2023/2024 EPL Week 26 Preview

It’s a light weekend of Premier League action on the cards this weekend with an early start this Thursday before eight fixtures this weekend.

Liverpool’s clash with Luton was brought forward to midweek while Chelsea’s date with Tottenham has been postponed due to the two former European champions facing off in the Carabao Cup Final.

There is plenty of drama to take in across the remaining fixtures with some clubs facing increasingly desperate situations to keep their seasons alive.

Read on and see who we are backing in each of the Premier League Matchweek 26 fixtures below.

Chelsea vs Tottenham
TBC, Stamford Bridge

*MATCH POSTPONED DUE TO CARABAO CUP FINAL*

Liverpool vs Luton
Thursday 22 February, 2:00am, Anfield
Liverpool 4 – Luton 1

How happy are Liverpool to have their Egyptian talisman Mo Salah back in action?

They marked his return from national team duty with a resounding 4-1 win over Brentford on the weekend and with top spot on the table there to retake, there should be no letup from the Reds, even with a cup final on the calendar this weekend.

Any hopes of them taking Luton lightly will have been eradicated when they suffered a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road back in November.

Look for Liverpool to get out to a fast start and take early control of the match before putting on a show for the Anfield faithful.

Liverpool to Win and Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.00

Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest
Sunday 25 February, 2:00am, Villa Park
Aston Villa 4 – Nottingham 2

Villa will take plenty of beating again when they step out opposite the lowly Nottingham Forest early on Sunday morning.

The Villans have actually won only two of their last five matches, but their consistency has seem then climb into fourth on the ladder, and they were last seen beating Fulham on the road.

Forest might be lucky to stay up this season: they’re current sixteenth, just over a win safe from the relegation zone, but they simply need to get points wherever they can to ensure another year in England’s top fight.

I think that Ollie Watkins might score a bag here, and he’s value to get on the sheet at any time.

Back Ollie Watkins to Score a Goal at Anytime @ $2.20

Brighton And Hove Albion vs Everton
Sunday 25 February, 2:00am, Amex Stadium
Brighton 1 – Everton 1

Brighton can continue their resurgence when they host Everton on Matchday 26.

The Seagull have now won two of their last three league games thanks to dominant 5-0 effort against Sheffield United last week, and they take all the confidence and momentum back home.

Everton scrambled to draw with Crystal Palace, meanwhile, but this is another rise in class for them.

Given that I had priced Brighton at around $1.50 to win this, I think they are overs at $1.80 (at publish).

Back Brighton to Win @ $1.80

Crystal Palace vs Burnley
Sunday 25 February, 2:00am, Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 3 – Burnley 0

Two clubs locked in the bottom half of the table clash when Palace hosts Burnley on Sunday morning.

Palace snapped a two-game losing streak with a credible draw with Everton last weekend, but after leading late in the picture, they’ll be left lamenting what could have Burnley.

Burnley are still 19th after yet another loss last weekend, and it’s tough imagining them reversing their fortunes at any point this season.

Back Palace to Win @ $1.95

Manchester United vs Fulham
Sunday 25 February, 2:00am, Old Trafford
Manchester United 1 – Fulham 2

Manchester United are keeping the pressure on the Top 5, and they’ll start clear favourites again this week against Fulham.

Its been a lovely run of form for the Red Devils, who have now won each of their last four league games.

Fulham, meanwhile, became the next club to fall to an impressive Aston Villa outfit, and they sit twelfth overall.

Two different classes of teams currently, and I think that Fulham will struggle to get on the scoresheet.

Back United to Win to Nil @ $3.10

Bournemouth vs Manchester City
Sunday 25 February, 4:30am, Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth 0 – Manchester City 1

Manchester City will once again start short favourites when they take on the lowly Bournemouth this week.

City have turned in a season of performances that have become typical of them in recent years and sit second, only a few points adrift of Liverpool who have already played and won this week.

There really isn’t a lot to say about this one. If they’re going to win another title, City won’t be dropping points in matches like this one.

Back City to Win to Nil @ $2.70 BEST BET

Arsenal vs Newcastle
Sunday 25 February, 7:00am, Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 4 – Newcastle 1

The match of the week could materialise between Arsenal and Newcastle at The Emirates.

