The closer we get to the end of the Premier League season, the more important each game becomes. Keeping with tradition, the Easter Bank Holiday serves up a footballing feast with Premier League games taking place on nine of the next ten days. Starting on Saturday, we at Compare Betting Sites will ensure you have all the team news, match odds and betting advice you need to make April a profitable one.
Saturday 20th April (3pm kick-off unless stated)
Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (12.30)
We’ve barely caught our breath since their epic Champions League quarter-final and once again Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur go head-to-head in the day’s early kick-off.
After their quadruple dreams were dashed on Wednesday, this game is now even more important for Pep Guardiola’s City. If they fall short in the Premier League title race, this season has to be seen as a disappointment.
Manchester City are aiming for a tenth consecutive Premier League win; the longest run any side has managed this season. Three points will be enough to see them overtake Liverpool at the league’s summit, for 24 hours at least.
With Wednesday’s Champions League game fresh in the minds of players and fans alike it could give a great indication of what to expect from Saturday’s Premier League showdown. A repeat of the 4-3 Manchester City win is available at a massive 100/1 with Betway.
Raheem Sterling was just a couple of inches and one VAR decision away from stealing the show at the Etihad. Sterling had already opened the scoring on the night before VAR chalked off what would have been his third of the evening. Raheem Sterling is 22/5 to score first again on Saturday whilst Ladbrokes are offering a huge price of 22/1 on a legitimate Sterling hat-trick.
Manchester City - 3/10 (Betfair)
Draw - 28/5 (MarathonBet)
Tottenham Hotspur - 11/1 (BetVictor)
AFC Bournemouth vs Fulham
A few weeks ago, this would’ve been highlighted as a potential relegation six pointer. However, the outlook for both clubs now looks very different. Whilst Fulham’s immediate return to the second tier has already been confirmed, Bournemouth are now sitting comfortable in 12th; ten points from safety.
Callum Wilson has been a revelation up front for Bournemouth and is major reason for their charge up the table. The England international has already bagged 12 league goals and is available at 20/21 to score at any time with BoyleSports.
Fulham’s main goal threat recently has been Dutch international, Ryan Babel. With four goals and three assists since signing in January and two in two in April, Babel will again shoulder Fulham’s goal-scoring responsibility. You can back Babel to score at any time with Unibet at 13/4.
AFC Bournemouth - 69/100 (MarathonBet)
Draw - 17/5 (Bet365)
Fulham - 21/5 (Unibet)
Huddersfield Town vs Watford
We’re not expecting a classic at the John Smiths Stadium on Saturday. Statistically, Huddersfield Town have been the worst Premier League team since Derby County recorded just 11 points in 2007/08. Meanwhile, visitors, Watford, will already have one eye on next month’s FA Cup final.
Huddersfield are by far and away the lowest goal scorers in this season’s Premier League campaign with a return of just 19 goals in their 34 games. With Watford talisman, captain and top scorer, Troy Deeney, set to start a three-match ban we are unlikely to see many goals in West Yorkshire on Saturday.
The bet of the weekend could be the 3/1 on offer with Betfair for under 1.5 match goals.
Huddersfield Town - 14/5 (Betfair)
Draw - 3/1 (Speadex)
Watford - 10/11 (Smarkets)
West Ham United vs Leicester City
Leicester City, rejuvenated under new boss, Brendan Rodgers, currently lead the race to be crowned ‘best of the rest’ behind the traditional big six. Their upturn in fortunes since Rodgers’ appointment is in no small part down to the form of forward, Jamie Vardy.
Since previous manager, Claude Puel, was axed, Vardy has scored seven goals in seven league appearances. If you fancy him to make it eight from eight then get on board the 9/2 SportNation are offering on his to score at any time.
West Ham’s defensive woes will certainly help Vardy’s cause. Only Fulham have kept fewer clean sheets than the five recorded by the Hammers so far in this season’s Premier League whilst they have lost their last three league games.
West Ham United - 9/4 (Betway)
Draw - 13/5 (BetVictor)
Leicester City - 11/8 (Betfred)
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Brighton & Hove Albion
With just one win in four league games, Wolves’ league campaign threatens to plateau. A place in Europe is still up for grabs if Wolves can claim seventh place in the league and they will look to get their season back on track against struggling Brighton.
Brighton’s run to the FA Cup semi-final seems to have caught up with the Seagulls. Chris Hughton’s side are now just two points above the drop zone after a miserable run of games that have seen them lose five on the bounce in all competitions without scoring a goal. If you fancy Wolves to pile more misery on hapless Brighton then you may want to consider the 8/5 available with BoyleSports on Wolves to win to nil.
Wolverhampton Wanderers - 4/5 (BetVictor)
Draw - 12/5 (Coral)
Brighton & Hove Albion - 5/1 (Smarkets)
Newcastle United vs Southampton (5.30)
Just like Fulham’s trip to Bournemouth, this fixture would’ve been seen as a huge relegation six-pointer. However, Southampton make the long trip north to St James Park as one of the league’s most in-form teams.
The Saints have claimed three wins in the past four league games, their only defeat in that run came against title challengers, Liverpool. With a five-point advantage and a far superior goal difference over Cardiff City in 18th, Southampton will probably need just one more point to guarantee their safety this season. For this reason, Betfred’s 11/5 for the draw will be popular.
Newcastle United have also done enough to all-but-confirm their Premier League status for another season. The Magpies are two points better off than Southampton and have been in excellent form at home. Their recent loss to Crystal Palace ended a run of five consecutive home league wins.
Ayoze Perez has been Newcastle’s main goal threat recently, claiming three of their last five league goals. Perez can be backed at 71/10 with MarathonBet to score first on Saturday.
Newcastle United - 31/20 (Bet365)
Draw - 11/5 (Betfred)
Southampton - 9/4 (Betfair)
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