English Premier League Football Betting Picks for Week 30
A full weekend of Premier League fixtures will come as something of a relief to many after the international break, with clubs back to the full-on battle of the domestic league. Let's take a look at the best odds and bets you can find for the weekend of April 1-2, courtesy of our trusted partner bookmakers.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1
Liverpool vs. Everton
The Merseyside derby comes at a great time, with both teams on excellent form and looking in good shape to challenge for European places, albeit Liverpool has the only realistic chance of reaching the Champions League.
These derby games have taken on a special meaning over the years; don't be surprised to see a run of rash tackles. This is a score draw in the making.
Top Bet: 3/1 with Boylesports for a draw
Watford vs. Sunderland
Although Watford has slipped quietly onto the edge of relegation trouble, bottom club Sunderland has been there all season. The only thing that might stop Sunderland from being seen off by yet another side is that Watford's form has been so poor recently that it may cost the Hornets the three points that would usually be expected here.
Top Bet: 13/5 with Betway for a draw
Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion
West Brom proved against Arsenal that, although well out of the hunt for a European place, the midlands club has the ability to make things difficult for any team on its day. United has really stepped things up in the second half of the season, with Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford among the players who have taken steps forward.
West Brom is still a good-value bet for a win, if you bet with insurance against a home victory.
Top Bet: 21/10 with Ladbrokes for a West Brom win on a Manchester United Win No Bet
Leicester City vs. Stoke City
Three wins in a row have taken Leicester six points clear of relegation trouble, with the return to essentials that Craig Shakespeare brought to team tactics meaning the side is playing with a new confidence. Stoke has struggled to string good results together, and with its last four games being a defeat, a win, a draw and a defeat, there really isn't that much to choose between these two teams who have frequently flattered to deceive this season.
Top Bet: 11/8 with Betway for a one-goal winning margin either way
Hull City vs. West Ham United
This ought to be a one-sided game, with West Ham boasting a fit Andy Carroll and other expensive signings like Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte, while Hull has had to scrabble for loan players, and yet you can anticipate a close match at the KCom Stadium. This is a different Hull to the side that propped up the table, and if Oumar Niasse has his shooting boots on, this could get the Tigers out of the relegation zone.
Top Bet: 13/8 with SportingBet for a Hull City win
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace
One of these teams is running away with the Premier League title, but both Chelsea and south London rival Crystal Palace have three wins in a row. Very little has been shown to unsettle the five-man Blues defence at home, though the pace of Wilfried Zaha will provide challenges aplenty.
Still, it's highly unlikely you'll see anything but a convincing home win here, so it's better to focus on the scorers. Cesc Fabregas is one of a number of players revitalised by the management of Antonio Conte.
Top Bet: 12/5 with Paddy Power for Cesc Fabregas to score anytime
Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur
This ought to be a cakewalk for Spurs, although Burnley has been strong at home all season, claiming each of its nine wins at Turf Moor. Without Harry Kane, the Tottenham forward line can look blunt, and Andre Gray is the kind of striker who can make a dent in even the famously mean Spurs defence.
Top Bet: 31/10 with BetVictor for a draw
Southampton vs. Bournemouth
Both south-coast teams have moved up to the relatively safe ground of 10th and 11th, with improved results coming on the back of settled teams and no further fixture congestion. Bournemouth has not won at St. Mary's since returning to the Premier League, but this game between two attractive passing teams could lead to shared points.
Top Bet: 16/5 with SportingBet for a draw
SUNDAY, APRIL 2
Swansea City vs. Middlesbrough
The Swans have been dragged back into the relegation battle, just as Middlesbrough, having sacked Aitor Karanka, hopes to have found a lifeline. It's a must-win for both sides, but with considerable evidence that the inclusion of the likes of Stewart Downing revitalised Boro when they played Manchester United last time out, Swansea will find this game hard.
Top Bet: 10/3 with BetVictor for a Middlesbrough win
Arsenal vs. Manchester City
City had a chance to draw level on points with Tottenham when they played Liverpool, but a draw put paid to that. Arsene Wenger will be looking for a reaction after a dismal defeat to West Brom, and so this will be a thrilling, and intense, match at the Emirates. Don't write Arsenal off - if Alexis Sanchez is on his game, this could be a Gunners victory.
Top Bet: 2/1 with BetStars for an Arsenal win
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