The Premier League continues with midweek games on Tuesday and Wednesday night at both ends of the table. Our football expert previews the key fixtures as the relegation battle and race for European football next season heats up!
Chelsea v Liverpool (Tuesday 20:00 UTC+01:00)
In years gone by, these two sides would be fighting for the Premier League title. Four points separate them, they’re a long way from where they want to be – an astounding 30 points off the top of the table.
The last five meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw after 90 minutes, the last three being 0-0. A repeat of that score line is 13.00, with a draw at 3.38. Goals have been lacking this season for Chelsea, with 29 goals in 28 games – so expect another low-scoring affair.
It’s been a season to forget for the Blues, who sacked Graham Potter – their second manager of the season – after a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa. Sitting in a lowly 11th place, the only saving grace might’ve been their upcoming Champions League tie against Real Madrid, but the job always looked like a step too far for the Englishman.
Liverpool on the other hand are eight points from Champions League qualification, and under Jurgen Klopp, this could be their worst season since he took over in October 2015. Having been knocked out of Europe in the last-16, and the FA Cup in the fourth round by Brighton, a late top-four push is the best the Reds can hope for.
Mo Salah is favoured at 2.90 to get on the scoresheet for the away side and add to his 23 goals across all competitions this season.
Leeds United v Nottingham Forest (Tuesday 19:45 UTC+01:00)
One point separates these sides going into this relegation six-pointer at the bottom of the table. The home side haven’t beaten Forest since 2017 – with three defeats and three draws since.
Recent form favours Leeds, who have two Premier League wins in their last five and are 1.81 to get another three points in this fixture. Whereas Forest are winless since the last time these sides met in February, and are clear underdogs at 4.52.
Rasmus Kristensen has scored in consecutive games for Leeds from right-back and is 12.00 to make it three in a row. Brennan Johnson is the most likely to get on the scoresheet for Forest (3.80), with 3 goals in his last four appearances.
Manchester United v Brentford (Wednesday 20:00 UTC+01:00)
Defeat on Sunday dented Manchester United’s top-four hopes, and league performances have been less than convincing over the last month.
With one trophy already in the bag, it will be important for the home side to avoid complacency at a key point in the season, with the Europa League still up for grabs.
Bruno Fernandes to score at 3.20 and get the Red Devils’ Champions League ambitions back on track for next season could be the play, with the captain needing to step up and lead by example.
Brentford’s 4-0 demolition of Erik ten Hag’s side back in August was their first win since 1938 between the two sides. So it’s no surprise they’re 5.03 ahead of their trip to Old Trafford.
Ivan Toney will get chances to add to his 17 league goals this season against a fragile defence of late, and at 2.70 to score is one to watch for the away side.
**Odds are subject to change. Odds accurate as of 12:00 UTC+01:00 Tuesday 4th April**
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