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Sep 25, 370 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 26-27 September 2015

Premier League preview weekend 26-27 September 2015

Manchester City’s impeccable start to the season came to an unexpected end last week as they conceded their first goals of the campaign in a 2-1 home defeat to West Ham. The two Manchester clubs lead the way after United’s win at Southampton while the two North East clubs are still without a win and prop up the table.

Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.

Premier League bet of the weekend

Hard to beat and winning by the odd goal has long been the Tony Pulis way and his West Bromwich Albion side climbed to mid table last weekend with a win at Midlands rivals Aston Villa. With Saido Berahino seemingly reintegrated into the set-up it should be a comfortable season for Baggies fans and they can grab another three points on Monday night when they welcome Everton.

The Toffees have lost just once this season and are unbeaten away from home in all competitions. It’s been a bright start to the season for Roberto Martinez’s men but I fancy West Brom to win this in front of their home faithful at a standout 2/1.

All Saturday’s action

Manchester City‘s 100% record fell last week and they face a tricky away tie this Saturday as they travel to Tottenham in the early kick-off. Spurs have kick-started their season with a couple of wins and there will be plenty of interest in the 3/1 about the home side. City are 10/11 to win.

West Ham United ended City’s unbeaten run last weekend, climbing to third in the Premier League table as a consequence. Slaven Bilic’s side have won at the Emirates, the Etihad and Anfield this season and if they can start to replicate that form at home they could be set for a great season.

The Hammers welcome Norwich City this weekend and look terrific value at 6/5 to continue their excellent start.

Manchester United should beat struggling Sunderland at 1/4 while Chelsea ought to see off struggling Newcastle United at 4/6 in Saturday’s teatime kick-off. Liverpool are desperately in need of a win and are 4/9 to beat Aston Villa at Anfield.

Leicester City‘s impressive start to the season continued with a hard earned draw at Stoke last time out but the Foxes face a real test of their credentials this Saturday as they welcome Arsenal. A win for the home side would leave them five points ahead of the Gunners in the table and they look terrific value at 3/1. Arsenal are just 5/6 to win.

There’s an attractive looking fixture on the South Coast as Southampton meet Swansea City. Both teams have aspirations of European qualification and this could be an entertaining draw at 12/5. Stoke City sit in the bottom three after a poor start but can get their season up and running with a win over Bournemouth at 13/8.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

There’s just one match on Sunday this week and it sees Watford take on Crystal Palace. Promoted Watford have made a very solid start to their Premier League season and come into this fixture sitting 10th in the table after two successive wins. They have been pretty strong defensively, conceding fewer goals than Liverpool and Southampton – and in Odion Ighalo they look as if they have a real goal threat.

Palace have been inconsistent this season so far – three wins and three defeats – and this is the sort of match the Eagles need to win if they are going to push on for a top 10 finish. The visitors are 15/8 but I fancy the home side to win again at 6/4.

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Sep 18, 377 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 19-20 September 2015

Premier League preview weekend 19-20 September 2015

Five matches, five wins and no goals conceded. Manchester City fans could barely have wished for a better start to the Premier League season although their European challenge has already faltered with defeat to Juventus in midweek.

Manuel Pelligrini’s side can put that defeat behind them and record another win this weekend while there’s a big London derby as Chelsea face Arsenal.

Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.

Premier League bet of the weekend

At the start of the season there were many people that believed Stoke City would be challenging for a European place. Some exciting arrivals at the Britannia Stadium have raised expectations but things haven’t quite gone to plan for Mark Hughes’ side yet this campaign.

The Potters are one of three teams yet to win this season but they can bag their first three points this weekend as they welcome Leicester City.

Leicester sit second after their excellent comeback last Sunday and are the league’s joint highest goalscorers. Unbeaten this season, the Foxes arrive in excellent form but I think that Stoke will get their season up and running sooner or later and look good value to win at 7/5.

All Saturday’s action

Chelsea sit 17th in the early season table and face another tricky match this weekend as they welcome London rivals Arsenal in Saturday’s early kick-off. Arsene Wenger finally got the better of Jose Mourinho in this season’s Community Shield and the Gunners will believe it is a good time to play their title rivals considering Chelsea’s poor form.

Chelsea put six past Arsenal in this fixture in 2014 but that looks unlikely this Saturday. The home side are 7/5 and you can back Arsenal at 19/10.

Aston Villa haven’t won since the opening day of the season and welcome Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion this weekend. Villa looked comfortable for the first 70 minutes against Leicester last time out before contriving to lose the match while West Brom have been hard to beat but low scorers. The 0-0 is available at 13/2.

Sunderland look a huge price at 9/2 to get their first three points of the season as they travel to Bournemouth while their North East rivals Newcastle United can register their first win of the season against Watford at 13/10.

