Six Great Days for Premier League Betting

Can you ever get too much football? Nope, me neither! And the Premier League has it all for us this week with football games everyday bar Monday.

You just can’t beat those big game nights under the floodlights, and we have some crackers, with the top four in action, a coronation for Manchester City and survival at stake for the strugglers. It all makes for a great week of online betting.


Brighton & Hove Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs had a football lesson at the weekend when Manchester City took over Wembley with some sublime football, so they’ll be keen to get back on track at Brighton. But the Seagulls could do with a result as they face the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Burnley in the next four.


Bournemouth vs Manchester United

I hope Jose Mourinho has cheered up after a defeat to West Brom last Sunday. He wasn’t pleased by the suggestion that he’d gifted City the title, and his humour won’t be helped if the Red Devils struggle on the South Coast. The Cherries are a good attacking side and have lost just one of the last six at home so expect fireworks.


Burnley FC vs Chelsea

The Clarets took a firm grip on seventh place with their fifth consecutive win, over Leicester, on Saturday. That will qualify them for a Europa spot unless Southampton win the FA Cup. Chelsea face the Saints in the semi-final on Sunday, so they may not be relishing a potentially bruising encounter at Turf Moor.

Leicester City vs Southampton

The Saints are in desperate trouble, five points from safety after surrendering a two-goal lead in a defeat to Chelsea at the weekend. However, they’ll know that league survival is more likely than a cup win, so I expect Mark Hughes’ team to give the eighth-placed Foxes a good fight.


West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool

Jay Rodriguez’ sensational winner against Manchester United has given the Baggies their pride back, but even a victory over Liverpool won’t have them believing they can survive. I suspect Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will give West Brom’s defence rather more of a torrid time.

Watford FC vs Crystal Palace

One point from five games might just have the Hornets fans sweating a little having looked safe all season. Palace, who seemed dead and buried when Roy Hodgson took over in the autumn, would leapfrog Watford with a win; and I wouldn’t bet against it.


Manchester City vs Swansea City

It will be all smiles and celebration at the Etihad when the Champions parade their trophy in front of the Sky Blue faithful. Pep Guardiola’s stars have been head and shoulders above the rest, so the Swans will hope their hosts are too giddy on Sunday as they still need points to survive.

Stoke City vs Burnley FC

Burnley are in action again but have a rather different proposition when they make the journey south to Stoke. The Potters have had a wretched season and are anchored in the drop zone, but they will fight to the end and will be determined to avoid the Clarets completing a double.


Everton vs Newcastle United

These two have been poles apart for much of the season: the Magpies struggling in a relegation battle while the Toffees have been underwhelming but stable in mid-table. But four wins for Rafa Benitez’ side mean they can leapfrog ninth-placed Everton with a win.

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Kompany eyes back-to-back titles

Vincent Kompany is already thinking about winning next season's Premier League title after Manchester City were crowned 2017/18 champions on Sunday.

City were handed their third title in seven seasons when Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by rock-bottom West Brom.

That result meant City were confirmed as champions with a record-equalling five games remaining.

Kompany is now aiming to win back-to-back Premier League titles though – Manchester City are 4/6 to lift the 2018/19 title, while Manchester United can be backed at 6/1, Liverpool at 5/1 and Chelsea at 12/1.

"You can't take it for granted," said the 32-year-old Belgian. "I've been lucky to win three titles but so many I've missed as well.

"But my team-mates might roll their eyes when I say this: I want to see how the reaction is going to be now. I've never been able to retain the title and want to see if this team has got it to carry on and be even more successful.

"We want to stay humble about the fact that it's not a dynasty… it's one title and there is still so much work to be done before the full potential is unlocked."

Roberto Mancini guided City to the 2011/12 title when Sergio Aguero scored a last-gasp winner at QPR on the final day of the season before, two years later, Manuel Pellegrini's side were crowned champions.

"The difference is that we were consistent the whole season and played at the level we are expected to perform at," Kompany added. "In other times we nearly threw it away."

