Premier League week 29 betting tips

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Premier League week 29 betting tips

After a quiet week in the EPL due to FA Cup ties being played, we are back to regular scheduling this weekend as Manchester City versus Liverpool tie on Sunday headlines this weekend’s list of Premier League fixtures.

West Bom v Arsenal

After losing three of their last four Premier League outings, Arsene Wenger and his men cannot afford any slip-ups against an Albion side that were well beaten at Everton last weekend. West Brom midfielder James Morrison will miss Saturday's game against Arsenal because of an ankle injury. Matt Phillips is still nursing a hamstring problem and remains out for the fourth game in a row. Mohamed Elneny should be available for Arsenal after making a quicker than expected recovery from an ankle injury while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs are both fitness doubts and will be assessed, while Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee.

West Brom's only win in the last 13 competitive meetings came at The Hawthorns last season. They could earn consecutive top-flight home victories against Arsenal for the first time since a run of six in a row from 1951 to 1956. While the Baggies could lose three Premier League games in a row for the first time this season, Arsenal have lost three of their last four league fixtures, as well as suffering two 5-1 defeats against Bayern Munich during that period. Arsenal have a mixed record at The Hawthorns with only one win in their past three league visits, and I fancy them leaving with three points this time with Bet9ja offering an impessive 1.76 winning odds in favour of the away side.

Prediction

West Brom 1-3 Arsenal

Crystal Palace v Watford

Watford can make themselves safe in three successive winnable games before a big summer clear out that could include the head coach Walter Mazzari. For the home side, this is the first of four huge home six pointers for the Eagles against relegation rivals and they'll need 10 points from them. Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt has not recovered from an ankle injury so Jeffrey Schlupp is expected to start at left-back on Saturday. Striker Loic Remy has been ruled out until after the international break. Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue has been suffering from a fever this week and will be assessed. Nordin Amrabat is available after an ankle injury for the first time since New Year's Day, while Daryl Janmaat makes his return from a groin problem.

Watford have only won two of their last 13 matches against Crystal Palace in all competitions (D3, L8). However, those two victories have both come on their last two visits to Selhurst Park in 2013 and 2016. The reverse fixture between these teams was Sam Allardyce's first match as Crystal Palace manager. It finished 1-1 on Boxing Day. While Crystal Palace have the worst home record in the division, mustering 10 points and suffering an unrivalled nine defeats, Watford have won just two of their last 12 league matches. Nigeria's number one betting site Bet9ja offers an incredible 1.92 winning odds for the Eagles and I absolutely agree with them.

Prediction

Crsytal Palace 1-0 Watford

Everton v Hull City

Everton left-back Leighton Baines should be fit after recovering from the back problem he suffered last weekend. Muhamed Besic lacks fitness after a lengthy lay-off and James McCarthy, who has a hamstring injury, is also out. Hull are without Everton loanee Oumar Niasse, who is ineligible against his parent club, while Evandro is again absent with a calf problem. Markus Henriksen is back in training after a shoulder injury but is unlikely to feature on Saturday. Michael Dawson, Dieumerci Mbokani and Ryan Mason remain sidelined.

Away from the reported exit of Romelu Lukaku who is poised to become the first Evertonian to hit 20 league goals in a season since Gary Lineker should he get on the score sheet against the Tigers. Hull who are unbeaten in their last three games against the Toffees, although two of those matches ended in draws only won away to Everton in a 2-0 win in the second tier in 1952. The Toffees' build-up to this game has been overshadowed by the news that leading scorer Romelu Lukaku has turned down a new contract but I don't see the Lukaku situation affecting the outcome of this game as they are favourites for this tie and I believe my claim is backed up by Bet9ja's 1.53 winning odds for Koeman's men as against the Tigers' 6.40.

Prediction

Everton 3-0 Hull City

Stoke City v Chelsea

Chelsea's consistency is there to be admired by everyone. Eighteen wins and just one defeat from the last 21 Premier League games tells its own impressive story but they face a tough test against The Potters who have won this fixture in two of the last three seasons. Stoke defender Glen Johnson is absent with a shoulder problem but Marko Arnautovic should return after missing out in midweek because of illness. Xherdan Shaqiri is back after a six-match absence, while Wilfried Bony, who was ineligible against Manchester City, is available. Chelsea will assess a couple of unnamed injury doubts prior to Saturday's game. Wing-back Victor Moses is expected to be available despite being substituted against Manchester United on Monday.

Chelsea have only won two of their last seven games away to Stoke in all competitions. However, the Potters have managed just two victories in 17 Premier League meetings (D3, L12). The home side are unbeaten in eight league home games (W4, D4) -their best run since a 17-match streak in 2012, which ended with a 4-0 defeat by Chelsea but their record is rubbished by that of the Blues who have won 18 of their 20 Premier League matches this season against the teams currently outside the top five. Stoke showed with their 0-0 draw at Manchester City in their last game that they are capable of digging in against the top teams and I foresee a similar scenario playing out at the Britannia on Saturday. Bet9ja's odds for shared spoils is a stunning 3.90.

