Premier League Weekend Recap And Early Odds For Week 30

Martin Green

Sunday, March 3, 2019 6:41 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 3, 2019 6:41 PM UTC

We take a look at what happened in the Premier League this weekend and analyse the early odds for the next round of fixtures.

<h2>Weekend recap</h2><p>Man City returned to the summit of the Premiership by battling to a 1-0 victory over Eddie Howe’s resolute Bournemouth side. Liverpool could only draw 0-0 with Everton at Goodison Park, leaving Pep Guardiola’s men with a one-point lead at the top of the table. They each have nine games left to play now and Man City’s destiny is finally back in their own hands after clinging to Liverpool’s coattails all season. There was VAR controversy as Tottenham snatched a 1-1 draw with Arsenal, as Spurs were reliant on a penalty that could have been ruled out for offside to grab the equaliser. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then missed from the spot in the dying seconds to leave Arsenal ruing what might have been.</p><p>Man Utd have now leapfrogged the Gunners into fourth place as they surged to a 3-2 win over Southampton, courtesy of Romelu Lukaku’s brace. Chelsea also beat local rivals Fulham in Scott Parker’s first game in charge in order to keep the pressure up on the teams above them. The bottom three all lost, and Brighton’s 1-0 victory over Huddersfield gave them a tremendous boost in the race for survival. West Ham returned to winning ways with a 2-0 triumph over Newcastle, and Watford’s Andy Gray scored a last gasp winner to hand Brendan Rodgers a 2-1 defeat in his first game as Leicester manager.</p><h2>Futures update</h2><p>Man City are now as low as 1/3 (1.33) with the likes of <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank">William Hill</a>, <a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank">Betfair</a> and Bet Victor to win the title. If they can pull it off, they will become the first team since Man Utd a decade ago to successfully defend the Premier League crown. Liverpool are running out of steam at the worst time of season, but defender Virgil Van Dijk may bag himself a consolation prize as he is the 4/6 (1.66) favourite with <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" target="_blank">Paddy Power</a> to be named PFA Player of the Year.</p><p>Huddersfield are 1/1000 to go down and Fulham are 1/66, while Cardiff are now just 1/5. They are reliant on a team like Southampton, Burnley or Brighton suffering a slump in form, but those sides all look better equipped for the scrap than Neil Warnock’s men. The real intrigue lies in who will secure a top four place: <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank">Bet365</a> has 4/11 (1.36) on Tottenham, 4/5 (1.80) on Chelsea, 11/10 (2.10) on Man Utd and 15/8 (2.88) on Arsenal.</p><h2>Early odds for next weekend</h2><p>The early game sees in-form Crystal Palace host Brighton in the M23 derby and Palace look well priced at 5/6 (1.83) with <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c">Betway</a> and <a href=";a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3" target="_blank">Boyle Sports</a> and 87/100 (1.87) with Marathon to win it. Those odds are likely to drop this week, so if you fancy an Eagles win it might be good to get on them sooner rather than later. Betway also has a tempting 13/10 (2.30) on West Ham winning away at Cardiff, who have lost three in a row and conceded 10 goals in the process. Leicester are 7/10 (1.70) with Marathon and 4/6 (1.66) with <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank">Ladbrokes</a> and <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829" target="_blank">Coral</a> to beat Fulham and that is also likely to drop.</p><p>The big game on Sunday sees Arsenal host Man Utd at The Emirates. Fans that watched the Red Devils rip Arsenal apart on the counter-attack in their FA Cup clash last month will fancy an away win and Betfair has 19/10 (2.90) on that outcome. Much depends on the fitness of players like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard though, as they would be unable to break at pace without them. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals also looks tempting in this one. There should be comfortable wins for Man City and Liverpool as they host Watford and Burnley respectively, but Chelsea will have a tougher job against Wolves and the away side look interesting at 6/1 (7.0) with William Hill. Wolves +1.25 Asian handicap also looks intriguing at 13/18 (1.72) with Bet Victor, as they have not lost by more than a single goal since playing Man City in mid-January.</p>
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