The battle for European places intensified last weekend with Liverpool the main beneficiaries of Manchester United, Southampton and Tottenham all dropping points.
With leaders Chelsea not in league action – they face Spurs in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final – Manchester City have a chance to close the gap at the top of the table. Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
West Bromwich Albion sit five points above the relegation zone and with Tony Pulis at the helm I’d be astonished of they ended the season in the bottom three. The Baggies have only lost once in 2015 and they look terrific value to see off Southampton in front of the Hawthorns faithful on Saturday.
The Saints have slipped out of the top four and have won just one of their last five matches in all competitions. While this is a match Ronald Koeman’s side need to win, West Brom look the side to back at a massive 9/4.
In our ‘bet of the week’ last week we predicted that Aston Villa’s woes would continue – even with a new manager – and a last minute goal saw Tim Sherwood’s side lose 2-1 at home to Stoke City. It could be another tough week for Villa who face a difficult away tie at Newcastle United.
Alan Shearer described Newcastle’s performance at Manchester City last weekend ‘pathetic’ and the Magpies have only won one league game in 2015. Villa would only be 7 points behind their hosts if they were to win but they look like a team devoid of confidence and ideas and I fancy John Carver’s side to nab a much-needed three points at 10/11.
Burnley’s Ashley Barnes might not be the most popular man in West London right now but he helped his side to an impressive draw at league leaders Chelsea last weekend. Sean Dyche’s side are only in the bottom three on goal difference and face Swansea City this weekend.
Burnley need to make their remaining home matches count and are 13/8 to grab a vital win.
Hull City have beaten two of their relegation rivals in recent matches but could find things tougher this weekend as they travel to Stoke City. Mark Hughes’s side could easily finish in the top eight this season and should win in front of their home fans at 10/11.
Manchester United are just 4/11 to see off struggling Sunderland at Old Trafford while the knives seem to be out for Sam Allardyce despite West Ham’s decent campaign.
The Hammers threw away a two goal lead at Spurs last weekend but should be too good for Crystal Palace in Saturday’s early kick-off and are 21/20 to win.
The match of the weekend is at Anfield on Sunday where in-form Liverpool welcome title-chasing Manchester City.
Liverpool’s 2-0 win at rivals Southampton last weekend means that they have lost just once in the last 18 matches in all competitions and have moved right into contention for Champions League qualification. City will want to bounce back from their midweek defeat to Barcelona and keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea and this is a touch match to call. The draw is available at 5/2.
Quite where it has gone wrong for Everton this season, perhaps only Roberto Martinez knows. His side sit just six points above the drop zone and were lucky to escape from last week’s match against rock-bottom Leicester City with a point.
The Toffees have won just one of their last ten league matches and travel to Arsenal on Sunday who sit third after their win over Crystal Palace last Saturday. Arsene Wenger’s side were unexpectedly outclassed by Monaco on Wednesday night but should win this one at 8/15.
The Premier League returns this week after taking a break for the FA Cup. There are a couple of six pointers at the foot of the table while the battle for European places intensifies as Liverpool travel to Southampton in Sunday’s late kick-off.
Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
It’s been a terrible few weeks for Aston Villa and the Midlands club dropped into the bottom three after their defeat at Hull City last week. Manager Paul Lambert was sacked after ten league games without a win and Tim Sherwood has been charged with improving the fortunes of a side who have scored just one goal in their last eight Premier League matches.
Villa welcome Midlands rivals Stoke City on Saturday and it could be a difficult afternoon for the new Villa boss. Stoke sit comfortably in mid table and have enjoyed some good results in recent matches against the likes of Everton, Manchester City, Arsenal and Newcastle.
Villa look like a team destined for the drop and the visitors can grab an away win at 7/4.
After beating another of their relegation rivals last time out Hull City will be looking for another valuable three points when they welcome QPR on Saturday.
Rangers won their first away match of the season at Sunderland before the Cup break and now sit above the bottom three. A win for either side would be massive but I fancy the home team to prevail at 21/20.
