Premier League Match Previews: Week 32 (Part 2)

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Updated: March 26, 2014
Newcastle United

Southampton vs. Newcastle United

Match Date: 29 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: The Friends Provident St Mary’s Stadium

(Featured image: Newcastle United | Source: Zimbio)

 

Southampton’s ascent to the top half of the Premier League table is testament to the side’s resilience and hard work. Of course, they still have some issues to fix and inconsistency is one of them; yet, they managed to make both ends meet and maximize every opportunity given to them. The Saints have picked up six points from their last three matches, with only the last one ending in a defeat. They have already bagged a 45-point score from all their tourneys, which is substantial enough to prevent them from going back to the drop zone.

 

Newcastle United, meanwhile, are now five points closer to seventh placers Manchester United after earning all the spoils from their brawl against struggling Crystal Palace. Papiss Cisse ensured a last-gasp victory for his side by clinching a very late opportunity at St James’ Park. The Senegal international, who was thrice prevented by Palace keeper Julian Speroni from scoring, powered substitute Hatem Ben Arfa’s cross home in the last minute of stoppage time to seize a 1-0 triumph with his first goal since January.

 

Online betting tip: This match will showcase a series of equalizers which will eventually lock both sides in a stalemate.

 

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Stoke City vs. Hull City

Match Date: 29 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Britannia Stadium

 

Stoke and Hull are nearly equal in some respects. The sides are only a few points apart and occupy the table’s middle portions. The Potters have excellent skills in aerial duels and draw in plenty of plaudits for the resilient squad that they are and for the impressive strategies they employ at creating chances via through balls.

 

The Tigers, in comparison, capitalize mainly on their ability to create long shot opportunities to make impression. They are also good at stealing the ball from their opponents, which is a discipline that many other English clubs are lacking of.

 

Both clubs, however, show poor skills in possession and often commit errors that can actually be abated by proper planning. Head to head, the sides have each obtained four points from their last three meetings.

 

Football betting tip: With neither of the sides showing significant dominance, Stoke and Hull will hold each other in a deadlock.