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Feb 24, 41 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 25-27 February 2017

Premier League preview weekend 25-27 February 2017

After a mixed bag of results in the FA Cup, the Premier League returns this week with eight intriguing matches.

Chelsea can cement their lead at the top of the division with a home win while there are also some vital games at the bottom of the table. Keep reading for our Premier League betting preview.

Premier League bet of the weekend

Hull City looked all but doomed at the turn of the year but despite still being in the top three, the Tigers have been more impressive in recent weeks and could lift themselves out of the relegation zone this weekend.
City have beaten Manchester United and Liverpool in recent weeks and were a little unfortunate to lose 2-0 at Arsenal last time out. They have a great chance to grab a vital three points this weekend as they welcome Burnley.
While they may sit comfortably in mid-table, Burnley have secured just one point away from home in the league this season, scoring just five away goals. The Clarets have the worst away record in the division and come into this match with injury problems and on the back of an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Lincoln City in the FA Cup.
Hull have improved under Marco Silva and have won their last four home matches in all competitions. They look terrific value to win at 6/5.
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All Saturday’s action

With just 13 matches to go, Chelsea sit eight points clear at the top of the league and they have a chance to consolidate their lead as they face Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.
A few weeks ago this would have looked like a nailed-on home win but the Swans have been in good form under new boss Paul Clement. They have won three of their last four matches to climb to 15th in the table and were unlucky to lose at Manchester City earlier this month.
It’s no surprise that the Blues are just 1/4 to win but on current form the 12/1 on Swansea looks very long.
There’s a relegation six-pointer at Selhurst Park on Saturday as Crystal Palace welcome Middlesbrough.
Palace have taken just four points from the last 30 available in the league and have dropped to 19th in the table. Boro have won just one of their last ten league games and so this is a match between two out-of-form sides.
Aitor Karanka’s side have scored the fewest goals in the division but they also boast the fourth best defensive record. The 0-0 draw is available at 11/2.
Despite their poor run Sunderland are just two points from safety although they face a tough task this week at Everton. Ronald Koeman’s side are unbeaten in eight matches and should win this at 2/5. West Bromwich Albion look absolutely exceptional value at 21/20 to beat Bournemouth while improving West Ham United look decent value at 9/5 to win at inconsistent Watford.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

With just one league win in four, it’s been a rocky few weeks for Tottenham who now sit ten points behind league leaders Chelsea. With other teams breathing down their neck for a Champions League berth it is a vital few weeks for Spurs and they can secure a much-needed win this Sunday as they face Stoke City.
The Potters’ last nine matches have seen them win three, draw three and lose three which rather underlines their inconsistent form. Considering Stoke have precious little to play for I expect Spurs to win this at 4/11.
Five consecutive defeats have seen Leicester City fall to just a place above the drop zone and the champions are in serious relegation trouble. The Foxes can’t buy a result currently and they still haven’t scored a league goal in 2017. They welcome Liverpool to the King Power Stadium on Monday night with the away side having ended a poor run with a 2-0 win last time out.
Jurgen Klopp’s side can consign Leicester to a sixth successive league defeat at 6/10.

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Feb 10, 55 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 11-12 February 2017

Premier League preview weekend 11-12 February 2017

Chelsea tightened their grip on the Premier League last weekend with yet another win and the Blues now sit nine points ahead of their nearest rivals. Antonio Conte’s side can continue their winning run at the weekend with their nearest rivals facing a tough away trip to a team looking to cement their Champions League spot.
At the bottom of the table just two points separate the bottom six sides in an intriguing relegation battle. Keep reading for our Premier League betting preview.

Premier League bet of the weekend

If Leicester City weren’t in a relegation battle before last weekend’s matches, they are now. After four straight defeats, the champions sit just a point above the drop zone and are in grave danger of becoming the first title winning side to be relegated the following season since 1938.
The Foxes’ main recent problem is a lack of goals and they haven’t scored a league goal in 2017. And, with confidence low, it’s a bad time to be travelling to a side in good form. Swansea City have improved markedly since Paul Clement took over and were unlucky not to take a point at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.
The Swans have won three of their last five – against better opposition than Leicester – and can continue their climb towards safety this weekend. On current form the 11/8 on a home win at the Liberty Stadium looks like exceptional value.
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All Saturday’s action

