ActiveWins Picks - Premier League Markets03/05/2019
We are at the penultimate weekend of the Premier League, and we still don’t know who will be crowned champions. It has been an exhilarating season, but the end isn’t here just yet.
Our ActiveWins Picks have been performing well in recent weeks, with three of our predicted four Europa League selections coming true on Thursday. The fourth was void because Antonio Rudiger didn’t feature for Chelsea!
So, what are we picking out for this week’s PL fixtures? Take a look below.
Raul Jimenez to Score and Wolves Win – 5/4
Wolves have experienced a dream season on their return to the top flight. They currently sit 7th in the table and Nuno Santo will be keen to guide the Wanderers to the best position that those outside of the supposed ‘top six’ can hope for.
At the forefront of their success has been top-scorer Raul Jimenez. The Portuguese striker has 13 goals in the league and his attacking form has earnt him a permanent move to Molineux this summer. Can he cap off the season in such form? His goal last weekend epitomised what he is all about.
In the six yard box, Jimenez tends to take his chances and at home against Fulham, he will be expecting to get a few openings. Scott Parker’s side have picked up in performances in recent weeks, but Wolves rarely get beat at home. They are undefeated in 10 in-front of their home crowd, so the stats are against the Cottagers.
In fact, Fulham have only won 1 game on the road in the league this season. Take into account that they have lost 15 out of 18 on their travels, and a trip to the Molineux doesn’t look likely to be an enjoyable one.
West Ham vs Southampton – BTTS in Both Halves – 9/1
West Ham at home always produces goals. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s always for the home side, but the Hammers at their own ground is always a decent one for the neutrals.
Their last five fixtures at the London Stadium have resulted in 19 goals being scored. Throw into the mix that Southampton have scored in their last four away games and this Saturday’s fixture could be a little gem in the BTTS markets.
Neither team really have anything to play for, other than creeping up the table for some extra league revenue. West Ham impressed away at Spurs last weekend and their players certainly seemed up for the fight. The same can also be said for the Saints, who participated in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Bournemouth.
Southampton have finally found goals, specifically in the shape of the in-form Shane Long. Can he carry his form into the weekend? We are expecting the Hammers to find the back of the net first, it just depends how strongly Southampton can respond.
Crystal Palace to Beat Cardiff – 7/4
Cardiff’s fate in the Premier League could be finalised this weekend. The odds are heavily stacked against them to survive, as they are five points behind Brighton in 18th place. Unfortunately for the Bluebirds, ActiveWins are expecting their misery to be confirmed on Saturday.
Crystal Palace are ending the season strongly, losing just twice in their last five games, with both of these coming against the heavyweights in Manchester City and Tottenham. Their win at the Emirates was certainly impressive and it showed how dangerous they can be, when they take their chances.
Going forward, Palace should have too much for Cardiff, who simply have to go for the win. Neil Warnock’s team haven’t even scored a goal in their last five fixtures, and his players look bereft of any confidence on the field.
At 7/4, Palace look good for their money to leave Wales with all three points.
Chelsea v Watford – Pedro To Score First 4/1
Pedro is often a player who sneaks underneath the radar at Chelsea. The energetic winger has 12 goals this season and when he’s in the mood, he often sets the tone for the rest of his team.
The Spaniard’s best form has come in Europe and off the back of his goal in Frankfurt, it would be strange for Maurizio Sarri to drop the 31-year-old this Sunday. Chelsea’s spot in the Champions League is not finalised yet, with their remaining two PL games being a must-win.
Stamford Bridge will be expecting a high-tempo performance to reflect the importance of such a game, with Pedro usually being the man to react to such an atmosphere. Watford are certainly no pushovers, but they do tend to leave gaps at the back.
Without a clean-sheet in 12, ActiveWins are expecting Chelsea to prevail on Sunday and Pedro at 4/1 is good value for him to nick the opening goal. Alternatively, the Blues are also 11/8 to win and for the Spanish winger to get his name on the score-sheet.
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