2017/2018 EPL Week 34 Preview

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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.

Southampton Vs Chelsea

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

Crystal Palace Vs 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

Burnley Vs Leicester City

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

Huddersfield Vs Watford

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

Swansea City Vs Everton

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.

NO BET

Liverpool Vs Bournemouth

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.

NO BET

Tottenham Vs Manchester City

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

Newcastle Vs Arsenal

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

Manchester United Vs 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

West Ham Vs Stoke

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


2016/2017

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.

Bournemouth Vs Middlesbrough

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

Hull City Vs Watford

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

 

Swansea City Vs Stoke City

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 Vs Everton

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.

No Bet

Burnley Vs Manchester United

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.

No Bet

Liverpool Vs Crystal Palace

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

Chelsea Vs Southampton

Wednesday 26 April, 4:45am, Stamford Bridge

Arsenal Vs Sunderland

Wednesday 17 May, 4:45am, Emirates Stadium

Manchester City Vs West Bromwich Albion

Wednesday 17 May, 5:00am, King Power Stadium

Leicester City Vs Tottenham

Friday 19 May, 4:45am, Etihad Stadium