Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips, Matchday 24
Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 24
Another great weekend of football action ahead which starts with a tasty looking encounter between Leicester City and Liverpool. Another great clash to look out for is the Saturday teatime clash between Manchester City & Tottenham. Join us as we preview all the games.
Match of the Day
The first game of the weekend is between third and fourth in the league. Leicester could go into second with a win against the champions. The Reds will be desperate for the win, after a heavy defeat by Manchester City.
- Venue: King Power Stadium
- Saturday 13th February 12:30
- Referee: Anthony Taylor
- Quick Glance Odds H: 5/2 D:5/2 A: 11/10
About the Game:
Leicester goes into this clash with Liverpool in 3rd place, three points ahead of their visitors in 4th. A win would see them go ahead of Manchester United into second as United play West Bromwich on Sunday. Leicester was in action mid-week, substitute Kelechi Iheanacho giving the Foxes a 1-0 win over Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. A rather lacklustre game, the first shot on goal didn’t arrive until the 82nd minute, and Iheanacho’s winner came in the 94th minute. The win means Leicester have qualified for the quarter-finals in subsequent seasons for the first time since 1969.
A downside to the victory was an injury to the highly influential James Justin. The club’s medical staff stated that the 22-year-old felt a ‘pop’ in his knee and is rated as doubtful for this clash. Leicester will have Jamie Vardy playing up front, the striker recently undertook surgery on a hernia problem and built up his match time. The 34-year-old is vital for Leicester’s chances, leading the goalscoring and assists charts for his club with eleven goals and five assists. James Maddison is another player to watch for. The attacking midfielder has six goals and five assists.
With no FA Cup involvement, Liverpool has had a week to prepare for this game and will have reflected on their heavy 1-4 loss to Manchester City in their last game. Even when you discount the two howlers from Liverpool’s Alisson, who gifted City two goals, Liverpool was still soundly beaten by City and the gulf in quality between the two sides was evident. Liverpool will of course point to injuries, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita and Joel Matip still out which has meant playing Jordan Henderson and Fabinho in central defence.
It is somewhat surprising that Jurgen Klopp didn’t turn to his new defensive signings for the City game. Liverpool signed Ben Davies from Preston North End and Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke 04. Now both players have had a week to settle; it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kabak partnering Fabinho at centre-back to enable Henderson to return to midfield. The goal threat for Liverpool, as usual, this season, comes from Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian has sixteen goals and three assists and converted a penalty in the Manchester City game. Liverpool won the reverse fixture of this game 3-0, goals that day came from Jonny Evans (og), Dioga Jota and Roberto Firmino. The Reds had 24 shots in that game, with 13 on target.
Prediction: Liverpool win, BTTS yes.
Rest of the Premier League Games
Coming up are our previews and Premier League betting tips for all the rest of the weekend’s action.
- Venue: Selhurst Park
- Saturday 13th February 15:00
- Referee: Michael Oliver
- Quick Glance Odds H:13/10 D: 11/5 A: 23/10
About the Game:
It was no surprise to see Crystal Palace struggle in their 2-0 loss at Elland Road against Leeds United on Monday night. With Wilfred Zaha injured, Palace looks like a ghost of themselves and with the 28-year-old a major doubt for this fixture; they could once again struggle. Along with Zaha, Palace has seven other players out injured, most notably James McArthur and Jeffrey Schlupp. Palace are 13th in the league and are in erratic form, winning two and losing three in the last five. Eberechi Eze is a player to keep an eye on with three goals and three assists. The 22-year old assisted in the 2-1 win against Newcastle and scored in the 1-0 win at Wolves.
Burnley’s Chris Wood is a doubt for this game which will be a blow if the 29-year-old misses another game after sitting out the FA Cup defeat to Bournemouth. Wood’s is the teams top scorer with four goals. Goals have been rare for Burnley with only Ashley Barnes and Ben Mee, both on two goals, scoring more than one league goal this season. Burnley is staring the relegation zone in the face, just eight points ahead of Fulham in 18th. Great recent wins against Liverpool (1-0) and Aston Villa (3-2) have eased the pressure somewhat, but they have lost their last two, although these were against Chelsea (2-0) and Manchester City (0-2).
