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Football: Premier League Preview – Weekend of 25th April

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Premier League Predictions – Sat 25th, Sun 26th Apr

Premier League Matches >

Soccer_Premier_LeagueSaturday 25th Apr
1245pm Southampton v Tottenham

3pm Burnley v Leicester
Crystal Palace v Hull
Newcastle v Swansea
QPR v West Ham
Stoke v Sunderland
West Brom v Liverpool
530pm Man City v Aston Villa

Sunday 26th Apr
130pm Everton v Man Utd

4pm Arsenal v Chelsea

Here is our Preview of the football action for this week’s action in the Premier League – with analysis, comment and free tips as always.

Premier League Table >

epl 26 apr

Season profit is +6pts LSP currently… looking for a decent finish although this time of season can be hard work with some times fighting hard an dothers looking towards their holidays

Saints v Spurs > routine home win for me with Spurs struggling despite winning last week – that was at a lacklustre Newcastle and Harry will struggle to continue carrying the workload upfront. Bentaleb has impressed me a lot and is under-rated in the middle but needs help (no idea how Paulinho got the MOTM vote from Sky last week). Mason may return ad Spurs will hope Lloris is fit although Vorm is a steady replacement. If Spurs play like they have recently in many games, Saints will pick up an easy 3 points for me and with Pochettino sounding less than enthusiastic about EL qualification, then this could be a solid home win, 2-0 for me. Saints have had Under 2.5 in their last 8 home league games and Spurs have won th elast 5 meetings between the two teams for those who like trends

Burnley v Leicester > mjust win job, simple as that. Leicester are in better form and will want to pick up another vital 3 pts and they can for me as the hosts are struggling to score currently – 4 without a goal for Burnley while Leicester have won 3 on the spin and scored quite a few, 1-2 for me

Palace v Hull > Palace got a small surprise last week and now host a poor Hull side who will be desperate to get a result – Palace have won just 2 of their last 6 at home surprisingly but Hull have not won in 7 away. If Hull don’t play this tight they could get battered by a Palace side who will bounce well I think. 3-1 if it goes to plan but 0-1 if it’s one of those daft results that you get in late April sometimes with the desire/need greater for the visitors

Newcastle v Swansea > Swansea can make life even more awkward for the temporary coach Carver here – Newcastle need the season to finish to regroup and probably need another win yet but Swansea are useful and can be very bright on their day – a likely draw as Newcastle fight hard but lack the quality to convert

QPR v West Ham > QPR have perked up a bit and will look to win this to secure a valuable 3pts whilst WH are waiting for the season to end and probably look for a new manager it seems. No win in 9 away for the Hammers and BFS makes it clear often that he expects to lose some away games and it shows – he will fancy a win here as Rangers have lost 6 on the spin at home but they have played good sides in that spell and were unlucky recently v Chelsea. A 1-0 home win for me

Stoke v Sunderland > Stoke are capable and should win this although it’s that time of the season when the struggling sides pick up and cause upsets so maybe not a game to confidently back the home team; Stoke do occasionally turn up a poor game in ones they should seemingly win but they usually score and Sunderland have not won in 6 away. Yet another game where the strugglers may surprise so one to be wary of

WBA v Liverpool > Liverpool have seen the wheels fall off a bit compared with their form prior to late March and April while WBA picked up a big win last week at Palace. Very few draws for these two in recent weeks/months so likelihood pushes me towards that, Liverpool have been good away generally and don’t concede many but I fancy a lively 2-2 or so here today

City v Villa > City have watched others surge ahead while they have treaded water and drifted to 4th place. Villa are not safe and will be thinking of Wembley perhaps so need to concentrate and battle hard or they could get beaten easily. City have won their last 4 homes without conceding but Villa have won 2 of 3 away recently and will fancy their chances

Everton v Man Utd > Utd have picked up very well and should have too much firepower for an Everton side who have had a forgettable season but the Toffees have lost just 1 in their last 13 homes while Utd have won 3 of their last 9 away which are both a bit surprising. Utd have been fairly attack minded so I can see a 2-1 win for them here although Everton will be tough nut to crack

Arsenal v Chelsea > huge game and one which means an exciting end to the season at the top or perhaps a damp squib – Chelsea will no doubt sit back and defend and repeat their efforts at Liverpool and City in recent seasons in similar scenarios. Arsenal will no doubt be full on attacking and are in great form but thi swill be harder than many of their recent games. Chelsea to park the bus and look for a dull draw is the logical call – a 1-0 smash and grab wouldn’t surprise me with JM loving this kind of encounter. 9 wins on the bounce at home for Arsenal and 5 on the spin for Chelsea away since they got hammered at WHL. Chelsea like this fixture and have won 5 of their last 8 visits here; I’m tempted to back thie visitors as I remember what a great job they did last season at Anfield

Advised bets >

Chelsea +0 AH @ 2.36

QPR Win @ 2.42

Southampton Win @ 2.18

Newcastle v Swansea Draw @ 3.35

Leicester Win @ 2.84

 

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