Premier League Match Previews: Week 32 (Part 4)

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Updated: March 26, 2014
Manchester City

Arsenal vs. Manchester City

Match Date: 29 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Emirates Stadium

(Featured image: Manchester City | Source: Zimbio)

 

Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal gave him a career-defining moment—but for reasons that can readily halt any celebration. It ended up as a tragic display of a 6-0 Chelsea rout, leaving their title hopes on the rocks. A massive mistake in the formation, a poor rear-guard action, and a confusing identity all contributed to the massive and utterly embarrassing result for the side. As a consequence, they slipped into the fourth spot and would need additional bullets for them to at least regain sure seat in next season’s Champions League.

 

On the other side of the coin, Manchester City earned a moral boosting victory that gave them even more reasons to aim for the championship. Manuel Pellegrini’s men easily dominated the local derby against Moyes’ Manchester United, scoring a goose bumps-inducing 3-0 win at Old Trafford. Edin Dzeko scored twice while Yaya Toure sealed the conquest. This put The Citizens three points off the top of the league table with two games in hand on Chelsea.

 

Football betting tip: This battle should spark some thrilling maneuvers, but Manchester City will ultimately end up as the better side.

 

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Fulham vs. Everton

Match Date: 30 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Craven Cottage

 

Struggling to save another top-tier league appearance for next season, Fulham should move mountains for them to escape relegation. The current bottom occupants have the worst records this season, having incurred the most number of defeats, the lowest earned points, and the largest number of goals conceded. The side’s campaign is almost over and while there are still a few more weeks to retaliate, obtaining the necessary points to bag safety would prove very difficult and to some extent, dangerous. The side did win over Fulham two weekends ago, but it was not enough to extinguish a burning possibility of a league exit.

 

With 57 points under their belt and ranking within the top five, Everton are having their best standing (so far) in five seasons. Only six points separate them from fourth-placers Arsenal and they have a good chance at converting their current Europa League opportunity into a Champions League qualifying. Form-wise, they apparently have some of the better results than the other top-tier clubs. In fact, they are unbeaten in three straight matches.

 

Sports betting tip: The scoring will be largely dominated by Everton.