Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips, Matchday 32
Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 32
Due to the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend, Premier League fixtures are spread over six days, giving us a daily fix of top-flight action. There are some great games to look forward to including Everton v Tottenham, Newcastle v West Ham and we could see the first relegation of the season if Sheffield United fail to beat Wolves.
Match of the Day
The weekend gets off to a great start with Friday night’s clash between Everton v Tottenham. Games between these two sides often produce goals, and with both clubs desperate for points to enhance their chances of playing in Europe next season, it should be an entertaining encounter.
- Venue: Goodison Park
- Friday 16th April 20:00
- Referee: Michael Oliver
- Quick Glance Odds H: 9/4 D:5/2 A: 6/5
About the Game:
Everton will aim to complete a double against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League weekend’s opening fixture. An often high-scoring encounter with the last four meetings at Goodison Park yielding twenty-two goals, eight for the Toffees and fourteen for Spurs. The Merseyside outfit won the nine-goal thriller in the FA Cup that had to go to extra time to end 5 – 4 the last time these two sides met. Carlo Ancelotti’s side has seen their top-four aspirations fade over the last month but can qualify for the Europa League. They are seven points behind fourth-placed West Ham, albeit with a game in hand, making their chances for a Champions League spot looking remote, but a top-six finish could be on the cards.
Their hopes are hindered, though, with a huge casualty list with the latest inclusion of Yerry Mina, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Bernard reduces their chances of getting a result in what is likely to be a high-intensity fixture. The absence of inspirational striker Calvert Lewin was felt against West Brom, with the side managing just one shot on target without him. They have won just 25% of their games without the England striker, a big drop from the 50% win-rate when he is involved. The goal scoring duties will fall to the impressive duo of James Rodríguez and Richarlison, who both have six goals in the league each.
Tottenham is unbeaten in the league against Everton in the last seven encounters at Goodison Park, winning three and drawing four. Harry Kane has scored ten goals in eleven games against their hosts, including six goals in his six appearances at Goodison. Heung-Min Son has had mixed fortunes in this venue, scoring a hat trick in December 2018 before being sent off 11 months later. Jose Mourinho side has won just once in four top-flight fixtures and lost 3 – 1 to Manchester United at their home stadium in their most recent game. They were outclassed in every aspect of the game despite scoring the opening goal; they conceded three goals in the second half.
This campaign is the first time the decorated Portuguese manager has lost ten games in a single season; he has seen his side drop eighteen points from winning positions this season and Jose Mourinho has often been criticised for his negative mindset with all the attacking options at his disposal. So far, they are a side depending on Kane and Son’s excellence but could still turn this around into a successful season if they secure a top-four finish and win the Carabao Cup. Although that is easier said than done as they are six points away from West Ham with seven left to play and face quadruple chasing Manchester City in the final of the cup later this month. The last game of the season could well decide their fate, a tricky trip to the King Power Stadium against third-placed Leicester City. A task made harder as Leicester should have their supporters in the ground for that match.
Prediction: Tottenham to win.
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: St James’ Park
- Saturday 17th April 12:30
- Referee: Kevin Friend
- Quick Glance Odds H:5/2 D: 5/2 A: 21/20
About the Game:
Callum Wilson has scored more Premier League goals (eight goals in nine games) against the Hammers than any other side. He even scored his first goal for his side in the reverse game of this fixture. The club’s top scorer was without football action in the last seven games, and his introduction, alongside Saint-Maximin, inspired the side to come from a goal down to win 2 – 1 in their last game against Burnley. What is remarkable about that result is that it was the first time Steve Bruce’s side have come from behind to win a game since he joined St. James’ Park as a manager. The Magpies have lost just two of their last sixteen Premier League home matches against West Ham, winning eight and drawing six. The 2 – 1 win and the three points gained means they have a six-point cushion over Fulham in 18th and ended a sequence that saw them go seven games without a win. Saint-Maximin, three goals and four assists, scored and assisted on his second game back from injury and could be the hero to lead his side to another season of top-flight football. They have kept just one clean sheet in the last ten games, that was against struggling West Brom.