Prediction: A bore draw wouldn’t be a surprise
- Venue: Etihad Stadium
- Saturday 13th February 17:30
- Referee: Paul Tierney
- Quick Glance Odds H: 3/10 D: 19/4 A: 17/2
About the Game:
Manchester City added yet another record with their mid-week 1-3 win against Swansea City in the FA Cup. The win took them to 15 straight domestic wins, surpassing the record of 14 achieved by the two holders of the “invincibles” title, Preston North End (1891-92) and Arsenal (1987-88). That fact alone explains why some bookmakers offer odds as low as 1/25 on, at just over the halfway point of the season, for them to claim the Premier League title. The juggernaut not only moves on, but it is also picking up speed. A scary stat is that nine City players average a match rating over 7.0, they have strength in numbers, and the consistency within the ranks is that of champions. Phil Fodden is the one to watch, scoring a wonder goal in his man-of-the-match performance against Liverpool. The 20-year-old has five goals and three assists in eleven starts.
It’s not often that you score four goals away from home but still end up losing the game, but that’s exactly what happened in mid-week for Tottenham. An incredible game that Everton won 5-4 in extra-time. It was a defeat that dashed hopes of a continued revival for Tottenham, their win against West Bromwich in the league had ended a sequence of three consecutive defeats. Spurs face a fight if they wish to secure European football via the league. Currently, in 8th place on 36 points, they are sandwiched between Everton on 37, and Aston Villa on 35 points and both teams have a game in hand. One positive from the midweek game was the return to action for Harry Kane; the England captain scored Tottenham’s fourth goal which took the game into extra-time.
Prediction: Manchester City win, BTTS yes.
- Venue: AMEX Community Stadium
- Saturday 13th February 20:00
- Referee: Darren England
- Quick Glance Odds H: 7/4 D: 5/2 A: 3/2
About the Game:
When Brighton play, you rarely see a goal-fest with eight of their last nine games having less than 2.5 goals scored. Even excellent recent wins against Tottenham and Liverpool were both by a 1-0 scoreline. Brighton went out of the FA Cup in midweek, no prizes for guessing the score, a 1-0 defeat by Leicester City but they are unbeaten in the league in five, last tasting defeat by Manchester City (1-0 of course). Sitting 15th, they are ten points clear of Fulham in 18th. Goals are the team’s biggest problem, Neal Maupay is the team’s biggest threat with seven goals but has only scored two in the last ten, but both vital goals in 1-0 wins against Arsenal and Leeds.
Sitting ten points ahead of the hosts in 9th, Aston Villa had a storming start to the season, winning their first five in all competitions. The early season form was so good; they humiliated champions Liverpool 7-2. Recent form is less convincing with five losses in eight games. They beat Arsenal 1-0 in their last game, completing their first double over Arsenal for 28 years. Ollie Watkins continuing his great goalscoring form, scoring after 74 seconds to take his tally to ten in the league. The 25-year-old has scored four goals in his last five games. Jack Grealish has provided support for Watkins, Grealish has assisted ten times and has been on the scoresheet himself six times.
Prediction: Aston Villa win (most likely 1-0).
- Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
- Sunday 14th February 12:00
- Referee: Graham Scott
- Quick Glance Odds H: 29/20 D: 11/5 A: 2/1
About the Game:
Southampton has the worst form in the entire league. After stunning Liverpool on the 4th of January, the Saints have lost all five of their league games. Defeats at Leicester (2-0), Arsenal (1-3), and Aston Villa (0-1) were followed by a 9-0 hammering at Old Trafford by Manchester United. They suffered a 3-2 defeat by Newcastle United in their last league game, unable to take advantage of a two-player advantage when the Magpies were reduced to nine. A glimmer of light for fans is the progression in the FA Cup. A 2-0 win against this weekend’s opponents sees them into the quarter-finals facing Southampton in a south coast derby in mid-March.
