ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE – WEEK 37

Southampton vs Arsenal
4:45am (AEST), Thursday, 11th May @ St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

Possible Lineups:
Southampton
Fraser Forster (gk), Ryan Bertrand, Maya Yoshida, Jack Stephens, Cedric Soares, James Ward-Prowse, Sofiane Boufal, Steven Davis, Dusan Tadic, Oriol Romeu, Manolo Gabbiadini

Arsenal
Petr Cech (gk), Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Francis Coquelin, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott

History: There have been 3 meetings between these sides this year; in the Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup. Their most recent match was in the FA Cup where Arsenal had a huge 5-0 away win. The Gunners also won their League clash 2-1 while Southampton came away with a 2-0 victory in the League Cup.

Form: Southampton have had consecutive nil-all draws with Liverpool and Hull which came off the back of losses to Chelsea and Manchester City. Their 11W-9D-14L record has them 10th in the League. Arsenal bounced back from their loss to Tottenham to beat Manchester United 2-0 which has them 3W-2L in their past 5. They remain 6th on 63 points, 3 points out of the top 4 with a game in-hand but down 9 goals on goal difference. 

Stats: The Saints have been average at home this season with a 6W-5D-5L record. In their last 5 games at St. Mary’s Stadium they have gone 1W-2D-1L, defeating Crystal Palace 3-1. Arsenal have picked up 24 points on the road with a 7W-3D-7L away record. Recently though, they have lost 4 of their past 5 away games, defeating Middlesbrough in the other match.

Final Thoughts: Arsenal got a much needed win against a top 5 team on the weekend, keeping their top 4 hopes alive. They have been inconsistent of late and come up against a Southampton side that has consecutive clean sheets. The Saints will be disappointed with their lack of scoring and will find it tough against a determined Gunners side.

Crow’s Tip: Arsenal to Win @ $2.00
 

Everton vs Watford

4:45am (AEST), Saturday, 13th May @ Goodison Park, Liverpool

Possible Lineups:
Everton
Maarten Stekelenburg (gk), Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Mason Holgate, Kevin Mirallas, Tom Davies, Gareth Barry, Idrissa Gueye, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Romelu Lukaku

Watford
Heurelho Gomes (gk), Adrian Mariappa, Christian Kabasele, Daryl Janmaat, Sebastian Prodl, Etienne Capoue, Valon Behrami, Tom Cleverley, Nordin Amrabat, M'Baye Niang, Troy Deeney

History: Watford’s 3-2 win over Everton earlier this season was only their 3rd win in the fixture from 19 meetings. It came after 2 consecutive draws in the fixture where before that Everton had won 6 in-a-row.

Form: Everton have lost their past 2 games and are winless in their past 3, kept scoreless in all of those games. They were soundly beaten 0-3 by Chelsea and then lost 0-1 away to Swansea. They are completely safe in 7th position on 58 points thanks to a 16W-10D-10L record. Watford have lost 3 straight games and 4 of their past 5, the other result a 1-0 win over Swansea. In their last 5 games they have conceded 10 times while only scoring twice. Sitting in 15th and on 40 points they are all but safe from relegation with a 6 point gap over Hull plus a game in-hand and a 12 goal better goal difference.

Stats: Goodison Park has been a hard place to get points for visiting teams. Everton have a 12W-4D-2L record at home, their recent loss to Chelsea breaking a run of 8 straight home wins. Watford have lost their past 5 away games and have only picked up 12 points on the road (3W-3D). Their best away result was a 2-1 win against Arsenal.

Final Thoughts: Both sides are well out of form and are struggling to find the back of the net. Everton have looked the better of the 2 defensively and along with their home form they should be too strong for a Watford side that is in a rut when travelling.

Crow’s Tip: Everton -1 @ $2.20

 

West Bromwich Albion vs Chelsea

5am (AEST), Saturday, 13th May @ The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

Possible Lineups:
West Bromwich Albion
Ben Foster (gk), Jonny Evans, Craig Dawson, Gareth McAuley, Allan Nyom, Nacer Chadli, Jake Livermore, Chris Brunt, Darren Fletcher, James Morrison, Salomon Rondon

Chelsea
Thibaut Courtois (gk), Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Pedro, Diego Costa

History: Chelsea are undefeated against West Brom in their past 3 games with 2 wins and a draw. When they met earlier this season Diego Costa’s 76th minute goal was enough to get the 3 points at Stamford Bridge.

