battling to chase down fourth place and a crucial spot in the Champions League.
To get there, neither side can afford to drop points as they chase down Leicester and Chelsea and both of those sides are coming off confidence boosting results over the weekend.
We’ve previewed all 10 Premier League matches this weekend so read on to see who we are backing.
Wednesday 8 July, 3:00am, Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 2 – Chelsea 3
Let’s start this preview off with a pretty straightforward play, Chelsea should not have a whole lot of trouble dispatching Palace here.
The hosts last three matches have seen them lose by a combined score of 8-0 while the Blues resumed their assault on a Champions League place with a 3-0 demolition of Watford.
With Palace now all but mathematically safe from the drop, they haven’t got a whole lot of motivation to get up for this game, while Chelsea has it all to play for.
Back Chelsea to Win -1 Goal @ $2.25
Wednesday 8 July, 3:00am, Vicarage Road
Watford 2 – Norwich 1
Watford’s effort against Norwich would not have won them any admirers but Norwich’s effort for most of this season would have done much worse to many viewers.
A win here for the 17th placed Hornets might just be enough to secure survival by default with the three clubs below them floundering in their bid to avoid relegation.
Considering Norwich has been outclassed by just about every opponent this season, any chance you can get to back against them at over $1.50 you have to happily take.
Back Watford to Win @ $1.67
Wednesday 8 July, 5:15am, Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 1 – Leicester 1
Leicester taking on Arsenal in the Premier League always seems to deliver some sort of drama and this one should be no different with plenty on the line for both clubs.
The Gunners have an opportunity to close the gap on a top four rival and look like they are on a roll on the back of three straight wins, and the sparkling form of youngster Bukayo Saka.
Leicester on the other hand blasted Crystal Palace over the weekend to break out of their funk, but they have a long history of horrors away to the Gunners, losing their last 12 league matches at Highbury and the Emirates.
In fact, the home side has won each of the last six matches between these two sides and that is enough to sway me over to Arsenal as they look to take some momentum into the weekend’s North London Derby.
Back Arsenal to Win @ $2.30
Thursday 9 July, 3:00am, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 5 – Newcastle 0
These two sides face off for the second time in 10 days however there’s not a lot to look forward to about this game from a punting perspective.
City are (justifiably) at a ridiculous price and will be looking to find some consistency after being stunned by Southampton and even with their recent up and down form, there’s nothing really worth backing at their current price.
Happy to hit the snooze button on the alarm and skip this one.
Thursday 9 July, 3:00am, Bramall Lane
Sheffield United 1 – Wolves 0
If you are going to get up for a match early Thursday morning, this is the one worth the early alarm.
Dropped points in four of their last five have put Sheffield’s Champions League fairytale in severe doubt while Wolves received a setback of their own losing to Arsenal and bring pulled back into the fray.
The first meeting between these sides finished as a 1-1 draw but it’s hard to back against the goalscoring nous that Wolves have had since football returned.
It might not have always been pretty but in three of their four matches they have kept clean sheets and found the crucial breakthrough.
If they take a lead on Sheffield, the Blades limited attack will have a hard time breaking Wolves down and that’s where the value play for this match lies.
Back Wolves to Win @ $2.05
Thursday 9 July, 3:00am, London Stadium
West Ham 0 – Burnley 1
For better or worse, West Ham’s defence makes matches well worth watching, even if its just for the potential calamities.
They have conceded two goals in every match since returning but in the last week they have decided to start scoring for themselves.
Burnley is still a defence first team but these matches tend to produce plenty of goals on their own with three of the last four featuring three or more goals.
There’s value in a high scoring match here so back another one to unfold here.
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.10
Brighton And Hove Albion
Thursday 9 July, 5:15am, Amex Stadium
Brighton 1 – Liverpool 3
Liverpool still has some margin for error in their quest to become Premier League centurions, but this is a match they should take all three points from under normal circumstances.
