It’s hard to comprehend that we are closing in on the home stretch of the 2020/2021 English Premier League season.
Matchweek 26 is shaping up as a potentially pivotal round of fixtures with 17 matches set to be played with catch ups and rescheduled games due to the FA Cup and the mad dash to finish in time for the Euros in June.
No team has more on the line than Chelsea who has to back up from a tough Champions League tie and take on Manchester United and Liverpool in the space of five days.
We are previewing every match below and have scoured the markets for the best bets.
Find out who we are backing here.
Saturday 27 February, 11:30pm, London Stadium
Manchester City 2 – West Ham 1
On rolls City’s charge to a fifth Premier League title and seventh all time English top division victory.
They are 10 points clear of Manchester United and Leicester so even a minor stumble here against an in form West Ham team won’t make too much of a difference.
Truth be told, in a vacuum this is a tough assignment for City with West Ham winning three of their last four matches and it becomes even tougher considering the short turnaround from their Champions League fixture with Borussia Monchengladbach.
In the league City has won its last 12 matches, however West Ham did hold the champions-elect to a 1-1 draw back in October and have only improved since then.
At some stage City’s streak will come to an end but it’s not worth backing against them, hoping it will happen.
Chances are West Ham will break through Pep Guardiola’s staunch defence but even on short rest, the Citizens will be too good.
Back Manchester City to Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.75
West Bromwich Albion
Brighton And Hove Albion
Sunday 28 February, 2:00am, The Hawthorns
West Brom 1 – Brighton 0
Brighton has stumbled in its last four matches, losing an FA Cup tie to Leicester while also dropping a Premier League match against Crystal Palace and drawing with Aston Villa and Burnley.
On the plus side, they have a chance to get back on track against a West Brom side that is horrendously outclassed in the Premier League.
This might be a slightly closer match given the Baggies defensive record has improved only conceding a maximum of two goals per match since the calendar switched to February.
Backing against West Brom is a fairly profitable strategy and that’s the play for this match.
Back Brighton to Win @ $1.94
Sunday 28 February, 4:30am, Elland Road
Leeds 0 – Aston Villa 1
All things considered, this match could turn out to be one of the best we’ll see this weekend if both teams show up ready to play.
Leeds is fresh off a midweek win over Southampton while Aston Villa is putting up a valiant effort more often than not.
Head to head the play is to back Leeds but given the short turnaround and their occasional inconsistency I’m just not totally sold on their ability to close out the match if Villa takes over.
Instead, I’ll back goals in this match as both sides have the firepower to get on the scoreboard.
Back Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.83
Sunday 28 February, 7:00am, St James’ Park
Newcastle 1 – Wolves 1
It might not be the prettiest display of football at the moment, but Wolves have managed to take points from their last four Premier League matches, three of which were wins.
Newcastle on the other hand is slipping into a relegation battle with just six points collected in 2021.
They are a side that has struggled for goals, being held scoreless five times and only managing six goals since the new year.
If Wolves score a goal they should come away with all three points.
Back Wolves to Win @ $2.15
Sunday 28 February, 11:00pm, Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 0 – Fulham 0
While Leeds and Aston Villa has a chance of being the best match of the entire weekend, chances are this is going to be a dour arm wrestle.
The good news is there’s another match on at the exact same time which promises to be a whole lot better.
Fulham’s last five matches have all had two or fewer goals, while Palace has failed to score in five of its last ten matches.
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $1.60
Sunday 28 February, 11:00pm, King Power Stadium
Leicester 1 – Arsenal 3
While admittedly slim, Leicester’s unlikely hopes of another Premier League title remain alive and they have to try and match the ridiculous pace that Manchester City is setting.
You can just about cross off Arsenal in terms of the top four race thanks to three defeats in their last four Premier League matches.
In the last few years, Leicester has found this to be a profitable fixture and as hard as this may be to hear for some Gunners fans, Leicester is the better side and it’s a surprise to see them at such a long price.
Back Leicester to Win @ $2.45
Monday 1 March, 1:00am, Tottenham Stadium
Tottenham 4 – Burnley 0
The sharks are circling in North London with Jose Mourinho’s tenure becoming increasingly troubled on the back of Spurs losing six of their last eight matches in all competitions.
Perhaps the only consolation right now is the fact Spurs are two points ahead of local rivals Arsenal, although if the Gunners ever get their team back together that could change in the course of a weekend.
As for this fixture, on paper it should be an easy win for Tottenham but considering their recent form, on top of the fact Burnley have an almost unmatched ability to irritate their opponents with sheer stubbornness, I can’t back anything in the result market.
What does leap off the page however is the total goals market.
At this stage style points mean absolutely nothing and both sides would be happy with any sort of win, so look for a defensive match with both teams looking to steal a goal or two and hold on for dear life.
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $1.95
Monday 1 March, 3:30am, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 0 – Manchester United 0
It might not have been the prettiest victory but Chelsea’s grit and determination to grind out a win over La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid was nothing short of admirable and should put them into good stead in preparation for this clash.
