The fight to secure European places continues unabated as English teams fighting for qualification to UEFA competitions come head-to-head in the latest fixtures. Join us as we lift the lid on the Premier League and offer some interesting options for EPL betting in Week 34.
After struggling with defeats in their first two games back after lockdown, the Gunners have seen a timely return to form as they take on Leicester City off the back of four successive wins. Now just six-points adrift from fifth place and a qualification spot into the Champions League – Manchester City decision pending, Arsenal find themselves back in contention for elite European football next season.
Although the Gunners lost the reverse fixture 2-0 earlier this season, Arteta’s Arsenal are yet to taste Premier League defeat at the Emirates this year. Revamped and infused with confidence, Arsenal fans will look to their captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to once again lead the firing-line and add to his 19-goal tally.
Having finally picked up their first win since the break with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace, Leicester City have momentarily halted the advances of their close rivals in the table. Sitting in third place with both Chelsea and Manchester United hot on their tail, the Foxes need to secure their first three points away from home since New Year’s Day if they wish to play amongst Europe’s best next season.
With Brendan Rodgers casting “big doubts” over the fitness of Ben Chilwell and James Maddison, the Foxes enter the Emirates as a wounded yet dangerous animal. Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy needs only a whiff of a chance to capitalise; all eyes will be fixed on the Englishman as he hunts down his 22nd goal of this season.
The Gunners are favoured to come out on top, with Arsenal at 13/10 (2.30) to win, while the chances of Leicester City are measured at 21/10 (3.10). Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy is at 11/10 (2.10) to add to his tally, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is at 19/20 (1.95) to score get one goal closer to the Golden Boot.
Conceding eight goals without scoring any in the last three fixtures has left Crystal Palace looking ragged and ripe for the picking. With a tricky home London derby against Chelsea on the cards this Tuesday, Roy Hodgson must look to freshen things up and reshuffle his team.
The Eagles may take positives knowing that the pressure is on for Chelsea to not slip-up as they continue their close battle for Champions League football. While not expected, the prospect of Palace shocking the Blues and taking advantage of their leaky defence is not out of the realms of possibility.
Back to winning ways after delivering a 3-0 thrashing at home to Watford last Saturday, the Blues travel across London to Selhurst Park to take on their neighbours Crystal Palace this Tuesday.
Lampard’s team have been mostly exceptional since the restart, beating the likes of Manchester City, Leicester City and Watford, however, a 3-2 loss to West Ham has exposed a chink in their armour. Knowing full well that the loss of three points will leave them vulnerable to Manchester United, Chelsea fans will demand their team once again come out on top this midweek.
Looking more like their old selves of late, Sheffield United have secured four points in their last two fixtures, beating Tottenham and scoring four goals after enduring somewhat of a drought.
The Blades welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers this Wednesday evening and know that a win could put them within one point of sixth place, leaving them in a strong position to secure European football in their first season back in the top flight.
A deserved 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal last Saturday shook the teams around Wolves back into life, with Wolves sixth-place position coming under increasing threat. With their eight-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League coming to an end, Nunu’s team look to once again raise their game as they travel to Bramall Lane this Wednesday.
With Wolves having lost only once in their last eight encounters against Sheffield United, Wanderers fans will place the responsibility of securing three points on the likes of their top scorer, Raul Jimenez, as well as their breakout star Adama Traore. Should they put the Blades to the sword with a midweek win, Wolves could propel themselves above the Red Devils and into a Champions League spot.
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