The champions may have already been crowned but there’s still plenty to play for in the football Premier League and BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is here to provide his best bets ahead of the action.
Both teams to score
Manchester United v Liverpool (Thursday 13th 20:15) 1-1
Manchester United suffered a home defeat to Leicester, the first of a cluttered run of fixtures, on Tuesday night. The Red Devils have qualified for the Champions League; however, they’ll still be aiming for second spot to cement the progress they’ve made this season.
Liverpool may have won their last fixture but with Leicester winning at Old Trafford, it makes their task of finishing in the top four a little more difficult.
It’s been close on each occasion when these two have met this season, and I could see a similar scenario playing out here. It may be Liverpool who need the win more, but I think that it’s likely that the points will be shared again. It’s 1-1 for me.
Man City to win to nil
Newcastle United v Manchester City (Friday 14th 20:00) 0-2
Newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City travel to Tyneside to play a Newcastle side that have really turned the corner. The Magpies were so impressive against Leicester last week in a performance that will be long remembered by the Geordie faithful.
That said, the visit of City is the ultimate test, and with the wind in their sails after being crowned champions, I think the Citizens will leave with the points.
Under 1.5 goals in the match
Burnley v Leeds United (Saturday 15th 12.30) 1-0
Leeds travel to Burnley fresh from their 3-1 victory at home to Spurs last Saturday. It was a typical Leeds performance as they ran the legs off their North London rivals.
Burnley landed the final nail in Fulham’s coffin midweek with a 2-0 win at Craven Cottage. They soaked up the Fulham pressure and were clinical on the counter. Winning these types of matches is something we’ve become accustomed to from Sean Dyche’s side over the years, and back on home soil, I think they’ll carry that good form into to this match.
It’s either feast or famine with Leeds, and like what happened in their recent match against Brighton, I think they’ll come unstuck here.
Southampton to win and BTTS
Southampton v Fulham (Saturday 15th 15.00) 2-1
It’s been an inconsistent start to 2021 for Southampton. However, their win on Tuesday night against Crystal Palace lifted them from 17th to 14th in the Premier League table.
Unfortunately for Fulham, they will be playing Championship football next season. The Cottagers’ huffed and puffed, but in the end, there was too much damage done early season to keep them up.
With nothing but pride at stake, it means this could turn out to be an open match, although I do feel the home side should have enough to take the points.
Match to be drawn
Brighton v West Ham (Saturday 15th 20:00) 1-1
West Ham’s top four ambitions were dealt a serious blow on Sunday, losing 2-1 to Everton. That was their third defeat in four matches, so it’s fair to say this dip in form has come at the worst possible time for David Moyes’ side.
Brighton are always an awkward opponent. The Seagulls’ have played well without winning a lot this season. Just look at their recent form – they have only won once in their last six Premier League matches.
Both sides aren’t in the best form, so I think it’s likely this one could end in a draw.