Manchester City can make it six wins out of six with a victory over West Ham United at 1/4 while in-form Everton look a great price at 21/10 to beat Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

Could Crystal Palace supplant Tottenham as London’s third club this season? Their initial form suggests that they can and the pair meet at White Hart Lane in Sunday’s early kick-off.

Palace were unlucky to lose to table-topping Manchester City last weekend while Spurs were fortunate to nick a 1-0 win at Sunderland. The home side are 19/20 favourites but there will be a lot of backers for Alan Pardew’s side at 14/5.

It’s been a mediocre start to the season for Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers is the 6/4 favourite in the Premier League ‘sack race’ market. Having lost their last two league matches the Reds can steady the ship this weekend as they welcome Norwich City to Anfield.

The Canaries were comfortably beaten at Southampton in their last away match and Liverpool should win this at 8/13.

Sunday’s late kick-off sees Southampton face Manchester United. Both teams have struggled to find their best form this season and United were dealt a double blow in midweek when they were beaten by PSV and lost ex-Saints full back Luke Shaw to long term injury.

It could be an entertaining match at St Mary’s and the home side are 2/1 to win.

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Aug 14, 412 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 14-17 August 2015

Premier League preview weekend 14-17 August 2015

The Premier League is back and there were plenty of talking points after the first games of the new season. Arsenal and Chelsea’s title challenge faltered in the starting blocks while there were surprisingly good results for the likes of West Ham, Leicester and Watford.

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Premier League bets of the weekend

You’d struggle to find anyone other than a die-hard West Ham United fan who put big money on their side winning at Arsenal last Sunday. Just a few days after a limp exit from the Europa League, many pundits expected the Hammers to be on the receiving end of a big defeat at the Emirates but Slaven Bilic’s side capitalised on two Petr Cech errors to win 2-0.

West Ham have the opportunity to capitalise on the win on Saturday when they welcome Leicester City. Leicester were well worth their 4-2 win at the weekend and it was a positive result for another team that many thought will struggle.

However, Leicester’s win was against Sunderland – a team who ‘scared’ their manager with their performance – and I still expect the Foxes to struggle this season. With home advantage West Ham look terrific value to make it two wins from two at 13/10.

Saturday’s action

Could this be the season that Stoke City make a sustained European challenge? With the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke now boast five Champions League winners in their ranks and if Mark Hughes can find the right blend it could be an exciting season in the Potteries.

Stoke travel to Tottenham on Saturday, a side who looked far from Champions League challengers in their defeat to a very ordinary Manchester United side last Saturday. Stoke are an outstanding price of 4/1 to win at White Hart Lane.

Swansea City got their season off to a terrific start with a draw at Chelsea and they look excellent value at 10/11 to register their first win of the season at the Liberty Stadium with a win over Newcastle United. On the evidence of their first match Everton could be in for a tough season and Southampton can beat the Toffees at 10/11 while West Bromwich Albion look overpriced at 2/1 to beat promoted Watford at Vicarage Road.

Sunderland will need to pick up as many points as possible from the teams around them and they can start this Saturday with the visit of Norwich City. Dick Advocaat’s side were awful at Leicester and are 13/8 to win at the Stadium of Light while Norwich are 2/1 to record their first win.

The weekend’s other matches

Policing issues mean that there is an unusual Friday night kick-off in the Premier League this week as Aston Villa welcome Manchester United. Both sides started the season with a 1-0 win at the weekend although Louis van Gaal’s side will struggle to play worse than they did last weekend.

The home side are 4/1 to win but United have a great record at Villa Park and should outclass their opponents at 4/6.

The first big match of the season is at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as Manchester City take on Chelsea. After a comfortable win at West Brom it could be a great time for City to face the champions who will be without their first choice goalkeeper.

Manuel Pelligrini’s side look excellent value at 23/20 to inflict an early season defeat on the Blues.

Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from an opening day defeat but they face a tricky away tie at Crystal Palace. Alan Pardew’s side won at Norwich last weekend and look terrific value at 7/2 to capitalise on the Gunners’ poor start and make it six points out of six.

Promoted Bournemouth face a daunting task in their second match in the top flight as they head to Anfield on Monday to face Liverpool. It would be a fairytale result if the Cherries could get something from the match but Liverpool should be too good at 4/9.

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Aug 10, 416 days ago

2015 Premier League preview

2015 Premier League preview

The title challengers

It looks like being another four horse race for this season’s Premier League title and it’s no surprise that the reigning champions are this year’s 13/8 favourites.

Chelsea were comfortably the best and most consistent team in the league last season and despite a lack of high profile arrivals this summer they are clear favourites again. Jose Mourinho is clearly happy with the quality of his squad although the Blues could run into trouble if Diego Costa were to miss a period of the season through injury. Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao are the back-up strikers and the question mark would be about whether either can score enough goals in Costa’s absence to propel Chelsea to the title.