Form: West Brom broke a run of 4 consecutive losses with a 2-2 draw away to Burnley. They are now winless in their past 6 games, drawing nil-all with Man United before their losing run. Their 12W-9D-14L record has them in 8th but a bad result could see them drop out of the top 10. Chelsea won their 3rd consecutive game when the defeated Middlesbrough 3-0. They extended their lead to 7 points at the top of the table, needing only 1 win to secure the title.

Stats: During West Brom’s run of 4 losses 3 of those games were at home. That has seen their home record go to 9W-2D-7L for the season. Chelsea are the best away team in the League with a 12W-3D-3L record. They have won 4 of their past 5 games on the road, losing to Man United at Old Trafford.

Final Thoughts: A win for Chelsea would see them lift the Premier League trophy and cap off a great League season. It is great motivation for the Blues and they face a West Brom side who are in terrible form.

Crow’s Tip: Chelsea -2 @ $3.60

 

Manchester City vs Leicester City

9:30pm (AEST), Saturday, 13th May @ Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Possible Lineups:
Manchester City
Willy Caballero (gk), Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Yaya Toure, Gabriel Jesus

Leicester City
Kasper Schmeichel (gk), Danny Simpson, Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs, Yohan Benalouane, Wilfried Ndidi, Danny Drinkwater, Marc Albrighton, Riyad Mahrez, Shinji Okazaki, Jamie Vardy

History: Leicester City had a big 4-2 win over Manchester City earlier this season, their 2nd consecutive 2 goal win in the fixture. Leicester were 4-0 up in the fixture until the 82nd minute when Man City scored 2 consolation goals.

Form: Man City are now undefeated in their past 5 games (3W-2D) after a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace, a much needed win after back to back draws. Their 20W-9D-6L record has them in 4th, 1 point behind 3rd placed Liverpool with a game in-hand. After going 3 games without a win (1D-2L), Leicester have recorded consecutive wins over Watford and West Brom. That has seen them move into 9th on the table thanks to a 12W-7D-16L record.

Stats: While Man City have only lost once at home this season they are the 6th best home team due to a 9W-7D record in other matches. In their last 5 home games they have gone 2W-3D. Leicester have the 3rd worst away record in the league at 2W-4D-12L. They won their last away game at West Brom and in their last 5 games on the road have gone 2W-1D-2L.

Final Thoughts: Man City have a lot to play for as they push for Champions League qualification. Their form has also been a bit more solid than Leicester’s, losing only 2 League games in 2017 compared to Leicester’s 7 defeats. Leicester has horrible away form and they will find it hard to get points at Etihad Stadium.

Crow’s Tip: Manchester City -1 @ $1.67

 

AFC Bournemouth vs Burnley

12am (AEST), Sunday, 14th May @ Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

Possible Lineups:
AFC Bournemouth
Artur Boruc (gk), Adam Smith, Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Charlie Daniels, Ryan Fraser, Junior Stanislas, Harry Arter, Joshua King, Lewis Cook, Lys Mousset

Burnley
Tom Heaton (gk), Stephen Ward, Matthew Lowton, Kevin Long, James Tarkowski, Ashley Westwood, George Boyd, Scott Arfield, Jeff Hendrick, Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes

History: Burnley have won 7 times from 16 meetings in this fixture and are undefeated in their last 7 games against Bournemouth (4W-3D). When they met earlier this season Burnley came away with a 3-2 home win.

Form: Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw with Stoke has them undefeated in their past 3 games after wins over Sunderland and Middlesbrough. The draw has seen them drop to 11th on the table with 42 points and an 11W-9D-16L record. Burnley backed up their 1st away win 2 weeks ago with a 2-2 draw at home against West Brom. They have now gone 1W-2D-2L in their past 5 games and sit 14th on the table, safe from relegation due to a superior goal difference.

