The great classic of Premier League is back and it counts much more than the table would say: Arsenal-Liverpool smells like fever at pitch, but even though they are far from their recent or past glories, still it is much more dramatic as who loses is out from Champions League race (assuming Arsenal still in…). Crunchy Leicester-Manchester City, while Bielsa menace to unleash the quality against Sheffield. Here’s a complete preview, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool
Saturday, April 03, 2021 – 03:00 PM EDT at Emirates Stadium
Far are the times of Michael Thomas. Also those of Dennis Bergkamp and Robbie Fowler, of Thierry Henry and Steven Gerrard. But what sounds strange is that even those of Jurgen Klopp and Mo Salah seem far, and actually, they are still there and less than a year ago were just invincible. Both will have to deal with the upcoming European fixture: at Real Madrid for Liverpool, at home vs. Slavia Praga for Arsenal.
Even though the Gunners will be favored by not traveling and facing a rival definitely under their level, still the importance is crucial for them both, as Liverpool still have the ambition to lift the Champions League, and Arsenal not only have the ambition to win Europa League, but actually got the necessity to, as it looks like that it will be the only way for them to achieve a Champions League spot: in fact with Liverpool at -5 and Arsenal at -9, and 3 more teams ahead of them, the range for them goes from unlikely almost impossible.
The good thing for the Reds is that at least the Brazilians have been exempted from attending the international break, a much-needed time for resting and recovering. Anyway, it's not like Klopp will play this being distracted by Europe, but psychologically the team could be carried into not giving all till the end. Will they need that? They might indeed: nothing comes easy for Liverpool, that in last 2 months won only 1 game in the Premier League by more than 1 goal gap, and it was against Sheffield.
Arsenal could not be brilliant, but they are hard to beat: 3 defeats in the last 15 Premier games, and only 1 at home in the last 3 months - against Manchester City. Do not expect brilliance, which they haven't been capable of and probably are even less motivated to express.
Leicester vs. Manchester City
Saturday, April 03, 2021 - 12:30 PM EDT at King Power Stadium
The break has really helped Manchester City and their Brazilian colony. The advantage makes them enough safe even to lose this game and do not mind as definitely they are thinking about Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. But Pep Guardiola will be able to rotate largely and still maintain a great quality on the pitch, knowing that Pep very well is aware that not winning is the worst way to prepare the Champions League tie.
The odds on City are pretty good considering how overwhelming they have been. All in all, do not forget that Leicester are third on the table and with a consistent +7 gap over the 5th. But a relaxed City could be even scarier than a motivated one.
Leeds vs. Sheffield United
Saturday, April 03, 2021 - 10:00 AM EDT at Elland Road
Marcelo Bielsa at the final sprint of a season that has been a fantastic one. Maybe the Leicester miracle could have made someone think that it could be repeated, but actually, the 11th place Leeds are currently occupying, and with their level of performance, is one of best thing of this 2020-21. Sheffield Utd. could be the target of a great football afternoon at Elland Road: in 3 of the last 4 home wins, Leeds did it with more than 1 goal gap.
Free Soccer Pick: Leeds -1.5 at -118 (1.85) at Bookmaker