Fri, May 2, 2:31pm by Clarinda Campbell
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THE title race is still on.
Liverpool slipped up last week and opened the door for both Manchester City and Chelsea, creating serious excitement around the league for the final fortnight of action.
Manchester City looks the most likely challenger to Liverpool’s premiership aspirations as it is only three points behind and has a game in hand, which will be played against Aston Villa on Thursday, May 8.
In premiership betting, Manchester City has now resumed favouritism at $1.85 with Sportingbet.com.au Liverpool is $2.25 with IASbet and Chelsea is $15.00 with all bookmakers. In relegation betting, Fulham is still $1.20 with all bookmakers, while Cardiff and Norwich have come into $1.05 and $1.08 with Sportingbet.
9:45pm (AEST), Saturday May 3 at Boleyn Ground
West Ham lost 1-0 to West Bromwich and is now in 14th. Tottenham pulled off a 1-0 win over Stoke and is in sixth.
Tottenham look to have the advantage over West Ham, winning nine of the last 13 matches and losing just two.
Tottenham is good value at $1.91 with Sportsbet ($1.85 with Sportingbet) in head-to-head betting.
12:00am (AEST), Sunday May 4 at Villa Park
Aston Villa is creeping down the ladder and is now 16th after its 4-1 loss to Swansea. The 13th-placed Hull drew 2-2 with Fulham.
Hull has not scored in any of its last eight matches against Aston Villa. Adding to this is that Aston Villa has won four of its last five against Hull. The stats point to an Aston Villa win.
Aston Villa is $2.40 with all bookmakers to win.
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12:00am (AEST), Sunday May 4 at Old Trafford
United had an easy 4-0 win against Norwich and retained seventh spot on the ladder. Sunderland climbed out of the relegation zone into 17th after it defeated Cardiff 4-0.
Sunderland is on a two-match winning streak but it faces a stern test here. Manchester United has not lost any of its last 12 home games against Sunderland. I don’t see Sunderland causing the upset at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are the short-priced favourites in the head-to-head betting market at $1.33 with all bookmakers.
12:00am (AEST), Sunday May 4 at St. James’ Park
Newcastle is in ninth after a 3-0 loss to Arsenal. Cardiff lost 4-0 to Sunderland and is now on the bottom of the ladder.
Cardiff is struggling big time so Newcastle has no excuses. It has won its last seven games against Cardiff. Newcastle to win.
Newcastle is $2.00 with IASbet.com ($1.90 with Centrebet).
12:00am (AEST), Sunday May 4 at Britannia Stadium
The 10th placed Stoke lost 1-0 to Tottenham. Fulham is in 19th after it drew 2-2 with Hull.
Interestingly, Fulham has won the last two matches against Stoke 1-0. Stoke has won nine games at home this season. Fulham has four away wins. It’s about time Stoke turned the tables on Fulham and it will be aiming for a win at its last home game for the season.
Stoke is $2.25 with all bookmakers.
12:00am (AEST), Sunday May 4 at Liberty Stadium
Swansea defeated Aston Villa 4-1 and is in 12th. Southampton beat Everton 2-0 and is in eighth.
Southampton has not won on the road in its last seven away games against Swansea, not winning there since 1962. The best that can be hoped for, based on this, is a draw. Southampton won its home game earlier this season 2-0.
The draw is paying $3.40 with Sportingbet and Centrebet ($3.30 with IASbet and Sportsbet).
2:30am (AEST), Sunday May 4 at Goodison Park
Everton disappointingly lost 2-0 against Southampton to almost put its Champions League aspirations out of reach. It is in fifth, now four points behind the fourth placed Arsenal. The third placed Manchester City defeated Crystal Palace 2-0.
This should be a great match. Everton has won nine of its last 13 against City and City has lost its last four at Goodison Park. Its a must win for City but Everton will make it difficult. It’s too hard to pick so the draw looks a good option.
Best odds on the draw are available with IASbet, which is offering $3.80.
10:30pm (AEST), Sunday May 4 at Emirates Stadium
Arsenal won 3-0 over Newcastle to stay in fourth place. West Brom secured a 1-0 win over West Ham and is in 15th.
The sides played a draw the last time they met but Arsenal had won all three matches prior to that. West Brom faces a tough ask at Emirates.
Arsenal is $1.29 with Sportsbet ($1.28 with Sportingbet).
1:00am (AEST), Monday May 5 at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea kept its slim hopes alive, defeating Liverpool 2-0 in a massive defensive effort and is second on the ladder, two points behind Liverpool. Norwich lost 4-0 to Manchester United and is in the relegation zone in 18th.
Chelsea should be much too good for the hapless Norwich, which has lost its last eight away games in the EPL.
Chelsea is $1.20 with IASbet in the head-to-head betting market.
5:00am (AEST), Tuesday May 6 at Selhurst Park
This match will be subject to a further preview.
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