Premier League Weekend Recap And Week 32 Early Preview

Martin Green

Sunday, March 17, 2019 7:40 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 17, 2019 7:40 PM UTC

We recap the weekend's Premiership action, provide an update on futures markets and look ahead to the next round of fixtures.

<p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/hfaDlRxcToY\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><h2>Weekend Recap</h2><p>It promised to be an underwhelming weekend in the Premier League as there were just five games taking place. The FA Cup took centre stage and matches featuring the likes of Man City, Arsenal, Man Utd and Tottenham were postponed, so neutral fans were not expecting much. However, the five games that took place all developed into thrilling contests, featuring goals galore, late comebacks and all manner of twists and turns. In the end it was a fantastic weekend and it saw more drama, intrigue and excitement than you usually witness when there is a full round of fixtures.</p><p>Bottom club Huddersfield stood on the brink of just their fourth win of the season when Karlan Grant handed them a 3-1 lead in the 66<sup>th</sup> minute of their match against West Ham. But Angelo Ogbonna gave the Hammers hope with a thumping header 10 minutes later, and then super-sub Javier Hernandez came off the bench to score two late goals and give his side a 4-3 victory. Leicester went down to 10 men after just four minutes of their away game at Burnley after Harry Maguire was given his marching orders. Yet the Foxes battled brilliantly throughout the game and captain Wes Morgan nodded in a dramatic late winner in stoppage time to give them a 2-1 victory.</p><p>There was also late drama at The Vitality as former Bournemouth player Matt Ritchie scored in the 95<sup>th</sup> minute to deny his old club three points. It finished 2-2 and that gave Newcastle another precious point as they edge ever closer to safety. Liverpool had the chance to leapfrog Man City at the top of the table as they travelled to west London to take on Fulham. They just about got the job done, with James Milner’s late penalty handing them a nervy 2-1 win. Then it was time for Everton to secure a morale boosting 2-0 win over Chelsea in the final game of the weekend courtesy of strikes from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson, who slotted in the rebound after his penalty was saved.</p><h2>Futures Update</h2><p>Man City remain heavy favourites to win the title, despite seeing Liverpool climb above them. The Reds now have a two-point lead at the top, but City have a game in hand and they are in fine form. If you fancy Liverpool to usurp Pep Guardiola’s men, they are best priced at 9/4 (3.25) with Ladbrokes to win the league. Chelsea’s defeat represented a huge blow in their hopes of finishing in the top four and securing a Champions League place for next season.</p><p>They remain sixth, a point behind Man Utd, three behind Arsenal and four behind Tottenham, but now level on games played. That saw them drift out to 2/1 (3.0) in this market with Bet365, while the other three teams all went in. Spurs are now 4/9 (1.44), Arsenal are just 8/15 (1.53) and Man Utd – who lost to Wolves in the FA Cup – are now 5/4 (2.25).</p><h2>Week 32 Early Odds</h2><p>Premiership fans must now endure a two-week wait until action resumes, as Euro 2020 qualifiers take place next weekend. Man City can reassert themselves at the top of the table when they too travel to Fulham in the first game of Week 32, which takes place at 12.30pm on Saturday, Match 30. They are heavy favourites to win that, but value abounds on the other games. You can find early odds of 5/6 (1.83) at <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" title="William Hill">William Hill</a> and 22/25 (1.88) at Marathon Bet on Leicester to beat Bournemouth at the King Power, and that looks attractive, as Eddie Howe’s men have been poor on the road this year.</p><p>West Ham v Everton looks like an open entertaining game, and both teams to score might appeal. Ditto Burnley v Wolves. Brighton v Southampton looks like the opposite: a drab, tense, low-scoring affair. Crystal Palace are priced at 1/2 to beat Huddersfield and that looks like a great addition to any accumulators. There is little value on an out of sorts Chelsea to win away at Cardiff, but you can find huge odds of 19/4 (5.25) on Tottenham to win away at Liverpool with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" title="Bet365">Bet365</a>. Alternatively, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" title="Betfair">Betfair</a> has 9/11 (1.82) on Spurs +1 Asian handicap, which looks interesting.</p><p>Arsenal fans have to wait until Monday night to see their team in action, meaning a gap of more than three weeks since their last Premiership match, which saw them beat Man Utd 2-0. They are excellent at home this season and they should roll Newcastle over without too much trouble.</p>
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