David Moyes’s side has had a revolutionary turn around season after flirting with relegation last campaign, emerging as the best out of the rest this season. The Hammers are unbeaten in all twenty-two matches against the bottom half sides since Moyes returned (winning fourteen and drawing eight). They have scored the first three goals in the last three consecutive fixtures showing their sharpness in the attack led by Jesse Lingard. The Manchester United loanee has been inspirational for the Hammers scoring eight goals (one behind the club’s top scorer Tomas Soucek with nine goals) and four assists and has had two-goal involvements in each of the last three games. West Ham held on for a 3 – 2 win against Leicester City, the same scoreline they had against Wolves. Although prolific goalscorers at the moment, they are also conceding goals; they blew a three-goal cushion against Arsenal, and the game ended 3-3. Few are expecting West Ham to finish in the Champions League places, but they are only a point behind third-placed Leicester and have a very kind fixture schedule with only Chelsea and Everton in the top half of the table to play.
Prediction: West Ham win.
- Venue: Molineux Stadium
- Saturday 17th April 20:15
- Referee: Robert Jones
- Quick Glance Odds H: 33/50 D: 5/2 A: 19/4
About the Game:
Adama Traore has recovered from a run of thirty-five Premier League games and twenty-eight shots without a goal involvement by making an assist and scoring a goal in his last two appearances. The Spaniard scored an excellent solo goal late in additional time to secure his side a 1 – 0 win against struggling Fulham. After an indifferent season, Wolves could sneak into the top half of the table, although this will perhaps be little consolation after going into this season with high hopes after a 7th place finish last campaign. Wolves have had an injury-ravaged season, with the most notable absentee being Raul Jimenez, who suffered a fractured skull in the game against Arsenal in November. Pedro Neto, who has the best numbers (five goals, six assists) in the team’s goal involvement, has joined Jimenez on the sidelines, and he could be out for a long time with the club sending him to a knee specialist to arrange surgery. Willian Jose, who has been filling in for Raul Jimenez, was denied a maiden goal by VAR in the recent win. Manager Nuno Espirito Santo, has always been ambitious since their promotion but may well be forced to be satisfied with a midtable finish.
The Blades can only avoid early relegation with a win at Wolves, lying eighteen points from safety with 21 points available to play. If they lose, they become the first team to head back to the Championship, which is inevitable after a dismal season. Sheffield United are seeking just a second league win in fourteen games at the Molineux Stadium (six draws and six losses). They have scored a league-low seventeen goals this season despite having an expected goals(xG) total of 28.2, meaning they have scored eleven fewer goals than they should have managed. Their ever-rotating attacking duo has not helped without a definite attack at this point of the season. They have scored one goal in a run of five consecutive defeats in all competitions. They are left to play for pride and will hope to go down with a fight. They still have a couple of tough fixtures to play, with games against Tottenham and Everton yet to come.
Prediction: A score draw.
- Venue: Emirates Stadium
- Sunday 18th April 13:30
- Referee: Craig Pawson
- Quick Glance Odds H: 7/10 D: 14/5 A: 19/5
About the Game:
Alexandre Lacazette has been the spark for Arsenal with thirteen goals (five in the last six games), overtaking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the main goal threat, who has nine goals. In their 4 – 0 triumph against Slavia Prague in the Europa League in midweek, the Frenchman netted twice to overcome the Czech club after a rather disappointing 1 – 1 draw at the Emirates Stadium. Their captain, who is recovering from Malaria, managed twenty-two goals in the past two consecutive seasons but is far from his best this season. Both Aubameyang and Lacazette have found the net in all three Premier League matches against Fulham, each scoring four goals. The Gunners will have to recover from the Thursday Europa League trip that saw them qualify for the competition’s semi-finals. Realistically winning the Europa League is the Gunners best hope for Mikel Arteta’s side as they are in ninth place, six away from Liverpool in 6th and ten points shy of West Ham in fourth. They qualified for the Europa League by winning last year’s FA Cup and could face Manchester United in the final.
