Another bumper weekend of Premier League fixtures means another opportunity to put your betting skills to the test and see if you can find great value from the odds on offer. Allow us to help you, as we analyse the upcoming games on April 8, 9 and 10.
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Watford
Spurs haven’t done much wrong recently, and so should be expected to sweep aside Watford as happened in the previous fixture, a 4-1 away win at Vicarage Road. Watford showed far more desire and cohesiveness against West Brom than had been evident before, though, and the team has the capacity to take a point.
Top Bet: 5/1 with Betfair for a draw
West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton
West Brom was on the end of a convincing defeat to Watford, in a rocky recent patch that has seen seven points picked up from a possible 18. Though Southampton is well below the Baggies in the table, it’s a team that has looked revitalised recently, and with West Brom’s small squad seeming a little tired, this could be an away win.
West Ham United vs. Swansea City
West Ham has been on a bad run of late, and while Swansea’s position is a lot more precarious and has also seen a few points squandered, there is a real lack of confidence being displayed at home by the Hammers. Swansea, if Fernando Llorente is on his A-game, has a real opportunity to take something away from the London Stadium.
Top Bet: 27/10 with SportingBet for a draw
Stoke City vs. Liverpool
Liverpool hasn’t always enjoyed trips to the Bet365 Stadium, having been on the end of a 6-1 drubbing at the tail-end of Brendan Rodgers’ time at the club. This time it’s a different Stoke, one which seems to have lost a lot of the crispness from its play, with the likes of Marko Arnautovic not playing to their full potential. Even without the injured Sadio Mane, Liverpool has enough firepower to win.
Manchester City vs. Hull City
Hull has certainly shown a willingness to scrap, and while the majority of the club’s points have come at home, Manchester City has shown that if it is attacked, it’s possible to find a way through. It’s more than likely that City will come through and win this, but the victory was narrow in the earlier fixture, and Hull will likely score.
Middlesbrough vs. Burnley
A late-season game between two teams who both have been struggling for goals at the foot of the table doesn’t suggest endless thrills, but the fact is both sides need the points, Middlesbrough slightly more given the side sits in the relegation zone. It’ll be a low-scoring game, and the honours may well be shared.
Top Bet: 23/10 with Betfair for a draw
Bournemouth vs. Chelsea
Chelsea still looks strong enough not to allow the occasional surprise defeat to derail the title challenge, but Bournemouth has stepped up its game recently, meaning mid-table safety is more or less guaranteed. At home in the cramped surroundings of Dean Court, Bournemouth’s creative and clever attacking players will be able to challenge Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and company.
Top Bet: 31/10 with 10Bet for a draw
SUNDAY, APRIL 9
Sunderland vs. Manchester United
Sunderland really has no way back after a 2-0 defeat on Tuesday against Leicester which leaves David Moyes’ team marooned at the bottom of the table. Manchester United might have let a few games slip recently, but this won’t be one of them, especially with Zlatan Ibrahimovic gratefully putting teams to the sword.
Everton vs. Leicester City
Leicester hasn’t really put a foot wrong since Craig Shakespeare took over, with the result being fairly comfortable safety from relegation. Everton has had an inconsistent season overall, with the whole side overly reliant on goals from Romelu Lukaku, and seeming a bit short on overall quality. Given the contrasting form of the two sides, it’s realistic to look at the odds for a Leicester win, which would be a sixth in a row.
MONDAY, APRIL 10
Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal
Sam Allardyce will have an easy team-talk before his players face Arsenal: just do the same as they did against Chelsea. That game showed that a group that has largely flattered to deceive can produce the goods if well-organised. Arsenal is a different challenge to Chelsea, but Palace will use pace on the counter-attack and the threat of Wilfried Zaha to put the Gunners defence on its toes.
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