Premier League Match Previews: Match Week 33 (Part 2)

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Updated: March 31, 2014
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Cardiff City vs. Crystal Palace

Match Date: 05 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Cardiff City Stadium

(Featured image: Crystal Palace | Source: itv.com)

 

After losing to Everton and Liverpool, Cardiff City found enough courage and wits to break the losing streak. The side picked up one point from drawing with West Brom at The Hawthorns. The point was not large enough to secure their safety but it was a vital earning to keep their hopes for a Premier League appearance next season intact. The scoring almost paved a sure victory for West Brom but Mats Daehli stunningly fired an injury-time equalizer and successfully leveled the points. The club are still part of the bottom three but they have a moderately good chance at switching places with those above them.

 

Palace’s win at Chelsea counts as one of the most unexpected, impressive, and historic surprises of the season. The side inflicted a major blow to Chelsea’s title bid as they were periled with a fatal league nosedive into the fourth spot. The sides’ forms were utterly contrasting yet the underdogs managed to successfully pull off a difficult barrier against the favorites. The Blues slammed Arsenal 6-0 last weekend for a sixth capital success of the season, but in their 10th London derby, a careless John Terry own goal saw Palace win for a first league victory over Chelsea in more than two decades. It may have been considered a lucky victory but Tony Pulis’ men actually showed robustness in their defense and goalkeeping. The success has therefore put the Eagles two spots away from the drop zone.

 

Online betting tip: Expect Cardiff City and Crystal Palace to share the spoils.

 

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Hull City vs. Swansea City

Match Date: 05 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: The Kingston Communications Stadium

 

McGregor, Brady, McShan, and Dudgeon will be out and unable to play with Hull City while Bartley would be Swansea’s only absence. Aside from having more players on the bench, the hosts also have a less stunning form than their guests. The Tigers are winless for two straight weeks while The Jacks earned vital points from their two most recent top-tier tourneys.

 

Resilience makes the Swansea more ‘dominant’ than Hull, and this brightly reflects on their form. While Steve Bruce’s men are truly capable of creating long shot opportunities, they lack adequate faculties to convert opportunities or defend set pieces. Swansea, while having the ability to protect the lead, also run short with some crucial skills. They can barely fight in aerial duels and often falter when they try to topple their opposition’s best players.

 

Football betting tip: Swansea will lord possession over, but the final scores will eventually render them and Hull City equal.