Premier League Matchday 33: City can Seal Title with Derby Day Win9 min read
Derby Day in the Premier League on Saturday and in the Manchester Derby on Saturday evening hosts City can clinch the Premier League title if they beat neighbours United.
Meanhile, Liverpool have the small matter of a Merseyside Derby v Everton to attend to before they host Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
Everton v Liverpool
Everton have only won one of their last 22 league meetings with Liverpool – none in the last 14 – and it is hard to see how the Blues can stop the Reds given how poor Sam Allardyce’s side were against City last weekend.
I expect to see Everton show more fight and passion than they showed against City and that game highlighted how important Idrissa Gueye is to the Toffees engine room. Without him, it could be a long afternoon for the Blues, with him I still expect the Reds superior pace and ability to be too hot to handle for the hosts.
Four of the last five games between the sides at Goodison have finished level with only Sadio Mane’s 90th winner last season preventing it from being five successive draws, but the Reds have 29-goal Mo Salah this season!
Tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score at
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
It is hard not to feel sorry for Palace given that Spurs, Manchester United and Liverpool have all scored late winners at Selhurst Park in recent weeks and denied them valuable points in their bid to beat the drop.
There has also been a goal scored in the 89th minute or later in each of the Cherries last six league games so anyone going to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday needs to stay until the very last whistle.
Palace have only picked up five points in their last nine PL matches but did win at Huddersfield in their last game on the road and I think they will pick up a much-needed point from an entertaining draw.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw at
Brighton v Huddersfield
Huddersfield have failed to score in 18 PL games so far this season and I do not think we will see many goals at the Amex. Indeed both sides have been involved in four 0-0 draws so far this term and it would be no surprise if one goal was enough to settle the game.
The away side has not won any of the last ten league games between the clubs and I think the Seagulls will keep the points on the south coast and confirm their place in the division next term.
Tip: Brighton to win at
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Newcastle are looking to win three successive PL games for the first time since September and back-to-back wins have seen United move out of the danger zone although they will not consider themselves safe just yet, a seven points cushion is a large buffer.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) April 3, 2018
Jamie Vardy has scored in eight of his last ten games in all competitions for the Foxes and the England striker is taken to maintain his excellent recent record for club and country.
Tip: Jamie Vardy to score at anytime at
Stoke City v Tottenham
Stoke are fighting for their Premier League lives and are sure to make life difficult for Spurs but the latter showed their class when they came from a goal down at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Tottenham have a good record in the Potteries with six wins in the history of the PL and remain the only unbeaten side in the league in 2018 with ten wins and three draws.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men may need time to break down Paul Lambert’s side but I expect their superior class to tell in the second half.
Tip: Draw halftime and Spurs fulltime at
Watford v Burnley
Watford have taken 11 points from their last five home games although they lost the lead twice at home to Bournemouth at the weekend.
— Watford Football Club #StayHomeSaveLives (@WatfordFC) April 2, 2018
I expect to see a close, entertaining game at Vicarage Road with chances at both ends and I would not be surprised if the game finished with a point apiece.
Tip: Both teams to score at
West Brom v Swansea
The Baggies have lost their last eight PL games and their next managerial appointment – following Alan Pardew’s departure earlier in the week – is key to their chances of returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking next term.
Swansea have not lost back-to-back in the League since December and if we are to have a winner at the Hawthorns, I think the Swans might take the points.
Tip: Swansea Draw No Bet at
Manchester City v Manchester United
It is well documented that victory for City will see them crowned Premier League champions for a third time and they will be worthy champions, having graced the division with the quality of their football throughout the season.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 3, 2018
City have won eight of their last 13 PL games against United and are unbeaten in their last 27 home league games. Yes, it is possible that Pep Guardiola will make changes with one eye on the second leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday, but they have a deep squad and United have only won one of their last 10 away games against fellow “big six” clubs. I think City will be crowned champions at the Etihad.
Tip: City to win at
Arsenal v Southampton
Arsenal were flattered by their 3-0 win at home to Stoke on Sunday but they have goals in their side and they face a Southampton side on Sunday who have never won at Arsenal in 18 previous attempts in the Premier League.
The Gunners have won their last two PL games 3-0 while Saints have lost their last two 3-0. I cannot see past another home win.
Tip: Arsenal to lead halftime/fulltime at
Chelsea v West Ham
Chelsea were no match for Spurs in a cracking London derby last weekend but I fully expect them to bounce back against a West Ham side who won their vital home game against Saints last weekend.
Chelsea have lost five of their last seven league games but they still have the FA Cup to play for this season, although it does look as if they will miss out on a place in the Champions League next term.
The Blues are unbeaten in their last 11 home PL games with West Ham and I expect Antonio Conte’s side to keep the points with a comfortable home win.
Tip: Chelsea to win to nil at
My weekend wager: Liverpool, Brighton and Arsenal at