Chelsea now have a seven point lead at the top of the Premier League table and can continue their march towards the title with a home win over Burnley at 1/5. I also fancy Manchester City to grab a vital three points at home to Newcastle United in Saturday’s late kick-off.
Just five points separate five sides challenging for a Champions League spot and this could finally be the season when Arsenal drop out of the top four. After their defeat at Spurs last weekend and a nervy win over bottom club Leicester last time out Arsenal face a tricky away tie at Crystal Palace who have improved under new boss Alan Pardew.
Palace have only lost once match in 2015 and are on a good run of form. They look great value at 10/3.
Just a point separates Sunderland and West Brom towards the foot of the table and a defeat for either side would plunge them further into trouble. Gus Poyet’s side have drawn almost half of their league matches this season while Tony Pulis would settle for a point at the Stadium of Light. Back the draw at 21/10 and 0-0 at 6/1.
Swansea City beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening match of the season and they get the chance to do the double this weekend. The home side have a decent record at the Liberty Stadium while United have huffed and puffed a little in recent games, especially away from home.
Garry Monk’s side look good value at 11/4 while you can back United at evens.
Tottenham have been in great form over recent weeks and have dragged themselves into the thick of the battle for Champions League qualification. Harry Kane is arguably the form player in English football and the striker can help his team to another three points on Sunday as they welcome West Ham.
The Hammers were unlucky not to beat Manchester United in their last league game but tend to struggle away from home. They haven’t won away since early December and haven’t kept a clean sheet on their travels for almost a year. Back Spurs to win at 4/5.
Everton continue to struggle in the Premier League and it is now just one win in eleven for Roberto Martinez’s side. They welcome bottom side Leicester City on Sunday who have an even worse record than the hosts with just two wins in their last 20 Premier League matches.
Leicester need the points more but Everton should win this at 8/11.
There is an attractive match to look forward to on Sunday afternoon as Southampton welcome Liverpool. The Saints have lost just once in the league since mid December while Liverpool have lost just one Premier League match since 23 November.
The Saints can consolidate their Champions League spot with a win at 13/8 while Liverpool are available at 7/4.
The Premier League’s top two fought out an entertaining 1-1 draw in last Saturday’s big match, allowing Manchester United, Spurs and Arsenal to close ground in the race for Champions League places.
This week features two local derbies and some intriguing matches at both ends of the table. Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
Despite losing every away fixture they have played in the Premier League this season, QPR are just a point off safety in 19th place. This has been down to their excellent home form and despite the departure of boss Harry Redknapp, Rangers have a chance to record another vital three points on Saturday by beating Southampton.
The Saints have gradually been reeled in by the chasing pack in the hunt for a Champions League spot and injuries and suspensions have begun to take their toll. Ronald Koeman could only name six substitutes in their 1-0 defeat to Swansea last Sunday and the lack of strength in depth is beginning to show.
Rangers have only lost one of their last eight home matches in the league – and that to Manchester United – and so look absolutely terrific value to beat an injury ravaged Southampton at 16/5.
Saturday’s two televised matches feature two attractive looking local derbies. The lunchtime kick-off sees Tottenham face Arsenal with both sides on a good run of form. Just two points separate the two sides in fifth and sixth position and this could be a terrific match.
Spurs are unbeaten in seven league matches at White Hart Lane while Arsenal have won five in a row in all competitions, scoring fifteen goals in the process. The Gunners are the 5/4 favourites but Spurs look great value at 21/10.
Everton secured a win for the first time in nine games on Saturday, beating Crystal Palace by a Romelu Lukaku goal. They face neighbours Liverpool in Saturday’s late kick-off having secured a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
Liverpool have only lost once in the league since late November and are worthy 5/4 favourites.
Aston Villa beat an unwanted club record last Sunday when they failed to score for the sixth consecutive match. They are in the middle of a relegation scrap and it gets no easier for them this week as they welcome Chelsea to Villa Park.
