Off the back of the top-level drama in the FA Cup and Champions League, the Premier League returns for gameweek 34. And it’s thrown together some mouth-watering fixtures for fans and those fancying a flutter.
At the top, Liverpool welcome Maurizio Sarri’s in-form, ‘youthful’ Chelsea to Anfield. The Reds go into the game off-the-back of beating Porto in mid-week and coming back from behind to thrash Southampton last Friday but both aiming to continue their winning runs in Sunday afternoon’s late kick-off.
Elsewhere, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Man Utd take on West Ham in the Saturday evening game. The Red Devils’ form has dipped and wavered of late both domestically and now in Europe, however West Ham’s arrival at Old Trafford should be the ideal opportunity to regain some momentum for their crucial trip to Catalonia next Tuesday.
At the foot of the table, Cardiff City travel to FA Cup semi-finalists Brighton in what could be a decisive encounter for both sides’ ambitions of playing Premier League football next season.
Read on for more opinion from our football betting expert, including his best bets to look out for.
Liverpool vs Chelsea
The Reds are unbeaten in their last 37 Premier League games at home – only once in their top-flight history have they gone on a longer unbeaten run at home (63, 1978-80). This doesn’t bode well for Chelsea, considering they’ve lost their last five top-flight away games against ‘big six’ opponents.
Liverpool edge it in the full time market at 8/13 to win. But, it’s important to remember that Chelsea have already won at Anfield this season, beating them 1-2 in the League Cup, and with Hazard in red-hot form, he’s certainly tempting at 8/1 to score the opener..
Man Utd vs West Ham
Manchester United have an outstanding record against the Hammers. So too does Romelu Lukaku. He currently has nine goals in his 10 Premier League meetings with West Ham – in fact, he has scored in each of his last five home matches against the Hammers, who travel to Old Trafford for the Saturday night game.
The visitors have conceded nine in their last four games. Meanwhile the big Belgian is in solid form, having scored two in two of his last four league appearances. I’d be very tempted by Lukaku to bag a brace or more – and at 7/1 that’s too tempting to ignore.
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