We’re coming to the tail end of the Premier League now – and there are teams that simply cannot afford one little slip up; the fight for top spot couldn’t be tighter; the fight for the Champions League is getting heated – and on the other end, the fight to avoid relegation is very real for some. Here are our top April 27 Premier League betting tips & predictions
Liverpool v Huddersfield
The Premier League fixtures continue to come at us thick and fast this week as Liverpool host soon to be relegated Huddersfield to kick-start what’s sure to be another enthralling weekend. The Reds can go top of the league with a win, strengthening their chances of finally landing the Premier League trophy again and they look to have been handed a fantastic opportunity to do just that when enjoying home advantage over bottom of the league.
Liverpool started the week in pole position following Sunday’s win, but rivals Man City had a game in hand, sitting two points off the pace after last weekend’s results. The champions refuse to go away but Liverpool are serious about challenging, manager Jurgen Klopp telling the press his boys are motivated by gifting the fans silverware, rather than chasing the holy grail of the English top-flight title. The home win is an easy bet but it’s no more than 1/16 with 888sport. Liverpool to win both halves at 4/6 – top price at William Hill – and that will do for us.
Huddersfield go into the weekend bottom of the league and will finish the season there. The Terriers have been toothless from the start and have looked like a Championship team in-waiting all term. Disappointing for fans on the back of last season’s efforts but they must drop down a level, rebuild and come back stronger. There’s a long road ahead but if they can bring in some money, reinvest in the squad and learn the lessons taught by their Premier League stay, there’s no reason why they can’t return for another crack at it.
The visitors make this trip to Anfield on the back of an extended losing streak and they were beaten again last time when falling to a 2-1 home loss at the hands of Watford, a result most saw coming. Deulofeu netted a double that day and the victors were on easy street from the start, Grant scoring a 93rd minute consolation goal to make the final score look closer than the game was. Bookies are dead against Huddersfield ruining the party and William Hill are offering an astonishing 45/1 on the visitors pulling off the biggest upset of the season to dent their host’s title chances.
Tottenham v West Ham
The first game of a busy Saturday and we have a London derby at the sparkling new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a venue that seems to inspire big performances from those camped in the home dressing room. There’s no doubt the locals have missed scorer Harry Kane, but the Englishman’s teammates have pulled up their socks and helped fill the void, with goals coming from all over the park. They know they have a challenge on their hands here, but everyone connected to Spurs will see this as a game they should be winning.
Despite that confidence, Tottenham enter on the back of a poor run of form and went into the week having lost three of their last five, including their outing last weekend. The home side followed that remarkable win over Man City – where they were through, out and then back in again thanks to VAR – with a league defeat to the same opponent, but no one seemed overly disappointed, given the week they had. The home win is bookies’ pick and if you are happy to follow the thinking of traders, you’ll get 4/9 at Ladbrokes. One for your accumulators.
Hammers Make a Point
West Ham travel across the city having made a point last weekend, showing there’s still plenty of fight left in this side and they are determined not to roll to a finish this season. The visitors have nothing much to play for, having already secured their place in the Premier League for another campaign and there’s no chance of them troubling the prize places, but they seem keen to remain professional and want to hold the attention of their fans in the final few weeks. A win over a top-four opponent would certainly help them do that.
West Ham followed three defeats on the bounce with a hard-fought draw last weekend, keeping alive their faint hopes of finishing in the top-10. Hosting a Leicester City side rejuvenated since Brendan Rodgers’ arrival, they were desperately unlucky only to come out of the day with a point, having lead at half-time and sitting 2-1 up with 90 minutes on the clock. Barnes scored a 92nd minute leveller for The Foxes to stun both sets of fans. Traders have the West Ham win priced at 13/2, top price with Bet365. Nice, but not for us.
Brighton v Newcastle
This match, scheduled for a 5.30pm kick-off on BT Sport, will bring the curtain down on Saturday’s Premier League fixtures and it promises to be an enjoyable watch for fans. The Seagulls have taken just one point from the last 15 available to them going into the week and that means they are just three better than Cardiff City and the relegation zone. The Bluebirds won recently and that increased the pressure on everyone inside the home dressing room.
Any points picked up between now and the flag will increase Brighton’s chances of beating the drop, while nudging the Welsh club closer to the brink, but it’ll take a big effort for Brighton to get anything from Newcastle, an opponent with nothing to play for but one who value their fans and always give their best. Bookies have a Brighton win as favourite, priced 6/5 by Bet365.
Magpies to Steal a Win
It’s never wise to write off Newcastle and they will board the team bus for this trip knowing they have a great chance to pick up what would be their 12th win of the current campaign, and third on the bounce. Newcastle are cutting through the deadwood heading towards the finish and have every chance of climbing in to the top-10, if they can hold their form. The visitors have been impressive of late, with players knowing they are playing for their futures at the club.
The Magpies beat Leicester 1-0 at the King Power earlier this month, a shock result, and followed that with a stunning 3-1 over Southampton at St James Park last weekend, another score that ruined a fair share of accumulators. Perez rifled home a hat-trick that day and his treble was more than enough to see off a poor Saints side who offered little more than a reply through Lemina on the hour mark. We rate that form and will gladly take the away win at a value 5/2 with Bet365.
Burnley v Man City
Three wins in-a-row means Burnley won’t be relegated this season as they have opened a fantastic eight-point gap over the danger zone. That will allow them to relax and enjoy their football in the closing weeks and we must give the locals the credit they deserve for grabbing points when it mattered most. Having said that, we seriously doubt they have the quality to continue that purple patch at the expense of Man City. Bookies agree, offering Burnley at 18/1 (William Hill).
Man City for the Title
Man City are determined to upset the trends and retain their Premier League crown but they know if they are to do that they must win each of their remaining fixtures to shake-off the attentions of Liverpool. The Cityzens second outing of the week and there will be a few tired legs in there, but the challenge will ensure they keep going. Add the away win to accumulators at 1/6 (Ladbrokes), or back Man City to win to nil at 5/6 (William Hill).
Man Utd v Chelsea
What a game we have in store here for the second part of super Sunday and this looks a pick-em contest between two sides who have struggled to nail down the consistency needed to challenge for major places in the final few weeks of the season. Man Utd have lost three of their last five, including last weekend, to drop to sixth in the table. Traders at Bet365 write them off as 17/10 second favourites here, and that’s understandable. They look like a team who will welcome the summer break, allowing Ole to shape the squad.
Fighting for Top Four
Chelsea have lost two of their last five heading into the week and that had them sitting down in fifth on Monday morning, but The Blues remain in with a shout of beating Arsenal to a top-four finish in the final exchanges, and that should inspire a big performance. United looked dead on their feet last weekend and we’re confident enough to write them off for the top-four. Chelsea will take advantage and the 8/5 at William Hill is a price that will seriously boost your accumulator returns. Those expecting an entertaining match can get their cash on both teams to score, offered at 8/13 by Unibet, another for multiples, but another we expect to come good without too much fuss.