The Gunners remain third in overall standings, winning each of their last five league matches.

Newcastle did experience something of a lean run over Christmas, but they’re undefeated at their last four league matches.

I think that Newcastle are slowly beginning to find their best again, and Arsenal are due a plainer performance.

Back the Draw @ $4.75

Wolves vs Sheffield United
Monday 26 February, 12:30am, Molineux Stadium
Wolves 1 – Sheffield 0

Wolves can record another win when they take on the last-placed Sheffield United on Monday morning.

I didn’t give them a lot of hope when they travel to North London to take on Spurs last weekend, but they were ultimately too tough and recorded a deserved 2-1 win.

Back home and against what is easily the worst team in the league, they’ll win again.

Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $2.20

West Ham vs Brentford
Tuesday 27 February, 7:00am, London Stadium
West Ham 4 – Brentford 2

One of the more intriguing matches of the week will be saved for last, and we’re back to London to see West Ham take on Brentford on Tuesday morning.

These are two genuine midtable teams this season and both have hit a dead patch recently; the Hammers losing each of the last three, while the Bees unable to secure points at either of their last two.

I think the market is just about correct. At home, the Hammers have a slight advantage, and I think they’ll sneak home in a close one.

Back West Ham to Win @ $2.45


2022/2023

For every short week in the Premier League there is a long week and we have a big one coming up.

After regaining the advantage in the title race, Arsenal has their game in hand on Thursday morning (AEDT) when they host Everton before backing up against Bournemouth in their regularly scheduled fixture.

Liverpool and Wolves will also be pulling double duty with a catch up match on Thursday before the Reds take on recently crowned Carabao Cup champions Manchester United in the early hours of Monday morning.

There’s plenty to look forward to in the Premier League this weekend so read on and find our best bets.

Arsenal vs Everton
Thursday 2 March, 6:45am, Emirates Stadium

*POSTPONED ROUND 7 FIXTURE*

Arsenal began their February fixtures with a 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park in Sean Dyche’s first match in charge.

Since then the Gunners have emerged from a poor run of results with back to back hard fought wins over Aston Villa and Leicester.

That suggests their title charge is back on track, with a win here enough to open a five point lead on Manchester City with 13 matches remaining.

Everton remains in the relegation zone, one point behind Leeds with the Dyche era producing a mixed bag of results so far.

It’s tough to back Arsenal at their current head to head price, but there is value taking the unders, something that has hit in Everton’s last five fixtures.

The Toffees will make life tough for the Gunners and this may be a case of first goal wins.

Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $2.10

Liverpool vs Wolves
Thursday 2 March, 7:00am, Anfield

*POSTPONED ROUND 7 FIXTURE*

Another three points for Liverpool is far from assured considering the issues they have had with Wolves in the last few weeks alone.

In the FA Cup the Reds needed a replay to escape with a 1-0 win at the Molineux after a 2-2 draw in the third round proper.

Then in the league Wolves absolutely ripped Jurgen Klopp’s side to shreds in a dominant 3-0 victory.

Seeing them as such heavy outsiders is a bit of a surprise considering Liveprool’s form has not been that great of late with a big loss at home to Real Madrid before a flat draw with Crystal Palace.

The value in this market is backing the visitors to find a way to get at least a point from this match.

Back Wolves or Draw Double Chance @ $2.65

Manchester City vs Newcastle
Saturday 4 March, 11:30pm, Etihad Stadium

This fixture is the new Sugar Daddy derby in the Premier League with the newly minted Newcastle spending their newfound wealth with aplomb.

However they will have to settle for a top four battle over the next few months rather than the title challenge Manchester City is mounting.

Depending on the result of Arsenal’s catch up match on Thursday, City could retake top spot on the table but Newcastle won’t make it easy for them.

When they faced off in August it was an enthralling 3-3 draw and all signs are pointing towards another high scoring affair.

There have been no shortage of goals in City’s fixtures of late with both teams to score and/or Over 2.5 Goals hitting in their last six matches in all competitions.

Newcastle’s defence has struggled as well, failing to keep a clean sheet in their last five outings which is not the form you want to be carrying into a match against City.