Fulham has lost the last three games against the Gunners by a score of 5 – 1, 4 – 1, and 3 – 0. The Cottages will be looking for their first win at Arsenal in any competition on their thirtieth attempt (five draws, twenty-four defeats). Aleksandra Mitrovic, the top scorer in the Championship last season, has three-goal and three assists in as many league games. After an inspiring spell in February, Scott Parker’s side has lost the last five consecutive game. They conceded late in added time against Wolves to deny them a precious point that could be a difference in the ever desperate relegation struggle. They have conceded eight of the last nine goals after the interval. All stats condemn Fulham to be among the relegated teams, and even an unlikely win here could be too little too late.
Prediction: Arsenal win.
- Venue: Old Trafford
- Saturday 18th April 16:00
- Referee: Jonathan Moss
- Quick Glance Odds H: 33/100 D: 17/4 A: 8/1
About the Game:
The Red Devils are in exciting form, unbeaten in the last sixteen Premier League road trips and winning the last four consecutive games. They have won against Man City and came from a goal down to beat Spurs 3 – 1 emphatically in the previous game. They have come from behind to win nine games so far this season. Mason Greenwood has scored in his last two league appearances, having netted just once in the last twenty-three outings this season. Edison Cavani produced a masterclass display in a quality performance against Jose Mourinho’s side now has two goals in his last three games. In English football history, Manchester United’s current 23-game unbeaten away from home is only bettered by Arsenals 27 game run in their ‘invincible’ season. United have gained twenty-eight points from losing positions this season, showing their impressive mentality. United was in action mid-week, beating Spanish club Granada 2-0 at Old Trafford in the Europa League, which saw them progress to the semi-finals. They face Roma in the next round and potentially Arsenal in the final.
Chris Wood can become the sixth player to score in three consecutive games at Old Trafford when the teams meet on Sunday. The 29-year-old is in great form, either assisting or scoring in each of his last four games. Burnley is seven points from safety with seven games left which means they could well be dragged into the relegation zone if they continue their current form of just one win in the last five, and they have lost the last two. A positive for Burnley fans is that the Clarets are unbeaten in the last four visits at Old Trafford, netting twice in each of the last three trips. They need to gain points to stop looking over their shoulder after not making the most of going ahead 2 – 0 against Southampton but still lost 3 – 2, and in their last game, they lost 2 – 1 to Newcastle. All Burnley’s past seven goals have come in the first half Chris Wood scoring three and assisting two. Matej Vydra has scored three goals in the last five games, as many as he did in the last fifty-three games.
Prediction: Chris Wood to score anytime, United win.
- Venue: Elland Road
- Monday 19th April 20:00
- Referee: Anthony Taylor
- Quick Glance Odds H: 7/2 D: 333/100 A: 33/50
About the Game:
Leeds United has conceded fifty-two goals in twenty-five Premier League games against Liverpool, more than any other opponent in their history and will be wary of the champions’ goal threat. In their last game, the Whites beat the league leaders Manchester City 2 – 1 with ten men in a Stuart Dallas inspired performance. It was a classic smash and grab against City, Dallas giving Leeds the lead after 42 minutes but the Yorkshire club were reduced to 10 men minutes later when captain Liam Cooper was sent off for Leeds. Leeds were forced to take off the club’s top scorer Patrick Bamford, and conceded an equaliser on 76 minutes. Although it looked like City’s dominance would produce a winner, Dallas scored his second in added time to claim the three points. Leeds have won many admirers with their style of play, and they could become the first side to beat the league leaders and the defending Champions. Leeds have scored more goals from outside the box than any other side this season with twelve goals. Marcelo Bielsa’s men can enjoy their football with safety assured, and that could spell danger for Liverpool.
