Matchday 30: Match Previews and Betting Tips
Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 30
Premier League action returns this weekend after the international break for the World Cup qualifiers. There are some great games to look forward to. Chelsea will be looking to continue their unbeaten run against a struggling West Bromwich Albion side and our featured game is a great-looking clash between Arsenal & Liverpool. Join us as we preview all the games.
Match of the Day
Saturday’s big game is the clash between Arsenal v champions Liverpool. Arsenal are in ninth place and are four points behind visitors Liverpool. Klopp’s men could go as high as fifth in the table with a win to keep their European hopes alive.
- Venue: Emirates Stadium
- Saturday 3rd April 20:00
- Referee: Martin Atkinson
- Quick Glance OddsH: 21/10 D:27/10 A: 23/20
About the Game:
Arsenal is unbeaten in the last four games, winning North London derby 2 – 1 against Tottenham and beating Leicester City 3 – 1. They also came from three goals down to draw 3 – 3 with West Ham, so they will be in high spirits facing the defending Champions who don’t have all of their key players. The Gunners sit ninth on the table, nine points behind fourth-placed Chelsea but have another route to the Champions League if they win the Europa League. Alexander Lacazette is the team’s top scorer with eleven goals; he has scored in the last two consecutive league games and their 2 – 1 victory against the visitors last season at this stadium.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who managed twenty-two goals over the last two seasons, has so far managed just nine goals. Martin Odegaard has brought some spark to the side, scoring crucial goals in their wins against Olympiacos and Tottenham and played a huge role in their comeback against West Ham. The team that discovered the top four philosophy by their revolutionary manager Arsene Wenger haven’t played in Europe’s top competition since he left the club. They are finding it hard to occupy the fourth position that was once accustomed to. They won the community shield against their weekend opposition on penalties. Arsenal beat Liverpool here last season 2 – 1, but the Reds were weary as they had already won the league when they faced each other.
Liverpool has come from winning the Champions League, to win the Premier League, to scrambling to qualify for the Champions League. They have played for most of the season without their key players plagued with a serious injury crisis. This season’s frailties have highlighted the lack of depth and overreliance on a first eleven by Jurgen Klopp. Diogo Jota, who scored the only goal in the 1 – 0 win against Wolves and was also on target for his national side in the international break, continues his impressive form.
The Reds have had a poor home run coming immediately after the impressive sixty-eight games losing the last five consecutive home games. They are in better form on the road, winning four and losing just one of the last five games on the travel. Roberto Firmino is the man to watch, having scored eight goals in the last eleven games against Arsenal, but has only managed one goal at the Emirates Stadium. Mohammed Salah is the top scorer with seventeen goals. Liverpool has won four of their five games in London, the most in the Premier League season and will be aiming for a first win at Arsenal since August 2016.
Prediction: Liverpool win, BTTS.
Rest of the Premier League Games
Coming up are our previews and Premier League betting tips for all the rest of the weekend’s action.
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Saturday3rd April 12:30
- Referee: David Coote
- Quick Glance OddsH:1/5 D: 11/2 A: 14/1
About the Game:
Chelsea is on a magical managerial bounce that has seen the Stamford Bridge team unbeaten in the last fourteen games, winning ten and drawing four. The Blues beat Atletico Madrid over two legs to qualify for the last eight of the Champions League and booked a place in the FA Cup’ semi-finals by beating Sheffield United 2 – 0. They have an impressive record against their visitors, unbeaten in the last seven (five wins, two draws). They have the best defensive record and will hope to register a sixth consecutive shut out at home under a new manager. They sit fourth that would guarantee an automatic slot in the elite competition, and so far, it feels the German has won the hearts of the fans. Kai Havertz has struggled to make an impact under the new manager appearing in three of the first eight. However, he has acquired a new false nine role that has revived his potential and has played all ninety minutes of the last two matches, providing an assist in their 2 – 0 win against Everton. He scored an assisted for during the international break. There will also be a lot of interest in Havertz’s German teammate, Timo Werner; the 25-year-old was guilty of a horror miss in Germany’s shock 2-1 defeat against North Macedonia.
