Premier League preview: Man City & Arsenal face relegation threatened sides

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The Premier League action continues as our football expert shares his betting tips on the key games this weekend. Catch all the latest trends and insights ahead of another big weekend.


Southampton v Crystal Palace (Saturday 15:00 UTC+01:00)

The home side are winless in their last three Premier League games against Crystal Palace – a run that looks set to continue going by recent form. 

Sitting bottom of the table, Southampton players looked resigned to relegation with just three league wins in 2023. Scoring goals has been a problem all season and they’re narrow underdogs (2.77) going into this one. James Ward-Prowse is their most likely goalscorer at 3.60) – he’s got the same number of league goals as their next top three goalscorers combined.

Roy Hodgson’s return has sparked the Eagles into life, winning two consecutive games and six points clear of the relegation zone. Odsonne Edouard score in the reverse meeting back in October, and last weekend – he’s 3.30 to get his fifth league goal of the season. 

The away side have never kept a clean sheet in 22 away games against Southampton in the top-flight, so Palace to win and Both Teams to Score at 5.50 aligns with previous meetings.

Manchester City v Leicester City (Saturday 17:30 UTC+01:00)

Fresh off their 3-0 thumping of Bayern Munich, confidence will be high in the City camp to close the gap to just three points at the top of the table. 

Leicester have just two wins in 2023, and will be hoping for a new manager bounce when Dean Smith takes to the dugout for the first time. If manager Pep Guardiola has one eye on next week’s second leg in his team selection, Leicester +2 on the Asian Handicap at 2.18 may be the play.

Man City won the same fixture 6-3 last season, and are 4.50 to win by 3 goals again in this one, or an ambitious 251.00 for a repeat scoreline.


West Ham v Arsenal (Sunday 14:00 UTC+01:00)

Premier League leaders Arsenal come into this one as heavy favourites (1.58) and after last week’s draw will have one eye over their shoulder in Man City’s direction.

Having won six of their last seven meetings with West Ham, the Gunners will be looking for another three points in this one.

West Ham – fresh off a European quarter-final against Gent – have won two of their last three Premier League games putting them in a more comfortable position in the league. It’s not a must-win for them, with games to come against other sides at the bottom end of the table.

Mikel Arteta’s side won the same fixture 2-1 last year, and they’re 8.50 to repeat this again.

Nottingham Forest v Manchester United (Sunday 16:30 UTC+01:00)

Time is running out for Nottingham Forest and Steve Cooper, with impending relegation looming for the play-off winners in 2022. They’re clear underdogs at home (5.07) and will need to buck the trend ahead of this one.

The last three meetings have ended in Manchester United wins to nil, and it’s 2.63 for a repeat. Erik ten Haag’s men are in their own battle, as they look to secure top four and will have to score goals without their main talisman Marcus Rasford for at least another week. If you don’t believe in the away side without him, a draw at 3.98 could be the way to go.

You have to go back to 1994 the last time United lost to Forest – and given they’ve not won since the beginning of February, it looks like a streak that will continue.


**Odds are subject to change. Odds accurate as of 12:00 UTC+01:00 Friday 14th April**

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