English Premier League: Week 33 Preview

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Our football punter takes a look at gameweek 33 of the English Premier League, which kicks off on Saturday the 7th of April 2018.

Although there’s six rounds left to play and some catch-up games, a lot could be decided before the final weeks of the season. Tottenham all but ended Chelsea’s chances of finishing in the top four, with the Blues and Arsenal set to take part in next season’s Europa League.

Gameweek 33 could see Pep Guardiola's side crowned Premier League champions if they beat United at the Etihad Stadium in the Manchester derby on Saturday. Jose Mourinho’s men won’t want to let the Citizens throw a party in front of their fans but it won’t be easy stopping a side who’s won 14 home games in a row.

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Saturday 7 April


Everton 39/10
Draw 31/10
Liverpool 7/10 

Gameweek 33 kicks off with a cracking Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. This will be the third time these sides face each other this season. They drew 1-1 at Anfield in the Premier League late last year, but Jurgen Klopp’s side claimed a 2-1 victory in the FA Cup third round in January. Everton come into this clash off a 3-1 home defeat against Manchester City but before the international break, they recorded back-to-back victories over Brighton and Stoke.

Liverpool came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park last Saturday. That was the Reds’ second win in a row and fifth from their last six matches in the league. The away win is tipped. 

Bournemouth 29/20
Draw 47/20
Crystal Palace 37/20

Bournemouth have recorded just one win in their last six Premier League games. That victory came before the international break when they beat bottom side West Brom 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium. The Cherries have managed to get on the scoresheet in each of their last 13 league matches but have only kept one clean sheet in the process.

Crystal Palace failed to hold onto their half-time lead at home to Liverpool and lost 2-1 last weekend. That was Palace’s fifth defeat in their last six matches. The Eagles have won just two of their last 10 Premier League games, losing six times – they’ve only failed to score in one of those matches. I’m going for Both Teams to Score at 13/20.

Brighton 8/10
Draw 24/10
Huddersfield 39/10

Brighton were beaten 2-0 at home to Leicester last weekend with striker Glenn Murray missing a penalty before late goals from Vicente Iborra and Jamie Vardy. It was the third time in a row that the Seagulls had suffered defeat by the same scoreline. The loss against Leicester was only Albion's fourth at the Amex – all against teams in the top eight – and prior to that, Chris Hughton’s side had recorded three straight wins at home.

Huddersfield are winless in their last four matches with three losses, including two on the bounce. The Terriers have lost five of their last six games on the road, failing to get on the scoresheet in all of those defeats. The home win is tipped.

Leicester 19/20
Draw 24/10
Newcastle 3/1

Leicester will look to make it three wins in a row as they aim to beat seventh-placed Burnley to Europa League qualification with seven games remaining. Claude Puel's side are unbeaten in their last six matches at the King Power Stadium, however, they’ve drawn four times in that run.

The Foxes will be confident of beating Newcastle as they won 3-2 at St. James' Park in December and come into this game off back-to-back victories away at West Brom and Brighton. Rafa Benitez’s side are also riding a two-match winning streak, however, both of those wins have been on home soil with the Magpies winless in their last five travels, losing three times. Back the home win.

Stoke 8/1
Draw 17/4
Tottenham 7/20 

Stoke slumped to their third successive defeat last Sunday as they were thumped 3-0 away to Arsenal. The defeat left the Potters second from bottom in the league on 27 points, only three behind Crystal Palace in 17th spot but with a heavy goal deficit to make up. Tottenham recorded a vital 3-1 victory away to London rivals Chelsea – their first win at Stamford Bridge since 1990 – last weekend as Harry Kane came on as a second-half substitute.

The result cemented Spurs’ position of qualifying for next season's Champions League. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are unbeaten in 13 Premier League games with 10 wins, including five on the spin. With Spurs in top form and Kane chasing top scorer Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot, take Pochettino’s side on the (-1) Handicap at 17/20.

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Watford 5/4
Draw 43/20
Burnley 23/10 

Watford were denied a victory against Bournemouth at Vicarage Road last weekend as Jermain Defoe equalized in stoppage-time to end the game at 2-2. Javi Gracia’s side had suffered successive defeats away at Arsenal and Liverpool before the international break and the Hornets will be desperate to get back to winning ways.

Watford are unbeaten in their last five matches at home, winning three times. Burnley made it three Premier League wins in a row with a 2-1 victory at West Brom. In that streak, Sean Dyche’s men won back-to-back victories on the road. The sides are tipped to cancel each other out.

West Brom 29/20
Draw 21/10
Swansea 2/1 

West Brom parted ways with Alan Pardew on Monday as the club stare relegation from the Premier League in the face. The Baggies have won just three games all season but Pardew has only enjoyed victory in the league once since replacing Tony Pulis at the Hawthorns. Their relegation from top-flight English football seems a near certainty after suffering their eighth straight league defeat last weekend – a 2-1 loss at home to Burnley.

Swansea succumbed to a 2-0 defeat away to Manchester United last weekend, which extended their winless run to five matches. The Swans will see this game as a good chance to claim maximum points and move further away from relegation. They beat the Baggies 1-0 in December and I’m backing them to complete the double over the basement dwellers.

Manchester City 8/10
Draw 11/4
Manchester United 34/10 

This Saturday, fans and football lovers across the world will feast their eyes on what will be an exciting, mouth-watering, and even more so, historic Manchester derby.  Pep Guardiola could seal the Citizens' third Premier League title since 2012 this weekend in front of the club's biggest rivals, and, in front of his own arch-nemesis, Jose Mourinho. Since 2012, Manchester United have lifted the league title just once - the last manager to do so with the club was the great Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013 in his final season. Oh boy do they miss him now.

From beginning to the end, there has only been one contender for the league title. Manchester City have been remarkable to date and I expect them to be crowned champions in front of their bitter rivals this weekend. 



Sunday 8 April

Arsenal 11/20
Draw 33/10
Southampton 47/10

Arsenal will be looking to continue their impressive form when they host relegation-threatened Southampton in Sunday’s opener. Arsene Wenger’s side are aiming to make it three league wins in a row following back-to-back 3-0 victories at home to Watford and Stoke.

Mark Hughes’ men are winless in their last five Premier League matches, losing three times – including successive 3-0 defeats away to Newcastle and West Ham. The Saints have never won a league game at the Emirates. Back the home win. 

Chelsea 1/4 

Draw 47/10
West Ham 10/1

Chelsea’s chances of competing in the UEFA Champions League next season are all but over after they suffered a 3-1 defeat at home to top-four rivals Tottenham last Sunday. The outgoing Premier League champions sit eight points behind fourth-placed Spurs with only seven games to go. It now looks like it's only a matter of time before Antonio Conte is sacked.

West Ham will be hoping to add to Chelsea’s woes and the Hammers come into this game off a 3-0 victory at home to Southampton. However, they’ve lost their last four games on the road in all competitions. David Moyes’ first win in charge of West Ham was against Chelsea in December when Marko Arnautovic scored the only goal of the match. The Blues will be looking to avenge that defeat but Both Teams to Score at 23/20 looks a safer bet and offers more value. 

TREBLE TIPPED @ 4/1
Liverpool Win 7/10
Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace BTTS 13/20
Tottenham (-1) Handicap 17/20

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