This weekend in the English Premier League, there are enough potential permutations for betting to get really fun and exciting. Let’s take a look at the possible results, and the ways you can make money while watching football this weekend.
SATURDAY, APRIL 15
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Bournemouth
Mauricio Pochettino once again has turned Spurs into the best defensive team in the Premier League, and that means that Bournemouth, even with only one defeat in the past month and 45 goals in the league, may struggle to score. Spurs, with a perfect record in the league since they lost on February 11, will look to score early on and close things out.
Top Bet: 6/1 with Paddy Power for Dele Alli to score twice or more
Watford vs. Swansea City
It’s been another bad spell for Swansea, with no wins in five games, and so it might seem counter-intuitive to bet on a win at Vicarage Road, except that Watford has been painfully inconsistent all season, and this gives the relegation-challenged Swans a chance away from home.
Top Bet: 2/1 with Betfair for a Swansea win
Crystal Palace vs. Leicester City
Anyone who watched Palace tear Arsenal apart will not be surprised that it is out of the relegation zone with seven games still to play. The challenge is to keep up that good form, and with the visit of Leicester, perhaps still distracted by Champions League exertions, there is a chance.
Neither side has an especially good defensive record, a situation that may lead to both sides cancelling each other out.
Top Bet: 27/10 with SportingBet for a draw
Everton vs. Burnley
Burnley pulled out of a worrying tailspin with a win and a draw in its last two games, the same results Everton managed in what looks like a promising end to a season in which the Merseyside club challenges Arsenal for sixth place and a Europa League slot, albeit with two extra games played.
Burnley never makes it easy, and arguably Everton does not make it easy for itself, but this ought to be a narrow home win.
Top Bet: 5/2 with Ladbrokes for Everton to win by one goal
Stoke City vs. Hull City
Stoke has lost the last four games, while Hull has thre wins and three losses from the past six games, as the Tigers look more and more like a team that might stay up in the Premier League. It’s for that reason that it certainly is a good bet, especially at the odds being offered, to go for a Hull victory at the Bet365 Stadium.
Top Bet: 16/5 with SportingBet for a Hull win
Sunderland vs. West Ham United
It’s looking a bit miserable for Sunderland, 10 points from safety and with only five wins all season. Even though last time out West Ham arrested its own slide with a win, this is a match between two teams that would like to get the season over as soon as possible. West Ham ought to take the points from this game, especially given Sunderland’s struggles in both defence and attack.
Top Bet: 5/2 with 10Bet for West Ham to win by two or more goals
Southampton vs. Manchester City
Saints, back into the top half with two wins in a row, will be aware that City has only taken nine points from a possible 18; that said, City, even in the current transitional phase with players like Kevin de Bruyne and Jesus Navas out of position, possesses enough ingenuity in attack to see off Southampton. Expect goals at either end, and a close win for Pep Guardiola’s team.
Top Bet: 11/4 with Paddy Power for Leroy Sane to score anytime
SUNDAY, APRIL 16
West Bromwich Albion vs. Liverpool
West Brom hasn’t done a lot since securing 40 points, Tony Pulis’s usual high-water-mark of achievement, and even though Liverpool has found some pretty bizarre ways to concede goals away from home this season, and Sadio Mane is out for the rest of the campaign, the Reds will feel confident of taking the win against a slightly rudderless-looking Albion.
Top Bet: 3/1 with Bet365 for a Liverpool win with both teams scoring
Manchester United vs. Chelsea
Jose Mourinho would love nothing more than to beat Chelsea and prove that he has engineered an upturn at his new club, Manchester United. Old Trafford has traditionally been a tough place for the Blues to come and get a result, and in truth Antonio Conte and his team will know that a safety-first draw is likely to be enough to get them one step closer to the Premier League title.
Top Bet: 21/10 with BetStars for a draw
MONDAY, APRIL 17
Middlesbrough vs. Arsenal
Arsenal has had a whole week to reflect on the pummelling by Crystal Palace on Monday, after which the calls for Arsene Wenger to go became louder. However,. Middlesbrough is a different matter, showing a lot less fight and tactical nous in recent weeks, and looking very much like relegation fodder. Expect Arsenal to make heavy weather of this away game, but to come through with a ground-out win.
Top Bet: 18/5 with Bet365 for a half-time/full-time result of draw/Arsenal
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