Chelsea v Leicester City
Leicester have faced Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool in recent weeks and been competitive in all three fixtures. They head to west London on Saturday to face a Chelsea side who have drawn their last three matches and who have struggled for consistency all season long. This one absolutely reeks of a 1-1 finish, with Antonio Conte losing his s**t on the sidelines while assaulting a few Lucozade bottles after witnessing Alvaro Morata miss a hosts of decent chances for the Blues.
Betting: 1-1 draw at 11/1 (Betfair Sportsbook)
Crystal Palace v Burnley
The wheels have come off a bit for Burnley in recent weeks with Sean Dyche’s mob failing to record a win since December 12. Palace are still very much in the relegation picture but look much improved under Roy Hodgson and are a tempter on Saturday at better than evens.
Betting: Crystal Palace to win at 21/20 (Boylesport)
Huddersfield v West Ham
After that fantastic start the Terriers are now just four points above the drop zone and two points ahead of Saturday’s opponents West Ham. Both managers will surely send their troops out with a ‘Do not dare f**king lose this’ mentality and for this reason the draw looks a big runner at better than 2/1.
Betting: Draw at 43/20 (Marathon Bet)
Newcastle United v Swansea City
Jamaal Lascelles has scored in both his previous appearances against Swansea and the big defender, who is on the radar for England these days if rumours are to be believed, could be worth a bash at 20/1 to score first against a Swansea side who often struggle to defend set pieces.
Betting: Lascelles to score first at 20/1 (bet365)
Watford v Southampton
Southampton are winless in nine Premier League matches and seem very much a team in free fall at the moment. Their policy of selling top young players and replacing them with plodders like Cedric Soares and Charlie Austin could finally see them come unstuck this season. The Hornets are available at better than 6/4 here and despite a rather iffy home record look worth a punt at said odds.
Betting: Watford to win at 38/25 (Marathon Bet)
West Brom v Brighton
With a return of four goals and five assists so far it would be fair to say that Pascal Gross has been impressive for Brighton in his debut Premier League season. He scored twice and registered an assist as the Seagulls beat the Baggies 3-1 in the reverse fixture back in September. As the great man himself might say, ‘Klumpen an’.
Betting: Gross to score first at 12/1 (bet365)
Tottenham v Everton
Spurs are unbeaten in their last 10 top-flight matches against Everton and Harry Kane has bagged a brace in each of his last two meetings with the Toffees. Big Sam had made Everton hard to beat but also hard to watch in recent weeks and it’s difficult to see the burly old fire-fighter being kept on beyond next season the way things are going. Everton will be combative here, and might even make it to half-time all-square, but class should prevail under Wembley’s iconic arch.
Betting: Draw/Tottenham Half-Time/Full-Time at 7/2 (Bet Victor)
Bournemouth v Arsenal
The Gunners fought back from 3-0 down to claim an unlikely draw in this fixture last season and while we don’t think Sunday’s game will be quite as thrilling, we do fancy goals. If you are after a rubbish stat: no side has conceded more headed goals (9) than Bournemouth this season. Another? 0.3% of all accidents in Canada involve a moose.
Betting: Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 41/20 (Bet Stars)
Liverpool v Manchester City
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City might be scooting away with the Premier League this season but anyone looking to lump on them to beat Liverpool this weekend would do well to remember they have not won at Anfield for nearly 15 years. In fact it’s pretty mental to think the last time they won there Leroy Sane would have been seven, playing out on his bike, having water fights and randomly singing “Old McDonald Had a Farm” (in German, obviously). City dished out a 5-0 spanking when the teams met in September but Liverpool were asking them plenty of questions before Sadio Mane’s controversial red card. At home, and having such an imperious record over City in the Premier League era, I feel Liverpool have to be the bet this weekend at better than 2/1.
Betting: Liverpool to win at 21/10 (bet365/Paddy Power)