The Premier League action heats up this weekend as matchday 35 takes place. There are huge fixtures at both ends of the league standings, with important points up for grabs for teams at the bottom of the league, and those chasing the top-four positions. But, which teams should gamblers bet on this weekend?
Watford vs Newcastle United
This is Watford’s biggest game of the season, and one that could ultimately decide which team stays in the Premier League next season. The Hornets got their first win since the restart last time out. However, this will be a much trickier opposition than Norwich City, as Newcastle United have been in excellent form since play resumed. Before their trip to Manchester City, Newcastle had won three of their previous five.
Norwich City vs West Ham United
Norwich are effectively down, but defeat against the Hammers on Saturday would condemn them to their fate. West Ham have been improved over recent weeks and they will see this as an opportunity to secure their place in the top-flight. Michail Antonio will once again be the star of the show for the Hammers.
Liverpool vs Burnley
Liverpool may not have been catching the imagination over recent weeks as they have been uninspiring against Manchester City and Aston Villa since winning the title. However, that 100-point total is getting ever closer, and they will make easy work of the Clarets at Anfield.
Sheffield United vs Chelsea
Chelsea have been in solid form since the restart, and that top-four finish is now within touching distance. However, the Blades have an impressive defensive record, which is the third-best in the league. Chelsea may struggle to break them down, and the draw could be a lucrative selection.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City
Manchester City will be looking to end their miserable away record over recent weeks when they travel to Brighton. Pep Guardiola has now lost three away games for the first time in his career, but that recent poor form will likely come to an end on a happy hunting ground for the Citizens.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Everton
Wolverhampton Wanderers chances of finishing in the top-four will likely hinge on their next two results. They already have a tough assignment on their hands after defeat to Arsenal, but another home defeat against Everton will make them resigned to finishing in fifth. Everton will make it difficult, but the home side will scrape out the win.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace
This fixture is huge for Aston Villa. The side from the West Midlands can not afford anything other than a win from this fixture in order to keep their survival chances alive. Palace have been in poor form as they have lost their last four. Villa will get the three points, but it could be a matter of just holding off the inevitable.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal
The North London derby is always an interesting fixture, with both sides knowing that a victory this weekend will likely mean finishing above their rivals. Champions League football is out of the question for both sides, but Arsenal will be looking to continue their fine run of three wins and a draw from their previous four. Spurs have struggled for results since the restart and were less than convincing against Everton. The most likely result for this fixture would be the draw.
Bournemouth vs Leicester City
It is a big weekend for all teams in the relegation battle, but Bournemouth’s task is the hardest of them all. Should results go against them over the weekend, then they could find themselves seven points from safety. Leicester have turned a corner over recent weeks, and will likely continue their charge for the Champions League places.
Manchester United vs Southampton
The game of the weekend could take place on Monday night as Southampton travel to Old Trafford. Southampton will be high on confidence after beating Manchester City recently, but United are the in-form side in the Premier League. The Red Devils can almost take the fourth spot, and they will produce another excellent performance on Monday night to take a step closer.