All Eyes on the Runners-up Spot!

Seven is the magic number for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United as they aim to secure the runners-up spot in their remaining Premier League football games.

However, online betting heavyweights Liverpool and Tottenham are within striking distance and will be ready to pounce when and if the Red Devils slip-up.

Liverpool vs Stoke City (April 28, 19:30 GMT+8)

Anfield is overflowing with so much positivity right now after Liverpool beat Roma in a live betting spectacle in the Champions League semi-final. That means it’s a bad time for Stoke to visit, especially with their survival hopes hanging in the balance.

It’s always difficult to beat a team that has no other choice but to win, though it should be noted that Stoke have never won a top-flight league game at Liverpool. Not to mention that the Potters are winless in their last 12 away matches.

And really, who could stop Mo Salah who will break the record for most goals scored in a 38-game season if he scores?

I see a one-sided affair here, so go for Liverpool Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 1.94 for a 🌟🌟🌟 bet.

Manchester United vs Arsenal (April 29, 23:30 GMT+8)

Arsenal might want to give Arsene Wenger a proper send-off by winning their remaining matches, but that will be a tall order as they now face a Manchester United team that is prioritising finishing second more than the FA Cup.

United beat the Gunners the first time they met this season and could complete a league double against them for the first time in six years. It should help United that Arsenal will have little time to rest as Wenger’s side have a Europa League game against Atletico Madrid just two days before their scheduled meeting.

Just like their previous fight, there should be goals—and plenty of it—here. Hence, I suggest a 🌟🌟 bet on goals Over 2.75 @ 1.93.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford (May 01, 03:00 GMT+8)

Fresh from their FA Cup semis defeat, the Spurs will be raring to bounce back and ensure their automatic Champions League qualification, at the least.

Watford, winless in their last six (four defeats, two draws), don’t pose much of a challenge. Not with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen in fine form for the Spurs.

Kane has his eyes set on the Golden Boot and will undoubtedly look to score. Meanwhile, Eriksen has been on a tear, scoring five and turning provider three times in their last seven games in all competitions.

I expect the two to lead the Spurs’ charge against the struggling Hornets, and I’m backing them to have a hot start and beat a First Half Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 2.07 for another 🌟 bet.

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So it’s Wembley Delight for the Reds and Blues

Manchester United and Chelsea will meet in the FA Cup final after the two giants triumphed in the semis.

Following two hard fought football games Jose Mourinho can look forward to taking on his first English love in a final to set the pulses racing. It’s sure to be a classic and a great game for football betting fans to enjoy.

Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

The Red Devils came from behind to beat Spurs after the London club had the best of the early exchanges. The Whites justified their status as betting websites’ favourites when they went ahead on just 11 minutes. Christian Eriksen teed up a glorious chance for Dele Alli, and the striker stayed on his feet to gleefully accept. As Spurs continued to press Harry Kane could have added to the score but his effort went inches wide.

But the game changed as United broke away from Spurs pressure and Paul Pogba crossed for Alexis Sanchez to nod home the equaliser. It was a big moment for the Chilean who had his best game for United. And the Reds stunned the Spurs crowd when Ander Herrera finished off a great move, just after the hour, to win the tie.

Jose’s already taking heat off his players; saying coming second in the league constitutes more success than FA Cup glory. Reallly? Mauricio Pochettino, who remains potless, may beg to differ.

Chelsea 2-0 Southampton

Chelsea eventually ran out comfortable winners, but it took 80 minutes to settle this tie. After a first half dominated by the Blues, in which Willian crashed the crossbar and Olivier Giroud came close twice, the Saints went in, amazingly, equal. But that lasted just 50 seconds of the second half when Giroud broke the deadlock with a touch of genius. The influential Eden Hazard fed the big man just inside the box, and in a Messi-like moment he evaded three tackles before poking the ball into the net to send the Blue half of Wembley wild.

Despite their superiority Antonio Conte’s men struggled to add to their lead, and Chelsea’s cup keeper, Willy Caballero, was brought into action to keep out a pile-driver from Nathan Redmond.

But it was game over when Alvaro Morata, a minute after replacing Giroud, headed home to settle the tie.

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Premier League Betting Works just Fine with the Big Guns

Top teams can cope on more than one front; and the Premier League’s giants showed just that this week.

The four FA Cup semi-finalists had difficult league football games to contend with and none were beaten. But there was a surprise for live betting fans at the Hawthorns as West Brom staged a dramatic comeback against Liverpool.

Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester United

The Red Devils responded well to losing to West Brom at the weekend by recording a clinical win over Bournemouth. The Cherries more than matched their visitors in the first half, unlucky to go behind to Chris Smalling’s opener; but Romelu Lukaku secured the points to keep United in pole position for second place.

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane put Spurs ahead at the Amex just after half time. It was definitely his goal as he fired it in using his foot! But the Seagulls grabbed a deserved point when Izquierdo was fouled a minute later and Pascal Gross converted emphatically from the spot. Chris Hughton’s team inches closer to safety.

Burnley 1-2 Chelsea

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea demonstrated the size of the gap between the top six and the rest by ending Burnley’s winning run with a super display. They were helped on the way by a rare gaffe in the Burnley defence, defender Kevin Long bundling the ball past his keeper; and when Ashley Barnes fired Burnley level it took Victor Moses just five minutes to restore the Blues’ lead.