You can get a massive 8/1 on the home side but there won’t be many tempted, even at that price. Similarly, there won’t be many rushing to back struggling Hull City who are 11/1 to beat Manchester City at the Etihad.
Crystal Palace look good value at 2/1 to beat bottom of the table Leicester City at the King Power Stadium and while Sunderland grabbed a vital win on Saturday they will find it tough to get anything out of their trip to Swansea City.
Just two points separate Burnley and West Bromwich Albion at the wrong end of the table and the promoted side could leapfrog Tony Pulis’ team with a win at Turf Moor in Sunday’s early kick-off. Burnley have just five points from their last seven Premier League matches but can grab a vital win in front of their home fans at 8/5.
Caretaker boss John Carver got his first win as Newcastle United manager at Hull last weekend and his side welcome Stoke City on Sunday. The two sides sit comfortably in mid table and this is a tricky match to call. The home side are available at 13/10 while you can back Mark Hughes’ side at 11/5.
West Ham have already beaten Manchester City and Liverpool at home this season and so it is perhaps a surprise to see them as long as 11/4 to see off Manchester United in Sunday’s late kick-off.
United’s away results have been inconsistent this season with some good wins – at Southampton and Arsenal – punctuated by draws at West Brom, Burnley and Aston Villa. Louis van Gaal’s side are just evens to win.
After a weekend of unprecedented FA Cup upsets the Premier League returns this week with many of its major teams nursing Cup hangovers. The division’s top two were humbled in the Cup on Saturday and meet at Stamford Bridge while there are other vital matches at both ends of the table.
Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
Nobody gave much of a chance to Middlesbrough and Bradford City last week but both teams came away from Premier League title challengers with a famous FA Cup win.
The two conquered sides meet in the match of the weekend and the outcome of Chelsea v Manchester City could go a long way to determining which team wins the title in May.
Chelsea bounced back from their Cup defeat by beating Liverpool in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and will go into this match focused and with a full strength side. City have been in faltering form over recent weeks and have won just one of their last four Premier League games.
Jose Mourinho’s side will be fired up for this one and in front of their home fans they look terrific value at evens.
Newcastle United announced this week that caretaker boss John Carver will continue to the end of the season and it could be a tough few months for the Magpies. They have failed to win any of their matches under their temporary manager so far and face a tricky away tie at Hull City on Saturday lunchtime.
Hull’s form is pretty awful – they have failed to score in six of their last eight league matches – and they sit in the bottom three. They need to pick up points at home and can start with a vital win at 13/8.
Everton have won just once in their last six Premier League matches and now sit just four points above the relegation zone. The Toffees haven’t won away in the league since late October and face a tricky trip to Crystal Palace who have won all four matches under new boss Alan Pardew. The home side look good value at 17/10.
Manchester United lost 5-3 at Leicester City earlier in the season but have improved since then while City have slipped to the foot of the table. United should win at 1/3 while Stoke City should have no trouble seeing off struggling QPR at 8/13.
Liverpool are unbeaten in six in the league and will leapfrog West Ham in the table if they win at 4/6 while Spurs can keep up their good run with a win at West Brom at 8/5. Sunderland have won just one of their last 12 league matches and Gus Poyet’s job could be under serious threat if they lose at home to Burnley on Saturday. There will be plenty of backers for the visitors at 13/5.
Arsenal have won their last three league matches without conceding a goal and have dragged themselves into Champions League qualification contention. They welcome Aston Villa in Sunday’s early kick-off and it would be a huge surprise if the Gunners didn’t win this one at 1/4.
There is an attractive looking fixture at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon as high flying Southampton welcome Swansea City. Both sides were victims of Cup upsets at the weekend and will spend the rest of the season fighting it out for a European place.
Ronald Koeman’s side are in excellent form and can register another win at 4/7.
It was a good weekend for Chelsea in the Premier League as their win over Newcastle coupled with a draw for Manchester City and defeat for Manchester United saw them open a two point gap at the top of the table.
