Norwich v West Ham
It was heartbreak for the hammers on Thursday night as they crashed out of the Europa League semis, though it’s not all doom and gloom as they have the opportunity to qualify yet again this season.
A win here would put them just three points behind Man United in sixth, though in truth with it looking likely that both domestic cups will be won by sides in the top-four, seventh would be enough for a European spot, albeit in the conference league.
Domestic form has been an issue for David Moyes’ side as they’ve focussed on European duties, and just three wins in 11 now is not a record they’ll be satisfied with. That run includes no victories in their last four, though up against already relegated Norwich they’ll be confident they can right those wrongs.
The Canaries have lost all 12 outings this season against sides placed seventh or higher, and are winless against the current crop of top-half teams, scoring in just four of 17 such matches. With the London side still having something to play for, we’d expect an immediate response from midweek, and a win-to-nil looks the play here seeing as they’ve won all five other matches against relegation zone sides, conceding just twice.
WEST HAM TO WIN TO NIL
Leicester v Everton
Everton just won’t let go in the Premier League, with a victory over Chelsea last week keeping safety in their own hands. They now face a Leicester side reeling from their Conference League exit to Roma in midweek, and will be hoping they can capitalise on that diffidence here.
These two sides played out a 1-1 draw not so long ago, with Richarlison’s late equaliser enough for a point at Goodison Park, and ultimately we feel this will be another game separated by fine margins. The Foxes are now winless in four as their season looks to be fizzling out into mid-table mediocrity. They’ve nothing much to play for, and with Everton up for the fight we’d expect a tough game for the hosts here.
However, Everton have the worst away record in the league having only won once on the road, with that victory coming at the Amex back in August, and they’re yet to pick up a single away point in 2022. That certainly won’t fill them with confidence, though they’ll fight to the very end and we’ll back them on the handicap as the only games they’ve lost by more than a single strike in their last 10 have come at the hands of Liverpool and Spurs.
EVERTON +1 HANDICAP
Arsenal v Leeds
Arsenal are very much in the heat of a top four battle at the moment, and with North London rivals Spurs hot on their heels this is certainly a must win game.
Leeds certainly aren’t safe from relegation yet either, and despite just one defeat in six their fate isn’t in their hands. They are looking like coming into some sort of form though, with that one defeat coming at the hands of Man City which is certainly nothing to lose sleep over. The return of Kalvin Phillips has been key to that, and they look far more defensively resolute with the England international martialling the back-line.
The Gunners have been exceptional at home all season, with their only defeats on home soil coming against the three sides above them and Brighton, winning six of eight unbeaten home games against bottom-half sides. While we’d expect the hosts to come out on top, Leeds’ new defensive resolve leads us to believe they can keep this tight, and the handicap is worth backing.
LEEDS +1 HANDICAP
Man City v Newcastle
Having unforgivably let a two goal lead slip in stoppage time at the Bernabeu, Man City are going to have to dust themselves off if they want to win a trophy this year, and any slip up in the remaining few games may prove fatal with Liverpool in a hot streak of form and just one point off the pace.
That’s easier said than done against this Newcastle side though, who have climbed from relegation candidates to a top-half side in a matter of months. A narrow 1-0 defeat to Liverpool ended their four game winning streak, and while they are much improved, their record against top sides doesn’t bode well here.
The Magpies have lost 10 of 12 winless matches against sides currently in the top-seven, losing all eight encounters with the top-five.
Although disheartened by midweek events, Pep Guardiola’s side will be determined to finish this season with a trophy and potentially prevent their rivals Liverpool from completing the quadruple. We’d imagine there would be no let up in this clash, and with Newcastle losing three of their last four away games, including a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Spurs, we’ll back a hefty home win.
MAN CITY -1 HANDICAP
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