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In-play betting: Late excitement looms in Turf Moor relegation scrap

The Premier League is reaching the business end of the season and BetStars will be at the heart of the action every step of the way to enhance your betting experience.

We have dozens of markets for every game such as match result, first goalscorer, correct score and time of first goal, but you can also bet inplay on games in the UK and Europe.

For those who like to have skin in the game while watching the big match then live betting is the thing for you and we have the numbers to help you bet smarter.

We have crunched the latest data to produce our football tips for the weekend and suggested where we think it may be wise to play a waiting game in three matches.

Burnley vs Cardiff (Saturday, 3pm)

While most eyes are focused on the dual race for the title and top four, there are a couple of relegation battles this weekend, the most important of which takes place at Turf Moor.

Burnley are eight points clear of third-from-bottom Cardiff who are in danger of becoming cut adrift with just six games to go.

Late goals have played a prominent part for Burnley and Cardiff this season with 14 goals conceded by both clubs in the final 10 minutes, the joint highest in the Premier League.

No team has a higher percentage for allowing second-half goals since the start of last season than Burnley and with Cardiff forced to press the issue in the search for three points, it might be worth backing the Bluebirds in the inplay betting should the scores be level in the second half.

Both of Cardiff's two wins on the road have come in their last six games and they are 16/5 to make it three, but for those who like to place their bets before kick-off it may be worth backing them to win the second half at the same price.

More goals to come in the second half just as there were at the Cardiff City Stadium also appeals at 11/10.

Premier League and European previews

If you're interested in more tips on this week's matches, check out our in-depth previews below:

Southampton vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm)

We landed a 7/1 touch on Liverpool to beat Southampton from behind last week and Ralph Hasenhuttl's side remain a liability despite their upsurge in results.

With 12 of Southampton's last 16 matches involving both teams to score there is scope to get involved with in-play betting, especially against a team like Wolves who reserve most of their goals for the second half.

Exactly 70% of Wolves' goals have come after the break this season, while Saints comfortably have the worst percentage of 52.7% for points taken after taking the lead since the start of last season.

Should Saints go ahead it might be worth getting on Wolves to get a result bearing in mind their second-half record.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side are 47/20 to win the second half for those wanting to place their bets before kick-off, while both teams to score in the second half at 3/1 also looks appealing,

Watford vs Arsenal (Monday, 8pm, Sky Sports Premier League/Main Event)

Watford are the top performers for goals in the second half since the start of last season in percentage terms (62.6%) and they are 11/5 to beat Arsenal on Monday night.

The Gunners' poor away record this season could cost them a place in the top four having lost seven of their last 10 games on the road in Europe and the Premier League.

The Hornets are not brilliant at coming back from losing positions with only four teams having worse record for points taken since the start of last season, so this could be a match where backing them to win the second half at 9/4 could pay dividends.

Javi Gracia's side are the sixth best second-half performers at home this season with a W8 D4 L3 record.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football