Five best bets of the Premier League weekend
With the FA Cup quarter-finals taking place this weekend, it means that the upcoming Premier League programme has been chopped in half, and although there may only be five top-flight fixtures taking place, this does not mean that they are any less important.
With teams at both ends of the table in action, it means that the final scores will no doubt have ramifications for the title race and also the intensifying battle to avoid finishing up in the relegation zone.
These high stakes always lead to high drama, and it also gives you the perfect opportunity to make some money. With that in mind, here are our five best bets of the Premier League weekend.
Cherries plucked at Vitality
After Bournemouth’s win at Huddersfield last weekend, it seems as if Eddie Howe’s men have all but assured themselves another crack at Premier League action next season, and this could also be good news for opponents Newcastle on Saturday.
With the Cherries having nothing left to play for and achieving their ultimate objective of safety, there is always the concern that the Bournemouth players will end up coasting in the final few weeks of the campaign.
If that does prove to be the case, then it is a situation that Newcastle will be looking to take full advantage of, and after their incredible 3-2 win at home to Everton, they themselves know that one more win would also all but secure their Premier League status.
Rafael Benítez’s Magpies have been one of the division’s form teams as of late and this upturn in results has come at just the right time. Should they continue this streak with a win at the Vitality Stadium, then Sportsbet has you covered at odds of 3.65.
Vardy looking to party at Turf Moor
After a run of eight Premier League games unbeaten, it looked as if Burnley had managed to pull clear of the relegation battle and in turn looked set to end up finishing the season in the relative safety that mid-table offers.
However, three league defeats in a row – including last Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield – have once again created an air of tension around Turf Moor, and Burnley boss Sean Dyche knows that this unwanted streak cannot continue for much longer.
This Saturday sees them play host to a Leicester side who are off the mark under new manager Brendan Rodgers, and the arrival of the Ulsterman has certainly given their talisman a new lease of life.
Jamie Vardy seems to be revitalised since a change of management at the King Power Stadium and he has subsequently scored in Leicester’s last two league outings. Should you back him to extend that goal-scoring run to three this weekend, then Sportsbet will reward you with odds of 2.23.
Hammers bubbling up
West Ham are currently one place above Leicester going into this weekend’s action, and although they still have designs on finishing seventh in the table and potentially earning a Europa League place, those hopes would have taken a dent last Saturday.
If there is one thing that has let the Hammers down, it is inconsistency, especially away from home, and this was clearly evident in South Wales last weekend when they found themselves being beaten by Cardiff.
Therefore, the fact that they are back at the London Stadium this weekend will be of comfort to manager Manuel Pellegrini, especially as they play host to a Huddersfield side who are averaging just a goal every other league game this season.
Huddersfield find themselves 16 points from safety, and manager Jan Siewert knows that it’s a case of when and not if they are relegated – a status they will move one step closer to if West Ham win this game to nil on Saturday. Sportsbet is offering odds of 2.40 for it to happen.
Reds go marching on
After booking their place in the Champions League quarter-finals with an impressive 3-1 win over Bayern Munich in midweek, the focus now switches back to domestic matters for Jürgen Klopp and his group of championship-chasing players.
On Sunday, Liverpool travel to West London to face a Fulham side that have showed signs of life under new manager Scott Parker but are still yet to put any additional points on the board under their new steward.
Like Huddersfield, there is almost the inevitability that the Cottagers will suffer the ignominy of relegation and their stint in the Premier League will only end up being a short one.
Liverpool know that a win would see them return to the top of the table, and although Fulham have showed some signs of life recently, they won’t be able to stand in the way of the Reds. An away win with both teams scoring looks a smart punt, especially at Sportsbet’s odds of 1.69.
Toffees unstruck again
The pressure looks to be mounting on Marco Silva once again, especially after he witnessed his Everton side throw away a 2-0 lead at Newcastle last weekend, and it means that they go into Sunday’s clash with Chelsea while lying in the bottom half of the table.
This position is simply not good enough for a club the size of Everton, and should the Merseysiders not have a strong end to this season, it means that serious questions will have to be asked in regard to Silva’s value as manager.
Life gets no easier for the Toffees, and this Sunday sees them play host to a Chelsea side who booked their place in the Europa League quarter-finals with an emphatic 5-0 win over Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night.
It seems as if the Blues have got their swagger back under Maurizio Sarri, and with the race for the top four intensifying, they could not have timed this any better. Should you want to back a half-time/full-time Chelsea win, Sportsbet will serve up odds of 3.05.
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Words: Noah Hart