Premier League Preview – Midweek and Weekend Crucial Games

Last night saw two games in the Premier League, Christian Eriksen’s latestrike broke Brighton hearts and handed Tottenham a battling 1-0 win over the Seagulls to enhance their prospects of earning a Champions League qualification place this season, while in the other game it was a case of goals at either end of the match with Shane Long scoring the fastest-ever Premier League goal, netting in just over 7 seconds from the start against Watford, before Andre Gray handed Watford a point with a late leveller.

Tonight we have two crucial games at the top of the table as Arsenal travel to the Midlands to face Wolverhampton Wanderers, while in Manchester it is the derby game with title-chasing Manchester City hoping to continue their fine run of form at Old Trafford against an out of form and seemingly out of sorts Manchester United. Following on from this and starting with Liverpool’s game on Friday against Huddersfield Town, is a full weekend of Premier League games.

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With a total of 12 games to get through, we are going to bring you our tips for each of the games right here, starting of course with tonight’s big two games.

Premier League Fixtures

Wednesday 24th April

Wolves v Arsenal – Home Win – 19/10

The Gunners recent record on the road isn’t great and they have kept just one clean sheet away from home all season long. Wolves have been upsetting top six teams all season, particularly at home where only Spurs and Liverpool have recorded wins against them. This will be another tough one for Arsenal and although Wolves are not in great form, I am backing them to land the win here.

Manchester United v Manchester City – Away Win – 1/2

These clubs come into this fixture in very contrasting form, United losing six of their last eight, while City have won nine of their last ten. The Citizens also have a superb record at Old Trafford over recent years, losing just one game there in the Premier League since 2012. Liverpool fans will be in the rare position of wanting Manchester United to win this game but I still feel it will be City that come out on top.

Friday 26th April

Liverpool v Huddersfield Town – Home Win – 1/14

At the time of writing, Liverpool are top of the Premier League and face a home game against the bottom club in Huddersfield Town. This is obviously going to be a home win, unless a massive shock is on the cards, but I cant see it. Huddersfield look a team demoralised and with so much at stake for Liverpool, Anfield should be rocking on Friday night. This should be a strong and comfortable victory for the home team.

Saturday 27th April

Tottenham v West Ham United – Home Win – 2/5

Spurs last gasp win over Brighton in midweek will have given Mauricio Pochettino’s team a real boost in confidence and I think that could well be the catalyst for them to kick on and finish the season strongly by winning their final three games. West Ham do blow hot and cold and they have a decent record against Spurs, but Spurs have won every game at their new ground so far and I expect that run to continue here.

Crystal Palace v Everton – Draw – 11/5

This is probably the toughest game to call of the weekend. Both these teams can blow hot and cold and last weekend, both were in great form, Everton thumping Manchester United 4-0, while Palace beat Arsenal 3-2 at the Emirates. However, neither is the most consistent and with Everton losing to Fulham on their last road trip, they’ll want to avoid another defeat here and I think they will, but I also feel Palace will do enough to take a point from the encounter.

Fulham v Cardiff City – Home Win – 7/5

Neil Warnock has spent most of the season complaining about referees and he was at it again at the weekend and unfortunately that detracted a little from what was a decent Cardiff display against Liverpool. Fulham beat Everton at home last time out at Craven Cottage and I feel Scott Parker’s audition for the manager’s job begins now and I fancy him to have his team ready to earn another rare win for the home side here.

Southampton v Bournemouth – Home Win – 21/20

Saints fans will have been gutted not to hang on to all three points away to Watford in midweek due to Andre Gray’s late equaliser, but they are now six points clear of Cardiff, three of Brighton and look safe from the drop. Bournemouth’s form is erratic to say the least, beating Brighton 5-0 on the road and then losing at home to Fulham is shocking and I can’t see their form improving here in what should be a hotly contested south coast clash.

Watford v Wolves – Draw – 23/10

This is a replay of the exciting and contentious FA Cup Semifinal between the teams of a few weeks ago when Watford won in extra time. Wolves will want revenge for that and with Troy Deeney suspended, they stand a solid chance. Both teams are tough to beat, as Watford showed when levelling late on in midweek against Southampton. This could be a very fierce contest between two well matched teams, and I think a draw is about the right result.

Brighton v Newcastle United – Away Win – 5/2

Chris Hughton’s Brighton side were unfortunate to lose to a late goal at Spurs in midweek but it was yet another defeat for the Seagulls whose recent form is a real worry. In contrast, Newcastle are safe and Rafa Benitez has done another sterling job this year. It is a long trip for the Geordies to the south coast, but I have the feeling it is going to be an enjoyable one as I am tipping Newcastle to heap more pressure on the home team.

Sunday 28th April

Leicester City v Arsenal – Draw – 12/5

Brendan Rodgers will get a big test of his talents as his Leicester City team welcome Arsenal to the King Power Stadium in what will be a good gauge to see how far the Foxes have come under the former Celtic and Liverpool boss. The Gunners recent form is erratic, especially on the road, but they will know that any more slip ups could be critical to their hopes of Champions League qualification. Even so, I still fancy Leicester City to earn a point from this one.

Burnley v Manchester City – Draw – 7/1

All the statistics point to a City win in this game. They have beaten Burnley easily already this season in both the league and cup and Burnley, now safe, won’t be playing with the same intensity they had when relegation loomed. However, City are starting to look very tired and after two games with Spurs, then the Manchester derby, Turf Moor is a tough place to go against a strong and powerful Burnley side who will have had a few days more rest. That could be decisive as I am backing the home side to plunge City’s title hopes into crisis by earning a point here.

Manchester United v Chelsea – Home Win – 13/8

Depending on how United do in the derby game, this could be the game which gives them a real chance at securing Champions League football next season (barring Chelsea or Arsenal winning the Europa League), or it could be the death knell on a poor season. Chelsea also need a win to enhance their Champions League qualification hopes. Neither side is in great form but I think that being at home just tilts this game in United’s favour.


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