However, with the league title secured and no cups to compete in it’s hard to see them playing at 100% efficiency.
Even so, they should be able to take care of business here however I’m not willing to add on any extra value add plays to boost the price.
Back Liverpool to Win @ $1.53
Friday 10 July, 3:00am, Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth 0 – Tottenham 0
This is another match where we have to back against the side destined for relegation.
Spurs might not be world beaters in their current form but they are in far better shape than Bournemouth.
As such, Bournemouth to lose, no need to overthink this one.
Back Tottenham to Win @ $1.62
Friday 10 July, 3:00am, Goodison Park
Everton 1 – Southampton 0
The Saints are coming off a win over Manchester City, so Everton should be no problem for them right?
In their current form it’s tough to back against them, especially as an underdog and that’s where the value lies in this market.
Back Southampton to Win @ $3.60
Friday 10 July, 5:15am, Villa Park
Aston Villa 0 – Manchester United 3
We now move on to the final team in the ‘back against at all costs’ territory and that is Aston Villa.
Remarkably they are still in position to survive the drop but will need to start winning games.
A good start for that might involve scoring a goal, something they have failed at in their last two matches.
This match is not going to bring them a whole lot of joy with United in spectacular goal-scoring form, they will be too good here.
Back Manchester United Halftime/Fulltime @ $2.00
Five rounds remain in the Premier League season and the picture is no clearer at the top of the table.
Liverpool has another test coming up when they host Chelsea at Anfield while City faces Crystal Palace.
Arsenal’s top four hopes took a hit with a loss to Everton and they will have another big challenge to their away form with a trip to FA Cup Finalists Watford.
We have 11 games this weekend with a postponed Brighton-Cardiff clash on the end of this round giving us the extra match.
We have previewed every game and found our predictions and same game multis for this weekend.
Saturday 13 April, 5:00am, King Power Stadium
Leicester 0 – Newcastle 1
That’s four wins on the trot for Leicester now and all of a sudden they’re up to seventh place.
Facing Newcastle gives them a great opportunity to consolidate that position considering they haven’t had much trouble with the Magpies in the past.
Six of the last seven meetings have gone the way of Leicester and on five of those occasions, they have kept Newcastle scoreless.
We won’t go for anything overly exotic in this game and instead play it safe and take Leicester to pick up all three points at home.
Back Leicester to Win @ $1.70
SGM: Leicester to Win to Nil, Jamie Vardy First Goalscorer
Saturday 13 April, 9:30pm, Tottenham Stadium
Tottenham 4 – Huddersfield 0
No time to enjoy the Champions League win over Manchester City as Tottenham needs to refocus and prepare for the already relegated Huddersfield.
It looks like Spurs will have to do this without Harry Kane, the man responsible for 33% of their goals this season with 24 goals and six assists, not bad when he missed two months back in January with an injury to the same ankle.
That was a profitable run for Tottenham though, winning five of the seven games and, let’s be honest, should account for Huddersfield here with the likes of Son, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen all still available.
With 19 goals 33 games this season, it would be a big surprise if Huddersfield scored in this one so for a value bet, take Tottenham to win and keep a clean sheet.
Back Tottenham to Win to Nil @ $2.00
SGM: Tottenham to Win to Nil, Son First Goalscorer
Brighton And Hove Albion
Sunday 14 April, 12:00am, Amex Stadium
Brighton 0 – Bournemouth 5
Brighton still could drop out of the Premier League if their five point buffer over Cardiff erodes but with survival as their sole focus now, it seems like they should be able to hold out.
Both of these sides have lost their last two in the Premier League and the Seagulls have had a week to respond to their FA Cup Semi Final defeat to Manchester City.
22 of their 33 points have come at the Amex Stadium and I like them to add to that tally with a win here.
Back Brighton to Win @ $2.30
SGM: Brighton to Win, Both Teams to Score
Sunday 14 April, 12:00am, Turf Moor
Burnley 2 – Cardiff 0
These two sides were very tough to split during their time in the Championship with nine of their 12 clashes ending in draws although Burnley did win the first Premier League meeting back in September.
