By News Team
30th April 2021
Top of the bill in the Premier League this weekend sees Manchester United take on old rivals Liverpool. United need to win to delay Manchester City potentially winning the title while Jurgen Klopp’s side are desperate for the points to keep their top four hopes alive.
With a whole host of matches up and down the country, we take a look at the pick of the action below. Use our bet calculator to work out your potential winnings.
Liverpool face tough task as hopes of a top four finish fade
All eyes will be on Old Trafford on Sunday as Manchester United and Liverpool battle out a long-held rivalry, with the Premier League season drawing to a feisty finale for European places.
United have no such worries about that and are one game away from a place in the Europa League final.
Win that and they will automatically get a Champions League spot.
However, they all but assured of that already as they are lying snugly in second in the table and, 12 points clear of fifth, need only one more win from their remaining five games to sew it up.
Last time out in the league, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men failed to turn their dominance into three points, with a 0-0 draw against a resilient Leeds side.
Despite their Thursday efforts in Rome, United will certainly be up for this as they look to hammer a potentially fatal nail in Liverpool’s Champions League qualifying coffin.
Klopp’s men have had a pretty disastrous campaign but can at least salvage some pride by winning this.
However, their frailties were sorely exposed by lowly Newcastle last time out when the Reds led for most of the match only to concede a 96th minute leveller.
The reigning champions are sixth in the table with five games to go and could be seven points behind Chelsea by the time this kicks off.
Liverpool will be nervy at the back and United have the speed up front to expose their backline.
A wild West London derby in store at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea looked fantastic at times against Real Madrid in the week and will surely have too much power against relegation-threatened Fulham.
Thomas Tuchel’s side would have won but for Karim Benzema’s brilliance and the only danger for backers is that they have one eye on next weeks’ second leg.
The Blues are no home bankers though. They were outplayed by Brighton last time out at Stamford Bridge and could easily have lost.
However, they know a win here will go a long way to securing that final Champions League berth. Incredibly you have to go back to 1979 for the last time Fulham won at the Bridge in a Division 2 clash.
The Cottagers are seven points from safety and look down and out. Scott Parker’s men have picked up just one point from their last five league games and have suffered some late blows in a couple of those games not least last time when they conceded a 97th minute equaliser at the Emirates.
Not that they deserved to win that as a mediocre Arsenal dominated for most of the game.
Newcastle keen on staying out of relegation battle
After spoiling Liverpool’s afternoon at Anfield, Newcastle can move a step closer towards retaining their Premier League status when they take on Arsenal on Sunday.
Steve Bruce’s side showed a never-say-die attitude to earn a last-minute equaliser in their 1-1 draw against Liverpool, and they should be high on spirits when welcoming Mikel Arteta’s men to St James’ Park.
Arsenal needed a late goal to rescue a point against Fulham and will also have their sights set on the second leg of their Europa League semi with Villareal next week.
The Toon are one more win away from being safe for another season and can be backed at 27/10 to get it.
They say you should never back odds-on away from home but that has changed this season with the lack of fans leading to more teams enjoying greater success on their travels.