The Premier League is back after what feels like forever considering how thick and fast the games have been coming at us this season! With the League drawing near its conclusion, it is now or never for many teams!
Chelsea vs West Brom
Saturday, April 3rd, 7.30 AM (EDT)
Chelsea host West Brom for the opener of matchday 30 in a clash between the league’s 4th and 19th placed teams.
The two sides are experiencing polar opposite seasons, while Chelsea are trying to secure Champions League football, West Brom are just trying to survive, and as they sit 10 points from a relegation safe position, survival is looking almost impossible.
West Brom’s prospects don’t look great as they head to Stamford Bridge, they have not beaten Chelsea away since 1978, nor have they beaten any London team in London since mid 2016.
However, the last time these sides met at the start of the season the Baggies were 3-0 up within 30 minutes, going on to draw the match 3-3 thanks to a last minute goal from Tammy Abraham.
𝘽𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙞𝙣 𝙗𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘽𝙡𝙪𝙚𝙨! 🔵 Saturday 🔜 pic.twitter.com/FhLdGu6WWL
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 1, 2021
The Chelsea side that struggled to take home a point against West Brom in September is a far cry from the Chelsea side we have seen since Thomas Tuchel took over.
Unbeaten from the last 15 games, and having conceded just 3 goals in that time, Chelsea should have no issue taking all 3 points at home here.
Arsenal vs Liverpool
Saturday, April 3rd, 2.00 PM (EDT)
Liverpool take to the Emirates for a battle between 2 of the premier league’s most spectacular underachievers, and hopefully it will be a more entertaining affair than the last time they met.
Liverpool will probably be happy to be facing Arsenal away seeing as they have not won a home game in the Premier League since mid December when they beat Tottenham 2-1.
Their sudden inability to perform at what was the most feared fortress in the league last season, is nothing short of perplexing, all of their recent success has come from playing away, winning 4 of their last 5.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 1, 2021
That should make for an interesting game as the Gunners have experienced the opposite effect in recent weeks, winning 2 of their last 6 away games, and losing just 1 from their last 8 games at the Emirates.
Diogo Jota, who was Liverpool’s hero in their most recent 1-0 against the Wolves, is coming into this one molten hot after scoring 3 goals over 3 games during the international break, and he will need to be at his best again here.
Arsenal will be looking to Alexandre Lacazette to repeat the heroics he performed against Westham, the Frenchman did not play during the international break, but was playing like Dennis Bergkamp last we saw him against the Hammers, providing a goal and assist.
Newcastle vs Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday, April 4th, 8.05 AM (EDT)
In one of the week’s most important fixtures, Newcastle welcome the Spurs to St. James park for their second clash of the season.
Both sides have heaps to play for here, for the Spurs, a win here could see them move up to a prized Champion’s League position, and after bombing out of the Europa League, a top 4 finish is their only way in.
The Magpies are currently safe from relegation, but that is unlikely to fill them with much confidence as Fulham are just 2 points behind and playing much better football than them.
Can’t wait to get back out there ⏳ pic.twitter.com/79Q2IZYGu0
— Callum Wilson (@CallumWilson) March 30, 2021
The last time these sides met the Spurs choked what should have been an easy win, conceding a penalty in the closing minutes of the game to draw 1-1. This is something that the Spurs have been guilty of at many points throughout the season, taking their foot off the gas and welcoming pressure from their opponent.
In recent weeks they have shown improvement though, picking up some big wins against Palace, Fulham and most recently Aston Villa, a game in which Lucas Moura stole the show with a performance reminiscent of Ronaldinho.
It seems the severity of the position is dawning on Mourinho, who has been lambasted by the press in recent weeks for his lacklustre results, however, with a win here, a top 4 finish does not seem that unrealistic for Spurs, and would surely be enough to secure his place as gaffer.
*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.
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