Matchday 35 is upon us as the title race, battle for fourth place and the relegation fight continue to be enthralling viewing for Premier League fans. Matchday 35’s slate is headlined by a huge clash between West Ham and Arsenal on Monday morning. As always, Jack Tobin has you covered with his best EPL Tips for this weekend.
EPL Matchday 35 Betting Tips
Newcastle vs Liverpool
Saturday 30th April, 9.30pm (AEST)
Newcastle host Liverpool in the opening fixture of Matchday 35, in a clash between the best sides since the turn of the new year. Liverpool are undefeated in 2022 with a 12-2-0 record while Newcastle are 10-3-2 this year. The Reds are coming off a 2-0 win over Everton last weekend, dominating the game with 83% possession and recording eighteen shots on goal to Everton’s nine. Newcastle took care of buisness last week, with a dominant performance in a 3-0 victory against Norwich.
Liverpool success this season has come on the back of their balance in all three thirds of the pitch. Liverpool have the number one ranked attack (80 goals scored), the number two ranked midfield (average 62.9% possession) and the number two ranked defence (22 goals conceded). Jurgen Klopp has his side firing on all cylinders as they keep their dreams of completing the quadruple alive.
Despite their resurgence in 2022, Newcastle have struggled against the top four teams in the Premier League this season, holding a 0-0-5 record with an aggregate score of 1-13. Newcastle have also struggled against Liverpool in recent seasons, with the Reds having a 6-2-0 record against Newcastle in their last eight Premier League meetings. In Liverpool’s fourteen game unbeaten run to start 2022 the Reds have an aggregate score of 35-6, giving great confidence that they can cover the handicap.
Everton vs Chelsea
Sunday 1st May, 11.00pm (AEST)
A 2-0 defeat in the Merseyside Derby last week has seen Everton drop into the relegation zone at the latest point of a season in 22 years. It doesn’t get any easier for Toffees bid for survival, coming up against third placed Chelsea on Sunday evening. With Burnley taking on nineteenth placed Watford this weekend, Everton could find themselves four points away from safety if they can’t pick up points against Chelsea.
Everton’s struggles this season have largely come at the back, being the 16th ranked defence, conceding 55 goals this season. Coming up against a Chelsea side that has scored the third most goals in the Premier League this season (67), the Toffees are going to have their hands full trying to keep Chelsea out. Everton’s struggles in defence has affected their proficiency in attack, where they are the fifteenth ranked attack in the Premier League.
Everton have won only two of their last seventeen games and the club is in a crisis staring down the barrel of their first relegation since 1950-51. Their midfield continues to get dominated each week, consistently losing the possession count which sees each game being largely played in their own half. Thomas Tuchel’s side plays a disciplined brand of football that will grind this struggling Everton outfit into the ground.
West Ham vs Arsenal
Monday 2nd May, 1.30am (AEST)
Arsenal head to the London Stadium two points clear in fourth place after Tottenham’s 0-0 draw against Brentford on Matchday 34. The Gunners take on a West Ham side that has blown it’s top four hopes, winning just one of their last five games in the Premier League.
After a strong start to the ‘21-’22 campaign, The Hammers have faltered in the latter part of the season, with their lack of depth becoming an issue as they balance the Europa League alongside the Premier League. Arsenal have steadied the ship with two consecutive wins, with their 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Matchday 34 giving them control of fourth position on the Premier League table. After going on a three game losing streak that saw them score just two goals, the Gunners have responded with seven goals in their last two games.
West Ham have not enjoyed coming up against Arsenal in recent seasons, with a 0-1-4 record across their last five Premier League fixtures against the Gunners. The hammers were one of the most prolific attacking teams earlier in the season, but have scored just one goal in their last three games. An in-form Arsenal side will be too good for West Ham.
Aston Villa vs Norwich - Norwich +1 ($2.25 with TAB)
Southampton vs Crystal Palace - Southampton ($2.30 with TAB)
Watford vs Burnley - Under 2.5 Goals ($1.75 with TAB)
Wolves vs Brighton - Wolves ($2.70 with TAB)
Leeds vs Manchester City - Manchester City -2 ($2.40 with TAB)
Tottenham vs Leicester - Leicester +1 ($2.15 with TAB)
Manchester United vs Brentford - Manchester United ($1.75 with TAB)