The 2015-16 English Premier League season continues this weekend and the fairy tale could be settled on Sunday night. If Leicester City is able to claim three points against Manchester United they will lift the Premier League trophy and it will be fitting that it is at the Theatre of Dreams. Continue reading for our EPL Week 36 Preview and Betting Tips.
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West Bromwich Albion vs West Ham United (Sunday 12am AEST)
The Hammers returned to winning ways last week against Watford after playing out a draw in their last four Premier League matches. Their chance of playing Champions League football is behind them but they need to continue to win if they want to play in the Europa League as Liverpool and Southampton are breathing down their necks on the table. West Ham is one of the better attacking teams in the competition as Dimitri Payet has been a revolution for the side this season and has created 102 chances for teammates. Meanwhile Andy Carroll has overcame injury troubles to regain form and has scored six goals in his last six appearances for West Ham.
West Brom are currently going through a poor stretch of form as the team finds itself in the middle of the table, safe from relegation but unable to make a charge for a European position. They don’t have much to play for and it has been eight weeks since the side last earned a victory. We aren’t predicting that to change this weekend as the Hammers have a great record against West Brom, even on the road where they won five of the last 11 meetings there, only losing two of those matches.
Everton vs Bournemouth (Sunday 12am AEST)
The Toffees head into this match in the worst form they have shown in years and there is a lot of pressure mounting on coach Robert Martinez. They will need a big performance in this one to end the season strongly as Martinez is a great coach and it would be a shame if he were to be sacked at seasons end due to poor performances from his team. It has been eight weeks since their last victory in the Premier League and they also bowed out of the FA Cup last week when they fell to Manchester United. Their latest 4-0 loss to crosstown rivals Liverpool could be the final straw for the side and they need to turn things around quickly.
Meanwhile Bournemouth has ensured they will remain in the topflight next season despite losing their last two matches. It has been a successful season for them as they were one of the favourites to be relegated at seasons end.
Everton has a massive advantage in the head to head battle between these two sides, as they have never lost to Bournemouth. In the five meetings between these two sides, Everton has won four of them and drew one. We are backing that trend to continue as the Toffees snap their disappointing stretch and earn a victory.
Manchester United vs Leicester City (Sunday 11.05pm AEST)
The biggest match of the round has the Foxes looking to claim the Premier League title after starting the season as 5000-1 underdogs to win the trophy. They are currently seven points clear of Tottenham with three matches to play and the title is definitely theirs to lose after the Spurs could only manage a draw last week. Leicester will be without their goal scoring phenom Jamie Vardy who had his suspension extended due to the way he spoke to the referee after he was handed a red card in their draw with West Ham United two weeks ago. However, that didn’t seem to deter the side against Swansea as they put four past them.
Manchester United has been able to return to a bit of form in recent weeks, as they have reached the FA Cup final after a victory against Everton whilst their success in the Premier League has improved with four wins in their last five matches.
We believe the Foxes will come out and be giving this match everything but the Red Devils won’t want to see another team be claimed champions on their home soil. It will be a close match that will end in both teams splitting the points as the Foxes will have to wait another week before they claim the title and complete their fairy tale.
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur (Tuesday 5am AEST)
Chelsea has had a season to forget, as their defence of the title has been a disaster since the outset. However, the side will have a lot of confidence heading into this one as they haven’t lost a Premier League match on home soil to the Spurs in 25 meetings. They have won 17 of those matches and drew 8 of those.
The Blues returned to winning ways last week on the road against Bournemouth but they face a much tougher task this weekend. The spurs were forced to settle for a draw last week and their opportunity at lifting the Premier League title has all but slipped away. However, it has definitely been a successful season for them as they will play in the Champions League next year and have a lot to build on too. We are expecting the side to break the 25-year drought and earn a victory at Stamford Bridge.
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