West Brom has not won against Chelsea in the last seven games (five defeats, two draws). They will, however, be fresher than their hosts, with most of their players rested after not featuring during the international break. Regardless of their opponents’ great form, Chelsea doesn’t have the fiercest attacking force and has not scored more than two goals in all games under Tuchel. Albion themselves have netted just twenty goals in the last twenty-nine games. One Baggies player worth keeping an eye on is Callum Robinson as all the three league goals he has scored have come against the Blues. West Brom suffered a 1 – 0 loss against Crystal Palace to leave them ten points from safety in their last league game. They have been hard to break down, conceding only one first-half goal in five outings.
Prediction: Chelsea 2 West Bromwich Albion 0
- Venue: Elland Road
- Saturday 3rd April 15:00
- Referee: Graham Scott
- Quick Glance OddsH: 1/2 D: 333/100 A: 11/2
About the Game:
Patrick Bamford, who missed out on an England call-up, has scored the opening goal in six different games this season, more than any other player. Leeds United forty-five goals are the most of any promoted side at this stage. They have, however, been inconsistent and lacking ambition as a side, content with their tally of points and safe from the drop. They beat Fulham 2 – 1 after a goalless performance against Chelsea. Bamford was on target to take his tally to fourteen as the fourth-best scorer and their new emerging star Raphinha to stay thirteen points off eighteenth place. The Bielsa’s burnout effect is well documented in the decorated manager’s career in Atletico Bilbao, Olympique de Marseille, with Leeds themselves feeling the effect of playing high octane football. They have the fifth-worst defence conceding forty-seven goals in twenty-nine, averaging 1.62 goals per game.
Sheffield United are a shell of last season’s excellence but have a good record against Leeds United, looking for a third consecutive win against their hosts. The Blades have been blunt in the attack, scoring just sixteen goals which is the lowest tally in the division. Playing Championship football is almost certain for the side, but they will want to put in a good performance against their local rivals in this one with Yorkshire pride at stake. When Chris Wilder departed, there was a fear that they had thrown the towel following a 5 – 0 thumping by Leicester City. They did, however, give a good account of themselves in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, ultimately losing 2-0 to Chelsea, but it was a spirited performance. Chelsea only made sure of the victory with a goal from Hakim Ziyech in injury time. Interim manager Paul Heckingbottom could enhance his chances of getting the job permanently with a win against their neighbours here.
Prediction: Leeds win, BTTS, no.
- Venue: King Power Stadium
- Saturday 3rd April 17:30
- Referee: Paul Tierney
- Quick Glance OddsH: 5/1 D: 16/5 A: 8/15
About the Game:
The Foxes have proved serious opposition against Manchester City, demolishing them 5 – 2 in the reverse game in this fixture and will be determined to do their first-ever double against the League leaders. They boast two wins in the last five league games, beating Brighton 2-1 and an easy 5-0 win against relegation-threatened Sheffield United. They followed up the two league victories with a 3 – 1-win FA Cup quarter-final win against Manchester United. Veteran striker Jamie Vardy’s has scored nine times in eleven games against City, including a hattrick in that 5-2 win in September. Vardy is on twelve goals and seven assists, but the goals have dried up for the 2015-16 Premier League winner; his last goal was scored in the 3-1 win against Liverpool in February. However, he did create two goals in Leicester’s 5-0 win over Sheffield United. Kelechi Iheanacho has scored seven goals in the last four games, netting twice against Man United in the FA Cup triumph. His partnership with Vardy should fill the void of missing Harvey Barnes and James Maddison in their ranks.
The Citizens were on an incredible run of fourteen consecutive Premier League wins, a new record, before losing 2-0 at the Etihad against Manchester United at the beginning of March. Their away record is excellent, conceding just eight goals all season and last tasting defeat on their travels in November, losing 2-0 to Tottenham. They are on the quest for a historic quadruple with a final against Tottenham in the EFL Cup, a semi-final date with Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in the FA Cup, fourteen points clear at the Premier League summit, and favourites to win the Champions League. They will be looking for revenge against the side that gave them their heaviest defeat of the season. Since the United defeat, City has played twice in the league, beating Southampton 5-2 and a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage against Fulham. Sergio Aguero announced his retirement at the end of the season with a statue set to be built for the legend as the best scoring foreign player despite managing just one goal this season. The fourth top goal scorer in the Premier League only has the Champions League missing in his CV and will be determined to go all the way.
