It’s matchday 30 in the Premier League and BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is here to preview the action.
Leeds to win and both teams to score
Leeds United v Sheffield United 2-1
Leeds will be put to the test as they come up against Man City, Liverpool, and Man United over the next few weeks, but first, they take on Sheffield United at Elland Road.
Losing both matches since taking over from Chris Wilder, Paul Heckingbottom has the challenge of getting his players up for this, although they have little to play for.
Usually, it’s feast or famine when it comes to Leeds, but with the likes of Bamford and Raphinha in good form, I think this is a match where we’ll see goals.
It’s 2-1 Leeds for me.
Manchester City to win and both teams to score
Leicester City v Manchester City 1-2
There is just no stopping Manchester City. The Citizens are flying, and unbelievably, still have a huge chance of winning all before them.
First, however, they must overcome a Leicester side that won at the Etihad earlier in the season. On that occasion, Leicester executed their counter-attacking game plan perfectly in a 5-2 win.
That said, City’s run of form has been magnificent. They’ve won 17 of their last 18 Premier League matches and I just can’t see past them winning again in this one.
Chelsea to win to nil
Chelsea v West Brom 3-0
Fresh from his Manager of the Month award, Thomas Tuchel has his eyes on not only a top four finish, but potential Champions League glory.
However, first the German tactician must overcome West Brom at Stamford Bridge.
The Baggies Premier League season is petering out after losing far too much ground in their fight against the drop. Chelsea’s position couldn’t be more different, and with everything to play for, the wind is very much in their sails.
All in all, I simply can’t see anything other than a comfortable win for the Blues against a beleaguered Baggies side.
Arsenal v Liverpool 1-1
Arguably, the game of the weekend is at the Emirates on Saturday night. These two have played out some crackers in the past, but with both going into this having endured indifferent seasons by their standards, there’s a likelihood that we could see a tighter match.
Prior to the international break, Liverpool notched up successive wins, however, that was as many as they achieved in their previous eight matches combined.
Successive wins are something Arsenal haven’t done in the league since January, and although Liverpool are showing signs of a potential return to form, I can’t say I’m confident siding with either side.
With that in mind, I’m going for a 1-1 draw.
Under 2.5 goals
Southampton v Burnley 1-1
Southampton come into this having only won once in their last 12 Premier League matches. The Saints will be hoping to have Danny Ings available after the marksman returned to training over the international break, and if he’s fit, it would be a huge boost.
At first glance, Burnley’s form of late has been impressive. However, on further inspection, despite only losing once in their last eight Premier League matches, they have drawn five of those.
This one could be tight, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Clarets got another draw in their visit to St. Mary’s.
Harry Kane to score anytime
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur 1-2
It’s six games without a win for Newcastle, with a thumping 3-0 defeat to Brighton last time out . The Geordies are in dire need of a result; however, they will have to be at their best against a Spurs side, who despite their slip-ups, are still chasing a top four finish.
Harry Kane was amongst the goals during the international break, and if he continues in a similar vein, I could see the England captain playing a big part in an away win.
Draw half time, Aston Villa to win full time
Aston Villa v Fulham 1-0
Aston Villa fans will breathe a sigh of relief that Jack Grealish looks set to return to the side. Without Grealish, Villa endured a difficult spell prior to the international break. The Villans are safe in mid-table, however, they risk ending the season with a bit of whimper if their poor run continues.
Fulham’s fight against survival has been great to watch. They’ve been a real breath of fresh air and I believe they still have every chance of achieving survival.
However, I don’t see much in terms of goals here, and I feel the return of Grealish could spell trouble for the visitors. It’s 1-0 Villa for me.
Manchester United to win to nil
Manchester United v Brighton 1-0
If you were to have offered Ole Gunnar Solkjaer second spot in the Premier League this time last year, I’m pretty sure he’d have bitten your hand off.
A lot of that goes down to the Red Devils magnificent away form, although they’ve definitely made improvements at home as well.
Brighton have looked good on the eye on occasion this season, however, they’ve simply not put enough points on the board.
The Seagulls like to play on the front foot, and if they have a go at United here, I think the hosts could pick them off on the counter. It’s 1-0 for United for me.
Calvert-Lewin to score anytime
Everton v Crystal Palace 2-1
Everton lost three on the bounce prior to the international break, so it’s safe to say that it came at a good time for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Palace’s form has been encouraging. One defeat in their last five is not bad at all, although that did come in a 4-1 drubbing against Spurs.
I think this one could be tight, but as mentioned previously, I think it’s fortunate that the break came when it did for Everton. If the Toffees can pick themselves up and play like we’ve seen at times this season, I think they’ll win this with the excellent Dominic Calvert-Lewin playing his part.
Wolves v West Ham United 1-1
1-1 Correct score
West Ham have been one of this season’s revelations and it’s only right that David Moyes should be considered for the Manager of the Year award.
The Hammers travel to Molineux to take on a Wolves side that without a win in four Premier League matches.
I don’t see much between these two, West Ham have lost in their last two visits here, but I think on this occasion, they’ll have enough to take a point home with them.