This Premier League preview sees the first of the 3pm kick offs, with vital games involving two of the bottom four sides.

Southampton vs Hull – Saturday 29th April 2017 – 15:00

Hull City v Southampton - Premier LeagueSouthampton are 4/6 with Manolo Gabbiadini at 100/30 to score first.

Southampton welcome Hull City to St.Mary's in the Premier League, with the Saints looking to recover from their midweek defeat.

The Saints come into this match on the back of a 4-2 defeat away against Chelsea, in a cracking midweek match.

Eden Hazard (5) scored the opening goal of the match for the league leaders, the early goal a hammer blow for the Saints.

Oriol Romeu (24) returned from a two-match ban to equalise against his former club, with Gabbiadini providing the assist.

Gary Cahill (45+1) gave Chelsea the lead for the second time in the match, just before half time with a crucial header.

Diego Costa ended his recent goal drought with a second-half double (53, 89), to give Chelsea a 4-1 lead.

Another former Blue in Ryan Bertrand (90+4), scored the Saints second goal of the night but it ended 4-2.

Mixed Season

The Saints have had a reasonably mixed bag throughout the season, that result ensures they remain in 9th place.

That is now back to back defeats for Southampton, albeit against top sides Manchester City and Chelsea.

Despite their mixed run of form they have had a good season, also reaching the EFL Cup final.

Claude Puel's side will be looking to catch West Brom, who have a four-point advantage but the Saints have a game in hand.

Saints Favourites

Southampton come into this match as favourites, with their excellent home form informing the bookies.

This will be a tough fixture for Claude Puel's side, with Marco Silva's side battling for their lives at the bottom.

The Saints will be looking to avenge the result earlier in the season, which saw them lose 2-1 to Hull at the KCOM Stadium.

St Mary's Stadium

Spirited Tigers

The Tigers come into this match on the back of an excellent win, a 2-0 result against Watford.

Hull City suffered a shocking start to the match, with Oumar Niasse unjustifiably sent off in just the 25th minute.

That didn't stop Marco Silva's side, who could've easily fallen on their sword having to play with ten men for 65 minutes.

Former Red Lazar Markovic (62) opened the scoring for Hull, finally scrambling in just after the hour mark to make it 1-0.

Sam Clucas (71) scored a stunning second just nine minutes later, with the defender volleying Hull home.

Spirit In The Camp

Hull have elevated themselves to another level under manager Marco Silva, with the Tigers out of the relegation zone.

They currently sit 17th in the Premier League table, they remain two points clear of Swansea who also won at the weekend.

The main aim of the season will be to remain in the top flight, they have won three and lost three of their last six games.

Three Points Needed

Hull come into this match as the underdogs, despite their good recent form home advantage has won out.

This will be a tough match for the Tigers, especially with Southampton looking to produce a strong end to the season.

Hull will be looking to improve on their overall record against Southampton, in 13 meetings they have won just twice.

Hull are 4/1 with Oumar Niasse and Abel Hernandez at 8/1 to open the scoring.

 

 

Stoke vs West Ham – Saturday 29th April 2017 – 15:00

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Stoke are 11/10 with Peter Crouch and Saido Berahino at 11/2 to score first.

Stoke face West Ham at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday, with Stoke looking to bounce back from Sunday's defeat at Swansea.

Stoke come into this match on the back of a 2-0 defeat against the Swans, another poor result for Mark Hughes' side.

Fernando Llorente (10) opened the scoring for the home side, with the Spaniard giving the Swans a much-needed goal.

They lead for sixty minutes with a slender lead, but they were able to double their advantage.

Tom Carroll (70) scored Swansea's second goal, a deflected effort with just twenty minutes left.

It was a well-deserved result for Paul Clement's men, with the Swans dominating shots on and off target.

Poor Form For Potters

Their record in the last six has been poor, losing five matches against a variety of sides.

Given that the Premier League is the only thing they have left to play for, they should be putting in far better performances.

They will be looking to register their first win in six matches, their last win coming against Hull.

Stoke have slipped out of the top ten with those poor results, they are in 11th place with just four games left.

Stoke Favourites

Mark Hughes' side come into this match as favourites, despite their dismal run of form.

Stoke will need to be far more clinical in front of goal, they failed to score in the match at the Liberty.

The Potters will be looking to continue their overall record against West Ham, they have won 23 of 57 meetings.