Currently in fifth place, this is a massive opportunity for the Blues to re-insert themselves into the top four as they take on second placed United, while third placed Leicester faces Arsenal and leaders City take on fourth placed West Ham.
It is the first in a pair of potentially season defining matches for Thomas Tuchel’s side in Matchweek 26 however United will not want to drop points either.
With so much on the line, I’m expecting an over-abundance of caution to be on display here as both sides are all too aware of a potentially fatal slip up that defeat would bring.
That inevitably leads to a draw that leaves both squads feeling unfulfilled and more than a bit disappointed.
Back the Draw @ $3.40
Monday 1 March, 6:15am, Brammall Lane
Sheffield United 0 – Liverpool 2
It’s hard to imagine running out of jokes regarding Liverpool and its domestic form slump, but at this stage there’s nothing new to offer up.
Perhaps it would be worth mentioning the side slumped to its fourth consecutive Premier League defeat by losing a Merseyside Derby at Anfield for the first time in over two decades.
Or maybe it should be brought up that the Reds are 19 points off pacesetters Manchester City, but only 18 points off 18th placed Fulham.
What definitely needs to be discussed before offering a prediction for their fixture this weekend is they find themselves 29 points clear of last placed Sheffield who I would not back in this fixture at odds of $151.
Sure, Liverpool have been atrocious at times this season, injuries have not been kind to them but even if they arrive at Brammall Lane 90 seconds before kickoff and take to the pitch still adjusting their socks, re-positioning their shin pads, tucking in their shirts and wearing different boots because of the rush to prepare for this one, they’ll still bat aside the worst Premier League team of the last decade.
Back Liverpool to Win @ Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.00
Tuesday 2 March, 7:00am, Goodison Park
Everton 1 – Southampton 0
For some matches the market just seems completely off and that is the perfect opportunity for punters to get on and enjoy some value.
Everton is at far too long of a price to not take here, especially with the squad seemingly galvanised after their win at Anfield.
Not to mention the Saints train is so far off the rails it is currently in the middle of a lake somewhere.
Back Everton to Win @ $2.15
Wednesday 3 March, 7:00am, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 4 – Wolves 1
20 wins in a row, if they were not there already, City are in ridiculous territory destroying all comers.
During their insane run, they have also kept 13 clean sheets in that time, although West Ham did manage to find a way through their defence on the weekend.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact they have gone 27 matches without defeat.
Wolves are a side whose attack has been limited on a good day this season, having scored a meagre 27 Premier League goals from 26 outings.
It’s not the most valuable play but it’s still a fairly safe route to take.
Back Manchester City to Win to Nil @ $1.70
Thursday 4 March, 5:00am, Turf Moor
Burnley 1 – Leicester 1
Both of these sides might have fallen to opponents from North London on the weekend but that’s about the only similarity between these teams you can find.
Leicester dropped to third place with their defeat and you have to remember they are a much better side than Burnley.
For some reason the market is giving the home side a chance despite the fact they cannot score most weeks.
They have been held scoreless in five of their last eight matches, winning just once in that time and have the second worst attack in the Premier League.
If Leicester scores, they will win.
Back Leicester to Win @ $2.00
Thursday 4 March, 5:00am, Brammall Lane
Sheffield United 1 – Aston Villa 0
This match is probably going to be one of the easiest to back as we enter the run home in the Premier League.
Villa scraped past Leeds on the weekend despite the absence of captain Jack Grealish and regardless of whether or not he is deemed fit to play here, his side should have an easier time against the Blades.
While Sheffield United may have been gallant in defeat to Liverpool on Monday morning (AEDT) thanks to the efforts of Aaron Ramsdale, you have to back against them here.
They really are that bad.
Back Aston Villa to Win @ $2.15
Thursday 4 March, 7:15am, Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 0 – Manchester United 0
This has been a surprisingly productive fixture for the visitors in the last few seasons with five of the last six meetings being won by the away team.
On top of that, the winning team has scored at least two goals in each of those five matches and United has the forward line to make this a big win if they want to keep the upper hand in the race for second spot.
After back to back scoreless draws, I’ll happily take United to win and score at least two in their win here.
Back Manchester United to Win & Over 1.5 Goals @ $1.73
Friday 5 March, 5:00am, Craven Cottage
Fulham 0 – Tottenham 1
It has been almost eight years since Tottenham last lost to Fulham and that streak should extend into the 2021-2022 season at least.
Spurs have used the Europa League to get their scoring touch back, tallying 13 goals in their last four matches including a 4-0 belting of Burnley on the weekend.
Fulham has only lost once in its last eight matches but I just can’t bring myself to back anything other than a Spurs victory, especially if Gareth Bale and Harry Kane continue to fire.
Back Tottenham to Win @ $1.98
West Bromwich Albion
Friday 5 March, 5:00am, The Hawthorns
West Brom 0 – Everton 1
West Brom’s survival hopes have received a huge boost in the last two weeks with five points in their last three matches, edging them closer to that precious 17th place.
