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Premier League Betting Preview – Match Week 28

After an exciting weekend of action saw Liverpool claim the Carabao Cup in a thrilling penalty shootout, we’re looking ahead to next weekend’s Premier League fixtures as we approach the business end of the season.

Our expert tipster at NetBet has picked out the best Premier League bets available on NetBet Sport’s football odds page to help with your selections for match-day 28.

Leicester to beat Leeds – 5/7

Brendan Rodgers’ side have been unbelievably inconsistent this season, but you’d back any team coming up against Leeds at the moment. After losing four straight games and conceding 17 goals, the club finally parted ways with Marcelo Bielsa. They have now conceded 60 goals this season and are on track for one of the worst defensive campaigns in Premier League history. Despite the Foxes’ indifferent form, you’d expect them to extend the visitors’ losing streak giving the talent at their disposal. James Maddison and Ademola Lookman have both looked sharp in recent weeks, and Youri Tielemans is always a threat from deep.

Southampton to beat Aston Villa – 39/20

Steven Gerrard’s side picked up their first win of the month last time out against an out of form Brighton side. Whilst they have typically travelled well since the turn of the year, they are yet to pick up a win at Villa Park since early December. They have another tricky outing this weekend as they host a Southampton side that have lost just once in their last 10 league games, winning three of their last four. Only two teams have picked up more points than the Saints in the last five games, and with Che Adams firing on all cylinders, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will be confident of securing yet another three points on the road.

Newcastle to beat Brighton – 8/5

Newcastle’s upturn in form in 2022 has been sensational. Eddie Howe’s side have won four of six games since the turn of the year and the Magpies haven’t tasted defeat in the league since before Christmas. No team has conceded fewer goals than Newcastle in the last five, whilst only Liverpool have picked up more points in that time. The hosts couldn’t have picked a better time to play a Brighton side who have lost three consecutive games without finding the net. Although Newcastle haven’t had much joy against the Seagulls in recent years, with momentum on their side, there is every chance they will pick up their first win in this fixture since these two met in the Championship in 2017.

Chelsea to beat Burnley – 10/21

A positive run of form has given Burnley fans the hope that they can avoid the drop yet again this season. They have kept four clean sheets in a run of games which could very well have saved their season. However, they face a tough game this weekend as they welcome a Chelsea side to Turf Moor that only been beaten by City in their last 19 games in all competitions. The visitors’ have been rock-solid at the back, and only the Champions have a better defensive record than Thomas Tuchel’s side this season. Although the German is still searching for his best trio going forward, the Blues’ ability to keep clean sheets has meant that one goal is often enough. Sean Dyche’s side might be in good form, but this is an entirely different challenge.

Norwich to draw with Brentford – 39/20

Norwich will come into this game off the back of three consecutive league defeats, but they haven’t had the easiest run of games, losing to City, Liverpool and an in-form Southampton. Brentford on the other hand have had some winnable fixtures, but have still lost seven of their last eight league games. Ivan Toney’s return to action against Newcastle will provide a huge boost for Thomas Frank as we approach the business end of the season, and the Bees hopes of another season in the top flight could well rest on the shoulders of their talisman. You can never rule Brentford out when Toney is leading the line, but Dean Smith’s Norwich were showing promise before their difficult run of fixtures. Both will be desperate for three points, but there isn’t a lot to pick between these two relegation candidates.

Wolves to beat Crystal Palace – 6/5

Wolves’ outside chances of a place in next year’s Champions League were all but ended by fourth place challengers West Ham and Arsenal, but Bruno Lage will still be eyeing up a place in Europe’s second most prestigious competition. They will host a Palace side this weekend that have only lost one of their last five league games, but have also only been victorious once. Draws against Norwich, Brentford and Burnley will all look like missed opportunities for Patrick Vieira’s side, who are not quite safe from relegation just yet. The Eagles came out on top in the return fixture at Selhurst Park, but the hosts haven’t lost too many since that trip. It looks to be a tight game, but Wolves should have the edge thanks to their dominant defence.

Liverpool to beat West Ham – 2/7

A 1-0 win over Wolves in their last outing kept the Hammers dreams’ of competing amongst European elite alive, but those dreams could be left in tatters this weekend with a defeat to Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side have now won six consecutive league games and claimed their first piece of silverware at the weekend. Anything less than victory could end the title race, so you’d expect the Reds to come flying out the blocks this weekend at Anfield. After losing 3-2 to David Moyes’ side earlier this season, Liverpool will be out to get their own back, and with the league’s top three goal scorers leading the line, West Ham will need to be at their best to keep Klopp’s side at bay.

Arsenal to beat Watford – 8/15

Arsenal have emerged as favourites to secure the fourth Champions League spot thanks to a solid run of form which has seen then win seven of their last nine league games. With those around them struggling for consistency, Mikel Arteta’s side could find themselves with a huge advantage should they win their games in hand. They host a Watford team this weekend that look destined for life back in the Championship. They have won just once in their last 14 league games, and despite picking up a point at Old Trafford last time out, it was United’s poor finishing that allowed the Hornets to escape having avoided a heavy defeat. No team has scored fewer than the visitors in the last 10 games, and with the Gunners playing some of their best football since Arteta’s arrival, there aren’t too many Watford fans that will be feeling optimistic.

Man City to beat Man United – 20/59

Whilst United have steadily improved under Ralf Rangnick, it has been poor execution in front of goal which has cost them points against Watford, Southampton and Burnley in recent weeks. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored just once in his last 10 appearances, leaving many asking questions about what he offers United in the absence of goals. The reverse fixture was almost a training match at times, with the Red Devils never coming close to being competitive in the game. Although we expect them to play with more confidence at the Etihad this weekend, City must win if they are to keep the pressure on Liverpool. A small blip against Spurs was Pep Guardiola’s only defeat since early December, and although it showed they are not infallible, you would expect them to come out on top against their inconsistent neighbours.

Tottenham to beat Everton – 8/15

Defeat to City last time out was Everton’s third in four league games since Frank Lampard took over, leaving the Toffees hovering just one point above the bottom three. They have shown promise in spells under their new coach, but the former Chelsea man will need to turn things around quickly if Everton are to avoid their first ever spell in the Championship. Most are expecting them to have too much quality to go down, but with five of the top six still to play, they are in real danger. Spurs are another side that have lacked consistency, but a newly formed trio of Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Dejan Kulusevski has started to click, and Antonio Conte will fancy his chances of sneaking into the top four.

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