Wolves have been given a boost with the news that Raul Jimenez has been training at the club’s Compton training ground. The Mexican fractured his skull after a clash with Arsenal’s David Luiz in November and without him, Wolves have struggled with goals. After the 2-0 defeat against Southampton, manager Espirito Santo acknowledged the team were not producing enough, and they had problems in the final third. Wolves have failed to score in four of the last five, and despite Willian Jose joining on loan from Real Sociedad, he has failed to score in four appearances. Pedro Neto is Wolves’ danger man, having four goals and four assists, although he hasn’t scored in ten, he assisted for a goal in the 2-1 win against Arsenal earlier this month.
Prediction: A repeat of Southampton’s 2-0 midweek win.
- Venue: The Hawthorns
- Sunday 14 February 14:00
- Referee: Craig Pawson
- Quick Glance Odds H: 9/1 D: 9/2 A: 3/10
About the Game:
The stats in West Brom game against Tottenham tell a familiar tale. Four shots in the entire game, of which, two came from set-pieces. Their opponents being much more adventurous having thirteen attempts in the 2-0 win. West Brom look in serious trouble, just a point above bottom club Sheffield United who have three wins in their last six games. If Sheffield United get at least a point in their game against West Ham, Sam Allardyce’s team could be bottom of the pile. The signs are not good for the Baggies; they have conceded nineteen goals in their last five games at home.
If this game were at Old Trafford, we’d be brave enough to predict a surprise result. At home, United have already suffered four defeats and three draws. They are a completely different beast on the road, only dropping points in draws against Leicester, Liverpool and most recently Arsenal at the end of January. United are unbeaten in their last eighteen away games in the league, a club record. United was in FA Cup action midweek, beating West Ham 1-0 in the fifth round. Unlike their last league game, a 3-3 draw against Everton on Saturday it was a game that lacked much goal action. Scott McTominay’s header in extra time the difference between the teams. If he starts against West Brom, McTominay could be a good shout in the anytime scorer market; the 24-year-old has scored in the last three games.
Prediction: Manchester United to win, Over 2.5.
- Venue: Emirates Stadium
- Sunday 14th February 20:00
- Referee: Stuart Attwell
- Quick Glance Odds H: 83/100 D: 14/5 A: 16/5
About the Game:
Arsenal goes into this game with Leeds in 11th place, just a point and a place below their visitors who they could leapfrog with a win. That will be easier said than done as Arsenal have only had two wins in their last five, a 3-0 win against Newcastle and a 3-1 win away at Southampton. Since those wins, they have drawn 0-0 with Manchester United and suffered losses against Wolves (2-1) and Aston Villa (1-0). Lack of goals has been the biggest issue for the Gunners, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been absent from the side due to a family illness, and Arsenal has struggled without him. His five-goal return is much lower than at this stage of previous campaigns. Alexandre Lacazette is the man to watch on eight goals and two assists.
While the bookmakers have Arsenal comfortable favourites (5/6) for this game, we feel Leeds @ 3/1 are worth a shot. Leeds have scored 32 goals and made 22 assists this season. When you compare these stats with Arsenal’s 19 goals and 14 assists, you can tell which team has the better attack. Individual players are performing better as well. Patrick Bamford is on twelve goals and one of the in-form players in the league. The 27-year-old scored a goal in their 2-0 win against Crystal Palace, assisted in the 2-1 loss to Everton, created two, and scored once in the 3-1 win away at Leicester. Leeds have lost two and won three in their last five.
Prediction: Leeds to win, BTTS yes.
- Venue: Goodison Park
- Sunday 14th February 14:00
- Referee: Andrew Madley
- Quick Glance Odds H: 9/10 D: 13/5 A: 3/1
About the Game:
It’s been a great week for Everton fans. A dramatic fightback to earn a 3-3 draw against Manchester United was topped by an incredible performance in the 5-4 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Showing determination, team spirit and flashes of individual brilliance, Everton games are often entertaining affairs. Against Tottenham, they conceded first; a good delivery from a corner from Son allowed Sánchez to score his first goal for two years after three minutes. Everton responded with a burst of three goals before the break to take a commanding lead. Tottenham hit back with an Erik Lamela goal just before the interval to set up the second half. Another goal from Sánchez and a late Harry Kane goal took the game into extra time. Everton had the final say, Sigurdsson assisted for the third time in the game, Bernard this time the beneficiary, scoring in the 97th minute. One downside is an injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin who tweaked his hamstring. He is only rated at 25% for this game and is unlikely to be risked.
