Premier League Tips - Best bets for Week 36 of the EPL season

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The Premier League enters week 356 and we've picked out the best bets for all 10 games of EPL action this weekend.

Read our best bets for each game below.

Liverpool v Stoke City

Stoke City arrive on Merseyside having finally ended a four-match losing run with back-to-back draws against West Ham United and Burnley, but they have now gone 11 games without a victory in the Premier League and that has left them second-from-bottom in the table, four points from safety having played a game more than their rivals in the battle against relegation. A defeat or a draw this weekend could relegate them or at least leave them on the brink of the drop, so the Potters simply have to leave Anfield with all three points on Saturday. Stoke have the worst away record in the top flight having won just once in 17 league games away from the Britannia Stadium, collecting nine points and scoring only 10 goals, so even if Liverpool do field a weakened team here it could prove to be too strong for the Potters. The Reds may have been held to a draw by West Bromwich Albion last time out, but that result came away from Anfield and the Baggies were on a high after the stunning win at Manchester United. Stoke are on no such high and Liverpool are the only top-flight team yet to lose at home this season, so I am backing Klopp’s side to maintain their grip on third place with three more points in this lunchtime kick-off. I would not be shocked to see Stoke score in a losing effort though. Only two Premier League clubs have scored less goals than the visitors this season, but Liverpool always look capable of conceding goals and if several starters are rested the chances of that increase even further. So with this in mind my recommendation is to back Liverpool to win & both teams to score at Anfield.

Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion

Burnley got the FA Cup semi-final results they needed last weekend and that means they are within touching distance of landing a spot in next season’s Europa League. The Clarets boast an eight-point gap between themselves and eighth-place Everton heading into this weekend and they have a sizeable advantage when it comes to goal difference too, so one point from Saturday’s visit of Brighton & Hove Albion should be enough to secure seventh place. So can they get the point they need? Burnley were forced to rescue a point at struggling Stoke City last time out, but they have won five of their last seven in the Premier League and Brighton have been woeful on their travels this season, winning twice while collecting just 10 points and scoring on nine goals, so you have to like the Clarets chances of securing seventh place with an eighth home win of the season.

Crystal Palace v Leicester City

Crystal Palace have taken five points from their last three games to edge closer to Premier League survival, and another win on Saturday should just about do it for Roy Hodgson’s men. The visitors to Selhurst Park are a Leicester City side that were held at home by Southampton last time out and appear to be on their summer holidays already, now that they have nothing to play for, so I am going to give the Eagles the nod for Saturday’s game. The need for the points should give them an edge that Leicester do not have right now and Palace have won four of their last six home games against sides outside of the top six.

Huddersfield Town v Everton

Huddersfield Town have opened up a five-point gap between themselves and the bottom three by following up a draw at Brighton with a home win over Watford last time out, and one more win this season should be enough to ensure they are still playing top-flight football in August. The question is, can they get it against Everton this weekend? The Toffees ended a three-match winless run with a morale-boosting win over Newcastle United last time out and they have now lost only one of their last six, so this is a tough one to call when it comes to the outcome. However, the one thing you can be confident about is this match lacking goals – Under 2.5 Total Goals has been a winning bet on seven of Huddersfield’s last eight games and four of Everton’s last six.

Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion

Newcastle United’s run of four straight victories came to an end last weekend when Everton handed them a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park, but the Magpies have to be happy with where they are at after a difficult season on and off the pitch. Rafael Benitez has done a sterling job despite all of the uncertainty surrounding the club and he will be eager to see them finish the season on a high. Next up for them is a home game against rock-bottom West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. The Baggies’ late flurry has seemingly come too late for them to avoid relegation, but they did follow up the shock win at Manchester United with a home draw against a much-changed Liverpool team last time out, so they appear eager to at least end the season on a high. However, I expect Newcastle to halt their visitors’ three-match unbeaten sequence here – Benitez’s boys have won each of their last four home games and five of their six home meetings with teams in the bottom seven this season.

Southampton v Bournemouth

Southampton’s FA Cup dream was brought to a halt by the semi-final defeat to Chelsea this weekend, and that means their sole aim between now and the end of the season is to secure top-flight survival. However, they face a fight to do that because they are four points from safety with only four rounds of fixtures remaining, and that means they are going to need at least two wins and a couple of favours to haul themselves out of the relegation. Saturday’s home clash with Bournemouth should be considered a ‘must-win’ outing for Saints but it is hard to see them getting the job done. Mark Hughes’ side have won just one Premier League game since the 4-1 thrashing of Everton in late July, but Bournemouth have settled for a point in six of their last seven away games against sides outside of the top six so a South Coast stalemate could be on the cards here. I also fancy both teams to score – that has been a winning bet on eight of Southampton’s last 10 home games in the Premier League.

