EPL: Week 29 Preview

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We preview week 29 of the 2017/18 Premier League season which features a full set of fixtures. 

There are just 10 rounds of Premier League action left to play and the battle for top four is looking difficult for Chelsea and Arsenal, while bottom-of-the-log West Brom could be relegated for the first time since being promoted in the 2010/11 campaign.

The biggest tie of gameweek 29 will see Manchester City host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Saturday 3 March

Burnley 16/10 
Draw 2/1 
Everton 39/20 
Despite sitting in seventh place, Burnley are winless in their last 11 Premier League matches, losing five times. Sean Dyche will be desperate to end his side’s winless run against Everton and having won 1-0 at Goodison Park in October, the Clarets will be hopeful of doing so. 

The Toffees have been inconsistent in recent weeks (LWLW) and are winless in their last five league matches on the road, suffering four straight defeats. I’m backing Burnley on the Win/Draw at 7/20 – it’s not much value but I feel it’s the safest bet here. 

Leicester City 8/10 
Draw 26/10 
Bournemouth 31/10 
Leicester’s winless run extended to four games as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to 19th-placed Stoke last weekend. The Foxes will be eager to return to winning ways against Bournemouth, who have won just three of their 14 away matches this season. 

Since the Cherries were promoted in the 2015/2016 campaign, they’ve drawn four of their five meetings against the Foxes. But Eddie Howe's side have won just once in their last 10 away games in all competitions and were thrashed 4-1 by promoted Huddersfield in their previous road trip. The home win is tipped.

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Southampton 15/20 
Draw 26/10 
Stoke City 15/4 
Manolo Gabbiadini scored a dramatic last-minute equaliser as Southampton climbed out of the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw at Burnley last weekend. The Saints, who have managed just one win in their last 15 league games, have 27 points but sit above Swansea and Crystal Palace on goal difference. 

Stoke are 19th in the Premier League, with just a point less than their opponents. The Potters did well to earn a 1-1 draw at Leicester last weekend, but they’re winless in their last 10 travels, losing seven times. The draw seems the likeliest outcome. 

Swansea 14/10 
Draw 22/10 
West Ham 2/1 
Swansea’s five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end as they were thrashed 4-1 away to promoted Brighton last weekend. The defeat saw the Swans drop back into the relegation zone and Carlos Carvalhal will be hoping for a positive reaction from his players. The Welsh outfit will welcome the return to the Liberty Stadium where they’ve won three in a row, beating Liverpool, Arsenal and Burnley. 

West Ham also come off a heavy defeat in the Premier League. David Moyes' side were thumped 4-1 at Liverpool last weekend which was their third straight loss on the road, including the 2-0 FA Cup defeat against Wigan on Jan 27. I’m backing the home win.

Tottenham 1/5 
Draw 11/2 
Huddersfield 13/1 
Tottenham recorded a vital win away to Crystal Palace last Sunday thanks to a late goal from Harry Kane who took his league tally to 24 for the season. The result was even more important as top-four rivals Chelsea lost 2-1 at Manchester United. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are unbeaten in their last 10 matches in the Premier League, winning seven times. They’ve won their last three games at Wembley, beating Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal, scoring seven goals without reply. 

Spurs thrashed Huddersfield 4-0 in their own backyard earlier in the season and they’re tipped to claim another comfortable win over the Terriers. Take Pochettino’s side on the (-1) Handicap at 11/20.

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Watford 23/20 
Draw 22/10 
West Brom 51/20 
Watford’s impressive home form continued as they recorded a 1-0 victory over Everton thanks to Troy Deeney's strike. The win extended the Hornets’ unbeaten run at Vicarage Road to four games where they beat Bristol City 3-0 in the FA Cup and thumped Chelsea 4-1 before drawing 2-2 against Southampton in that run. 

West Brom look set to be relegated for the first time since being promoted in the 2010/11 campaign as they lay bottom of the table with just three wins from 28 matches. The Baggies have won only one Premier League match since Alan Pardew took over as manager in November which doesn’t bode well for their chances of survival. The home win is the way to go.

Liverpool 1/4 
Draw 52/10 
Newcastle United 19/2 
Liverpool will welcome their former boss Rafael Benitez and his Newcastle team to Anfield on Saturday evening. The sides shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at St. James' Park earlier in the season, but the Reds will be strongly fancied to claim maximum points here. 

The Merseyside outfit are unbeaten in 21 of their home meetings against the Magpies, winning 17 times. Jurgen Klopp's side have won their last three matches in all competitions, scoring 11 goals while conceding just once. Back the Reds on the (-1) Handicap at 6/10.

Sunday 4 March

Brighton 3/1 
Draw 26/10 
Arsenal 17/20 
Brighton are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches, winning back-to-back home games against West Ham and Swansea in between draws away to Southampton and Stoke. Arsenal are winless in their last four away matches, suffering three straight defeats. 

However, the Gunners beat the promoted club 2-0 in the reverse tie and with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Arsene Wenger’s side are tipped to claim maximum points. 

Manchester City 6/10 
Draw 31/10 
Chelsea 17/4

Monday 5 March

Crystal Palace 52/10 
Draw 29/10 
Manchester United 11/20 
Crystal Palace looked set to earn a credible draw against Tottenham last weekend but Roy Hodgson’s side conceded a late goal to lose 1-0 at Selhurst Park. The Eagles, who are 17th in the Premier League, are winless in their last five league games, suffering three losses. 

Manchester United have lost back-to-back matches on the road against Tottenham and Newcastle, but Jose Mourinho’s men come into this tie high on confidence following last weekend’s 2-1 win at home to Chelsea. The Red Devils thrashed Palace 4-0 at Old Trafford in September and they’re tipped to claim another comfortable win. 

Quad tipped at 9/1
Tottenham (-1) Handicap 11/20
Watford Win 23/20
Liverpool (-1) Handicap 6/10
Arsenal Win 17/20


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