Premier League Matchday 29 Preview – Prediction + Tips 2017/18

After a week of storms and snow in the UK, pitches have been swept in anticipation of the return of the Premier League at the weekend.

As we start to reach the final straight of the season, there are always going to be key matches. With so many teams in danger of going down, relegation battle six pointers are a common feature of recent weeks. West Brom will look to end their losing streak, while West Ham and Swansea battle to take a giant leap towards survival, at the expense of a near rival. Southampton and Stoke also face off with one point currently separating the two teams in 16th and 19th place respectively. 

Match of the Day

We look to the top of the table for our match of the day however. Manchester City secured the Carabao Cup with ease last weekend, while Chelsea fell to defeat once again in the league in a costly defeat to Manchester United. 

Manchester City v Chelsea
Man City Form Guide DWDWD
Chelsea Form Guide DLWLW
  • Venue: The Etihad
  • Sunday 04 March 16:00
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 11/4  D: 13/5 A: 10/11

About the Game:

Manchester City head into another tricky clash as winners of this season’s Caraboa Cup. City eased past Arsenal in the final and weren’t really challenged in a match where the result was as much down the Arsenal’s weakness as much as City’s strength.

However, Chelsea should ensure that this match isn’t such a stroll in the park. While Chelsea’s recent results don’t exactly suggest too much, the Citizens must be cautious, especially as they will be without their influential defensive shield Fernandinho. The Brazilian is a huge loss to City that cannot be overstated, while Raheem Sterling, although recovered from a hamstring injury, may be rested as well. But City are boosted by the return of Gabriel Jesus, which will take some of the strain off of Sergio Agüero. The Argentinian has been immense for City of late, but he has played a lot of football in Jesus’ absence. The title is all but wrapped up for City, but another win against a top team would be yet another statement from Guardiola’s men. They might not find it as easy as they did against Arsenal last weekend, but most will expect another win for Manchester City.

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Chelsea’s loss to close rivals Manchester United last weekend could prove extremely costly. With the win, United strengthened their spot in second position in the league, while Tottenham’s win against Crystal Palace meant they moved two points clear of Chelsea, who now languish in fifth.

With that defeat Antonio Conte was left to admit that missing out on the top four is a distinct possibility. Despite a great performance in the first leg of the Champions League knock-out match against Barcelona, the Blues must now go to Catalonia and not lose. Most will expect Chelsea to exit from that tournament with such a task on their hands, but at least they would then be able to concentrate on the league. Inconsistent form has seen them fall back into fifth spot, with three defeats in their last four. This will be another huge task. Morata is back in the starting lineup and Hazard is in fine form. However, it’s perhaps William who has been Chelsea’s best player of late. The Brazilian is in fine form and is sure to start alongside Hazard and Morata. Conte has almost a full strength squad to choose from, but he needs his players to perform better if they are to stand any chance here. 

Prediction: Manchester City win & under 4.5 goals – We can’t see City not winning this one, but we expect Chelsea to maintain their dignity and keep it relatively tight.

Rest of the Premier League Games

As we mentioned above, there are plenty of other tasty games to sink our teeth into. The action goes right up till Monday night too, where Crystal Palace will look to put the brakes on their slide back down the table against Manchester United. 

Burnley v Everton
Burnley Form Guide LLDWL
Everton Form Guide WWLDD
  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Saturday 03 March 12:30
  • Referee: Chris Kavanagh
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 29/20 D: 21/10 A: 2/1

About the Game:

Burnley still haven’t been able to find the win that has eluded them since early December. Held by a late goal by Southampton last week, the Clarets can at least take solace in the fact that their performances are once again improving, even though the results are perhaps not. 

Another loss has done little to calm the Everton fans who are not happy with the state of the club at the moment. Big Sam’s role as manager continues to divide fans, while the performances on the pitch are doing little to ease those doubts. Burnley are difficult to beat at home and with Big Sam almost certain to take a cautious approach, more controversy could soon be on the way.

