The Premier League returns this weekend for the final stretch of the 2020/21 season after pausing for the international break. There are 9 Matchdays left with relegation and European qualification still to play for.
LIVERPOOL CLOSE TO IBRAHIMA KONATÉ
Reports have emerged in the last few days that Liverpool is closing in on RB Leipzig CB Ibrahima Konaté. He hasn’t featured much for the last two seasons due to injury, but he’s been impressive when I have seen him play.
I know that many people who have been watching his development at Leipzig over the last 4 years feel he has greater potential than his teammate Dayot Upamecano who is bound for Bayern Munich in the summer. The 21-year-old has a €40 million release clause and would be a great addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Ibrahima Konaté – Liverpool’s New Signing ?— CF Comps (@CF_Comps) March 29, 2021
HOW IS STEVE BRUCE STILL IN A JOB?
Before the international break, Newcastle faced Brighton in what was one of their biggest games of the season. Steve Bruce went without a recognized striker against The Seagull’s who had only won once at home all season prior to this game. That lack of ambition lasted the whole 90 minutes as Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle sat on the bench unused.
It was an abysmal performance, and it looked like the players had stopped playing for Bruce. The majority of the footballing world, including me, expected him to get fired, but that news never came. Instead, news broke that Bruce was staying on, and he had approved six days off for the players during the international break. An absolute joke.
To rub further salt into the wound, Gayle has just signed a new 3-year deal tieing him to the club till he’s 34. He has started just two games in the Premier League this season and has never proved himself at this level. He is a solid Championship striker with 47 goals in two seasons, and it looks like the club is preparing for life in the second tier of English football.
A recent poll by The Chronicle resulted in 95% of voters (13,351) calling for Bruce to be sacked, and he’s lucky fans aren’t allowed in the stadiums right now. St James’ Park would be a very hostile environment at this moment, and Mike Ashley would be forced to pull the trigger. Rumors are circulating that getting rid of Bruce would cost Newcastle’s owner £4 million in compensation, and he is reluctant to pay it.
I support Newcastle, and it’s getting beyond farcical. It’s also disappointing to see Bruce’s friends in the media blame the fans, the players, and Ashley before holding him accountable. Is it truly unrealistic for me to expect the team to have a defined playing style, game plan and give 100% for the full 90 minutes?
🗣 "They're still living in Alan Shearer, David Ginola, Les Ferdinand that unbelievable Newcastle team. They've got to get realistic, we have this conversation once a week every month for the last five years."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 20, 2021
Paul Merson says Newcastle need to be more realistic pic.twitter.com/0wS4XXAywf
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Here are the 2020-21 Premier League Matchday 30 Betting Lines.
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY 30 BETTING LINES
ODDS & ENDS
- Thomas Tuchel has done wonders to Chelsea’s backline. Backing them to Win to Nil YES at -139 is a great way to kick off this weekend’s action.
- Leicester City will have a real go in this game, and I’m confident they will be able to find the back of the net. Parlay Manchester City Money Line and Both Teams To Score Yes at +225.
- I think Brighton or the Draw at +140 is great value considering the performances they produced before the international break.
- Back West Ham on the Money Line at +150. The Hammers are in fantastic form against a Wolves side who have struggled for consistency for this season.
- Handicapping Tottenham -1.5 Goals at +170 is worth backing against an awful Newcastle side low in confidence and short of ideas in the final third.
- I like Liverpool on the Money Line at +118 to beat Arsenal. This international window would have been a good break for everyone at the club, and they will come back focused.
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