Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips, Matchday 36
Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 36
Now that the identity of the Champions is known and we know which three teams will be playing Championship football next year, most of the attention is now on who will claim the European spots. Join us as we preview all the weekend’s games.
Match of the Day
Manchester City play their first game since being confirmed as title winners. They face a trip to St James’ Park to play Newcastle. Although there is little at stake, can the Magpies stun the newly crowned champions?
- Venue: St James’ Park
- Friday 14th May 20:00
- Referee: Kevin Friend
- Quick Glance OddsH: 12/1 D:11/2 A: 11/50
About the Game:
Newcastle has secured a sixth consecutive season in the best league in the world. Their campaign took a dramatic twist when Callum Wilson (twelve goals, four assists) and Allan Saint-Maximin recovered from injury. The two have been the driving force for their resurgence alongside Joe Willock, who has netted five goals this campaign. The Magpies have won three, drawn one, and lost one of the last five games. Steve Bruce side have been great against the top sides beating Leicester City in their most recent game and drawing 1 – 1 against Liverpool and 2 – 2 against Spurs. However, they now face a contented Manchester City side that has already secured the Premier League trophy and would most likely rest most of their most influential players for the Champions League final.
This fixture has always been high scoring producing over 2.5 goals in five of the last six games; thus, we anticipate an entertaining attacking football. Both sides have scored in four of the last six, which could be an exciting market for punters. With nerves settled, both sides can play without pressure, and Newcastle could celebrate safety by becoming the first team to beat the newly anointed champions.
Man City have secured a third Premier League title in four years. So naturally, they will prioritise the Champions League final, but their second eleven squad is adequate to cause havoc to the Newcastle team. Pep Guardiola’s side rose above all the other sides to come out on top when all the focus was on Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea to go all the way earlier in the season. But, when they got to the league’s helm, they never looked at that point as if they would let the lead slip.
Encouraged by their huge squad depth, City set their sights high and had been targeting a quadruple but have now settled for a treble. A strong defensive campaign has conceded 0.74 goals per game, with Ruben Dias, the mastermind, having joined the side after the 5 – 2 humiliation by Leicester City. He has been a resounding commander, with the side conceding over one goal in just three of the twenty-eight league games he has played in. Ikay Gundogan has been the silent maestro for the Citizen, especially when the most prolific players in the team were not available. His sixteen goals (fourteen in the league) makes him the highest-scoring player in the squad. He was on target when the two sides met last time out with his fitness a huge strength. They will most definitely prioritise the Champions League, so it won’t be a surprise if they don’t feature a strong side but still the most confident to go ahead with a win.
Prediction: Manchester City 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: Turf Moor
- Saturday 15th May 14:30
- Referee: Graham Scott
- Quick Glance OddsH:2/1 D: 13/5 A: 5/4
About the Game:
Ashley Westwood netted his seventh Premier League goal since joining Burnley to open the scoring in their 2 – 0 triumph against Fulham. Chris Wood bagged his fiftieth goal for Burnley to improve his tally of the season to twelve goals. The Clarets sit fourteenth and will play a sixth consecutive season in the top-flight. Every season, Sean Dyche has kept Burnley in the Premier League is a success, especially when you consider that they have one of the lowest budgets of all the sides in the league. Their away performance has been excellent, winning their last two games, including the 4 – 0 against Wolves and their recent 2 – 0 win against Fulham, keeping shutouts in both games. A consistent side with Sean Dyche named an unchanged starting eleven for the seventh time. Matej Vydra achieved his tenth goal involvement (six goals, four assists) in 57 appearances, five (three goals, two assists) coming in the last nine games.
Leeds are the only surviving side of the three promoted when the season started. Fulham and West Brom have been relegated while Marcelo Bielsa is skyrocketing the Whites to the top half of the table. A successful and adventurous campaign that saw them perform extremely well during a tough fixture schedule. They beat Man City 2 – 1, thumped Tottenham Hotspurs 3 – 1, drew against Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United. They have, however, slipped against the so-called lesser sides like Burnley with their recent defeat coming against Brighton. Stuart Dallas netted his eighth goal of the campaign with Patrick Bamford, who has an incredible record of fifteen goals and seven assists, crossing his fingers for a call up to the England squad for the Euros. His numbers are only second to Harry Kane, who has thirty-four-goal involvements. Their high energy performance has excited us throughout the season and is one of the sides that neutrals love to watch.
Prediction: Leeds to win.
- Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
- Saturday 15th May 17:00
- Referee: Craig Pawson
- Quick Glance OddsH: 1/1 D: 13/5 A: 13/5
About the Game:
A fixture that has recorded seven draws in the fifteen appearances, with both sides enjoying four wins. Danny Ings became the second player to score twenty top-flight goals for the Saints at St. Mary’s. The England international bagged a brace with Che Adams scoring the other in their 3 – 1 triumph coming from a goal down in their last game against Crystal Palace. Goalkeeper Fraser Foster saved a penalty to keep his side in the game on course for their first win in five games. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side has had a lukewarm season, starting well; they were third in the Premier League table in mid-December before suffering a terrible run of games. The win against Palace was just their fourth victory since the turn of the year. The Saints have taken seven points from the last three home games (two wins, one draw). The partnership of Ings and Adams is a promising prospect for a side that had Europa League aspirations with twenty goals between them. James Ward-Prowse (eight goals and six assists) has had a stellar season and would be among the first names for Gareth Southgate in his Euro’s team selection.
