Premier League Weekend Betting Preview – Week 17
There’s a full set of fixtures in the Premier League this weekend as teams look to achieve their campaign’s goals. The standout fixture, whilst perhaps not the most important, is Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal. The two Premier League giants have established quite a rivalry over the years, as have their respective managers, and Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will be looking to get one over the other one final time.
The Sunday afternoon fixture won’t have too much of an impact on the table – a win will help secure United’s place as vice champions of the 2017-18 season, while The Gunners are only really worried about the Europa League. That’s the London club’s only route into next season’s Champions League, while The Red Devils have all but guaranteed their place.
Getting straight to the point, the Manchester club are the favourites going into the match. They’ve got an impressive record at Old Trafford this season, losing only twice and conceding just eight goals – a league low. The Gunners meanwhile have won the majority of their points at home, and have struggled on the road this season losing an incredible nine times – only one less than relegation-threatened Stoke.
At home, United are unbeaten in ten league matches against Arsenal, and it’s to be expected for that run to continue. After a tough Thursday night clash with Atletico Madrid, the Gunners could be feeling the effects – and we could see a slow start to the match. We’re not expecting too much early action, so backing a 0-0 scoreline at half-time seems a decent bet at 2/1 with Boyle Sports.
If you fancy backing the full-time result too, then there’s very little value on backing a home win. For that reason, and for the fact that Arsenal have been finding a second wind in recent matches, back the match to be a draw at half-time and at full-time at 6/1 with Betfred.
A more interesting clash in terms of consequences on the table is Liverpool’s encounter with Stoke. The Potters are battling for their Premier League lives at the moment, and they really need a win. They’ll have been buoyed by West Brom’s result against The Reds last weekend, and knowing that Jurgen Klopp is likely to rest players again with their return leg to Italy upcoming.
One not so good omen for The Potters is the fact that Liverpool are undefeated in their last 19 home matches. They’ve also been winning at both half-time and full-time in their last four games at Anfield. The away side’s stats look equally demotivating for travelling fans – they’ve failed to win their last 12 away matches, and have won just one on the road all season.
Nevertheless, West Brom fans would have been equally as put off by their own side’s stats last weekend, so we really wouldn’t be overly surprised if this was a closer match than it suggests on paper. The fact that Liverpool have won their last three home league games to an aggregate 14-1 scoreline against Stoke, it’s not surprising that you can find odds of 53/10 for a draw with Marathon Bet.
Another important clash at both ends of the table is Chelsea’s match with Swansea. The Blues are hunting down London rivals Tottenham for a top four place, and they’ve been in really clinical form in recent weeks. The Swans meanwhile were completely dominated by Manchester City last week, losing 5-0 to the Premier League champions, leaving them just four points off the relegation zone.
Their home league form has been really impressive however under Carlos Carvalhal – they’re on a 5-game league unbeaten run at the Liberty Stadium, beating both Liverpool and Arsenal there in the process. Despite that, a confident bet can still be placed on the Blues to take all three points back to London.
Antonio Conte’s side have found another level of motivation and belief in recent weeks – one that is reminiscent of last season’s title-winning campaign, and one that genuinely believes they can catch rivals Tottenham. A win against Swansea will cut the difference to a mere two points before Spurs play on Monday night against Watford.
There’s barely any value on an away win, so instead go for Olivier Giroud to score – the striker has been in great scoring form of late, and netted an absolute stunner in their FA Cup semi-final match with Southampton last weekend. The France forward can be found as an anytime scorer at 7/5 with Paddy Power, or as the first scorer at 4/1 with Betfred.
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