Leicester City 0-0 Southampton

This was an abject match between a Leicester side which looks like it’s already on the beach and the Saints’, in contrast, desperate for points. Who knows why the visitors didn’t throw the kitchen sink at it in the final quarter of the game, but they just didn’t and are in desperate trouble.

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Liverpool

The Baggies produced a great fight-back to grab a point, but it isn’t enough to improve their tiny chance of survival. Danny Ings and, who else but Mo Salah with his 31st of the season, put the Reds in control. But a 79th minute goal from Jake Livermore and a late header from Salomon Rondon restored some home pride.

Watford FC 0-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace move 15th after a stalemate at Vicarage Road. In a disappointing first half the Eagles showed surprisingly little attacking intent; but they came to life in the second. First Luka Milivojevic crashed the crossbar and then Wilfried Zaha was booked for a penalty-seeking dive, but it was a close call. Palace are not safe yet.

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Enjoy the FA Cup Fun in the Sunshine

It’s FA Cup weekend and we have all the ingredients for a feast of knockout football: the sunny UK weather, three of the top sides in the UK, and a perennial underdog!

Semi-final football games, over the weekend, at the hallowed Wembley turf, is a dream for neutrals and sports betting enthusiasts; and boy, do we have two fantastic clashes on offer. Betting tips are shared between the three big sides, but in Southampton we have a brilliant outsider with form, having won the famous trophy as a second division side back in 1976 beating Manchester United.

FA Cup Semi-finals

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspurs

The Red Devils weren’t delighted with the draw which pitted them against Spurs on the Londoners’ home turf. However, they showed no sign of jitters when they stopped off on the South Coast to beat Bournemouth last night, with Romelu Lukaku bagging his 16th league goal of the season.

For Spurs, Harry Kane can take a day off from chasing Mo Salah for the Golden Boot and concentrate on trying to win Mauricio Pochettino his first piece of UK silverware. The Spurs frontman knows how important that is to his boss.

But the game may be won and lost by the suppliers. Christian Eriksen, who has been arguing with Kane over the latter’s bizarrely claimed goal against Stoke, is in fine form and won’t hesitate to feed his hungry friend again on Saturday. Meanwhile, United’s best player, Paul Pogba, blows red hot and ice cold.  So Spurs are at odds of 2.21 to advance with the Red Devils at 3.20.

Chelsea vs Southampton

Sunday’s semi is an odd sort of affair. The Saints are rank outsiders at 6.80 to proceed and, in all honesty, have bigger fish to fry as Mark Hughes’ side is in deep relegation trouble.

The FA Cup is everything to Chelsea now. It’s the only thing the Blues can win and, although they take a tough trip to Burnley before this Wembley clash, I suspect their focus will not be in East Lancashire. They must protect their prize asset Eden Hazard who could win this massive game on his own.

The Saints’ top man, Charlie Austin, is injured more often than fit, but he is the underdogs’ best chance to spring a shock and stop the Blues who are at odds of 1.49 to reach the final.

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McClean hails Moore’s influence

James McClean revealed after West Brom's amazing 1-0 win at Manchester United that the players were all behind caretaker boss Darren Moore.

The 43-year-old was placed in temporary charge when Alan Pardew was axed a fortnight ago and has guided the rock-bottom Baggies to a draw with Swansea City and then Sunday's surprising success at Old Trafford.

James Rodriguez grabbed the only goal of the match but it was McClean who was the star of the show.

Even though the victory will only postpone Albion's relegation to the Championship, McClean is pleased that the players are showing some spirit after what has been a desperately disappointing campaign for the club.

"He's got that likeable factor, so everyone's pulling in the same direction for him," McClean said of Moore. "In the past two games we've put on two good performances for him.

"It obviously helps when you go out on the pitch knowing what you're doing – as individuals and as a team.

"Since the big man's come in, we've worked in training on what we're doing defensively and what we're doing in attack. In the past two games, we've shown we actually know what we're doing when we go out on the pitch, which obviously always helps."

West Brom are 11/2 to continue their recent improvement by beating Liverpool on Saturday, while they are 7/1 to keep a clean sheet against Jurgen Klopp's free-scoring team.

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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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.

Moore hoping for triple boost

West Bromwich Albion caretaker boss Darren Moore hopes to be boosted by the potential returns of three players for the Sunday trip to Manchester United.

With the Baggies all but certain to be relegated from the Premier League this season, Moore is at least looking for some signs of fight in the closing few matches of a dismal campaign.

And he hopes to be able to call on the services of loan striker Daniel Sturridge and midfield duo Sam Field and Nacer Chadli for the trip to Old Trafford.

In particular Moore is excited about the prospect of seeing Sturridge in action, with the England international having seen a loan move from Liverpool in January ruined by fitness problems.

"Daniel is back in training and he's been working incredibly hard on his fitness levels and everything else," Moore told reporters.

"He's a good player and he'll be a good addition to the squad, we will see how he gets on.

"All three players are now back in training, which is excellent for us. I am delighted to have them back as it's always good to have additions to the squad.

"All three are quality players and players we respect highly and we will see how they train over the next couple of days. It is possible they could be part of the squad."

The Baggies, who have only lost once in their last four visits to Old Trafford, are 13/2 to gain a draw on Sunday, with a 1-1 final score priced at 16/1, while Salomon Rondon is priced at 13/2 to score at any time.

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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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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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