Premier League Recap And Early Odds For Week 36

Martin Green

Monday, April 22, 2019 10:02 AM UTC

Monday, Apr. 22, 2019 10:02 AM UTC

We recap the weekend's action, provide a futures update, preview the midweek matches and take a look at the early odds for next weekend.

<p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/7KFDA7A62Cg\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><p> </p><p></p><h2>Weekend Recap</h2><p></p><p>Man City began the weekend with a nail-biting 1-0 win over Tottenham, gaining a small measure of revenge for their Champions League defeat. Wunderkind Phil Foden scored his first Premier League goal to settle the game and move Pep Guardiola’s men temporarily top of the table. Watford returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over already-relegated Huddersfield, courtesy of a Gerard Deulofeu brace. Fulham are also relegated, but they have belatedly remembered how to win and they left Bournemouth with all three points.</p><p>West Ham and Leicester played out an exciting 2-2 draw, while Brighton grabbed a huge point by holding Wolves to a stalemate at Molineux. An Ayoze Perez hat-trick gave Newcastle a fine victory over Southampton. Man Utd were utterly embarrassed by a rampant Everton on Sunday, as the Toffees picked up a 4-0 win via goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott. Arsenal suffered a costly defeat at home to Crystal Palace after some bizarre selection decisions from Unai Emery. That victory ensured Palace’s safety for another year. Liverpool concluded the weekend by returning to the top of the table with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Cardiff.</p><p> </p><p></p><h2>Futures Update</h2><p></p><p>Liverpool are two points ahead of Man City at the top of the table, but Guardiola’s men have a crucial game in hand. City are the 4/7 (1.57) favourites with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Bet365</a> to win the title, while Liverpool are out at 11/8 (2.38). Man City are now out of the Champions League and they can fully concentrate on domestic affairs, which could swing it in their favour. Brighton are now three points clear of 18<sup>th</sup> placed Cardiff, and they have a game in hand and a vastly superior goal difference. The Seagulls are now 6/1 (7.0) to go down, while Cardiff are 1/9 (1.11).</p><p>The race to finish in the top four is now teetering on a knife-edge after Spurs, Arsenal and Man Utd all lost. Tottenham are third, with 67 points, followed by Arsenal and Chelsea, who both have 66, and then Man Utd are on 64. Each team has four games left to play, and Chelsea could move up to third if they beat Burnley at Stamford Bridge tonight. Spurs are now 1/7 (1.14) to finish in the top four, while Arsenal and Chelsea are both 10/11 (1.91) and Man Utd are 5/1 (6.0). Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lost six of his last eight games as manager and he is now the second favourite to be the next Premier League boss to be sacked, despite being given the permanent job just a few weeks ago.</p><p> </p><p></p><h2>Midweek Action</h2><p></p><p>In-form Chelsea take on Burnley at Stamford Bridge in the big Monday night game. The Blues have won five of their last six games, while Burnley are on a three-match winning streak, so it should prove to be an interesting clash. Both teams to score looks interesting at 3/4 (1.75) with Bet Victor. Spurs have a great chance to return to winning ways when they host Brighton on Tuesday night, and the 11/10 that <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Ladbrokes</a> has on Tottenham to win to nil looks tempting. Watford v Southampton might be a good one to avoid, as the Hornets have a cup final to look forward to and that makes them unpredictable.</p><p>Arsenal travel to Molineux on Wednesday night and they will be desperate for a win to reignite their top four challenge. Both teams to score is 8/11 (1.73) and that looks good. Then it is the Manchester derby, and Man City are just 4/9 (1.44) to win at Old Trafford, a sign of how badly Solskjaer’s team are struggling.</p><p> </p><p></p><h2>Early Odds for Week 36</h2><p></p><p>Liverpool have a comfortable game against Huddersfield on Friday night and win to nil looks tempting at 7/10 (1.70). It is bizarre to see Fulham lose nine in a row and suffer an early relegation, only to return to winning ways when the pressure is off. They have secured back-to-back wins over Everton and Bournemouth, and they can make it three in a row when they host Cardiff on Saturday. Fulham are 6/4 (2.50) with Bet365, while Cardiff are 15/8 (2.88).</p><p>Brighton will need to give an almighty performance against an organised Newcastle side on Saturday, as their final two games are against Arsenal and Man City. They are 5/4 (2.25) with Ladbrokes to win that game, and those odds could drop over the course of the week. Chelsea are 7/4 (2.75) to win at Old Trafford on Sunday and that might tempt a number of punters given Man Utd’s recent struggles.</p>
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