The Premier League relegation battle is in focus on Saturday afternoon with Cardiff hosting West Ham, Southampton entertaining Tottenham, and Fulham travelling to Leicester.
Check out our analysis and free football tips for all three matches.
Cardiff vs West Ham (3.00)
West Ham are the favourite with the bookies to win this match, and the fact they’re ten places above Cardiff in the table suggests they deserve to be. However, the form of The Hammers on their travels has been poor of late, with a point against Crystal Palace all they have to show from their last five away games.
Admittedly, Cardiff are a worse team than Manchester City, Wolves, Bournemouth, or Burnley, but they’re also scrapping for their Premier League survival, and that could count for plenty against a West Ham side that have already surpassed the fabled survival haul of 38-points.
Cardiff could be in trouble if they’re as lacklustre as they were in their last two home matches against Everton (0-3) and Watford (1-5) but it’s worth noting they’d won three of their previous eight matches against Southampton, Bournemouth, and Leicester.
As Cardiff trail their nearest rivals Southampton by just two-points, the motivational team talk should also be an easy one as their manager only needs to stress that a win here could see them jump out of the relegation zone if Southampton are beaten by Tottenham this weekend. Sure, Cardiff certainly aren’t bankers, but they do look the value bet.
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Leicester vs Fulham (3.00)
Fulham need a miracle to escape the dreaded drop to the Championship this season but, whether they survive or not, they look likely to put in a spirited finish over the last nine games judged on their 2-1 defeat by Chelsea last weekend.
That was Scott Parker’s first game in charge in his new role as Fulham manager, and he has to be commended for getting his team to create as many chances as they did against Chelsea. If they can produce a similar performance against Leicester, they must be in with a chance of beating an inconsistent Leicester side.
The problem with Fulham is they have lost their last five away games so, with both teams scoring in seven of Leicester’s last eight games, that could be the way to cash-in here, especially as both teams scored at Craven Cottage earlier in the season.
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Southampton vs Tottenham (3.00)
Southampton missed a fantastic chance of distancing themselves from the relegation zone when they lost at home to Cardiff four weeks ago, which was surprising considering they were on a six-game unbeaten run at the time which included wins over Leicester and Everton. However, that defeat is now one of three in their last four games.
Tottenham will have been delighted to have stopped their own bad run of form with their win in Dortmund on Tuesday, as that brought to an end a run of four consecutive away defeats that scuppered their Carabao Cup and Premier League aspirations. However, Tottenham still have a Champions League spot for next season to play for, and a win here had added importance this weekend with Arsenal and Manchester United facing each other.
The last four renewals of this fixture have produced two wins for Tottenham and two draws and. So, as both teams are motivated, Southampton went close to getting a point at Old Trafford last weekend, and Tottenham may just be feeling the effect of Tuesday’s match, the draw may prove the value bet.
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