Premier League Tips – 2nd & 3rd April
Well we made another profit last weekend with England’s 2-1 win over Switzerland, but let’s be honest £3.30 isn’t going to send us off on that all-expenses paid trip to the Maldives is it?
But look, a profit is a profit however small it is and it keeps up our record of now five sets of tips where I have posted positive returns, which is something to try and keep going for as long as possible, especially after a number of weeks when I drew a blank.
This weekend I am delighted to say that we are heading back to familiar territory as we return to the Premier League for the run in to the end of the season.
It should be an exciting final eight weeks or so of the season with just a point now separating Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the table and with the two set to clash in the Premier League and an FA Cup Semi Final in April, plus the prospect of a Champions League final between the two as well, it could be a massively intriguing end to the campaign.
We will also see the run in for the battle for fourth place with Arsenal, Spurs, Manchester United, West Ham and Wolves all involved in that battle, as well as the battle for a Europa League and Europa Conference League place next season.
We have nine games taking place on Saturday and Sunday with one game on Monday night taking place between Crystal Palace and Arsenal and there are some intriguing matches to enjoy.
I’ve gone through the fixtures and come up with the following tips for this weekend’s action.
Football Betting Tips: Saturday 2nd April
This should be a good game and one that promises a fair few goals. After struggling and seeing the end of Marcelo Bielsa’s reign at the club, Jesse Marsch came in and has seen his team win their last two games against Norwich and Wolves, where they came back from 2-0 down to claim a surprise 3-2 win at Molineux.
That result means the home side should be more confident ahead of this game against a Southampton side that has lost its last three. However, the Saints have had several runs like this over the course of the season and they have always been able to bounce back, often picking up a good result on the road.
Leeds are still very much in the relegation battle but Southampton have proven to be a tough team to beat over the course of the whole season and given that both teams are shipping goals and that Leeds concede lots from set pieces, I think that means James Ward Prowse is one to consider here.
The Saints midfielder has become one of the best dead ball experts in the Premier League both from free kicks and corners and it’s been a while since he landed a trademark free kick, so I am backing him to find the net in this game at any time.
Goals have not been in short supply in the last few games between these teams and it is Leicester that have landed three wins in a row in this fixture, including one win at Old Trafford last season However, the Foxes will start this game as the big underdogs after having an inconsistent campaign this season.
Manchester United have also had something of a botched campaign with a number of poor results ensuring that they are well off the pace being set at the top of the table by Manchester City and Liverpool. However they are still very much in the battle for a Champions League spot next season and three points here would be a huge plus for them in that battle.
United’s problems seem to be defensively with the team prone to conceding goals, even at home and that is a fact that Leicester will be keen to capitalise upon, especially with the pacy and creative players they can call upon in attack.
However, I think the quality United have in attack and the fact that Leicester have struggled themselves this season means that while I can see both teams finding the net, I can only see United running out the winners.
Football Betting Tips: Sunday 3rd April
Recent games between these two teams have been low scoring affairs and the away team has had the best of things, however I think that run may well come to an end here given the different experiences that West Ham and Everton have had this season.
The Toffees did land a much needed win over Newcastle, but were then well beaten at Crystal Palace and there’s a real fear that Frank Lampard’s team may not have the quality they need to stay up this season over these final few games of the season.
In contrast, West Ham have been superb this season and only recently dropped off the race for the top four spot. Even so, I think David Moyes has got this team playing superbly well and I think with home advantage they will be looking to earn a morale boosting win here.
With a lot of players off on international duty for both teams, I think those that stayed home will be more rested and as such Jarrod Bowen, who has been in superb form for West Ham this season, looks a great pick as a potential first goalscorer in this game.
Tottenham have started to find a little bit of form of late but they are still somewhat lacking compared to Tottenham teams in other seasons and it looks like Antonio Conte is going to have a job hanging on to some of his star players at the end of this season with Harry Kane likely to attract lots of interest.
Newcastle’s form has improved a great deal of late and they have moved clear of the relegation zone on the back of a number of good performances and solid wins. However, this is a big assignment for Eddie Howe’s men although the signings they made in January do seem to have had the big positive impact they needed.
However, Spurs have now got themselves in the race for a Champions League spot this season but they are behind Arsenal and having played a game more they really cannot afford to slip up by not picking up three points here.
As such, I am going for Son and Harry Kane to inspire Spurs to a narrow win against this improving Newcastle side and I think a 2-1 victory with a late goal, probably looks the right result here.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.