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Premier League, 02-08 April 2019

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Tottenham vs Crystal Palace Preview:

Possible starting lineups:

Tottenham:
Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Davies; Dele Alli; Kane, Son

Crystal Palace:
Guaita; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Dann, Van Aanholt; McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp; Townsend, Batshuayi, Zaha

This is a big moment for Tottenham fans - after nearly two years away from White Hart Lane, after a number of construction delays, the club will officially move into their new stadium hosting Crystal Palace. The capacity of the new stadium is 62,062 and it's the second largest club ground in the country, behind only Old Trafford. Tottenham played their final game at their old White Hart Lane stadium in May 2017, though the address is the only thing that has remained the same as the temporary name is 'Tottenham Hotspur Stadium'. Mauricio Pochettino's men will try to benefit from the new situation and to improve the current run of results. They are without a single victory in the last five matches, losing four of them. The only draw was obtained in North London derby with Arsenal. The Spurs were lucky not to lose the match as the Gunners missed a last-minute penalty. Just to mention, Tottenham lost to Burnley, Chelsea, Southampton and Liverpool. The last defeat at Anfield was particularly painful as Toby Alderweireld scored an own-goal in the 90th minute of the match. Previously the Spurs have missed few clear opportunities to score through counter-attacks. At the end I will mention that Eric Dier (hip), Serge Aurier (hamstring) and Harry Winks (groin) are still struggling with injuries.

Crystal Palace are on the 13th place with 36 points. They are eight points away from the drop zone and most probably will avoid the relegation. However, there is no space for any relaxation and few more points will be very welcome. The actual form isn't bad, Palace have three victories and two defeats on the last five matches in the Premier League. On Saturday they won 2:0 against Huddersfield thanks to the second-half goals scored by Luka Milivojevic (from penalty) and Patrick van Aanholt. Milivojevic has scored 22 goals for the club and became the outright third highest goalscorer for Crystal Palace in Premier League history, behind only Wilfried Zaha (30) and Chris Armstrong (23). Van Aanholt, meanwhile, was awarded as best player of the match. The Dutch full-back registered more shots on target (2) and played more key passes (3) than anyone else on the Selhurst Park. Manager Roy Hodgson wasn't fully satisfied with the players performances, but the final result brought some relieve. He has most of the players available for this match, only Mamadou Sakho is sidelined as he is recovering from knee surgery. It won't be a surprise if Hodgson decide to go with the same eleven that beat Huddersfield at the weekend.

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace Prediction:

I expect both teams to score in this match. Tottenham are desperate for points and they will strongly attack from the very first minute. The new stadium is surely a big boost for Mauricio Pochettino's men. However, I expect Crystal Palace to score too. The Eagles have scored in each of their last 11 league fixtures and I believe the series will be continued.

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace Pick: Both teams to score - Yes @ 1.87 with Bwin
 

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Southampton vs Liverpool Preview:

Southampton:
Gunn; Valery, Bednarek, Yoshida, Bertrand; Højbjerg, Romeu; Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Austin, Redmond

Liverpool:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Djik, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Southampton are sharing the 15th place with two other teams - Brighton and Burnley. All three sides have 33 points and they are five points away from the relegation zone. The situation is not critical, although it is definitely complicated. The actual form is good, they are in series of two victories in the Premier League. The atmosphere in the squad is much better, while the players confidence is higher. Southampton first beat Tottenham with 2:1. It was a valuable victory thanks to the goals scored by Yann Valery and James Ward-Prowse. Last weekend the Saints won 1:0 at Brighton. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored the winning goal in the 53rd minute. Hojbjerg has scored four goals in the Premier League this season, twice as many as he managed in his previous six campaigns in Europe's big five leagues combined. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is doing a good job, though he is under pressure, as well as the players. They will try to get something from this match, however it will be difficult against the title pretenders and Champions League quarter-finalists. Most of the players are available, but Hasenhuttl will continue without Jannik Vestergaard and Michael Obafemi due to injuries. Striker Shane Long is rated as doubtful, while midfielder Mario Lemina has returned to full training and could start from the bench here. Danny Ings is ineligible to play against the parent club.

Liverpool are on the second position with 79 points. The total of 79 points is their best tally after 32 matches of a top-flight season, surpassing the 76 they had in the season 1987/88. Nevertheless, the Reds lost top spot in the Premier League to Manchester City on Wednesday night as Pep Guardiola's side beat Cardiff City with 2:0. The difference between these two sides is just one point, so everything is possible in the remaining six rounds. One thing is clear, Liverpool players need to do their 'homework'. With other words, the Reds must win all six matches in the Premier League hoping Manchester City will drop points somewhere. Pep Guardiola's men will face Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Manchester United, Burnley, Leicester City and Brighton in the remaining six rounds. But as I wrote above, Liverpool must focus on their own job, starting from this match. The actual form is good, Liverpool are in series of three league victories. Last weekend they managed to beat Tottenham with 2:1 thanks to Alderweireld's late own-goal. Liverpool have scored three winning goals in the 90th minute or later in the Premier League this season. Klopp has some injury worries ahead of this match. Key defender Virgil Van Dijk, who damaged his ankle against Tottenham last weekend, is rated as doubtful. Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are not yet ready to be considered for first-team selection after their long absences.