Three of the top four have awkward away fixtures this weekend while Sunday’s late kick-off sees title-chasing City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad. Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
Burnley were my outstanding bet of last week to see off QPR at odds-against and I’m sticking with the Clarets to generate a profit again this weekend.
Sean Dyche’s side climbed out of the relegation zone with their win over Rangers last Saturday and this week they face another of the sides scrapping around towards the foot of the table. Crystal Palace are the visitors to Turf Moor and the Eagles also had a good result last weekend when they came from behind to defeat high flying Spurs.
Burnley have only lost one of their last seven home matches – and that to Liverpool – and their recent from includes good results against Palace, Manchester City, Newcastle and Spurs. Palace, meanwhile, haven’t won away from Selhurst Park in the league since mid September and so Burnley look excellent value at 7/5.
Liverpool were good value for their win over Sunderland last Saturday and Brendan Rodgers’ side are now unbeaten in seven matches. They travel to Aston Villa this weekend and will be looking to avenge their 1-0 defeat to Paul Lambert’s side earlier this season.
I still think Villa have a tough job to do to avoid relegation and if results go against them they could end the weekend in the bottom three. Back Liverpool to win at 5/6.
After a dismal run Leicester City have taken ten points from the last twelve in the league and have dragged themselves towards safety. Part of the reason for their revival has been their defensive performances and Nigel Pearson’s side have kept three clean sheets in the last four Premier League matches.
The Foxes welcome Stoke City to the King Power Stadium and look great value at 16/5 to win to nil.
All of QPR’s points this season have come at Loftus Road and there may be one or two tempted to back Harry Redknapp’s side at 5/1 to beat Manchester United on Saturday afternoon. Swansea City are the same price to beat top of the table Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium although the away side should win this at 4/7.
It’s now just one win in eleven Premier League matches for Sunderland and Gus Poyet pulled no punches when criticising his players after last week’s defeat to Liverpool. The Black Cats travel to Tottenham this weekend who were in great form before falling to a defeat at Palace last time out. Spurs have wobbled at White Hart Lane this season but should win at 8/13.
Southampton were excellent value for their win at Old Trafford on Sunday and travel to Newcastle United in Saturday’s late kick-off. The home side have won just one of their last six matches and haven’t won a home tie this season by more than a single goal. If Saints replicate their performance from last week they should win at 23/20.
West Ham’s surge into the Champions League places has come to a bit of a grinding halt over recent weeks. The Hammers are without a league win in four matches and all their games in 2015 have ended in a draw.
Hull City remain in the bottom three after their defeat to West Brom last weekend and I fancy Sam Allardyce’s side to return to winning ways by beating the Tigers at 8/13.
There’s an attractive looking match at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon as Manchester City welcome Arsenal.
City dropped a couple of points last weekend at Everton but are unbeaten in fourteen matches in all competitions. They will have to do without inspirational midfielder Yaya Toure who is on Africa Cup of Nations duty but should have enough to beat the fifth place Gunners at 4/5.
Monday night’s game sees Everton welcome West Brom to Goodison Park. Everton’s point against City last weekend was their first in five league matches while Tony Pulis’ first Premier League match in charge of the Baggies ended up in a narrow win over Hull.
Everton’s form is mediocre although they were unlucky to lose in the FA Cup at West Ham in midweek. It is 5/6 for a home win or you can back West Brom at 7/2.
After a weekend off for the FA Cup it’s back to Premier League action this week. There are some great games to look forward to including Sunday afternoon’s clash between third place Manchester United and fourth place Southampton.
Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
Just two points separates Burnley and QPR towards the foot of the Premier League and the two promoted sides meet at Turf Moor this Saturday.
Suggesting that you back a team that hasn’t won in five matches may not look like great advice but this fails to take into account Burnley’s excellent home record and the fact that QPR have yet to secure a Premier League point away from Loftus Road.
