2019/2020 EPL Week 26 Preview


Arsenal Vs Newcastle

Sunday 9 February, 2:00am, Emirates Stadium

Aston Villa Vs Tottenham

Sunday 9 February, 2:00am, Villa Park

Brighton And Hove Albion Vs Watford

Sunday 9 February, 2:00am, Amex Stadium

Chelsea Vs Manchester United

Sunday 9 February, 2:00am, Stamford Bridge

Everton Vs Crystal Palace

Sunday 9 February, 2:00am, Goodison Park

Manchester City Vs West Ham

Sunday 9 February, 2:00am, Etihad Stadium

Norwich Vs Liverpool

Sunday 9 February, 2:00am, Carrow Road

Sheffield United Vs Bournemouth

Sunday 9 February, 2:00am, Bramall Lane

Southampton Vs Burnley

Sunday 9 February, 2:00am, St Mary’s Stadium

Wolverhampton Vs Leicester

Sunday 9 February, 2:00am, Molineux Stadium



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.


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



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

TBA, TBA, Etihad Stadium

Southampton Vs Arsenal

TBA, TBA, St Mary's Stadium