Southampton v Liverpool
The first of our April 6 Premier League betting tips is for Southampton v Liverpool. It’s a reduced service in the English Premier League this weekend due to the FA Cup semi-finals but there’s still plenty for followers to get involved in, starting with this match that’ll be shown live on Friday night by the Sky Sports team from 8.00pm. Southampton has improved to haul themselves out of the relegation zone and after 32 games they stood five better than the bottom-three. With the teams below them showing no signs of wanting to better their position, it looks like The Saints may just be safe for another year.
They bagged a vital three points last weekend when winning away at Brighton, courtesy of a 1-0 scoreline, following a thrilling 2-1 victory over Spurs the start before. Hojberg netted what turned out to be the winner early in the second half and his fourth of the season was enough to see the visitors over the line, despite a few nervy moments towards the end. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl labelled it a massive win for his boys, but they’ll face a much sterner test here. Southampton to beat Liverpool is a 7/1 outsider with Bet365, the draw marked up at 19/5 (Unibet).
Work to be Done
Liverpool started the week in pole position, and they have every chance of ending the season at the top, but there’s much work to be done before that is confirmed. The Reds won three games in-a-row when beating Tottenham at Anfield last weekend in a match that was a real treat for neutrals. Firmino opened the scoring on 16 minutes but that advantage was cut out by Moura with 70 on the clock. It looked like the Londoners had done enough to merit an away draw but there was to be one final twist as Alderweireld knocked the ball into his own net on 90 under heavy pressure to send the bulk of those inside Anfield into wild celebrations.
That win over Spurs followed a 4-2 victory vs Burnley and 2-1 away to the now relegated Fulham in the top-flight, as well as a stunning 3-1 at Bayern Munich in the Champions League that saw them progress 3-1 on aggregate. At this stage of the season, Liverpool fans can dream of a Premier League and Champions League double. To have the best chance of achieving that they must get a jump on Man City and claim three points during their absence. The away win is picked at 4/9 with Unibet and that will do a job in your weekend accumulators.
Bournemouth v Burnley
The Cherries are another side free from the worries of relegation and with not an awful lot to play for between now and the end of the season, they may just be in danger of taking their eye off the ball and rolling to a finish. The locals won only one of their last five going into the week, with that poor run of form showing three defeats. They were beaten 2-0 by a resurgent Leicester at the King Power last week but bookies have them as favourites to return to winning ways here. Bournemouth can be backed at 21/20 with Ladbrokes.
In the Danger Zone
Burnley lost four games on the bounce to fall dangerously close to the relegation zone and started the week one place higher than Cardiff and the bottom-three. They did secure a valuable win over Wolves last Saturday to leap out of the danger zone and everyone connected to the club will be desperate to build on that and give themselves a bit of breathing space. Coady gave the victors a dream start when scoring an early own-goal before McNeil dusted off the contest. Fancy two on the spin? The away win is 27/10 – top price at Unibet – but we’ll settle for a draw at 13/5 (Unibet).
Huddersfield v Leicester
Huddersfield is rock-bottom of the Premier League and can start planning for Championship football next season. Four defeats on the bounce mean they are relegated, and their stats show just three wins from their first 32 matches, fully deserving of the wooden spoon. We’re not too sure what has gone on at The Terriers this season, but they have been nowhere near good enough and backing against them has proven to be a profitable approach. We want nothing to do with a bet on Huddersfield, despite Bet365 offering 4/1.
A Rejuvenated Club
Brendan Rodgers has completely rejuvenated Leicester City since arriving from Celtic, despite losing his first Premier League match in charge. The Foxes have now won each of their last three going into match week and that has lifted them to ninth in the table, with a top-seven finish still a real possibility. That would inspire the board into backing the Northern Irishman with hard cash for next season’s assault on the European places. We make Leicester our bet of the day at 3/4 with Ladbrokes. A great additional to accas.
Newcastle v Crystal Palace
Newcastle was beaten 2-0 by Arsenal in London on Monday evening in a match few expected them to win. The Magpies have caused many an upset in the top-tier this season but appear to have run their race this season and are running down the clock before going away on their summer break. Relegation remained a real worry for much of this campaign, but they are now seven points better than danger and that should be enough to see them through. We’re backing the draw in this match at 11/5 (Bet365), supporters of the home win can get 8/5 with Unibet. That’s top price.
A Tough Season
Palace started the week one place and one point better than their opponents and are another who can enjoy the closing stages of the season. It has been a difficult campaign all round but, in the end, they achieved their goal of retaining their place in the Premier League for another campaign and will plan to build on that for the coming season. Crystal Palace beat lowly Huddersfield 2-0 last week, a match they were expected to win. Another victory is yours at 2/1 with 888sport.
Everton v Arsenal
One game from the Premier League on Sunday but it promises to be a cracker as Everton and Arsenal go toe-to-toe in a fixture that should give us a few goals, as well as a share of entertainment. The Toffees have slipped to 10th in the table and that’s a poor effort from a side with their budget. They did win each of their last two, however, and remain in with a shout of ending in the Europa League places, Wolves in seventh just four points better off at the time of checking. The locals handed out a 2-0 beating to West Ham last weekend, a result achieved thanks to goals from Zouma and Bernard. It followed another 2-0 win the game before when shocking Chelsea at Goodison Park. The home win is 9/4 at Bet365, a draw 11/4 at Unibet.
A Dizzying Ride
Arsenal fans have endured a rollercoaster season so far, but they remain in with a chance of finishing in the top-four and securing a return to Champions League football, something fans feel has been missing for far too long. The Gunners also have the added incentive of finishing above Tottenham, something they once took for granted but it would rate as a decent achievement following a season of change. Unbeaten in five, they have won four and drawn one in that period and sit third in the table after 31 games, two better than Man Utd in fifth. The away win is 5/4 favourite, top price with Unibet. That’s worth backing as a super single.
Chelsea v West Ham
The last of or April 6 Premier League betting tips is for Chelsea v West Ham. Monday night football gives us a London derby as Chelsea and West Ham meet at Stamford Bridge. The home side is battling for a top-four finish, but time is running out if they are to claw back the deficit and close the gap on those ahead of them in the pecking order. At present, any two of four teams could finish in the top-four and land Champions League riches. Chelsea have blown hot and cold of late but did win last weekend, battling back to beat a stubborn Cardiff in Wales when it looked like they could be on course for another painful defeat. The home win is a bet that interests us at 7/20 (888sport), a bet for your accumulators.
A Bad Result
West Ham has thrown in a few stinkers this season, but they were particularly poor last time out when losing to an Everton side at home they stood every chance of beating before kick-off. The Stratford side leaked two goals and finished the match having forced just one shot on target. It was no surprise to hear fans voice their frustrations throughout. What made the result worse was it was the club’s first home defeat in seven Premier League games. Will they bounce back with a derby win? Bookies don’t think so, Unibet confident enough to offer up a market best price of 8/1 on West Ham.