2018/2019 EPL Week 35 Preview

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Just four weeks remain in the 2018/2019 Premier League season and Matchweek 35 will be the biggest test of the season for Manchester City.

Up first is a clash with Tottenham just two and a half days after their Champions League tie wraps up.

Then on Thursday morning is a Manchester Derby that could prove decisive for both their title hopes and United’s top four ambitions.

Either way, a few team’s fates will be made a lot clearer over the next few days.

We have previewed and predicted every English Premier League game so read on to see our selections.

Manchester City Vs Tottenham

Saturday 20 April, 9:30pm, Etihad Stadium

Just shy of three days after concluding their Champions League obligations against one another, City and Tottenham play out the third act of their April trilogy.

In City’s last 14 games they have claimed 39 of a possible 42 points as they have see sawed with Liverpool at the top of the table.

As for Tottenham their league form has not been quite so imperious as of late as they have only just come out of a streak where they went five games without a win to fall out of title contention and into a battle for third place.

After back to back wins in the league it certainly looks like they are finding their bearings once again and it could not come at a better time with the chasing pack ready to pounce on any dropped points.

When playing at home this season, City have picked up 48 of 51 points and they are a much better side here, they should win and be able to score a few goals.

Back City to Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.75

SGM: City to Win, Both Teams to Score, Over 3.5 Goals

Bournemouth Vs Fulham

Sunday 21 April, 12:00am, Vitality Stadium

Bournemouth’s weekend could not have gone much better as they heaped more pressure on relegation threatened Brighton with a 5-0 win.

Up next is the already relegated Fulham who is coming off an upset win over Everton and is playing solely for pride.

The Cherries won the meeting in October 3-0 at Craven Cottage and will look to improve on their 26 points at home in this game.

These games can be a little tough to read with both sides seemingly locked into their fate but you have to like Bournemouth as a home favourite here.

Back Bournemouth to Win & Over 1.5 Goals @ $1.91

SGM: Bournemouth to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, Joshua King First Goalscorer

Huddersfield Town Vs Watford

Sunday 21 April, 12:00am, John Smith’s Stadium

Watford will feel pretty hard done by after being reduced to 10 men early in their defeat to Arsenal but facing Huddersfield should give them the perfect get right opportunity.

The Terriers have picked up just eight points at home all season but just three have come since the start of December.

They have given up four goals in each of their last two games and Watford did blast Fulham 4-1 earlier this month.

Considering their recent form, Huddersfield is one of those sides you have to find a way to back against and this is not a time to abandon that strategy.

Back Watford to Win @ $1.75

SGM: Watford to Win to Nil, Watford to Score Over 3.5 Goals

West Ham Vs Leicester City

Sunday 21 April, 12:00am, London Stadium

Leicester’s charge up the Premier League ladder was brought to a halt by Newcastle last weekend, ending a four game winning streak.

West Ham has dropped from ninth to eleventh on the back of a three game losing streak, most recently going down to Manchester United.

Of the last six meetings, Leicester has won two, West Ham have won one and the other three have finished as draws.

Remarkably this season, Leicester has actually picked up more points on the road that it has at home.

Because of that and West Ham’s struggles, back Leicester to win at over even money.

Back Leicester to Win @ $2.25

SGM: Leicester to Win, Both Teams to Score

Wolverhampton Vs Brighton And Hove Albion

Sunday 21 April, 12:00am, Molineux Stadium

It’s been a rough last couple of weekends for Wolves, since beating Manchester United on April 2, they have given up a two goal lead in the FA Cup Semi Final and lost to Southampton.

Brighton, also licking their wounds after a Cup Semi Final exit, would love to have the same outcome as their fellow strugglers in this game as three points might just get them to safety.

You can’t feel confident in the Seagulls after shipping five to Bournemouth and three to Chelsea in the game before.

In fact, Brighton has not scored in 285 minutes of Premier League football, the last one coming from Anthony Knockaert in their win over Crystal Palace on March 9.

Brighton might be playing with more urgency but Wolves still have the quality to win this game and Brighton might be in for a few more days of looking over their shoulders.

Back Wolves to Win @ $1.80

SGM: Wolves to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, Diogo Jota Anytime Goalscorer

Newcastle Vs Southampton

Sunday 21 April, 2:30am, St James’ Park

Both of these sides are, for all intents and purposes, safe from relegation but this weekend they could mathematically secure it with a win here.

