Sam Hendry on the weekend’s football – all the best bets picked out
Swansea City could provide the upset of the weekend on Saturday evening when they take on Chelsea.
Carlos Carvalhal’s side are winless in five and would be in even greater danger of relegation if it weren’t for the continued incompetence of Southampton and Stoke.
They were on the end of a thrashing from Manchester City last week, but they are hardly the first team to have suffered that fate and I don’t expect that to have any bearing on their performance this weekend.
As well as reaching the FA Cup final last weekend, Chelsea have won their last two league outings to put them back in with a shout of finishing in the top four, but their season has been blighted by inconsistency.
Just when it looks like they are on the verge of rediscovering the form that won them the title last season, they have fallen to surprising defeats.
Away from home against a side fighting for their Premier League survival, I fancy Chelsea to slip up and take Swansea to provide an upset.
Manchester United are rightfully heavy favourites when they host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.
United have already beaten Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea in 2018 and have the best home defensive record in the league, conceding only eight goals in 17 games.
Arsenal’s season, as it has done for some time, hinges on their Europa League campaign which is hanging in the balance after Thursday’s draw with Atletico Madrid.
Arsene Wenger will not want to mark his last match at Old Trafford with a heavy defeat, but with the return leg in Madrid coming up this week he will surely heavily rotate his squad.
That will leave the door open for United to strengthen their hold on second spot and I would advise backing them to win to nil.
The weekend’s action is rounded off at Wembley on Monday where Spurs host Watford, who will have to be wary of the in-form Christian Eriksen.
After their defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals last week, there will once again be no trophy for Mauricio Pochettino, yet he must ensure his side do not switch off from the season early with Champions League qualification not yet sealed.
They shouldn’t have much trouble picking up the necessary three points against a Watford side who have only picked up one point away from home since November.
Watford are 12th and have probably done just enough to ensure survival, but after making such a strong start under Marco Silva, it’s been a slightly underwhelming season for the Hornets.
Harry Kane has, as usual, been the man getting the goals, but it’s Eriksen who has been Tottenham’s standout player this season.
The Dane is having the best goalscoring season of his career and he is a decent bet to score anytime here.