They have kept back to back clean sheets in that time and the Sam Allardyce effect looks like it is finally starting to take hold.
They may not play the most attractive, or even skilful football, but with their Premier League lives on the lines, they can’t afford to go for style points.
With an extra couple of days rest they should be able to put a good scare into Everton, who will be coming off a Tuesday morning clash with Southampton.
When they met in September, West Brom gave Everton an early scare before a Kieran Gibbs red card swung the match in favour of the Toffees who ran out 5-2 victors.
Everton should win but the short turnaround and West Brom’s stubbornness does give me cause for concern so while Everton may win, I just can’t bring myself to back them outright.
Instead, there is value to be had in both teams scoring which has hit in the last two meetings between these sides.
Back Both Teams to Score @ $1.83
Friday 5 March, 7:15am, Anfield
Liverpool 0 – Chelsea 1
This should be a proper blockbuster but it has the feel of a scrappy desperation derby that leaves the players, staff, broadcasters and fans feeling unfulfilled.
Liverpool ended a horror run of Premier League form with a win on the weekend, but it came against a Sheffield United side that is rivalling 2007/2008 Derby for the worst team in Premier League history.
Chelsea on the other hand escaped Old Trafford with a point to extend their unbeaten run under German Thomas Tuchel and even against a desperate Liverpool side they should find a way to get at least a point here.
It’s not going to be a play to break the bank but it’s one that looks way over the odds at the current price.
Back Chelsea Win/Draw Double Chance @ $1.67
For the first time in its history, the Premier League is having a winter break… sort of.
Matchweek 26 is being spread over two weekends to give the players some time off after a frantic festive period, which means out Premier League Preview will be coming to you in two parts.
Pretty much all of the standout matches are on the back end of this fixture list including Chelsea taking on Manchester United as the race for fourth spot is just about the only competitive part of the top half of the table.
Check out who we are backing here.
Saturday 8 February, 11:30pm, Goodison Park
Everton 3 – Crystal Palace 1
We’ll start off the weekend with a pretty safe play taking Everton to win.
The Toffees managed to complete a comeback away to Watford last weekend despite being reduced to 10 men when Fabian Delph was sent off with 20 minutes remaining.
That extended their Premier League unbeaten streak to four and history says they won’t let Palace leave Goodison Park with all three points considering their last loss to them came in September 2014.
Since then, the sides have played out six draws to go with four Everton wins but one thing has been fairly consistent in that time and that is the matches have been generally low scoring.
It might turn into another battle here but with Everton on a good run and Crystal Palace faltering badly, I’m happy to take the home side at their current price.
Back Everton to Win @ $1.67
Brighton And Hove Albion
Sunday 9 February, 4:30am, Amex Stadium
Brighton 1 – Watford 1
Brighton’s last two games have been two of their worst of the entire season, bucking recent trends and conceding six in their last two matches.
Now would be as good of a time as any to get back on track against a Watford side that has lost two straight.
In the opening match of the season Brighton stunned Watford with a 3-0 win but that was an out of the ordinary scoreline in this fixture with most games being a real battle for the strikers.
I’ll take a return to the norm here and a low scoring encounter where the two keepers vie for man of the match honours.
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $1.80
Monday 10 February, 1:00am, Bramall Lane
Sheffield United 2 – Bournemouth 1
With some solid defending, opportunistic attack and a little bit of luck, the Blades maintained their position in the Premier League’s top half.
Bournemouth is on just its second winning streak of the season after getting by Brighton and Aston Villa but Sheffield will be a very tough test for them here.
It will be another low scoring affair but I like Sheffield to get over the line and I’ll back that in a same game multi to get the price over even money.
SGM: Sheffield to Win & Under 3.5 Goals @ $2.16
Saturday 15 February, 7:00am, Molineux Stadium
Wolves 0 – Leicester 0
This one might actually be the best clash in the entire Premier League matchweek as Wolves and Leicester look to continue their assault on qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season.
While Wolves have only won one of their last six, their form in those games has not been all that bad, although they probably regret dropping points against Manchester United before their weekend off.
Leicester on the other hand looked like they were getting back on track with a convincing win over West Ham and a draw against Chelsea before their break.
Realistically, this game could go either way so the result market is a good way to go if you have a strong feeling but there’s a decent price on offer for both teams to score.
That market has hit in Leicester’s last four and four of Wolves’ last five and with both sides happy to play with attacking intent there could be plenty of goals in this one.
Back Both Teams to Score @ $1.80
Saturday 15 February, 11:30pm, St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton 1 – Burnley 2
With a side like Southampton, you can never be too sure when their bubble is going to burst and we got some warning signs before their week off it might be coming.
Two losses in their last three (with the win coming over an atrocious Palace team) has them wavering just a bit.
Burnley on the other hand have defeated Wolves and United and drawn with Arsenal in their last three for their best form run of the season.
This is a game that screams “stay away” with the wide range of potential outcomes on offer, perhaps the under 2.5 goals if you are really looking but this is one that you don’t need to force a play for.
