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Chelsea to move back into top four? Get Premier League tips for Easter weekend

Leigh Copson 22 Apr 2019

Premier League predictions for Easter weekend of April 20-22. Can Liverpool stay ahead of Manchester City in the title race, and will top-four hopefuls Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United get the victories they need at this crucial time in the season? Read on to get our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday 12:30 BST)

Manchester City will be sick of the sight of Tottenham Hotspur, but they must face their Champions League conquerors once more this season and the stakes are, yet again, high. City were expected to advance to the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition when the two teams were paired together in the quarter-finals, but a 1-0 defeat in the first leg at Spurs’ new stadium put them on the backfoot and despite winning a thrilling second-leg clash 4-3 at the Etihad Stadium, they bowed out on away goals after Raheem Sterling’s last-gasp strike, which would have made it 5-3, was ruled out by VAR. It was heart-breaking stuff for City, whose quadruple bid is now over, but they simply have to lift themselves because it is still all to play for in the Premier League title race. City trail Liverpool by two points heading into Easter weekend, albeit with a game-in-hand, and they know that the slightest slip-up could prove to be fatal in their quest to successfully retain the English title. However, visitors Tottenham have plenty to play for too. While reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League is a terrific achievement there is still the not-so-small matter of them needing to ensure that top-class European football makes its way to their new stadium next season too. Spurs are currently third in the table, but only three points is separating them and sixth-place Manchester United so just like their hosts on Saturday they know that they can ill-afford a negative result at this time. The question is, who will get the result they need? Will it be repeat or revenge? Tottenham’s incredible Champions League success proves they can get the better of City over two legs, but sadly for them their 90-minute record against the Manchester club leaves a lot to be desired. Pep Guardiola’s side have won four of their last five competitive meetings with the North London club and they have not lost at home to Mauricio Pochettino’s charges for over three years. City also boast an outstanding home record having won 16 of their 17 Premier League fixtures so for this season, and if you want to look at their overall home form they have lost only two competitive matches at the Etihad during their 2018/19 campaign. So despite the midweek European exit I have to side with City to bounce back here. Spurs can get on the scoresheet in a losing effort though – they have a tremendous habit of scoring at the Etihad having netted in seven of their last eight visits. 

Everton v Manchester United (Sunday 13:30 BST)

Manchester United’s season is in danger of fizzling out despite the recent permanent appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The arrival of the former striker in late 2018 provided the Red Devils with a much-needed spark that catapulted them back into the top-four mix and made them a leading contender for FA Cup glory, but that fantastic run of form they enjoyed for the first few months of his reign was halted by a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal last month and it has not got much better since then. Manchester United have lost four of their last six games in all competitions and their two victories in that time – home wins over Watford and West Ham United – were hardly emphatic. This sudden dip has left them a couple of points behind fourth-place Chelsea heading into Easter weekend, and with time running out the pressure is on them to get back on track. Back-to-back league wins would be a start but they face a tricky away day this Sunday with a trip to face Everton on the cards. The Toffees crashed to a miserable 2-0 defeat at already-relegated Fulham this past weekend, but prior to that loss they were in pretty good form thanks to a run of three straight victories that has seen them beat both Chelsea and Arsenal. In fact, Marco Silva’s men have now gone three straight home games without defeat – a run that includes a goalless draw with league leaders Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby. This suggests Everton are beginning to turn Goodison Park back into the fortress it once was and when you couple their recent good home form with United’s struggles and there underwhelming away form this season, there is a real potential for the Toffees to come away with three points here.

Arsenal v Crystal Palace (Sunday 16:00 BST)

Arsenal hauled themselves back into the top four of the Premier League this week, responding to Chelsea’s defeat with a 1-0 victory at Watford that saw them climb above the Blues on goal difference only. It was hardly vintage stuff from the Gunners, and they did get a helping hand from Troy Deeney’s early dismissal, but when you have performed as poorly as they have on the road this season you will take a victory whichever way you can get it. Thankfully for Unai Emery’s men they are back on their own patch this Sunday and their record at the Emirates Stadium has been very strong so far. Arsenal have won 14 of their 17 league matches at home this season, losing only once, and despite some serious defensive headaches they have only conceded 12 times in front of the home supporters. That spells trouble for a Crystal Palace side who may boast one of the better away records in the top flight, but have lost more than they have won and go into this match having lost four of their last six games in all competitions. Everything points to an Arsenal victory here and I recommend backing the Gunners to get ahead early in this one – that usually happens when they are victorious. Arsenal have led after 30 minutes in nine of their last 10 competitive wins and if that statistic does not convince you then how about the fact that they have led on the half-an-hour mark in 16 of their last 20 successes. When the Gunners win they tend to strike early, and that could prove to be the case again this weekend.

Cardiff City v Liverpool (Sunday 16:00 BST)

Liverpool maintained top spot in the Premier League with a fine 2-0 home win over Chelsea last weekend, but they remained only two points clear of rivals Manchester City heading into this latest round of fixtures and they have played a game more than Pep Guardiola’s side. That means that every time the Reds step out onto the field they are under a huge amount of pressure to make sure they leave it with all three points in the bag, and that means Sunday’s trip to face Cardiff City is a must-win outing for Jurgen Klopp’s men. So will they get the points they need? Nobody will be surprised by the fact that Cardiff are stuck at the wrong end of the table – the only real shock is that they managed to make it to April without being mathematically relegated. They have sprung a few surprises over the season and most of their wins have come at home, but none of those upsets have been headline-grabbing and their home victories have been few and far between. There is a huge gulf in quality between these two clubs and that should be there for all to see as Liverpool aid their title push with a comfortable win in Wales.

Chelsea v Burnley (Monday 20:00 BST)

Chelsea’s bid for a top-four finish suffered a setback last weekend, but a 2-0 defeat at league leaders Liverpool was hardly a hammer-blow to their chances of sealing a place in next season’s Champions League through domestic competition. Maurizio Sarri’s men are fourth in the table heading into the Easter weekend but they do have Manchester United and Arsenal breathing down their necks at this time, so the pressure is on them to collect three points here. In fact, by the time they step out onto the pitch they could find themselves down in sixth place if results have gone against them elsewhere, so this meeting with Burnley is a huge one. The Clarets have failed miserably to build on a sensational 2017/18 campaign that saw them secure a place in the Europa League, but they have now won three straight to pretty much secure top-flight football for next season and they head to Stamford Bridge knowing that the last time they visited this stadium they pulled off a surprise opening-day win last season. Chelsea have won both meetings since then though, including a 4-0 demolition of the Clarets at Turf Moor last October, and they have now won three of their last four Premier League games while going unbeaten in their last seven top-flight games at the Bridge. In fact, Sarri’s men, for all of their failings this season, have lost only once in front of the home fans in the league this season and they have rarely conceded either. Five of their last seven home wins in the top tier have come by a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 scoreline and we could see more of the same here.

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