The Clarets do bring the better form line into this one, winning their last two games over some tough opposition in Wolves and Bournemouth.
While a Cardiff win would create plenty of chaos at the bottom end of the table, it’s hard to see them being able to pull that off but a draw here is certainly in play and is at an encouraging price.
Back the Draw @ $3.40
SGM: Draw, Both Teams to Score
Sunday 14 April, 12:00am, Craven Cottage
Fulham 2 – Everton 0
Fulham has lost its last eight games, is already confirmed to be relegated and have not kept a clean sheet since December 30.
Perhaps the only thing they still have left to play for is avoiding being the worst defensive team in a Premier League season.
With 76 goals conceded already, the record for 38 games is 89 set by Derby County in 2007/2008 so Fulham will have to tighten things up at the back.
Everton should with this game if they play anywhere close to the level they were at against Arsenal last weekend and are at a surprisingly decent price considering their opposition.
Back Everton to Win @ $1.75
SGM: Everton to Win, Over 3.5 Goals
Sunday 14 April, 12:00am, Emirates Stadium
Southampton 3 – Wolves 1
Because of their run in the FA Cup, this will be just the third Premier League game for Wolves since March 11.
In their last outing for this competition they pulled off an upset win over Manchester United before blowing a 2-0 lead in the FA Cup Semi Final against Watford.
Having had a full week to stew over that one, they’ll need to refocus as they take on a Saints side desperate to avoid relegation.
That being said Wolves are the much better team in this matchup and should win here.
Back Wolves to Win @ $2.88
SGM: Wolves to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, Raul Jiminez Anytime Goalscorer
Sunday 14 April, 2:30am, Old Trafford
Manchester United 2 – West Ham 1
From Barcelona to West Ham, Old Trafford backs up from Champions League duty and there’s plenty of desperation to arrest a troubling run of form.
Despite the boost the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought to United, their form line has come crashing back to earth, losing four of their last five matches in all competitions.
We have seen West Ham show their mettle against bigger sides already this season but they are way too inconsistent to know which side will show up this weekend.
At home you have to give the edge to United and they would be worth putting in a multi but to get a decent price you have to add on too many conditions here.
Sunday 14 April, 11:05pm, Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 1 – Manchester City 3
We might see a few changes for City here but they won’t want to take Palace too lightly here, back in December, they came to the Etihad and left with all three points as an early Christmas present.
This is part of a huge week for City, needing to win this to keep their Premier League title dream alive then come back a few days later to back up turn around a first leg deficit in the Champions League.
Not only would all three points for City jump them back up to the top of the league it would put pressure on Liverpool ahead of their clash with Chelsea.
It might not be pretty but you would expect City to put in a professional performance and take care of business here, the goals haven’t been flowing for them lately and you would think if they get to a two goal lead they may sit on it.
Back City to Win and Under 3.5 Goals @ $2.15
SGM: City to Win to Nil, Gabriel Jesus First Goalscorer
Monday 15 April, 1:30am, Anfield
Liverpool 2 – Chelsea 0
After brushing Porto aside in the Champions League, Liverpool will turn their attentions back to the Premier League where they will either need to match City’s result or gain some ground on them.
It’s been five games since they beat their London rivals, drawing three games and losing two.
Their last meeting back in September finished as a 1-1 draw but it’s fair to say the teams have experienced very different seasons since then.
Chelsea has battled, yet still finds themselves in contention for a top four finish, while Liverpool needs some help to be crowned as champions.
With such high stakes, both sides will set out to avoid conceding first and foremost setting up a very tight game where one goal could win it.
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $2.10
SGM: Liverpool to Win, Under 2.5 Goals, Saido Mane First Goalscorer
Tuesday 16 April, 5:00am, Vicarage Road
Watford 0 – Arsenal 1
Arsenal’s road wobbles showed up last week against Everton knocking them out of the top four for the first time in a month.