It’s unlikely that Cardiff will go on a massive run and overtake Southampton and either team here but you would imagine they would like to try and secure safety on their own.

All things considered it’s very tough to split either of these teams and with both sides full of confidence after their victories, there is every chance they won’t be split on the pitch either.

Back the Draw @ $3.10

SGM: Draw, Both Teams to Score

Everton Vs Manchester United

Sunday 21 April, 10:30pm, Goodison Park

“If Everton lost to Fulham, how are they going to beat Manchester United?” is a question many will be asking.

For all intents & purposes you have to like United to win this game, especially at over even money, but there has to be a bit of a red flag considering they will be returning from a draining clash in Barcelona.

That being said, Everton last beat United almost four years ago and United really can’t afford to drop points in this game with a derby on the horizon.

A flat United performance would not be that surprising but this is the time of year where it doesn’t have to be pretty and at over even money, why not back them in for a victory.

Back Manchester United to Win @ $2.20

SGM: United to Win, Over 3.5 Goals

Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace

Monday 22 April, 1:00am, Emirates Stadium

Back in October, Crystal Palace held Arsenal to a frustrating 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park but there’s a massive difference with this game being at the Emirates.

If the Premier League was just decided on home form, Arsenal would be contending for the title, with 44 points, only four below Manchester City.

Their away form is the reason they are battling for third place instead and with just one point between them and Tottenham, they know how important getting three points is here.

Because the Gunners are so strong at home, they aren’t a great value play head to head, but you can add some value in the doubles market.

In each of their last eight home games, there has been two or more goals so take Over 1.5 as well to bring the bet up to a better price.

Back Arsenal to Win & Over 1.5 Goals @ $1.75

SGM: Arsenal Win, Over 1.5 Goals, Aaron Ramsey First Goalscorer

Cardiff Vs Liverpool

Monday 22 April, 1:00am, Cardiff City Stadium

You could say with a high degree of certainty that the Liverpool of old would drop points in this game.

But not this side, not this season and not against this opponent.

Cardiff haven’t exactly had a great run of luck lately getting stiffed on a few calls, although five losses from their last six kind of says it all.

Liverpool should win this game, but how will they back up after the Champions League?

They put four past them in the first meeting this season and Jurgen Klopp should have them firing once again here.

Back Liverpool to Win and Over 3.5 Goals @ $ 2.60

SGM: Liverpool to Win, Over 3.5 Goals, Saido Mane and Mo Salah Anytime Goalscorers

Chelsea Vs Burnley

Tuesday 23 April, 5:00am, Stamford Bridge

You can’t hold too much against Chelsea going down to Liverpool on the weekend, most sides do.

With some of their rivals for the Champions League placings making up their games in hand midweek, nothing less than three points will do here.

They had no trouble accounting for Burnley at the start of the season but their opponents do bring a three game winning streak to Stamford Bridge having conceded just one goal in that time.

This could very well be a low scoring clash with the both teams to score market failing to hit in Chelsea’s last three Premier League matches.

Back Chelsea to Win & Under 3.5 Goals @ $2.05

SGM: Chelsea to Win to Nil, Under 3.5 Goals

Tottenham Vs Brighton And Hove Albion

Wednesday 24 April, 4:45am, Tottenham Stadium

*RESCHEDULED ROUND 33 MATCH*

How can you have any confidence backing Brighton right now?

The Seagulls are teetering on the relegation zone and Tottenham appear to be finishing the season with the wettest of sails.

It could be a long night for Mat Ryan here and set up a very nervous May for Brighton.

Back Tottenham to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.05

SGM: Tottenham to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, Son First Goalscorer

Watford Vs Southampton

Wednesday 24 April, 4:45am, Vicarage Road

*RESCHEDULED ROUND 31 MATCH*

Watford can’t let their form drop right now, with a flurry of games coming up, culminating in the FA Cup Final they need to hit their stride on the run home.

They have lost six games at home this season but you have to like their chances against a Southampton side that might just survive by default.

The Hornets last win over Southampton came in September 2017 and it might be time for another one here.

Back Watford to Win @ $2.15

SGM: Watford to Win, Over 1.5 Goals

Wolverhampton Vs Arsenal

Thursday 25 April, 4:45am, Molineux Stadium

*RESCHEDULED ROUND 31 MATCH*

Wolves are one of the three teams to take points off Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium after a 1-1 draw in November.

They will be happy to get out of a forgetful April as they are now just looking to secure a top 10 finish while their visitors continue to battle for the top four.