Stats: Bournemouth have only lost once at home in their past 5 games, going 3W-1D-1L in that period. They are ranked the 11th best home team with an 8W-4D-6L record. Burnley are the 2nd worst away side in the League with only 1 win and 4 draws on the road this season, defeating Crystal Palace away 2 weeks ago.

Final Thoughts: This shapes to be a cracking encounter between two sides who love to attack and it could end up a similar result to their last match where 5 goals were scored. Burnley have started to look better away from home and will take confidence from their win against Palace while Bournemouth will want to keep their undefeated run alive.

Crow’s Tip: Draw @ $3.60

 

Middlesbrough vs Southampton

12am (AEST), Sunday, 14th May @ Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

Possible Lineups:
Middlesbrough
Brad Guzan (gk), Fabio, Ben Gibson, Calum Chambers, George Friend, Stewart Downing, Adam Clayton, Marten De Roon, Adam Forshaw, Adama Traore, Alvaro Negredo

Southampton
Fraser Forster (gk), Ryan Bertrand, Maya Yoshida, Jack Stephens, Cedric Soares, James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond, Steven Davis, Dusan Tadic, Oriol Romeu, Manolo Gabbiadini

History: There have been 33 meetings between these sides with Southampton holding a 15 to 9 wins advantage. They have also won 3 of the past 4 games against Middlesbrough, including a 1-0 home win earlier this season.

Form: Middlesbrough have been officially relegated after losing 0-3 to Chelsea. It was their 1st loss in 3 games but it put the nail in the coffin of their current 5W-13D-18L season. Southampton lost 0-2 to Arsenal midweek which now has them winless in their past five games, only managing 2 draws in that period. They have dropped a spot on the table to 10th with 42 points.

Stats: Middlesbrough’s have picked up 18 points at home this season with 4 wins and 6 draws. They have shown better form at home in their last 2 games, drawing 2-2 with Manchester City and beating Sunderland 1-0. Southampton have a 5W-4D-9L record on the road this season. They have gone 2W-1D-2L in their last 5 away games, drawing nil-all with Liverpool in their last game away.

Final Thoughts: A nil-all draw with Liverpool at Anfield was a positive result for Southampton but they are still in the middle of a form slump. Middlesbrough have shown some fight in recent games but has been too little too late for the relegated side. Both sides have struggled to score enough goals this season but both have been fairly solid in defence.

Crow’s Tip: Draw @ $3.50

 

Sunderland vs Swansea City

12am (AEST), Sunday, 14th May @ Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Possible Lineups:
Sunderland
Jordan Pickford (gk), Lamine Kone, John O’Shea, Javier Manquillo, Billy Jones, Didier Ndong, Jason Denayer, Wahbi Khazri, Jermain Defoe, Victor Anichebe, Fabio Borini

Swansea City
Lukasz Fabianski (gk), Federico Fernandez, Martin Olsson, Kyle Naughton, Alfie Mawson, Leon Britton, Ki Sung-yueng, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tom Carroll, Jordan Ayew, Fernando Llorente

History: Swansea have won 6 of the 15 games played against Sumderland while there have been 7 draws between the sides. When they met earlier this season Fernando Llorente scored a brace in a 3-0 home win for Swansea.

Form: Sunderland broke through for a win against Hull after going 2D-8L in their previous 10 games. The win still has the relegated side on the bottom of the table but with a game in hand and only 4 points behind Middlesbrough they will be looking to advance their position. Swansea’s 1-0 win over Everton has then undefeated in their past 3 games with 2 wins and a draw. Their good run of form has seen them jump out of the relegation zone, now 1 point above 18th placed Hull.

Stats: Ranked the worst home team in the League, Sunderland has only picked up 14 points at the Stadium of Light with a 3W-5D-10L record. It has been 10 games since they have won at home, going 1W-4D-5L in their past 10 home games. Swansea have only picked up 11 points in away games with a 3W-2D-13L record. They have gone 1D-4L in their past 5 away games, but the draw was their most recent result, finishing 1-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Final Thoughts: Swansea have a lot to play for and they have hit a good patch at form just at the right time. Now they are out of the relegation zone they don’t want to return there and they will have confidence travelling to an already relegated Sunderland.

