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Premier League Preview - Week 31

The Premier League title race is ramping up with Man City now just six points adrift of league leaders Arsenal with a game in hand. Pep Guardiola's team have been in devastating form and welcome a Leicester side under new manager Dean Smith, while Arsenal take on a struggling West ham at the London Stadium. Check out our preview to the weekend's action and if playing online casino is your entertainment of choice, head over to and play over 3,500 online slots and premium live tables!


Saturday 15th April

Aston Villa v Newcastle United

Unai Emery has transformed Aston Villa from relegation candidates to European hopefuls since succeeding Steven Gerrard. Ollie Watkins looks rejuvenated up-front, whilst John McGinn is delivering consistent performances in midfield. 

Villa have a tough game on their hands, however, as Newcastle have been in stunning form since the beginning of March and they’ve accrued wins over Manchester United, West Ham, and Brentford. A win for Eddie Howe’s side would cement their top-four credentials even more and add more points to the most impressive Magpies season for more than 20 years. 

Unai Emery’s side aren’t far off Europe themselves, though they’ll need to win as many games as they can if they wish to play Europa League football next season. 

Aston Villa v Newcastle United, Villa Park, kick-off 12:30 pm GMT.

Chelsea v Brighton

Chelsea vs Brighton is the first of the weekend’s 3 pm games and the two clubs couldn’t have had more different seasons, with the serial-winners Chelsea enduring their poorest Premier League season ever and Brighton recording their best. 

The Blues recently re-appointed Frank Lampard on an interim basis, but the legend’s second spell got off to a poor start with a defeat to Wolves.

Chelsea currently sit 11th in the table, whereas Brighton are in the hunt for a top-six finish. 

Chelsea v Brighton, Stamford Bridge, kick-off 3 pm GMT. 

Everton v Fulham

Relegation-threatened Everton will host Fulham in another 3 pm game this Saturday, the visitors still without Aleksandar Mitrovic following his suspension. 

The Toffees have won just one out of their last six games, whilst Fulham’s form has taken a turn for the worse recently as they’ve sunk down to 10th. 

Fulham have, however, enjoyed a far better 22/23 campaign than Everton and their downturn in form can be explained due to Mitrovic’s absence. 

Sean Dyche’s side have had their issues, too, with the perpetually-injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin missing most of the season and Ellis Simms being unproven at the elite-level.

Everton are only above the drop-zone on goal-difference, and a win is essential if they wish to avoid the chaos at the bottom of the table. 

Everton v Fulham, Goodison Park, kick-off 3 pm GMT. 

Southampton v Crystal Palace

Bottom-of-the-table Southampton were thrashed by Manchester City last week, though their next opponents are a lot more of a realistic target. 

Crystal Palace were impressive in their 5-1 demolition of Leeds last week, and the club went a long way in securing their survival hopes. A win at St Mary’s would all-but-secure safety for 22/23, though most Palace fans would still call this campaign a failure. 

Southampton are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table and any hopes of a great escape would be extinguished should the Saints fail to pick up any points here. With Southampton set to play Arsenal and Newcastle in late-April, they are running out of games against opponents near them in the table. 

Southampton v Crystal Palace, St Mary’s, Kick-off 3pm GMT. 

Tottenham v Bournemouth

Bournemouth may sound like soft opponents for Tottenham, but the Cherries have an impressive record against teams in the top six this season, the 9-0 loss to Liverpool aside. 

Spurs could reach as high as third if both Newcastle and Manchester United lose their respective fixtures, whereas Bournemouth could go six points clear of the bottom-three. Heung Min-Son recently reached 100 Premier League goals, and he and Harry Kane need to be firing on all cylinders if the managerless club wishes to play in the Champions League next season. 

Tottenham v Bournemouth, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, kick-off 3 pmGMT.

Wolves v Brentford

Wolves achieved an impressive win over Chelsea last week, and the Midlands club could pull even further away from relegation-trouble should they beat Brentford this Saturday. 

The Bees suffered a defeat to Newcastle last week, though they could overtake Liverpool should they win at Molineux. Interestingly, the three Premier League meetings between these clubs have ended completely-evenly, with both clubs winning one game each and the other ending in a draw. 

Wolves v Brentford, Molineux, kick-off 3 pm GMT. 

Manchester City v Leicester City

Saturday’s football will be capped-off with a meeting between title-chasing Manchester City and relegation-threatened Leicester City. 

The Sky Blues are still very much in the title-picture, and a win over The Foxes will put even more pressure on Arsenal. With Guardiola’s side producing one of their finest-ever European performances against Bayern Munich earlier this week, the frankly-poor Leicester seem like flimsy opposition. 

Dean Smith’s side will need to pull-off a shock victory here if they wish to launch themselves out of the relegation zone, however considering City’s quality, this remains very unlikely. 

Manchester City currently trail Arsenal by five points, however the Sky Blues have a game in hand. 

Man City v Leicester, Etihad Stadium, kick-off 5:30 pm GMT. 

Sunday 16th April 

West Ham v Arsenal

The enthralling 22/23 title race will continue at the London Stadium on Sunday 16th April as the troubled West Ham United host the league leaders Arsenal. 

West Ham produced an impressive performance away at Fulham last week, a result that probably saved David Moyes from the sack. The Hammers are far from safe, however ,and they’ll need their finest performance of the season to avoid defeat by Mikel Arteta’s side. 

Arsenal must win every game if they’re serious about lifting a first Premier League title since 2004, something that’ll be easier said than done considering the quality of their remaining opponents.

The trip to West Ham marks one of their final ‘easier’ fixtures, though we all know what can happen in the English top-flight. 

West Ham v Arsenal, London Stadium, kick-off 2 pm GMT. 

Nottingham Forest v Manchester United

Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest are currently in the drop-zone on goal difference, but a victory over Manchester United could lift them as high as 16th. 

A victory over 4th-placed United is a tall order, however, with the Red Devils set to include Casemiro back into their starting XI after the Brazilian served his suspension. 

Manchester United need the three points just as much as their relegation-threatened opponents, however, as they are currently embroiled in a battle with Newcastle and Tottenham over the last Champions League place. 

Nottingham Forest v Manchester United, City Ground, kick-off 4:30 pm GMT. 

Monday 17th April 

Leeds United vs Liverpool

The weekend’s football concludes as Leeds United host Liverpool at Elland Road on Monday.. 

Leeds United were once-again thrown into the relegation battle last week following a thrashing by Crystal Palace, and the Yorkshire club must beat Liverpool to keep their survival-hopes in-tact. 

Leeds defeated Liverpool at Anfield back in October , and the Reds have endured an utterly-average season. Last week’s pulsating 2-2 draw with Arsenal showcased the best and worst of this Liverpool side, however, and Reds fans will hope that the encouraging result finally gives them momentum. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side may have left it too late to seriously challenge for the Champions League spots, though a top-four finish is still mathematically possible. Liverpool will, however, need to display a level of consistency not seen this season to get there. 

Leeds United v Liverpool, Elland Road, kick-off 8 pm GMT.






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