Premier League Matchday 34 Preview: Leeds Take Big Sam Gamble

Michael Black
Michael Black
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Premier League Matchday 34 Preview: Leeds Take Big Sam Gamble

There are still plenty of issues to be decided in the Premier League, with teams at both ends of the table facing massive games over the next few weeks.

Manchester City’s midweek victory over West Ham United has put them in pole position to win the title, but Arsenal are poised to cash-in if they slip up.

The battle to qualify for Europe will likely go down to the final weekend, while it is a similar story in the fight to avoid relegation to the Championship.

Read on as we take a look at the standout games on Matchday 34 and assess some of the key betting angles to consider.


  • Any one from three for the top six
  • ‘Big Sam’ faces tough Leeds test
  • Goals on the cards at Newcastle

Three Teams Battling for Final Top Six Spot

Liverpool’s recent return to form has fired them up to fifth place in the table and looking near certainties to finish in the top six.

Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa are poised to battle for the other spot and calling a winner is no easy task.

The best UK betting sites rate Brighton as the favourites to get the job done as they have games in hand over the other two teams.

However, they have still to face Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Man City in their last seven matches.

Tottenham’s run-in is more favourable and a home victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday would boost their chances of hanging onto sixth place.

Allardyce Facing Tricky Leeds Task

Leeds United have endured a miserable season in the Premier League and head into their final four matches hovering dangerously above the relegation zone.

They have taken one last throw of the dice this week by sacking manager Javi Gracia and replacing him with Sam Allardyce.

A trip to title-chasing Man City is a tough opener for Allardyce, but he will remain confident about guiding the Whites to safety regardless of the result this weekend.

Leeds face Newcastle (H), West Ham United (A) and Tottenham (H) in their final three games and it is not beyond them to pick up enough points to survive.

Nottingham Forest have some tricky games to come and look a tempting proposition at odds of 4/5 with Sportingbet to go down.

Fans Set for a Goal-Fest at St James Park?

Arsenal visit Newcastle on Sunday desperately needing to collect three points to keep their title hopes alive.

The Gunners head into the game just one point behind Man City, but they have played one game more and need to win all their remaining matches.

Newcastle remain on course to finish in the top four and will view this weekend’s game as an opportunity to demonstrate the progress they have made this season.

With goals a common feature in matches involving the two teams in recent weeks, backing over 3.5 goals at odds of 29/20 could may dividends.

Arsenal have not kept a clean sheet in their last seven matches, while Newcastle are without a shut-out in their last six – statistics that suggest fans could be in for a treat on Sunday.

Premier League Matchday 34 Odds (via Sportingbet)

Manchester City vs Leeds United17/1007/15/1
Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace4/529/103/1
Bournemouth vs Chelsea5/212/511/10
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa15/811/56/4
Liverpool vs Brentford10/2119/55/1
Newcastle United vs Arsenal6/413/58/5
West Ham United vs Manchester United12/513/521/20
Fulham vs Leicester City17/1012/531/20
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Everton7/209/227/4
Nottingham Forest vs Southampton21/2012/55/2