After a fast and frenetic fortnight with seemingly non-stop football, we return to a standard Premier League weekend with all ten teams in action this weekend.
There was a time when a late April meeting between Arsenal and Manchester United would have decisive implications on the Premier League title race however when the meet Monday morning (AEST) it will be the third act in Arsene Wenger’s farewell tour.
The Frenchman will have a chance to farewell his one time and possibly still current nemesis in Jose Mourinho in what is easily the match of the round.
We have previews and predictions for all ten Premier League fixtures ahead.
Liverpool Vs Stoke
Saturday 28 April, 9:30pm, Anfield
In between two Champions League ties, you could almost forgive Liverpool if their focus is not at 100% when Stoke pay them a visit.
While a win would not secure a top four finish, it would just about do that and you would back them in having won four in a row against Stoke and six of their last seven.
The only thing that gives cause for concern about this game is how strong Liverpool’s starting side will be and with that in mind, I am steering clear of this game.
Newcastle Vs West Bromwich Albion
Sunday 29 April, 12:00am, St James’ Park
West Brom are doing their best to prolong what feels like their inevitable relegation getting two draws and a win from their last three matches.
Any dropped points against Newcastle and that will confine them to at least next season in The Championship.
Newcastle have taken points in four of the last five meetings between these sides including November’s 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns.
This has the look and feel of a game that ends with West Brom having their drop confirmed.
Back Newcastle to Win @ $1.75
Southampton Vs Bournemouth
Sunday 29 April, 12:00am, St Mary’s Stadium
Bournemouth has been a profitable opponent for Southampton over the last few seasons, winning two and drawing two of the five meetings.
It is the perfect opponent for the Saints as they seek to stave off relegation and build on last week’s draw with Leicester.
Not to mention Bournemouth’s confidence will be dented after back to back losses against Manchester United and Liverpool.
With nothing else to play for Southampton have to go for it in this game as they try and pull off a great escape and that desperation will be the difference here.
Back Southampton to Win @ $1.70
Crystal Palace Vs Leicester
Sunday 29 April, 12:00am, Selhurst Park
Palace are all but safe having gone unbeaten in their last three matches but could stand to pick up another point or two to put it beyond doubt.
Leicester come to town winless in three and are really struggling to score in that time too.
The market on this game looks about right to me and I am going to steer clear of it.
Burnley Vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Sunday 29 April, 12:00am, Turf Moor
Burnley’s top six push has taken a bit of a hit in their last two matches picking up just one point in those games.
Brighton have not won since they beat Arsenal on March 4 drawing twice and losing three times as they limp to the finish line.
Keeping goals out has been a big issue in that streak, having let in at least one goal in every Premier League game in 2018.
Burnley are not the most free flowing team but they should be able to find a goal or two in this match.
Back Burnley to Win @ $2.20
Huddersfield Vs Everton
Sunday 29 April, 12:00am, Kirklees Stadium
Both teams enter this game off pressure relieving wins.
Huddersfield are all but safe as they opened up a six point gap on 18th placed Southampton but another win would ease any remaining nerves.
Everton on the other hand took some of the pressure off Sam Allardyce with their win over Newcastle.
This has the makings of a draw as both sides come in with a slightly cagey approach and try their utmost to avoid defeat.
Back the Draw @ $3.00
Swansea Vs Chelsea
Sunday 29 April, 2:30am, Liberty Stadium
At a time when points are critical for Swansea, they will not be too happy to see a Chelsea side finding some encouraging form coming to town.
With an eye still on possibly stealing fourth place from Tottenham, Chelsea need a win to keep the pressure on.
The last two meetings between these sides at the Liberty Stadium have produced favourable results for Swansea with a win and a draw plus 21 of their 33 points this season have come at this venue.
Chelsea though are still a better side and have Olivier Giroud to call on when they need a critical goal at the moment and he will be a big factor in this match.
Back Olivier Giroud Anytime Goalscorer @ $2.40
West Ham Vs Manchester City
Sunday 29 April, 11:15pm, Olympic Park
Some late season matches have plenty of meaning, while others carry the feeling of a dead rubber, this falls into the latter of those two categories.
Manchester City are the Champions and are embarking on a victory tour, while West Ham are a point or two off securing Premier League safety for another season.
City have won four in a row in this fixture including a couple of demolition jobs last season.
West Ham have scored in their last four matches and I would not be surprised if they can catch City on the break but even if they do score, City will still extend their winning run.
Back Manchester City to Win and Both Teams to Score @ $2.75
Manchester United Vs Arsenal
Monday 30 April, 1:30am, Old Trafford
Arsene Wenger’s last match as Arsenal boss at the Theatre of Dreams might not have the ceremony some imagine it should as this contest comes not even 72 hours after their Europa League Semi Final.
