Premier League preview: Man City aim for the top, relegation battle takes centre stage

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The Premier League heats up with huge games at both ends of the table. Our football expert shares his betting tips and shares key insights to watch out for ahead of the biggest games.


Crystal Palace v West Ham United (Saturday 12:30 UTC+01:00)

The home side (2.63) have won just one of the last five meetings going into this one, with both teams knowing their status in the Premier League is under less threat following their improved form in recent weeks.

A London derby means fireworks are never too far away, and if results around them don’t go their way, both can easily be dragged back into the relegation fight. West Ham will feel hard done by following their midweek defeat at Liverpool and are (2.79) to bounce back with a win.

Over 2.5 goals (2.36) has landed in the last four meetings, with over 3.5 goals (4.38) landing in three of the last four games.


Fulham v Manchester City (Sunday 14:00 UTC+01:00)

A win for Manchester City will put them back to the top of the table for the first time since February after their midweek humbling of Arsenal. 

The away side are unbeaten in 19 games against Fulham – a run that extends back to 2009 – and are unsurprisingly favoured (1.25) to pick up three points. If you fancy a huge upset, Fullham are 11.07 to get all three points

Erling Haaland scored again in midweek, and needs just two goals to surpass Alan Shearer and Andy Cole’s record for most goals in a single Premier League season. He’s (2.80) to score two or more goals and break that record.


Bournemouth v Leeds United (Sunday 14:00 UTC+01:00)

It’s a must not lose game for both sides, but as the games pass, they will turn into must-win games if teams around them pick up points.

Leeds United won their last trip to Bournemouth and won by an odd goal in a seven-goal thriller in the reverse fixture. But two away wins all season in the Premier League throws some doubt into backing them at 2.64.

Bournemouth won on Thursday against Southampton, and go into this one as slender home favourites (2.62) and Marcus Tavernier is 3.80 to get on the scoresheet in consecutive games. 

Newcastle United v Southampton (Sunday 14:00 UTC+01:00)

Eddie Howe’s side are closing in on the unthinkable, securing Champions Legaue football for the first time since the 2002/03 season. European football was always the target, but a flailing Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham side has put them in pole position to get back among Europe’s elite.

Given Newcastle’s home form and opponent – who are winless in eight games – it seems like this will only go one way and that’s a home win (1.33). A repeat of the scoreline from the reverse fixture in November (4-1 to Newcastle) is 21.00.

The Saints are rooted to the foot of the table, despite a draw with league leaders Arsenal last week. They look increasingly resigned to relegation, but if you fancy them to begin ‘the great escape’ they’re 10.05 to win this one.


**Odds are subject to change. Odds accurate as of 13:00 UTC+01:00 Friday 28th April**

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