That draw in November was as good as it has gotten for Wolves against Arsenal though, their last win over the Gunners came in 1983, since then the Gunners have won 16 of the 20 meetings.

Even with their questionable road form, it’s hard to see Wolves getting up for this midweek clash.

Back Arsenal to Win @ $2.45

SGM: Arsenal to Win, Both Teams to Score

Manchester United Vs Manchester City

Thursday 25 April, 5:00am, Old Trafford

*RESCHEDULED ROUND 31 MATCH*

Could this be the biggest match of the season?

City have the title on the line and United need all three points to stay in the top four race, but that could all but hand the title to Liverpool so there’s going to be some massive dilemmas for the red half of the city.

The question now though is how much do City have left in the tank?

It’s been a trying time for United as they have come crashing back to earth in the last month as well.

Both sides will go into this game with a fair amount of desperation but you have to think with a title on the line, City will get the job done.

Back Manchester City to Win


2017/2018

A long round of English Premier League fixtures with matches spread out over a whole week thanks to the FA Cup Semi Finals.

Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea and Southampton have decisions to make when it comes to prioritising their Premier League campaigns or going all out for the chance of a trophy at Wembley next month.

After a false start, City are now officially Premier League champions setting up a big party at the Etihad this weekend, no word yet on who will perform a la Andrea Bocelli at Leicester two years ago.

West Brom’s Premier League status has been granted a stay of execution for another week at least however their run of form might be just a little bit too late.

Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Tottenham

Wednesday 18 April, 4:45am, Amex Stadium

Tottenham have no time to dwell on their disappointing loss to Manchester City this past weekend.

A win here would put them one step closer to securing Champions League football next season and they had no trouble dismissing Brighton when they met in December.

Even with the expected rotation taking place to keep the likes of Kane and Alli fresh for their FA Cup encounter with Manchester United at the weekend they should still be able to handle Brighton here.

Back Tottenham to Win to Nil @ $2.40

Bournemouth Vs Manchester United

Thursday 19 April, 4:45am, Vitality Stadium

The other participant in the first FA Cup semi final is in action Thursday morning as Manchester United travel to Bournemouth.

The Cherries are wavering as the season winds down and their task does not get any easier with Jose Mourinho’s men coming to town, despite sitting in 11th place with five games to go, they are still mathematically a chance to be relegated.

A win for United here could also secure Champions League football and keep Liverpool in their rear view mirror.

It may not be overly pretty for United but they should be able to handle themselves here, there is actually decent value on offer here for an outright win as well.

Back Manchester Untied to Win @ $1.67

Burnley Vs Chelsea

Friday 20 April, 4:45am, Turf Moor

Chelsea salvaged three points from their trip to Southampton, but it should not mask the fact they were average at best for most of that game.

Working in their favour is the fact the hero of that game Olivier Giroud is likely to get a start in this contest.

Burnley will not be interested in rolling over however as they are enjoying their best Premier League campaign.

If Chelsea are off their game in any way, shape or form I like Burnley and their upset potential here.

Back Burnley Win/Draw Double Chance @ $1.75

Leicester Vs Southampton

Friday 20 April, 4:45am, King Power Stadium

Southampton’s season may wind up mirroring that of Wigan a few years ago where they make an FA Cup run but ultimately find themselves relegated from the Premier League.

Leicester are coming into this on back to back losses and will want to prevent that becoming a habit.

It cannot mask the fact Southampton have been dreadful in the Premier League and deserve to be in the relegation fight.

Since Leicester’s most recent promotion they have won three and drawn two of the seven meetings between these sides.

Back the better team at home to win here.

Back Leicester to Win @ $2.35

West Bromwich Albion Vs Liverpool

Saturday 21 April, 9:30pm, The Hawthorns

West Brom have picked up points in back to back games for the first time since mid-January and just the fifth time this season.

A win or draw here would be equal their longest run of points all season at three.

A brief look at their history against Liverpool suggests that despite their 46 point gap on the table, this game could be a close one.

Even with their history of taking points in six of the last ten Premier League meetings against Liverpool it is a lot to ask of West Brom to get something out of this game.

Liverpool are still a better side and this should be a good tune up for the upcoming Champions League ties against Roma.

Back Liverpool to Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.25

Watford Vs Crystal Palace

Sunday 22 April, 12:00am, Vicarage Road

Since Watford re-entered the Premier League in 2015, Crystal Palace have been a bogey side for them to play winning just once in their six meetings in all competitions.