City win title on United loss

Manchester City are confirmed as the Premier League champions after neighbours United were stunned by West Brom.

The Baggies, bottom of the table and seemingly doomed to relegation won 1-0 at Old Trafford to ensure that City couldn't be caught at the top.

Pep Guardiola's side won on Saturday, away at Tottenham but must have assumed that the title would be sealed when Swansea visit the Etihad Stadium next weekend.

West Brom arrived at Old Trafford with just three league wins to their name all season with the drop down to the Championship all but confirmed.

However, despite soaking up plenty of United pressure it was the visitors who got the only goal of the game, Jay Rodriguez heading in from a second half corner.

They held out for the remainder of the game to complete their first away victory since August and their first league win since January. It still looks too late to avoid relegation with the Baggies nine points from safety.

At the other end of the table though their win gifted City the title. Guardiola's side are 16 points clear of United with five games remaining to claim their third title win in seven seasons and their first under the Spaniard.

United boss Jose Mourinho said after the game that his side had disappointed after the euphoria of beating City last weekend.

He told the BBC: "It was a bad reaction after the City victory, the consequence of that is complicated football. Some players think it is stylish football. We were a complicated team and let them feel comfortable.

"City were the best team, sooner or later they would get the points, so no dramas when the best team wins the league."

West Brom face Liverpool at home next Saturday and they are 6/1 to win again while Jurgen Klopp's side are 2/5 with the draw priced at 15/4.

The Baggies are 20/1 to win the game 1-0.

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It’s City’s Title with a Big ‘Thanks’ to the Neighbours

Manchester City are Premier League Champions. A classy win over Spurs was enough to give Pep Guardiola’s team the title, thanks to West Brom pulling off a shock win at Old Trafford.

Football betting fans and experts have known for a while that it’s City’s season, but having lost three football games on the run, the Sky Blues’ celebrations have been delayed; but only for a week because West Brom defied the betting odds, and all conventional wisdom, to beat Manchester United.

Manchester United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

The Red Devils handed the title to City with a lacklustre display at home to doomed bottom club West Brom. Jay Rodriguez headed home to shock winner on 73 minutes to silence Old Trafford and give Sky Blue fans a weekend to remember. If the Baggies had played like this all season, they’d have been fine.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester City

Manchester City showed exactly who’s boss with a resounding win at Wembley. Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan put the Sky Blues in charge before Christian Eriksen rode his luck to pull one back. Raheem Sterling restored the two-goal lead which ended City’s sticky run in style.

Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Mo Salah scored his 30th league goal of the season and the Reds coasted to an easy win over the Cherries who are already on holiday. Sadio Mane opened the scoring and Roberto Firmino scored a late third either side of Salah’s header, as Jurgen Klopp’s side remains unbeaten at home.

Southampton 2-3 Chelsea

Three goals in eight minutes turned embarrassment to delight for Chelsea, and hope to a relegation nightmare for the Saints. Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek put the hosts two up after an hour, but Olivier Giroud’s brace, which sandwiched Eden Hazard’s strike, turned the match on its head.

Newcastle United 2-1 Arsenal

The Magpies have hit the 40-point mark amid wild celebrations when Matt Ritchie smashed home on 68 minutes to complete a stunning comeback. Alexandre Lacazette had skilfully finished off a flowing Arsenal move on 14 minutes, but Ayoze Perez hit back before half-time to tee up a cracking second half.

Burnley 2-1 Leicester City

The Claret’s blew Leicester away in the first ten minutes to move just two points behind sixth placed Arsenal. Chris Wood and Kevin Long breached the Foxes’ defence before they had settled, and while Leicester dominated much of the remaining 80 minutes only Jamie Vardy could get past Nick Pope.

Swansea City 1-1 Everton

Jordan Ayew bagged a crucial late goal at the Liberty Stadium to inch the Swans a little closer to safety after a Kyle Naughton own goal had put the Toffees in front. The full back nodded into his own net so was mightily relieved when Ayew’s equaliser lifted Swansea five points above the 18th placed Saints.

