The Easter Weekend sees 7 Saturday Games, 2 on Sunday, and another instalment of Monday Night Football for us all to enjoy. The most notable matchup this weekend is Easter Sunday’s Manchester United vs Chelsea where we should be in for some fireworks.
Saturday 15th April
We kick off the weekend with the early game of Tottenham vs Bournemouth. Spurs have recently hit hot form with Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli being the pick of the bunch. It is definitely worth mention the possibility of Harry Kane making his comeback having settled for the bench last week after some time away from the pitch. Tottenham are yet to lose at Home this season and look unstoppable at White Hart Lane as they continue their march on leaders Chelsea. Spurs have conceded just 8 goals at home and scored a whopping 39. It is fair to say that they like to beat a team well, just take a look at last weeks 4-0 demolition job of Watford. Taking this into account, Tottenham to win (Handicap -1) at 4/6 looks the way to go.
Crystal Palace vs Leicester is likely to be an interesting game. Palace will have high hopes going into the fixture have beaten Arsenal 3-0 on Monday and only recently after beating the league leaders 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. Leicester would have been favourites for this match if it was played before their 4-2 defeat to Everton and if they hadn’t played a midweek fixture in Madrid on Wednesday. Both teams have been capable of goals recently with Crystal Palace showing their class against ‘better on paper’ opposition. Leicester on the other hand haven’t failed to score 2 goals in a match since Craig Shakespeare’s appointment as Caretaker Manager. Therefore for me, Over 2.5 Goals at Evens looks the place to go and hope for goals galore.
Next we have Everton vs Burnley. One of my favourite statistics of the season appears when you look past Burnley’s away record. Burnley have only managed 4 points away from home this season and thats been done without a win. This does not bode well as they come up against a hot Everton side that love to score at Goodison Park with 7 straight wins their and 26 goals in those 7 games. It is therefore hard to see anything but an Everton win which has coursed their odds to be at just 2/5. I would look at the much tastier Everton to win and over 2.5 total goals at 5/4.
Stoke City vs Hull City, is a difficult to predict match due to the unpredictable Hull City. It is reassuring for us punters that their away form is something to be desired with just one win this season which was back in August. However, Stoke come into the fixture without a win in 5 and with 4 straight losses. To add to Hull’s poor away form, they have only scored 8 goals away from home all season. Of Hull’s 13 away defeats this season 10 have been by 2 goals or more. Thus the handicap market looks to be one to visit again with Stoke City to win (Handicap -1) at 12/5.
Next up on the 3 o’clock kick offs is Sunderland vs West Ham. It is almost not worth me mentioning due to the common knowledge nature of the fact that Sunderland haven’t scored since February the 4th. Sunderland’s team never really looked like scoring last time out and even at home I don’t think they pose much threat to the irons. West Ham have only recently removed themselves from a poor run of form. 5 straight losses before their 1-0 win over Swansea. This victory should give them the confidence they need to bag a win. With odds so high, West Ham to win at 6/5 seems the option to take here.
Watford vs Swansea looks to be another game where a winner isn’t as simple as it may look. Two wins from two with two clean sheets coming into Watford’s game against Spurs looked to see them give a real battle. However Watford were swept aside with ease as the match finished 4-0. Swansea are without a win in 5 and on a run of 5 straight away defeats. Both teams have had varying success on the score sheet too with both sides holding clean sheets recently but also have conceded many goals in other matches. The same as come at the other end of the pitch with very hard to locate patterns. Thus the short odds of Watford or Draw at 21/50 is a safe place to but your money to boost an accumulator.
The late kick-off pits Southampton vs Manchester City against each other. One may look at City’s recent form and gaze with scepticism. However, they have come up mostly against top 6 clubs. Although City won’t like this and they would have expected more, it shouldn’t take anything away from a performance on Saturday. Man City have been scoring goals on this run off draws and a loss to the league leaders. For Southampton, Gabbiadini is potentially expected to make a return to the Saints side which to me could also spell goals. Thus BTTS at 8/13 is my selection.
Sunday 16th April
Sunday’s first game sees West Brom host Liverpool. The reds should be in good spirit coming into the game with recent performances such as their 3-1 win in the merseyside derby and their second half comeback against Stoke. With their main man Mane out form the rest of the season they showed us that they can actually perform without him. West Brom are yet to score since their surprise 3-1 victory over struggling Arsenal. But with Tony Pulis at home you expect him to create something. Without picking a winner I would look more into the goals and at 9/10, Over 2.5 Goals seems the place to be here. The other place to look would be BTTS at 4/5, which in my opinion has an equal likelihood of occurring if Pulis’ men get off to a good start.
And to the biggest fixture of the weekend as Manchester United take on Chelsea. United will be looking to seek revenge not only after their 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup Quarter Final but having been destroyed 4-0 in their away fixture against the league leaders. The bookies currently have United as slight favourites but is still far too close to pick a winner in my opinion. Apart from the anomaly of that 4-0, this fixture tends not to bring very many goals with two very organised defences clashing. Thus my guess would be Under 2.5 Goals at 13/20. Other options could pick out a goal scorer with both Ibra and Hazard in good runs of form with the swede, 11/10 to score anytime and Hazard at a large 12/5, theres some money to be had somewhere.
Monday 17th April
MNF returns with another Gunners fixture as Middlesbrough host Arsenal. Arsenals poor recent run of form has seen them loose to a lot of opponents that they would have expected to beat earlier in the season. Middlesbrough on the other hand are without a league win in 2017 and are very much outsiders. I was one of those unlucky punters who was let down by an awful performance by Arsenal last time out, but I will stick to my guns this week and back them with Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals. If you want to have a look a the outside chance of a repeat performance Middlesbrough are 6/1 to win!
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