Manchester City were Chelsea’s nearest challengers last season but it could be a year of transition for the 2014 champions. With Manuel Pelligrini essentially a lame duck and the defence showing signs of creaking it could be a tough season, although the arrival of Raheem Sterling improves the club’s attacking options.

Could this be the season that Arsenal finally make a sustained title challenge? The signs are good after an FA Cup and Community Shield win and the arrival of Petr Cech could be crucial. Arsene Wenger has plenty of attacking options and the 4/1 on the Gunners to win their first title since 2004 will tempt many.

Louis van Gaal steadied the Manchester United ship in his first season and his job is now to turn his side into genuine title contenders. The Dutchman has added quality to his squad in the form of Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin but United still look short of a ball playing centre half and a world-class striker.

The race for Europe

It looks like it could be a make or break season for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. After their title challenge in 2014 they finished sixth last time out, 25 points behind the champions. The new additions to the squad look promising but a poor start could see the end of the Irishman’s reign on Merseyside and the Reds are just 2/9 to finish outside the top four.

Tottenham finished above Liverpool last season but Mauricio Pochettino has work to do to match their fifth place finish. His side conceded more goals than relegated Hull City last time out and there have been more departures from White Hart Lane than arrivals.

Spurs are 4/7 for a top 6 finish but with excellent clubs behind them it could be a difficult year.

After two consecutive 9th place finishes could this be the season that Stoke City grab a Europa League spot? Gone are the days of long balls and log throws and two of the Potters’ summer arrivals are from European champions Barcelona.

Mark Hughes has done a terrific job at the Britannia and if they can manage to score enough goals (only Mame Biram Diouf got into double figures last season) they could continue their improvement and they are 11/1 for a top 6 finish.

Southampton and Swansea City are also likely to be among the European chasing pack while if Crystal Palace can replicate their form from the second half of last season they could also be in the mix.

Relegation battlers

As ever, the promoted sides are amongst the favourites for the drop and it’s no surprise that Watford are 4/5 to go down. In their two previous seasons in the Premier League the Hornets have won a total of 11 matches and finished rock bottom on both occasions although they look better prepared this time.

Quique Flores’ side do have a sprinkling of quality although it looks likely to be a tough season. The same can be said for Norwich City who bounced back after just one season in the Championship under young boss Alex Neil. Scoring enough goals could be the problem for the Canaries who are evens to go down.

Leicester City performed a miracle escape last season although May’s optimism soon evaporated with the departure of manager Nigel Pearson and the arrival of the much-travelled Claudio Ranieri as his replacement. I actually think the Foxes could really struggle this season and the 3/1 on them slipping back into the Championship looks excellent value.

Aston Villa have flirted with relegation for three seasons and the departure of Christian Benteke leaves Tim Sherwood’s side frighteningly short of goals. It could be another relegation scrap for Villa who are 3/1 to go down, while Sunderland may need a third consecutive ‘great escape’ to remain in the top flight.

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May 22, 496 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 23 May 2015

Premier League preview weekend 23 May 2015

Another Premier League season comes to a close this Sunday and with most of the major issues resolved the one remaining questions is who will join QPR and Burnley in being relegated to the Championship.

Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.

Premier League bets of the weekend

The big match of the day is at the KC Stadium where only a win will be good enough to save Hull City‘s Premier League status. Steve Bruce’s side need three points to stay up and even then will be relying on results elsewhere to preserve their top flight status for another season.

They face a difficult task as the visitors are Manchester United. With Arsenal having won in midweek Louis van Gaal’s side are guaranteed to finish fourth and so there’s nothing left for them to play for. Add in the fact that they have only taken four points from the last five games and many people will be tempted to back the home side at 11/5.

However, Hull are third bottom for a reason and have been pretty poor in recent weeks. A United reserve side went to Hull on the final day of the 2008/9 season and won and van Gaal will send a stronger side this time around. The 6/5 on an away win looks too good to ignore.

The battle to avoid the drop

A win for Hull on Sunday would leave Newcastle United in danger of the drop. The Magpies can preserve their top flight status irrespective of results elsewhere, however, if they can overcome West Ham United at St James Park.

With one point from the last 30 available it’s been a terrible couple of months for the home side. It promises to be a tense afternoon on Tyneside with fans planning to ‘occupy’ the pitch at the final whistle irrespective of the outcome.

West Ham have long been safe and Sam Allardyce seems to have found it hard to motivate his team for the last three months of the season. Still, the manager would like to go out with a win as well as getting one over on his former side. If you bet with your head and not your heart the 7/2 on an away win looks the value.

All Sunday’s other matches

Sunderland guaranteed their survival with their draw at Arsenal on Wednesday which is probably just as well as they go to champions Chelsea. We tipped the Blues to come a cropper at West Brom last week but it should be a party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge and I fully expect the home side to win at 1/3.