Huddersfield Town 1-0 Watford

What a result for the Terriers and what a way to win it. Survival is within reach now after Tom Ince hit a dramatic winner in injury time to spark bedlam at the John Smith’s Stadium. Goals have been hard to come by for Huddersfield but 35 points is almost enough.

Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

But not quite, I suspect, so there may be a few nerves jangling on the South coast as defeat to Palace leaves the Seagulls on 35. Wilfried Zaha scored twice in a five goal first half to ease the Eagles’ relegation fears as they climb to just a point behind Brighton.

Congratulations to Manchester City!

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Ayew confident of survival

Swansea striker Jordan Ayew says he believes the team are playing their way towards survival in the Premier League.

Swansea were bottom of the table when Carlos Carvalhal took over at the Liberty Stadium and their form since has taken them to the brink of survival.

Their latest point was won courtesy of a 1-1 draw at home to Everton on Saturday and it keeps the Swans five points clear of the bottom three with just five games remaining.

Ayew got the equaliser against the Toffees, his 11th goal of the season and he sees every point gained as valuable, especially considering their position at the turn of the year.

He said: "Even though we are moving slowly, it is a positive, and if we keep on playing like this we will make everyone happy.

"I think is a positive moment for the club and for me because we don't have to forget where we were six months ago.

"We are five points ahead of the bottom three now and this is a step forward."

Swansea have Manchester City and Chelsea as their next opponents and then have three final games away to Bournemouth and at home to Southampton and Stoke in which to get the points to see them over the line and, after another season of struggle, secure Premier League football for another year.

Ayew also said he was enjoying playing for Carvalhal at Swansea, adding: "When the gaffer came in he spoke to me within a day and said he was counting on me. He asked me where my best position was and everything is OK now.

"Every day I have a smile on my face and work hard when I go into training."

Manchester City will win the title if they beat Swansea next Sunday and they are 1/6 with the Swans 12/1 and the draw is priced at 13/2.

Swansea are 33/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Pep hails City’s achievements

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes that it is harder to win the Premier League rather than the Champions League.

City bounced back after being knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool and losing 3-2 at home to Manchester United by cruising to an impressive 3-1 victory against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday evening.

Goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling moved City closer to clinching the Premier League title.

Guardiola's team will be crowned champions on Sunday if Manchester United lose to rock-bottom West Brom.

The City boss said after his side's victory against Spurs: "If you have 87 points with five games left, it's because we did outstanding when people said it was a big failure what happened last week. They don't understand absolutely anything about football.

"The Champions League is seven games, you can win the Champions League but the league is every three days in the same month.

"I'm sorry but it's much more important what these guys have done the whole season."

City are 16 points clear at the top the table and can be backed at 1/6 to beat Swansea City next Sunday. Meanwhile, they are available at 4/6 to win the 2018/19 Premier League title outright. Liverpool are 5/1 and Manchester United 6/1.

Jose eager to secure second

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is eager to see his side do everything they can to secure second place in the Premier League this season.

The Red Devils currently hold a four-point cushion over Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in the race to finish second behind champions-elect Manchester City, who United beat 3-2 in a derby thriller last weekend.

And Mourinho is keen to maintain that position, with United having won their last five league games – beating Chelsea, Liverpool and the Citizens in that run.

He told reporters ahead of a Sunday visit from rock-bottom West Brom: "We come from a big result and during the week I was trying to fight that result by working well and hard.

"I was trying to make the players understand that it's not enough to deserve to finish second, we need the points to finish second and obviously to finish top four we need four or five points.

"But to finish second we need much more than that and after three important points last weekend we have to try to do this three and be closer to the end of the season and to the second position which is, in this moment, is our ambition."

United are priced at 2/11 to defeat West Brom on Sunday and are 6/1 to claim a 3-0 victory, with former Baggies striker Romelu Lukaku 5/6 to score at any time.