Mourinho would love to have one last chance to sink the boot into a rival that he has, by and large had a major advantage over.
Arsenal have been poor on the road this season and even with the circumstances of this match it is hard to see them getting up for this game when they clearly have higher priority matches surrounding this game.
I expect both teams to be able to score at some point during the match but United will have too much with Arsenal playing a weakened squad.
Back Manchester United to Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.15
Tottenham Vs Watford
Tuesday 1 May, 5:00am, Wembley Stadium
Tottenham might just be producing their famous April collapse once more, drawing with Brighton and losing their FA Cup Semi Final to Manchester United.
Even so their opponents this week are experiencing a genuine downward spiral as they have picked up a meagre two points from their last five outings.
Watford held Tottenham to a draw in December but were playing much better football at that time and before that had lost their last seven matches against them and this match has the look of being closer to the seven Tottenham victories than the one draw.
This would be the perfect opportunity for another one of those “Harry Kane claims a goal” jokes but I’ll just play a straight bat here and say I think he is in for a big night.
Back Harry Kane to Outscore the Opposition @ $2.15
There are now only three weeks left in the English Premier League season and Chelsea continue to edge closer to the title.
They face Middlesbrough on Tuesday morning, while title rivals Tottenham are in action against West Ham on Saturday morning.
It isn’t only the title race that is on in earnest as teams jockey for position right throughout the English Premier League and you can find our complete 2016/2017 EPL Week 36 tips below.
West Ham United Vs Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday 6 May, 5:00am, Olympic Stadium
Tottenham remain in the English Premier League title race, but this is a game that they desperately need to win to have any chance whatsoever.
Their unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Chelsea in the FA Cup Semi-Final, but their form in the English Premier League continues to be flawless and they scored a very important win over Arsenal last weekend.
They have won seven of their past 12 games as away favourites for a clear profit and they have not conceded a goal in their past four EPL games.
West Ham have won just one of their past eight games and their two most recent performances have been incredibly uninspiring 0-0 draws.
They have only won one of their past seven games as home underdogs and they are a side that are clearly looking for the end of the season.
Tottenham should win this game comfortably and keep West Ham scoreless in the process.
Back Tottenham To Win To Nil @ $2.50
Manchester City Vs Crystal Palace
Saturday 6 May, 9:30pm, Etihad Stadium
It has been a very uninspiring end to the English Premier League season for Manchester City and they are now in danger of falling out of the top four.
They have failed to win their past two games – including a very poor effort against Middlesbrough – but they will still start this clash as clear favourites.
Manchester City have won only eight of their past 17 games as home favourites for a clear loss and they are incredibly tough to trust from a betting standpoint.
Crystal Palace head into this clash on the back of a disappointing loss to Burnley, but they are a side that have saved their best performances for the best teams in the competition.
They have won six of their past 16 games as away underdogs for a big profit and have recorded wins over both Arsenal and Liverpool in the past month.
I am willing to take the gamble on Crystal Palace and they are great value to come away from this clash with at least a point.
Back Crystal Palace And Draw Double Chance @ $3.75
Bournemouth Vs Stoke City
Sunday 7 May, 12:00am, Goldsands Stadium
Bournemouth have won two games on the trot and will go into this clash as clear favourites.
Bournemouth have flown under the radar somewhat in the past couple of months, but they have done well to drag themselves out of trouble and into the top ten.
The Cherries have won six of their past ten games as home favourites and their recent form at home has been particularly impressive.
Stoke City were one of the first teams in the English Premier League that looked as though they were done with this season and they have played accordingly in recent weeks.
Winning away from home has been a huge issue and they have recorded just the one win from their past 16 games as away underdogs.
Bournemouth are always tough to beat in front of their home fans and should be able to get the job done.
Back Bournemouth To Win @ $2.15
Burnley Vs West Bromwich Albion
Sunday 7 May, 12:00am, Turf Moor
West Bromwich Albion have lost four games in a row and it is Burnley that will go into this clash as favourites.
Burnley scored their first away win of the season against Crystal Palace last weekend and they will fancy their chances at home against West Brom.
Backing Burnley at home has been an incredibly profitable betting play in the English Premier League this season and they have won two of their three games as home favourites.
It has been well over a month since West Bromwich Albion scored an English Premier League goal, but they remarkably still sit in eighth position on the EPL table.
The Baggies have won only three of their past 16 games as away underdogs and it is clear that they are another team that are done with this season.
There is simply no reason to stop backing Burnley when they play in front of their home fans.
