ALEX CROOK

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ALEX CROOK PREVIEW: Premier League Gameweek 33

Star Sports football ambassador Alex Crook looks ahead to an exciting Premier League weekend…


🐝 BRENTFORD v SHEFFIELD UNITED ⚔️
Saturday, 15.00

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This feels like a massive opportunity for Brentford to finally end their winless run.

Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Aston Villa means it is now nine names and counting since Thomas Frank’s injury-hit side last tasted victory.

Frank was at least able to take comfort from the character his players showed to battle back from 2-0 down soon after half-time to lead 3-2 before Ollie Watkins rescued a point for the hosts late on.

It also means the Bees have drawn their last three games to start to edge clear of the relegation places, but really need to start turning one point into three to be absolutely certain of Premier League survival.

Sheffield United proved they can be a problem at home by holding Chelsea to a 2-2 draw last weekend, but are a lot more vulnerable on the road than at Bramall Lane.

Brentford have started to look a lot more threatening going forward in recent weeks and Frank made a bold call by starting Ivan Toney on the bench at Villa Park.

That decision paid dividends with Bryan Mbuemo marking his first start since December with a goal and I would expect him to keep his place.

The Frenchman was banging in goals at the start of the season while Toney was banned so I’ll take a chance on Mbuemo to score the first goal at 7/2 with starsports.bet.

The odds of a Brentford to win look a little skinny to me so a home victory with over 2.5 goals in the game and Mbuemo to score at any time at 7/4 is the way to play it.


🔵 CHELSEA v EVERTON 🔵
Monday, 20.00

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Chelsea may not win many games but they continue to lead the way when it comes to their remarkable ability to be consistently inconsistent.

Every time their fans start to believe a corner has been turned the Blues have shown an uncanny ability of slapping them in the face.

It was a familiar story last weekend as Mauricio Pochettino’s side managed to twice take the lead only to draw 2-2 at Championship-bound Sheffield United

That result came only days after the Blues’ emotionally-charged stoppage time triumph at home to Manchester United.

The harsh truth is this inexperienced Chelsea side simply cannot be trusted from one game to the next, which makes them devilishly difficult to predict.

Everton meanwhile picked up a potentially priceless win at home to Burnley, a result that grew in significance when they were handed their latest points deduction of two points for a fresh breach of Premier League spending rules.

With the Toffees now only two points above the relegation zone it is vital they keep picking up positive results and there is a big argument to say this game means more to them than Chelsea, whose main focus now will be next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City.

Despite their lowly league position, Everton have proved themselves to be defensively resolute and have the ability to frustrate their hosts.

Chelsea’s recent failure to beat a Burnley side who played much of the game with ten men will also provide Sean Dyche with belief his side can cause a surprise and I think Everton to win at 7/2 with starsports.bet is a touch overpriced.


⚒️ WEST HAM v FULHAM ⚪️
Sunday, 14.00

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Fulham make the short trip from West to East London on Sunday bidding to bounce back after three games without a win.

Since thrashing Tottenham 3-0 at Craven Cottage, Marco Silva’s side have been really disappointing and they have struggled away from home all season.

Silva should see this game as a chance to end that run though as it is sandwiched between the two legs of West Ham’s Europa League tie with Bayer Leverkusen.

The Hammers have a habit of starting slowly on the back of a European game this season and Moyes may even be tempted to rest players ahead of the second leg.

Backing Fulham on the back of their recent poor run comes with risk attached as it makes me think they are already on the beach having secured their place in the Premier League.

That is leaning me towards the in-form Rodrigo Muniz to continue his purple patch by scoring the first goal at 7/2 with starsports.bet.

Munoz will also form part of my anytime goalscorer treble along with Mbuemo and Morgan Gibbs-White who can get one over old club Wolves when they head to Sheffield United.

Good luck,

ALEX CROOK


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