Premier League Weekend Betting Preview
This weekend constitutes the penultimate game week for some Premier League teams, whilst others have just matches games left. One side you can’t keep out of the headlines at the moment is Liverpool, and they’re once again involved in the standout fixture of the weekend as they take on top-four rivals Chelsea.
This is something of a Champions League showdown, with The Blues really needing a win to keep their elite European dreams alive – the Europa League won’t do. They’ve pulled themselves back into the race in recent weeks with some gritty wins. Sitting five points behind Tottenham and six behind Liverpool, three points would really put the pressure on the two sides sitting just ahead of them.
Recent results between these two, and their league form, would suggest that the home side could struggle. They drew their last league home match with strugglers West Ham, and lost the match before that to heated London rivals Tottenham. They’ve also been beaten by Liverpool at home in the last two seasons.
Nevertheless, the fans at the Bridge will know the importance of this clash, so there’s bound to be a lot of positive energy around the stadium – especially seeing as their side have won their last three league matches by a goal.
You get the feeling they actually have a chance of doing the same on Sunday afternoon. Jurgen Klopp’s men have played a lot of football recently, with their Champions League run as tiring as it is exciting. They’ve had a couple of surprise league draws in recent weeks, including with strugglers West Brom and Stoke, albeit with Klopp naming numerous changes.
Backing a home win is definitely a tempting bet therefore – a desperate-for-a-win Chelsea side will go full throttle against a Liverpool team that played midweek. The Blues showed against Barcelona earlier in the season that they can tactically outplay strong attacking opposition, so odds of 63/50 with Marathon Bet on a home win look a decent bet.
Another extremely important match at the other end of the table is Stoke’s clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday. The away side have managed to haul themselves out of the relegation battle last minute thanks to a couple of vital wins and a three-game unbeaten run. The Potters meanwhile just can’t seem to hold a lead, and look seriously in danger of going down after failing to win in 12 Premier League matches.
Palace have won on two of their last three visits to the Bet365 stadium and could land a fatal blow to the Potters’ survival hopes. They blew Leicester away last weekend with their attacking prowess. Wilfried Zaha – who was arguably April’s Player Of The Month – has been so dangerous going forward, and you can find him as an anytime scorer at 23/10 with Unibet.
Whilst the home fans are going to really get behind their side, their side’s form combined with Palace’s ability to counter with speed suggests that they won’t be heading home happy. They’ve drawn their last three matches, but Palace’s increased morale and form – and their desire to confirm their safety – should see them to victory. Back an away win at 7/5 with Paddy Power.
Another match to have consequences at both ends of the table is West Brom’s meeting with Tottenham. A win would almost secure the London club’s return to the Champions League next season, and in turn relegate The Baggies. In fact, anything other than three points would see the home side relegated.
Interim boss Darren Moore has breathed new life into the Midlands club. They’re on a four-match league unbeaten run, earning eight points from a possible 12. Spurs meanwhile got back to winning ways against Watford on Monday night, but weren’t convincing in doing so at all. They’ve definitely lost their flow from earlier in the season, and haven’t really looked the same since beating Chelsea on April 1.
The home side haven’t beaten their London opponents at the Hawthorns since 2008, but have also only lost one of their last four meetings between these two there. Considering they’ve recently beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford and taken a draw at home to Liverpool, don’t be surprised if they can frustrate an out-of-form Spurs side.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will likely have more of the ball, but they’ve also given away plenty of chances in recent weeks, and look sluggish going forward. Moore’s side know this is their final chance to safe themselves, so an upset is on the cards. You can find a home win at 7/1 with Betfair, but a more likely outcome is what neither of the sides really wants – a draw. Back the teams to share the points at 4/1 with Betfred.
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