 

Leicester City‘s escape has been nothing short of miraculous and Nigel Pearson’s side could finish the season in the lofty position of 14th if they can conclude their terrific run with another home win. Their opponents are QPR who are already relegated and I fancy the Foxes to pick up another three points at 4/7. Aston Villa are also safe and I expect them to bounce back from their thrashing at St Marys last week with a win over Burnley at 11/10.

Manchester City will finish in second place if they beat Southampton at 1/2 while Arsenal can end their season on a high ahead of the FA Cup Final with a win over West Bromwich Albion at 4/11.

At any other time of the season – and with something to play for – the remaining three fixtures look like interesting games. Stoke City look terrific value at 5/2 to see off struggling Liverpool in Steven Gerrard’s last game for the Reds while Crystal Palace could end the season in the top ten if they can beat Swansea City at Selhurst Park at 5/4 and other results go their way.

Everton have struggled this season but can end on a high and they are 7/5 to beat Tottenham at Goodison Park.

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May 8, 510 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 9 May 2015

Premier League preview weekend 9 May 2015

Chelsea wrapped up the Premier League title last weekend and so the focus for the rest of the season turns to who will survive in the Premier League.

Depending on results QPR and Burnley can both be relegated this weekend while Newcastle could drop into the bottom three if the teams below them get good results. Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.

Premier League bet of the weekend

It’s been a rocky season for Hull City. They have struggled near the foot of the table for most of the campaign and just when it looks as if a couple of good results may drag them out of trouble, they lose again and are suddenly back in the bottom four.

Steve Bruce’s side face a vital match on Saturday as they take on bottom of the table Burnley. Now eight points adrift, anything other than a win for Sean Dyche’s side would see them relegated to the Championship after just one season in the top flight.

While Burnley may have more to play for the fact remains that they haven’t scored in any of their last six Premier League matches and they have only picked up one point from the last 18 available, losing their last four matches 1-0.

It promises to be a nervy affair but I fancy Hull City to ease their relegation worries and condemn Burnley to the drop. Hull are evens to win and it is 11/2 that Burnley go down 1-0 for the fifth game in a row.

All Saturday’s matches

A month ago it looked as if Manchester United may be surging into a late title challenge with Chelsea. Now, having lost three Premier League games in a row for the first time since December 2001, Louis van Gaal’s side are suddenly back in a battle for Champions League qualification.

United face a tricky away tie at resurgent Crystal Palace in Saturday’s late kick-off having failed to score in three successive matches (the first time since 2007). Palace have been great in recent weeks and look terrific value at 7/2 to inflict an unprecedented fourth straight league defeat on United.

Sunderland remain in the bottom three despite their win over Southampton this week and face a difficult away tie at Everton. The last couple of weeks have been symptomatic of Roberto Martinez’s side this season; a comfortable win over Manchester United and then defeat to relegation threatened Aston Villa. They should have too much for the Black Cats at Goodison Park though and can win at 5/6.

Aston Villa grabbed a vital win last Saturday and can make it two wins out of two as they face West Ham United at Villa Park. Three points should be just about enough to save Tim Sherwood’s side and they can beat a Hammers side with nothing to play for at 19/20.

Leicester City‘s great escape continued with victory over Newcastle last weekend and it is now five wins in six for the Foxes. They welcome Southampton whose season is petering out after a strong start and, with home advantage, I fancy Leicester to win again at 13/8.

Stoke City are 9/5 to beat Tottenham at the Britannia while West Bromwich Albion look terrific value to follow up their win at Manchester United by condemning Newcastle United to an eighth successive defeat. The home side are in disarray and will have a makeshift defence for the visit of the Baggies who can capitalise with a win at 7/4.

The rest of the weekend’s football action

Manchester City and Arsenal‘s remaining matches will determine which of them finishes runners-up to Chelsea in this season’s Premier League with Arsenal in pole position. City should grab an easy three points on Sunday by beating struggling QPR at 2/9 while Arsenal are just 1/3 to beat Swansea City at the Emirates in Monday night’s live match.

Chelsea secured the title with their win over Palace last weekend and they can celebrate their achievements by throwing off the shackles to beat Liverpool on Sunday. Liverpool have been poor in recent weeks and the home side look absolutely terrific value at 11/10 to win.

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May 1, 517 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 2 May 2015

Premier League preview weekend 2 May 2015

After their win in midweek Chelsea can secure the Premier League title this weekend and it promises to be a party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Elsewhere there are some intriguing matches featuring sides fighting to avoid relegation while Sunday’s late kick-off is an attractive looking tie between Spurs and Manchester City.

Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.

Premier League bet of the weekend

Leicester City‘s recent excellent run of wins was halted by Chelsea in midweek but the Foxes can take another huge step towards survival this Saturday with a win over struggling Newcastle United.

