Premier League Preview Week 33+

West Ham v Burnley

As the Premier League nears its conclusion, there is still plenty to play for with competition heating up for survival and for the European places at either ends of the table. At the bottom, Norwich, Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Watford, West Ham, and Brighton still have time to win and lose points in the final five games. The Europa League and Champions League places are also still wide open too as Chelsea, Manchester United and Wolves have closed the gap on third placed Leicester recently. There are some huge fixtures taking place this week, Norwich have two vital games against Watford and West Ham in five days which could seal their Premier League fate. Elsewhere, Arsenal face Leicester and the Gunners will be looking to make a late bid for Europe. Outsiders Sheffield United will also be looking to keep their European dreams alive as they face in form Wolves.

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Watford v Norwich

Watford have picked up just one point in four matches since the Premier League restart. Nigel Pearson’s side have conceded six goals in their last two matches, scored only two in the last four and are the third lowest scorers in the league (29 goals). However, Watford have gained most of their points at home this season and have lost only two of their last 10 at Vicarage Road in all competitions.

Norwich have struggled for form recently and, following their 1-0 defeat to Brighton last week, are now on a six-game losing streak. During this run, Norwich failed to score in five matches and have found the net once in their last six, leaving them bottom of the Premier League goal scoring charts (25). The Canaries have secured just two away points in their last nine fixtures on the road, scoring just three goals in these games.

Isaac Success is ruled out for Watford with a calf injury, while Gerard Deulofeu and Daryl Janmmat will also be out with knee injuries. Norwich will be without Grant Hanley (thigh), Christoph Zimmermann (thigh), Moritz Leitner (groin) and Sam Byram (thigh).

Both teams come into this match in poor form and, with neither finding the net of late, a tense and scrappy goalless draw could be likely.

Watford – 8/13

Draw – 3/1

Norwich – 9/2

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Manchester City v Newcastle United

Man City’s inconsistencies continued at the weekend as they lost 1-0 to Southampton, their second loss in five since the restart and their third loss in six. City’s home form is better as they have won four consecutive games and seven out of their last eight at the Etihad. However, Pep Guardiola’s side have only beaten Newcastle once in their last three meetings.

Following the Premier League restart, Newcastle and Man United are the only unbeaten teams. Steve Bruce’s side have picked up 11 points from a possible 15 since the restart, scoring 10 and conceding four. The Magpies have also notched up three consecutive away wins in all competitions but have conceding the fifth highest amount of goals on the road this season (30).

Man City vs Newcastle

Sergio Aguero will be out for the remainder of the season for City with a knee injury. Newcastle could see Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff return from injury, but will be without Florian Lejeune (thigh) and Ciaran Clark (ankle).

Newcastle will certainly make things difficult for a stuttering City this week, but the worst time to play City is after they lose. Newcastle may snatch a draw, but City will be clear favourites for this fixture.

Manchester City – 1/8

Draw – 8/1

Newcastle United – 20/1

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West Ham v Burnley

Following their comeback against Chelsea last week to win 3-2, West Ham look as if they will fight for every point available during the run-in. They followed this result with a 2-2 draw away to Newcastle and sit four points off the relegation places. The Hammers have only lost once in their last four games at the London Stadium and have scored nine goals in the process. But West Ham do have a poor recent record against Burnley having lost three of their last four meetings.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley side appear to have their sights set on Europe after an excellent run of form recently. They have only lost once in the first four matches since the restart and conceded just one in their last three. Burnley’s away record is also impressive as they have lost just one of their last five away games and winning three.

Robert Snodgrass is ruled out for West Ham with a back injury while Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson could be back in contention. Burnley will be without Matt Lowton (ankle), Jack Cork (ankle), Ben Gibson (knock) and Ashley Barnes (groin). Ben Mee is likely to feature after a slight hi flexor strain.

West Ham will be desperate to stretch their short unbeaten run at home but Burnley will be difficult to break down which may lead to a closely contested score draw at the London Stadium.

West Ham– 21/20

Draw – 12/5

Burnley – 11/4

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Sheffield United v Wolves

Sheffield United appear to have turned things around after their poor form following the restart. Chris Wilder’s side lost three and drew one of their first four games back in all competitions but are now two games unbeaten after dismantling Spurs 3-1 then drawing with Burnley 1-1. They have an excellent home record having lost one in their last eight at Bramall Lane and conceding only five goals during this run.

Wolves suffered their first defeat after the restart this weekend, losing a tight game 1-0 to Arsenal. Prior to this, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side won three consecutive games without conceding a goal. Wolves have an excellent away record this season and won four of their last five matches on the road and have the third best defence away in the league having conceded 17 in 16. They have a good recent record against Sheffield United, losing one in their last six encounters.

John Lundstram (shoulder), John Fleck (groin), Luke Freeman (knock) and Leon Clarke (knock) are all ruled out for the Blades. Wolves have a fully fit and available squad.

Although Sheffield United have an excellent home record, this will be one of their toughest matches yet. Wolves will be looking to bounce back from defeat and may win by the odd gaol against a Blades side still struggling to find their rhythm since the restart.

Sheffield United – 14/5

Draw – 11/5

Wolves – 11/10

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