As this season’s Premier League climax edges ever nearer, gameweek 36 offers up a trio of tantalising fixtures that are sure to throw a twist in the tale of both the title race and the recent slugfest for third and fourth.
It’s top vs bottom as Liverpool will be fully expected to close the gap on theirs and Man City’s goal difference, with a visit from relegated Huddersfield. Meanwhile the final two spots in the race for Champions League qualification will be hotly contested as Tottenham face fierce rivals West Ham, and the out of form Man Utd entertain a Chelsea side with one eye on their Europa League semi-final.
Read on for more from our football betting expert, including some great tips to ponder.
Liverpool vs Huddersfield Town – Friday 20:00
Nine Liverpool goals to nil. That’s how these sides’ aggregate score line reads from the past four games. With the Reds chasing their seventh successive league win, you’d be a brave man to bet on the Terriers to come away with anything from Anfield.
Klopp’s men are 7/2 to win by a margin of three clear goals. I also fancy a Salah hat-trick at 7/1, or better yet, PFA Player of the Year winner Virgil van Dijk is 8/1 to score a header.
Tottenham vs West Ham – Saturday 12:30
It’s safe to say, Spurs’ recent success in the Champions League has done wonders for Poch’s PR. The Lilywhites have suffered five defeats in their last eight Premier League games, and yet their 88th minute winner versus Brighton somehow tightened their grip on third place.
Could a ding-dong London derby against the Hammers expose Poch’s domestic frailties once again? We’re predicting another fortuitous Tottenham win. But if you think West Ham could be the first away side to score at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, you can get both to score and Spurs to win at 7/4 while Son Heung-Min is 3/1 to score first.
Man Utd vs Chelsea – Sunday 16:30
This season’s race for a top-four finish has thrown up more surprises and missed opportunities than any in recent memory. As it stands, one manager who definitely won’t be in the Champions League next season is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. His humiliation at the hands of Barcelona, Everton and Man City in back-to-back games has sucked the wind well and truly from the Red Devils’ sails. Sarri’s side are 13/8 to get the three points.
But the Blues travel on Sunday with arguably the worst away form in the league. In their last two visits to ‘top six’ sides, they’ve conceded eight and scored none. One thing that’s easier to predict is the form of star-man Eden Hazard. At 14/1 to bag a brace, it’s hard not to be tempted for a flutter on a famous farewell to the North by the in-form Belgian.
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