2017/2018 EPL Week 28 Preview

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Nine games make up our Premier League Preview for Round 28 with the postponement of Arsenal – Manchester City due to the Carabao Cup Final.

Not to fear however, as the heavyweight clash between Manchester United and Chelsea headlines a bumper round of action as the races for the top four and Premier League survival enter their critical phases.

Read on for our EPL Week 28 match previews and recommended plays for the weekend.

Leicester City Vs Stoke City

Saturday 24 February, 11:30pm, King Power Stadium

Stoke come to the King Power Stadium with the worst away record in the league and two points off the safety of seventeenth place.

Leicester’s campaign has been built on the strength of their home form but for the most part they have struggled to find any sort of consistency with just one win from their last five fixtures.

At the King Power this fixture has been very favourable for Leicester with 2-0 and 3-0 wins in the last two meetings.

That run is at good odds to continue and is the play for this game.

Back Leicester to Win @ $ 1.73

Liverpool Vs West Ham

Sunday 25 February, 2:00am, Anfield

These sides are both tied for the Premier League’s longest active winning streak (at one) and will obviously be looking to extend it to a grand total of two in this game.

Both sides were not involved in the FA Cup over the weekend although Liverpool did have a confidence boosting win in the Champions League.

With an up and down history against West Ham, they will need to be on guard for another of their patented slip ups here.

Before their current two match winning streak, they had gone five matches without a win against West Ham.

Even so they are in fine form at the moment and should be able to take care of business here.

Back Liverpool to Win and Both Teams to Score @ $2.50

West Bromwich Albion Vs Huddersfield

Sunday 25 February, 2:00am, The Hawthorns

Huddersfield’s Cup run came to an end at the hands of Manchester United over the weekend so now their sole focus for the remainder of the season is securing Premier League survival.

West Brom’s cup dream also came to an end at the hands of Southampton as they now try to pull themselves off the bottom of the table.

They have picked up two of their three wins at home and have scored twice in each of their last two games at The Hawthorns.

With a vulnerable Huddersfield side coming to town that has just eight points away from home, West Brom are the play in this game to at least keep some hope of Premier League survival.

Back West Brom to Win @ $1.95

Burnley Vs Southampton

Sunday 25 February, 2:00am, Turf Moor

Burnley have claimed the last two meetings between these sides and three of five since 2014/2015.

Goals have not been flowing in their matches with three for and five against in their last five matches.

When you add in Southampton’s relatively low scoring attack it would be a big surprise if this game finished with any more than two goals.

That play does not have a lot of great value and with Southampton’s recent form, it is looking likely that they can get a big win away from home.

Back Southampton to Win @ $2.70

Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Swansea

Sunday 25 February, 2:00am, Amex Stadium

Two sides coming off FA Cup action as Brighton celebrate a victory while Swansea are being dragged into a replay with Sheffield Wednesday after failing to score.

Swansea’s Premier League resurgence is rather impressive as they managed to avoid defeat for the fifth straight time and six out of the last seven matches.

Brighton have picked up at least one point in their last three and just one point separates these teams on the table.

I like the value of Swansea, even playing away from home, to pull off a win here.

Back Swansea to Win @ $2.15

Bournemouth Vs Newcastle

Sunday 25 Februay, 2:00am, Vitality Stadium

Newcastle have had two weeks to enjoy their upset win over Manchester United having missed out on the FA Cup over the weekend.

Bournemouth meanwhile have had two weeks to stew over a 4-1 loss to Huddersfield and would be expected to come out firing at home.

In terms of the table both sides are still very much in need of points to ensure their Premier League survival.

Bournemouth won the first meeting between these sides and are favoured to get up again.

Desperation can do funny things to a team’s performance however and as such, look for a battling draw in this one.

Back the Draw @ $3.40

Watford Vs Everton

Sunday 25 February, 4:30am, Vicarage Road

Watford have been a favourable opponent for Everton in the Premier League, winning two and drawing two of the five meetings since Watford’s return to the top flight.

They do only have one point from two wins at Vicarage Road however as Watford have put up a strong resistance at home.

Both sides have put together a decent run of form of late taking points from four of their last five and will enter this game fresh after a weekend off.

It is too hard to split these sides and as such a draw seems like the most profitable play.

Back the Draw @ $3.20

Crystal Palace Vs Tottenham

Sunday 25 February, 11:00pm, Selhurst Park

Tottenham have been dragged into another FA Cup replay adding to their already packed schedule while Palace enter this game desperate for their first win in five games.

Selhurst Park has been a profitable venue for Palace, picking up points in four of their last five matches there.

Tottenham have had no fear of a Premier League visit to this ground though, having won on three of four occasions since Palace’s most recent promotion.

Despite Palace’s recent positive results at home, it is still too hard to back against Tottenham as they continue their push for the top four.

Back Tottenham to Win and Over 2.5 Goals

Manchester United Vs Chelsea

Monday 26 February, 1:05am, Old Trafford

The Mourinho Derby is easily the match of the round however The Special One will be very happy to be in the friendly confines of Old Trafford for this one.

