Premier League Weekend Recap And Early Odds For Week 31

Martin Green

Sunday, March 10, 2019 7:33 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 10, 2019 7:33 PM UTC

We look back at the weekend's Premier League action, provide information on futures betting and look ahead to the next round of fixtures.

<h2>Weekend Recap</h2><p>Man City moved four points clear at the top of the table on Saturday as a Raheem Sterling hat-trick handed them a 3-1 victory over Watford. However, Liverpool reduced the deficit to a single point once more when they beat Burnley 4-2, courtesy of two goals apiece from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. There was severe disappointment for Tottenham, who slumped to a 2-1 defeat against an inspired Southampton side. Chelsea also dropped points as they were held by Wolves at Stamford Bridge, and Arsenal capitalised in emphatic fashion by beating Man Utd 2-0 in the final game of the weekend. The Gunners leapfrogged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men into fourth place, and they are now just one behind Spurs.</p><p>Cardiff picked up a huge win over West Ham, but they remain in the drop zone as relegation rivals Newcastle, Brighton and Southampton all won too. Huddersfield and Fulham are doomed, and they lost to Leicester and Bournemouth respectively. Arsenal, Cardiff and Bournemouth were the only sides to keep clean sheets, which is unusual as none of them are renowned for their defensive prowess, and it was a high-scoring weekend overall.</p><h2>Futures Update</h2><p>We are now set up for a fascinating battle to secure a top four place and secure Champions League football next season. Sixteen days ago, Spurs enjoyed a 10-point lead over Arsenal, but that has been reduced to just one point after a dismal run of form for Mauricio Pocchetino’s men. Arsenal handed Man Utd their first domestic defeat since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over and the Red Devils’ air of invincibility has now faded. Yet they are just two points behind Arsenal and three behind Tottenham. Chelsea are a point further back in sixth, but they have a crucial game in hand and could move level with the Gunners if they win it.</p><p>Not so long ago, Tottenham were 1/50 (1.02) to secure a top four place, but now they have been pushed out to 4/6 with <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c" target="_blank" title="Betway">Betway</a> and <a href=";a=b2e07733-b156-44ba-bdcb-83e67b8f8c27" target="_blank" title="Sportingbet">Sportingbet</a>. Arsenal have gone all the way in to 8/11 (1.73) with some bookmakers after that huge win over Man Utd, although Ladbrokes and Coral are offering 10/11 (1.91). Chelsea have gone out to evens (2.0) with Bet365 and <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a>, while Man Utd are now as long as 6/4 (2.50) with Sky Bet. Man Utd and Chelsea still have to play one another, while Solskjaer’s men also have to face Man City and Chelsea have a tough game against Liverpool on the horizon. Tottenham also have to play Liverpool and Man City, but Arsenal do not have any more games against fellow Big Six sides. After beating Man Utd, they may now have the confidence to finish in the top four.</p><h2>Early Weekend Odds</h2><p>The FA Cup is taking place next weekend, so a lot of games have been postponed and we are left with just five fixtures. Bournemouth host in-form Newcastle, and the 11/10 (2.10) that Ladbrokes is offering on the home win looks good, as the Cherries have been good at the Vitality Stadium this season. Leicester picked up their first win under new boss Brendan Rodgers at the weekend, and now they travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley. Both teams to score look attractive at 4/5 (1.80) with William Hill, <a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a" target="_blank" title="Betfred">Betfred</a>, <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a> and <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829" target="_blank" title="Coral">Coral</a>, as their team have kept a clean sheet in their last five games. Those odds may drop, so it might be worth backing it sooner rather than later if you are tempted.</p><p>West Ham have been horribly inconsistent of late, but they should be able to sweep aside bottom club Huddersfield next weekend. They look a good addition to an accumulator, and you could give them an Asian handicap for more value. Liverpool are just 3/10 (1.33) to beat Fulham and they should take the Cottagers apart. Bet Victor has 9/10 (1.90) on Liverpool half-time / full-time and that looks great. Everton host Chelsea in the final game of the weekend and that looks tough to call, as Chelsea are erratic and Everton are having a poor season.</p><h2>FA Cup</h2><p>Taking a quick look at the FA Cup, Man Utd are well priced at 6/5 (2.20) with William Hill and various others and 5/4 (2.25) with 188Bet to recover from Sunday's defeat and beat Wolves on the road in their quarter-final clash. The best set of odds could be on Brighton beating struggling Championship side Millwall at The Den. Chris Hughton’s men have won their last two games, whereas Millwall are on a four-match losing streak in the Championship, yet Brighton are still priced at 5/4 (2.25) with Unibet to win it.</p>
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