Back Burnley To Win @ $2.15
Hull City Vs Sunderland
Sunday 7 May, 12:00am, The KC Stadium
Sunderland have already been relegated, but Hull City remain in genuine danger of going down.
They remain two points clear of Swansea City and they desperately need to win this game to have any chance of survival.
This will be just the sixth game they have started as favourites this season, but it is a position in which they have thrived – they have won four of their past five games in this scenario.
What has looked inevitable for the majority of the season finally became a reality last weekend when Sunderland were officially relegated from the top flight of English football.
They have won just two of their past 17 games as away underdogs and it is tough to see them winning another game this season.
Hull City have far more to play for and really should be able to get the job done.
Back Hull City To Win To Nil @ $2.25
Leicester City Vs Watford
Sunday 7 May, 12:00am, King Power Stadium
Leicester City have finished the English Premier League season with a wet sail and they are clear favourites to account for Watford this weekend.
Leicester City secured a rare win away from home when they beat West Bromwich Albion last weekend and there is plenty to suggest they can make it two wins on the trot.
The Foxes have won eight of their past 12 games as home favourites for a clear profit and their home form has been particularly impressive since the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.
Watford have produced two fairly uninspiring efforts in recent weeks and they have slipped from tenth position down to 13th.
The Hornets have been a profitable betting side as away underdogs this season, but they have won only three of their past 17 games in this scenario and they have been very tough to trust in recent weeks.
Leicester City should be able to cruise to another comfortable victory.
Back Leicester City To Win To Nil @ $2.63
Swansea City Vs Everton
Sunday 7 May, 2:30am, Liberty Stadium
This looks set to be one of the most competitive games of the weekend and there is very little between these two teams in betting.
Swansea City remain two points behind Hull City in the relegation zone and a win over Everton would do their chances of survival a big boost.
The Swans have won only one of their past eight games as away underdogs, but they will take plenty of confidence from the fact that they have not lost to Everton since 2014.
Everton were no match for Chelsea last weekend, but Swansea City are absolutely a big drop in quality.
Winning away from home has been somewhat of an issue for Everton this season and they have won only three of their ten games as away favourites for a clear loss.
This will be a very tense game for Swansea City and it is the draw that really stands out at the current quote of $3.30.
Back The Draw @ $3.30
Liverpool Vs Southampton
Sunday 7 May, 10:30pm, Anfield
Liverpool have struggled against Southampton in recent years, but they will still go into this clash at Anfield as clear favourites.
It has been an up and down season for Liverpool, but they desperately need to win this clash to ensure that they remain in the top four for another weekend.
They have proven to be tough to beat at home this season and they have won 12 of their past 17 games as home favourites for a narrow profit.
Southampton have struggled for consistency during their English Premier League campaign and they go into this clash on the back of an uninspiring draw with Hull City.
Winning away from home has been an issue for Southampton this season and they have won only one of their past eight games as away underdogs for a clear loss.
Liverpool should be able to get the job done, but there is no value at his current price and I am happy to stay out from a betting standpoint.
Arsenal Vs Manchester United
Monday 8 May, 1:00am, Emirates Stadium
This is easily the match of the round and crucial for the top four aspirations of both sides.
Arsenal were simply no match for Tottenham last weekend, but they will still go into this clash as clear favourites.
The Gunners have proven tough to beat in front of their home fans this season and they have won 12 of their past 15 games as home favourites for a clear profit.
Manchester United will be on the quick back-up from their Europa League clash with Celta and their recent form in the English Premier League has been somewhat up and down.
The Red Devils are yet to win a game as away underdogs this season, but they have been able to take a point from two of their games in this scenario.
This game has all the makings of a low-scoring draw and the $3.50 that is currently on offer for the draw does represent nice value.
Back The Draw @ $3.50
Chelsea Vs Middlesbrough
Tuesday 9 May, 5:00am, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea sit four points clear at the top of the English Premier League table and have the title at the mercy.
It should come as no surprise that they go into this clash with Middlesbrough as dominant favourites and it really is tough to see them getting beaten.
Chelsea have won 14 of their past 17 games as home favourites for a clear profit and they simply haven’t dropped points in games like this one all season long – outside of one aberration against Crystal Palace.
This is a massive game for Middlesbrough as they still sit six points away from safety and a loss would all but ensure that they are relegated.
They were able to take a point from their clash with Manchester City, but Chelsea are much stronger at the back and it is very tough to see Middlesbrough scoring.
Middlesbrough have won only one of their past 16 games as away underdogs and that doesn’t look like improving this weekend.
Back Chelsea To Win To Nil @ $1.67