Sunday 16 February, 4:30am, Carrow Road
Norwich 0 – Liverpool 1
Liverpool will have no excuses to come out slowly in this game, they have had a week of rest as Jurgen Klopp prepares his side for their Premier League coronation, their Champions League title defence and an FA Cup campaign.
Maybe someone will end Liverpool’s unbeaten run but you can’t see it being Norwich, instead you’ve got to ask the two key questions about this game: Liverpool by how much and will the Reds keep a clean sheet?
With a Champions League trip to Madrid following this fixture, Liverpool might not push to make this a big scoreline, instead opting to get an early lead and put the proverbial cue in the rack.
Because of that, take the Reds to win and keep a clean sheet instead of pushing for a big scoreline.
Back Liverpool to Win to Nil @ $2.20
Monday 17 February, 1:00am, Villa Park
Aston Villa 2 – Tottenham 3
If you spend long enough thinking this one through, you might be able to talk yourself into taking Aston Villa outright.
In this instance though, you would be better off trusting your first instinct which should say that Spurs at that price is way too good to pass up.
Having had two weeks to enjoy their win over Manchester City (and just survive in the FA Cup), you would hope that Mourinho has his side ready to go in this one.
Villa will not be easy to roll with seven points in their last five matches but with a Champions League tie coming up next week, Spurs have to build on their encouraging win over City with another three points here.
Back Tottenham to Win @ $1.83
Monday 17 February, 3:30am, Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 4 – Newcastle 0
For a team desperate to win a game, Newcastle might just be what Arsenal needs to break out of their funk.
The Gunners have won 13 of the last 14 meetings between these sides including a 1-0 victory at St James’ Park on the opening day of the season.
With just one win from their last nine in the Premier League, it’s no wonder Arsenal is struggling in 10th place and facing their worst finish in 25 years.
There is no way you can back them with any confidence despite their history against Newcastle.
Instead the play that does leap off the page is to back a low scoring affair, six of their last nine have had two or fewer goals and five of their last seven games against Newcastle have had less than three goals.
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $2.15
Tuesday 18 February, 7:00am, Stamford Bridge
We have seen some memorable clashes between Chelsea and Manchester United over the past 20 years especially and this one is looming as a desperation derby.
Sure it’s a battle of two clubs experiencing major first world problems, not being in contention for the Premier League title and all that but neither team is in a position where they can afford to lose here.
For eighth placed United it would leave them nine points out of fourth spot with 12 games remaining, while Chelsea could realistically be overtaken by Sheffield in the next match week.
The last time Chelsea defeated United was the 2018 FA Cup Final, losing three of the five meetings since then but I like them to end that streak here.
While they are largely inconsistent, United are far more capable of putting on a stinker in a game like this.
It will also be a great chance for their backline to regain some much needed confidence, United have been held scoreless in their last three Premier League matches and the Blues could very well extend that streak to four.
Back Chelsea to Win @ $1.80
Monday 10 February, 3:30am, Etihad Stadium
*MATCH POSTPONED FROM MONDAY FEBRUARY 10*
What a fortnight it has been for Manchester City, with this fixture postponed due to a storm followed by the revalations last Friday that they would be banned from the Champions League for FFP breaches.
How you approach this game pretty much comes down to whether or not you expect City to have some sort of response to the drama that has engulfed their club.
In the original preview for this fixture, I took City to win big and with the talent on hand, I see no reason why they won’t come out and put a struggling West Ham team to the sword.
SGM: City Halftime/Fulltime, City to Win to Nil, Over 2.5 Goals @ $3.24
Manchester City takes centre stage as they continue a massive month for their title defence.
Having comfortably taken care of business against Arsenal at the weekend, they are pulling double duty in Week 26 with their visit to Everton brought forward due to the Carabao Cup Final next weekend.
We get a preview of that clash in the early hours of Monday morning as City hosts next weekend’s opponents Chelsea in a big clash at the Etihad, with European competition on the horizon for all of the big clubs.
Liverpool meanwhile will look to get back on track after dropping points against West Ham as their lead shrunk at the weekend.
Our preview starts off with the pushed forward Week 27 clash between Everton and Manchester City followed by the 10 other clashes.
Thursday 7 February, 6:45am, Goodison Park
Everton 0 – Manchester City 2
*Rescheduled Week 27 Match*
Things have not always been smooth at Goodison Park for Manchester City with last season’s 3-1 win closer to an aberration than the norm.
In January 2017 the Toffees surprised many with a 4-0 thumping of City and have won two of the last five clashes between the teams at Goodison with a draw in the mix as well.
Everton’s last five Premier League results have alternated between wins and losses and after losing to Wolves last weekend, that trend dictates a massive upset win.
This is one of those times you can probably ignore the numbers and just look to back the better side, although like most City games, you’ll have to hunt for a value play.
City have conceded goals in seven of their last nine and Everton have scored in four straight so there may be a few goals in this one.
