Easter is done and dusted and it’s back to business.This weekend will feature a host of important games including two massive derby’s in the one day, Liverpool and Manchester. Ths is why we love the Premier League.
Littered with a compelling history, they both promise to be memorable occasions. These games aren’t just ordinary games of football, it’s more than that. Pride, Passion, it’s the pinnacle of the football calendar.
Everton vs Liverpool
Everton play their local rivals Liverpool, in the third Scouse derby of the season. For both sets of supporters, it’s about bragging rights and getting one up on your rivals. Fresh off a big win against Manchester City mid-week, Liverpool will hope to pick up off where they left off. The Toffees, however, haven’t won in this fixture since 2010 and will be looking to rectify that statistic. If you think Everton can leave Goodison with 3 points, you can back them here at 3/1
Stoke City vs Tottenham
The Potters face a tough task when they welcome Spurs this coming weekend. The away side have been in brilliant form winning every Premier League match since the 4th February. Stoke, on the other hand, have been in terrible form and need to start winning soon or they will be playing championship football next season.
Watford vs Burnley FC
Having beaten the Baggies last weekend, Burnley seemed to have found their groove again and are currently just five points behind Arsenal who are in the only Europa League spot. They will be hoping to beat Watford in their own backyard to put pressure on the Gunners. After failing to see out their game against Bournemouth, the Hornets will not want to make that same mistake again.
Brighton vs Huddersfield
Both sides suffered defeats last week and will be looking to get back to winning ways and quick. With the 13th May drawing ever closer, there no more second chances. Huddersfield got the better of these two sides last time, running out 2-0 winners, can history repeat itself at 21/1? You never know.
West Brom vs Swansea City
The baggies are on an awful run of form, losing the last nine matches on the bounce, it’s no wonder they’re 10 points from safety. Swansea City will be desperately trying to clinch the three points here and even though the bookmakers have the home side favourite, they will be quietly confident. If you share the same opinion, you can back Swansea at 23/10 with Fansbet.
Leicester City vs Newcastle
The Foxes welcome Newcastle to the King Power Stadium as the home side are aiming to close the gap on Arsenal. Securing European Football isn’t impossible for the East Midlands club but unlikely considering they are eight points behind them. It may be out of their hands now but it is important they apply the pressure.
Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace
The Cherries host a Palace side who lie just two points off the relegation zone. The last time these sides met, it finished 2-2 so you would not be wasting your money you betting on plenty of goals this time. Bournemouth will still be on a high after their last-gasp equaliser against Watford last weekend.
Man Utd vs Man City
If the term ‘judgement day’ was attached to any Premier League fixture this week, it would be this one. If Man City win this match against their rivals, they win the league plain and simple. Although, think of the uproar this would cause among United fans. The Red Devils will be doing everything in their power to stop this coming to fruition. Man City are favourites at 5/6 with United priced at 33/10. Who is your money on?
Arsenal vs Southampton
The Saints are staring down the barrel and need to get points on the board. Currently they are sitting third from bottom two points adrift of Palace in 17th place, with a game in hand. After the Gunners 4-1 victory mid-week, spirits in the Arsenal camp will be high. Now, 13 points adrift from Spurs in 4th place, winning the Europa League, may be their only way into the Champions League.
Chelsea vs West Ham
After the disappointment of losing to Spurs last time out, Chelsea will be looking to bounce back with a win over their London rivals. If you fancy an upset in this fixture, Fansbet are offering 21/2 for The Hammers to come out with the win.
By Gareth McGrattan – follow Gareth on twitter @GarethMcGrattan