Four wins in a row helped to lift the Foxes out of the relegation zone and with the majority of their remaining matches at the King Power stadium, an unlikely escape act is on the cards.

Newcastle have now lost seven in a row and a win for the home side would actually take them to within one point of John Carver’s struggling side. Defeat would mean Newcastle were in the thick of the relegation dogfight but Leicester can drag themselves further clear of the drop zone at 19/20.

All Saturday’s matches

Aston Villa were unlucky to come away from the Etihad empty handed last week but the FA Cup finalists still have work to do at the wrong end of the table. They host Everton on Saturday in what may be a trickier game that Tim Sherwood would have wanted.

Everton have improved immeasurably in recent weeks and were impressive in their 3-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday. Villa are 17/10 but on current form the away side look good value, also at 17/10.

Liverpool‘s season has rather petered out after their Cup elimination but they are just 4/11 to beat struggling QPR at Anfield. Manchester United should now comfortably finish above them in the table and Louis van Gaal’s side are the same price to beat West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford in Saturday’s late kick-off.

Burnley haven’t scored in their last five Premier League matches and it looks like time is running out for Sean Dyche’s plucky but limited side. They travel to West Ham United on Saturday and while the Hammers have little to play for they look good value at 6/5 to see off the struggling visitors.

Sunderland desperately need a win and look a terrific price at 3/1 to beat Southampton at the Stadium of Light while there is a battle of the safe mid-table sides at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City take on Stoke City. It is essentially a battle for 8th place and the home side can take it at 5/4.

The rest of the weekend’s action

After their win at Leicester in midweek it could be a carnival atmosphere at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as Chelsea will win the league title if they beat Crystal Palace.

Jose Mourinho’s side have clearly been the best team in the league this season and are worthy champions. While Palace have been in decent form of late I can’t see them stopping Chelsea’s inexorable march to the title and the home side can seal the title with three games to spare by winning at 4/11.

There is an attractive looking match on Sunday afternoon as Tottenham take on Manchester City at White Hart Lane. Having been Chelsea’s main rivals for much of the season City are now trying to avoid finishing outside the top three while Spurs are all but out of the Champions League race.

City are 21/20 but I like the home side’s chances at a standout 13/5.

Two wins in a week for Hull City have eased their relegation fears although they face a difficult run-in starting with the visit of Arsenal on Monday night.

The Tigers are four points above the drop zone after wins over Crystal Palace and Liverpool but will face a Gunners side still trying to secure a top three finish so as to avoid a perilous Champions League qualification tie. Hull are available at 9/2 while Arsenal are 4/6.

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Apr 24, 524 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 25 April 2015

Premier League preview weekend 25 April 2015

With just half a dozen matches to go there’s still plenty to play for in this season’s Premier League, particularly at the wrong end of the table. Just six points separate bottom club Burnley with 15th placed Aston Villa and with Newcastle also in terrible form it could be a seven-way battle to avoid the drop.

At the other end of the table the top two face each other in a huge game at the Emirates. Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.

Premier League bet of the weekend

Although their run of five straight Premier League wins was ended by Chelsea on Sunday, Manchester United can take plenty of heart from the way they dominated possession against the champions-elect.

Louis van Gaal claimed it was his side’s best performance of the season and, considering they were without key players Michael Carrick and Danny Blind, United showed that they should be title challengers next campaign.

United travel to Everton on Sunday. The home side beat Burnley last weekend and could still finish in the top half of the league having won four of their last five league matches. In addition, Roberto Martinez’s side haven’t lost at Goodison Park since Boxing Day.

While it hasn’t been United’s happiest ground in recent years, on current form it is a match they should win at 6/5.

All Saturday’s matches

There will be some tense fans of teams at the wrong end of the table this weekend; not least at bottom club Burnley who welcome in-form Leicester City to Turf Moor.

Leicester lifted themselves off the foot of the table with their third straight victory last weekend while Burnley have only won one of their last 12 league fixtures. It will be a long way back for the team that loses and on form Leicester look the value at 9/5.

QPR remain in the bottom three but have an eminently winnable home match on Saturday against West Ham United. Sam Allardyce’s side have only won 7 points in 2015 so far and are drifting towards the end of the season with nothing to play for.

QPR have been better of late but have lost their last seven matches at Loftus Road in all competitions. Something has to give and Chris Ramsey’s team can gain a vital three points at 7/5.

Sunderland face a tough away trip to Stoke City and are 16/5 to win while Hull City are the same price to beat the league’s form team, Crystal Palace, at Selhurst Park.

Newcastle United have now lost six Premier League matches in a row and must be thankful for the points they picked up under Alan Pardew earlier in the season. They probably have just enough in the bank to see them to the end of the season but things will get very nervy if they lose at home to Swansea City on Saturday.