Southampton vs Liverpool Prediction:

I think Southampton won't lose with two goals here. The Saints are in good form, they are in series of two victories in the Premier League. Liverpool are also in fine form, but something else should be mentioned - the away results. The Reds managed to win just one of the last four league matches played on road. Even that victory was narrow, the beat Fulham with 2:1. Considering these facts, I expect Southampton to cover the handicap.

Southampton vs Liverpool Pick
: Southampton +1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.75 with Pinnacle
 

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Everton vs Arsenal Preview:

Possible starting lineups:

Everton:
Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Gueye, Gomes; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin

Arsenal:
Leno; Koscielny, Sokratis, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Guendouzi, Kolasinac; Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette

Everton have collected 43 points and sit on the 10th place at the table. The Toffees still have European ambitions and they are targeting the seventh place. Of course, if Manchester City won the FA Cup, the seventh place will lead to Europe. The actual form is good, Everton have two victories on the last two matches the Premier League. First they beat Chelsea with 2:0 thanks to second-half goals scored by Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Last weekend they obtained another 2:0 win, this time against West Ham in London. Kurt Zouma and Bernard scored the goals in the first half. Zouma has scored two goals in 26 Premier League matches this season, as many as he netted in his previous four campaigns in the competition. Bernard, meanwhile, has scored his first Premier League goal in his 28th appearance in the competition, ending a run of 1585 minutes without a goal. Manager Marco Silva should also be mentioned as he ended a series of nine matches in London without a win in all competitions, losing eight of them. For this match Silva has one unavailable players - the Colombian international Yerry Mina is injured. The Portuguese coach is expected to start with the same lineup that secured a second successive victory last weekend.

Arsenal are sharing the fourth place with Chelsea. The Gunners have 63 points, one less than third-placed Tottenham. However, the Spurs already played their match from this round, so a victory here could see Arsenal climbing to the third position. The actual form is good, Arsenal have five wins and one draw on the last six matches in the Premier League. First they beat Huddersfield with 2:1, then Southampton with 2:0 and Bournemouth with 5:1. The only draw came in North London derby when they played an 1:1 draw with Tottenham at Wembley. In the last two rounds Arsenal have beat Manchester United and Newcastle, both with 2:0. Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the goals against the Red Devils, while Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette decided the clash with the Magpies. It is important to be mentioned that Arsenal will play against Napoli in UEFA Europe League next Thursday. Manager Unai Emery will try to continue the winning series, though he has some injury and suspension issues. Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding remain long-term injury victims, while Lucas Torreira will serve the last of his three-match ban for the red card against Tottenham. Few more players are rated as doubtful.

Everton vs Arsenal Prediction:

Everton won the last two matches. Even more, the Toffees victory against Chelsea in the last last home game means they ended a 25-match winless run against the big six. I believe the players confidence is higher. Arsenal are in excellent form, they have five victories and one draw on the last six matches in the Premier League. But something else should be mentioned - the Gunners are the only Premier League side without an away clean sheet this season. Considering these facts, I expect both teams to score at Goodison Park.

Everton vs Arsenal Pick: Both teams to score - Yes @ 1.57 with Bet365
 

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Chelsea vs West Ham Preview:

Possible starting lineups:

Chelsea:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Hazard

West Ham:
Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Antonio, Noble, Rice, Lanzini, Anderson; Hernandez

Arsenal lost 1:0 at Everton in this round, so Chelsea stayed in the battle for the fourth place that guarantees the Champions League for the next season. The actual form is good, they have two victories on the last two matches in the Premier League. Manager Maurizio Sarri is definitely happy with the players performance and the fact they collected six points in the last two rounds. Chelsea first won 2:1 against Cardiff City. The Blues were close to suffer defeat as the Welsh outfit had advantage until the 84th minute, but Cezar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored two late goals. In the last round Chelsea beat Brighton with 3:0. Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored the goals on that match. t is clear many things depend on Hazard. The Belgian international is the best player this season, with 14 Premier League goals and 12 league assists to his name. The players confidence is now higher and that's a positive moment. Chelsea have a busy schedule in this period as they will face Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals of Europe League. For this match Sarri has four injury worries as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ethan Ampadu, Pedro and Marcos Alonso are all rated as doubtful.

West Ham are on the 11th place with 42 points. The Hammers are 14 points away from the relegation zone and most probably they have secured the status. Even more, they are just five points from the seventh place that might lead to UEFA Europe League if Manchester City lift the trophy in the FA Cup. Manager Manuel Pellegrini did a good job, though he was under pressure during the season. The actual form is mixed, they have two victories and two defeats on the last four matches in the Premier League. West Ham first beat Newcastle with 2:0 thanks to the goals scored by Declan Rice and Mark Noble. Next they lost to Cardiff City and then won 4:3 against Huddersfield. Chicharito netted a brace, while Mark Noble and Angelo Ogbonna scored the remaining two goals. Last weekend the Hamers suffered a 2:0 home defeat to Everton. West Ham were completely outplayed and faced nine shots on target in that match, the most by an opposition side at London Stadium in the Premier League since May 2017. For this match Pellegrini has lot of worries. Winger Andriy Yarmolenko is the last victim. According to manager, he will not return from injury this season. Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll remain sidelined too, while few more player are rated as doubtful.

Chelsea vs West Ham Prediction:

I expect an efficient match at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea need the victory and they will strongly attack from the very first minute. Pellegrini, meanwhile, has received good news as some important strikers (Samir Nasri, Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic) are expected to be in contention for this match. West Ham still have a European ambitions and I think they will also look for the victory.

Chelsea vs West Ham Pick
: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.53 with Bet365
 
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