Considering Marco Silva’s record as a manager, it’s perhaps no surprise that his early matches in charge of Hull City have seen his side take points off both Manchester United and Liverpool.
The Tigers have taken seven points from the last five matches to lift themselves to within a point of safety, but face another difficult game on Saturday as they travel to Arsenal.
The Gunners’ title challenge is all but over after two successive defeats and they now need to ensure they qualify for the Champions League. They should win, but the 1/4 on a home victory looks less tempting than the massive 10/1 available on in-form Hull.
Five defeats in the last six matches has prompted extra training and an intervention from the Chairman at Crystal Palace. The Eagles were awful last weekend, conceding four goals to fellow strugglers Sunderland in the first half of their match at Selhurst Park, and they face an awkward away day at Stoke City.
Stoke have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six which rather neatly sums up their inconsistency. On their day they are good, but seemingly safe in mid-table there’s hardly a lot to play for. If the Potters score first then Palace could fall apart, and the home side should be backed at 21/20.
Sunderland were excellent last weekend and look a very good bet to make it two wins out of two this weekend as they welcome struggling Southampton to the Stadium of Light.
The Saints have tumbled down the table after six defeats in seven league matches and have been beaten at both Burnley and Swansea in recent weeks. The bottom club look good value at 13/5 to grab a vital win.
Depending on other results Manchester United can climb into the top four this weekend after a run of 15 league matches undefeated. Jose Mourinho’s side have hit a decent run of form in recent weeks and had they turned a number of draws into wins they could be the main challenger to Chelsea at the top of the league. They should beat Watford at Old Trafford at 1/4.
Everton look decent value at 21/20 to win at Middlesbrough while improving West Ham United are the same price to win at home against West Bromwich Albion.
Saturday’s late kick-off looks as if it could be a lively encounter. Second place Tottenham travel to Liverpool who have endured a dreadful run of just one win in 10 matches.
Spurs have taken 23 points from the past 27 available and should be backed at 11/5 to continue Liverpool’s poor run.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

Another week, another win for Chelsea. Antonio Conte’s side continued their apparently unstoppable march towards the title with an impressive 3-1 win over Arsenal last weekend and they maintained their nine point lead at the top of the table.
They face a trip to Burnley this Sunday and it could be a trickier match then it looks. The Clarets have made Turf Moor something of a fortress this season and sit mid-table having accrued most of their points in front of their own fans.
Chelsea are worthy 2/5 favourites but there will be plenty backing a home win at 7/1.

Jan 18, 78 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 21-22 January 2017

Premier League preview weekend 21-22 January 2017

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League with a fine win over the champions last weekend. At the other end of the table, just a point separates the four bottom sides in a tight relegation battle.

Two London title challengers have straightforward looking fixtures this week against promoted sides while there’s a terrific fixture on Saturday evening as Manchester City host Spurs.
Keep reading for our Premier League betting preview.

Premier League bet of the weekend

Everton‘s 4-0 win over Manchester City last Sunday represented Pep Guardiola’s biggest defeat as a manager. It was also a timely win for the Toffees who have now taken 10 points from the last 12 available after an indifferent run.
Outside the top six Ronald Koeman’s side are proving to be the ‘best of the rest’ and they can continue their excellent run this weekend as they travel to struggling Crystal Palace.
Sam Allardyce’s arrival seems to have failed to galvanise the Eagles who sit outside the bottom three on goal difference and who have lost five of their last six league matches. Only Hull and Swansea have conceded fewer league goals than Palace this season and this match starts a crucial run of matches against sides around them in the table.
Everton are in good form and look superb value to win this at 5/4.
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All Saturday’s action

Liverpool‘s draw with Manchester United last Sunday means they have lost a little bit of ground in the title race although they should be able to return to winning ways this weekend as they host bottom side Swansea City.
The Swans have lost five of their last six in the league although it is so tight at the bottom that a win could see them climb out of the relegation zone. Paul Clement’s side are an enormous 12/1 to win at Anfield while the home side are just 1/5.
There’s a brilliant-looking fixture on Saturday tea-time as Manchester City host Tottenham.
City were awful in the second half against Everton last Sunday and their 4-0 hammering was their second defeat in three league matches. They face a Spurs team on a great run, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side having won six in a row, scoring 19 times in the process.
Spurs sit second in the table and look set to be the main challengers to the league leaders for the second season in a row. On current form they look terrific value at 5/2.
No wins in six have seen Watford slip down the table and their slide could continue this Saturday as they face Bournemouth. Eddie Howe’s side have won just one of their last five but this is a fixture they should really win at 4/5.
Middlesbrough are the lowest scorers in the division and so the 2/1 available on a West Ham United win at the Riverside will tempt many. West Bromwich Albion are just 7/10 to beat struggling Sunderland at The Hawthorns while Manchester United are just 8/13 to win at Stoke City.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

