This Premier League Preview sees the return of Friday Night Football in the Premier League with a huge London derby. With the other two fixtures taking place on the more traditional Saturday lunchtime and 3pm kick offs.

West Ham vs Tottenham – Friday 5th May 2017 – 20:00 - Sky Sports 1

West Ham

West Ham are 13/2 with Andy Carroll at 8/1 to score first.

West Ham welcome Tottenham to the London Stadium on Friday evening, with Spurs looking to close the gap on Chelsea to just one point.

Slaven Bilic's side come into this match on the back of a 0-0 draw, this time against mid-table Stoke.

It was West Ham's second successive goalless draw, with the match against Everton ending in the same fashion.

The home side had the better of the possession, with Stoke seeing 57% of the ball in comparison with the Hammers 43%.

Stoke also enjoyed the most shots overall, with 19 compared to 12, but both sides had four shots on target.

Ultimately West Ham had the best chance of the match, with Ayew forcing Jack Butland into an acrobatic save.

Home Comforts

The London Stadium hasn't been the happiest of hunting grounds for the Hammers this season.

West Ham come into this match in mixed recent form, they are unbeaten in their last four, with three straight draws.

Their last defeat came in the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal, they would dearly love to all but end Tottenham's title tilt.

The Hammers are on 39 points, with one more point getting them to the magical forty point mark.

Massive Fixture

West Ham face a tough challenge against Tottenham, with the visitors overwhelming favourites to win the match.

Slaven Bilic's side face a Tottenham side who are second in the league, and on the back of an excellent win against Arsenal.

The Hammers will be looking to avenge the 3-2 defeat earlier in the season, but draw on the 1-0 win of last season.


Spurs In Excellent Form

Tottenham come into this match on the back of a massive win, a 2-0 victory against North London rivals Arsenal.

It was an exciting encounter between two sides who love to go forward, with Spurs missing a few early chances.

Dele Alli (55) opened the scoring for Tottenham early in the second half, but he missed a sitter in the first half.

Harry Kane (58) settled the tie from the penalty spot, having been bundled over by Gabriel in the box.

The result ensures that Tottenham will finish above Arsenal for the first time in 25 years, with that three minute period decisive in the match.

Excellent Start For Spurs

Spurs have enjoyed an excellent season so far, they will be looking to consolidate second with a win here.

Mauricio Pochettino and his side are in 2nd place in the Premier League, they will be wanting to close the gap to just one point.

Chelsea don't play until Monday night against Middlesbrough, a win could give Spurs the psychological edge.

Spurs Favourites

Spurs come into this fixture as the favourites, with the bookies favouring Pochettino and his men.

In West Ham, they face a side who have been in solid form but have won just one of their last six.

Tottenham will be looking to make it a 10th consecutive win and a 48th win against the Hammers.

Tottenham are 2/5 with Harry Kane at 3/1 to open the scoring.



Manchester City vs Crystal Palace – Saturday 6th May 2017 – 12:30 - Sky Sports 1

Manchester City

Man City are 1/4 with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus at 5/2 to score first.

Manchester City welcome Crystal Palace to the Etihad in the Premier League, this match is another big game in the context of the top four.

Guardiola's side come into this match on the back of a 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough, another poor result for City.

Former City striker Alvaro Negredo opened the scoring (38), with the Spaniard finishing from outside the box.

Sergio Aguero (69) gave Manchester City parity, with Middlesbrough furious at the award of the penalty.

Calum Chambers (77) was the unlikely source to give Middlesbrough the lead again, with the on loan Arsenal man scoring just 8 minutes later.

Gabriel Jesus (85) rescued a point for City, with the Brazillian completing his first goal on his return from injury.

City In Poor Form

City have been in mixed form of late, with two draws and the defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup.

They have been lucky, with both United and Arsenal completing poor results they still remain on course for the top four.

Guardiola's men will be wanting to secure a third-placed finish as the minimum, they still trail Liverpool by two points.

They will be looking to bounce back immediately, with Palace enjoying an excellent run of form against the big sides.

City Favourites

The match against Palace sees Manchester City emerge as favourites, with home advantage and league position dictating the odds.

They face a Palace side who have all but secured their top flight status, but they have lost the last two matches.

