2017/2018 EPL Week 35 Preview

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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