The battle to survive Premier League Relegation is bubbling with trepidation and, with just 7-points separating bottom club Sunderland and 14th placed Bournemouth, the difference between survival and the dreaded drop could go down to the very last game. Therefore, we’re concentrating on games which could have plenty of significance in the relegation battle this weekend, and we’ve tips for Leicester vs Hull, Swansea vs Burnley, and West Brom vs Crystal Palace.
Leicester vs Hull (Saturday 3.00)
Leicester’s win against Liverpool last time was their first win in 6 matches, but it remains to be seen if that improved performance was due to the players raising their games after the controversial dismissal of Claudio Ranieri, or whether Liverpool were just awful. Hull certainly aren’t going to give Leicester as much room to play, and they also beat Liverpool 2-0 recently. A closer look at Hull’s recent record shows they’ve been playing well and, 8 points from their last 6 games is a good haul as two of those matches resulted in expected defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea. Hull also beat Leicester 2-1 earlier in the season, and it’s hard to see why Leicester deserve to be odds-on.
Tip: Lay Leicester @ 1.9 (Betfair Exchange)
Swansea vs Burnley (Saturday 3.00)
Burnley’s outstanding home form means they have 31-points, and they look almost certain to stay up unless they go into freefall in the last 12 games. However, a point at Hull last time was their first away point since October and they’re up against a Swansea side that has really found its stride in recent weeks. 4 wins in 7 games is a good haul at any stage of the season, but it’s even more impressive when you consider 2 of their defeats in that period were against Chelsea and Manchester City. Another 3-points is very much on the cards on recent evidence, and that’s also backed-up by the fact that they’ve won 4 of their last 5 games against Burnley, all by the score of 1-0 if you’re interested.
Tip: Swansea Win @ 21/20 (BetStars, Boylesports)
West Brom vs Crystal Palace (Saturday 3.00)
West Brom are having an impressive season, and they’ve dispatched similar class opposition in 5 of their last 6 home games, with wins over Bournemouth, Stoke, Sunderland, Hull and Swansea. They’ve also won 4 of their last 6 against Palace, including winning 1-0 away earlier in the season. Meanwhile, Palace may have won their last game against goals-shy Middlesbrough, but it’s hard to make a strong case for them here.