Back Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.25

Arsenal vs Bournemouth
Sunday 5 March, 2:00am, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal is at home for the second time in four days when they take on relegation threatened Bournemouth.

Assuming things go to plan against Everton (and it is no sure thing) they will be expected to make short work of an opponent they have not lost to at the Emirates Stadium.

Where there is some value to be found is backing a Gunners win and the overs, as it the Gunners have plenty of goalscoring options at their disposal and Bournemouth’s only clean sheet in 2023 came against a listless Wolves attack.

Back Arsenal to Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.75

Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace
Sunday 5 March, 2:00am, Villa Park

As frustrating as they can be to sit through, Palace’s ability to grind out a draw should help them survive the drop for another season.

Sitting six points from the drop zone, they have picked up five draws from their last six matches so it’s no surprise to find out the play for this match,

Villa’s defence has been their Achilles heel but Palace’s attack is not scaring anyone and they should be able to replicate their efforts from last week against Everton.

Neither team is really in a position to inspire a whole lot of confidence backing them to win so this is a game to stay on the fence and back a point apiece.

Back the Draw @ $3.15

Brighton And Hove Albion vs West Ham
Sunday 5 March, 2:00am, Amex Stadium

After a confidence boosting win over Stoke in the FA Cup during the week should right the ship for Brighton after a pair of disappointing outcomes.

West Ham had their own important result last week with a resounding 4-0 victory over Forest, however history is not on their side here.

Their last win over the Seagulls came in April 2012 in the Championship and since then, Brighton have dominated this rivalry with five wins and six draws in the Premier League.

On the balance of the season Brighton is the better team and they should take care of business at home.

Back Brighton to Win @ $1.75

Chelsea vs Leeds
Sunday 5 March, 2:00am, Stamford Bridge

If there was ever a match to stay away from, it’s this fixture with both teams not in a position to inspire any real confidence backing them.

Leeds tore Chelsea to shreds back in August but a lot has changed since then, starting with the managers on both benches.

There’s only so many ways to use Chelsea as a punch line and the internet is starting to run out of original material following their loss to Spurs last weekend.

The biggest concern for Graham Potter has to be the fact they have scored a grand total of three goals since New Years’ Day,

Leeds have been held scoreless in three of their last four outings so we may be fortunate to see a single goal.

Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $1.95

Wolves vs Tottenham
Sunday 5 March, 2:00am, Molineux Stadium

On a short turnaround this has the makings of a bad spot for Wolves even though they will be at home.

Spurs are starting to find some momentum even with Antonio Conte absent following gallbladder surgery.

They have recorded back to back 2-0 wins in the league over London rivals West Ham and Tottenham in response to successive defeats to Leicester and AC Milan.

Getting them at this price looks like a good bit of value and Spurs should have the momentum to take them home.

Back Tottenham to Win @ $2.25

Southampton vs Leicester
Sunday 5 March, 4:30am, St Mary’s Stadium

Let’s keep this one nice and simple, the Saints are anchored to the foot of the Premier League table and have the most losses in the division with 16 from 24 matches.

Leicester might have struggled against Manchester United and Arsenal in their last two league outings, but this is a much worse opponent that punters should be happy to take on.

Especially with the market having a tough time finding a big difference between them and the Saints right now.

Back Leicester to Win @ $2.60

Nottingham Forest vs Everton
Monday 6 March, 1:00am, The City Ground

All of the numbers surrounding these two attacks suggest we are in for a 0-0 arm wrestle but with the premium being placed on the under, it may be worth going against the grain.

Especially when you consider neither team has been that stout defensively and the Toffees will be coming into this game on short rest.

Add in the fact that Everton desperately needs all three points on offer to aid their push for survival and the value here looks like it is going to be on backing a few goals.

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.50

Liverpool vs Manchester United
Monday 6 March, 3:30am, Anfield

Despite the former’s struggles this season, Liverpool taking on Manchester United remains one of the premier matches on the English football calendar.

United have clawed back some pride in this rivalry after a lean spell and a win at Anfield would keep their title hopes in a viable position should Arsenal and City slip up.

However Liverpool are starting to claw their way back with some big name players returning from injury.

