Premier League Matchday 37: Lucky Number 13 For Manchester City?10 min read
The penultimate weekend of the Premier League season and the title race still hangs in the balance with two games to go. Brand Ambassador Michael Owen again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on all the weekend action.
Everton v Burnley
Everton will be confident of doing the double over Burnley having put five past the Clarets in the reverse fixture at Turf Moor on Boxing Day.
The Blues have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last nine league games and they have beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United at Goodison in that period. The Clarets have only kept one clean sheet in their last 11 on the road and I expect to see opportunities at both ends on Friday with Everton winning their last home game of the season.
Tip: Everton to win and over 2.5 goals
Bournemouth v Tottenham
Bournemouth are without a win in their last five home league games although they have scored eight times in their last two matches on the road. Spurs are up against it in the Champions League semi-final 2nd leg with Ajax in Amsterdam midweek, but make no mistake they are not out of the tie by any means. Spurs need the points to cement a place in the top four and I feel they can grind out a result.
Spurs have not picked up a point on their travels since the end of January but did win 11 times on the road prior to that and they can maintain their good record against the Cherries having won six of the seven previous PL meetings between the clubs.
Tip: Spurs to win
West Ham v Southampton
The Hammers bounced back to winning ways with a terrific win at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last weekend and I expect them to follow up against a Saints side who confirmed their Premier League status next term courtesy of a point at home to Bournemouth last weekend.
The Saints have scored in their last nine Premier League games and I feel there will be plenty of opportunities at both ends in an entertaining clash.
Tip: Both teams to score
Wolves v Fulham
Wolves are unbeaten in their last seven home league games and they can equal Reading’s record of 16 wins as a newly promoted side in the 2006-07 season if they keep the points against Fulham at the weekend.
Wolves will want to finish their home league season with a bang and all involved at Molineux should be proud of what they have achieved this term although their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Watford is the one that got away.
Tip: Wolves to win to nil
Cardiff v Crystal Palace
Cardiff must beat Palace if they are to have any chance of maintaining their PL status next term, but I feel the Eagles will have too much quality for the Bluebirds who have fought a good fight as they looked to survive back in the Premier League.
Only Manchester City (21) have won more points on the road than Palace (16) in 2019 and Roy Hodgson’s side have won four of their last five away games.
Tip: Palace to win
Newcastle United v Liverpool
Liverpool have it all to do as they try and overturn a three-goal deficit from the 1st leg of their Champions League semi-final with Barcelona midweek, but they cannot get ahead of themselves and must win at St James’ Park on Saturday as they try and keep the pressure on Manchester City in the race for the PL title.
The Reds were, arguably, unlucky not to find the back of the Barca net on at least one occasion midweek but they can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves. I expect Jurgen Klopp to have them fired up for the trip to a Newcastle side who did, of course, beat City 2-1 at home earlier on the season.
The Magpies have only lost one of their last six home league games against the Reds and won’t go down without a fight, but I feel it would be fitting this season if the title race went right down to the wire.
Tip: Liverpool -1
Chelsea v Watford
Chelsea cannot afford any slip ups against the FA Cup Finalists as they look to maintain their place in the top 4. The game comes in the middle of Chelsea’s Europa League semi-final ties with Eintracht Frankfurt which gives the West London outfit a second string to their Champions League qualification bow.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 11 home games with Watford in all competitions and I feel they will do enough to keep the points against the Hornets.
Tip: Chelsea to win and both teams to score
Huddersfield v Manchester United
United have failed to win any of their last four games but I can’t see them slipping up at the John Smith’s Stadium. The Terriers have only scored nine home league goals this term and no side in top-flight history has failed to reach double figures.
I thought United improved on their performances of recent weeks at home to Chelsea last weekend and they must pick up maximum points in West Yorkshire if they are to have any chance of reaching the top four. Their destiny is out of their own hands but all they can do is pick up maximum points in their last couple of games.
Tip: United -1
Arsenal v Brighton
Brighton have lost all 11 of their Premier League away games by an aggregate score of 2-23 against the “big six” sides, and it is hard to make a case for them at the Emirates on Sunday. The Gunners were in Europa League action against Valencia on Thursday, but they cannot take their eye off the ball as they look to end the campaign in the top four.
The Seagulls’ point against Newcastle last weekend is likely to preserve their PL status, but they are without a win in their last seven. Arsenal are hardly in a rich vein of form themselves, having lost their last three league games, but they should sign-off their home league campaign in style.
Tip: Arsenal to win and over 3.5 goals
Manchester City v Leicester City
City know the Premier League is now theirs to lose after excellent wins at Old Trafford and Turf Moor but “there’s many a slip twixt cup and lip” and Pep Guardiola will have to guard against complacency for the visit of Leicester City.
Leicester are looking to do the double over City having come from behind to win 2-1 at the King Power in the reverse fixture back in December. Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers would love to do his old club a favour and the Foxes did pick up a point at Anfield earlier in the season.
City are chasing a 13th successive league win and I feel they will travel to Brighton on the closing day of a memorable season top of the table but still needing a win to retain their title.
Tip: City to win and both teams to score
Michael’s Weekend Wager: Wolves, Liverpool and Arsenal