Meanwhile, Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera has admitted that he is unsure whether he will try to extend his Old Trafford stay, with his current contract running out at the end of next season.

He told Mundo Deportivo: "I'm going to fulfil the year I've got left, but I don't know if I will renew. We have started talks but nothing is decided yet."

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Guardiola confirms Aguero blow

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will miss the Saturday evening Wembley showdown with Tottenham Hotspur due to a knee injury.

The 29-year-old Argentina international returned to action after a month on the sidelines in the 3-2 defeat by Manchester United last weekend, but was hurt again by a tough challenge from Ashley Young.

Aguero subsequently appeared as a substitute in the Champions League reverse at the hands of Liverpool in midweek, but Citizens head Pep Guardiola has revealed that his efforts have come at a cost.

He told reporters: "Aguero is injured. He was injured before the (Liverpool) game but made a huge effort to help us for 10 or 15 minutes. That's why he couldn’t play from the beginning.

"People talk a lot without knowing what happened before the game. He was not ready.

"He made a huge effort because after the action from Ashley Young against United he has problems in his knee. He could not train.

"He played the last 15 or 20 minutes and said after the game that he had a lot of pain and could not run. Hopefully, he will be back for our last few games if we need him and especially for the World Cup."

Minus Aguero, City will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight defeat, having been beaten twice by Liverpool and also by United in their last three games.

The Citizens are 13/5 to secure a draw at Wembley, while Spurs are 10/1 to win the game 2-1, with Dele Alli available at 11/4 to score at any time.

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Hughton retains survival concerns

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says there is still a long way to go before his players can celebrate ensuring a second successive season in the Premier League.

The Seagulls head into a weekend grudge match with Crystal Palace holding a seven-point cushion above the relegation places, despite having picked up just one point from their last three games.

And with a tough-looking run-in ahead of them, Hughton has told his side not to even contemplate having already secured survival, as they prepare to be boosted by the return from suspension of Anthony Knockaert.

Ahead of a trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday, Hughton told reporters: "It's very, very difficult at this stage to speak about six-pointers, because they are all very big games.

"Until we are in a position that we could see ourselves safe in this division, whenever that next game is becomes the biggest game.

"I would still rather, even with the games that we have, be in a position where we have a certain amount of points as opposed to desperately having to get them.

"There is still a long way to go and we will certainly have to pull out, I think, some good results. There are groups of teams below us very capable of winning their games.

"The players are ready and they have to be ready. Every game for us, particularly every game away from home, is a very difficult game."

Having taken on Palace, Albion have visits to Burnley, Manchester City and Liverpool ahead of them, with their two remaining home games against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Brighton are currently priced at 16/1 to be relegated this season, with Palace available at 8/1 and Southampton 10/11.

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Poch cool over Alderweireld role

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed suggestions that defender Toby Alderweireld may not play for the club again this season.

The 29-year-old Belgium international centre-back has found first-team opportunities limited since returning to full fitness after hamstring problems, with Alderweireld having not featured at all in the Premier League since late October.

However, ahead of a Saturday evening Wembley showdown with Manchester City, Pochettino has cooled talk of Alderweireld having possibly played his last game for Spurs, having also been linked with a summer transfer.

Pochettino told reporters: "We make a drama sometimes over small things. After 14 games unbeaten there is no point talking about the player that has not played and has had an injury.

"Toby is still our player on a two-year contract. I am sure he is going to be play before the end of the season. He is doing well, he is training, but he has to wait for his opportunity.

"Today there is no point talking about this type of situation."

Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez are the current preferred central defensive partnership at Tottenham, who are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League games.

Indeed their last league reverse came against the Citizens just before Christmas, when the Londoners were swatted aside 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Spurs are 8/5 to exact revenge with a win on Saturday, with the home side 10/1 to win the game 2-1, while Harry Kane can be backed at 5/6 to score at any time.

Tottenham have won their last two home league meetings with City – 2-0 last season and 4-1 in September 2015.

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