Burnley have only lost one of their last six home matches – and that to Liverpool – while recent good results include draws with Manchester City, Newcastle and Spurs. QPR’s away record is awful and they were well beaten by League One side Sheffield United in the FA Cup last week.
All this means that Burnley look excellent value at 6/5.
It is just one win in ten Premier League matches for Sunderland and the division’s draw specialists host Liverpool in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off. The visitors have improved after a shaky period and are unbeaten in six matches although the 10/11 on an away win doesn’t look like great value. The draw may be a better bet at 13/5.
Just four points above the drop zone, Everton fans didn’t expect their team to be in a relegation battle as they began 2015. Roberto Martinez’s side have lost their last four Premier League games and things could get very tough for the manager if they lose at home to title chasing Manchester City.
Goodison Park is often a tough place to go but the home side’s form is dreadful and City can win at 17/20.
Leicester City stopped the rot over the Christmas period with a win and a draw and can drag themselves nearer to the Premier League safety zone with a win over Midlands rivals Aston Villa. The visitors won the reverse fixture a month ago but I fancy Nigel Pearson’s side to get their revenge at 6/5.
Swansea City are 5/4 to beat West Ham at the Liberty Stadium while there will be plenty of backers for Tottenham at Crystal Palace. Since the 0-0 draw between these two sides on 6 December, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have taken 13 points from a possible 15 and they beat Chelsea in their last league match. Spurs are 6/5 to continue their push for a Champions League berth.
Chelsea can remain at the top of the table with a win over managerless Newcastle United at 1/5 while West Brom could be good value under new boss Tony Pulis to see off Hull City at 21/20.
Arsene Wenger took quite a bit of flak after his team lost to Stoke City a month ago and the atmosphere at the Emirates could get positively mutinous if his side were to lose again. Easily beaten by Southampton on New Year’s Day, Arsenal are in danger of slipping behind their rivals for a Champions League place and really need a good run of form this New Year.
You can back the home side at 4/9 while Stoke sit comfortably in mid table and are 13/2 to record a famous win.
It is now eleven matches unbeaten for Manchester United in all competitions although Louis van Gaal’s side lost ground on the top two with two frustrating draws over the festive period. They can get back to winning ways in Sunday afternoon’s late kick-off as they welcome Southampton to Old Trafford.
Ronald Koeman’s side are just a point behind United in the table and recorded good results against Chelsea, Palace and Arsenal over the festive period. United can be backed at 4/5 while there will be plenty of backers for the impressive Saints at 10/3.
The top three all won in the league last weekend and Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have winnable ties against struggling sides this weekend.
There’s also a local derby to look forward to while there could be further calls for Brendan Rodgers head if Liverpool lose at home to Arsenal. Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
Backing a team that hasn’t won in nine Premier League games and has slumped to 19th in the table might not look like great advice but I believe Hull City are overdue a win and can grab a vital three points this weekend.
Their opponents at the KC Stadium this Saturday are Swansea City who will be many people’s fancy at 6/4 to win the match. However, the Swans haven’t won away in the Premier League this season since their opening day triumph at Manchester United and lost the corresponding fixture 1-0 in April.
Steve Bruce’s side are overdue a bit of luck and look good value at 15/8.
Manchester City are on a run of seven straight wins in all competitions and get this weekend’s action under way as they welcome Crystal Palace in Saturday’s early kick-off. Palace have just one win in ten and so even without their leading attacker City should still win at 3/10.
Leicester City have fallen to the foot of the table after a poor run and they also face a tricky away tie at West Ham United. The high-flying Hammers have been in excellent form – particularly at home – and can win this one at 4/6.
Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Liverpool last Sunday was their sixth league win in a row and Louis van Gaal’s side can make it lucky seven on Saturday with a win at Aston Villa. United are just 8/13 to prevail on a ground where they have had a fair bit of success in recent years.
