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Race for the Premier League top 4 heats up

The Premier League top 4 race is heating up with Liverpool still in the race for the top 4.

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Predictions and insight for the latest round of Premier League action, not a full complement of fixtures but enough action and opportunity to get those bets on!

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Please note that this preview was compiled before the midweek fixtures. 

Friday 14 May

9/1 Newcastle | Draw 48/10 | Manchester City 1/4 (21:00)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted at the weekend that United were able to delay City’s celebration – but I mean, more than that, United are still mathematically in this… just stating facts. Newcastle have done what they needed to do and are safe for another season in the top flight. My worry is they might now take their foot off the pedal somewhat and just coast through to the end until they are able to go again next season. City is City though, and whilst I’m certainly supporting the glorious Magpies – City win this.

Saturday 15 May

19/10 Burnley | 24/10 | Leeds 14/10 (13:30)

This could be a rather interesting game; I’ve been impressed with Burnley even though their results might not necessarily paint the same picture. Leeds are slowly beginning to replicate their performances against the big six when they play so-called lesser sides, that could be the difference for them next season! It’s not every day you pile into the “Both Teams to Score” market when Burnley are playing, but lately, they have absolutely no issue finding the back the net. Get on at 13/20.

1/1 Southampton | 51/20 | Fulham 26/10 (16:00)

Fulham are dead and buried, tough to see an emotional Scott Parker as his side were relegated to the Championship, but I think he has a lot to be proud of. Nevertheless, Southampton have incredible quality going forward and at even money, I need not much more to go all in.

7/4 Brighton | 49/20 | West Ham 15/10 (21:00)

Another tough game for the punters, Brighton haven’t been as good on the road but when at home they have certainly made their presence felt. West Ham would have been disappointed with their inconsistency and their push for European places will demand all three points here. United play Leicester in midweek and assuming they win, West Ham will have a real opportunity to close the gap. Back the Hammers at 15/10.

Sunday 16 May

39/20 Crystal Palace | 24/10 | Aston Villa 27/20 (21:15)

I’ve been really impressed with Palace recently; their attack is largely underestimated and players like Eze and Zaha would have a much bigger media presence had they been at other clubs. Villa will be without Ollie Watkins after his red card against Manchester United, and it’s for that reason I’m siding with the Eagles.

5/10 Tottenham | 33/10 | Wolves 52/10 (15:05)

Tottenham were incredibly disappointing last time out, they just didn’t seem to pitch up against Leeds. Wolves were finally able to turn it on and began to show something of their former selves – finally! Both of these teams blow hot and cold and to be honest, I would probably stay away from this one, but if I have to have a bet, I would go for Over 2.5 at 17/20.

9/1 West Brom | 5/1 | Liverpool 1/4 (17:30)

At the time of writing, Liverpool still need to play United, and will need to win if they have any chance of making the top four. A lot has been said about Liverpool this season (“bad champions”, “worse than Moyes’ United” and all that) but I would side with the Reds here. I don’t think it’ll be as straightforward as the betting market suggests, but Liverpool on the Win/Draw Double Chance + Both Teams to Score at even money.

4/10 Everton | 34/10 | Sheffield United 6/1 (20:00)

A lot has been said about the quality of this Everton side – certainly, the quality of their manager is undoubted – but they still just haven’t seemed to kick on. Sheffield United are obviously also relegated and are likely looking ahead already to the break and next season. You would expect Everton to win this, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the draw either. What you can expect here is the quality and potency of Everton’s attack, so over 1.5 home goals at 6/10 appeals to me.

DOUBLE @ 5/1

Crystal Palace Win 39/20

Southampton Win 1/1

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