Prediction: Burnley Draw now bet – Everton will probably be happy to leave Burnley with a draw, while Burnley themselves are desperately seeking a first win since December. 

Leicester v Bournemouth
Leicester Form Guide LLWDL
Bournemouth Form Guide DLLDW
  • Venue: King Power
  • Saturday 03 March 15:00
  • Referee: Lee Probert
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 4/5 D: 11/4 A: 16/5

About the Game:

A somewhat uninspired performance last week meant Leicester only earned a draw against Stoke. Riyad Mahrez has returned to the side and looked lively and it seems it was simply a case of the Foxes having an off day. Bournemouth should provide a more lively opposition, but the onus will be on Leicester to win.

A spirited second half fightback meant Bournemouth earned a late draw against Newcastle last weekend. They will want to make sure they don’t fall behind early again though and will likely focus more on defence here. Bournemouth know they are just a few wins from guaranteed safety though and should approach each match with a win in mind.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Two attacking teams that are both without a clean sheet in their last three matches should ensure plenty of goals.

Southampton v Stoke
Southampton Form Guide LDWWD
Stoke Form Guide LLLDD
  • Venue: St Mary’s
  • Saturday 03 March 15:00
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 4/6 D: 11/4 A: 4/1

About the Game:

Southampton haven’t been able to capitalise on their win against fellow strugglers West Brom at the beginning of February. Despite improvements, the Saints are just one point clear of the relegation zone, one place of which is currently occupied by opponents Stoke. This is a real six pointer then and with home advantage, Southampton have to take the initiative. 

Stoke can count themselves lucky to have taken a point away from Leicester last weekend. The Potter’s over reliance on Xherdan Shaqiri is evident, but the Swiss keeps scoring and putting in fine performances. A win here would see Stoke leapfrog Southampton and the importance of three points here cannot be understated. 

Prediction: Southampton Draw no bet – The importance of this match cannot be overstated and it could be a cagey affair, but with Southampton improving with each match, we can’t see them losing such a vital match in front of their own fans. 

Tottenham v Huddersfield
Spurs Form Guide DWDDL
Huddersfield Form Guide LDLDW
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Saturday 03 March 15:00
  • Referee: Mike Jones
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 2/11 D: 11/2 A: 14/1

About the Game:

Spurs left it very late last weekend against Crystal Palace, but eventually Harry Kane did what he does best and scored a late winner. Spurs are in great form and are now unbeaten in ten league matches. With a fully fit team and home advantage, you can’t imagine them slipping up here.

Back to back wins has put Huddersfield in a great spot after five consecutive defeats had seen them slide right down the table. Their away form is, unsurprisingly, not as hot as their home form this season, so the chance of a win here is slim. The Terriers have come up with many surprise results already this season however, so don’t count them out straight away. 

Prediction: Tottenham -1 Handicap – Spurs have won all seven of their last seven home games, scoring 19 goals in the process. They should win comfortably here.

Swansea v West Ham
Swansea Form Guide WLWWD
West Ham Form Guide WDWLD
  • Venue: Liberty Stadium 
  • Saturday 3 March 15:00
  • Referee: Martin Atkinson
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 6/4 D: 11/5 A: 15/8

About the Game:

Swansea’s undefeated run came to an end last weekend against Brighton, but there’s still plenty to smile about at the Liberty. Through to the quarter final of the FA Cup for the first time since 1964, Swansea – despite still being in the relegation zone – have closed the gap on the teams above them. One of those teams is opponents West Ham. A win here would see Swansea equal the Hammer’s on points. 

West Ham couldn’t match Liverpool last weekend, but like with Swansea, things are looking a little more positive in East London. Key players Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini are back from injury and David Moyes knows that just a few more wins should secure survival. This is a crunch match then, with three points of massive importance for both teams.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Despite the somewhat precarious position of both teams, we don’t expect a cagey affair. Both teams are in decent form and their attacking styles should find the net.   