If they want to finish in the Champions League positions this season, they will need to find a way to pick up that form with the bulk of their run home away from the comfy confines of the Emirates.
Vicarage Road has not been a happy place to visit lately with Arsenal coming unstuck in two of their last three visits there.
Watford will be full of confidence after pulling off a comeback for the ages in their FA Cup Semi Final and until Arsenal show they can win on the road, back them to drop points here.
Back Watford to Win @ $3.10
SGM: Watford to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, Troy Deeney Anytime Goalscorer
Brighton And Hove Albion
Wednesday 17 April, 4:45am, Amex Stadium
Brighton 0 – Cardiff 2
*RESCHEDULED WEEK 31 MATCH*
A game a few weeks in the making, Brighton and Cardiff get to face off after this game was postponed from its original March date.
This is a six pointer in every sense of the word with Brighton one of the few sides Cardiff can still catch.
Having this game at the Amex Stadium is huge for Brighton especially having to back up from their weekend commitments.
It’s a brave call backing either of these sides but with Premier League survival at stake, the fans getting behind their team could make the difference.
Back Brighton to Win @ $1.85
SGM: Brighton to Win to Nil, Under 2.5 Goals
After a false start on their title celebrations last week, Manchester City continue their busy fortnight with a clash against Tottenham at Wembley.
Their conquerors from last weekend, Manchester United face soon to be relegated West Brom and could mathematically secure a Champions League berth with a win and Chelsea loss.
At the bottom of the table the trio currently in the relegation spots face an increasingly small margin for error with their results knowing that it is time to start picking up wins if they hope to survive for another season.
Read on for our preview of the English Premier League for the weekend with our recommended plays in each match.
Saturday 14 April, 9:30pm, St Mary’s Stadium
It is time for Chelsea fans to start to worry about their form with the Blues enduring a nightmare run of league form in 2018.
Since New Years Day, the Blues have lost five games in the Premier League compared to just three wins and have not claimed back to back victories since December.
As they prepare to visit Southampton, the Blues can take some confidence from the fact they have won each of their last four meetings against the relegation threatened side.
With a leaky Saints defence this is the best opportunity for Chelsea to register a confidence boosting win ahead of the final month of the season.
Back Chelsea to Win @ $1.85
Brighton & Hove Albion
Sunday 15 April, 12:00am, Selhurst Park
Four points and four places separate these sides on the league table as these sides prepare for their second meeting of the season after the first one ended in a 0-0 draw.
Brighton claimed bragging rights in the FA Cup meeting in January with a 2-1 win however there is not much recent history between the two.
Brighton are not the most free scoring side in the competition and their seven goals away from home all season suggests that any goal will be seen as a positive.
With so much on the line for both I see them coming out and playing out a fairly dour draw as neither side wants to lose this game.
Back the Draw @ $3.20
Sunday 15 April, 12:00am, Turf Moor
Burnley currently own the Premier League’s third longest winning streak at four games and that run has kept them in touch with the Premier League’s big sides.
They face the toughest test of their streak this weekend with eighth placed Leicester come to town.
This fixture has favoured Leicester with wins in three of the last four matches however Burnley did win the most recent meeting at Turf Moor.
With both sides in consolidation mode it would not be at all surprising for a low scoring draw to play out here.
Back the Draw @ $3.00
Sunday 15 April, 12:00am, Kirklees Stadium
Two teams in a pretty poor run of form as of late could desperately use a win out of this fixture.
Huddersfield sit four points clear of the drop zone and based on other matches, could move a step closer to securing safety in their first Premier League season.
They demolished Watford 4-1 on their home ground earlier this season and with Aaron Mooy returning to form, they are a good value here to be the one that ends their skid.
Back Watford to Win @ $2.60
Sunday 15 April, 12:00am, Liberty Stadium
Swansea have not returned from the international break in great form, losing to Manchester United before being held to a draw with West Brom last weekend.
