Chelsea v Arsenal
Following Arsenal’s frankly ridiculous 2-1 home defeat to Watford the Blues have been cut across the board here but you can still get them at evens to win at Stamford Bridge. That looks more than fair as Chelsea go for a ninth straight home win in the league against a team who have lost each of their last four visits to the Bridge in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s 3-0 loss to Arsenal in September proved a real pivotal moment in their season. Antonio Conte switched to 3-4-3, convinced Victor Moses he was a wing-back, and the rest is history. The Italian essentially went to work on Chelsea like he went to work on his own male pattern baldness. The results, for both, have been staggering.
Betting: Chelsea to win at evens (Hills)
Crystal Palace v Sunderland
The Eagles’ 2-0 win at Bournemouth in the week will have made Big Sam horny and his side can have the former England boss on the vinegar strokes by claiming another three points here against his former club. Christian Benteke is the most likely suspect when it comes to solving the first goalscorer mystery too, given the fact he’s scored more Premier League goals against the Black Cats than against any other opponent.
Betting: Benteke to score and Crystal Palace to win at 11/8 (Boylesports)
Everton v Bournemouth
The Toffeemen are unbeaten in three and have shaped up at home. They should have a bit too much quality going forward for the Cherries, who were f**king awful against Palace the other night.
Betting: Everton to win to nil at 21/10 (Bet Victor)
Hull City v Liverpool
The Reds endured a torrid January, winning just one of nine matches and being dumped out of both the EFL and FA Cups. They also floundered in the Premier League, and find themselves ten points off leaders Chelsea as things stand. I certainly wouldn’t be smashing them at 1/2 here against a Hull side who have dug in since the arrival of Marco Silva and the smart money might be on the draw at the KCOM.
Betting: Draw at 4/1 (Paddy Power)
Southampton v West Ham
Not the easiest game on the coupon to call but should West Ham really be better than 4/1 here? At their best the Hammers are a strong, powerful side who, in Andy Carroll, have a striker who loves to get among opposition defences. They also have former Saints defender Jose Fonte in their ranks now and the Portuguese should be able to give his new teammates a few pointers as how best to tackle Southampton.
What was Claude Puel thinking with his FA Cup team selection last week by the way? Already in the EFL Cup final, safe from the maddening relegation crowd but also off the pace in terms of a top-six finish, he bizarrely decides to put the kids out against Arsenal at home. Am I bitter? Having lumped £140 on both teams to score at 4/7 well before I heard the team news, of course I’m f**king bitter.
Betting: West Ham to win at 27/4 (betway)
Watford v Burnley
Watford produced one of the shocks of the Premier League season so far by winning at the Emirates on Tuesday night. They are odds against to follow that up with another win here and you can’t rule them out against a side who cannot buy a result away from Turf Moor. Burnley have been absolutely top drawer at home this season but their travel travails look set to continue here.
Betting: Watford to win by one goal at 11/4 (Sky Bet)
West Brom v Stoke City
West Brom are solid at HQ and continue to be underrated by the Camel Coats. There’s mileage in punting the home win here for sure.
Betting: West Brom to win at 11/8 (Betfred)
Tottenham v Middlesbrough
Easy peasy, this. Boro have scored fewer Premier League goals than anyone this season and are averaging less than a goal a game while Spurs have the joint best defensive record in the top flight. Ergo the Tottenham ‘win to nil’ at a shade under evens looks a complete bomb proof mortgage job. If Mauricio Pochettino’s men don’t win this to nil then I’m Macho Man Randy Savage.
Betting: Tottenham to win to nil at 10/11 (Sky Bet)
Manchester City v Swansea
The Citizens were awesome at West Ham on Wednesday and can follow that up with another three points here. Gabriel Jesus is already looking a player and Pep’s boys can win this without Sergio Aguero firing the bullets up too.
Betting: Manchester City to win to nil at 23/20 (Boylesports)
Leicester City v Manchester United
The Red Devils’ odds for this have been eased following that 0-0 draw with Hull but they are still odds on across the board to inflict further misery on Leicester. It’s all going horribly wrong for the Foxes, who are in danger of dropping into the Championship if they are not careful. Awful away, and sometimes not much better at home. I can’t have them at 9/2 here as they look a shadow of the side who took the Premier League by storm last season.
Betting: Draw – Manchester United HT – FT at 15/4 (Bet Victor)