Chelsea have won 14 of their last 15 league matches and sit seven points clear at the top of the table. Despite the absence of top scorer Diego Costa the Blues were still too good for Leicester last weekend and they should have no trouble continuing their excellent run this Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s side face Hull City who dragged themselves off the foot of the table with a vital win last weekend. You can get a massive 16/1 on a Tigers win while Chelsea are just 1/6 to prevail.
Burnley have secured all but one of their Premier League points this season at Turf Moor and so it’s perhaps no surprise that they are also 16/1 to win in London this weekend. Sean Dyche’s side travel to Arsenal who are unbeaten in four and just 2/11 to win here.
Four consecutive defeats have seen Southampton slide down the table and they face a tricky match at St Mary’s against the champions Leicester City. The Foxes’ form isn’t particularly good – one win in six – but they face a Saints side on a bad run of form. Claudio Ranieri’s side will leapfrog Southampton in the table with a win and they look good value at 10/3.

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Nov 4, 153 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 5-6 November 2016

Premier League preview weekend 5-6 November 2016

Ahead of the next international break this weekend sees some crucial Premier League matches at both ends of the table.
Sunday sees the 163rd league North London derby while the bottom three sides all face tricky fixtures. Keep reading for our Premier League betting preview.

Premier League bet of the weekend

Arsenal sit second in the Premier League table after a nine-match unbeaten run that has seen them take 23 of the last 27 points available.
It’s been an impressive run of form for Arsene Wenger’s team who could go top of the table this weekend if they beat Tottenham at the Emirates.
Spurs remain the only unbeaten side in the division although they have drawn their last three matches. Goals have been at a premium for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and Spurs have found the net just 14 times in 10 matches – the same number of league goals as Watford.
Arsenal are in excellent form and can be backed to win at a tempting price of evens.
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All Saturday’s action

After several years of narrow escapes, could this be the season that Sunderland are finally relegated? David Moyes’ side have taken just two points this season and sit rock bottom of the table having won none of their opening ten league fixtures.
Things are getting desperate on Wearside and the Black Cats face a long away trip this weekend at mid-table Bournemouth. The Cherries defeat to Middlesbrough last weekend was their first loss in five and a win this Saturday could see them overtake Manchester United in the table. Eddie Howe’s team can win at 8/13.
Only Sunderland have scored fewer league goals this season than Burnley who have a winnable home match this weekend against Crystal Palace.
The Clarets somehow kept Manchester United at bay last weekend and their defensive record is on a par with Liverpool and last season’s champions Leicester. Sean Dyche’s team are 21/10 to win while you can back Palace at 13/10.
After their win over Barcelona in midweek, Manchester City should have no trouble seeing off Middlesbrough at 1/4 while Chelsea have won four in a row without conceding and are 17/10 to beat Everton to nil.
West Ham and Stoke have begun to climb the table after disappointing starts to the season and the pair meet at the London Stadium this weekend.
The Potters are unbeaten in five and have won three in a row. They look good value to take advantage of the Hammers’ poor home record at 23/10.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

Six successive defeats have seen Hull City drop into the bottom three and the Tigers have by far the worst defensive record in the division. Mike Phelan’s side need to arrest the decline but will find it hard against a talented Southampton side this Sunday.
The Saints’ defeat to Chelsea was their first defeat in six and Claude Puel’s side are just 4/6 to win at the KCOM Stadium.
Manchester United have taken just three points from the last 12 available in the league and are falling further and further behind the title contenders. Jose Mourinho’s side have scored fewer goals this campaign than Watford and Crystal Palace and they travel to Swansea City desperate for a win.
Swansea’s opening day win against Burnley seems like a long time ago and they have lost seven of their last nine league matches. Bob Bradley’s side are a huge 5/1 to record a home victory.
Title chasing Liverpool are 1/4 to win at home against Watford while champions Leicester City‘s league form has improved in recent weeks and they are 3/4 to beat West Bromwich Albion>/strong>.

Sep 25, 559 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, 566 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, 601 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.

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

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, 605 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, 685 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, 699 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, 706 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, 713 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.

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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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