It is a largely curtailed set of matches in the Premier League on Saturday but that doesn’t mean that there is a lack of focus on the division. Chelsea might now be champions but there are still other things to be determined in the league and we may go some way to finding the outcome on Saturday.
Despite the truncated schedule on Saturday we do still have the three kick off times which gives us plenty of chance to get stuck in.
Early Kick Off
The first game on Saturday comes from the Etihad as Manchester City look to put a bit more distance between themselves and Arsenal in the race for the Champions League spots. They host Leicester in the early match. Leicester are safe now but could well be dangerous.
There are only three matches in what you would call as the traditional kick off slot. Bournemouth host Burnley in a match which has little on it while Swansea head up north to take on relegated Sunderland in a match which is massive for the Welsh side. Middlesbrough host Southampton at the Riverside in another match with little competitive edge.
There certainly won’t be a lack of competitive edge in the final match of the day when Stoke host Arsenal. These two aren’t friends I think it is fair to say but those feelings have to be put to one side by Arsenal who need the points badly in their quest for a top four spot. Stoke are playing out the season but they might just be up for this one.
I like two bets on Saturday. I guess in many ways both could be considered risky in that none of the sides I’m getting involved with are playing for anything but that could be as much of a positive as it is a negative.
In the early game I fancy Leicester to stay much closer to Man City than a +2 Asian line suggests they should. Leicester have a good record against City in recent times and generally this season City have struggled against sides who camp in and spring them on the break and that’s certainly how Leicester will play here.
With Sergio Aguero a doubt that will dent City’s attacking play a little bit and maybe allow Leicester to settle in a little bit. City may still win the game, although with Leicester’s form that isn’t guaranteed, but I’m not convinced they win it by more than two.
Burnley have generally been a pretty tight side this season but they were involved in a 2-2 last weekend and they head to Bournemouth who are seemingly always involved in high scoring clashes. With little on the game in terms of a competitive element we might see Burnley open up a little and be more expansive and turn this into one of those crazy matches down at Bournemouth. I like over 2.5 goals here in a match either team could cover that line on their own.
WON – Back Leicester (+2AH) to beat Man City for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with Bet365
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WON – Back Bournemouth vs Burnley – Over 2.5 goals for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with Betbright
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