Prediction: Manchester City win, BTTS, yes.
- Venue: St Marys’ Stadium
- Sunday 4th April 12:00
- Referee: Andre Marriner
- Quick Glance OddsH: 11/10 D: 11/5 A: 11/4
About the Game:
The Saints can complete the double against Burnley for the first time since 1970-71. However, their defence has been a shambles, conceding fifty-one goals, the second-highest total in the Premier League. St. Mary’s will be the venue for the two sides tied on points and goal difference, seven points from safety. Both sides might be content with a draw, but with the players at Southampton, anything less than three points will be viewed as a disappointment. They have Danny Ings (eight goals) in their ranks and Che Adams (seven goals) with James Ward Prowse, who was impressive for England in the international break, on seven goals and five assists. Ralph Hasenhuttl men eased into the FA Cup semi-final, beating Bournemouth 3 – 0 in their last match. The FA Cup win was a welcome distraction from their league form, a poor run of ten defeats in twelve that features just one win against the league’s bottom club, Sheffield United. They have had an eye for goal scoring eight in the last four games.
Since June last year, Burnley will be eyeing back to back wins in the Premier League for the first time, with the club hoping to build on a surprise 2-1 win at Goodison Park against Everton. The Everton win aside, the Clarets are in poor form, a 3-0 win away at Crystal Palace in February, their only other win in six. In their last ten, they have won two, drawn five and lost three. Chris Woods is likely to be the danger man for Burnley; his six goals have been worth nine points this season, the most since he earned them since the twelve his goals earned in the 2017-18 season. The 29-year-old scored in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal and also opened the scoring in the 2-1 win at Everton, ending a barren spell with his last goal before those being in January in the 3-2 win against Aston Villa. Matej Vydra has started the last five games compared to just four starts in twenty-four; the Czech international scored against Leicester City and assisted against Everton. He created five chances and shot nine, with eight coming inside the box will be a serious threat in front of the goal. With Ashley Barnes a doubt for this game, Vydra could partner Woods.
Prediction: A frustrating draw.
- Venue: St James’ Park
- Sunday 4th April 14:05
- Referee: Craig Pawson
- Quick Glance OddsH: 9/2 D: 3/1 A: 3/5
About the Game:
The Magpies have conceded in eleven home games this season, more than any other side. They face a tough opponent who they have lost to in five of the last six at St James’ Park in all competitions. However, while Tottenham has enjoyed success here, manager Jose Mourinho has not generally enjoyed the trip to Tyneside. Last season’s 3-1 win was his first-ever away victory over Newcastle after failing to win any of the last seven visits (three draws, four defeats). Steve Bruce has survived calls for his sacking during the international break, but the pressure will still be on him if their winless run goes on. A 3 – 0 defeat to Brighton meant they had gone six matches without a victory, managing just two wins in the last eighteen games. The tide against the drop could overwhelm them with games against Tottenham, in—form West Ham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City in the run of the next seven games. They are further hindered by injuries to Isaac Hayden and their best player this season, Callum Wilson (ten-goal, five assists).
Harry Kane has forty-three-goal involvements (twenty-seven goals, sixteen assists) in forty matches this season which is just two short of his career-best (forty-one goals, four assists) in the 2017/18 season. Spurs have a realistic chance to finish in the top four but need to be ruthless in the final third of the season, knowing they cannot afford any slip-ups in their upcoming game. The memories of their Europa League elimination by Dinamo Zagreb will still be fresh in their minds, letting their opponents overturn a two-goal first-leg advantage. They bounced back well in the league with a 2 – 0 win against Aston Villa, with Kane and Carlos Vinicius on target. Lucas Moura was rested during the international break and could be key in this fixture after assisting Vinicius’s goal and having a hand in Kane’s penalty in their last game. The Brazilian opened the scoring the last time the two sides met but gave away a late penalty to share the spoils 1 – 1 at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium. Heung Min Son hasn’t scored in seven league games would have a chance to add to his thirteen goals and nine assists.
