Premier League preview: Man City host Leeds, Arsenal travel to Newcastle

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The Premier League serves up another cracking weekend with vital games for both ends of the table. Our football expert shares his betting tips and shares key insights to keep an eye on.


Manchester City v Leeds United (Saturday 15:00 UTC+01:00)

Pep Guardiola’s side won the last meeting at the Etihad 7-0, a repeat of that scoreline is 66.00 – and given recent results from both, that doesn’t look out of the question ahead of this game.

A safer option could be City -3 at 3.08 on the Asian Handicap – with the home side having one eye on Tuesday’s semi-final first leg against Real Madrid. 

Leeds did win at Anfield earlier this season and are 14.94 to get an unlikely win here and put some doubt into the home side’s Premier League title hopes.

With just eight points from their last 10 games, their future in England’s top flight is again under real threat – and the arrival of Sam Allardyce to the club on Wednesday shows the desperation of the owners to avoid relegation.

Newcastle United v Arsenal (Sunday 16:30 UTC+01:00)

Arsenal (2.63)  have won eight of the last 10 meetings between these two sides – but a lot has changed in the last 12 months for the home side. 

Under Eddie Howe’s stewardship, Newcastle (2.54) are a few weeks from securing Champions League football for the first time since the 2002/03 season. They won this meeting last season 2-0, and a repeat of that scoreline is 15.00

Huge wins over Man Utd and Tottenham at home in the Premier League in recent months show they can beat any side at home, but they will have to avoid a repeat of their first-half performance against Southampton last week.

For Mikel Arteta, this is a must-win game given City’s form – and will call on captain Martin Odegaard (3.80) to add to his four goals in his last four league games.


Manchester United v West Ham United (Sunday 19:00 UTC+01:00)

A win this weekend (2.09) will go a long way to helping them secure a top-four Premier League finish for Erik ten Haag in his first season as Manchester United manager. 

The focus for next season will be to close the gap to their city rivals at the top of the table, but a League Cup triumph and FA Cup final to look forward to represents huge progress for the Reds.

West Ham have a European semi-final to look forward to next week – their second consecutive appearance at this stage of a knockout competition. This doesn’t have the feel of a must-win game going into the weekend, but that can very quickly change if results elsewhere don’t go in the favour. David Moyes’ men are (3.29) to take control of their own destiny and take all three points in this one and claim their first league win since 2019. 

The last three meetings have been close affairs – and given the position of both sides, expect this to be another close game. Score draw is 4.25 in this one if you can’t see a winner in this game.


**Odds are subject to change. Odds accurate as of 12:00 UTC+01:00 Friday 5th May**

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