Premier League preview: No time for European hangovers as the title race kicks into gear

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With just four weeks of the Premier League season left to go, we are still no closer to finding out just who will go on to be crowned champions, and the same can be said for who will earn themselves a top-four finish.

The closer we get to the final day, the more heightened the drama will become, and if you thought last weekend’s action was exhilarating, then fasten your seat belts for another high octane round of top-flight matches.

While with that in mind, it’s time to get down to business and here are our big tips for this upcoming weekend.

SATURDAY 20 APRIL

MANCHESTER CITY VS TOTTENHAM

There will be a sense of familiarity this weekend as Manchester City and Tottenham lock horns once more, and with their Champions League exploits now firmly behind them, the focus shifts to domestic matters.

Both teams need a win, albeit for slightly differing reasons and this is why the upcoming clash at the Etihad is going to be so keenly anticipated. A win for City and they move back to the top of the table, a win for Spurs and they further solidify their hopes of a top-four finish.

Pep Guardiola’s men have a game in hand over Liverpool, but also have the far harder run-in and trying to clear the hurdle that the north Londoners present is going to be a tough task. (GMB odds - Spurs double chance 14/5)

WEST HAM VS LEICESTER

West Ham will no doubt consider themselves unfortunate not to have picked up at least a point at Old Trafford last Saturday, while on another day they could well have returned to the capital with all three.

This weekend they return to the more familiar surroundings of the London Stadium and with the visit of Leicester on the agenda, manager Manuel Pellegrini will be hopeful of seeing his side return to winning ways.

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Leicester may have feared the worst when they lost to Newcastle last Friday, but with all the teams around them also losing and the race for seventh place still wide open, it’s very much as you were. (GMB odds - Leicester win 13/10)

WOLVES VS BRIGHTON

After losing their FA Cup semi-final in such dramatic circumstances, there was always the danger that Wolves were going to be heavily deflated for the following clash with Southampton and this was clearly evident when they fell to a 3-1 loss at St Mary’s.

A look at their recent form will no doubt have manager Nuno Espirito Santo concerned and with just two league wins from their last six, it looks as if they are hitting the skids at just the wrong time of the campaign.

This weekend they play host to a Brighton side that found themselves in a relegation ‘six-pointer’ in midweek and you do wonder, just how much that will have taken out of them. (GMB odds - Wolves win to zero 6/4).

BOURNEMOUTH VS FULHAM

Eddie Howe was certainly critical of his players when they recently lost to Burnley and those words then definitely sparked the Cherries into life last weekend, as they put five goals past a hapless Brighton at The AMEX.

This Saturday sees them play host to a Fulham side, who last weekend arguably played their best football under Scott Parker. They were impressive during their 2-0 win over Everton and fans of the club will no doubt be wondering where the Cottagers have been hiding a performance like that.

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With Bournemouth all but safe after their win and Fulham already relegated, there really is not a lot to play for. At the same time, with the Cherries now firing again, they’ll be good value for all three points. (GMB odds - Bournemouth 2-0 win 29/4).

HUDDERSFIELD VS WATFORD

Huddersfield continue to limp towards the end of this forgettable Premier League season and once again they were clearly outclassed last weekend, as they fell to a 4-0 Lucas Moura inspired loss to Tottenham.

This Saturday sees them play host to a Watford side who make the long journey to the John Smith’s Stadium without their captain and talisman Troy Deeney, who misses the clash after being sent off against Arsenal on Monday.

Even without the presence of Deeney, Watford should be too hot to handle for Huddersfield and they will need to find a win in order to keep their hopes of a seventh-place finish alive. (GMB odds - Watford to win by one-goal margin 43/20)

NEWCASTLE VS SOUTHAMPTON

There could be something of an almost celebratory atmosphere at St James' Park this Saturday and although neither Newcastle nor Southampton are mathematically safe at the moment, you do get the feeling that they will both be playing Premier League football next season.

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Newcastle moved a huge step closer towards survival last weekend, as they got the better of Leicester and Southampton performed a similar feat, when they disposed of Wolves with almost alarming ease.

The fact the two clubs find themselves where they are is obvious testament to the respective men in charge and with not a great deal to choose between either Newcastle or Southampton, a draw is definitely worth considering (GMB odds - Draw 21/10).

SUNDAY 21 APRIL

EVERTON VS MANCHESTER UNITED

After an away defeat to Fulham, Everton blew a huge opportunity to move up to seventh in the table last weekend and Marco Silva will know that once again inconsistency for the Toffees has reared its ugly head.

This Sunday sees them play host to Manchester United, who have European ambitions of their own next season – albeit it is the Champions League and not the Europa League in which they want to be participating in.

Last weekend Ole was at the wheel and oversaw his players earn a slightly fortunate 2-1 win over West Ham and it is one that puts them firmly in the hunt for a top-four finish. Should they repeat that score on Sunday, GiveMeBet will have you covered with odds of 27/4. (GMB odds - Man Utd 2-1 win 7/1).

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CARDIFF VS LIVERPOOL

By the time that Liverpool start their clash with Cardiff on Sunday, they could well be sitting second in the Premier League table and once again, it will mean that Jurgen Klopp and his players have another question to answer.

To be fair to them, every question that Manchester City have posed to them as of late, has seen them answer it perfectly and this was none more evident than when they got the better of Chelsea last Sunday.

Liverpool may have played a game more in the race for the title, but at the same time have the easier fixtures and even though Cardiff are fighting for their lives, this should represent a routine win. (GMB odds - Liverpool to win by three goals 15/4).

ARSENAL VS CRYSTAL PALACE

Arsenal manager Unai Emery will no doubt have a keen eye and how both Tottenham and Manchester United fare this weekend, as those results could well end up playing into the hands of the Gunners.

They go into their game with Crystal Palace, knowing that Champions League qualification is still very much down to themselves and all they have to do is keep winning matches between now and the final day of the campaign.

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The north Londoners are one of the form teams in the division at present, having picked up 13 points from the last 18. (GMB odds - Arsenal to win half-time and full-time 11/10)

MONDAY 22 APRIL

CHELSEA VS BURNLEY

The final fixture in this extended weekend of Premier League action takes us to Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea play host to Burnley and Blues boss Maurizio Sarri knows that after defeat to Liverpool last week, his side are now the outsiders in the race for a top-four place.

It certainly is not impossible for the West Londoners to secure one of those berths but having played a game more than all of their nearest rivals and perhaps starting this game lying sixth in the table, means that they are very much up against it.

They go up against a Burnley side who have all but secured their Premier League status for another season and you wonder just how much of handful they will be. While when we talk about handfuls, Eden Hazard will no doubt aim to be one. (GMB odds - Hazard to score 4/5)

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