Prediction: Tottenham win, BTTS, no.
- Venue: Villa Park
- Sunday 4th April 16:30
- Referee: Anthony Taylor
- Quick Glance OddsH: 5/4 D: 23/10 A: 23/10
About the Game:
Aston Villa is the strongest of the two sides and would be hopeful of completing a league double over Fulham for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Their strength this season has been their defence, keeping fourteen clean sheets, including eleven shutouts in their twelve victories. Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has been impressive since making his move from Arsenal. Villa has gone four games without a win, losing two and drawing two. They scored just a single goal in March’s entirety in their 1 – 1 draw against Newcastle. The absence of captain and their best player, Jack Grealish, who has six goals and ten assists to his name, takes a toll on the side. Manager Dean Smith will be encouraged to see his captain in training, though it could be a risk to bring him back early as they sit comfortable tenth fifteen points from safety. However, Europe is still not completely out of the question; they are eight points away from West Ham in fifth and have a game-in-hand over the Hammers.
Fulham is unbeaten in the last eight Premier League away games, a record sequence for them in the top flight. Their problems have been in front of goal, with the lowest top scorer in the division, Bobby De Cordova-Reid bagging just five goals. They lost 3 – 0 at Craven Cottage in the reverse of this fixture and will be well aware of the attacking threat they will be facing in Villa. They don’t have the attacking prowess to outscore opponents, so they could capitalise on the defence if they are to have any chance at Villa Park. Their home form is undermining Scott Parker’s side’s chances of staying in the Premier League; they have won just two (2-0 West Brom and 1-0 Sheffield United) in sixteen games they have played at home. In their last three home games, they lost against Tottenham, Manchester City and Leeds. In their last game against Leeds, Joachim Andersen scored his first-ever goal for the club, but Fulham conceded in both halves to lose 2 – 1. They have been involved in seven draws on their travels, and only two of their away games have been settled by more than a one-goal margin. They are now two points behind Newcastle in 17th place but have played a game more than their rivals.
Prediction: A 1-1 draw.
- Venue: Old Trafford
- Sunday 4th April 19:30
- Referee: Mike Dean
- Quick Glance OddsH: 61/100 D: 3/1 A: 9/2
About the Game:
Manchester United are on a good run of form in the league and are undefeated in their last nine games and have tasted defeat just once in the last twenty-three games. They are hard to beat because of the improvements in defence, keeping a clean sheet in their last four league games. They face Brighton, who will be hoping to win three consecutive league games for the first time since October 2018. A worry for United fans is that their team often struggles against the ‘lesser teams’; proof of this is United’s last defeat, a 2-1 defeat by Sheffield United at Old Trafford in January. Although United are on a long unbeaten run in the league, draws have been their downfall, drawing seven games out of the last fifteen. They were also knocked out of the FA Cup before the international break, soundly beaten 3-1 by Leicester City. Bruno Fernandes has three goals and one assist in two matches against Brighton and will likely be the danger man in this fixture. Anthony Martial could return to the starting line-up as Marcus Rashford had to sit out England’s games through injury; Mason Greenwood is also a doubt.
Brighton will regret losing the reverse game in this fixture 3 – 2 after dominating the game for long periods. They struck the post five times and had a spot-kick overturned in that game and thought they had secured a vital point, Solly March scoring after 95 minutes to make it 2-2. However, after the referee had blown his whistle for full-time, VAR told Chris Kavanagh to review a potential handball against Neal Maupay. The penalty was awarded and converted by Bruno Fernandes with the last kick of the game, incredibly harsh on the Seagulls. After losing four in five games, recent form has been better, beating Southampton 2-1 away and hammering Newcastle 3-0. They do have a tough run of fixtures coming up; after United, they play Everton and Chelsea before a huge game against Sheffield United. They currently sit in 14th, six points clear of Fulham in 18th, and they also have a game-in-hand over the Cottagers. Their last three games of this season are tough; they face West Ham, Manchester City and Arsenal in the final three games. They do have surprises in them, though, having beaten Tottenham and Liverpool since the turn of the year.
