Game Week 32 of of the Premier League will be played out over seven days as the FA Cup Semi-Finals dominate the weekend’s play.
The race for the top four has never been hotter, with just eight points separating Leicester in 3rd from Everton in 8th.
The action gets underway at Goodison Park as both Everton and Tottenham fight to stay in touch with the top six.
Elsewhere, Man U look to apply token pressure on Man City with a win over the Clarets, Leeds bid for their fourth straight league win when they meet the current champs and the Gunners take aim at relegation bound Fulham in a poor man’s London derby.
Our office offside oracle has taken a fine tooth comb to all ten GW32 fixtures and dished up his best betting plays below!
UCL qualification chances are hanging by a thread for this pair, with Everton currently sitting in 8th place, one point adrift of Tottenham in 7th and a further six points behind the Hammers in 4th.
It’s been a similar narrative for both sides this season, the Spurs peaked in GW11, sitting atop of the table before hitting a wall, while the Toffees held out to GW15 before spiralling from 2nd to 8th!
The Toffees have largely struggled at home, winning five of their 15 games for the season (7L,3D), while managing just one win across their previous eight league fixtures at Goodison!
To be perfectly frank I have zero confidence in either outfit at the moment, Tottenham are one Jose’ press conference away from completely imploding, while Everton are playing with less confidence than a fat kid in gym class.
Seven of the last ten Spurs fixtures have finished with over 2.5 goals scored and with both teams desperate to secure all three points on offer, I’ll be backing in the ‘Overs’ here.
West Ham heads to Newcastle in the search of their third straight league victory and the chance to consolidate their position inside the top four.
The Hammers are a joy to watch at the minute, led by Man U loanee Jesse Lingard, the Londoners have scored three goals in each of their last three matches.
Similarly, the Toons haven’t been gun shy, scoring twice across their last two outings while also conceding at a steady rate.
With the Hammers last three PL matches all finishing with 5+ goals, I’m more than happy to take the value on offer for over 3.5 here!
From a goal feast to a goal fast!
Wolves vs Sheffield United is set to be anything but exciting, with the comps plotters taking on the league’s underachievers.
The Blades are racing towards relegation, with four losses on the trot and one goal across the trip.
Meanwhile the Wolves needed an injury time strike to sneak past the comps other easy beats in Fulham.
Adama Traore managed to break his season duck against the Cottagers last time out and should be able to carry his teammates to another low scoring win here.
Speaking of underachievers…
Arsenal take to the park against Fulham in London Derby devoid of excitement.
After showing signs of life at the start of the year, Fulham have return to their underwhelming selves, losing four straight fixtures and all but sealing their Premier League demise.
The Gunners have struggled to hang with the top six teams this year, though Arteta’s side has flourished when it comes to putting away the cellar dwellers, claiming five from five wins against bottom four outfits, scoring 15 goals to one across the trip!
Arsenal has one easiest runs home and should start pushing towards a top 8 finish with a win to nil here.
The Red Devils look to keep their slim title hopes alive when they welcome the Clarets to Old Trafford early Monday mooring (AEST).
United are out to pick up their fifth win on the bounce after seeing off Man City, West Ham and Tottenham at the expense of a single league goal!
Four of the last five league fixtures between this pair has seen one team remain scoreless, with United claim three of said matches!
Man U held the Clarets to nil at Turf Moore earlier this season and I’m backing the to do so again at the theatre of dreams!
Leeds welcome the reigning champs to Elland Rd as they look to claim back-to-back league upsets after seeing off City 2-1 in GW31.
The Reds head into this fixture off the back of a disappointing performance against Real Madrid in their UCL quarterfinal 2nd leg, failing to register a score and waving goodbye to their hopes of a trophy this season.
The quarterfinal knockout now means that Klopp’s side will have to breach the three point gap to West Ham in fourth, to ensure Champions League football next season.
Both outfits are searching for their fourth league win on the trot here, each scoring in their last four meetings against one another.
The Reds claimed a 4-3 victory against the Whites earlier this season and I’m expecting them to get up in another high scoring affair here.
The Blues squad depth is about to be tested as they line up for their fourth fixture in ten days, following matches in both the UCL and FA Cup!
This shouldn’t bother Thomas Tuchel too much, with the German manager showing his system can stand the test in the PL regardless of the personal filling each role.
Just three of the 18 competitive fixtures Chelsea have played under the tutelage of Tuchel have gone over the 2.5 goals mark.
With fatigue a likely factor here, I’m backing the Blues to grind out a low scoring win in this one.
Tottenham make their second appearance in this preview, playing out a rescheduled GW29 fixture against the Saints.
Neither outfit carry particularly good form heading into this match, both claiming just one win from their previous four PL outings.
The Spurs take a rest advantage into this game, with the Saints likely to throw everything they have at their FA Cup semi against the Foxes over the weekend.
Last time this pair met the North Londoners took the match 5-2, with Son Heung-Min putting away four goals, all of which were assisted by Harry Kane!
Tottenham have a whole lot more riding on this fixture than the Saints, as such I’m backing them to show up in a big way here!
Much like Chelsea, Man City come into their Game Week 32 fixture off the back of two cup fixtures.
Then Citizens have relished this fixture in the past, winning the last four league meetings with the Villans with a 15-1 goal aggregate.
The Sky Blues have made a habit of scoring early, netting in 21 of their 31 league games before the half hour mark.
I’m backing City to take a huge leap towards the league title with a commanding performance at Villa park here.
Game Week 32 finally wraps up on Friday morning (AEST), when the Baggies travel to King power stadium in search of their third league win on the trot.
A win for West Brom here could see them leapfrog Fulham into 18th place, five points behind the Toons in the safety zone.
This fixture is equally as important to the Foxes, who are attempting to avoid a third straight league defeat and remain inside the top four, with West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool all nipping at their heels.
Brendan Rodgers is not only dealing with a host of injuries to key players, he has also had to suspend a few starting pieces following their disregard for Covid protocols.
The Foxes look like they’re about to repeat the same meltdown they suffered last season, when the missed out on UCL after looking an absolute lock at the halfway point of the season.
I’m backing a huge boil-over here, with the Baggies completing their second upset over a top four side in three weeks.