It’s a lot more difficult to wax lyrical over Fulham’s recent performances. Scoring goals is the biggest problem, with four of the last five not seeing any goals from The Cottagers. Sitting in 18th with no wins in twelve games in the Premier League, it looks like a lost cause for Fulham. Their last win, a 2-1 win away against Leicester City in November was a long time ago, and with Sheffield United picking up points recently, a fistfight with West Brom for bottom spot seems likely. Josh Maja has been brought in to help with the goal drought. The former Manchester City trainee scored sixteen goals in 41 appearances for Sunderland between 2016-2019. He joins on loan from Bordeaux until the end of the season and could debut this game.
Prediction: Everton to win, Over 2.5.
- Venue: London Stadium
- Monday 15th February 18:00
- Referee: Simon Hooper
- Quick Glance Odds H: 33/50 D: 14/5 A: 17/4
About the Game:
West Ham has an injury crisis with Arthur Masuaku, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena Gonzalez, Angelo Ogbonna, Andriy Yarmolenko, Darren Randolph and Michail Antonio all ruled out for this game against their United opponents. Of those injured, Antonio will be the biggest blow. The 30-year-old can change games on his own, as seen with his two assists in the 3-1 win away at Aston Villa at the beginning of February. He was the difference against Burnley in January, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win and assisting one and scoring one in the next match, a 2-1 win over West Brom. West Ham are in great form, just one loss in the last six and are just a point off the Champions League spot.
The romantic in us really want Sheffield United to do the impossible and avoid the drop. It would have been unthinkable seven games ago, two points in seventeen games was the worst ever return in Premier League history, and relegation by January seemed likely. Now three wins in six games have changed the landscape completely, a win against the Hammers could see them leave the bottom spot they have clung to for so long. Of course, it doesn’t matter in what place you get relegated, 17th spot is the goal, and the Blades are still twelve points shy. They could close that gap with a win against injury-ravaged West Ham.
Prediction: Sheffield United win
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Monday 15th February 20:00
- Referee: Peter Banks
- Quick Glance Odds H: 11/50 D:11/2 A: 12/1
About the Game:
Many of us expected a glut of goals when Chelsea faced Barnsley in the FA Cup this week against Championship Barnsley. When the two met in the EFL Cup last year, Chelsea won 6-0 with Havertz scoring a hattrick after Abraham had opened the scoring. A lot has happened since the two last met, Frank Lampard has left the club, and Havertz hasn’t so far lived up to his immense talents. New manager, Thomas Tuchel, decided to give fringe players a chance in the 1-0 win but they were largely disappointing. Barnsley the better side in the first half and Chelsea needed saves from Kepa Arrizabalaga to keep them in the game. Abraham, who scored the winning goal in the 64th minute, was forced to make a goal-line clearance later to claim the win. Despite the uninspiring performance, it is a win that maintains Tuchel’s unbeaten start to life as the Chelsea boss.
In November and December as a Newcastle fan, you’d have been pretty relaxed about staying in the Premier League. Back-to-back wins against Crystal Palace and West Brom gave the Magpies a big cushion over the bottom clubs. That was until Newcastle went on a nine-game winless streak that included seven defeats including five-in-a-row. Recently, Steve Bruce’s team have turned a corner, with two wins in the last three, including a vital 3-2 win against Southampton. Newcastle showed incredible defensive work in that game, holding on to the lead, even when down to nine men. Hendrick had been sent off after 49 minutes and an injury to Fabian Schar after all three substitutes had already been used. It is a victory that came at a cost; seven players are ruled out for this one, including top-scorer Callum Wilson.
Prediction: Comfortable Chelsea win
Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*
|Leicester City v Liverpool||Liverpool to win||11/10||2.10|
|Manchester City v Tottenham||Manchester City to win||3/10||2.73|
|Brighton v Aston Villa||Aston Villa to win||6/5||6.82|
|Arsenal v Leeds||Leeds to win||16/5||25.99|
|Everton v Fulham||Everton to win||9/10||48.95|
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