Football Preview: Five matches to consider for your weekend acca
Build your betslip with a bunch of matches taking place the weekend in all of the top leagues with promotion chasers, top six contenders and relegation threatened clubs all in action.
We’ve picked out a handful of the tasty match ups to help add some extra steel to your weekend accumulator.
Norwich v West Ham (Sat, 12:30)
Can the Hammers put the final nail in Norwich’s coffin? Both teams need the three points with relegation looming. If Norwich fail to win, its Championship football next season for the Canaries.
David Moyes will be desperate to pull further away from the bottom three on Saturday lunchtime and West Ham are 19/20 favourites to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Burnley in midweek.
Norwich have been rock bottom since pre-Christmas and have all but accepted their fate with trips to Chelsea and Manchester City still to come. They are on a six-game losing streak having scored only one goal in the process. They’re 27/10 to secure only their sixth win of the season.
The Hammers will be without Robert Snodgrass and Filipe Anderson but will be able to call upon Mark Noble and Sebastian Haller once again. West Ham to win to nil is 5/2 and Haller is 9/2 to score first.
Liverpool v Burnley (Sat, 15:00)
It’s hard to look past the Premier League champions at Anfield given their imperious home record of 57 league games unbeaten.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are 1/4 to add three points to their tally and finish the season on the front foot with a century of points firmly within their reach.
Burnley are back in European contention for next season but three points on Merseyside is a tough task at 11/1. The Clarets have not won at Anfield since 1974 and were well beaten in the reverse fixture this season.
The last four meetings have produced over 2.5 goals with both teams scoring on three of those occasions. Over 2.5 goals is 1/2 odds.
Despite both teams having the most clean sheets this campaign and given Burnley’s recent fine form, it anticipated to be another win for the home side.
Real Valladolid v Barcelona (Sat, 18:30)
We head to La Liga as Barcelona look to keep the pressure on Real Madrid in their title battle.
The home side sit comfortably in midtable and Barca will have the bit between their teeth when they visit Estadio Municipal Jose Zorilla.
The Catalan side will need to win their three remaining games to stand a chance of toppling Real for top spot and they are 1/3 to record an away win.
Antoine Griezmann is again likely to join Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in a familiar three-pronged attack for Quique Setien’s side. Messi is 10/3 to score two or more with Suarez 1/1 to score anytime.
Barca haven’t lost in La Liga since the start of March and we expect the reigning champions to have too much firepower for Valladolid on Saturday night.
Swansea v Leeds United (Sun, 13:30)
The Swans are knocking on the door for the play-offs with one defeat in their last six matches, but Leeds thumped Stoke 5-0 in midweek and will be desperate to tie up automatic promotion.
Marcelo Bielsa has the Premier League in his sights and three points would be a huge step to cementing their return to the top-flight after a sixteen-year absence.
Rhian Brewster has been the one-to-watch for the home side and the Liverpool loanee will be aiming to add to his eight goals so far this season. He’s 13/5 to score anytime on Sunday.
However, Leeds are the 7/10 favourites for victory with a draw the next likely result at 27/10 in South Wales. Swansea are 19/5 to take the spoils and delay United’s promotion charge.
Tottenham v Arsenal (Sun, 16:30)
We round-off our weekend selections with a North London derby. Champions League football is out of the equation for both sides, but a top six finish is still up for grabs.
One points separate them at kick-off with Arsenal 13/8 to win and extend their lead over their rivals. A loss for either club would be a damaging blow, a draw is 12/5 on Sunday with both teams to score a 4/7 shot.
The last two meetings have ended in draws, with both teams scoring, but with Arsenal’s decent form and Spurs’ inconsistency the Gunners could take the spoils.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.