The Premier League and FA Cup semi-finals take place this weekend, with betting tips and insights into the trends on the key league games from our football expert.
Arsenal v Southampton (Friday 20:00 UTC+01:00)
Consecutive draws have left Arsenal in a precarious position at top of the Premier League table. Fortunately for the Gunners, they’re facing bottom club Southampton in a must-win game at home.
Mikel Arteta’s side are clear favourites (1.18) in this one, but complacency has become a real issue having held two-goal leads in consecutive games. If you fancy a repeat outcome, Arsenal -Draw in the HT/FT market at 25.49 is certainly enticing, or a correct score bet of 2-2 at 31.00.
The home side will hope for a more comfortable 90 minutes against Southampton – whose last Premier League win came in London against Chelsea – and open a seven-point gap at the top of the table. If you fancy the Saints to go marching in the capital once again, they’re 15.05 to win.
Leicester City v Wolves (Saturday 15:00 UTC+01:00)
With four defeats in a row for the home side, their position in the Premier League is increasingly in doubt. Their next three games are all against relegation-threatened sides – and likely the games that will decide their future in the league.
Leicester City are slight favourites currently (2.45), but 10 games without a win is no doubt a concern going into this game. Wolves, on the other hand, have won back-to-back games and look more secure given the form of teams below them.
Diego Costa scored his first Premier League goal since 2017 last week and is 3.80 to score once again – having scored twice previously against Leicester.
Given the form of both sides, a draw may well be the more likely outcome at 3.31.
Newcastle United v Tottenham (Sunday 14:00 UTC+01:00)
The battle for the Champions League doesn’t get much closer than this one, with just three points separating fourth and fifth.
Newcastle are undoubtedly favoured to secure a top-four finish, with a game in hand over their opponents and hosting this key game. Eddie Howe’s all-or-nothing attitude has seen them beat Man Utd and Brentford in recent weeks and are strongly favoured for this game (1.84).
The Magpies -1.5 at 3.20 on the Asian Handicap is worth a look, if their 2-0 win over Man Utd in their last home game is anything to go by. And Harry Kane at 2.73 to score is also a bet to consider, considering the Englishman has five goals in his last three appearances at St James Park.
Bournemouth v West Ham United (Sunday 14:00 UTC+01:00)
A European semi-final awaits West Ham next month, with their full attention turning to securing their place in the Premier League next season.
David Moyes’ side have scored six goals without reply in their last two meetings with Bournemouth – and are slight favourites going into this away game (2.58). Said Benrahma scored in the reverse fixture back in October, and is 4.00 to score in this one.
With three wins in their last four, Gary O’Neil’s men could take advantage (2.80 to win) of the Hammers’ European hangover and take a huge step towards securing their future in the English top flight. Dominic Solanke scored in two of those wins and is one to watch in this match (3.70) to get another goal.
**Odds are subject to change. Odds accurate as of 12:00 UTC+01:00 Friday 21st April**
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