Brentford v Southampton
A stay in the top-flight looked almost secured just a few weeks ago, but are the Bees going to be taught a harsh lesson about the rigorous pace of the Premier League? Brentford sit in 14th place of the table, eight points adrift from the relegation zone, but apart from Southampton who they play next at home, each and every team below them has less matches played. Thomas Frank’s squad seemed uninspired at Old Trafford last week when they were outplayed by Ronaldo & co. The Danish coach can’t be happy with the attitude shown by some of the players nor with the performance, especially from the forwards because his team hasn’t scored in the last 180 minutes of action. Now, they face the struggling Saints who share the same number of points as them as well as the same attacking woes. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side are on a three-match winless run with Zaha stealing the points late in stoppage time at St. Mary’s last week and they are currently one of the worst teams in the leagues based on form.
Both sides risk being pulled down in the relegation scrap if they lose and I expect them to take a cautious approach because neither coach will be happy with another defeat. The Bees will most certainly have the ball possession on their side orchestrated by Eriksen, but the visitors boast better defence than attack and they will first focus to keep a clean sheet. The Saints’ strikers (Adams, Broja and Long) are short of goals as they haven’t scored a single league goal since February and with the hosts’ record in the last couple of matches, I don’t expect a goal fest in West London.
Burnley v Aston Villa
Following the sacking of Sean Dyche, Mike Jackson and Ben Mee have led Burnley to 10 points from 4 games and guided them to 16th in the table. A late comeback at Watford last week effectively relegated their hosts but only sent Burnley 2 points clear of the bottom 4 with a handful of games left. Victory for Everton and an in-form Leeds side means Burnley have to keep the momentum rolling into these final few games, starting with a result against an out of form Villa side.
Villa picked up a 2-0 win against former manager Dean Smith, relegating their visitors but were on a run of 1 point in 5 games prior to this victory. Gerrard’s side have lost 17 games this season and with City and Liverpool still to play they will look at games like this for 3 points to push for a top half finish.
Burnley will continue to line-up in their 4-4-2 which Villa notoriously struggle to defend against. Against 2 striker formations, Villa are outscored and struggle to keep possession on the road, losing to Brentford, Southampton and Chelsea this season while scoring just once in those games. Over the season, Burnley have still only been beaten 6 times at home even when struggling under Dyche. With the resurgence under Jackson, I expect them to continue their momentum with points today.
Chelsea v Wolves
Two sides with seasons dwindling out will look for 3 points to kick start a strong end to the league with Chelsea hosting Wolves.
Starting with the hosts, they are beginning to get concerned about Arsenal and Spurs behind with the North London clubs picking up points regularly while the Blues drop points regularly. Defeats to Arsenal, Everton and points dropped at United have seen Arsenal sit just 3 points behind Tuchel’s men. There are still off field concerns to be addressed and with one eye on the cup final, Wolves can be optimistic about getting a result at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Wolves have been solid on the road this season, conceding just 13 in 17 games, a tally only bettered by City and Chelsea. At the same time, struggles going forward have seen Wolves score just 15 goals with 0 goals in their last 3 games, losing 3 on the bounce. Having failed to score in 16 Premier League games this season, Wolves will look to invest in attackers this summer to propel a European push under Lage.
Injury to Jorginho means Kante should line-up in a more solidified defensive change, neutralising the creative threat of Moutinho and Neves in midfield. These sides have shared back to back 0-0’s and I wouldn’t bet against another one today with a rotated Chelsea attack due to fixture congestion.
Crystal Palace v Watford
Finally, the Eagles have put an end to their winless run last week as Wilfried Zaha snatched the win (1 – 2) at St. Mary’s deep in stoppage time. Patrick Vieira must be happy with the result and the performance as his side escaped further from the relegation zone and the squad has a big chance to start a winning run against the already relegated Watford. The Hornets are coming to London on the back of a five-match losing streak which resulted in a confirmation for Championship football next season. Without a shadow of a doubt, Roy Hodgson’s side is playing the worst football in the top-flight this season and they have looked completely unable to change its fortunes. The hunt for the man who will lead them in the second-tier can begin, but they still have four matches to play.
The hosts are unbeaten in the last four matches (DDWD) at Selhurst Park and with Watford having nothing to play for, I can’t see them get anything in London. Also, the visitors are boasting the third worst attack in the league and only scored through an own goal in their must-win fixture last week. Hodgson may as well start to play the kids in the remaining matches, but even if they provide a spirited test for Palace, I expect Vieira’s squad to easily get the three points and move closer or inside the top half of the table.
Brighton v Man United
The Seagulls have successfully escaped the Wolves’ mouths last week and impressed with 0 – 3 win at Molineux displaying ruthless performance. The return of Yves Bissouma in the middle of the park with a goal showed why he is one of the most coveted midfielders in the upcoming summer transfer window and why Graham Potter is desperate to keep him. But, it wasn’t only the Mali international who did great as the defence looked formidable and noted a clean sheet too. Now, the Red Devils are coming to Brighton on the back of one of their best performances of the season led by Cristiano Ronaldo who doesn’t look like he will stop scoring anytime soon. The extraordinary Portuguese has scored nine goals in the last six league matches and with only four goals separating him from the top spot in the chase for the Golden Boot, it’s in his nature not to give up despite having only a couple of games left to play. However, the interim coach Rangnick may have different plans as he enters the final weeks of his reign and may start to play the kids around Cristiano.
The hosts are going to be eager to avenge last season’s defeat at the Amex stadium when Bruno Fernandes scored after the final whistle of the match through a penalty. Also, Brighton showed this season that they are capable of defeating teams from the top end of the table like Arsenal, Spurs and with United’s error-prone defence, the home side will look to exploit its weaknesses. Ronaldo might continue his fantastic scoring run, but I expect Potter’s boys to put at least one behind De Gea because even though the defence noted a clean sheet last week, you can never be too safe with this crop of players in front of him.
Liverpool v Tottenham
The highlight of Saturday’s fixtures sees Champions League finalists Liverpool welcome Spurs to Anfield in an electric attacking fixture. Victory today is essential for the home side to keep up their hopes of an unlikely quadruple.
After City’s dramatic collapse on Wednesday night, Liverpool will now face Real Madrid in the UCL final and momentum is arguably with the Reds now in the title race. Despite a comeback in Spain in midweek, there were defensive issues from the start as the reds let a 2 goal first leg lead slip.
Having seen Liverpool fall victim to crosses twice on Tuesday, Spurs lead striker Harry Kane will be eyeing up adding to his tally of 13 goals this season. His partner in crime Heung-Min Son contributed 2 goals and an assist last time out continuing his red hot form. His opposing number today, Trent Alexander-Arnold, notoriously struggles to defend wingers who are good with both feet, with Son scoring in 2 of the last 3 matchups.
The two top scorers in the League and Harry Kane facing off can only mean one thing, goals a plenty. Son is looking to chase down Salah for the Golden boot and Spurs will be looking to disrupt a quadruple party in Merseyside. After a stellar performance in midweek, Luis Diaz is expected to start today, occupying the space over the top of the wing back which Alexander-Arnold and Robertson can unlock.
Written by an Andy verified content writer
18+ please gamble responsibly.
Back the Four and Five Star Selections as an Accumulator on Betfair ⬇️
*Bet link only appears when accessing from mobile.
Haven’t got a Betfair account? You’re in luck…
Sign up to Betfair and get a full refund if your first bet loses. Grab an account through the offer below and place £20 on the 21/2 Premier League Best Bets Accumulator. Here are the two possible outcomes:
Or you get your £20 stake back as cash