The Swans have won at struggling clubs in recent matches – they beat Burnley and Aston Villa – and there could be all-out mutiny at St James Park if Garry Monk’s side can prevail at 21/10.

West Bromwich Albion look absolutely terrific value to follow up their win over Palace with a home victory over struggling Liverpool at a standout 14/5 while Tottenham can end Southampton‘s Champions League ambitions by winning at St Mary’s in Saturday’s early kick off. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are 5/2 to get one over on his former club.

Saturday’s late kick-off sees Manchester City face Aston Villa at the Etihad. City still need points to secure a Champions League spot while Villa are still not safe from the drop despite some good recent form. The home side should win at 2/7 but there will be a few punters tempted by the 9/1 available on Villa.

The rest of the weekend’s action

If there is going to be any excitement at the top of the league between now and the end of the season it will need Arsenal to overcome Chelsea in Sunday’s late kick-off. A win for the home side would close the gap to seven points and increase Arsenals grip on second place but this could be a tall order, even with the Gunners’ excellent form.

Arsenal have won eight consecutive matches in the Premier League but haven’t beaten their London rivals at the Emirates since 2010. Chelsea are likely to play as they did against Manchester United last week, soaking up the home side’s possession and hitting them on the counter attack.

It should be a good game and I like Chelsea’s chances at 7/4 with a 1-0 away win available at 8/1.

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Apr 16, 532 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 18 April 2015

Premier League preview weekend 18 April 2015

After last week’s matches just four points now separate the bottom five in the Premier League. With other teams looking nervously over their shoulder – West Brom and Newcastle are also in poor form – the battle to avoid the drop hots up again this weekend.

At the top of the table there’s also an important clash as Chelsea host the in-form Manchester United. Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.

Premier League bet of the weekend

A couple of weeks ago it looked as if Leicester City were doomed to an immediate return to the Championship. However, late winners against West Ham and West Brom have given the Foxes hope and another win on Saturday could lift them out of the relegation zone.

And, a win this weekend is certainly possible as they welcome Swansea City to the King Power Stadium. While Garry Monk’s side have enjoyed an excellent season they have nothing to play for and with Leicester having gained some confidence from a couple of wins it could be another good day for the City faithful.

Back Leicester to make it three wins out of three at 6/5.

All Saturday’s matches

Last week I tipped Manchester United to win at a standout 8/5 and, apart from the opening ten minutes at Old Trafford, a victory against neighbours City was never really in doubt. Any chance that Louis van Gaal’s side have of overhauling Chelsea for the title will depend on them overcoming the league leaders at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s late kick-off.

United have now win six Premier League matches in a row including impressive victories against Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City. In their favour they are playing well with a settled side but an away tie at a side managed by Jose Mourinho is always a tough proposition. Chelsea have lost just one league match at home under the Portuguese manager (to Sunderland in April 2014) and so are likely to be tough to beat. While not playing particularly well at present the home side look good value at evens.

Crystal Palace are on a superb run of form under Alan Pardew and were impressive in their 4-1 win at Sunderland last week. They welcome West Bromwich Albion to Selhurst Park on Saturday and Tony Pulis’ side are still not 100% safe from the drop. Palace look great value to win at 19/20.

Everton‘s form has improved in recent weeks and they should beat Burnley at 7/10 while Stoke City look good value at 11/5 to beat Southampton at the Britannia Stadium.

The rest of the weekend’s action

Defeat in the Manchester derby all but ended Manchester City‘s bid to retain the Premier League title and their ambition now must be to finish in the top four. They can take a big step towards Champions League qualification this week as they welcome West Ham United to the Etihad.

City should see off their London rivals at 2/7 but if you fancy Sam Allardyce’s side to cause an upset you can back the Hammers at a tasty 10/1.

Both Newcastle United and Tottenham suffered defeats last weekend and the pair meet at St James’ Park in Sunday’s late kick-off. John Carver’s side have lost their last five Premier League games and another defeat could see them dragged into the relegation struggle. Spurs are now unlikely to finish in the top four but can grab another win at 13/10.

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Apr 10, 538 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 11 April 2015

Premier League preview weekend 11 April 2015

There are vital matches at both ends of the table this week with many of the strugglers facing tough tests against the Premier League’s big boys. The match of the weekend is the Manchester derby and United can go four points clear of City with a win.

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A couple of months ago there were rumblings of discontent at Manchester United with questions being asked about Louis van Gaal’s supposed tactical plan for the team. Fast forward to now and United have won five league matches in a row with confidence coursing through the team.

The Red Devils are playing well and could easily end up as the closest challengers to Chelsea at the end of the season, much to the concern of Sunday’s opponents Manchester City.

City’s title challenge has faltered over recent weeks and they have gone from chasing Chelsea to nervously looking over their shoulder at the teams below them.