They are a side that is very hard to get a read on with such maddening inconsistency that means they are not safe just yet.
Everton meanwhile are a slightly more successful version of Swansea this season and are coming off a satisfying draw in the Merseyside Derby.
There is a bit of a letdown potential here however Sam Allardyce should have them ready to go here.
With too many variables to consider here this game is a stay away for me.
Sunday 15 April, 2:30am, Anfield
A very clear mismatch on paper, this game could be closer than anticipated with Liverpool potentially resting players following their midweek exertions and lingering injury concerns.
Even if Liverpool do opt to rotate some of their squad they will still have a clear edge over a Bournemouth side that has given them some trouble in the past.
When they met in December though it was a rampant Liverpool cruising through Bournemouth 4-0 and another win is certainly on the cards.
It would not be at all surprising to see Jurgen Klopp have to call on some big names from the bench to salvage this match but with the uncertainty surrounding the lineup I will steer clear of this one.
Sunday 15 April, 4:45am, Wembley
A rare Saturday night treat for Premier League fans (or early Sunday morning as it is down here) as Tottenham and Manchester City face off at Wembley.
City will be playing a fourth huge game in the space of ten days following from their Champions League tie and Manchester Derby, so it will be interesting to see how much they have left in the tank for this.
Pep Guardiola will be reading the riot act to his side and I think that will be enough to scare his team straight.
Back Man City to Win @ $2.50
Sunday 15 April, 10:30pm, St James’ Park
As well as Arsenal have played as of late, scoring freely in both domestic and European competitions, they still have the lingering question of performing well on the road.
Newcastle may well be dreading the arrival of the Gunners having lost their last ten games against them however the last four have been by just a solitary goal.
They bring a decent run of form into this game with three straight wins which has vaulted them up to tenth place.
Arsenal have lost their last three away League matches and I like the value on offer for a Newcastle upset, especially with Arsenal coming back from Russia and a short turnaround.
Back Newcastle to Win @ $3.40
West Bromwich Albion
Monday 16 April, 1:00am, Old Trafford
A derby delight for United as they produced a spectacular comeback to delay City’s title party.
They can continue to delay City’s celebrations with another win this weekend and are heavily favoured over the side at the foot of the table West Brom.
While they did end a losing streak last weekend picking up a draw against Swansea but this is a very different situation trying to beat Manchester United.
The mismatch between these sides is quite big and this is a great chance for United to tighten their grip on second spot.
Back Manchester United to Win and over 2.5 Goals @ $1.75
Tuesday 17 April, 5:00am, Olympic Stadium
West Ham have returned from the international break strongly claiming a win and a draw to separate them from the relegation battle.
Stoke have lost four in a row and have struggled mightily on the road winning just once all season and have given up over two goals per game.
West Ham’s home games are not exactly an intimidating atmosphere for visiting teams with discontent within the fan base.
Even with that they are still a better team than Stoke and should be able to take three points from this match.
Back West Ham to Win @ $2.05
We are now into the last month of the 2016/2017 English Premier League season!
Title contenders Chelsea and Tottenham are not in action this weekend due to FA Cup Semi-Final commitments and there are only six games across the weekend, but there are still a number of key clashes as we reach the final stages of the season.
There is plenty of interest in every single game this weekend and you can find our 2016/2017 English Premier League week 34 tips below.
Sunday 23 April, 12:00am, Goldsands Stadium
Bournemouth 4 - Middlesbrough 0
Middlesbrough desperately need to take the three points from this clash, but it is Bournemouth that will start as clear favourites.
Bournemouth have not won a game for a month, but they have a strong record as home favourites and they have won five of their past nine games in this scenario for a clear profit.
It has been an eternity since Middlesbrough won an English Premier League game and they are now six points away from safety.
Winning away from home has been very difficult for Middlesbrough and they have won just one game on the road this season.
These are the types of games that Bournemouth have generally won this season and they should be able to heap some more misery on Middlesbrough.