Mohammed Salah is just one goal away from becoming the first Liverpool player to reach the landmark of twenty goals in three Premier League seasons. The Egyptian King has scored twenty-eight goals this season, his best return since bagging forty-four in the 2016-17 season. The Reds have won five of the last six away games and have won in their last four trips to Yorkshire. They have finally rediscovered their winning touch, especially the way they used to scrap out late minute winners in their title-winning season. The champions crashed out of Europe in mid-week, a 0-0 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League means that the league is Liverpool’s only route to Europe next season. They are three points behind fourth-placed West Ham and four behind third-placed Leicester City, setting up an exciting season finale for the European qualification. Liverpool play Manchester United at the beginning of next month, on paper their hardest game in a relatively easy run-in.
Prediction: A 2-2 draw.
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Tuesday 20th April 20:00
- Referee: Stuart Attwell
- Quick Glance Odds H: 4/7 D: 3/1 A: 5/1
About the Game:
The Blues have been impressive under their new manager conceding just two goals and keeping fourteen before the 5 – 2 meltdown against West Brom. Mason Mount has been in the pivot of the side, getting the best out of Kai Havertz scoring a goal and assisting in thr 4-1 win against Crystal Palace in their last league game. Kurt Zouma is the best scoring defender with five goals. The set-piece threat revolves around Mount, whose all four assists have come from set-pieces. Christian Pulisic is also finding his best form, netting a double in that win against Palace. Tammy Abraham is the team’s best scorer with six goals but can’t even get his name in the starting line-up under Thomas Tuchel. Chelsea have been occasionally accused of playing an overly defensive side with only three attackers but received a big boost in their last Premier League game, scoring four goals for the first time under the new coach. They will be full of confidence in their ability to qualify for next year’s Champions League; they suffered a 1-0 loss at home to Porto on Tuesday in the competition but progress to the semi-finals thanks to a 2-0 away win in the first leg. They face tough opposition in the semi-final, Liverpool’s conquerors, Real Madrid await, and they could play Manchester City in the final. Qualification via the league is still within their grasp; they are just a point behind West Ham, who they play in their next game.
Brighton has lost six and drawn one of the seven games they have played against Chelsea. They will be hoping to pick up on two consecutive wins, 2 – 1 against Southampton and 3 – 0 against Newcastle. They followed up an excusable 2 – 1 defeat to Manchester United and a goalless draw against Everton. Neal Maupay will be the player with the best tally in front of the goal with eight goals when the two sides meet with German Pascal Grob with six assists, the most prolific provider. This is perhaps the best time to face Chelsea, who will have played a competitive FA Cup semi-final encounter against Manchester City on Saturday after coming from their Champions League exploits. They have been one of the best sides this season and managed twenty-three shots against Everton, but were unable to find the net in the 0-0 draw. They can build up on the seven points from the last four games and need just three points to secure Premier League football next season. Their defence has kept a clean sheet in five of the eight games. Brighton has lost twenty points from winning positions this seasons.
Prediction: A draw.
- Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- Wednesday 21st April 18:00
- Referee: David Conte
- Quick Glance Odds H: 33/50 D: 3/1 A: 4/1
About the Game:
Jose Mourinho is failing to perform with all the toys he admired while on his ventures with Man United and Chelsea. The attack has been delivering magic. Harry Kane has nineteen goals and thirteen assists, while Son Heung Min has bagging fourteen goals and nine assists. The Portuguese defensive tactics have been outdone with time, with his failure to adapt to football’s dynamic nature taking a toll on his team in his third team in the Premier League. ‘The Special One has failed to replicate his glory days at Chelsea where he last won the title and now hasn’t seen much joy since then with his best achievement in the league a second-place finish with Man United. A successful season will be to qualify for European football and have a silverware shot in the League Cup but have a tough final against Manchester City. Anything less than three points will be catastrophic to their European quest, and they need to bounce back from the disappointing defeat to Man United.