Stoke Bet365Hammers Unbeaten Three

Slaven Bilic's side come into this match on the back of another draw, this time a goalless stalemate against Everton.

It was an excellent defensive display from the Hammers, who nullified the threat of Lukaku.

The visitors dominated possession with 59% of the ball, but it was West Ham who dominated in every other sense.

They registered the most shots (15), compared with Everton's (4) and they limited the Everton to no shots on target.

For Slaven Bilic and his side it is a great performance, although they will feel they should have won.

Wins Needed

West Ham do come into this match in mixed recent form, despite registering just one win in their last six matches.

They have been beaten by Leicester, Arsenal and Hull City in recent matches.

The Hammers now find themselves in 14th place, with this run ensuring they aren't quite out of the relegation battle.

A win against Stoke will mean they stretch their unbeaten run to four matches, and above the magical forty point mark.

Hammers Underdogs

West Ham face a tough challenge against Stoke, with the Potters also desperate to end their poor recent run.

Slaven Bilic's men come into the match as underdogs, with their appalling recent record informing the bookies.

The Hammers will be looking for a first win in seven matches against Stoke.

West Ham are 12/5 with Andy Carroll at 5/1 to open the scoring.

 

 

Sunderland vs Bournemouth – Saturday 29th April 2017 – 15:00

Sunderland-Bournemouth

Sunderland are 15/8 with Jermain Defoe at 4/1 to score first.

Sunderland welcome Bournemouth to the Stadium of Light in the Premier League, with the home side suffering another hammer blow in midweek.

Sunderland come into this fixture on the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat, away to Middlesbrough.

It was the battle of the bottom two sides, with Middlesbrough without a win in 2017 and Sunderland struggling all season.

The match was decided by just a single goal, with Martin de Roon's stunning strike (8), all but consigning Sunderland to the drop.

Sunderland had the better of all the stats except the one that counts, with more possession, more shots on and off target.

David Moyes side now needs a miracle, with just 15 points to play for and 12 behind Hull, relegation appears to be a formality.

Tough Season So Far

David Moyes side have had a tough season, winning just five matches all season.

They come into the match in poor form, with four defeats in their last six matches they have looked in real trouble.

During that time Sunderland have scored just two goals, with both of those coming in the 2-2 draw at home against West Ham.

Even winning all of their remaining five matches wouldn't guarantee them safety, it is unlikely based on their form this season.

Black Cats Underdogs

The Black Cats come into this match as underdogs, with their poor form informing the bookies.

The match against Bournemouth will be a huge challenge for Sunderland, with players playing for their place at the club.

Sunderland will be looking to complete the double over Bournemouth, having won away at the Vitality Stadium.

sunderlandCherries Thumping Win

Bournemouth come into this match on the back of 4-0 win at home against Middlesbrough, with the hosts running riot.

Joshua King (2) continued his fine season for Bournemouth, scoring his 12th Premier League goal.

Benik Afobe scored Bournemouth's second in just the 16th minute, with the game all but over for Middlesbrough at that stage.

Gaston Ramirez was sent off for two bookable offences (20), the first a horrendous dive and the second an appalling challenge just five minutes later.

Marc Pugh registered Bournemouth's third in the second half (65), with Boro in line for a hammering.

Charlie Daniels completed a miserable afternoon for Boro just five minutes later (70), with a well worked free kick.

Stylish Win

Bournemouth responded to the Tottenham defeat in style, it was the perfect response from Eddie Howe's side.

Draws against Liverpool and Southampton have been supplemented with vital wins against Swansea and Middlesbrough.

They find themselves in 13th position, with seven points between themselves and Swansea in 18th.

Tough Match

The Cherries go into this match as the favourites, with their excellent recent record informing the bookies.

Bournemouth will be looking to make it back to back wins, ensuring they reached the coveted forty point mark.

Eddie Howe's side will be looking to avenge the 2-1 defeat earlier in the season, with Sunderland in diabolical form.

Bournemouth are 11/8 with Joshua King at 9/2 to open the scoring.

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Gabbiadini to score first @ 100/30 and Southampton to win 2-1 @ 7/1

Tip 2 – Berahino to score first @ 11/2 and West Ham to win 2-1 @ 10/1

Tip 3 – Defoe to score first @ 4/1 and Sunderland to win 2-1 @ 9/1

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