With the final international break of the season concluded, it means our focus switches back to the domestic theatre of war and that means a return to all-important Premier League action this weekend.
The title race will undoubtedly get the majority of the focus over the next few days but at the same time, one should not forget the quest to finish in the top four is heating up and that is before we forget the teams striving to pull clear of the relegation zone.
It is fair to say that we have now entered the “business end” of the season and with that in mind, lets get down to business ourselves - as we offer up our top tips of the weekend.
SATURDAY MARCH 30
FULHAM VS MANCHESTER CITY
Saturday lunchtime sees Fulham play host to Manchester City and although the Cottagers seem almost down and out in terms of Premier League status, they do at least seem to be trying under the stewardship of new manager Scott Parker.
In their last game before the international hiatus, Fulham certainly made life difficult for fellow title chasers Liverpool and were it not for a late James Milner winner from the penalty spot, then the West Londoners would have picked up a well earned point in front of their own fans.
However, throughout the season it has been the defence that has let them down and with a weakness like that being shown to City, they will undoubtedly look to take advantage. Should you want to back the visitors to score over 3.5 total goals, GiveMeBet will have you covered at 7/5.
LEICESTER VS BOURNEMOUTH
With last month’s appointment of Brendan Rodgers as Leicester manager, many felt that his new side would end up playing in nothing more than a set of glorified training exercises before the start of next season.
However, back to back league wins has just kept their hopes of a potential Europa League place alive and they go into this Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth, fully confident of continuing their recent winning momentum.
With Eddie Howe’s men now having little to aim for, it is something that will certainly play into Leicester’s hands and the Foxes will be confident of picking up a victory at the King Power, while should they win to zero you can get odds of 11/5 with GiveMeBet.
BRIGHTON VS SOUTHAMPTON
Not only is there the small matter of a South Coast derby on the horizon this Saturday, but it also doubles up as a relegation ‘six-pointer’ as Brighton prepare to play host to Southampton at The AMEX Stadium.
Both teams are in a pretty precarious position at the bottom of the table, although it must be said that Chris Hughton’s men have put a little bit of extra daylight between themselves and the relegation zone after back to back league wins.
While Southampton’s escape act was given a boost before the international break when they came from behind to beat Tottenham, a result that they will now look to build on. Relegation scraps like this tend to be cagey and therefore a draw at odds of 21/10 with GiveMeBet looks a shrewd tip.
BURNLEY VS WOLVES
After a run of eight Premier League games unbeaten, it looked as if Burnley’s season had turned the corner and many felt that they would finish proceedings in the comfort of mid-table. However, four straight losses since has meant that the tension has once again returned to Turf Moor.
They will look to put this unwanted streak to an end this weekend, although that might be easier said than done when you consider the opposition that they have to face – one that comes in the shape of high-flying Wolves.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men booked a place in the F.A. Cup Semi-finals last time out and they will be confident of picking up all three points on Saturday. If you’re also confident you can back them to win with GiveMeBet at odds of 29/20.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS WATFORD
You wait for one domestic Manchester United defeat under OIe Gunnar Solskjaer and then two come along at once, as a league loss to Arsenal was then followed up by a F.A. Cup exit at the hands of Wolves.
With both of those losses coming away from home, it will be of some comfort to the interim United manager that he returns to Old Trafford this weekend and it is F.A. Cup Semi-finalists Watford who will provide the opposition.
Javi Gracia’s men have designs on European football next season and could prove to be difficult opposition to face. However, United know that they will need to pick up a win to aid their hopes of a top four finish and you can back a 2-0 home win with GiveMeBet at odds of 23/4.
CRYSTAL PALACE VS HUDDERSFIELD
Crystal Palace are not quite assured of Premier League football next season, although you do get the feeling that they are just a couple of wins away from eventually marking themselves safe and manager Roy Hodgson will have pinpointed this weekend as the opportunity to earn one of them.
That’s because the league’s basement side Huddersfield make the visit to the capital and they will still have memories of their last trip to London firmly etched in the brains – one that saw them score three times away at West Ham and still lose.
When that happens, you know it hasn’t been your day and for Huddersfield it simply hasn’t been their season. That would have been a crushing defeat and Palace will look to compound the misery with a win to zero, one that you can get odds of 11/10 with GiveMeBet.
WEST HAM VS EVERTON
A mid-table clash takes place at the London Stadium this Saturday, while the reason that West Ham and Everton find themselves where they are currently are is simply down to one word. Inconsistency.
These two teams are arguably the ones you don’t want to hang your hat on in any given week, for the simple reason that you have no idea just how they will perform and as a consequence, many a coupon has been busted throughout this season.
Therefore, trying to pick a winner or any kind of successful outcome in this game could well prove to be a fruitless task. With that in mind, the best plan of attack would be to back both teams to score at odds of 4/6 with GiveMeBet. It won’t make you rich, but it could fatten up an accumulator.
SUNDAY MARCH 31
CARDIFF VS CHELSEA
With Cardiff playing last out of all their relegation rivals this weekend, it can go one of two ways. One the on hand, by knowing how the other results have panned out - they at least know what they need to do themselves on Sunday.
However, should the teams immediately above them pick up points, it will only serve to heap more pressure on the shoulders of Neil Warnock and his players, as they prepare for the visit of Chelsea this weekend.
Maurizio Sarri’s men blew a huge opportunity to wedge themselves firmly in the race for a top four finish after defeat to Everton in the last outing - an error that they will look to put right on Sunday.
LIVERPOOL VS TOTTENHAM
Sunday’s main event takes us to Anfield where Liverpool play host to Tottenham and although these two sides now have slightly different objectives, the outcome that they will be looking for is exactly the same.
This encounter has an air of ‘win or bust’ about it and should either or both of these two sides fail to pick up maximum points, it will only serve to put a huge dent in their respective end of season aspirations.
The pressure may arguably rest more on Liverpool and therefore Tottenham might fancy their chances of getting something out of this. If you fancy the North Londoners to return home with at least a point you can get odds of 27/20 on with GiveMeBet a Spurs double chance outcome.
MONDAY APRIL 1
ARSENAL VS NEWCASTLE
This extended Premier League weekend ends at the Emirates and the meeting of two Spanish master tacticians. In one corner you have Arsenal, led by Unai Emery and in the other you have Newcastle, who are under the watchful eye of Rafael Benitez.
The Gunners know that if results go their way this weekend, they could find themselves moving into third place in the table and in the box seat when it comes to qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Newcastle have been one of the form sides in the division as of late and although confidence is growing within the camp, Arsenal at home will be a tougher nut to crack. With that being the case, you can back the hosts to win at half time and full time with GiveMeBet at odds of 5/6.News Now - Sport News