Back Manchester City to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.75
SGM: City to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, Raheem Sterling Anytime Goalscorer
Saturday 9 February, 11:30pm, Craven Cottage
Fulham 0 – Manchester United 3
Fulham is slowly finding ways to improve, taking points from four of its last eight matches but it’s going to be a whole other test when Manchester United comes to town.
United’s last Premier League loss came on December 17, a week after crushing then bottom placed Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford.
Perhaps the only thing that might slow United down in this one is the looming Champions League clash with one of the few clubs that can make the Red Devils look poor, PSG.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might rotate his squad just a bit but the depth on offer with United means they should have more than enough goal scorers on the pitch to come away with a comfortable win here.
Back Manchester United to Win -1 Goal @ $2.63
SGM: Manchester United to Win, Over 3.5 Goals, Marcus Rashford Anytime Goalscorer
Sunday 10 February, 2:00am, Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 1 – West Ham 1
From a punting perspective, West Ham are the definition of a worst nightmare.
Some weeks they will look like a side that should be battling relegation when they lose to Bournemouth and Wolves by a combined score of 5-0.
Then they will look like one of the best sides in the competition topping Arsenal and holding Liverpool to a draw.
Palace have been somewhat inconsistent this season as well but with just three losses in their last nine games, they are starting to put something together.
West Ham won a phenomenal clash 3-2 in early December and what stands out about this one, is the possibility that anything could happen.
The market looks just about spot on for this one and you could talk yourself into all three outcomes so this is one to stay out of.
Sunday 10 February, 2:00am, John Smith’s Stadium
Huddersfield 1 – Arsenal 2
As expected, Arsenal dropped to a loss away to Manchester City starting off what was a pretty rough day for its owner Stan Kroenke, whose LA Rams side also lost the Super Bowl.
The Gunners look to bounce back from that disappointment when they host a Huddersfield side that has won twice all season and is coming off a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Chelsea.
It was a tight clash at the Emirates in early December with just the one goal in it but there should be a few more in this one.
The Gunners should win this and you can add in a bet of two or more goals just for a bit more value.
Back Arsenal to Win & Over 1.5 Goals @ $1.91
SGM: Arsenal to Win, Over 1.5 Goals, Alexandre Lacazette Anytime Goalscorer
Sunday 10 February, 2:00am, Anfield
Liverpool 3 – Bournemouth 0
The Premier League leaders suffered their second straight draw after West Ham picked up a point last weekend.
With the gap to Manchester City down to three points, Liverpool are now burdened with the knowledge that their next loss could see them relinquish the league lead.
It is very unlikely that loss will come in this game however, with Liverpool as short priced favourites to return to the winners circle.
Liverpool’s once impenetrable defence has looked more than a bit shaky in the past month, conceding goals in five of its last six Premier League matches.
To add a bit of value to a Liverpool win, you can also back both teams to score in a doubles market.
Back Liverpool to Win & Both Teams to Score @ $2.70
SGM: Liverpool Win, Both Teams to Score, Over 3.5 Goals
Sunday 10 February, 2:00am, St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton 1 – Cardiff 2
It took until February but Cardiff finally picked up its first Premier League win of 2019 in an emotion charged clash with Bournemouth.
Another three points here and the side could find themselves out of the relegation zone while simultaneously sending this weekend’s opponents into the danger zone.
They would have every reason to feel confident going into this one having beaten Southampton two months ago but the Saints are doing just enough to pick up results at the moment.
They are on a five game unbeaten run in the Premier League and dating back to December 16, have been able to take 15 points from their last nine league games.
A Cardiff double chance is a very tempting play but it is too hard to ignore the Saints recent form.
Back Southampton to Win @ $1.75
SGM: Southampton to Win, Shane Long Anytime Goalscorer
Sunday 10 February, 2:00am, Vicarage Road
Watford 1 – Everton 0
Everything about this game screams bad spot for Everton.
Coming off their midweek clash with Manchester City, the Toffees now have to deat with a Watford side that will no doubt be high on confidence.
With one point between these sides (before Everton’s first game this week), this should be a good marker for both teams.
All things considered though, Everton seem like they are going to be a bit fatigued going into this game and Watford looks like a great value play.
Back Watford to Win @ $2.25
SGM: Watford to Win, Over 3.5 Goals, Troy Deeney Anytime Goalscorer.
Brighton And Hove Albion
Sunday 10 February, 4:30am, Amex Stadium
Brighton 1 – Burnley 3
Another Premier League side on a long unbeaten run helping keep them afloat is Burnley who have not lost in six matches.
Three straight wins have been followed by three straight draws but there is not a lot of opportunity to enjoy that streak with just two points keeping them above the relegation zone.
It’s worth remembering that this Burnley side did finish seventh last season and still has plenty of quality in it.
The play here is to back both teams to score as it has hit in four of Burnley’s last five and three of Brighton’s last five Premier League matches.