Crow’s Tip: Swansea City to Win @ $1.83

 

Stoke City vs Arsenal

2:30am (AEST), Sunday, 14th May @ bet365 Stadium, Stoke

Possible Lineups:
Stoke City
Jack Butland (gk), Glen Johnson, Ryan Shawcross, Marc Muniesa, Bruno Martins Indi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen, Geoff Cameron, Glenn Whelan, Marko Arnautovic, Saido Berahino

Arsenal
Petr Cech (gk), Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Rob Holding, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Francis Coquelin, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck

History: Arsenal are undefeated in their past 4 games against Stoke with 3 wins and a draw. When they met earlier this season Arsenal won 3-1 at home after the game was tied 1-1 at half time.

Form: Stoke have had back to back draws against Bournemouth and West Ham which has seen them go 1W-2D-2L in their past 5 games. Their recent results have seen them drop to 13th on the table with a 10W-11D-15L record. Arsenal’s top 4 hopes are still alive. A midweek 2-0 win over Southampton came after a 2-0 win over Manchester United and they have now gone 4W-1L in their past 5 games. They have moved to 5th on the table, only 3 points behind Manchester City but they are 7 goals behind in goal difference.

Stats: In their past 5 games at home Stoke have gone 2W-1D-2L, the wins coming against relegation threatened Hull and now relegated Middlesbrough. In all games at bet365 Stadium this season Stoke have a 7W-6D-5L record. Arsenal have an 8W-3D-7L away record this season but before their most recent win against Southampton they lost 5 consecutive away games.

Final Thoughts: Arsenal are in some good form recently and have a big carrot dangling in front of them with Champions League qualification. This is their 3rd game in 7 days, which is part of a 5 game in 15 days schedule, and that will test the strength of the squad. Stoke have taken a step in the right direction to get out of their form slump but will struggle against a hot Gunners side.

Crow’s Tip: Arsenal -1 @ $2.75

 

Crystal Palace vs Hull City

9pm (AEST), Sunday, 14th May @ Selhurst Park, London

Possible Lineups:
Crystal Palace
Wayne Hennessey (gk), Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp, Joel Ward, Patrick van Aanholt, Luka Milivojevic, Jason Puncheon, Andros Townsend, James McArthur, Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke

Hull City
Eldin Jakupovic (gk), Andrea Ranocchia, Andrew Robertson, Harry Maguire, Ahmed Elmohamady, Alfred N'Diaye, Tom Huddlestone, Samuel Clucas, Kamil Grosicki, Oumar Niasse, Abel Hernandez

History: It was a 6 goal thriller the last time these sides met with 5 of the goals scored in the 2nd half. Hull were minutes away from a 3-2 win but Frazier Campbell scored the equaliser for Crystal Palace in the 89th minute. That was the 8th draw in the fixture from 17 games with Palace holding a 6-3 wins advantage.

Form: Palace have lost their past 3 games, failing to score in all 3 games, and were smashed 0-5 by Manchester City last time out. In 16th and on 38 points they remain in relegation calculations as they are only 4 points ahead of their 18th placed opponents here. Hull’s 0-2 loss to Sunderland dropped them into the relegation zone. It was their 3rd loss in 5 games (1W-1D-3L) and they now sit 18th, 1 point behind 17th placed Swansea.

Stats: Crystal Palace are the 2nd worst home team in the League this season. They have only picked up 17 points with a 5W-2D-11L record at Selhurst Park, losing their last 2 home games to Burnley and Tottenham. Hull are the worst away team in the League with only 1 win and 3 draws in 18 games on the road. A recent nil-all draw at Southampton broke a run of 5 consecutive away losses.

Final Thoughts: By the time this game kicks off Hull will know the calculations to avoid relegation. If Swansea win, Hull must win or be relegated and a Hull win will bring Palace right into the relegation mix. Palace only need a point to secure Premier League safety and while their home form has been poor, they face a Hull side who hates to travel.

