Premier League Matchday 32 Preview – Prediction + Tips 2017/18

After a fairly successful start to the preparations for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, England’s players can now focus on the Premier League once again.

Manchester City are just a couple of games away from winning the title, but most attention will be on the other end of the table. There are once again key clashes in the race to survive another year in the league, with West Ham facing Southampton and Newcastle hosting Huddersfield. The results of those games could go a long way to deciding which teams stay up and which go down.

Match of the Day

Chelsea have the chance to get back at Tottenham, the team that has taken fourth spot from them in recent months. This is a key clash, with both teams fighting it out to take the fourth and final Champions League place.

Chelsea v Tottenham
Chelsea Form Guide DWDWD
Tottenham Form Guide DLWLW
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Sunday 01 April 16:00
  • Referee: Andre Marriner
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 5/4 D: 23/10 A: 11/5

About the Game:

Three defeats in their last five matches has seen Chelsea lose significant ground in that race for fourth spot. Exit from the Champions League, although allowing the Blues to focus all their attention on the league, won’t have helped for morale either.

But it’s not all doom and gloom at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea returned to winning ways against Palace last time out and that fourth spot, although currently looking like Spurs, could be closed to two points with a win here. In Willian, Chelsea have perhaps the league’s most in-form player, while Eden Hazard is a threat even when playing at his worst. The problem for Chelsea, aside from not being as defensively resilient as in recent years, has been the striker role. Alvaro Morata has never really convinced this season as Diego Costa’s replacement, while the addition of Olivier Giroud earlier this year has hardly significantly improved the Chelsea attack. Spurs are organised defensively and Willian and Hazard will likely shoulder all the responsibility to find a way through.

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Despite also exiting the Champions League, things in North London are a little rosier than in the West. Tottenham have been on a great domestic run since before Christmas and are unbeaten since then, drawing three and winning nine games.

The caveat here though – and there’s usually one – is that talisman Harry Kane is sidelined with injury. How Pochettino will manage remains to be seen, as Kane is set to be out for a while. Fernando Llorente would be the like for like replacement, though it’s perhaps likelier than Heung-min Son will be deployed in the forward role. Either way, the Spurs attack is undoubtedly weakened without Kane there and Kane’s absence could be the factor that tips the balance in this one. Chelsea will certainly be more confident heading into the match with Kane not there.

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals – Kane’s absence changes things drastically for Spurs as they haven’t fared well without him in the past. That will likely make things tighter then, in a match Chelsea can’t lose.

Rest of the Premier League Games

Our match of the day shows the key action at the top of the table, but there are crunch matches between teams at the wrong end of the table too.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Crystal Palace Form Guide LLDWL
Liverpool Form Guide WWLDD
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Saturday 31 March 12:30
  • Referee: Neil Swarbrick
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 6/1 D: 10/3 A: 4/9

About the Game:

After a string of four consecutive defeats, Crystal Palace picked up a vital three points against Huddersfield in the last match to reignite their fight for survival. That victory coincided with the return of Wilfred Zaha, who is essential to their survival hopes and will be the danger man for Palace here.

Mohamed Salah lit up the weekend two weeks back in the last fixtures, notching four goals against Watford. That win was much needed after a costly defeat to Manchester United the week prior, but Liverpool are back on the charge now.

Prediction: Liverpool win – It won’t be easy, but Liverpool are expected to win here and must do so.

Brighton v Leicester
Brighton Form Guide LLWDL
Leicester Form Guide DLLDW
  • Venue: AMEX
  • Saturday 31 March 15:00
  • Referee: Chris Kavanagh
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 9/5 D: 21/10 A: 8/5

About the Game:

The Seagulls might have lost their last match, but some great work beforehand – three wins and two draws in five games – mean they are within touching distance of survival. A couple of wins will definitely do it, but with things so tight, a win here plus a draw or two elsewhere could be enough.

With seventh place looking likely to qualify for the Europa League, Leicester suddenly have something to fight for. With a kind run in and some good form, the Foxes could be set for a strong end to a so far average campaign.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Both teams have something to play for and we can see goals in this one.

Manchester United v Swansea
Manchester United Form Guide LDWWD
Swansea Form Guide LLLDD
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Saturday 31 March 15:00
  • Referee: Bobby Madley
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 1/5 D: 5/1 A: 14/1

About the Game:

Manchester United have earned impressive wins over Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks and second spot is now theirs to lose. On paper this one looks straight forward, but Swansea are battling with all they have and are on a good run themselves.

The reverse fixture of this match resulted in a 4-0 defeat for Swansea back in August last year. It will be certainly tighter than that, but it’s a big ask for the Swans to take something from Old Trafford. They’re far from safety though, so are sure to give it their all.

Prediction: Manchester United win + BTTS no – We expect United to win and with De Gea in goal and Old Trafford a fortress, a clean sheet is also a distinct possibility.

Newcastle v Hudersfield
Newcastle Form Guide DWDDL
Huddersfield Form Guide LDLDW
  • Venue: St Jame’s Park
  • Saturday 31 March 15:00
  • Referee: Martin Atkinson
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 3/4 D: 12/5 A: 4/1

About the Game:

A massive win against rivals Southampton two weeks ago has given the Magpies a bit of breathing room in the relegation battle. Things can change in an instant though, especially when you’re playing teams around you. A win here would put Newcastle four points ahead of opponents Huddersfield and in with a great chance of staying up.

