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As we move ever closer to the climax of the Premier League season, the competing teams are preparing to navigate the penultimate weekend of the campaign.
With so much to play for and the clamour for points incredibly intense, every remaining fixture has the look of a pivotal contest and supporters keen to follow developments are being treated to 7 live Premier League fixtures between Friday and Sunday evening.
As always, bet365 have a range of potentially lucrative individual player specials and markets available for this week’s televised games, and as usual FST have been poring over the statistics to find you the best selections from each.
Check out selection of player special betting tips for the weekend’s televised Premier League fixtures below:
Idrissa Gueye – over 61.5 passes – 5/6 (EVERTON vs Burnley, Friday 3rd)
With 3 wins and clean 3 clean sheets on the spin at Goodison Park against a trio of the Premier League’s most illustrious clubs, Everton will be keen to close out their home campaign with another 3 points against Burnley this evening.
The Clarets rank 3rd last in the Premier League for average possession per game this season, having kept the ball for only 43.4% of their matches this term.
Everton have been making strides to improve their ball retention under Marco Silva, and the Toffees should enjoy the lion’s share of possession against long-ball specialists Burnley.
Defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye will expect to see his passing stats climb beyond his usual 52.9 per game average against the Clarets, and it’s interesting to note that the 29-year old has hit passing numbers greater than his average on 10 separate occasions in the league this season already.
Considering the factors at play, we think Gueye is priced brilliantly at 5/6 with bet365 to play over 61.5 passes again this weekend.
Ryan Fraser – over 0.5 assist – 5/2 (BOURNEMOUTH vs Tottenham Hotspur, Saturday 4th)
Bournemouth will fancy their chances of taking a point at least from their lunchtime time kick-off Premier League fixture, against a Tottenham side that will have one eye on their Champions League Semi Final second leg with Ajax next week.
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to shuffle his pack with that continental tussle in mind, and Bournemouth will be hoping to take advantage of what should be a weaker than usual Spurs XI.
Creative Scottish attacking midfielder Ryan Fraser has been carving defences open with routine precision this season, and the 25-year old is currently joint top of the Premier League assists charts with Eden Hazard on 13.
Fraser, has however, failed to create a goal against any of the Premier League’s top 6 teams this season, and Saturday’s game against Tottenham represents his final opportunity to do so.
Spurs’ personnel reshuffle is bound to open up plenty of avenues of approach for Fraser at the Vitality Stadium, and we’re tipping the diminutive winger to grab over 0.5 assists at 5/2 with bet365.
Wilfried Zaha – over 0.5 shots on target – 4/7 (Cardiff City vs CRYSTAL PALACE, Saturday 4th)
Crystal Palace have every right to feel confident about their chances of taking maximum points at Cardiff this weekend.
Since the turn of the year, only Manchester City (21) have won more away points in the Premier League than Crystal Palace (16).
The Eagles have won 4 of their last 5 on the road, losing only at Spurs in that run, and their talismanic winger Wilfried Zaha has played a huge role in helping Palace to so many away day successes.
Zaha has scored 5 goals in his last 6 away league games for the Eagles – in fact, 8 of his 9 Premier League haul for the season were plundered in fixtures away from Selhurst Park.
The fleet-footed Ivorian attacker has averaged 2.1 attempts on goal per Premier League appearance in 2018/19, with 0.7 of those hitting their mark.
With Zaha’s reputation for producing the goods in away game record for Palace firmly established, we think he looks great value at 4/7 with bet365 to register over 0.5 shots on target against Cardiff City on Saturday.
Isaac Hayden over 2.5 tackles – 8/15 (NEWCASTLE UNITED vs Liverpool, Saturday 4th)
Despite Liverpool supporters’ suggestions to the contrary, Newcastle and their manager Rafa Benitez will be desperate to end their St. James’ Park league campaign on a high with a positive result against the title chasing Merseysiders.
The Magpies will expect to be without the ball and plugging defensive holes for large swathes of Saturday’s contest, and combative midfielder Isaac Hayden will be a vital cog in Newcastle’s flow disrupting machine.
The 24-year old anchorman has averaged a bone-crunching 3 tackles per Premier League appearance for Newcastle this season, and Hayden made 4 tackles or more in 10 of his 19 starts for the Magpies overall.
Hayden is almost certain to have a heavy defensive workload on Saturday against a rampant Liverpool team, making him a great shout at 8/15 with bet365 to make over 2.5 tackles.
Luke Shaw over 60.5 passes – 6/5 (Huddersfield Town vs MANCHESTER UNITED, Sunday 5th)
In a season where Manchester United’s midfield and forward play has struggled to function, Luke Shaw has regularly found himself as the starting point for the team’s attacking moves.
The left-bank ranks 3rd for United for average passes (56.8) played per Premier League match this season behind midfielders Paul Pogba (58.8) and Nemanja Matic (66), and with his team stuck in a bit of a rut at present, Shaw is likely to see plenty of the ball again against Huddersfield on Sunday.
Interestingly, Shaw played his 3rd highest number of passes (78) in a single Premier League game in the reverse meeting between Man Utd and Huddersfield on Boxing Day, and in total the 23-year-old has played over 60.5 passes in 10 different league games this season.
We’re backing Shaw to hit similar passing numbers at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday, and you can grab odds of 6/5 with bet365 on him doing just that.
Glenn Murray under 2.5 shots – 8/13 (Arsenal vs BRIGHTON)
With 5 defeats and 2 draws in their last 7 Premier League games, Brighton are having to endure a pretty miserable end to the 2018/19 season.
To compound that misery, the Seagulls’ top-flight safety and status is not yet secured and final Premier League fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester City look just about as tough as they come.
Veteran striker Glenn Murray has been looking leggy after the rigours of a long, and largely productive campaign for the 35-year old.
Murray is Brighton’s leading Premier League scorer with 11 goals this season, though only 3 of those goals were registered in 2019. In total, Murray has scored just once in his last 13 games for the Seagulls in all competitions.
To his credit, Murray has amassed his impressive overall goal total this season despite being one of the more underserviced strikers in the division.
Murray has averaged just 1.4 shots on goal per game this season, and he managed to rack up over 3 shots in just 6 of his 28 Premier League appearances overall this term.
With those numbers considered and Murray’s recent poor goal-getting form thrown in on top, we think he is priced generously at 8/13 with bet365 to hit under 2.5 shots at Arsenal on Sunday.
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