Meanwhile, Newcastle can move away from relegation trouble with victory over Everton, while Arsenal host Manchester United
The battle for survival in the FA Premier League is promising to go right down to the wire for certain sides, and this coming Saturday afternoon (9 March) Cardiff desperately need all three points when they host West Ham. Newcastle could all but erase relegation fears for another season with victory over Everton, while on the following afternoon Arsenal host old rivals Manchester United.
First things first
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First up, the clash between Cardiff and West Ham on Saturday afternoon. The Welsh club have lost their last three league matches in a row and have slipped into the bottom three, two points from safety – they are now priced at just 1.20 to drop down into the EFL Championship.
West Ham, by way of comparison, sit ninth in the table, their relegation fears having been wiped out with victory over Newcastle last time out. With little left to play for this season there is the danger that they will not play at full intensity this weekend.
And while the betting is close, it is West Ham who come in as the slight favourites to take all three points. You can more than double your money by backing the visitors to win at 2.20 while Cardiff, despite home advantage, are out at 3.25 to do the same – a draw comes in at the same price.
And we are expecting home advantage to be a decisive factor in this match. A narrow, 2-1 win for Cardiff is priced competitively at 13.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment, while a combo bet of a Cardiff win, coupled with both teams to score, is priced at 6.50, according to Oddsshark.
Newcastle look to ease relegation fears against Everton
On the same day, Newcastle could put relegation to the back of their minds for another season at least if they beat Everton at St. James’ Park. The Magpies have lost just one of their last four outings and now sit six points above the drop zone – they are all the way out at 34.00 to suffer relegation this term.
Everton, meanwhile, have taken four points from their last two league outings and sit 10th in the table. A win here could move them up to ninth, but there is no mistaking the fact that this has been a disappointing season for the Toffees.
Again, the betting is tight and again the visitors come in as the slight favourites. You can more than double your money by backing Everton to take the points at 2.62, with Newcastle only slightly higher at 2.70 – a draw would appear to be the least likely outcome and is priced accordingly at 3.20.
And again we believe that home advantage could be key. A 1-0 win for Newcastle is priced at 8.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$40 pay out, while you could more than quadruple your money by backing a combo bet of a Newcastle win, coupled with a “No” to both teams scoring, at 4.33.
Arsenal welcome United in battle for place in top four
And finally, Manchester United travel to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon with both sides battling it out for a place in the top four. The Gunners have won three of their last four league outings and sit fifth in the table, a point and a place below United – they are at 2.87 to secure a top four finish this season.
United, meanwhile, come into this match on the back of a stunning comeback against PSG in the UEFA Champions League. The Red Devils are at 2.10 to finish in the top four this term.
Once again, the betting is close but it is Arsenal who come in as the favourites to collect three evaluable points. You can more than double your money by backing the Gunners to win at 2.20, while United are out at 3.10 to do the same – again, a draw comes in highest of all at 3.50.
And we believe that United’s confidence from that PSG win will carry through into this encounter. A 2-1 win for the visitors comes in at 12.00, while a combo bet of a United win, coupled with both teams to score, is at 5.00.
Premier League round 30 fixtures:
Saturday, 9 March
(1.80) Crystal Palace x Brighton (4.50); draw (3.50)
(3.25) Cardiff City x West Ham United (2.20); draw (3.25)
(3.40) Huddersfield x Bournemouth (2.20); draw (3.20)
(1.57) Leicester x Fulham (5.75); draw (4.00)
(2.70) Newcastle x Everton (2.62); draw (3.20)
(3.75) Southampton x Tottenham (1.90); draw (3.60)
(1.14) Manchester City x Watford (17.00); draw (7.50)
Sunday, 10 March
(1.14) Liverpool x Burnley (17.00); draw (7.50)
(1.50) Chelsea x Wolves (7.00); draw (4.00)
(2.20) Arsenal x Manchester United (3.10); draw (3.50)