It’s a busy week of football this week with the crucial second legs of the Champions League and Europa League quarter finals with still plenty to play for in many of the ties. However, we are going to focus our attention on this weekend’s Premier League action which stretches from Saturday lunch time through to Monday night.
There’s also a number of matches being played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the following week as teams seek to catch up on their games in hand over the other teams in the Premier League. This is then followed by FA Cup Semi Final weekend (which we will bring you more on in next weeks article).
Outlined below is the full fixture list for the weekend, complete with the latest Match Result odds from Coral Sport.
Saturday 14th April
Southampton (10/3) v Chelsea (17/20) – Draw (5/2)
There’s no doubt that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have gone off the boil. A 1-1 draw at home to West Ham last weekend was a very poor result and probably ends their hopes of a top four finish. Southampton sit 19th and in desperate need of a win here but Mark Hughes hasn’t really turned things around with three defeats in their last four. That said, Chelsea’s confidence looks rock bottom, so I am backing the saints to pick up a point in a draw here. Tip – Draw (5/2)
Crystal Palace (19/20) v Brighton (16/5) – Draw (11/5)
17th takes on 13th in a game that sees four places and four points separate the sides. Palace’s need for a win is more than Brighton’s given that they have played a game more than Southampton in 18th. Roy Hodgson’s men have lost just one of their last three whereas Brighton have not won in four. That said, I expect this to be a hard fought battle but one which I feel Palace will just come out on top of. Tip – Crystal Palace win (19/20)
Swansea City (6/4) v Everton (2/1) – Draw (21/10)
This is a tough one to call, Swansea’s form is much improved under Carlos Carvajal but they have hit a sticky patch of late and are without a win in four. Everton’s away form is still very poor and even against a Swansea side that don’t score many, they are unlikely to get too many chances. I was tempted by the draw here but I think Swansea’s need for points will just edge this in their favour. Tip – Swansea to win (6/4)
Huddersfield (13/8) v Watford (9/5) – Draw (21/10)
With Huddersfueld very much still in the relegation battle, their need for points outweighs Watford, who sit on 37 points in 12th. Javi Gracia has made a positive impact at Vicarage Road, but I think David Warner has performed miracles with his Huddersfield Town team this season and I think they know that a win here will give them a massive chance of avoiding the drop. This will be a real battle but I think Huddersfield have enough to get the result they need. Tip – Huddersfield to win (13/8)
Burnley (8/5) v Leicester City (2/1) – Draw (19/10)
Burnley have hit a rich vein of form at the moment winning all of their last four games and they face a Leicester City side who are in somewhat inconsistent form, drawing 2, winning 2 and losing 2 of their last six games. This should be a close game as 7th takes on 8th in the table, but I think the recent form of both sides suggests that this is most likely to be another narrow home win for the Clarets. Tip – Burnley to win (8/5)
Liverpool (1/4) v Bournemouth (11/1) – Draw (5/1)
Liverpool’s mood coming into this game will be that they need to win it, regardless of how their match with Man City in the Champions League went. The Cherries were unlucky to lose at Anfield last season but were well beaten at home this season and in truth, if Liverpool play anywhere near their fluid attacking best, this is a game that they should win comfortably. Tip – Liverpool win (1/4)
Tottenham (29/20) v Man City (17/10) – Draw (5/2)
What Manchester City will turn up here? The one that destroyed Spurs earlier in the season, or the team that struggled away to Liverpool and Man Utd in recent times? Tottenham need the points to keep up their quest for third or second spot and a confirmed top four finish and I have to admit, I think City’s defence has been found wanting of late. With Harry Kane back up front, I a fancy Spurs to pick up the win here. Tip – Tottenham win (29/20)
Sunday 15th April
Newcastle Utd (12/5) v Arsenal (11/10) – Draw (5/2)
This matchup has produced some classic Premier League encounters over the years and Newcastle’s huge win at Leicester at the weekend has seen them move into 10th place and almost on the verge of safety. Rafa Benitez men have hit form at the perfect time with three wins in a row moving them well clear of the drop zone. Arsenal’s form has also improved and they now lie just three points behind Chelsea. This is a big ask though against an in form Newcastle and I am backing the draw here Tip – Draw (5/2)
Man Utd (2/11) v West Brom (18/1) – Draw (11/2)
This is arguably the easiest fixture to predict for the weekend. United will be on a high after their superb win over Manchester City at the Etihad last weekend, when they came from 2-0 down to defeat their city rivals 3-2 and to stop them claiming the league title.
West Brom come into the game on the back of a long run of defeats that was only ended last weekend with a 1-1 draw at home to Swansea City. The Baggies have endured a miserable season under Tony Pulis and then Alan Pardew and they seem certain for the drop. There’s no question here, this is going to be a comfortable home win for United. Tip – United to win (2/11)
Monday 16th April
West Ham (Evens) v Stoke City (14/5) – Draw (14/5)
The Hammers will be thrilled at earning a point from their trip to Chelsea on Sunday, while Stoke were enduring their fourth defeat in successive games against Tottenham at home. The Hammers are now unbeaten in two and a win here would give them a massive chance of avoiding the drop as it would put 10 points between them and Stoke with just 5 games remaining. Tip – West Ham to win (Evens)
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- Huddersfield Town to beat Watford – 13/8
- Tottenham to beat Man City – 29/20
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