Back Bournemouth To Win @ $1.83
Sunday 23 April, 12:00am, The KC Stadium
Hull City 2 - Watford 0
This is a huge game for Hull City as a win will ensure that they remain out of the relegation zone for another week.
Hull City have been able to turn The KC Stadium into some kind of a fortress under Marco Silva and this really is their chance to return to winning form.
The Tigers have won three of their four games as home favourites so far this season and they are unbeaten in this scenario.
Watford did Hull City a favour when they beat Swansea City last weekend and they have now won three of their past four English Premier League games.
The Hornets have only won three of their past 16 games as away underdogs, but they have made a profit in this scenario.
It is Hull City that really do go into this clash with far more to play for and I am backing them to come away with the three points.
Back Hull City To Win @ $1.85
Sunday 23 April, 12:00am, Liberty Stadium
Swansea City 2 - Stoke City 0
Swansea City are another team that simply must win this weekend.
They are currently two points behind Hull City and they will go into this clash as favourites, despite the fact they have lost their past three games.
Liberty Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for Swansea City this season and they have won four of their past nine games as home favourites for a narrow profit.
Stoke City returned to winning form with a quality performance against Hull City, but their record away from home really does leave something to be desired.
They have won only one of their past 16 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and they are at the stage of the season where they have very little to play for.
Swansea City should win this clash to keep the relegation battle as interesting as ever.
Back Swansea City To Win @ $2.15
West Ham United
Sunday 23 April, 12:00am, Olympic Stadium
West Ham 0 - Everton 0
West Ham have the home ground advantage in this clash, but it is Everton that will start this clash as clear favourites.
Everton continued their goal-scoring ways with a quality victory over Burnley and they really have played some scintillating football this season.
One issue for Everton has been their form away from Goodison Park and they have only won three of their past nine games as away favourites. for a clear loss.
West Ham dropped points against Sunderland last weekend and they are a team that continue to struggle for consistency.
They have won only one of their past six games as home underdogs for a clear loss and they have been a losing betting play across just about every metric.
This is a match that the market looks to have got just about right and I am happy to stay out from a betting standpoint.
Sunday 23 April, 11:15pm, Turf Moor
Burnley 0 - Manchester United 2
Manchester United set the title race alight with their win over Chelsea last weekend and they will go into this clash with Burnley as clear favourites.
The Red Devils have actually had far more success away from home than they have had at Old Trafford this season and they have won ten of their past 14 games as away favourites for a clear profit.
Burnley were a touch unlucky against Everton last weekend and they return to Turf Moor where they have had so much success this season.
They have won eight of their past 13 games as home underdogs for a massive profit and they have proven to be extremely tough to break down in front of their home fans.
Burnley will be in for the fight and this will be an intriguing clash, but it is tough to find any real betting value.
Monday 24 April, 1:30am, Anfield
Liverpool 1 - Crystal Palace 2
Crystal Palace have been somewhat of a bogey team for Liverpool in recent years, but it is Liverpool that will still start this clash as clear favourites.
Liverpool have not lost in the English Premier League for almost two months and they have done enough to take the three points from their past two games with Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion – without looking particularly impressive.
Liverpool have lost only one game at Anfield this season and they have won 12 games as home favourites for a clear profit.
Crystal Palace played out an entertaining goal with Leicester City last weekend and they really have played some excellent football in recent weeks.
They have won five of their past seven games and they have scored in all of their English Premier League fixtures since they went down to Stoke on February 12.
Liverpool should be able to come away with three points, but they won’t have it their own way and Crystal Palace are more than capable of scoring.
Back Both Teams To Score And Liverpool To Win @ $3
Wednesday 26 April, 4:45am, Stamford Bridge
Wednesday 17 May, 4:45am, Emirates Stadium
West Bromwich Albion
Wednesday 17 May, 5:00am, King Power Stadium
Friday 19 May, 4:45am, Etihad Stadium