Premier League Match Previews: Match Week 33 (Part 1)

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Updated: March 31, 2014
Manchester City

Manchester City vs. Southampton

Match Date: 05 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Etihad Stadium

(Featured image: Manchester City | Source: eurosport.yahoo.com)

 

Manchester City nearly outscored Chelsea at the table’s summit if not for the equalizer thrown by a briskly determined Arsenal side, who they fought against at the Emirates Stadium on weekend. Still arming the XI weapon which proved effective in thumping Manchester United on midweek, City did not fail to unleash the necessary stunts in the earlier exchanges of the match. However, in spite of Manuel Pellegrini’s men opening the scoring via David Silva, it was Arsenal who illustrated the stronger determination as they leveled through Mathieu Flamini in the second half. This put The Citizens still two spots away from regaining their supremacy.

 

Creative maneuvers, brilliant tactics, and impeccable discipline—all these contributed to the headline-worthy victory of Southampton at Newcastle United. A brace from Jay Rodriguez and goals from Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana bolstered the Saints’ hopes of completely veering away from the relegation zone and paving their way to a Europa League seeding. The four-goal clean sheet was riddled by plenty of sub-plots but was nonetheless flooded with plenty of chances which the winning side created 14 times in the first half alone. The highly impressive performance of Mauricio Pochettino’s lads moved them upwards to number eight, which is enough to celebrate for a positive goal difference and total earnings of 48 points.

 

Football betting tip: Although Southampton impressively turned their shortcomings around with their recent successes, they may not be able to subdue the monster that is Manchester City. Expect the hosts win this tourney in a very tight scoring.

 

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Aston Villa vs. Fulham

Match Date: 05 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Villa Park

 

Aston Villa and Fulham both have some issues that need to be addressed in the soonest possible time and in the most effective manner. The sides have several players sidelined and the absences might lead to major disappointments as seen in their most recent fixtures.

 

The Villlans were trounced by Manchester United on a battle that saw Paul Lambert’s men take the early lead but consequently lose sight of the net after the Moyes side decided the win with goals from Rooney (2), Mata, and Hernandez. The Cottagers, meanwhile, suffered a more heartbreaking defeat as they were assaulted by Manchester City with a five-goal clean sheet—making their relegation struggles even more traumatic. Stagnated on the same scores as the previous week, Aston Villa and Fulham are currently ranked the 12th and 20th (bottom) spots, respectively.

 

Sports betting tip: Although both of these sides were rendered losers in their respective latest battles, Aston Villa have the greater potential at earning all three points than Fulham.