Premier League: Mane, the main man…

There are three Premier League games televised live today, with the highlight being Liverpool‘s trip to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle.

The Reds suffered a heavy defeat in Barcelona midweek, which will in all likelihood end their Champions League campaign for this season. Defeat tonight could also end their attempt to win the Premier League.

Their record away at Newcastle isn’t great – they haven’t won in their last four attempts – while Newcastle have won six of their last seven home games. In addition, former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez will be keen to promote his credentials if this is to be his last home game as Newcastle manager. A tricky game then.

That said. Liverpool have been extremely focused during this run in, winning their last seven matches. We think they will make it eight with a win tonight, and look to Sadio Mane to deliver the decisive blow. The Senegalese star is quoted best price at 6/5 to score during the game but we can get 10/1 that he scores with his head. Given he did so twice in his last league match, we’re prepared to take that on.

The early afternoon clash sees Tottenham traveling to Bournemouth seeking the three points that would guarantee them Champions League football next year.

Like Liverpool, Spurs have to recover from a bruising defeat in the Champions League midweek, and have to do so with a smallish squad. Still, they can recall Heung-min Son who was suspended midweek, and his freshness is likely to be decisive.

Bournemouth are a talented side, but they do leave space for the opposition to play and Son could relish this. We’ll take the Korean to score at least two goals today.

The third game, actually taking place in the early evening, sees Cardiff hosting Crystal Palace needing three points to try and avoid relegation.

Cardiff enter the game in not particularly great form, they have lost eight of their last 10 league fixtures, winning the other two. However, they have much more to play for today. Palace are safe while Cardiff trail Brighton by four points with only two games to go. They have to win today, and this could breed desperation if the game isn’t going their way.

We don’t want to predict the result of this game, Cardiff have more to play for but Palace are the more talented team. But we think the desire to win could result in a few tackles flying in. Harry Arter is the fourth most booked players in the league this season, and he’s 2/1 to see yellow today. However, we’ll side with his midfield partner Aron Einar Gunnarsson at 9/2 to be booked.

Recommendations:

Bournemouth/Spurs: Son to score at least two goals, 1 pt, at 15/2, William Hill

Cardiff/Palace: Gunnarsson to be booked, 1 pt, at 9/2, SkyBet

Newcastle/Liverpool: Mane to score with a header, 1 pt, at 10/1, SkyBet

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