2017/2018 EPL Week 24 Preview

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The Invincible run is over, Manchester City lose their first game of the season meaning Arsenal’s 2003/2004 side can once again celebrate being the only side to go through a year without a loss.

Those might be the only celebrations going on at the Emirates right now, with the Gunners starting to drift away from Chelsea and Tottenham, going three games without a win.

There are plenty of rematches of the Boxing Day EPL fixtures coming up so there will be plenty of teams with a chance to return the festive favours dished out.

Brighton and Hove Albion Vs Chelsea

Saturday 20 January, 11:30pm, Amex Stadium

Chelsea strolled to a comfortable 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge last month however they will have a tough task backing up after being taken to penalties by Norwich in the FA Cup replay midweek.

This game should follow a similar pattern to that first meeting with Chelsea holding a 2:1 time of possession advantage and 25 shots to 8.

After being held to draws in their last two games by opponents they should beat, Antonio Conte will be able to get his side up and running here to add to Brighton’s poor run of form.

Back Chelsea to Win to Nil @ $2.38

Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace

Sunday 21 January, 2:00am, Emirates Stadium

Three months ago this match preview would have simply read: “Arsenal doing well, Palace not so much, back Arsenal.”

Under Roy Hodgson, the visitors in this match have bounced back phenomenally and find themselves slowly climbing the table.

If they are looking for further signs of encouragement, they have been able to take points off Arsenal in two of their last four meetings.

When Arsenal won the Selhurst Park fixture three and a half weeks ago, they were pushed right to the limit with Palace almost pulling off a big comeback.

Until Arsenal pull themselves out of their funk you cannot invest in them (just ask their fans) so roll the dice on Palace here.

Back Crystal Palace Win/Draw Double Chance @ $2.45

Burnley Vs Manchester United

Sunday 21 January, 2:00am, Turf Moor

Just three weeks ago these sides played out an exciting 2-2 draw at Old Trafford and now Burnley get another crack at Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.

Jesse Lingard filled the super-sub role with a last-minute equaliser and will need to step up again here as it could be his last chance to shine prior to the reported arrival of Alexis Sanchez.

United have looked much more ruthless in their last two games, notching victories over Everton and Stoke.

That should continue here with United getting out to an early lead before a sealing goal later on.

Back Manchester United to Score in Both Halves @ $2.88

Everton Vs West Bromwich Albion

Sunday 21 January, 2:00am, Goodison Park

A scoreless draw on Boxing Day between these sides and they are back at it again.

Coincidently, that was the last time Everton picked up a point losing to Bournemouth, Manchester United and Tottenham by a combined margin of 8-1.

West Brom managed to scramble a draw against Arsenal and a win over Brighton from their last three games.

History in this fixture before this season favours Everton and they should arrest their skid with a draw here.

Back the Draw @ $3.00

Leicester City Vs Watford

Sunday 21 January, 2:00am, King Power Stadium

Watford claimed bragging rights last month with a 2-1 over Leicester three weeks ago.

The record here shows that this is a fixture with a habit of going one way or another with just one draw since 2010 when both teams were in the Championship.

Neither side has been able to produce a sweep of wins in the last four seasons either and playing at the King Power should give Leicester the edge.

Back Leicester to Win @ $1.83

Stoke City Vs Huddersfield

Sunday 21 January, 2:00am, bet365 Stadium

A pair of three goal losses for Huddersfield in their last two games has fans wondering if the team is already running out of steam.

Their last win was on December 17 over Watford and since then they have scored just three goals.

Stoke are struggling as well, with just one win and one draw since December 4 where they have scored all of four goals in that time.

This game has all the makings of a frustrating 0-0 draw so if you want to look for a long shot take the exact score market in this one.

Back a 0-0 Draw @ $7.50

West Ham Vs Bournemouth

Sunday 21 January, 2:00am, Olympic Stadium

A big win over Arsenal and Bournemouth continue their run of London clubs with a match against West Ham at the Olympic Stadium.

They played out one of the more exciting fixtures of the season with a 3-3 draw when they met after Christmas.

Prior to that the results have been split between the two sides in the Premier League era.

The recent form can’t be split from these sides with a loss, two draws and two wins so that is a good enough indicator for me.

Back the Draw @ $3.30

Manchester City Vs Newcastle

Sunday 21 January, 4:30am, Etihad Stadium

This could be fun, will City have a letdown after losing for the first time or will they come out, re-focused and be ready to lash out at their next opponent.

