After two enthralling FA Cup Semi-Final ties, in which London duo Chelsea and Arsenal made it through to the at Wembley, along with the drama and excitement of the Premier League, action continues in the top-flight this week, with both midweek and weekend fixtures to look forward to. Both Chelsea and Tottenham return to action as they both bid for the title, while the Manchester derby on Thursday now holds more significance, with both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho still chasing a spot in the top four. The battle at the bottom continues, with the battle between Hull City and Swansea City now looking like finalising the bottom three come the end of the season.
Arsenal vs Leicester City – Weds 26th @ 19:45
Another team who came away from Wembley on a high was Arsenal, with the Gunners returning to the Emirates in a positive mood, following months of despair for supporters. With Arsene Wenger’s men now seven point away from the top four, Arsenal’s encounter with in-form Leicester City is a must win. The Foxes have won three from their last five, with Craig Shakespeare hoping for another win, which would all-but secure their safety in terms of relegation.
Arsenal to win against Leicester @ 8/13 SkyBet, Boylesports
Middlesbrough vs Sunderland – Weds 26th @ 19:45
With Sunderland needing a miracle to steer clear of relegation this season, David Moyes’ men will be looking to compound yet more misery on neighbours Boro, with the duo having won just nine Premier League games between them all season. Gaston Ramirez will be missing for the home side following his red card against Bournemouth, with the goal scoring mantle once again with Alvaro Negredo.
Middlesbrough (Draw No Bet) to win against Sunderland @ 6/10 Ladbrokes, BetStars
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur – Weds 26th @ 20:00
A run of just one defeat in five has seen Palace rise to 12th in the table, with their third consecutive win at Anfield all-but guaranteeing their Premier League participation next season. Christian Benteke scored both goals against his former side, with the Belgian international hoping to continue his fine form against London rivals Spurs. The North Londoners are hoping to recover from their defeat at Wembley with a vital three points at Selhurst Park, with Dele Alli having secured the Young Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive year on Sunday night.
Over 2.5 Goals @ 7/10 BetStars
Manchester City vs Manchester United – Thurs 27th @ 20:00
Just a single point separates the duo heading into Thursday’s encounter, with Guardiola and Mourinho coming head-to-head once again at the Etihad. David Silva limped off early at Wembley, with the Spaniard a doubt for the game, while United are without Zlatan Ibrahimović and Marcos Rojo, with the duo having both been ruled out for long periods. While United are seemingly more focused upon the Europa League, they will still be confident of producing against their fierce rivals.
Southampton vs Hull City – Sat 29th @ 15:00
The Saints face their second game of the week at St Mary’s, with visitors Hull City in dire need of a positive result, despite their victory over Watford last time around. Oumar Niasse will be missing for Marco Silva’s side following his red card, with Abel Hernandez set to deputise in his absence.
Southampton to win against Hull @ 7/10 BetVictor
Stoke City vs West Ham United – Sat 29th @ 15:00
Just two points separate the two sides in the table, with both Mark Hughes and Slaven Bilic desperate for strong ends to the season. Despite Stoke having lost four of their last five, the Potters will be the favourites to claim three points at home. The Hammers have shown signs of improvement over recent weeks, holding in-form Everton to a goalless draw at the Olympic Stadium last time out.
Over 2.5 Goals @ 9/10 PaddyPower
Sunderland vs Bournemouth – Sat 29th @ 15:00
A win for Eddie Howe’s men against Middlesbrough look to have secured their safety in the Premier League, with striker Joshua King hoping to continue his fine form in front of goal against Sunderland. The former Manchester United youngster will be the biggest attacking threat for the home side, while Jermain Defoe will be hoping to add to his 14 top-flight goals to date.
West Bromwich Albion vs Leicester City – Sat 29th @ 15:00
A mid-table clash at the Hawthorns, with the home side looking to register a first win in four, while the Foxes are searching for a fourth win in their last six matches.
Crystal Palace vs Burnley – Sat 29th @ 17:30
Burnley have slipped to 16th following their defeat against Manchester United, with Sean Dyche’s teams away form meaning that Palace are the overwhelming favourites for three points.
Crystal Palace to win against Burnley @ 17/20 SkyBet, William Hill
Manchester United vs Swansea City – Sun 30th @ 12:00
Having played against Manchester City just days earlier, as well as Mourinho’s men having a Europa League Semi-Final to prepare for, the home side could well field an experimental line-up against relegation threatened Swansea, with the likes of Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney having impressed against Burnley.
Man Utd to win Half-Time @ 19/20 Ladbrokes, Coral
Everton vs Chelsea – Sun 30th @ 14:05
Everton play their penultimate home game of the season against Chelsea, with Romelu Lukaku potentially looking to impress Antonio Conte ahead of a summer return to West London. A win for Chelsea would go a long way towards securing the title for the Blues.
Middlesbrough vs Manchester City – Sun 30th @ 14:05
With Boro desperately in need of wins during the Premier League run-in, a visit from Manchester City is far from the ideal situation. Alvaro Negredo will be looking to send a timely reminder to his former club, however the form of Sergio Aguero makes him the most likely goal scorer at the Riverside.
Man City HT/FT @ 19/20 Ladbrokes, Coral
Tottenham vs Arsenal – Sun 30th @ 16:30
Should Spurs earn three points at Selhurst Park in midweek, the North London derby at White Hart Lane could well be one of the most significant in years, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men still harbouring outside title hopes.
Arsenal to win against Tottenham Hotspur @ 11/4 SkyBet, Bet365