A win is a must for both sides but given the potential consequences for a defeat, we might see both sides opt to play conservatively and take a point apiece.

Back the Draw @ $3.45

Brentford vs Fulham
Tuesday 7 March, 7:00am, Brentford Community Stadium

There should be no shortage of goals in the final match of the round as Brentford welcome Fulham to their ground.

The Bees just keep finding ways to grind out wins with nine points from their last five league matches as they maintain an unlikely European charge.

Fulham currently holds a European spot sitting in sixth place and would love to find a way to maintain that position.

Backing both teams to score has been a profitable proposition for both of these clubs so we are going to follow that trend here.

Back Both Teams to Score @ $1.70


2021/2022

It’s all systems go in the Premier League as we head into Matchweek 26 with a full slate of fixtures coming up

The heavyweight clash between Manchester City and Tottenham headlines this weekend’s fixtures with Guardiola’s side backing up from a midweek Champions League fixture.

We’ve got our previews and best bets below so read on and see who we are backing!

West Ham vs Newcastle
Saturday 19 February, 11:30pm, London Stadium
West Ham 1 – Newcastle 1

The great Newcastle escape is on after Eddie Howe’s side picked up its third straight win on the weekend.

However, it came at a cost with reports gun fullback Kieran Trippier broke a bone in his foot, ruling him out for a few weeks at least.

It’s a tough sell for most teams to suggest that losing a right fullback is going to hamper their attacking play but Trippier has been a massive asset since his acquisition from Atletico Madrid.

West Ham is still the more complete side and in spite of a few stumbles lately, I like them to get the job done at their home ground.

Back West Ham to Win and Over 1.5 Goals @ $2.05

Arsenal vs Brentford
Sunday 20 February, 2:00am, Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 – Brentford 1

When these clubs met in the first match of the season, Brentford sucker punched Arsenal in front of a raucous home crowd and came away with a win that some hoped would set the tone for a surprising season.

The Bees have had sporadic moments since then however recent form suggests they are unlikely to catch the Gunners by surprise here.

Since January 12, they have lost six and drawn once as their defence has been found out by some of the stronger attacks in the competition.

Arsenal doesn’t have the most prolific attack but they should have enough firepower to get by them here.

Back Arsenal to Win and Under 2.5 Goals @ $3.30

Aston Villa vs Watford
Sunday 20 February, 2:00am, Villa Park
Aston Villa 0 – Watford 1

It’s fair to say the Steven Gerrard experience at Aston Villa has not produced the results it might have promised since his first up win over Norwich, but they should have no trouble against Watford here.

We bring it up just about every week but they have just two draws from their last 12 matches and have not scored in their last four matches.

Even if you are not overly confident in backing Villa, taking on Watford is one of the better plays in the Premier League at the moment so that is where this tip is headed.

Back Aston Villa to Win -1 Goal @ $2.70

Brighton And Hove Albion vs Burnley
Sunday 20 February, 2:00am, Amex Stadium
Brighton 0 – Burnley 3

The short turnaround may not be ideal for Brighton, however they will want to move on from their midweek defeat against Manchester United as soon as possible.

Burnley will be out to break a winless run that dates back to October 31, with seven draws and five defeats in that time.

It looks like the draw is the way to go for this one as nothing about either team really leaps out.

Back the Draw @ $3.40

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea
Sunday 20 February, 2:00am, Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 0 – Chelsea 1

Fresh off being crowned Club World Champions, Chelsea returns to domestic duty finding themselves in a crowded race for a top four spot.

Winning has been difficult for Palace all season taking maximum points just five times from 24 matches in the league which is not what you want when playing a side like the Blues.

Even if there is a bit of a travel hangover for Chelsea, they should still be able to take care of business.

Back Chelsea to Win to Nil @ $2.63

Liverpool vs Norwich
Sunday 20 February, 2:00am, Anfield
Liverpool 3 – Norwich 1

Norwich was brought back to earth in spectacular fashion by Manchester City last weekend and now they’ll take on Liverpool.

Perhaps the only cause for home is the fact the Reds will be coming back from a midweek Champions League tie in Italy.

But there’s no reason to back against a side that has won six straight and five of those were by multiple goals.