Fulham was the last club to join the train to the Championship, making this the first time in the Premier League era that all three teams to be relegated were confirmed with three games to play. They joined Sheffield United and West Brom after just one season in the top flight. The big worry for Scott Parker is that most of his top performing players this season are on loan from other clubs. Four of which started in their weekend defeat against the Clarets, with two coming off the bench. They have a manager in Scott Parker who led them to promotion via play-offs last season after suffering relegation the previous year. They would feel the most unfortunate of the three going down as they played some of the most entertaining football. The lack of prowess in front of goal was their biggest demise, netting just twenty-five goals in thirty-five games. They have failed to score in eleven home games; Alexandre Mitrovic, who scored twenty-six goals in the promotion campaign, managed just three goals this season. They have to end a relegation, promotion, relegation rollercoaster.
Prediction: A score draw.
- Venue: AMEX Stadium
- Saturday 15th May 20:00
- Referee: Andre Marriner
- Quick Glance OddsH: 19/10 D: 13/5 A: 13/10
About the Game:
A defeat against Wolves with a red card to captain Lewis Dunk and leading striker Neal Maupay summed up a disappointing night at the Molineux Stadium. The hosts would be happiest to hear the news of Fulham’s defeat at the hands of Burnley as they were the closest to the relegation drag. Graham Potter has been one of the inspirational managers this season playing beautiful football but has not had the goals to match. They have dropped more points from winning positions this season, joint with Southampton with twenty-three points. Survival by a whisker is the reward for their excellence, but they have to improve greatly unless they want to spend next season looking over their shoulders. Lewis Dunk will be sorely missed as one of the best defenders, but most significant is his goal-scoring heroics as a defender since joining in 2017, with eleven goals overtaking Virgil Van Djik, who has ten goals. The result won’t matter with the Seagull fan base contented as they can for once stop looking by their shoulder.
West Ham has never beaten Brighton in the Premier League, which could be a magical opportunity to end this poor spell in the current form they are in. David Moyes looked so close to repeating his fate with Everton in 2005 when he led a less fancied team to the Champions League. They lost to Everton 1 – 0 and are now six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand. The optics for European qualification gives a fantastic ending to the season, with Europa League seemingly a convincing consolation for their overachievement this season. Their performance in the defeat to Everton was below par, failing to record a shot on target. The Hammers have improved this season; at this stage last season, they were three points off the relegations zone even if they don’t qualify for Europe, still a great achievement. The year has been great for West Ham, recording eleven wins from eighteen league games. They have shared the goals with three players Jesse Lingard, Michail Antonio, and Tomas Soucek, all on nine goals.
Prediction: West Ham to win.
- Venue: Selhurst Park
- Sunday 16th May 12:00
- Referee: David Coote
- Quick Glance OddsH: 2/1 D: 13/5 A: 5/4
About the Game:
Crystal Palace put a performance devoid of the pragmatism their experienced manager Roy Hodgson insists. They have opened the scoring through Christian Benteke against Southampton, but conceded three to lose 3 – 1. They have been ambitious and bold in their approach, deploying three forwards, Benteke, Wilfred Zaha, and Jordan Ayew, with Eberechi Eze providing creative instincts behind them. Roy Hodgson experiment on an attacking aspect of their game. The Eagles have scored the opening goal in the second minute in each of the last two league games. Zaha managed just four goals last season and has scored ten goals alongside Benteke, who has eight, with the mastermind Eze providing five assists so far this season. However, their defence has been on the decline, managing eight clean sheets this season, the fourth-worst tally.
Aston Villa has won the last two games in this fixture by 2 – 0 and 3 – 0. They will, however, have to perform without their top scorer Ollie Watkins (thirteen goals), who received a second controversial yellow card for simulation. The absence of Jack Grealish, who has six goals and ten assists, has taken a shine off one of the most entertaining sides in the Premier League this season. They have had an exciting season, with their highlight being the 7 – 2 win against Liverpool, and although their form has dipped in recent months, they will finish the campaign in midtable. For a side that avoided relegation on the last day of last season, Villa fans would be contented with Dean Smith’s performance this season.
Prediction: Aston Villa to win.
- Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- Sunday 16th May 14:05
- Referee: Martin Atkinson
- Quick Glance OddsH: 1/2 D: 333/100 A: 11/2
About the Game:
Tottenham Hotspurs suffered their second defeat since Jose Mourinho was sacked. The defeat against Leeds United was their most careless performance since Ryan Mason took charge, unconventionally losing 3 – 1. They have now lost five of their ten Premier League away games in 2021. This campaign is the 13th season without silverware after losing a clear cut chance against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final and could now miss out on Europe. They sit seventh, eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea but could still claim a Europa League slot if they can get results in the remaining three games. The future of The Three Lions captain and on loan Gareth Bale would be decisions Daniel Levy would have to get right. Harry Kane, who has twenty-one goal involvements, could become the first player to top both goals and assists tally. At 28-years with all his excellence, it seems scandalous that he has never have held a trophy aloft; this could be a defining moment for him to make a tough decision. The most important one will be who he appoints as his eleventh manager in his twentieth year as Spurs chairman.
Wolves youthful side with five players under 21-years-old, came from a goal down to beat ten men Brighton 2-1. A dramatic last-minute winner by Morgan Gibbs-White and a goal by Adama Traore, who was a constant threat in the game, netting the equaliser. Since their promotion, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side has two seventh-place finishes, and this season’s European adventure represents a significant regression. An excusable decline after injuries to their high profile figures significantly, Raul Jimenez, who suffered a fractured skull in November and hasn’t featured since then. Only Manchester United has recovered more points (54) from losing positions than them (51). They sit second in scoring more winning goals in the ninetieth minute with six goals only eclipsed by Liverpool, who have seven goals.
Prediction: Tottenham to win.
- Venue: The Hawthornes
- Sunday 16th May 16:30
- Referee: Mike Dean
- Quick Glance OddsH: 11/1 D: 11/2 A: 11/50
About the Game:
West Brom has found joy in the last three games against Liverpool, sharing the spoils. However, their best memory of the season was the 5 – 2 thumping of Chelsea. Matheus Pereira has ten goals and five assists to his name this season is having a great season by his standards. Despite failing to lead his side to safety, he has been one of the standout stars for Sam Allardyce. They were virtually down for the last couple of weeks, but it was the 3 – 1 defeat by Arsenal that confirmed their drop to the Championship. Sam Allardyce finally faced his first-ever drop to end a lucrative career, having kept Sunderland, Crystal Palace, and Blackburn Rovers from relegation. They top the odds to be ahead in next season promotion campaign but still have to improve on their defence that conceded the highest number of goals with sixty-eight.
Mohammed Salah is in pole position in the golden boot award, now equal with Harry Kane; they top the charts with twenty-one goals. A side that conquered Europe and the world now need to keep grinding out results to qualify for the Champions League, a competition they won two seasons ago. Sadio Mane netted at the weekend against Southampton to improve his tally to nine goals this season in a night where Thiago Alcantara scored his first goal for the Reds. Mane is rediscovering his form scoring two goals in the last three games, having managed just one in the fourteen before. Jürgen Klopp has been imperious lately with their injury frailties now way behind them. Phillips and Williams became Liverpool’s twentieth centre back, pairing with the two academy graduates looking more assured and solid. A late campaign could be on the cards but have to be perfect, and I hope the other two Chelsea and Leicester City teams slip up. They boosted these chances with an excellent 4-2 win at Old Trafford on Thursday and now have more control of their destiny.
Prediction: Liverpool win.
- Venue: Goodison Park
- Sunday 16th May 19:00
- Referee: Jonathan Moss
- Quick Glance OddsH: 2/5 D: 333/100 A: 8/1
About the Game:
Carlo Ancelotti is trying to inspire Everton to make a last gasp push for European football. Still, these hopes were severely damaged on Thursday, with Everton only drawing 0-0 with Aston Villa. This weekend they face a wounded opponent in already relegated Sheffield United. This could be a golden opportunity handed to them to improve their goal difference and earn three precious points and put pressure on the teams above them. Failure to qualify for Europe would be a bad end to the season for a side that enjoyed being near the top of the table for a better part of the season. A poor run of six wins from eighteen saw them slip from fourth at the turn of the year to eighth, level on points with Tottenham and West Ham in 7th and 6th. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is having a career-defining season with sixteen goals this season.
The Blades have lost the last two consecutive games in this fixture by a single goal. They were the first team to be relegated with just five wins this season (Newcastle United 1-0, Manchester United 1-2, West Brom 2-1, Aston Villa 1-0 and Brighton 1-0). They are averaging 0.51 goals per match while conceding 1.77 goals per game. David McGoldrick has the best returns in front of the goal with seven-goal so far this season. They have a tough game against a very talented attacking side with European aspirations at the back of their mind. A surprise win would only serve to boost their pride, but with Sheffield United looking to reduce their wage bill as they prepare for the Championship again, some players will need to prove their worth before the inevitable rebuild.
Prediction: Everton to win.
Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*
|Burnley v Leeds||Leeds to win||6/5||2.20|
|Brighton v West Ham||West Ham to win||13/10||5.05|
|Crystal Palace v Aston Villa||Aston Villa to win||5/4||11.38|
|West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool||Liverpool to win||2/9||13.91|
|Tottenham v Wolves||Tottenham to win||1/2||20.87|
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* All our selections are provided for entertainment only and should only be used for informational purposes. Whilst we use our experience and knowledge to help inform you to make a considered bet, we are not responsible for any losses that may arise from actual results being different than predicted.