Back Both Teams to Score @ $2.05
SGM: Both Teams to Score, Over 2.5 Goals
Monday 11 February, 12:30am, Wembley Stadium
Tottenham 3 – Leicester 1
It’s been four long matches since Leicester recorded a Premier League win and a visit to Wembley will cap what has been a very trying three weeks.
Having drawn with Liverpool and lost 1-0 to Manchester Untied in the last 10 days, Leicester will feel like they can at the very least press a Tottenham side that could be forgiven for overlooking their opponents.
Spurs will have one eye on their Champions League tie with Dortmund coming up next week and while logic dictates some rotation will be in order, injuries may force a lot of players into double duty.
This one could go about four or five different ways depending on what you like but Leicester are at good value for an upset here and given Spurs have not drawn a Premier League match since April 18 last year, you may as well look for the value on offer with Leicester.
Back Leicester to Win @ $5.20
SGM: Leicester to Win, Under 2.5 Goals
Monday 11 February, 3:00am, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 6 – Chelsea 0
The first of two meetings between theses in the space of the week ahead of the Carabao Cup Final.
Chelsea righted the ship in the best way possible with a 5-0 win after two straight losses and they do have the confidence of being the first team to beat City this season.
At the Etihad it is hard to back against City but at such a short price for a game of this magnitude it isn’t great value, instead the Both Teams to Score market is the play here.
Back Both Teams to Score @ $1.73
SGM: City to Win, Both Teams to Score
Tuesday 12 February, 7:00am, Molineux Stadium
Wolves 1 – Newcastle 1
Wolves are on a three game winning run, the equal longest in the Premier League at the moment.
In that time they have been one of the most entertaining sides to watch, scoring 11 goals as their attack really starts to gel.
This represents a great chance to further solidify their position in seventh place on the table and a repeat of their 2-1 over Newcastle at St James’ Park earlier this season would go down very well.
You could add in a total goals double market here but at their current price a straight Wolves win is more than enough for me here.
Back Wolves to Win @ $1.73
SGM: Wolves to Win, Both Teams to Score
There is no point waiting around at this time of year and the Premier League continues with Week 26 with less than 72 hours between games.
Easily the biggest game of the round is Liverpool and Tottenham as both have the chance to move up the Premier League ladder with a win at Anfield.
Elsewhere Arsenal and Chelsea will have the opportunity to bounce back from midweek upsets.
All over the league there will be players making their debuts after the transfer window shut.
Here are our match previews and recommended plays for the upcoming ten fixtures.
Saturday 3 February, 11:30pm, Turf Moor
The two meetings between these sides this year do not paint a pretty picture for Burnley heading into this match.
Thus far they have been on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline in October before a 4-1 defeat in the FA Cup with both matches taking place at the Etihad.
Perhaps the only thing to give Burnley hope in this game is the fact all of City’s losses this season have been away from home… all of one time in twelve games.
As much fun as an upset would be here the responsible play is to back City in with some sort of extra condition to give it some value.
Goals are not exactly flowing at Turf Moor this year with just eight scored and nine conceded so look for City to grind it out.
Back Manchester City to Win to Nil @ $2.05
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Ham United
Sunday 4 February, 2:00am, Amex Stadium
Brighton have picked up 15 of their 24 points this season at home however they will want to put their last outing there behind them as quickly as possible, being demolished 4-0 by Chelsea.
Before that though, their last three games yielded a win and two draws including a resilient win over Watford.
West Ham have taken points in seven of thirteen away games including their last four straight.
Two wins and two draws will have them feeling confident heading to this game, not to mention their six match unbeaten run overall.
There is a lot to like about what both sides have put on the pitch lately and it is too hard to pick a winner here, this has score draw written all over it.
Back the Draw and Both Teams to Score @ $4.60
Sunday 4 February, 2:00am, Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth have taken two of the last three meetings between these sides including a 2-1 win earlier this season.
Historically this has been quite a low scoring affair with most of the meetings between these sides having three or fewer goals.
Bournemouth have taken points in seven of their twelve home matches this season while Stoke have just one win when playing as the away team.
Since losing to Manchester City before Christmas, Bournemouth have not lost, winning three and drawing three including their massive midweek upset of Cheslea.
There is a bit of potential for a hangover here but the home side are an enticing play at these odds.
Back Bournemouth to Win @ $2.05
Sunday 4 February, 2:00am, King Power Stadium
It is time to start asking, “are we sure Swansea are still bad?”
Their record under Carlos Carvalhal suggests an emphatic no response is in order having won four and drawn three of his eight matches in charge to bring them off the foot of the table.
Big wins over Liverpool and Arsenal have their confidence booming and they now have to build on their away for where they have points from five of twelve matches away from the Liberty Stadium.
Leicester have won six of twelve at home this season and will present a tough out.
Since the Foxes promotion to the Premier League they have won five of the seven meetings between these sides.
Back the Draw @ $3.50
Sunday 4 February, 2:00am, Old Trafford
Huddersfield were comfortably handled by Liverpool in their last outing and their Premier League survival quest does not get any easier with a trip to Old Trafford.