Back Liverpool to Win & Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.00

Southampton vs Everton
Sunday 20 February, 2:00am, St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton 2 – Everton 0

There are signs that Everton is on the improve, but not enough to turn down the chance to back against the Toffees in this fixture.

They might have knocked off Leeds 3-0 in their last outing but that says a lot more about them than Frank Lampard’s side.

Southampton’s last fortnight has been very impressive, defeating Spurs in London before taking a point from Old Trafford.

At this price I’ll back them to pick up the win.

Back Southampton to Win @ $2.05

Manchester City vs Tottenham
Sunday 20 February, 4:30am, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 2 – Tottenham 3

After back to back frustrating defeats, there are few things worse for Spurs heading into this match than a trip to the Etihad.

Southampton and Wolves highlighted some worrying defensive issues for Antonio Conte and with City scoring for fun, they could be in for a one-sided scoreline here.

In the last seven days City has put four past Norwich and five past Sporting CP, and you know Pep Guardiola will remind his side about their 1-0 loss in London in Week 1.

Back Manchester City to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.80

Leeds vs Manchester United
Monday 21 February, 1:00am, Elland Road
Leeds 2 – Manchester United 4

You could be forgiven for being a little bit hesitant jumping on United in this fixture but Leeds just hasn’t had that same spark this season and they are in danger of being dragged into a relegation fight.

With five wins from 23 matches, there is a reason why they are only six points above the drop zone and defensively they have been found out with 46 goals conceded on the year.

Take United’s star power to be able to drag them home.

Back Manchester United to Win @ $1.87

Wolves vs Leicester
Monday 21 February, 3:30am, Molineux Stadium
Wolves 2 – Leicester 1

Even with Wolves playing tight, defensive football, we could be in for a high scoring contest here if Leicester have their way.

The Foxes are open for business at the back, having gone six matches without a clean sheet and conceding multiple goals in four of their last five.

If given the chances, Wolves can absolutely match Leicester goal for goal and the price on the overs looks too high.

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.20


2020/2021

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.

Manchester City vs West Ham
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 vs 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

Leeds vs Aston Villa
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

Newcastle vs Wolves
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

Crystal Palace vs Fulham
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

Leicester vs Arsenal
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

Tottenham vs Burnley
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

Chelsea vs Manchester United
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

Sheffield United vs Liverpool
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

Everton vs Southampton
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

Manchester City vs Wolves
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

Burnley vs Leicester
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

Sheffield United vs Aston Villa
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

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United
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

Fulham vs Tottenham
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 vs Everton
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

Liverpool vs Chelsea
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


2019/2020

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.

Everton vs Crystal Palace
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 vs Watford
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

Sheffield United vs Bournemouth
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

Wolverhampton vs Leicester
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

Southampton vs Burnley
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.

NO BET

Norwich vs Liverpool
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

Aston Villa vs Tottenham
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

Arsenal vs Newcastle
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

Chelsea vs Manchester United
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

Manchester City vs West Ham
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


2018/2019

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.

Everton vs Manchester City
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

Fulham vs Manchester United
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

Crystal Palace vs West Ham
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.

NO BETS

Huddersfield Town vs Arsenal
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

Liverpool vs Bournemouth
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

Southampton vs Cardiff
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

Watford vs Everton
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 vs Burnley
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

Tottenham vs Leicester City
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

Manchester City vs Chelsea
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

Wolverhampton vs Newcastle
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


2017/2018

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.

Burnley vs Manchester City
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 vs 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

AFC Bournemouth vs Stoke
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

Leicester vs Swansea
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

Manchester United vs Huddersfield
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 vs Southampton
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

Arsenal vs Everton
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

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle
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

Liverpool vs Tottenham
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

Watford vs Chelsea
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.

Chelsea vs Swansea City
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.

No Bet

Crystal Palace vs Middlesbrough
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

Everton vs Sunderland
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

Hull City vs Burnley
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.

No Bet

West Bromwich Albion vs Bournemouth
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

Watford vs 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

Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke City
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

Leicester City vs Liverpool
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.

No Bet

League Cup Final

Southampton vs Manchester United
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

Manchester City vs Manchester United
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Southampton vs Arsenal
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