Premier League Tips – 7th & 8th May
I don’t like to brag, but if Wilfried Zaha had not scored a 96th minute winner for Crystal Palace last weekend, then I would have landed every one of my four tips last weekend.
However, I still made £114.50, with £74.50 of that profit, which I felt has been a bit overdue given some of the near misses that I have had in recent weeks.
My midweek European games didn’t go so well but we’re still well in the green this week.
After the drama of the Champions League semifinals, it may seem almost mundane to head back to the Premier League this week, but we have some absolutely crucial games to look forward to across Saturday and Sunday.
At the bottom of the table, Burnley have a vital home game against Aston Villa on the Saturday, while Everton travel to Leicester very much hoping they can replicate their 1-0 victory over Chelsea at the weekend.
Watford have now reached the point of no return and must win at Palace to avoid relegation, and even then it may not be enough if Leeds, Everton and/or Burnley pick up points.
At the top end of the table Chelsea face Wolves, while Brighton host Man Utd and in the late game on Saturday Champions League finalists Liverpool host Spurs in a huge game at Anfield.
Then on Sunday we have Arsenal facing Leeds and Man City facing Newcastle with the citizens looking to bounce back after their shocking Champions League exit to Madrid in the week.
Here’s my tips for this busy weekend of crucial games.
Football Betting Tips: Saturday 7th May
It’s fair to say that Michael Jackson has done a great job since taking over at Turf Moor from Sean Dyche. 10 points from 12 available is a fantastic return and I think he will be looking at this game at the weekend and thinking that the form that his team are in, they could well go on and win the match.
Villa have had a somewhat tepid end to the season and ended a run of four defeats in a row with a draw at Leicester followed by a win over Norwich in their last two games. However, with 40 points on the board, Steven Gerrard is not going to be satisfied with that return over the course of the season.
The Villains have been shipping goals of late and they really need their attacking players to spark into life. There is some real talent in this team, but all too often they have not played to their full potential, but I think a full pre-season under Gerrard will help the team gel more effectively as a unit.
So I think this will be a real battle and probably a game with not too many goals and given their form at the moment, I am backing Burnley to win it.
Brighton have been in solid form of late and have moved back up the table to 9th in what has been an excellent campaign for Graham Potters men. They will face a United side who were buoyed by their 3-0 win over Brentford on Monday, their last home game of the season as the Red Devils have just two games left to play.
Brighton have three games left to play and could push themselves as high as 7th if results were to go their way. But that is unlikely and I think Seagulls fans would be more than happy with a mid-table finish, especially if they can finish in the top half.
United though need a strong finish to the season. They need at least a Europa League place now that a Champions League spot looks unlikely and if they slip up away from home then West Ham or even Wolves could well jump above them in the table.
As such, I can’t see United taking things easy here and their excellent record over Brighton in recent years means that I can’t really back against them doing anything other than winning the game at the AMEX on Saturday.
Football Betting Tips: Sunday 8th May
What a crucial game this is for Everton. After their win over Chelsea last weekend, they have given themselves a chance of catching either Leeds or Burnley and moving out of the drop zone. The Toffees have a game in hand, but their issue is their away form which is the worst in the Premier League.
They played Leicester just a few weeks ago and earned a 1-1 draw at home thanks to a very late equaliser in that game. Leicester will feel aggrieved at conceding so late and despite playing in midweek, Brendan Rodgers men should be fresh and ready to go against a team so poor on the road.
Leicester’s game have seen goals at both ends this season but Rodgers will know that in the EPL this year, the Foxes have not done enough. As one of the two teams to beat Liverpool this season, they should be higher in the table than 11th.
As such, while Everton’s big win last weekend was a huge boost for them, I think manager Frank Lampard is going to find things tough here and I am backing the home side to take the victory here.
For me, this is a game where both teams can have a free swing at getting a result. Norwich are already relegated, so they are playing for pride and for the chance to not finish bottom of the table, while West Ham are unlikely to catch the teams above them, but should be safe from teams below them, especially with the games Wolves have remaining.
The Hammers will have played on Thursday night ahead of this game which I think gives Norwich a chance here but while I can see the Canaries perhaps grabbing a goal, I like the look of this West Ham side and how they usually dig in and grind out a result even if things are not going great for them.
Much will depend on how West Ham have done in their game with Frankfurt on Thursday. If they have managed to get to the Europa League final, then they will be buoyant ahead of this game and may risk rotating a few players to try and keep then fresh for that final.
But I can’t quite see that happening to be honest so in what could well be an open and entertaining game, I am backing West Ham to get back to winning ways here, but Norwich to also find the back of the net.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.