Crow’s Tip: Crystal Palace to Win @ $2

 

West Ham vs Liverpool

11:15pm (AEST), Sunday, 14th May @ London Stadium, London

Possible Lineups:
West Ham
Adrian (gk), Aaron Cresswell, Jose Fonte, James Collins, Winston Reid, Sam Byram, Mark Noble, Manuel Lanzini, Jonathan Calleri, Havard Nordtveit, Andre Ayew

Liverpool
Simon Mignolet (gk), Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, James Milner, Emre Can, Lucas, Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi

History: The last 3 meetings between these sides have been draws and earlier this season it was a 2-2 result at Anfield. Liverpool have not beaten West Ham since January 2015 with the Hammers winning twice before the recent 3 draws.

Form: West Ham ended Tottenham’s title hopes with a 1-0 win over their London rivals. They are now undefeated in their past 5 games with 2 wins and 3 draws. They have moved up to 12th on the table with an 11W-9D-16L record. Liverpool’s nil-all draw with Southampton followed a 1-0 win over Watford and it has them 3W-1D-1L in their past 5 games. They are in the box seat for a top 4 finish, currently sitting 3rd on 70 points, 1 point ahead of 4th placed Manchester City and 4 points ahead of Arsenal who both have a game in-hand.

  1. In their past 3 home games West Ham have beaten Tottenham and Swansea plus drew nil-all with Everton, keeping clean sheets in all 3 games. They have a 7W-4D-7L record this season at London Stadium. Liverpool are the 4th best away team in the League with a 9W-5D-4L record. They have won their past 3 away games which came after an away draw.

Final Thoughts: West Ham have shaken off a poor run with 4 clean sheets in their past 5 games. They haven’t hit top form but are doing enough to get points in recent games. Liverpool are in a similar situation of doing enough in games to get points. They have been struggling to find the back of the net despite have more attacking play in recent games. Both sides have been strong in defence and with attacks not firing it is hard to see either side doing enough to win.

Crow’s Tip: Draw @ $3.80

 

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

1:30am (AEST), Monday, 15th May @ White Hart Lane, London

Possible Lineups:
Tottenham Hotspur
Hugo Lloris (gk), Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies, Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Victor Wanyama, Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane

Manchester United
David de Gea (gk), Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

History: United have won 3 of their past 4 games against Tottenham including their clash earlier this season with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first half goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win.

Form: Tottenham’s 9 game winning streak came to an end against West Ham on the weekend and all but blew their chance at the Premier League title. The gap to Chelsea was 7 points going into this game and by kick-off the Blues may have already secured the title. United’s undefeated streak also came to an end on the weekend, their 25 game run without a loss ending with a 0-2 defeat to Arsenal. It has also has all but ended their top 4 chances as they now sit 6th and 4 points behind 4th placed Manchester City. United also had a Europa League fixture on Friday, drawing 1-1 at home wiith Celta Vigo and advancing 2-1 on aggregate to the Europa League final

Stats: White Hart Lane has been a fortress for the Spurs this season. They are the best home team in the League and are undefeated in 18 games at home with 16 wins and 2 draws. United are the 3rd best away team in the League with 34 points after 17 games coming from a 10W-4D-3L record.

Final Thoughts: Tottenham will be disappointed that they blew their chance of claiming the Premier League title last weekend and they now playing for pride and to keep their undefeated home record alive. Word out of United is that they have given up on chasing a top 4 spot and will put all their efforts into winning the Europa League, thus giving them Champions League qualification. With a busy schedule and focus not on the League, the team United takes to White Hart Lane won’t be their best and that will play right into the hands of Tottenham.

Crow’s Tip: Tottenham -1 @ $2.88
 

Chelsea vs Watford
5am (AEST), Tuesday, 16th May @ Stamford Bridge, London

Possible Lineups:
Chelsea
Thibaut Courtois (gk), Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Willian, Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa

Watford
Heurelho Gomes (gk), Adrian Mariappa, Christian Kabasele, Daryl Janmaat, Sebastian Prodl, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Valon Behrami, Stefano Okaka, Nordin Amrabat, M'Baye Niang, Troy Deeney

History: Chelsea are undefeated in their last 9 games against Watford with 7 wins and 2 draws. When they played earlier this season Chelsea picked up a 2-1 away win, their goals coming in the 80th and 87th minute after going 0-1 down in the 55th minute.