Anything can happen in a derby but on current form United look superb value at 8/5 to win at Old Trafford.

All Saturday’s matches

Last week I tipped Everton to continue their good recent run of form and they duly obliged by seeing off Southampton at 13/8. It’s now three wins in a row for Roberto Martinez’s men although they will need to be at their best this Saturday to see off Swansea City.

Swansea have won their last two matches and have a decent record at home against the lower ranked teams. This could be an entertaining match and I fancy Everton to get something out of it. The draw is available at 11/5.

Southampton‘s lingering Champions League hopes may now be over but they can continue their push for a European place by beating struggling Hull City at 1/2. Tim Sherwood will return to Tottenham as the boss of opponents Aston Villa this weekend but I fancy the home team to add to Villa’s woes with a win at 4/7 while Arsenal can continue their excellent form with a win at Burnley, also at 4/7.

Leicester City gave their slim survival hopes a boost last weekend with a home win over West Ham and they travel to Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion this Saturday. The Baggies were humbled by a relegation candidate last weekend in their 4-1 defeat to QPR and this could be another tricky afternoon. The Baggies are available at 6/5 while Leicester are 12/5.

West Ham appear to be sleepwalking towards the end of the season and face Stoke City who have lost their last three league matches. With both teams safely in mid-table there’s little to play for and the 11/5 on a draw looks the call.

Sunderland got a much needed win last Sunday thanks to Jermaine Defoe’s wonder strike although they face in-form Crystal Palace this week. Palace have 22 points from their last eleven matches and are comfortably in mid-table. You can back either team at 17/10.

The rest of the weekend’s action

QPR have taken four points in two away matches this week and are now within two points of safety. An unlikely escape could still be on but they will find it hard this weekend as they welcome champions-elect Chelsea to Loftus Road.

Chelsea continue to lead the table despite not being in imperious form and they are just 4/11 to win Sunday’s early kick-off. QPR are available at a tempting 15/2.

Monday night’s match harks back to those classic encounters of the 1990s as Liverpool welcome Newcastle United. However, with little to play for this may lack the intensity of those 4-3 matches and the home side should easily beat a struggling Newcastle at 4/9.

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Premier League preview weekend 4 April 2015

Premier League preview weekend 4 April 2015

After the international break the Premier League returns this weekend with vital matches at both ends of the table. There’s a North East derby to look forward to on Sunday while Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United can all take a big step towards Champions League qualification with wins.

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After guiding them to their highest ever Premier League points total in 2014, it’s not been the finest season for Roberto Martinez and Everton. They sit in the bottom half of the table with no cups to play for and seem to be plodding towards the end of a disappointing campaign.

They face Southampton on Saturday who are still pushing for a Champions League berth despite now being six points adrift of fourth place Manchester United. While form would suggest an away win, Everton put in arguably their best performance of the season when they won at QPR last time out and that followed a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle.

Whether Martinez’s side have turned a corner remains to be seen but they look good value at 13/8 to make it three league wins in a row.

All Saturday’s matches

After the disaster of their defeat to Manchester United a fortnight ago, Liverpool could fall out of top four reckoning this weekend if they were to lose to Arsenal at the Emirates.

Much has been made of Steven Gerrard’s ridiculous red card but the truth is that Liverpool were second best on the day and travel to a Gunners side who have won six Premier League matches in a row. I fancy the home side to prevail again at 17/20.

Manchester United were excellent at Anfield and could go second in the table this weekend if results go their way and they beat Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Louis van Gaal finally seems to have found a formation that works and the often ignored Juan Mata put in a man of the match performance against Liverpool, scoring two excellent goals. United should win at 1/3 and it’s 5/1 that the Spaniard sets them on their way.

It is certainly Chelsea‘s title to lose now and they can take another step towards winning the league by beating Stoke City at 2/7 in Saturday’s late kick-off. Swansea City look good value at 10/11 to beat struggling Hull City at the Liberty Stadium and after a run of bad results seemingly doomed QPR face another tricky away match at West Bromwich Albion. Back the home side at 3/4.

While Leicester City may be facing the prospect of Championship football next season they could keep their faint hopes alive with a rare home win this weekend. West Ham‘s season looks to have ground to a halt and Sam Allardyce’s side have won just one of their last five Premier League matches. The home side can give their fans something to cheer about with a win at 7/5.

The rest of the weekend’s action

It feels as if their decent Premier League results and performances should be enough to save Burnley from relegation but the honest truth is that they remain in the bottom three and still have plenty of work to do if they are to avoid dropping straight back into the Championship.

Sean Dyche’s side face a tricky tie this weekend as they welcome Tottenham. Spurs have won three of their last four Premier League matches although could only manage a 1-1 draw when the two teams met at Turf Moor in the FA Cup this season.