Newcastle ran them close at St James’s Park with City having to settle for a 1-0 win.

As good as Newcastle have looked in recent times, two draws and a win, it is hard to see them having the drive to match a City side looking to get things back on track.

Take City comfortably here for a big, bounce back win.

Back Manchester City to Win -2 Goals @ $1.95

Southampton Vs Tottenham

Monday 22 January, 3:00am, Wembley Stadium

Southampton looked like they forgot how to defend in their first meeting with Tottenham this season giving up 5 goals at Wembley.

Scoring has not been an issue for them lately, finding a way to get the ball into the goal in four of their last five.

Even so Tottenham are still a much, much better team and will be very eager to back up their very impressive 4-0 win against Everton.

Back Tottenham to Win & Both Teams to Score @ $3.50

Swansea City Vs Liverpool

Tuesday 23 January, 7:00am, Liberty Stadium

Everything about this game says that this is the fixture Liverpool slip up in.

They have just come off their biggest win of the season having lost their best player to Barcelona and now face the side at the foot of the table.

Swansea have pulled off four points from their last three matches as a response to a 5-0 hammering at Anfield.

This is a pick in favour of Jurgen Klopp and his ability to keep his squad focused on the task at hand and not lose any ground.

Back Liverpool to Win & Over 3.5 Goals @ $3


2016/2017

There are a number of massive games in week 24 of the 2016/2017 English Premier League season.

Chelsea and Arsenal will face off for the second time this season in a clash that could have crucial title consequences and Leicester City will host Manchester United at King Power Stadium.

There are eight other exciting fixtures set to take place this weekend and you can find our thoughts for every single game below.

Chelsea Vs Arsenal

Saturday 4 February, 11:30pm, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 3 - Arsenal 1

Chelsea failed to take three points from their midweek clash with Liverpool, but they will still go into this clash with Arsenal as clear favourites.

There is no doubt that Chelsea have been the best team in the English Premier League this season, but they have still been a losing betting proposition as home favourites and they have drawn five of their past 18 games in this scenario.

Arsenal were extremely poor against Watford earlier in the week and it is tough to have any faith in them on the back of that performance.

The Gunners have not won a game as away underdogs this season, but they have drawn three of their four games in this scenario.

Chelsea are always tough to beat at Stamford Bridge, but the data suggests that the draw is the most likely option and is genuine overs at the current price of $3.40.

Back The Draw @ $3.40

Crystal Palace Vs Sunderland

Sunday 5 February, 2:00am, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 0 - Sunderland 4

Crystal Palace returned to winning form with an upset victory over Bournemouth and they will start this clash as very short-priced favourites.

It really is tough to get Crystal Palace as short as their current price – they have won only three of their past nine games as home favourites for a clear loss.

Sunderland played well to take a point from their midweek clash with Tottenham, but it has still been a long time between victories.

They have won just two of their past 17 games as away underdogs for a clear loss, but they have been able to draw five of these games.

Sunderland are capable of taking something from this clash and the $3.80 available for the draw is over the odds.

Back The Draw @ $3.80

Everton Vs Bournemouth

Sunday 5 February, 2:00am, Goodison Park

Everton 6 - Bournemouth 3

Everton had their winning streak ended by Stoke City during the week, but they will still go into this clash with Bournemouth as clear favourites.

Everton have proven tough to beat at Goodison Park over the past 12 months and they have won six of their past ten games as home favourites for a clear profit.

Bournemouth suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of Crystal Palace during the week  and they have not won for over a month.

The Cherries have won only three of their past 14 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and winning away from home has proven a real problem.

Everton should prove too strong for Bournemouth and are one of the safest betting plays of the week.

Back Everton To Win @ $1.73

Hull City Vs Liverpool

Sunday 5 February, 2:00am, KC Stadium

Hull City 2 - Liverpool 0

Both these teams are coming off a midweek draw, but Liverpool will still start this match as dominant favourites.

Liverpool have not won a match for over a month and this is an excellent opportunity to do just that – they have won seven of their past 13 games as away favourites for a clear profit.

Hull City took a point from their midweek fixture with Manchester United and they have generally been fairly tough to breakdown in front of their home fans.

The Tigers have won three of their ten games as home underdogs this season for a profit, but whether they are good enough to compete with Liverpool is the question.