Swansea City v Chelsea

Chelsea have the small matter of completing their Premier League schedule, and while it would be some achievement for them to pip Tottenham Hotspur to a top-four spot they do have a little work to do to ensure that they at least finish fifth and secure a place in next season’s Europa League. The Blues are six points ahead of Arsenal heading into this weekend and if they can beat Swansea City on Saturday evening it should be enough for them to wrap up fifth. Swansea, of course, are in need of points themselves as they try to secure top-flight football for another season. The Welsh club enjoyed a superb run of form between late December and the start of March that took them from being relegation fodder to the brink of top-flight survival, but following last weekend’s 5-0 drubbing at champions Manchester City they have now gone five games without a win and that has prevented them from pulling further clear of the bottom three. There is a four-point cushion between them and the dropzone though, and the chances are that one more win should be enough to see them secure Premier League football for the 2017/18 campaign. But if they are to notch one more win between now and the end of the campaign it is likely to come in the final few weeks of the season when they host two of the clubs below them – Southampton and Stoke City – and not when they entertain Chelsea on Saturday evening.

West Ham United v Manchester City

Premier League champions Manchester City could be forgiven for taking their foot off the gas during the final few weeks of the season, now that they cannot add anymore silverware to their league title and League Cup success, but as Pep Guardiola said last weekend they have plenty to play for because they are now chasing records. City stormed to a 5-0 victory over relegation-threatened Swansea City last time out and that means they remain firmly on course to smash the 100-point and 100-goal barriers this season – things Guardiola wants to see happen. 11 points from their final four games would see City surpass the 100-point mark for the season, while six more would see them set a new Premier League record for points in a single campaign, which is currently 95 and is held by the 2004/05 Chelsea team. And if the Manchester club can score at least six more goals before the end of the season, they will surpass the 2009/10 Chelsea team’s record of 103 Premier League goals in one campaign. So, who would bet against City achieving these feats? They have been a cut above everyone else despite the FA Cup defeat to Wigan Athletic and the Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool. The have been racking up points and scoring goals for fun and it would be a major surprise if that did not continue during the final few weeks of the season. Next up for them is a visit to West Ham United on Sunday, and only the most ardent of Hammers fans will be expecting anything other than an away win. West Ham’s three-match unbeaten sequence was brought to a shuddering halt with the 4-1 thrashing at Arsenal a week ago, but there are six points separating them from the dropzone and that means a couple more positive results should see them safe this season – something that was looking highly unlikely as the club imploded a few weeks back.

Manchester United v Arsenal

Manchester United and Arsenal have had quite the rivalry during the Premier League era, but just when you thought no more spice could be added to the mix Jose Mourinho turned up at Old Trafford to renew his personal rivalry with Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger – a rivalry ‘The Special One’ has dominated over the years. These two men have put their wits against each other on no less than 18 occasions and it has been Mourinho who has enjoyed the most success, winning nine times and losing just once. So will the United boss get the better of Wenger once again this weekend, or can the Frenchman enjoy one final Premier League victory at Old Trafford before he steps down as Arsenal boss at the end of the campaign? United handed the Premier League title to Manchester City when they crashed to a shock 1-0 home defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion a few weeks back, but they have bounced back since then by following up a 2-0 victory at Bournemouth with a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The Red Devils have now won nine of their last 10 domestic fixtures and when you look at their home form this season it makes for impressive reading with only three defeats coming in all competitions – and only two of them have been in the league. Arsenal, on the other hand, have been truly dreadful on their travels this season. They managed only three away wins in the Premier League prior to New Year’s Day, and just when it seemed like that form could not get any worse it did. The Gunners have not picked up a single point on their travels in 2018 so far and aside from the derby clash with Tottenham Hotspur, it has not been a particularly tough run of fixtures either. So even though West Brom did manage a win at Old Trafford recently, it is hard to have any confidence in Arsenal here. Their away record is dreadful and Wenger’s record against Mourinho is ugly, so everything is pointing to a Manchester United victory here. The ‘Winner’ market does not offer appealing odds though, so for me the best bet is backing United to win & both teams to score. 

Tottenham Hotspur v Watford

Tottenham remain on course to finish in the Champions League qualifying spots for the fourth season running. They have some work to do though, with five points separating them and fifth-place Chelsea heading into this latest round of fixtures. Two more wins should be enough for them to clinch a top-four berth, but can they lift themselves after that FA Cup heartbreak and record the first of those victories on Monday night. Providing the opposition are a Watford side that could still finish in the top half of the table this season, but that is looking highly unlikely following a six-match winless run in the top flight that has brought them only two points from underwhelming home draws against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace. The summer cannot probably come soon enough for the Hornets and although they did hold Spurs to a draw at Vicarage Road earlier this season, it is hard to see them taking anything from this latest meeting. Spurs should claim all three points here and they could register a clean sheet too – after all, Watford have failed to find the back of the net in eight of their last 10 away games.

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