Our footy scribe previews round 34 of the 2016/17 English Premier League campaign.There’ll be just six matches in the Premier League this weekend, with the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all competing in the FA Cup semi-finals. Although the Premier League might not excite this weekend, with most of the hype on the FA Cup and El Clasico, but it’s still a good opportunity to make money.
Saturday 22 April
Bournemouth 8/10 | Draw 26/10 | Middlesbrough 33/10
Bournemouth are winless in four matches with two losses on the spin. The Cherries have won two of their last three games at the Vitality Stadium. After back-to-back home wins against West Ham and Swansea, Eddie Howe’s side were beaten 3-1 by Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Middlesbrough, who are winless in 15 matches, have struggled away from home, losing seven of their last nine matches. Their victory over Sunderland in August is their only win in their last 29 away matches in the top-flight (D8, L20). I’m backing the Cherries to secure maximum points at 8/10.
Hull City 9/10 | Draw 49/20 | Watford 3/1
Hull City come into this match off back-to-back losses against Man City and Stoke. However, both those defeats have come away from home, with the Tigers on an incredible seven-match unbeaten run at the KCOM Stadium, winning five – including three on the spin. Watford have won three of their last four matches, however, all those wins have come at home.
The Hornets have lost their last three matches on the road, shipping seven goals while failing to find the net. When these teams met at Vicarage Road earlier in the season, Watford came away with maximum points thanks to a late own goal by Michael Dawson. I’m backing the teams to cancel each other out at 49/20.
Swansea 12/10 | Draw 9/4 | Stoke City 22/10
Strugglers Swansea are winless in six matches – failing to score in four of those games – with five defeats, including three on the spin. After winning three in a row at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea have struggled in their last two home games, drawing goalless with Middlesbrough and losing 3-1 at Tottenham.
Stoke were brilliant last weekend as they comfortably beat Hull City 3-1at the bet365 Stadium. But their poor away form is a huge concern for Mark Hughes. The Potters are winless in their last five away matches, losing four while failing to score in any of those games. Stoke ran out 3-1 winners when they met in October with Wilfried Bony scoring twice against his form club. Back the visitors on the Win/Draw Double Chance at 6/10.
West Ham 43/20 | Draw 49/20 | Everton 23/20
West Ham have struggled at the London Stadium, winning just once in their last five matches while suffering three defeats. While Everton have enjoyed a superb run of form at Goodison Park, Ronald Koeman’s side are looking to end a five-match winless streak away from home.
To be fair, their last three trips have been to Tottenham, Liverpool and Man United, which are difficult places to go to. The Toffees won the reverse tie 2-0 in October thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley. The away win is tipped at 23/20.
Sunday 23 April
Burnley 11/2 | Draw 28/10 | Man United 11/20
Burnley have been impressive at home this season, winning 10 of their 16 matches. Sean Dyche will be hoping to cause an upset and deny United their fourth straight win on the road. Jose Mourinho’s side come into this match high on confidence following a 2-0 win over leaders Chelsea.
The Red Devils are unbeaten on the road in their last nine matches with seven wins, scoring 20 goals while conceding five in the process. United have scored three goals in each of their last three away matches. These teams played to a goalless draw at Old Trafford earlier in the season, but United are tipped to come away with all three points.
Liverpool 5/10 | Draw 32/10 | Crystal Palace 52/10
Liverpool, who are riding a two-match winning streak, are unbeaten in their last six matches at Anfield, despite facing some strong opposition. The Reds drew with table-toppers Chelsea which followed with victories over Tottenham, Arsenal, Burnley and Everton before a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth.
Crystal Palace suffered defeat in their previous away match, losing 3-1 against Southampton. Prior to that, Sam Allardyce’s side won back-to-back matches on the road, comfortably beating West Brom before stunning Chelsea. It was a high-scoring affair when these teams met in October, with Jurgen Klopp’s side running out 4-2 victors at Selhurst Park. I’m going for Liverpool to Win & Both Teams to Score at 29/20.
Everton Win 23/20
Man United Win 11/20
Liverpool Win & BTTS 29/20
Written by Chadley Nagel @Hollywoodbets