Prediction

Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea

Sunderland v Burnley

Anything else against a team that's only taken two points on the road all season will have many declaring that another escape from relegation will be beyond Sunderland who surely need to head into the international break with the boost of a win. The Black Cats have been rocked by the news that Jan Kirchhoff has been ruled out for at least another four weeks. Darron Gibson is expected to overcome a minor niggle but fellow midfielder Steven Pienaar is still a doubt because of a calf problem. Burnley's Steven Defour could be involved for the first time since suffering a hamstring strain at the end of January. Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Dean Marney remain sidelined by knee injuries.

Sunderland are unbeaten in nine league meetings at home to Burnley since a Second Division defeat in December 1972 (W7, D2). Burnley's most recent top-flight win on Wearside came in October 1969. Burnley have yet to lose to Sunderland in three meetings this season, winning twice at home and drawing 0-0 at the Stadium of Light in the FA Cup third round. The home side have only won once in 10 league games, losing the last three without scoring and have failed to score in 12 matches this season, including five of the last six, The Clarets are on a run of five games without a win, although four of them have been away fixtures. I am going to tip Sunderland who are six points adrift of safety now to win this tie, meaning Bet9ja's 2.55 odds may just be the right way to spend your money this weekend.

Prediction

Sunderland 3-0 Burnley

West Ham United v Leicester City

Leicester City have improved a lot since Shakespeare took over as interim manager. Buoyed by the excellent come-back win against Sevilla on the mid-week, the hopes are high as they travel away to the new London Stadium to take on West Ham on Saturday.

On the other hand, West Ham’s recent form is totally opposite to their opponent. They are without a win in the last four and are coming after suffering back-to-back defeats. Also, they have only one win to show from the last 6 matches and conceded a massive 13 goals during the process

As offered by your number one betting site; Bet9ja, a 3.34 odds is on the cards for draw which is my prediction for this game.

Going for both teams to score has an equally good odds of 1.74 from Bet9ja

Prediction

West Ham 1-1 Leicester City

AFC Bournemouth v Swansea City            

AFC Bournemouth is now playing in a decent form with their 1 win and 1 draw last 2 games and now they are standing in the 14th place of the table with 30 points.

On their part, Swansea City is now standing in the 16th place of the table with 27 points after the same 28 matches played this season.

AFC Bournemouth has a good chance to win here over Swansea City who had only 1 win and 4 losses in their last 5 matches away from home.

The Cherries haven't managed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last ten matches and although we fancy them to pick up a win in front of their own supporters at the Vitality Stadium, we don't expect them to keep a clean sheet in this game either against a Swansea team that has found the net at least once in each of their last seven games

On Bet9ja, the Cherries have an odd of 2.10 to win straight. As reflected in analysis, Swansea are expected to score so GG is an option same as over 2.5 which have odds of  1.70 and 1.67 respectively on Bet9ja

Prediction
Bournemouth 2-1 Swansea

               

Middlesbrough v Manchester United                     

Steve Agnew takes charge of Middlesbrough for this game following manager Aitor Karanka’s sacking – and will hope to fare better than in his previous brief stint in caretaker charge.

Boro’s league form since Christmas has been really poor, failing to win any of their last 10 matches and now they have only their North East rivals Sunderland below them in the table.

Things had been better in the FA Cup, but the Teessiders tamely lost their quarter-final 2-0 at home to Manchester City last Saturday and the scoreline would have been embarrassing but for a terrific show by goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Apart from the possible renewed optimism brought about by the change of leadership, Boro do have a couple of other things going for them here.

On Bet9ja, Boro have a huge 5.05 odds to win but that looks like an expensive gamble, a leam scoreline of less than three goals should be a better option at 2.16

Prediction

Boro 0-2 Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton

Goals are expected to flow freely in this match and Tottenham are fancied to boost their chances of going one better than last season by finishing second in the Premier League.

Although the only team to make a fight of it with eventual champions Leicester, Spurs eventually wound up third in the table behind their arch-rivals Arsenal and while it looks as though the title will elude them again, they have every chance of claiming the runner-up spot this time.

Tottenham’s league form is excellent with only one defeat since mid-December and they are also through to the FA Cup semi-finals in which they will face Chelsea at Wembley, which would be a worry considering their poor European form this season at the national stadium.             

The hosts are firm favourites to win and Bet9ja has a good bargaining odds of 1.70 from Bet9ja  

 

Prediction

Tottenham 4-2 Southampton

Manchester City v Liverpool

Arguably the star fixture for the weekend, Liverpool have a terrific recent Premier League record against Manchester City and are fancied to avoid defeat again by claiming a point at the Etihad Stadium.

Although it was City who got the better of the penalty shootout between these clubs in last season’s League Cup Final, it has otherwise been the Reds with the upper hand in this head-to-head of late and they can show once more that they are at their best when taking on the top clubs.

For City, of course, this match comes four days after what must go down as a shock elimination from the Champions League considering they took a two-goal advantage to Monaco.

The only realistic chance of silverware now for Pep Guardiola in his first season at the club is the FA Cup, for City could kick off on Sunday afternoon trailing league leaders Chelsea by 13 points.

Though Liverpool have won five of the last six Premier League meetings between these club, a win for the host is predicted.

A bold prediction of City to get a straight win as an impressive 2.02 odds on Bet9ja

 

Prediction

Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool

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