Weekend Premier League Preview : Big Week Down at the Foot of the Table

Premier League Preview
Last Updated : 9th April, 2018 By Steve A

Event Venue: Premier League grounds, Saturday 14 to Monday 16 April. Live on Sky Sports and BT Sport.

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It's another important weekend in the Premier League and it's one that could see a relegation and the title won. Our preview looks ahead to the top games being played this weekend.

Huddersfield Town v Watford - Saturday 14 April 3pm

Huddersfield Town continue their battle to stay in England's top league. They start the weekend four points clear of the relegation zone but having played a game more than Southampton who are more than likely to lose at home to Chelsea in the Saturday lunchtime game. If they do manage to stay up, they desperately need a striker or two for next season with just 26 goals scored in the Premier League this term. 

Their next two games are both at home with Watford and Everton being the visitors and they probably need at least four points from these matches. That's because their last three league games are away to Manchester City and Chelsea before a final match at home to Arsenal. This game against Watford is their most winnable fixture with their opponents in fairly rubbish form at present. Huddersfield have gone five league games without a win but a win at West Brom and a home victory over Bournemouth has kept their head above water but they have only won one of their last eight home league matches.

Watford start the weekend in 12th place and nine points above the bottom three so just about safe.  They have gone four league games without a win since the near compulsory win against West Brom at the start of March. Watford have no wins in their last nine away league games earning just one point at Stoke City and scored just two goals in those matches and none in the last five. With stats like that, Huddersfield have to be backed to win this but in a match with under 2.5 goals in it.

You can get odds of 4/1 on Huddersfield to beat Watford and under 2.5 goals in the game with Betfair (18+ Ts & Cs Apply)

Tottenham v Manchester City - Saturday 14 April 7.45pm

How delighted fans of Manchester City must have felt when finding out the time this match kicks off but it's something that will happen more in the future. Manchester City have lost their last two games and have that tough comeback bid against Liverpool in Europe's top club competition before this trip to Wembley. They blew their chances of clinching the Premier League title last Saturday but are still 13 points clear of United so they probably aren't worrying too much about not eventually being crowned champions particularly as their final three home games are against Swansea, Huddersfield and Brighton.

The two losses to Liverpool and Manchester City saw them concede six goals which is uncharacteristic of the league leaders and now they face the likes of Kane, Alli, Eriksson and Son. City have just one loss in their last 19 away league matches but take on a Spurs side who have won their last two home games against City and haven't lost a home league game since their first match against Chelsea and that's their only home loss in the Premier League in 34 games. Tottenham have won their last four home games without conceding a goal and are chasing a seventh straight win in the Premier League as they try for a second or third place finish. A home win is definitely on the cards here.

Get odds of 6/4 on Tottenham beating Manchester City with Sun Bets (18+ Ts & Cs Apply)

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion - Sunday 15 April 4pm

Manchester United delayed the Manchester City title winning celebrations last week but know it's only a matter of time before their neighbours win the title. If City can win at Tottenham on Saturday, then a United defeat by West Brom will win them the title, though a draw will just about do the same considering the massive gap in goal difference.

United are determined to get second spot at least and are four points ahead of both Liverpool and Tottenham with a game in hand on the Reds. They have won their last five league games and scored at least twice in all of them. The last five home league games have been won and in the Premier League, no side outside of Manchester has won at Old Trafford since January 23, 2016 and it's difficult to see that record being broken here.

Defeat at Old Trafford could see West Brom relegated to the second-tier of English football. They start the weekend bottom of the table and ten points from safety and with games still to play against Liverpool and Tottenham, they are a doomed side and to be honest, have looked that way for a long time. Albion have one win in their last 31 league games and three in the last 42 so they really have been a relegation waiting to happen for a fair while with just four points from their last 15 away league games, scary stats indeed.

Current odds for Manchester United to beat West Brom and over 2.5 goals in the game are 3/4 with Ladbrokes (18+ Ts & Cs Apply)

West Ham United v Stoke City - Monday 16 April 8pm

The Monday fixture sees Stoke City battling for their Premier League life as they travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham United. It' going to be an anxious weekend for them as they see how the teams around them in the relegation battle fare. Ideally, they will want Southampton to lose to Chelsea and will be fearing home wins for Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town.  

If results go against them, Stoke could find themselves seven points from safety but if they go in their favour, an away win here could take them to within a point of safety so anyone interested in Stoke is going to be glued to the football scores at the weekend with fingers and toes crossed.

None of the other scores will matter at all though if Stoke can't start getting some wins. They have gone nine league games without a victory and in those matches earned just four points and lost the last four in a row. With no wins in their last 12 away league games and three of their last five games away from home, it's all looking rather bleak for Stoke City but a win here and the fact their last two games of the season are against Palace and Swansea might give them some hope.

West Ham have flirted with relegation all season but four points from their last two games have greatly improved their position. This is a vital game for them though as once this is out of the way their final four games are against sides all currently in the top nine. They have only lost one of their last six games and should be able to get a victory to just about get them safe. These two teams have conceded 121 Premier League goals between them this season so a bet on a 0-0 draw isn't going to be advised. 

Get odds of 21/20 on West Ham beating Stoke City with William Hill (18+ Ts & Cs Apply)



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Statistics


  • Stoke City have gone nine league games without a win.
  • Five of the last seven West Ham games have had over 2.5 goals scored in them
  • West Brom have lost six of their last seven away league games.
  • Manchester United have won their last five home league matches.
  • Huddersfield Town have only scored in one of their last five league games.
  • Watford have failed to score in their last five away league games.
  • Tottenham have lost one of their last 34 home league matches
  • Manchester City have lost their last two away league games against Tottenham.


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