Our football expert previews the key weekend games at both ends of the Premier League table. With betting tips and insights into the trends catching his eye ahead of the Easter holidays.
Manchester United v Everton (Saturday 12:30 UTC+01:00)
Erik ten Haag’s men got back to winning ways in midweek after a blip in form saw them slip from potential title contenders to fighting for the Champions League places.
History favours the home side heavily in this one (1.50), who have won 38 games against Everton in the Premier League and were victorious in both meetings this season. A repeat of their latest meeting – which ended 3-1 – is 13.00, but a safer bet could be backing the Winning Margin by 2 Goals at 4.25.
The Toffees have scored in nine of their last 10 league meetings against the Red Devils, so Both Teams to Score at 1.93 seems to be the play. If you fancy an upset, Everton to win and Both Teams to Score is 12.00.
Southampton v Manchester City (Saturday 17:30 UTC+01:00)
The home side have won just one of the last 13 Premier League meetings against Pep Guardiola’s side – but did draw 1-1 last season at St Mary’s.
A repeat of that scoreline is 12.00, the same odds for Rubén Sellés’ side to win this one and derail the away team’s title hopes.
Southampton have just one clean sheet at home all season, so if they’re to have any chance Both Teams to Score (2.09) is a likely outcome.
City are on their longest winning streak this season, and with 17 goals in their last three games, it’s hard to bet against them. However, with Bayern Munich on the horizon backing them to win by one goal at 3.70 is worth a second glance.
Liverpool v Arsenal (Sunday 16:30 UTC+01:00)
The game of the weekend sees two sides who haven’t shared a goalless draw since 2015, so get the popcorn out for this one!
Attack is the best form of defence for both – so Both Teams to Score in Both Halves at 9.00 is an inviting price! Arsenal will know a win at Anfield will be a huge milestone on their quest for Premier League glory and come into the game as slight favourites (2.50).
Despite winning four of the last six meetings, Jurgen Klopp’s side have underperformed this season and their hopes of Champions League football in 2023/24 are fading. They won’t want to do City any favours, and Jota with five goals in five appearances for Liverpool against the Gunners could be one to back again (3.10).
Leicester City v Bournemouth (Saturday 15:00 UTC+01:00) & Leeds United v Crystal Palace (Sunday 14:00 UTC+01:00)
Relegation six-pointers are a weekly theme until the end of the Premier League season, and not many come bigger than these two.
Leicester City are seven games without a win and sit 19th in the table are favoured at 1.79 against 18th-place Bournemouth. But it’s the away side who have won the last two meetings, despite trailing at half-time. A repeat of that outcome is a mouth-watering 40.49!
Leeds and Palace are separated by just one point and the home side have won the last two meetings at Elland Road without conceding, and are favoured at 2.09. With Zaha out of the game for Roy Hodgson’s side, a draw (3.41) seems the more likely outcome if you don’t fancy Leeds, given Palace’s record of seven goals in 14 games in 2023.
Elsewhere, there’s two local derbies as Aston Villa host Nottingham Forest and Fulham face West Ham. Brentford welcome Newcastle, struggling Wolves host Chelsea and Tottenham play high-flying Brighton.
**Odds are subject to change. Odds accurate as of 17:00 UTC+01:00 Thursday 6th April**
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