Liverpool are clearly the team to beat, but there is no real value at their current price and I am happy to stay out of this clash from a betting standpoint.

No Bet

Southampton Vs West Ham United

Sunday 5 February, 1:00am, St Mary's Stadium

Southampton 1 - West Ham 3

Southampton have loss five of their past six games and it is somewhat of a surprise that they will go into this clash as such clear favourites.

While their recent form has been very poor, Southampton continue to be a winning betting proposition as home favourites and they have won nine of their past 13 games in this scenario for a clear profit.

West Ham were no match for a rampant Manchester City during the week, but it is fair to say that they have an easier task against a struggling Southampton.

The Hammers have been able to take at least a point from nine of their past 15 games as away underdogs, but they are still a tricky team to trust from a betting standpoint.

The market looks to have got this clash just about right and I will be staying out.

No Bet

Watford Vs Burnley

Sunday 5 February, 1:00am, Vicarage Road

Watford 2 - Burnley 1

Watford will have taken plenty of confidence from their upset victory over Arsenal and they will go into this clash as favourites.

Vicarage Road has not really been a happy hunting ground for Watford this season and they have won just two of their past nine games as home favourites for a clear loss.

Burnley sit comfortably in 11th position on the English Premier League ladder, but they are yet to win a game away from home.

They have lost nine of their past ten games on the road and it is really difficult to have any faith in them whatsoever away from home.

This is a trap game from a betting standpoint and it is another one that I will be staying out of.

No Bet

West Bromwich Albion Vs Stoke City

Sunday 5 February, 1:00am, The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion 1 - Stoke City 0

This is set to be one of the most competitive games of the weekend and West Bromwich Albion are favourites from Stoke City.

West Bromwich Albion have improved their record in front of their home fans this season and they have won five of their past nine games as home favourites for a narrow profit.

Stoke City have taken at least a point from their past four clashes, but winning as away underdogs has been an issue this season.

They have won three of their past 15 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and it is tough to back them with any confidence in this fixture.

West Bromwich Albion should be able to return to winning form and there is a hint of value at their current price.

Back West Bromwich Albion To Win @ $2.30

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Middlesbrough

Sunday 5 February, 4:30am, White Hart Lane

Tottenham 1 - Middlesbrough 0

Tottenham Hotspur have still only lost two games in the English Premier League this season, but they dropped crucial points to Sunderland during the week.

They will still go into this clash as clear favourites and really should prove far too good for Middlesbrough.

Tottenham have won 12 of their past 17 games as home favourites for a tidy profit and lesser teams have really struggled to score against them.

Middlesbrough took a point from their midweek clash with West Bromwich Albion, but they are yet to win a game in 2017.

They have won only one of their past 10 games as away underdogs, but they have proven tough to break down in this scenario and have drawn six of these clashes.

Tottenham should be able to record a comfortable victory and it is tough to see Middlesbrough scoring.

Back Tottenham To Win To Nil @ $1.91

Manchester City Vs Swansea City

Monday 6 February, 12:30pm, Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 2 - Swansea City 1

Manchester City returned to their best form with an excellent midweek performance against West Ham.

Manchester City have won six of their past seven games against Swansea City, but they have still been a tough team to beat from a betting perspective – they have won nine of their past 17 games as home favourites for a clear loss.

Swansea City actually made it two wins on the trot with their victory over Southampton and they have played some quality football in recent weeks.

It is fair to say that they don’t win out of turn, but they have still proven to be an extremely profitable betting team as away underdogs.

It is obviously a gamble and I would be staking low, but the $13 on offer for an upset Swansea City victory is worth a small bet.

Back Swansea City To Win @ $13

Leicester City Vs Manchester United

Monday 6 February, 3:00am, King Power Stadium

Leicester City 0 - Manchester United 3

Both Leicester City and Manchester United head into this clash off the back of disappointing performances.

Manchester United are clear favourites to come away with the three points, but it is tough to have any confidence in them after they failed to score against Hull City during the week.

The Red Devils have now won only seven of their past 13 games as away favourites for a narrow loss and they are a keen I am still keen to oppose.

Leicester City made it losses on the trot with their poor performance against Burnley during the week.

They have generally produced better performances against the best teams in the English Premier League and they continue to be a tough team to beat in front of their home fans.

Leicester City are capable of an outstanding effort on their day and the $5 for them to take the three points is well over the odds.

Back Leicester City To Win @ $5