Premier League Match Previews: Week 32 (Part 1)

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Updated: March 26, 2014
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Manchester United vs. Aston Villa

Match Date: 29 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Old Trafford

(Featured image: United | Source: BBC)

 

In front of more than 75,000 spectators (not including television viewers), Manchester United saw themselves finish as the underdogs after failing to strike a goal and concede three to derby rivals Manchester City. Edin Dzeko scored a brace before Yaya Toure rounded off yet another miserable night for David Moyes. The coach’s inability to replicate United’s past glory is currently a hot issue in the English football scene. The side are having one of their worst seasons ever. In fact, it has been so disappointing that they do not even have the guts (or capacity?) to obtain sure berth in UEFA’s second-tier football next season.

 

Amid the positive ruckus they picked up from thumping Chelsea the previous week, Aston Villa seemed to have lost their focus and suffered a 4-1 assault from Stoke City. This marked the latter’s very first away win in seven months while the former incurred their 14th loss this season. The unreliability of The Villans’ defense made it possible for their opponents to breach their firewall. Christian Benteke gave the hosts an early lead but Stoke dominated thereafter. Peter Odemwingie, Peter Crouch, Steven Nzonzi, and Geoff Cameron all scored for the guests.

 

Football betting tip: A draw will mark this tourney’s end.

 

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Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea

Match Date: 29 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Selhurst Park

 

Still fighting for safety, Crystal Palace have gone back and forth into the relegation zone. They are currently one spot adrift of the drop zone but their very poor form otherwise tells an extremely volatile condition in the English top-tier league. Their past five matches have only yielded them two points and four of those fixtures rendered them goalless. Indeed, Tony Pulis was able to pull off some impressive surprises but even his most effective antics still fail to put his side in a really secure situation.

 

Chelsea made a historic success on weekend after they obtained their largest win ever at fellow title chasers Arsenal. The 6-0 thumping proved decisive of both sides’ fate in the league—a comfortable dominance atop the rankings for José Mourinho’s men and a slippery dwindle of Arsene Wenger’s lads into the fourth place. The unexpected result was a morale booster for The Blues, especially that they were also very successful at archenemies Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool. And now, Chelsea just rounded off the four-way feat.

 

Sports betting tip: Chelsea will easily earn all the points from this battle.