Prediction: Manchester United win.
- Venue: Goodison Park
- Monday 5th April 18:00
- Referee: Kevin Friend
- Quick Glance OddsH: 4/5 D: 23/10 A: 4/1
About the Game:
Carlo Ancelotti’s side will have needed the international break more than any other side, a chance to regroup after losing their last two league games and losing in the FA Cup quarter-finals against Manchester City. The defeats in the league by Chelsea and Burnley has seen the Toffees drop down to eighth, three points behind West Ham in 5th and five points away from Chelsea in 4th. Plagued by inconsistency, Everton has struggled since they went top of the table in October to not go four games without losing since then. They have lost four of the last seven games, gaining fourteen points from the available thirty-three. Top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin is likely to be highly motivated; the 24-year-old was on international duty with England and scored a brace in the Three Lions 5-0 win over San Marino.
Crystal Palace earned a vital 1 – 0 win against West Brom in their last Premier League game, bouncing back from a heavy 4 – 1 defeat to Spurs. The win against West Brom means they are in 12th, eleven points clear of Fulham in 18th. With such a gap, they should be safe, which is good news as they have a nightmare run of fixtures, including Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester City, Arsenal, and the champions Liverpool on the final day. They have a dismal record against Everton, losing in their last three consecutive travels to Goodison Park. The return of Wilfred Zaha, who has nine goals to his name, makes them a stronger prospect, but the return of James Rodriguez could also strengthen the hosts so the two may cancel each other out. Roy Hodgson is an expert in avoiding the drop and has kept the Eagles afloat since he joined in 2017. The Palace board will be delighted with midtable obscurity this season and will already be bracing themselves for the transfer rumours that will undoubtedly surround Wilfred Zaha in the close season.
Prediction: Everton win, BTTS, no.
- Venue: Molineux Stadium
- Monday 5th April 20:15
- Referee: Michael Oliver
- Quick Glance OddsH: 187/100 D:11/5 A: 31/20
About the Game:
Wolves have lost just one of the last eight home matches against West Ham, winning five and drawing twice. They are a tough nut to crack at home despite facing an exciting attacking side. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side enjoyed European football last season, but it’s now the Hammers turn with a clear shot to qualify for the Europa League. Wolves have failed to hit the heights of last season in an injury-plagued season but are still nine points from safety. They have a comfortable fixture against Sheffield United, Fulham, Burnley, Brighton, and West Brom, all games they have a realistic opportunity to earn points in. Raul Jimenez, who suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal, is improving well, but this game is too early for him to make his much-anticipated return to the side. Portuguese youngster Pedro Neto will be the focal point up front; the 21-year-old has five goals and five assists in twenty-eight starts.
Jesse Lingard has rekindled his career with West Ham, averaging a goal every eighty-eight minutes. His resurgence earned him a precious call up to the England squad after a poor 2020 in which he failed to score or assist. They sit fifth, just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and can even qualify for the Champions League. Although it is incredibly tight in the table, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are all breathing down their neck, and just three points are the difference between 8th and 5th. West Ham’s main issue is consistency; in the last five, they have lost two, won two and drew their last game, a 3-3 with Arsenal. In that last game, they squandered a three-goal lead. They have a good record against teams in the bottom half, with nine wins and four draws only losing to Newcastle United.
Prediction: West Ham win, over 2.5.
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|Arsenal v Liverpool||Liverpool to win||23/20||2.05|
|Chelsea v West Bromwich||Chelsea to win||2/9||2.62|
|Leeds United v Sheffield United||Leeds to win||1/2||3.94|
|Newcastle United v Tottenham||Tottenham to win||3/5||6.3|
|Everton v Crystal Palace||Everton to win||3/4||11.03|
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