Massive clash in the league on Sunday when United welcome Liverpool to the Theatre of Dreams, but what an exciting weekend of Premier League action.
Fresh and pure for the new month on the back of a tough weekend of predictions last time out, Ryan Liberty returns with his predictions, insight and betting tips for the weekend’s Premier League fixtures.
Friday 30 April
39/20 Southampton | Draw 11/4 | Leicester City 12/10
At the time of writing, Leicester is yet to play Palace at the King Power – a game which would have been a massive one for Leicester. Brendan Rodgers will want to get maximum points from his side’s encounter with Palace and Southampton and not leave too much work to do going into their final three fixtures – United (away), Chelsea (away) and Spurs (home).
James Maddison should be interesting to watch here, he seems to have taken to a free role in-behind the strikers and I think he really could impact the game and constantly drive his side forward (for the punter looking for something different – back the English midfielder in the Anytime Goalscorer market at 19/10.)
With no disrespect intended to Southampton, Leicester at 12/10 is a laugh and certainly one for the multiples.
Saturday 1 May
15/2 Crystal Palace | Draw 4/1 | Manchester City 1/3
I enjoyed my time in the clouds – if you know, you know (if you don’t, why aren’t you purchasing your weekly SBN?) – but City will be duly crowned champions of the land.
Palace are a bore and sleep-inviting team to watch. They lack any real impotence, find themselves riddled with uncertainty in terms of who will take over from Roy Hodgson next season and will have been soundly beaten by City at Selhurst Park on the 1st of May by approximately 15:00.
City are at even money to Win To Nil, I say get on it as soon as possible.
5/4 Brighton | Draw 24/10 | Leeds United 9/4
Leeds have gone on an impressive little run of form, and I know what you’re thinking: “He’s going to go on about how they play again”. Well, if that’s the case you are on the money my dear friend!
Marcelo Bielsa has stuck to his approach and the evident philosophy instilled at Leeds and earned valuable back-to-back points against Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Brighton is inconsistent and I can’t see them troubling this Leeds side playing with some real confidence. Back the visitors at more than generous odds.
9/20 Chelsea | Draw 33/10 | Fulham 56/10
Fulham are all but done and relegated, which makes them a rather dangerous side to play against. I said last week that Sheffield could become the banana skin side for sides, they are relegated, and their last couple games don’t count for much other than Championship preparation.
Nevertheless, Chelsea have been incredible and if I’m honest I really enjoy watching them play these days. The defensive prowess which is beautifully complemented by a sophisticated attack is incredible to watch.
Back the Blues – yes with provident fund confidence.
19/20 Everton | Draw 26/10 | Aston Villa 26/10
This could be a rather interesting game of football, there is something about Everton which suggests they are a supreme side with a supreme manager, but they just always fall short of that assessment on the pitch.
Villa are often – and rightly so – criticized as being nothing without Jack Grealish but that is changing somewhat. Ollie Watkins, Ross Barkley and Anwar El Ghazi are all exiting young talents, but they just often blow hot and cold.
I won’t separate them, back the draw between two sides.
Sunday 2 May
31/10 Newcastle United | Draw 28/10 | Arsenal 8/10
Let me give you an exclusive, if you listen to the Hit the Target Podcast (powered by Hollywoodbets) you are bound to hear me accused of an agenda, vaccine overdose, lacking any sort of credibility or indeed all of the above come Friday morning!
But this is all I’m going to say, Newcastle have been competitive and a rather intriguing side going forward. Arsenal have struggled recently and with their added injury concerns, is there any real argument to suggest Newcastle won’t come away with something here?
Alas, back the Magpies on the Win/Draw Double Chance at 9/10.
16/10 Manchester United | Draw 26/10 | Liverpool 31/20
The cracker of the weekend is without any doubt at Old Trafford this weekend.
I cannot wait for this game, United have every chance to absolutely dismantle the champions of England and send them back over the highway with their tails between their legs.
Now don’t get me wrong, Liverpool have been embarrassed enough lately, brought down to earth if you will and their supporters have stopped dreaming. But they are a wounded animal and will be up for this game.
Nevertheless, their eagerness to turn their fortunes around might play right into the hands of the devils, United have blistering pace upfront with a solid midfield base and if the game is indeed open, I can only see it going one way.
The only variable which could rubbish everything I’ve just said is whether or not Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is willing to go for the win.
At 16/10 pile on!
3/10 Tottenham | Draw 42/10 | Sheffield United 8/1
I don’t trust Tottenham; they are still the mediocre side Mourinho was dismissed for failing to achieve anything spectacular with. Ryan Mason coming in makes for an awesome story and as is natural the players will ride the new manager vibe for as long as possible but at its core nothing in north London really changes…
Sheffield is at immense odds to cause an upset, but I wouldn’t get involved there, this game certainly isn’t one for any multiple and I would stay clear, but if you must have a punt Both Teams To Score looks enchanting at 11/10.
Monday 3 May
43/20 West Brom | Draw 47/20 | Wolves 5/4
West Brom are a side you can register good chances against when they aren’t playing with a balance between their forwards and defensive approach but there’s no way anyone can have any confidence in Wolves.
If I’m honest I’m still trying to understand what went wrong for the Pack against Burnley but for this encounter I’m happy to back West Brom on the Win/Draw Double Chance.
At 11/20 you could get enough to fund any midweek bets you might have penciled in.
23/10 Burnley | Draw 51/20 | West Ham United 11/10
This could be an absolute cracker of a game; Burnley have shown they can cause some real problems when they are on the front foot. The most impressive part of their entire win against Wolves last time out, was the manner in which they saw the game out: without taking their foot off of the throat…
West Ham could feel hard done by with their result against Chelsea but I’m not sure they should really. Social media has had their say with the red card for Fabian Balbuena, “he got a red card for kicking the ball”.
Well, I think if you can’t see why Ben Chilwell’s kneecap isn’t a ball, well then you Sir are rank, rotten and rubbish.
Back West on the Win/Draw Double Chance + Both Teams To Score at 12/10.