Their away form has been poor at best with just eight points from twelve games and a troubling -17 goal difference in those games.
United conversely are coming off a big game against Tottenham which gives this game trap potential despite just one loss at home.
Realistically this game is only going to go one way and it will simply come down to what sort of mood United are in.
Back Manchester United to Win and Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.45
West Bromwich Albion
Sunday 4 February, 2:00am, The Hawthorns
Southampton have taken the last two and three of the last four meetings and will feel as though this is a great opportunity to get their second away win of the season.
Their last two away games have yielded draws and that should be considered the minimum benchmark for success against a struggling West Brom side.
Two from twelve at The Hawthorns suggest that this game is going to devolve into a battle of attrition and neither side will give ground.
Back the Draw @ $3.00
Sunday 4 February, 4:30am, Emirates Stadium
Things are going from bad to worse at the Emirates with a second upset loss in three matches for the Gunners losing to then bottom placed Swansea.
They now find themselves facing an Everton side they have won their last four meetings with at the Emirates Stadium and they could desperately use a confidence boost here.
It will be Arsene Wenger’s 33rd match against Sam Allardyce and he will be going for his 19th win.
Everton are going for just their second away win of the Premier League season and are rightfully being seen as long odds to spring an upset.
Back Arsenal to Win & Under 3.5 Goals @ $2.15
Monday 5 February, 1:15am, Selhurst Park
At this end of the table, a six pointer such as this one can bring about a massive rise or fall on the table.
Four of Palace’s six wins this season have come at Selhurst Park and in their favour, they have not experienced more than a one goal deficit at home since August.
Newcastle’s away form will have them feeling relatively optimistic going into this game with two wins from their last three away trips.
They have a good record against Palace winning the last two contests 1-0 but Palace are the in form side and they are going to get by at home here.
Back Palace to Win @ $2.05
Monday 5 February, 4:30am, Anfield
Tottenham ended a ten match winless run against Liverpool when they beat the Reds at Wembley in late October with a resounding 4-1 victory.
After dismantling United midweek, they will want to back it up with a North London Derby on the horizon.
They have lost four games away from home this year including defeats at United, City and Arsenal.
Liverpool have had up and down home form, as a positive they have not lost at Anfield this season but they have been held to a draw on five occasions.
Outside of their slip up at Swansea, Liverpool have been in very good form of late and that should continue here.
Back Liverpool to Win @ $2.00
Tuesday 6 February, 7:00am, Vicarage Road
Chelsea will want to forget their midweek loss to Bournemouth as soon as possible and they have the opportunity to move on from that in the final game of this round.
They will face a Watford side they have won their last three meetings against and nine of their last eleven in all competitions.
With seven wins away from home this season and nine goals conceded in twelve games they are rightfully favoured against a side on a downward trend.
Watford have the worst home record in the Premier League with just one win in their last six home games and three overall.
Back Chelsea to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.35
Week 26 of the 2016/2017 English Premier League season is set to be an absolute ripper and it doesn’t get any bigger than the second Manchester Derby of the season at Etihad Stadium.
The defending champion Leicester City host Liverpool at King Power Stadium in another crucial encounter, while Arsenal face a tricky away tie against Southampton.
Don’t miss out on a single EPL game this weekend and you can find our best betting plays for each fixture below.
Sunday 26 February, 2:00am, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 3 - Swansea City 1
Chelsea are the shortest-priced favourites of the weekend in the English Premier League and should be able to extend their lead on top of the English Premier League ladder.
Antonio Conte’s men dropped points against Burnley in their previous EPL fixture before the break for the FA Cup, but they have still won 11 of their past 17 games as home favourites.
Swansea City have been one of the most impressive teams in the English Premier League in recent weeks and go into this clash on the back of a comfortable victory over Leicester City.
They have now won four of their past 18 games as away underdogs for a massive profit and they are capable of popping up at a big price.
Chelsea should come away with the three points, but I can’t get them as short as their current price and I am happy to stay out of this clash from a betting standpoint.
Sunday 26 February, 2:00am, Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 1 - Middlesbrough 0
This is a crucial clash for both these sides.
Crystal Palace have lost six of their past seven games, but they will start this game as clear favourites.
Favourtism is not a position in which Crystal Palace have thrived this season and they have won only three of their past nine games as home favourites for a clear loss.
Middlesbrough have not won a game in 2017, but they have proven tough to break down – three of their past six games have ended as 0-0 draws.
Middlesbrough have won just one of their past 11 games as away underdogs, but they have taken a point from six of these games and they would be more than happy to walk away from this game with another 0-0 draw.
It is impossible to get Crystal Palace as short as their current quote and the $3 on offer for the draw is excellent value.
Back The Draw @ $3
Sunday 26 February, 2:00am, Goodison Park
Everton 2 - Sunderland 0
Everton have made an excellent start to 2017 and they will go into this clash at Goodison Park as clear favourites.
Goodison Park has been a happy hunting ground for Everton this season and they have won seven of their past ten games as home favourites for a clear profit.