Huddersfield were unable to take advantage of the two home games they had against other teams in the relegation zone, drawing with Swansea then losing to Crystal Palace. Those results could be costly. A win here would see them leapfrog Newcastle and away from danger, but defeat could see them slip into the relegation zone.

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals – This will be a nervy affair at St James where Huddersfield will see their best chance in trying to frustrate the opposition and limit their chances.

Watford v Bournemouth
Watford Form Guide WLWWD
Bournemouth Form Guide WDWLD
  • Venue: Vicarage Road
  • Saturday 31 March 15:00
  • Referee:Andy Madley
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 27/20 D: 23/10 A: 2/1

About the Game:

Watford have been humiliated by Arsenal and Liverpool in recent weeks, so a match against lower table opposition will be much welcomed. Bournemouth are no slouches though and the Hornets still need to pick up a few more points or they too could soon find themselves suddenly in with the relegation pack.

Bournemouth have put in most of the hardwork to ensure another year in the Premier League, but they still need another win or two to ensure it. The Cherries are level on points with Watford, so a win here has an extra level of significance.

Prediction: Both teams to score yes – Neither team are known for clean sheets and will both want the win, so we see goals for both teams.

West Brom v Burnley
West Brom Form Guide LLLLL
Burnley Form Guide DWDWW
  • Venue: The Hawthorns
  • Saturday 31 March 15:00
  • Referee: Lee Probert
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 17/10 D: 2/1 A: 9/5

About the Game:

Those behind the scenes at West Brom are surely already planning for life in the Championship next year. It’s just a matter of time now and a defeat here would be the Baggies eighth in a row.

Back to back wins means Burnley are finally back in form after a terrible mid season run. Confidence is back then and Burnley will be able to play with freedom against a team firmly rooted to the bottom of the table and expected to lose.

Prediction: Burnley Draw no bet – West Brom’s slow march to relegation is almost assured, while Burnley are putting together a good run.

West Ham v Southampton
West Ham Form Guide LWLLL
Southampton Form Guide WLDDL
  • Venue: London Stadium
  • Saturday 30 March 15:00
  • Referee: Jonathan Moss
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 17/10 D: 9/4 A: 8/5

About the Game:

This game could make or break West Ham’s season. The turmoil off the pitch has been well publicized and the question is, can the players cope on the pitch based on what’s happening off it? The team has the quality to survive, but what’s going on at the club could be too much for the players to handle. The Hammers are two points clear of Southampton so they cannot lose, but they also need at least two more wins to ensure survival.

With a new manager, Southamtpon have a new lease of life. Like West Ham, this is a match that may determine the outcome of the season. Win and they will leapfrog the Hammers, but lose and they will remain at least two points behind those outside of the relegation zone. The Saints beat Wigan in the FA Cup, so they are coming into this game on the back of a win at least.

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals – Anything could happen here, what with the crowd problems at the London stadium. If things don’t go West Ham’s way, it could be a rout, but either way, we expect goals.

Everton v Manchester City
Everton Form Guide LDDDW
Manchester City Form Guide WWLWD
  • Venue: Goodison Park
  • Saturday 31 March 17:30
  • Referee: Paul Tierny
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 8/1 D: 4/1 A: 1/3

About the Game:

Everton probably won’t fancy their chances of making it three wins in a row with a visit from Manchester City on the cards. With 40 points in the bag, Everton’s season is over, but if they push themselves, a seventh place finish and qualification for the Europa League is still possible.

City are just a few games from winning the league and while Everton will set up to try to stop them winning, that has rarely worked this season. Sergio Agüero is injured and most players have been away on international duty, but with plenty of options, that shouldn’t affect the performance too much.

Prediction: Manchester City win + BTTS no – Everton will play defensively and while City winning is almost a given this year, we expect them to face little threat to their goal too.

Arsenal v Stoke
Arsenal Form Guide DDWLL
Stoke Form Guide LWDLL
  • Venue: The Emirates
  • Sunday 01 April 13:30
  • Referee: Craig Pawson
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 1/3 D: 4/1 A: 1/3

About the Game:

News emerging from the Emirates this week suggests Arsene Wenger is finally to leave after this season is over. Arsenal are back on track after a horrific run and should win here. Although with Champions League qualification via a top four finish almost completely out the equation, Wenger could concentrate his efforts on winning the Europa league.

Despite improving under Lambert, Stoke haven’t been able to pick up victories. A string of draws and defeats mean progress has been slow and they are a win away from the teams outside of the relegation zone. Few will expect them to take anything from this match.

Prediction: Arsenal win – The Gunners found form in their last match and things are looking a bit better at the Emirates. Arsenal should emerge winners here.

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Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Crystal Palace v Liverpool Liverpool win 4/9 1.44
Newcastle v Huddersfield U 2.5 goals 4/6 2.4
West Brom v Burnley Burnley Draw no bet 10/11 4.59
West Ham v Southampton Both teams to score yes 10/11 8.77
Chelsea v Tottenham U 2.5 goals 3/4 15.35

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