Premier League Weekend Preview
Published on 07/04/16
The pressure of this year’s Premier League season is unrelenting, and both Leicester and Spurs play opponents with much still to play for. Leicester take on a Sunderland side who still harbour hopes of survival, whilst Spurs play host to a Manchester United side who have eyes on a Champions League spot, which at one point looked highly unlikely. Meanwhile, the relegation battle looks sure to take another turn as Crystal Palace take on Norwich, and Newcastle travel to Southampton.
Crystal Palace vs Norwich (Saturday 3pm)
Norwich may be three points behind Crystal Palace, have played a game more, and have an inferior goal difference, but they come into this game in much better form than their opponents. They’ve managed to claim an invaluable 7 points from their last 3 games, whilst Palace have claimed just 3 points in all of 2016. However, Norwich find themselves as the 31/10 underdogs – and that looks a barking-mad price to me.
Norwich @ 31/10 (BetVictor)
Southampton vs Newcastle (Saturday 3pm)
Southampton haven’t exactly been rock-solid at home in their last few matches, but have only lost one 1 of their last 6 home games, winning three of those to nil. That’s a far cry from a Newcastle side who have now lost 8 away games on the trot, and the Toon are out of tune at the moment. Newcastle have also won the last 3 renewals 4-0, 4-0 and 2-0, and another win to nil looks the value bet.
Southampton to win to nil @ 6/4 (Betvictor)
Sunderland vs Leicester (Sunday 1.30pm)
Top of the table versus third to bottom looks an easy game on paper for Leicester, but Sunderland are battling hard to survive and have lost only one of their last 7 Premier League games, drawing the last four. However, they’re going to have to attack as they go in search of a much needed win, and that should play into the hands of Leicester who have mastered the art of shutting-up-shop in recent weeks with five 1-0 wins in their last 6 games. Most teams in Leicester’s position would be odds-on to win here, and 6/5 again seems to underestimate them
Leicester @ 6/5 (Various bookmakers)
Spurs vs Manchester United (Sunday 4pm)
Spurs are having a great season, but Manchester United will be motivated with a Champions League spot within their grasp. Four of the last 5 renewals have been draws, and Spurs have also drawn plenty of games against the perceived big clubs this season.
Draw @ 13/5 (Various Bookmakers)