When facing Chelsea at home as the opposing manager, he has not lost to them claiming victory once at Inter Milan and last season with United.

Overall in the Premier League United have lost just once at home this season and are a good chance to continue that form.

Chelsea have been quite strong when travelling however with a massive midweek Champions League engagement with Barcelona, they may come into this game a little bit underdone.

This has all the makings of another Mourinho special where United sit back, slow the game down and try to nab a goal late in the first half.

Back Manchester United to Win @ $2.10

 


2016/2017

This is a disrupted week of English Premier League action as the majority of sides will do battle in the FA Cup.

Liverpool beat Arsenal in empathic fashion last week, but they face a difficult challenge against Burnley and their recent record against smaller clubs is woeful.

There may only be a few games, but don’t miss out on the best betting plays for every game this weekend – we are confident that we are in for another big profitable weekend!

Manchester City Vs Stoke City

Sunday 12 March, 1:00am, Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 0 - Stoke City 0

Manchester City have won their past two games against Stoke City, but Stoke have been somewhat of a bogey team for Manchester City over the past decade.

Manchester City will still start this clash as favourites, but their record as home favourites is nothing to write home about – they have won only nine of their past 16 games in this scenario for a clear loss.

Stoke City come into this clash on the back of a strong performance against Middlesbrough, but this is obviously a much tougher challenge.

They have won just two of their past 15 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and despite their excellent record against Manchester City they are a tough team to trust in this scenario.

There really is no value available for this clash and I am more than happy to stay out of the action.

No Bet

Bournemouth Vs West Ham United

Sunday 12 March, 1:00am, Goldsands Stadium

Bournemouth 3 - West Ham United 2

There is nothing between these two teams in betting and it should be one of the most interesting games of the weekend.

Bournemouth are yet to win a game in 2017, but they will still go into this clash as clear favourites.

The Cherries have won four of their past nine games as home favourites for a narrow loss and they are a very tough team to trust from a betting standpoint.

West Ham suffered a narrow loss at the hands of Chelsea earlier this week and before that they drew with both West Bromwich Albion and Watford.

Their record as away underdogs this season is excellent – they have won four of their past 14 games as away underdogs and they really should be favourites for this clash.

West Ham are one of the best value teams in the EPL this weekend and they should be able to secure the three points.

Back West Ham To Win @ $2.70

Everton Vs West Bromwich Albion

Sunday 12 March, 1:00am, Goodison Park

Everton 3 - West Bromwich Albion 0

Everton suffered their first defeat of the year at the hands of Tottenham, but they will still go into this clash with West Bromwich Albion as clear favourites.

Goodison Park has been a very happy hunting ground for Everton this season and they have won eight and drawn two of their past ten games as home favourites.

West Bromwich Albion suffered a surprise loss at the hands of Crystal Palace last weekend, but their recent form in the English Premier League has still been good.

The Baggies have been an easy team to trust from a betting standpoint this season and they have won just three of their past 17 games as away underdogs for a loss.

Everton should be able to get the job done and there is still genuine value at their current price of $1.65.

Back Everton To Win @ $1.65

Hull City Vs Swansea City

Sunday 12 March, 1:00am, The KC Stadium

Hull City 2 - Swansea City

This is a crucial game for both sides that are right in the middle of the relegation dogfight.

Hull City will go into this clash as favourites – just the second time they have been in this position this season – and it is fair to say that they are a tricky team to catch week to week.

They beat Liverpool at The KC Stadium a month ago, but they were unable to put away Burnley in their last game at home.

Swansea City have improved substantially since Paul Clement took over as manager and they scored an impressive win over Burnley last weekend.

They have proven to be a profitable betting team as away underdogs over the past 12 months and on their recent form they should prove far too strong for their rivals.

Back Swansea City To Win @ $2.90

Liverpool Vs Burnley

Monday 13 March, 3:00am, Anfield

Liverpool 2 - Burnley 1

Liverpool are the shortest-priced favourites of the weekend and they head into this clash on the back of an excellent win over Arsenal.

Beating the biggest clubs in the English Premier League has not been an issue for Liverpool, but they have struggled against smaller clubs and they were beaten by Burnley earlier this season.

Liverpool have now won 12 of their past 19 games as home favourites for a narrow profit and they have only lost a single game in this scenario over the past 12 months.

Burnley continue to struggle away from home and they are still chasing their first victory on the road this season.

It really is tough to see that win coming in this clash, but they are always a difficult team to break down.

Liverpool really should be able to get the job done comfortably, but there is no value at their current price.

No Bet

Arsenal Vs Leicester City

TBA, TBA, King Power Stadium

Chelsea Vs Watford

TBA, TBA, Stamford Bridge

Middlesbrough Vs Sunderland

TBA, TBA, Riverside Stadium

Southampton Vs Manchester United

TBA, TBA, St Mary's Stadium

Crystal Palace Vs Tottenham Hotspur

TBA, TBA, Selhurst Park