Form: Chelsea defeated West Brom 1-0 on the weekend which crowned them Premier League champions. It was their 4th consecutive win and 8th in 10 games. They have 28 wins for the season which is 1 behind their 04-05 and 05-06 season’s tally of 29, the record for most wins in a Premier League season. Watford have now lost 4 straight games after going 0-1 down to Everton on the weekend and they haven’t scored in all 4 games. That loss has their season record at 11W-7D-18L.

Stats: The Blues have only lost twice this season at Stamford Bridge, winning 15 of their other 17 matches at home. They have won their past 3 home games following their shock loss to Crystal Palace. The Hornets have lost 6 straight away games since their 2-1 win over Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. They only have 12 points on the road this season with 3 wins and 3 draws.

Final Thoughts: Chelsea have sealed the title and are now gunning to win a record 30 games in a Premier League season. Their talented squad is full of confidence and Antonio Conte would have made sure his players haven’t celebrated too hard just yet. They will be too strong for Watford who are in a bad run of form.

Crow’s Tip: Chelsea -1 @ $1.73

 

Arsenal vs Sunderland
4:45am (AEST), Wednesday, 17th May @ Emirates Stadium, London

Possible Lineups:
Arsenal
Petr Cech (gk), Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Kieran Gibbs, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck

Sunderland
Jordan Pickford (gk), Lamine Kone, John O’Shea, Javier Manquillo, Billy Jones, Didier Ndong, Jason Denayer, Wahbi Khazri, Sebastian Larsson, Jermain Defoe, Fabio Borini

History: It was back in February 2012 since Sunderland have won in this fixture, Arsenal undefeated in their past 10 meetings with 7 wins and 3 draws. The Gunners picked up a big 4-1 away win earlier this season with their last 3 goals coming between the 71st and 78th minutes.

Form: Arsenal recorded their 3rd straight victory with a 4-1 win over Stoke. The win keeps them in 5th with a slim chance of a top 4 finish. They are 3 points behind 4th placed Manchester City but 5 goals down on goal difference. The already relegated Sunderland were no match for visiting Swansea on the weekend going down 0-2. The loss has all but sealed their fate as the bottom ranked Premier League team this season, now 4 points behind 19th placed Middlesbrough.

Stats: Undefeated in their past 5 home games with 4 wins and a draw, Arsenal have a 12W-3D-2L record at Emirates Stadium this season. Surprisingly Sunderland are ranked 16th in away games this season with a 3W-1D-13L record. Their last away match resulted in a 2-0 win over Hull which came after 4 consecutive away losses.

Final Thoughts: Arsenal will go into this as hot favourites against a Sunderland team that doesn’t have much left to play for. Arsenal need to win their next 2 games and hope Manchester City or Liverpool slip up in order to finish in the top 4 and they should kick that off here with a solid win.

Crow’s Tip: Arsenal -2 @ $1.83

 

Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion
5am (AEST), Wednesday, 17th May @ Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Possible Lineups:
Manchester City
Willy Caballero (gk), Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Yaya Toure, Gabriel Jesus

West Bromwich Albion
Ben Foster (gk), Jonny Evans, Craig Dawson, Marc Wilson, Allan Nyom, Nacer Chadli, Jake Livermore, Chris Brunt, Darren Fletcher, James McClean, Salomon Rondon

History: Manchester City have won the past 10 games against West Bromwich and are undefeated in the past 13 games in the fixture with 12 wins and a draw. It was a big 4-0 away win for City earlier this season with Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gungdogan both picking up a brace.

Form: City’s 2-1 win over Leicester have given them back to back wins and they are now undefeated in their last 6 games with 4 wins and 2 draws. They remain in the box seat for a top 4 finish, currently 4th and 3 points ahead of Arsenal with a +5 goal difference. West Brom put up a fight against champions Chelsea but their 0-1 loss has them winless in 7 games with only 2 draws in that period. Their previously secure 8th spot on the table is under threat, now equal on points with 9th placed Sunderland and 10th placed Bournemouth.