All of QPR’s 14 points this season have come at Loftus Road and while Harry Redknapp’s side lose away they have been solid in front of their home fans. They face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and despite the Baggies winning last week I fancy the home side to bag another vital three points at 13/10.
Southampton’s bubble has well and truly burst and they have lost four Premier League matches in a row and were knocked out of the League Cup by League One Sheffield United on Tuesday night. They welcome an inconsistent Everton side who, if they play well, should win at 11/5. The draw may offer better value at 23/10.
Tottenham have been pretty poor at home this season and so the 1/2 available on them to beat Burnley looks pretty skinny. The away side are a tempting 6/1 to continue their recent run of decent form.
There’s a local derby on Sunday lunchtime as Newcastle host Sunderland in the battle of the North East. The home side’s recent good run was ended by Arsenal last week while Sunderland are the draw specialists having already recorded 9 league draws this season.
Alan Pardew’s side beat Chelsea in their last match at St James’ Park and can win at 10/11.
Liverpool have just eight points from the last eight matches and Brendan Rodgers has been forced to defend his squad this week as their poor run continues. They welcome Arsenal on Sunday afternoon who themselves are on an inconsistent run.
While Liverpool seem to be unable to either defend or score goals, it’s only Arsenal’s defence that is the concern. This could be a good match and the 6/4 on an away win looks tempting.
Chelsea remain three points clear at the top of the Premier League and travel to Stoke City on Monday night. In the past this may have been a tricky encounter but Stoke’s home form this season has been poor – even if they beat Arsenal in their last Britannia fixture – and Chelsea should win at 8/13.
With almost half of the Premier League season gone, it’s time to have a look at the current form and league table to try and work out where the value lies for the rest of the campaign.
Can anyone catch Chelsea? Can Southampton and West Ham keep up their challenge for a Champions League spot? And can the like of Leicester City and QPR survive? Keep reading for our preview.
From early on this season it has looked like a one horse race for the Premier League title. Chelsea have been head and shoulders above their rivals so far this campaign and are as short as 1/2 to win the title.
Their nearest challengers are Manchester City who are just three points behind with fifteen matches played. City have hit some form in recent weeks although they will miss their talismanic striker Sergio Aguero over the busy Christmas period. City are 11/4 to retain their title.
Below the title contenders there is a fierce battle for the two remaining Champions League berths. After a shaky start to the season Manchester United have dragged themselves into the top three and are now as short as 1/5 to return to Europe’s premier club competition. A top four finish should be the least of Louis van Gaal’s ambitions.
So, who can nab the fourth spot? The 8/15 favourites are Arsenal who, over recent seasons, have always done enough to secure their top four berth without ever really looking like potential champions. But, could this finally be the year that Arsene Wenger’s luck runs out? Liverpool have had a shaky start to the season but are only a couple of points behind the Gunners and could prove good value at 9/2 to secure a top four finish.
It looks to be a transitional season for Spurs (8/1) and Everton have been too inconsistent to mount a serious top four challenge (the Toffees are 14/1).
Southampton were many people’s pre-season relegation favourites and are just 7/2 to qualify for Champions League football while surprise package West Ham are as long as 20/1 to secure a top four finish.
Despite their decent run of form the 1/3 favourites to drop into the Championship are promoted Burnley. Sean Dyche’s side have adapted well in the top flight after a slow start and, if they can strengthen in January, could survive.
A better bet would look to be Leicester City who have slumped to the foot of the table having not won since September. The Foxes look doomed and the 8/11 on them going straight back down looks like good value.
QPR are 6/4 to drop back into the Championship and the London club will have to improve their away form if they want to survive. They have yet to pick up a point away from home and their home form may not be good enough on its own.
Hull City and West Brom should have enough to survive while Sunderland should eventually turn some of their draws into wins. Crystal Palace are 2/1 to go down and this could start to look like good value if they have a tricky patch over Christmas.
One of these years it surely has to be Aston Villa’s time to go down? They have narrowly escaped the drop in the last two seasons and are 5/1 to be relegated this time around. If they can keep Christian Benteke fit then they ought to be OK but without him Villa could really struggle.
