Saturday could be a huge day in the Premier League. The relegation battle is heating up and the fight to finish in the top four is still just about alive.
Meanwhile, Manchester City can win the title this weekend after falling short last time out – Pep Guardiola’s men have now lost three successive matches in all competitions.
Tottenham Hotspur will be difficult to beat on home soil though and it could be an intriguing battle down at Wembley on Saturday night. Here are our best bets on all three fixtures…
SOUTHAMPTON vs CHELSEA
Saints put up a decent fight against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last weekend but Mark Hughes’ men crumbled in the closing stages.
The Welshman will try to take the positives from that defeat but Southampton fans are starting to fear the worst; Saints are now three points from safety although they do have a game in hand on Crystal Palace.
Chelsea have won just one of their last six Premier League away fixtures and there is a cloud of uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge.
Reports claimed that the Italian had walked away from the club earlier this week but those rumours were false – for the time being at least. 888sport punters can back under 1.5 away goals at 4/5.
This could be a tepid encounter. Both teams are struggling for confidence and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see a low-scoring affair.
The under 2.5 goals mark is set at 5/6 and this has landed in six of the last seven matches at St Mary’s Stadium. With that in mind, I fancy another close contest with very few opportunities in front of goal.
TIP: Under 2.5 goals @ 5/6
LIVERPOOL vs AFC Bournemouth
Jurgen Klopp’s men have been superb in recent weeks, advancing to the Champions League semi-finals after beating Manchester City in both legs.
The Reds, led by superstar striker Mo Salah, are on the verge of something special and a comfortable home victory looks likely in this fixture. Liverpool are excellent value at 4/6 to score in both halves on Saturday evening.
Bournemouth have won just one of their previous 12 away fixtures in all competitions and another heavy defeat beckons here.
The Cherries have now secured their Premier League status for another season but Eddie Howe’s men may find the going tough here. Klopp’s side could run riot if the German gives his side the green light to attack.
Salah can inspire Liverpool to victory again here but Klopp may prefer a clean sheet. 13/10 for a home win to nil looks like the best bet; this Reds are on an upward trajectory and Loris Karius is developing into a classy goalkeeper.
This could be a comfortable night for the hosts if Liverpool are at their brilliant best.
TIP: Liverpool to win to nil @ 13/10
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs Manchester City
Backing against Tottenham on home soil would be foolish to say the least. The Wembley Stadium curse has been lifted this season and Mauricio Pochettino’s side could put City to the sword.
The visitors will win the title at some point in the near future but the champagne may be left on ice for another week if Tottenham have their way.
Incredibly, the Premier League awarded Harry Kane THAT dubious goal against Stoke City – much to the dismay of Liverpool fans across the country.
Kane is a 26/25 shot to score during 90 minutes here and the Spurs man will take some stopping as he looks to catch Mo Salah in the Golden Boot race. For those who fancy him to score first, Kane is available at 10/3.
Pep Guardiola’s men have gone off the boil and they may fall short again this weekend. It would take a brave man to back against Spurs at Wembley and that is why I’m siding with the north London outfit at 29/20.
Tottenham have been the Premier League’s best side in 2018 and I fancy that excellent run of form to continue on Saturday night.
TIP: Tottenham to win @ 29/20
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*