Stats: Manchester City have only lost once at Etihad Stadium this season but they are the 6th best home team with 10 wins and 7 draws in their other home games. West Brom have 3 draws and 2 losses in their past 5 away games, going 3W-7D-7L on the road this season.

Final Thoughts: West Brom have been struggling in the past month and will find this a very hard road trip. The season will be a failure for City if they don’t qualify for the Champions League and a win here will all but secure a top 4 finish.

Crow’s Tip: Manchester City & Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.50

 

Southampton vs Manchester United
4:45am (AEST), Thursday, 18th May @ St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

Possible Lineups:
Southampton
Fraser Forster (gk), Ryan Bertrand, Maya Yoshida, Jack Stephens, Cedric Soares, James Ward-Prowse, Sofiane Boufal, Steven Davis, Dusan Tadic, Oriol Romeu, Manolo Gabbiadini

Manchester United
David de Gea (gk), Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

History: These sides have met twice this year in the League and League Cup. Both matches were at Old Trafford with United winning 2-0 in the League and 3-2 in the League Cup. Southampton have beaten United twice in the past 3 seasons but it was in August 2003 that the Saints last defeated the Red Devils at St. Mary’s Stadium

Form: Southampton’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough broke a run of 5 games without a win, going 3L-2D in that period. The win has seen them jump to 9th on the table, equal points with 8th placed West Brom and only 1 goal behind them on goal difference. After going 25 games without losing United now have back to back losses after going down 1-2 to Tottenham. They remain 6th on 65 points, the position they are likely to finish the season at.

Stats: St. Mary’s Stadium hasn’t been a happy home ground for Southampton, ranked the 4th worst home team in the League with a 6W-5D-6L record. They lost their last home game 0-2 to Arsenal and have gone 1W-2D-2L in their past 5 games at home. United are the 4th best away team in the League thanks to a 10W-4D-4L record, however their last 2 losses have both been away.

Final Thoughts: With United scheduled to play their Europa League final next week it will be interesting to see what team will be put out against Southampton. It is a great chance for the Saints to grab a home win but United’s depth has been sound this season and they will be hard to score against.

Crow’s Tip: Draw @ $3.25

 

Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
4:45am (AEST), Friday, 19th May @ King Power Stadium, Leicester

Possible Lineups:
Leicester City
Kasper Schmeichel (gk), Danny Simpson, Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs, Yohan Benalouane, Wilfried Ndidi, Demarai Gray, Marc Albrighton, Riyad Mahrez, Shinji Okazaki, Jamie Vardy

Tottenham Hotspur
Hugo Lloris (gk), Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies, Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele, Harry Kane

History: There have been 3 draws between these sides in their past 5 meetings with both recording a win each. Earlier this season their match ended 1-1 at White Hart Lane, Vincent Janssen’s 1st half penalty for Tottenham was cancelled out by Leicester’s Ahmed Musa 3 minutes into the 2nd half.

Form: Leicester’s 2 game winning run came to an end with a 1-2 loss to Manchester City which has seen them go 2W-1D-2L in their past 5 games. It has seen them drop out of the top 10, now 2 points behind 10th placed Bournemouth with a game in-hand. Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Manchester United gave them a record equalling 14 successive home victory in the League and it was a good bounce back after losing 0-1 to West Ham in their previous match.

Stats: Leicester’s home form has been a positive for the Foxes this season, ranked the 7th best home team in the League with a 10W-3D-4L record. Tottenham’s away form hasn’t been as strong as they would have liked with a 7W-6D-4L record away from home this season. They have lost 2 of their past 5 away games to West Ham and Liverpool, winning the other 3.

Final Thoughts: Leicester have been good at King Power Stadium this season and will be confident against a Spurs outfit who have had some away troubles. This will be a hard fought clash between 2 sides who are playing for pride and could well be the 2nd draw between the teams this season.

Crow’s Tip: Draw @ $3.75

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