Southampton has won two of the last five losing the other three. They have also won two in the last five games losing the other three. They are ten points safe; thus no reason to hit the panic button yet, but three teams between them and safety could drag them down if the teams in the red zone step up. Danny Ings is the man to watch with nine goals while James Ward Prowse showed his class during the international break for England national team. With the Euro coming up, the two will need to put a quality performance in such games hoping Gareth Southgate will be watching to increase their chances of playing for the three lions.
Prediction: Over 2.5 goals
- Venue: Villa Park
- Wednesday 21st April 20:00
- Referee: Peter Bankes
- Quick Glance Odds H: 7/1 D: 15/4 A: 9/25
About the Game:
Aston Villa has not found any joy against Man City, losing the last four consecutive games by two goals or more. They have scored just a single goal in the last five-game which came in this stadium despite the game ending 6 – 1. Ollie Watkins, on twelve goals, is a dangerous prospect while playing with Jack Grealish, who has ten assists. While this may seem like an easy victory on form for the visitors, City will be well aware of the danger of underestimating the hosts, Liverpool were dismantled 7-2 earlier in the season, Watkins scoring a hattrick that day, and Grealish scored two goals as well as providing assists for three of the goals. They are eight points shy of the European places, but with safety assured, Watkins and Grealish could increase their hopes of featuring in the Euros with a good performance against the soon to be champions.
The Citizens are eleven points ahead of second-placed Manchester United, and you would feel it’s done and dusted in the league. Pep Guardiola’s side has a lot left to play for, and they are targeting a historic quadruple. They do, however, face a tough challenge at the weekend, playing Chelsea in the FA Cup final. They play Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final in the game after this, which may be a good sign for Villa as it wouldn’t be a surprise to see an understrength side here. Although with the resources at Pep Guardiola’s disposal, even a weakened side will be full of stars and would include players like Sergio Agüero, who could yet make headlines after an injury-hit season. Agüero, the club’s record scorer, is leaving the club at the end of the season, and with a stay in England not ruled out, he will want to put on a display. City uncharacteristically lost in their last league game, Leeds United defying the odds in a 2-1 win with ten men. With every point edging them towards a third title in four years, anything less than a win will annoy Pep.
Prediction: Score draw.
- Venue: King Power Stadium
- Thursday 22nd April 20:00
- Referee: Andrew Madley
- Quick Glance Odds H: 8/15 D: 3/1 A: 5/1
About the Game:
The Foxes are a risk of collapsing from the top four for the second consecutive season. Leicester City has three wins in the last five games but is on a poor run losing the last two consecutive games. A 5 – 0-win victory against Sheffield United felt like a turnaround, but they were helpless against Man City, losing 2 – 0 and conceded three early goals and, despite a fightback, lost 3-2 to West Ham. Kelechi Iheanacho has been finding his form lately, matching his best tally in the league which was in the 2015-16 season with fourteen goals. Without Maddison, Choudhury and Perez and an out of form Jamie Vardy, who has only managed one goal in the last eighteen games after an explosive start, Leicester lack that killer instinct. They have three consecutive home games that start against Southampton in the FA Cup, then West Brom and Crystal Place. The last three games that would determine where they will finish in the table will be against Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspurs.
West Brom has won two consecutive games and has been free-scoring and could yet be the story of the season if they avoid relegation. They ended Chelsea impressive managerial bounce, thumping them 5 – 2, and followed it up with a three-goal thumping of Southampton. Callum Robinson has scored three goals in the last three games, as many as he managed in the last forty-one. They have been playing particularly well, managing thirteen shots in the first half against Southampton. Sam Allardyce could lead a miraculous survival, which would surely be his best achievement as a manager. Although it doesn’t look likely, they have conceded the most number of goals (fifty-nine) and will need to get results against tough opposition, including Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham and Leeds on the final day.
Prediction: A Draw
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|Everton v Tottenham||Tottenham to win||1/1||2.00|
|Newcastle United v West Ham United||West Ham to win||21/20||4.09|
|Manchester United v Burnley||Manchester United to win||1/3||5.46|
|Leeds v Liverpool||Draw||10/3||23.68|
|Aston Villa v Manchester City||Draw||15/4||122.52|
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