Premier League round 37 preview: Cardiff must win against Crystal Palace to try and beat relegation
There is still plenty to be decided as the penultimate round of matches in the FA Pre mier League approaches. On Saturday afternoon (4 May) Cardiff host Crystal Palace knowing that they simply must win the game at any cost. The following day Chelsea host Watford trying to remain in fourth, while on Monday evening defending champions Manchester City welcome Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium.
First things first
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First up, let’s start with the clash between Cardiff and Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. The Welsh club have lost four of their last five outings and sit third form the bottom, four points from safety with just two games left to play – they are now priced at just 1.020 to be relegated back down to the EFL Championship.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, sit comfortably in mid-table. With precious little to play for other than pride, there is a concern they may not have the right intensity levels to deal with a Cardiff team who must win at any costs.
And while the betting is very close in this one, it is indeed Cardiff who come in as the slight favourites to claim what could be three hugely important points. You can more than double your money by backing the home side to win at 2.60, while Palace come in just above at 2.70 – a draw would appear to be the least likely outcome and is priced accordingly at 3.75, according to Oddsshark.
And we believe that home advantage could well be a decisive factor in this fixture. A narrow, 1-0 win for Cardiff is priced at 9.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$45 pay out, while you can double your money by backing a “No” to both teams scoring at 2.00.
Chelsea must beat Watford to stay fourth
On the Sunday afternoon, Chelsea host Watford knowing that a win will be enough to keep them fourth. The Blues however are without a win in their last three league outings and sit just two points ahead of Arsenal in fifth – nevertheless, they are priced at just 1.36 to finish in the top four.
Watford, meanwhile, have won just one of their last four league matches and have dropped down to 10th in the process. They will however need to fid their best form ahead of the FA Cup final later this month.
And it is Chelsea who come into this match as the clear favourites to take the points. You can back the home side to win at just 1.40, while Watford are out at 8.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 5.25.
And we believe that this match could well end honours even. A 1-1 draw is priced competitively at 10.00, thereby offering a ten-fold return on any investment, while you can more than double your money by backing under 2.5 goals in the game at 2.30.
City will stay top if they beat Leicester
And finally, Manchester City welcome Leicester to the Etihad Stadium knowing that a win will keep them top of the league. City have won their last 12 league games in a row and sit a point clear at the top of the table – they are now priced at just 1.20 to retain their domestic crown.
Leicester, however, come into this game on the back of some fine form. They have lost just one of their last five league outings and sit eighth in the standings.
But it is of course Manchester City who come into this match as the overwhelming favourites to collect another three points. You can back the home side to win at just 1.12, while Leicester are all the way out at 17.00 to record what would be a shock victory on the road – a draw is priced in the middle at 8.50.
This should be a comfortable evening’s work for the defending champions. A 3-0 win for City comes in at 9.00 while you can more than double your money by backing a combo bet of a City win, coupled with a “No” to both teams scoring at 2.05.
Premier League round 37 fixtures:
Friday, 3 May
(1.61) Everton x Burnley (6.25); draw (4.00)
Saturday, 4 May
(4.00) Bournemouth x Tottenham (1.85); draw (3.60)
(2.20) West Ham x Southampton (3.10); draw (3.50)
(1.50) Wolves x Fulham (7.00); draw (4.00)
(2.60) Cardiff City x Crystal Palace (2.70); draw (3.75)
(9.00) Newcastle x Liverpool (1.33); draw (5.25)
Sunday, 5 May
(1.40) Chelsea x Watford (8.00); draw (5.25)
(9.00) Huddersfield Town x Manchester United (1.30); draw (5.50)
(1.36) Arsenal x Brighton (9.00); draw (4.50)
Monday, 6 May
(1.12) Manchester City x Leicester City (17.00); draw (8.50)
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