Manchester United’s win over Southampton on Monday may have been undeserved but it was their fifth win on the spin. United are now just eight points behind leaders Chelsea and feature in one of the matches of the weekend as they welcome old rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
At the other end of the table there are tough matches for Leicester City, QPR and Hull City. Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
There is an attractive looking match on Sunday afternoon this week as Swansea City welcome Tottenham.
Swansea sit eighth in the league after a good campaign so far while Spurs are tenth after some inconsistent results. While some of Spurs best performances have been away from home this year I fancy Swansea to keep up their good run with another win.
Garry Monk’s side are unbeaten at home since mid September and look great value at 6/4 to grab another three points.
The relegation candidates in the Premier League face some tough matches this week against the leading sides.
Leicester City haven’t won since their 5-3 triumph over Manchester United in September and have ended each of the last two games with ten men. They are desperate for a win but welcome Manchester City on Saturday afternoon. City will have to do without the injured Sergio Aguero but should win comfortably at 1/2.
Hull City have fallen into the bottom three having won just once since the opening day of the season and Steve Bruce’s side face a daunting trip to Chelsea. The league leaders’ long unbeaten run ended at Newcastle last weekend but they should record another home win at 2/11.
Burnley have produced some good performances in recent weeks and will have to be at their best to get something from their home tie with Southampton. The Saints have lost three in a row but are just 4/5 for the win. You can back the home side at a tasty 7/2.
Arsenal fans who travelled to Stoke last week made their feelings clear to boss Arsene Wenger after their defeat and it could be all out mutiny if the Gunners lose again this weekend. They welcome the in-form Newcastle United but if they can reproduce their midweek form – and spectacular goals – they should win at 4/9.
Sunderland have drawn 9 of their 15 matches this season and it is 23/10 that they secure a point against high flying West Ham. Stoke City’s form is up and down and they look good value to beat struggling Crystal Palace at 9/5 while West Bromwich Albion are good value at 9/5 to end their winless run with a home victory over Aston Villa.
Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off is a derby between two sides determined to restore former glories. Manchester United welcome Liverpool and the home side have won five in a row despite some mediocre performances. Liverpool, on the other hand, have just eight points from their last seven league matches and went out of the Champions League in midweek.
Gary Neville said that this could be a ‘pub match’ and I fancy the home side to make it six wins out of six at 4/5.
Monday evening’s game sees Everton face QPR. Everton’s form has been inconsistent this season and they dropped points against Hull in their last Goodison fixture. QPR have lost all of their away matches this season, however, and so this looks like a home win at 4/9.
After a busy week of football action there are some intriguing matches this weekend at both ends of the Premier League. The title challengers all have winnable matches while there are some six-pointers at the other end of the table.
Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
After a great start to the season culminated in a 5-3 win over Manchester United, Leicester City looked as if they would have no trouble surviving back in the top flight. However, the Foxes have failed to win since that September afternoon and have slumped to the bottom of the table.
In contrast, Aston Villa are back on an upward curve and haven’t lost in four matches following six straight defeats. Christian Benteke’s superb goal was enough for them to earn all three points at Crystal Palace in midweek and Paul Lambert’s side will fancy their chances of taking all three points against struggling Leicester on Sunday.
Villa look great value at 5/4 to win the Midlands battle.
Chelsea continue to set the pace in the Premier League and travel to Newcastle United in Saturday’s early kick-off. Newcastle have been excellent over recent weeks and the league leaders struggled to overcome North East rivals last weekend, drawing 0-0 at Sunderland.
Considering their recent form there will be plenty of backers for Newcastle at 11/2 but Chelsea should keep up their title push with a win at 8/15.
Hull City and West Bromwich Albion have just five wins between them this season and last season’s FA Cup finalists have slipped into the bottom four having won just once since the opening day of the season.
