Ups and Downs in the Premier League

The Premier League is in its final stages and this weekend could see its champions crowned. The battle for European places is getting tighter and at the bottom, Fulham and West Brom desperately need three points. Let’s look at the top games and some betting odds.

Chelsea v Fulham (Saturday 1 May: 5.30pm KO)

It could be a great end to the season for Chelsea but not for neighbours Fulham. It’s like a posh house with paupers for next door neighbours Chelsea could win the FA Cup and Champions League and finish in the top four. Fulham are likely to be relegated from the Premier League for the second time in three seasons.

Chelsea start the weekend three points above fifth placed West Ham, who they beat last Saturday. The Hammers don’t play until Monday, so a win here will take Chelsea six points above them.
That’s a cushion they may need with upcoming league games against Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester City. Will Chelsea rotate their squad with the Real Madrid game in midweek, that has to be likely.

Fulham are 18th and seven points from safety with an inferior goal difference. Just five games remaining and those include Burnley and Newcastle at home – both must win games. However, Fulham have only earned one point from their last five league games. Not quite ‘the Great Escape’ is it?

Fulham have scored just four goals in their last eight league games, one a penalty. They have scored once in each of their last three on the road. However, only one of their last ten on the road have been lost but seven drawn. Wins are needed at this stage, not draws. Chelsea can be backed to win this game with under 2.5 goals scored in the match. That’s 23/10 at Betway. Five of the last six Fulham away games have had under 2.5 goals scored in them and it’s come up in all of the last five played by Chelsea.

Manchester United v Liverpool (Sunday 2 May: 4.30pm KO)

This could be a painful game for Manchester United. They never want to lose to Liverpool, do they? If Manchester City win at Crystal Palace (which they most likely will), then a home defeat in this game will hand the title to City.

United are on their way to the Europa League final after that 6-2 win over AS Roma on Thursday. Home form has improved immensely since the dark days of early season when one point was earned from four games. A better start to the season would have made this a much closer title race.

Liverpool are the side who most need to win this match. A win for Everton on Saturday (home to Villa) will see them go above Liverpool into sixth. The Reds are four points behind fourth placed Chelsea at the start of the weekend. It’ll be seven if Chelsea can beat Fulham on Saturday.

Their away form is pretty good with five wins from the last seven in the Premier League. A bet on both teams to score looks a good one to make for this game. You can get odds of 8/13 on that at Boylesports.

Other Tips

  • 30 April: Leicester to win at Southampton – 17/20 at William Hill
  • 1 May: Man City to beat Crystal Palace, leading at half and full time – 10/11 at Paddy Power
  • 1 May: Brighton v Leeds – Double chance on Leeds – 8/11 at 888sport
  • 1 May: Everton v Aston Villa – Both teams to score – 4/6 at Betfair
  • 2 May: Tottenham v Sheffield United – Tottenham to win leading at half and full time – 3/4 at Unibet
  • 2 May: Newcastle v Arsenal – Both teams to score – 4/6 at Betfred
  • 3 May: West Brom v Wolves – West Brom to win – 7/4 at BetVictor
  • 3 May: Burnley v West Ham – West Ham to win – 13/10 at Bet365

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