Weekend Premier League Tips – 9th & 10th April
I made a small loss last weekend of just £4 but that was entirely my fault as I decided to chase the bigger price, than taking a more conservative market. I backed Jarrod Bowen to score the 1st goal (rather than anytime) and for Spurs to win 2-1 (rather than Spurs to win and both teams to score).
Had I followed what I usually do, I’d have been celebrating another highly profitable week, still the damage was lessened by James Ward Prowse scoring a free kick against Leeds, precisely as I said he would in my preamble for that game last week.
This weekend sees what is likely to be a crunch set of fixtures in the Premier League both at the top and bottom of the table. At the foot, Sunday’s clash between Norwich and Burnley is now very much a must-win game for both teams.
Meanwhile in the final Sunday game, Manchester City host Liverpool as the top two go head to head at the Etihad with just a point separating them after Liverpool closed the 14-point gap that had opened up between the two in January this year.
With other key games taking place on Friday and across the weekend that will be pivotal in deciding who finishes in the top four and the remaining European spots, it should be an intriguing and potentially season-defining set of games this week.
And we have gone through the fixture list and come up with this great value set of tips!
Football Betting Tips: Saturday 9th April
These two teams have drawn their last two matches, including a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford earlier this season, but United are undefeated in their last three games against Everton at Goodison, winning two of those games and drawing the other.
Interestingly, six of the last seven games between the two in the Premier League have seen both teams score a goal and given the defensive problems both sides have had this season, United conceding 41 goals and Everton 49, I think that this trend is likely to continue.
So assuming both teams will score, what will be the outcome? Well the draw has been the right pick in four of the last six games, but I just feel this game has much more at stake for both teams. Everton’s confidence looks to be at rock bottom though and that worries me for the Toffees chances here.
Even though United are not playing that well, they still can rely on some quality performers to turn their game around like Bruno Fernandes or Cristiano Ronaldo, and I think they may prove to be the difference between the two teams as I am backing United to land a narrow win here.
You have to go back a very long way to discover when Tottenham last lost a Premier League game at Villa Park, that came in January 2008, when Villa won 2-1 and their only victories since (just three of them) have all come on the road.
Given Spurs improved turn of form in recent weeks, and the fact that they have been scoring plenty of goals too, Antonio Conte will be confident that his team can go into this game and pick up another vital win as they chase that top four spot and a place in the Champions League.
For Aston Villa, manager Steven Gerrard needs to end his team’s three-game losing streak but this looks to be a tough ask for the ex-Liverpool and England midfielder, especially given the recent form and history between the two teams.
I do think Spurs will give you chances and Villa have the quality to take one of those, so I can see the home team scoring, but I also feel that Spurs will score at least twice in this game, if not one or two more and as such, I am backing Spurs to land the win and both teams to find the net.
Football Betting Tips: Sunday 10th April
I’m probably not going to surprise many people by predicting a very low scoring contest here between two teams that must now view this game as a must-win match. With 17th place Everton on 25 points and Norwich on 18 and Burnley 21, a win for either team here is a must if they are to stay up.
In fact, I think a draw will likely be the death knell for both in terms of Premier League survival as it just won’t be enough to keep on dropping points against the weakest teams in the EPL. So it is fair to say that I think there is a huge amount riding on this game for both teams.
Personally, I feel Norwich are done even if they were to win this game but I just can’t see them doing that. As good a manager as Dean Smith is, and he is very good, I think he needs a lot more quality in that squad to keep them as a Premier League team.
Burnley though are a team of battlers and Sean Dyche knows his team have games in hand on most of those around them. However, they need to start winning them games and I think here is their best chance to do that and I think they will steal a narrow win here ti ramp the pressure up on Watford and Everton.
I don’t think it is unfair to say that this game is likely to play a key role in deciding the outcome of the Premier League title race. With just a point separating the two and seven games left after this one, whoever wins here could well be in pole position come the end of the season.
A win for City would put them four points clear of Liverpool, a huge gap at this stage of the campaign and Pep Guardiola’s men have a good record against the Reds in recent times, unbeaten in the last four and scoring 11 goals in those games, to Liverpool’s four.
But they have slipped up in a few games of late in the league and Liverpool’s form has been sensational since January as they have closed a 14-point gap down to just one after winning all of their last nine EPL games.
Two great wins in midweek in their Champions League quarterfinal first legs means both teams come into this game still very much in the hunt in that competition and with so much at stake for the losing team, I feel this one may well end in another draw.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.