Watford v West Brom
Wwatford Form Guide LLLLL
West Brom Form Guide DWDWW
  • Venue: Vicarage Road
  • Saturday 03 March 15:00
  • Referee: Paul Tierney
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 1/1 D: 23/10 A: 11/4

About the Game:

Watford might be in tenth place, but in terms of points, they’re just two wins above the relegation places. A couple more wins should do it though and fans will expecting one of those to come here. Watford are finally starting to turn things around and another win here would be their third in four games. 

Alan Pardew apparently has just one more match to turn things around at West Brom. Truth be told, it will soon all be too late. The Baggies are six points off Stoke in 19th place and with the teams above them regularly picking up points, West Brom could soon find themselves too far behind. Whether sacking their manager so late in the season will help remains to be seen, but this is a must win game, both for Pardew and West Brom.

Prediction: Watford win – Watford have won their last two home matches and while West Brom will have to give it everything, we still see Watford making it three home wins in a row.

Liverpool v Newcastle
Liverpool Form Guide WDLDD
Newcastle Form Guide WWWLW
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Saturday 03 March 17:30
  • Referee: Graham Scott
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 1/5 D: 6/1 A: 10/1

About the Game:

Things continue to look bright on Merseyside as Liverpool have solidified their spot in the top four in recent weeks. A routine win against West Ham should be followed by a win here, though Newcastle are tough to beat of late. 

Newcastle are unbeaten in four league matches but it really should have been a win last week. Their inability to close out games is already costing them, but a different challenge awaits them here. Benitez’s men have done well against the bigger teams this season, but if Liverpool continue to play how they have recently, it will be a busy day for the Newcastle defence. 

Prediction: Liverpool over 0.5 FH goals – As usual, Liverpool should start brightly and look to get off to a flying start.

Brighton v Arsenal
Brighton Form Guide LDDDW
Arsenal Form Guide WWLWD
  • Venue: AMEX
  • Sunday 04 March 13:30
  • Referee: Kevin Friend
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 16/5 D: 13/5 A: 5/6

About the Game:

A great run of results has seen Brighton climb up the table to 12th place. The Seagulls have lost just three of their home games this season and with Arsenal currently on the ropes, they might fancy themselves to nick another win here.

Three defeats in their last five league games, along with defeat in the Caraboa Cup final, has given new life to the debate on Arsene Wenger’s role as Arsenal manager. As that debate endlessly rages on, the Gunners season now looks beyond rescue. The top four is now much too far ahead and the question is, what will it actually take to see Wenger leave. Defeat here, while a distinct possibility, is perhaps not it. 

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals  – A confident Brighton should try to take the game to Arsenal and with that, we should see an open, exciting, and free scoring match.

Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Crystal Palace Form Guide DDWLL
Manchester United Form Guide LWDLL
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Monday 05 March 20:00
  • Referee: Neil Swarbrick
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 11/2 D: 14/5 A: 11/20

About the Game:

Palace’s tough run of fixtures is getting the better of them at the moment, with a compounding injury list not helping. They were so close to getting a point last weekend, but the job won’t get any easier here. 

United will be on a high after beating Chelsea last weekend. The Red Devils certainly stuttered over their recent tricky run, so the players may be looking on at this one in anticipation. A match against Liverpool follows, so ensuring the gap between themselves and Liverpool remains at two points after this match is vital preparation. 

Prediction: Manchester United win – United’s performances have stuttered of late, but their performance against Chelsea was a vast improvement. With Crystal Palace weakened through injury, United should win here. 

Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*

Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Crystal Palace v Manchester United Manchester United win 4/9 1.55
Leicester v Bournemouth Both teams to score 4/6 2.58
Tottenham v Huddersfield Tottenham -1 Handicap 8/15 3.96
Swansea v West Ham Both teams to score 10/11 7.56
Watford v West Brom  Watford win 1/1 15.12

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