Man City v Tottenham
The first of our April 20 Premier League betting tips is for Man City v Tottenham. A fantastic way to start another important Premier League weekend as champions Manchester City aims to leapfrog rivals Liverpool and return to the top of the division when hosting third-placed Tottenham at the Etihad in a 12.30pm kick-off that’ll be shown live on Sky Sports. We’re sure fans of both teams, as well as neutrals, will be fixed in their seats for the duration of what’s sure to be a gripping contest. Will the host storm back to the summit?
They are on an impressive winning run but haven’t been able to shake-off Liverpool just yet and went into the week placed second, two points behind The Reds but with a superior goal difference and with a game in hand over their rivals. If they win each of their remaining fixtures, they will retain the title, it’s as simple as that, but that’s easier said than done. A tight match expected, but bookies have the home win as 1/3 (Bet365) favourite. That may put a few off.
Seeking the Hat-Trick
Tottenham travels to Manchester knowing they can’t win the league themselves but can still have a say in who does. The Londoners saw their chances of glory extinguished following a wobble in the early part of spring and that has left them fighting for a place in the top-four. They do make this trip on the back of a couple of wins, however, and can complete what would be an incredible hat-trick by bagging another maximum on Saturday. The visitors arrive showing two wins, two defeats and a draw in their last five.
Despite a successful season, both domestically and on the continent, Tottenham finds themselves just four points ahead of Arsenal down in sixth and there’s a danger they may lose out on a top-four finish and the Champions League place that comes with it. They impressed last weekend when hammering Huddersfield 4-0 at their new stadium, a venue that is fast becoming a bit of a lucky charm, the players raising their game when performing there. Fancy the upset? Spurs are a chunky 8/1 with Bet365 and that’s sure to attract bits and pieces of attention. The draw trades 4/1 with the same firm. It’s easy to get caught up in the value of an away win, but there’s nothing to be had in opposing Man City at the minute.
Our Tip: Man City to win – 1/3 at Bet365
Newcastle v Southampton
The final match of Saturday and the second shown live on TV with BT Sports screening this one from 5.30pm at St James Park. The Magpies and Saints don’t have an awful lot to play for between now and the flag, with two of the bottom three places already decided and Cardiff in 18th far enough behind to ensure neither will have to worry in the closing stages. The locals are rolling to a stop but have won two of their last five, including a victory in their most recent start.
Newcastle followed back-to-back defeats at the hands of Arsenal and Crystal Palace, both suffered without scoring a goal, with a morale-boosting and hard-fought win over Leicester City at the King Power last time, nicking the points thanks to a goal from Perez midway through the first half. It was a surprise result, given The Foxes improved form, manager Rafa Benitez crediting his players for breaking down a good team to record a good win. Another Newcastle victory is 29/20 at William Hill.
Three wins in their last four looks to have saved Southampton from relegation and, barring a collapse in the final few weeks, they can plan for another campaign back in the English top-flight. The threat of relegation hung over The Saints for much of this season and it looked like they would suffer the embarrassment of going down, but they found form at exactly the right time and that turnaround has allowed fans to breathe a sigh of relief.
The Saints, like their opponents, banked three points last weekend when beating Wolves 3-1 at St Mary’s, another result that caught us off guard. Redmond fired home a deadly double and a goal bonus was also paid out to Long who hit the third on 71, more than enough to see off a Wolves side who kept things competitive with a reply through Boly on 28 minutes. The away win is 43/20 – best price at Unibet – the draw marked at 43/20 with the same bookie. Take both teams to score in your accumulators, priced at 19/20 by Bet365.
Our Tip: BTTS – 19/20 at Bet365
Everton v Man Utd
We have two live games on Sky Sports this Sunday and start at Goodison Park where an inconsistent Everton will be looking to improve on their recent showings to put a dent in the chances of Man Utd finishing in the top four, something that would please those camped in the home stands. The Toffees won’t pressure the prize places this season and this campaign will go down as yet another disappointment, the side failing to live up to expectations.
The locals have failed to 31 of 34 games so far and that has them down in ninth, an incredible 18 points off their rivals who are fifth at the time of asking. Everton did win three games on the bounce to climb the table but was beaten last time out, ending on the wrong side of a jaw-dropping 2-0 result at Craven Cottage against a Fulham side who have already been relegated to the Championship. It looked a great chance to grab four-in-a-row, but fans were left scratching their heads. As punters, it’s difficult to know what to expect from the home team but backers can have them at 12/5 with Bet365.
Time is running out for Manchester United who has stuttered since Ole’s position was made permanent. The Red Devils remain in with a chance of finishing fourth and that would be some achievement from a club that looked down and out at Christmas. They make this trip having won two and lost two of their last four and have two points to find to catch Chelsea, with Arsenal starting the week in sixth, three behind The Blues. The visitors did win last week, taking advantage of Chelsea’s defeat at Anfield.
Following that narrow 1-0 home defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League, United bounced back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over West Ham at Old Trafford last Saturday. Pogba netted a double that day, both goals coming from the penalty spot on 19 and 80 minutes, enough to see off the Londoners who kept themselves in the game with a reply from Anderson early in the second half. That was Pogba’s sixth and seventh from the spot this season and we have the away win picked at 6/5 with William Hill, a bet that’ll do a job in your multiples.
Our Tip: Man Utd to win – 6/5 at William Hill
Cardiff v Liverpool
The last of our April 20 Premier League betting tips is for Cardiff v Liverpool. It’s the second of Sunday’s matches and Cardiff welcome The Reds knowing they have a chance to put on a show and knock their opponents’ off-course. The fortunes of both clubs involved here have been very different this season, with The Bluebirds heading to the Championship, but there’s still plenty of fight in the home dressing room and they will be only too happy to leave their problems at the door for 90 minutes and play their part in what should be a cracker.
Cardiff started the week down in 18th, five points behind Brighton and safety, having lost each of their last three, and four of five. They were beaten by Burnley a week ago and that heaped pressure on a side who look likely to be playing in the second-tier again next term, re-joining rivals Swansea. The home win is unlikely, but lovers of an upset can get their hands on a whopping 14/1 at Ladbrokes, with the draw priced 11/2 through the same bookie. Both big prices, but neither caught our attention and we’re happy to look elsewhere for our interest.
Liverpool started the week top of the league and on an incredible winning run. They have Man City for company, and have done for much of the season, but are showing no signs of rolling over and handing the champions back their title. Liverpool has slipped up down the home straight in the past, but the stats are dead against two-in-a-row and that will give those loyal to The Reds cause to be optimistic. We have a title fight on our hands.
The away team oozed class when beating Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield last week to blast their way back to the top of the league. Mane and Salah were both on target – a couple of stunning strikes – and they have the opportunity to win both the Premier League and Champions League at the time of writing. Bookies are eager to keep on the right side of the away team, for obvious reasons, and that’s why you’ll find no more than Unibet’s 2/9 on a Liverpool win. That has its uses.