Palace enter this game on a nice run as they try to stay just above the drop zone taking points in three of their last four games.

Watford look like they have run out of steam dropping their last two games and four of their last five.

Palace have much more to lose if they drop this game and that desperation is enough for me to back them home here.

Back Crystal Palace to Win @ $2.55

Arsenal Vs West Ham

Sunday 22 April, 10:30pm, Emirates Stadium

Nobody will be happier to have Arsenal playing at the Emirates this weekend than Arsene Wenger (and the 25000 or so fans who will actually show up).

They are like two separate teams home and away in the League this season with results reflecting a major gap between the two setups.

At home they are averaging slightly under three goals per game and when facing sides below them in the Premier League at the Emirates they have a remarkable 12-0-0 record.

West Ham held them to a 0-0 draw at the Olympic Stadium in December but Arsenal should be able to take care of business.

Back Arsenal to Win & Both Teams to Score @ $2.75

Stoke Vs Burnley

Sunday 22 April 10:30pm, bet365 Stadium

Stoke arrested their form slide with a battling draw against West Ham and they now face a Burnley side on a remarkable winning streak.

Finishing as high on the table as they will is remarkable considering their strike force has been somewhat muted this year with 33 goals from 33 games as a team.

Working in their favour is the face they have only let in 29 goals all season putting them in the positive for goal difference.

They will have the tough task of backing up less than 72 hours after the full time whistle of their previous game but Stoke have a lot of trouble scoring themselves to back Burnley here.

Back Burnley to Win @ $3.30

Manchester City Vs Swansea

Monday 23 April, 1:30am, Etihad Stadium

Get ready for a party at the Etihad.

Having claimed the title when Manchester United lost to West Brom last weekend, City come into this game ready to celebrate.

If they so choose they can continue to push for several Premier League records including most wins, points, winning margin and goals in a season.

Swansea have struggled by and large this season but have been decent keeping scores in their games low but City should be far too strong here and will win by a bit.

Back Manchester City to Win and Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.20

Everton Vs Newcastle

Tuesday 24 April, 5:00am, Goodison Park

A win for the Magpies in the weekend’s final match could see them leapfrog their opponents and end a four game losing streak against Everton.

Newcastle will be flying after last weekend’s win over Arsenal and a positive result here will mathematically secure their Premier League place for next season.

Sitting on a four game winning streak they are finishing the season with a bang whereas Everton are limping to the finish line.

I’m backing Newcastle to take care of business and come away with a win here.

Back Newcastle to Win @ $3.25


2016/2017

It is another big week in the EPL as the battle for the title, places in European Football and to avoid relegation continue.

The North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is one of the most fiery fixtures on the English Premier League calendar and that is the highlight of another big weekend of football, while Chelsea can maintain their four point gap with a win over Everton at Goodison Park.

You can find our thoughts for every single game below and there are plenty of winners to be found this weekend.

Southampton Vs Hull City

Sunday 30 April, 12:00am, St Mary's Stadium

Southampton have suffered back-to-back losses, but they will still go into this clash with Hull City as clear favourites.

The Saints were no match for either Manchester City or Chelsea, but this is obviously a much easier assignment.

Southampton have won eight of their past 13 games as home favourites for a clear profit and their record against Hull City is excellent.

Hull City kept themselves outside of the relegation zone with their win over Watford and they need to keep winning to ensure that they avoid the drop.

Winning away from home has been a massive issue for Hull City and they have won only one of their past 17 games on the road.

Southampton really should be able to return to winning form and they are one of the safest bets of the week.

Back Southampton To Win @ $1.60

Stoke City Vs West Ham United

Sunday 30 April, 12:00am, Britannia Stadium

Neither of these teams brings particularly strong form into this clash and there is nothing between them in betting.

It is Stoke City that will go into this clash as narrow favourites, but it is tough to have any faith in a side that has lost five of their past six games.

In saying that, Stoke City have still been a profitable betting play as home favourites and they are 7-1-1 in that scenario this season.

West Ham have won only one of their past eight games, but they were able to take a point from their most recent clash with Everton.

The Hammers have won four of their past 15 games as away underdogs and they really have been a tough team to trust from a betting standpoint this season.

Backing Stoke City at home has been a profitable betting play all season long and there is no reason to jump off this weekend.