Sunderland went into their clash with Southampton on a high following their 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace, but they came crashing back to earth with a heavy defeat at the hands of Southampton.
They have won just three of their past 17 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and they have not scored a goal in three of their past four games.
Everton can get the job done comfortably and keep a cleansheet in the process.
Back Everton To Win To Nil @ $2.25
Sunday 26 February, 2:00am, The KC Stadium
Hull City 1 - Burnley 1
Burnley come into this clash off the back of taking a point from Chelsea, but it is Hull City that will go into this clash as clear favourites.
Winning away from home has proven to be a serious issue for Burnley this season and they have taken just a single point from their 11 games on the road this season.
Hull City were not disgraced against Arsenal in their last clash before the break for the FA Cup weekend and this will be the first game that they have started as favourites this season.
The Tigers have won four of their 12 games in front of their home fans this season for a clear profit, but it really is tough to get them as short as their current quote.
This is a game that the market looks to have got just about right and I am happy to stay out from a betting perspective.
West Bromwich Albion
Sunday 26 February, 2:00am, The Hawthorns
West Bromwich Albion 2 - Bournemouth 1
Bournemouth have lost three games on the trot and it is West Bromwich Albion that will go into this clash as clear favourites.
West Bromwich Albion have lost just one of their past seven games and they have been a profitable betting play as home favourites this season – winning six of their past ten games in this scenario.
Bournemouth have struggled badly in recent weeks and they have won just the one game in 2017.
Their record as away underdogs is a poor 3-3-9 and based on their recent form it is tough to back them with any confidence whatsoever.
West Bromwich Albion have developed into a team that can be trusted from a betting standpoint and they should be able to get the job done comfortably.
Back West Bromwich Albion To Win @ $2.05
West Ham United
Sunday 26 February, 4:30am, Vicarage Road
Watford 1 - West Ham 1
The market suggests that this will be one of the most competitive games of the weekend.
It is Watford that will start this clash as favourites, but they have been tough to trust as the punter’s elect this season – they have won just three of their past 10 games as home favourites for a clear loss.
West Ham have been very inconsistent this season, but they have proven capable of winning on the road and they have taken a point from nine of their past 14 games as away underdogs.
The Hammers have far more upside than this Watford side and they are genuine value at their current quote of $2.88.
Back West Ham To Win @ $2.88
Monday 27 February, 12:30am, White Hart Lane
Tottenham 4 - Stoke City 0
Tottenham had their unbeaten run in the English Premier League snapped by Liverpool before the FA Cup weekend, but they are extremely short favourites to account for Stoke City this weekend.
Tottenham have proven very tough to beat in front of their home fans at White Hart Lane this season and they have won 12 of their past 17 games as home favourites for a clear profit, while they have beaten Stoke City 4-0 in their past two meetings.
Stoke City returned to winning form with a fighting victory over Crystal Palace, but this is obviously a much tougher challenge.
Stoke have won only two of their past 15 games as away underdogs over the past 12 months and it is tough to see them improving that record against Tottenham.
Tottenham should prove far too strong for Stoke City and they are a good bet to keep their rivals scoreless.
Back Tottenham To Win To Nil @ $2.25
Tuesday 28 February, 7:00am, King Power Stadium
Leicester City 3 - Liverpool 1
Leicester City now find themselves well and truly in the relegation battle and it is Liverpool that will go into this clash as clear favourites.
Leicester City have not scored a goal in the English Premier League in 2017 and they go into this clash after a testing Champions League fixture with Sevilla.
They continue to be a profitable betting play as home favourites over the past 12 months, but it really is tough to trust this team on their recent form.
Liverpool ended their terrible run of form with an impressive win over Tottenham and they will look to build on that momentum in this clash.
They have won six of their past 13 games as away favourites over the past 12 months and they are tough to trust as a betting proposition, but they really should be able to take the three points from this clash.
Liverpool are the team to beat, but this is another game that I am more than happy to stay out of.
League Cup Final
Monday 27 February , 3.30am, Wembley
Southampton 2 - Manchester United 3
The League Cup Final is one of the highlights of the weekend in English Football and gives both Southampton and Manchester United the opportunity to win their first silverware of the season.
It is Manchester United that will go into this clash as clear favourites and this is a position in which they have struggled this season.
In saying that, their recent form has been much better than it was at the start of the season and Jose Mourinho will be keen to win his first piece of silverware in charge of Manchester United.
One negative for Manchester United is the fact that they will have just returned to England after travelling to France for a Europa League clash with St-Etienne.
Southampton beat a number of quality teams to qualify for the League Cup Final, but their recent form in the English Premier League has been fairly poor.
They did return to a semblance of their best form with a dominant display against Sunderland, but this is a much tougher assignment.
There really has not been a great deal between Southampton and Manchester United in recent years and the Red Devils will hold no fear for Southampton.
Southampton are a much better chance than their current odds indicate and they are more than capable of winning the League Cup for the first time in their history.
Back Southampton To Win @ $5
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