Premier League Week 30 Rundown

By Bookmakers Review09 March 2018
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Premier League Week 30 Rundown

This weekend feels like a chance to respond for a number of outfits in the Premier League.

For Chelsea and Crystal Palace, who meet on Saturday, there's an opportunity to battle back after disappointing losses a week ago.

For Tottenham Hotspur, who head to Bournemouth after their midweek heartbreak in the Champions League, there's a chance to further secure their place among the Premier League's top four.

Yet for Manchester United and Liverpool, who go head-to-head in the biggest game of the weekend, this is an opportunity to continue solid progress made as of late.

Here's a look at what to expect. Bet on each match at BMR’s green-listed bookmakers.

Manchester United vs. Liverpool

While there's no doubt that Liverpool are playing more fluid football than Manchester United at the moment, the Reds from Merseyside just can't quite usurp the Red Devils.

There's structural issues in this current United side that manager Jose Mourinho needs to sort out, but he has a group of players blessed with real fortitude. It's something we saw as they roared back against Chelsea and something evident in spades when they recovered from 2-0 down to win at Crystal Palace.

Finishing in second place will be an aim for United, especially at the expense of their biggest rivals. But they go into this one with bigger priorities, as a meeting with Sevilla in the Champions League looms; they're still involved in the FA Cup too.

Liverpool are through into the quarters of the Champions League already and as such can go full throttle at Old Trafford.

That's an ominous prospect for the hosts. After all, Jurgen Klopp's side are in an impressive run of form, with their attacking trident of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino proving so difficult for defenders to cope with.

An early goal for Liverpool makes this such a difficult game for United, as they'd make themselves susceptible to the counter-attack. But the fact remains that neither manager will want to lose this one and a cagey contest is on the cards between two even teams. 1-1 (7.00 William Hill)

Huddersfield vs. Swansea City

Just a win away. That's what David Wagner and Carlos Carvalhal will be saying to their players ahead of this one. One win away from a real chance of safety.

Both teams have managed to put a three-point buffer between themselves and the bottom three spots in the Premier League table. And given how much traffic there is down in the lower reaches of the league, 33 points with eight games left will fell cozy.

Throughout the season Huddersfield have been able to pull out a result when the team has really needed it. They did so with recent victories over Bournemouth and West Brom, yet last week's comprehensive loss to Spurs sapped some momentum. A win here gets it back instantly.

Swansea are in a tremendous groove under Carvalhal, and despite the threat of relegation they were able to turn on the style in their previous encounter with West Ham United, smashing David Moyes' men in a 4-1 win. Given the team have gone through the motions so much this season, Carvalhal has done a wonderful job of enlivening them.

Away from home there are still some question marks, as Swansea slumped to a 4-1 loss against Brighton in their last trip on the road. This one should be easier, should be entertaining and will see both bank a point in their relegation fund. 2-2 (19.00 William Hill)

Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace

There was a rounding on Chelsea after their loss to Manchester City last weekend, as they were ponderous in their approach in a 1-0 loss. You sense manager Antonio Conte will be reminding his men of that in the buildup to this.

With Liverpool, United or both set to drop points in the day's early fixture, Chelsea can make up ground again in the race to finish in the Premier League's top four spots. And you'd have to fancy them to do so against Palace side that'll be shell-shocked after Monday's defeat.

The Eagles, who have a squad ravaged by injuries, performed well for long spells in the match with United and were well worth their 2-0 lead. But a late capitulation — a week on from a late loss to Spurs — left Selhurst Park reeling. Roy Hodgson has a huge job on his hands rallying his downbeat lads.

The potential return of Wilfried Zaha will give everyone a lift, stylistically and mentally. Not only does Zaha offer a blistering threat on the counter-attack, Palace haven't won a game without him in the team since November 2016.

The Ivory Coast winger will give the Blues plenty to ponder, but a well-rested Chelsea team will have too much for their London rivals, giving the team a fillip of vital confidence ahead of their return leg with Barcelona in the Champions League. 2-0 (6.50 Betfred)

Newcastle United vs. Southampton

These two sides remain embroiled in the relegation rabble, although each currently have their head slightly above water. Newcastle will view their home form as a potential pathway out of trouble and they will fancy themselves here against positional rivals with 55,000 members of the Toon Army at their back. 1-0 (8.00 Marathon)

Everton vs. Brighton

Following a pair of desperate performances away from home in their last two outings, Everton go into this game against Brighton below the Seagulls and looking over their shoulder again. However, they've been decent at Goodison Park, while Brighton have only netted seven Premier League away goals all season. The Toffees should edge it. 2-1 (9.50 William Hill)

West Bromwich Albion vs. Leicester City

West Brom's Premier League status is hanging by a thread at this point, and it's difficult to see even a win against the Foxes giving them any realistic hope of staying in the top flight. Leicester are without a win in five, but have enough quality in their ranks to add to Alan Pardew's misery at the Hawthorns. 1-2 (11.00 William Hill)

West Ham vs. Burnley

Burnley won for their first time in 11 last week against Everton and will visit the capital looking to further secure seventh place against a toiling West Ham outfit. After conceding eight goals in their last two games, the Hammers are there to be gotten at, but they'll do enough to earn a share of the spoils. 1-1 (6.50 William Hill)

Arsenal vs. Watford

The win over AC Milan in midweek relieved some of the pressure on Arsene Wenger and his players, meaning the atmosphere should be a little more jovial when Watford come to the Emirates Stadium for this one. The Hornets haven't been at their best away from home lately and will come off second best in an entertaining match. 3-1 (11.00 Betfred)

Bournemouth vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Bournemouth have a six-point buffer between themselves and the bottom three ahead of the weekend, but come Sunday things may be a little tighter. Spurs are not an ideal opponent with that in mind, and while they may be a little jaded after their Juventus loss, Mauricio Pochettino's men typically deal with these types of challenges well. 0-2 (8.50 Betfred)

Stoke City vs. Manchester City

It'd be a massive surprise if Manchester City didn't take another step towards an inevitable title win on Monday at the expense of Stoke City. The Potters have shown some improvement under new boss Paul Lambert and will be up for the battle here. Sadly for Stoke, the chasm in class between these two sides is far too wide. 0-3 (7.50 William Hill)