Our football expert looks at the weekend of Premier League games, with the race for the title and relegation heating up. Arsenal, Tottenham, Leeds United and Crystal Palace are all in league action, with the FA Cup quarter-finals also taking place.
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
The game of the weekend in the Premier League sees league leaders Arsenal host London rivals Crystal Palace. Both teams are battling at different ends of the table, with Arsenal looking to open up an eight-point gap to Manchester City.
Although Crystal Palace sit 12th, they’re just three points clear of the relegation zone and without a win in 2023 across all competitions following the sacking of Patrick Vieira.
Mikel Arteta’s side are heavily favoured at 1.27, and against an Eagles side struggling for goals, the more inviting price of 1.77 for the Gunners to win to nil can maximise your return. After defeat on Wednesday, it’s no surprise Palace are outside favourites, but with the Gunners playing on Thursday night, backing the away side +0.5 first half on the Asian Handicap (2.15) could be the play.
Wolves v Leeds United
Both teams have just one win in five coming into this game – so it’s no surprise both teams are in the bottom half of the table.
Though six places below Wolves, Leeds are only four points behind, making this a crucial six-pointer for both sides. Recent head-to-head form favours Leeds, who have won two of the last three and will rely on Patrick Bamford to get on the scoresheet again at 3.80.
Chelsea v Everton
With three consecutive wins under their belt, it’s fair to say Graham Potter has kept himself in a job this month. Progression to the Champions League quarter-finals and league wins over two struggling sides in Leeds and Leicester have the Blues looking up.
Consistency is one thing Everton are still lacking coming into this game, especially on the road. Having conceded 10 goals in their last four away games, Sean Dyche’s side need more clean sheets to stay above the relegation zone.
Southampton v Tottenham
The only way is up for Southampton right now, and games are running out to secure their position in the Premier League next season.
Carlos Alcaraz (7.00) has two goals since signing for the Saints in January, and outside of James Ward Prowse (4.25), it’s difficult to see where else goals with come from for the home side. Their inability to score goals could cost them dearly and end their 11-year stay in the Premier League.
Tottenham will look to consolidate fourth place and keep a hungry Newcastle side hunting for now. Following their exit from the Champions League, securing top four will be crucial to their slim chances of keeping Antonio Conte as head coach.
Kane bagged a brace in Spurs’ last game, and he’s 5.00 to repeat this and add to his tally of 20 Premier League goals this season.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Brentford face Leicester City, with the 2016 league champions at risk of being relegated from England’s top division and Aston Villa face Bournemouth.
**Odds are subject to change. Odds accurate as of 5:00pm GMT Thursday 16th March**
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