Back Stoke City To Win @ $2.30

Sunderland Vs Bournemouth

Sunday 30 April, 12:00am, Stadium Of Light

This is another game where there is very little between the two sides in betting.

Sunderland are still chasing their first victory of 2017 and it is no surprise that they will go into this clash as clear underdogs.

They have won just two of their past 12 games as home underdogs and they really have nothing to play for as relegation is all but certain.

Bournemouth returned to winning form with a dominant victory over Middlesbrough, but throughout this season they have really struggled away from home.

They have lost their only two games as away favourites this season and they have won only two of their past 19 games away from home.

Both of these teams are impossible to trust and I am more than happy to stay out of this clash from a betting standpoint.

No Bet

West Bromwich Albion Vs Leicester City

Sunday 30 April, 12:00am, The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion have lost three games on the trot, but they will still go into this clash with Leicester City as narrow favourites.

There is very little doubt that West Bromwich Albion have put the rack in the cue  this season and it has been well over a month since they scored an English Premier League goal.

They have still managed to win seven of their past 10 games as home favourites and they have lost only one game in this scenario this season.

Leicester City went down to Arsenal midweek and they have now taken just a single point from their past three English Premier League games.

The Foxes have won just one of their past 18 games away from home and they are another team that are already looking ahead to their summer holiday.

West Brom will be keen to put on a show for their home fans and should be able to return to winning form.

Back West Bromwich Albion To Win @ $2.25

Crystal Palace Vs Burnley

Sunday 30 April, 2:30am, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace have been an absolute revelation since Sam Allardyce took over as manager and they will start this clash as clear favourites.

While Crystal Palace have won six of their past eight games, they have still been slightly inconsistent at Selhurt Park and they have won only four of their past ten games as home favourites.

Burnley have fallen in a big hole in the second half of the season and they remain an outside chance of getting dragged back into the relegation battle.

The big issue for Burnley has been their form away from home and they have only taken four points from their 17 games away from home this season.

This is a clash that the market looks to have got just about right and I will be staying out.

No Bet

Manchester United Vs Swansea City

Sunday 30 April, 9:00pm, Old Trafford

Everton Vs Chelsea

Sunday 30 April, 11:05pm, Goodison Park

Chelsea remain four points clear at the top of the English Premier League ladder, but they face a tricky assignment against Everton this weekend.

Winning away from home has not been an issue for Chelsea this season and they have won ten of their past 14 games as away favourites for a clear profit.

In saying that, winning at Goodison Park has been much easier said than done for visiting teams so far this season.

Everton have lost only one game in front of their home fans and they have won two of their five games as home underdogs for a profit.

The market looks to have got this game just about right, but there is value in the Total Goals betting market.

There have been four goals or more scored in four of the past five games played between these two sides and it would not surprise if this turned into a fairly high-scoring affair.

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.80

Middlesbrough Vs Manchester City

Sunday 30 April, 11:05pm, Riverside Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Arsenal

Monday 1 May, 1:30am, White Hart Lane

This may be the most important North London Derby in recent memory.

Tottenham Hotspur remain four points behind Chelsea in the English Premier League title race and desperately need to take the three points from this clash to keep their title hopes alive.

It is Tottenham that will go into this clash as clear favourites and they have been an extremely reliable betting play in this scenario.

They have won 14 of their past 17 games as home favourites and go into this clash on the back of seven impressive wins.

Arsenal have bounced back in recent weeks and they look to have taken a massive morale boost from qualifying for FA Cup Final.

The Gunners have not won a North London Derby since 2014 and they have not won any of their five games as away underdogs so far this season.

This is a huge moment for Mauricio Pochettino and the entire Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and I believe that they will be up for the challenge.

Back Tottenham Hotspur To Win @ $1.85

Watford Vs Liverpool

Tuesday 2 May, 5:00am, Vicarage Road

This is a crucial game for Liverpool as they battle for a top four finish.

These have been the games that Liverpool have struggled with throughout the English Premier League season, but they will still start this clash as clear favourites.

Liverpool have won seven of their past 13 games as away favourites for a narrow profit and they were able to dismantle Watford earlier this season.

Watford are another side that are already looking towards the summer holidays and they were extremely poor against Hull City last weekend.

The Hornets have saved their best form for Vicarage Road this season and they have won three of their past seven games as home underdogs for a clear profit.

Watford are a genuine chance of scoring another scalp here and I am gambling that they can cosign Liverpool to another very disappointing defeat.

Back Watford To Win @ $5.50