Premier League Match Previews: Match Week 33 (Part 3)

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Updated: March 31, 2014
Newcastle United

Newcastle United vs. Manchester United

Match Date: 05 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: St James’ Park

(Featured image: Newcastle United | Source: chroniclelive.co.uk )

 

Newcastle United incurred two of their most heart-wrenching defeats of the season from their last couple of matches. The side scored zero goals against Everton and Southampton and yet conceded seven (aggregate) to put their hopes for a higher place in the top-tier league on the rocks. The Magpies’ defense suffered malignantly and their goalkeeping skills did not make some stunners either. They may be good in creating scoring chances but they apparently lack the initiative to finish them.

 

After enduring a goalless defeat from their derby against Manchester City on midweek, United scored a well-deserved redemption at the Old Trafford with a 4-1 win over Aston Villa. The victory eased the pressure on team manager David Moyes who faced horrendous protests from United fans for his seemingly poor tutelage of the defending champions. Wayne Rooney scored twice while Juan Mata and Javier Hernandez each delivered one. The success gave the side three points to remain in the top seven. They are now only two points away from securing a Europa League berth.

 

Sports betting tip: David Moyes should look forward to another win for Manchester United.

 

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Norwich City vs. West Bromwich Albion

Match Date: 05 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Carrow Road

 

It was a surprise for Norwich City to be beaten by Swansea as the former have never been defeated by the latter in five league meetings before their most recent battle. The downfall was more painful than it already seems as it ended up with the visitors heading home without any goal. A brace by Jonathan de Guzman and a 75th minute goal by Wayne Routledge inflicted a three-goal clean sheet on The Canaries which would count as their third goalless defeat from this year alone. They currently rank in 15th place.

 

West Brom are only three points adrift of the drop zone and a worsening problem on their form just seems to exacerbate the already hostile situation. Their last five top-flight fixtures only gave them one victory, although an additional two points were seized from drawing with Fulham and most recently, Cardiff City. The Baggies are resilient to some extent but this cannot completely cover up for their weaknesses in possession, defense, and susceptibility to errors.

 

Online betting tip: Norwich City will score their ninth win of the season.