The two biggest current battles in the Premier League are the battle for next year’s Champions League spots and the battle to avoid relegation.
Just 5-points separate Manchester United, Arsenal, Southampton, Spurs and Liverpool, and all of them will be hoping for a strong finish to the season in the hope of securing a Champions League spot. Southampton and Liverpool clash this Sunday and victory for fourth-placed Southampton would see them pull 7-points clear of their Merseyside rivals, whilst a Liverpool win would see the Merseysiders close the gap between the two teams to just one point.
There are also two interesting relegation battles. Sunderland host West Brom on Saturday and victory for either of the 14th or 15th placed teams would give them a little breathing room, whilst the loser will get dragged deeper into the battle for Premier League survival. Two teams in even more danger of the dreaded drop-zone are Hull (16th) and QPR (17th) and the loser of this clash may well find themselves in the bottom-3 come Saturday night.
Read all our Premier League betting tips and analysis for these three games below.
Southampton vs Liverpool
Suarez, Sterling and Gerrard all scored as Liverpool took last year’s corresponding fixture 3-0, though Southampton won their three previous home games against Liverpool 3-1, 2-0 and 2-0.
Liverpool haven’t been beaten in the Premier League since December 14th, winning their last 3 away games, though they were only against Burnley, Sunderland and Villa.
Meanwhile, Southampton’s form has slipped lately and their last two home games have only produced a draw against West Brom and defeat to Swansea, failing to hit the net on both occasions.
Southampton have already bounced back from one dip in form this season, but this may be the right time to have a bit of faith in Liverpool at 2/1.
Liverpool @ 2/1
Sunderland vs West Brom
The last three renewals of this fixture have produced one win each and a draw, though Sunderland won last year’s game 2-0 and also managed a 2-2 draw at West Brom earlier this season.
Sunderland have only won one of their 4 Premier League home games this year, and have failed to score in 3 of them.
Meanwhile, West Brom have drawn their last three away games, and may be buoyed further by recent home victories over West Ham and Swansea.
The formbook suggests West Brom have got every chance of winning this on current form and the 21/10 looks worth taking.
West Brom @ 21/10
Hull vs QPR
Hull managed to win away at QPR 1-0 earlier in the season, and that’s the only time the two teams have met since 2011. The two teams had drawn their previous three games.
After an appalling January in which they lost all 3 Premier League games without scoring a goal, Hull have staged a mini-revival in February with victory against Villa and a draw at Manchester City.
QPR staged their own mini-revival when they won their first away game of the season at Sunderland last-time out, and it will be interesting to see whether they can build on that or whether they revert to the form that had seen them lose all four previous games.
In the belief that QPR’s last-time out win came against the most out-of-form team in the Premier League, Sunderland, I fancy Hull will be the one to continue to build on their recent form – and 11/10 looks a fair price.
Hull @ 11/10