Spurs are available at 23/20 but I fancy the chances of the home side at a tempting 5/2.

Sunderland‘s win at rivals Newcastle United just before Christmas was one of the few highlights of their season so far and new boss Dick Advocaat has eight matches to save his struggling side from the drop.

They have a great chance to bag three vital points at the weekend as they welcome their North East rivals who are aimlessly drifting towards the end of the season. John Carver’s side have taken just five points from their last seven league games and could still yet be dragged into the relegation equation. With home advantage I fancy Sunderland to grab a vital win at 6/4.

Monday night’s match sees title-chasing Manchester City head to Crystal Palace. So long the nearest challengers to Chelsea, City are now in danger of being caught and overhauled by the rivals beneath them.

Palace, meanwhile, are all but safe having won three of their last four matches including an excellent win at Stoke City last time out. City are the 4/6 favourites but there will be plenty tempted by the 9/2 available on the home side.

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Premier League preview weekend 21 March 2015

Premier League preview weekend 21 March 2015

There are some crucial matches at both ends of the table this weekend including a huge battle for Champions League qualification.

Liverpool welcome Manchester United on Sunday in a match that will go a long way to deciding which of the rivals will finish in the top four this season. Sunderland travel to West Ham under new boss Dick Advocaat while bottom club Leicester face a tricky away tie at Spurs.

Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.

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Much has been made of the performances of Swansea City and West Ham this season and both have received plenty of plaudits for their campaign so far. Rather less lauded are a team which currently sits above both sides in the Premier League table; Stoke City.

Stoke have made excellent progress under Mark Hughes and a top eight finish out to be achievable. They face Crystal Palace at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday who have been excellent under Alan Pardew and will almost certainly play top flight football next season.

This should be a good match and I fancy the home side to prevail at excellent odds of 6/5.

All Saturday’s matches

Manchester City slipped further behind Chelsea after their defeat last weekend and rather than challenging for the title are nervously looking at the teams just behind them in the Premier League. Things could get tough for Manuel Pelligrini’s side this weekend as they face West Bromwich Albion who have been stubborn and tough to beat under new boss Tony Pulis.

Anything other than a win for City will probably see an end to their title hopes but the Baggies look good value to nick a draw at 17/4. They are a tasty 8/1 to win.

Aston Villa‘s 4-0 win at Sunderland last weekend was their third in a row under Tim Sherwood and the club now have a real chance of avoiding relegation to the Championship. They have a winnable match this Saturday as they welcome Swansea City to Villa Park.

Garry Monk’s team are safe in mid-table and haven’t an awful lot to play for between now and the end of the season. I fancy the home side to take another massive step towards safety at 29/20.

Arsenal‘s disappointing Champions League campaign ended at Monaco in midweek and Arsene Wenger’s team now need to pick themselves up and ensure their qualification for next season’s competition.

Their league form has been good – five wins in a row – and they have an eminently winnable match away at Newcastle United. The Magpies probably have just about enough points to survive this season but on recent form they will be looking nervously over their shoulder between now and the end of the campaign. Arsenal should win at 4/6.

I suggested that there may be a little value in the 6/1 available on Burnley last weekend and George Boyd’s winner duly gave the Clarets a win over Manchester City. They face another tough test this weekend and are 13/2 to beat Southampton at St Mary’s.

Saints secured an excellent raw at Chelsea last weekend and are just 4/9 to continue their challenge for European football.

Tottenham are 4/7 to beat seemingly doomed Leicester City at White Hart Lane while Sunderland are 10/3 to win under new boss Dick Advocaat as they travel to West Ham United in Saturday’s teatime kick-off.

The rest of the weekend’s action

Sunday’s early kick-off will go a long way to determining which of the two fierce North West rivals will play Champions League football next season. Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield with three vital points at stake.

With just two points separating the sides Liverpool can leapfrog United into the top four with a win. Their form over recent weeks has been terrific and they haven’t lost in the league in 2015 – indeed, United were the last time to beat Brendan Rodgers’ side in the Premier League.

Louis van Gaal’s team looked in excellent form against Spurs on Sunday and may keep faith with Juan Mata in place of the recently disappointing Angel di Maria. It is a huge match and the home side can shade it at 23/20.

Chelsea haven’t been in great form over recent weeks but still have a commanding lead at the top the table as their challengers also falter. They can take a massive step towards the title this Sunday as they face struggling Hull City.

Hull will probably do just about enough to survive this season but I can’t see them getting anything out of this match. Back Chelsea at 1/2.

Everton got their first home win in three months as they overcame Newcastle last weekend although Roberto Martinez’s side still sit just six points above the drop zone. They face an awkward trip to QPR on Sunday and defeat for the home side could all but put an end to their survival chances.

Neither team is in great form but I fancy QPR to keep up their fight and make home advantage count at 11/5.

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