Pep will be looking for City to continue their overall record against Palace, they have won 21 of the 40 meetings.

City_Of_Manc_StadiumSuccessive Defeats

The Eagles come into this match on the back of a 2-0 defeat against Burnley, a rare poor performance from Palace.

Ashley Barnes gave the Clarets an early lead (7), firing home from close range at the second time of asking.

Barnes could have had two goals in the match, luckily for Palace, the officials spared their blushes.

Andre Gray doubled their advantage just five minutes from time (85), with the striker slotting past Hennessey after excellent work from Boyd.

It was an excellent result for Sean Dyche's side, who finally have an away win this season, for Palace it's back to the drawing board.

Eagles Struggling

That defeat means they are now on a run of successive defeats, with both Tottenham and Burnley beating them.

They have recently beaten Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool which makes the recent defeats all the more confusing.

They will have gained an incredible amount of confidence from that run of wins, but they have all but secured their Premier League status.

The job still isn't finished though, and a win against Manchester City will guarantee survival with two games left.

Palace Underdogs

Crystal Palace come into this match as underdogs, with recent results swaying the bookies.

This will be another tough match for Allardyce and his side, with City looking to recover from their recent poor results.

Crystal Palace will be looking for their first win against Manchester City in six matches.

Palace are 9/1 with Christian Benteke at 9/1 to open the scoring.


Bournemouth vs Stoke – Saturday 6th May 2017 – 15:00

Bournemouth are 11/10 with Joshua King at 4/1 to score first.

Bournemouth welcome Stoke to the Vitality Stadium in another Premier League match, with the hosts looking to make it three successive wins.

Eddie Howe's side come into this match on the back of a 1-0 win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Joshua King (88) scored the only goal of the game two minutes from time, with the Cherries hitting Sunderland on the break.

The Cherries dominated the ball with 59% possession, they registered fewer overall shots on goal than Sunderland (15).

But they did create more shots on target (7), and crucially grabbed the only goal of the match through King.

It means Bournemouth have now reached the forty point mark, relegating Sunderland in the process.

Cherries In Mixed Form

Bournemouth come into this match on the back of successive wins, having beaten Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

Defeats against Chelsea and Tottenham were to be expected, as well as draws against Liverpool and Southampton.

Bournemouth will be looking to secure three successive wins, and put pressure on the sides above them.

The Cherries are all but guaranteed another season in the top flight, they are nine points ahead of Swansea with just three games left.

Cherries Favourites

Bournemouth go into this match as the favorites, with Stoke's poor recent form informing the odds.

The Cherries are in excellent form and will be looking to pile more misery on Mark Hughes' side.

Bournemouth will be looking to register their second win of the season over Stoke, and their fifth in 11 meetings.

Stoke Bet365

Stoke Struggling

Stoke come into this match on the back of a 0-0 draw against West Ham, a valuable point given their dreadful recent run.

The home side had the better of the possession, with Stoke seeing 57% of the ball in comparison with the Hammers 43%.

Stoke also enjoyed the most shots overall, with 19 compared to 12, but both sides had four shots on target.

Ultimately West Ham had the best chance of the match, with Ayew forcing Jack Butland into an acrobatic save.

Four Defeats

That result was a good response, especially as they have registered four defeats in their last five matches.

Jack Butland's return will have been the major positive, although Saido Berahino's lack of goals will continue to worry Hughes.

The manager will be demanding greater consistency from his players, they will be looking to build on that result.

Stoke find themselves in 12th place in the Premier League, a top ten finish will be the minimum requirement for Hughes.

Stoke Underdogs

Mark Hughes' side come into this match as underdogs, with their recent poor record informing the bookies.

Stoke will be looking for a first win in three matches, with the 3-1 win against Hull their last win.

The Potters will be looking to continue their overall record against Bournemouth, they have won six of their 11 meetings.

Stoke are 9/4 with Saido Berahino and Peter Crouch at 13/2 to open the scoring.


Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Ayew to score first @ 11/1 and West Ham to win 2-1 @ 20/1

Tip 2 – Jesus to score first @ 5/2 and Crystal Palace to win 3-2 @ 50/1

Tip 3 – Berahino to score first @ 13/2 and Stoke to win 2-1 @ 10/1

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