The Baggies have lost their last four matches and so this promises to be a nervy battle between to out-of-form sides. Hull are 11/8 to win, a result which could see the end of Alan Irvine’ short reign as West Brom manager.
Liverpool got a much needed win in midweek and welcome draw specialists Sunderland this Saturday. Gus Poyet’s side are hard to beat – they have drawn 8 out of 14 matches this season – and it is 10/3 that they grab a point at Anfield.
Burnley continue to climb the table after a good recent run but their mini revival could come to an end at Loftus Road on Saturday. QPR scored three times at home last weekend and can grab another three points at 11/10. Man City are 8/15 to beat inconsistent Everton while Spurs are 4/7 to see off Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.
The Britannia Stadium used to be an intimidating place for away sides but with Burnley, Leicester and Aston Villa all winning there this season visitors no longer seem to feat a trip to Stoke City. Arsenal are the away side this weekend and this could be a good match. The Gunners are evens to record a win but I fancy this could be an entertaining draw at 5/2.
West Ham and Swansea City have been two of the Premier League’s surprise packages this season and both continued their push for a European spot with excellent wins in midweek. The two sides meet at Upton Park on Sunday in what promises to be an excellent match.
West Ham’s home form has been good this season and so I like the chances of Sam Allardyce’s side at 11/8.
Southampton’s great start to the season took a couple of knocks this week as the Saints lost to two of their European rivals. Their recent run of tough fixtures gets no easier on Monday night as they welcome Manchester United.
Louis van Gaal’s side have now won four matches in a row and look to be improving as they get to grips with the Dutchman’s methods. City proved that St Mary’s doesn’t need to be an intimidating away trip last weekend and United are great value at 13/8 to make it five wins in a row.
It’s the time of year when managers come under increasing pressure and there’s been plenty of debate about the futures of Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers this week after costly league defeats last time out.
This weekend both Arsenal and Liverpool are once again vulnerable to mid-table teams who could prove to be great value at long odds. Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
Last week I suggested that Crystal Palace were outstanding value at 10/3 to see off struggling Liverpool and the Eagles duly obliged with a 3-1 win. This weekend there’s another home side who look great value at similar odds to beat a struggling ‘big four’ team.
West Bromwich Albion may have just one win in seven and haven’t won at the Hawthorns since September but the Baggies look great value to beat Arsenal in Saturday’s early kick-off. After a shaky start to the season Alan Irvine’s have improved and looked good in wins over Spurs and Hull and in their narrow defeats to Chelsea and Liverpool.
Arsenal have just four league wins this season – all against teams in the bottom seven – and have won just twice in their last seven league matches. While neither side are in great form the 3/1 available on West Brom looks too good to ignore.
Burnley have now won back-to-back Premier League matches and can make it a hat-trick of wins on Saturday as they welcome Aston Villa. It’s been over ten weeks since Paul Lambert’s team recorded a league win and the confident home side can pile more misery on Villa at 5/4.
Liverpool’s defeat at Palace last weekend was their third in a row and the Reds sit 12th in the Premier League table. Brendan Rogers desperately needs a win but faces a tricky home match on Saturday with Stoke City the visitors.
Mark Hughes’ side have been inconsistent this campaign but have recorded their best wins away from home. The Potters beat Manchester City and Spurs away and there will be plenty of people backing them to do the same against Liverpool at 9/2.
Manchester United looked a shadow of their former selves last week but found a way to win at Arsenal and should see off struggling Hull City at 3/10. Chelsea should also win comfortably and are 2/5 to beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in Saturday’s tea-time kick-off.
QPR look good value at 13/10 to see off goal-shy Leicester City while Swansea City can keep up their assault on a European place with a win over Crystal Palace at 4/5. Newcastle United can make it an astonishing seven wins in a row with a win at West Ham at 5/2 but I like the 23/20 available on the home side.
You’d have got decent odds on Southampton v Manchester City being a clash for second place in the Premier League in late November before the season began and the two teams meet at St Mary’s on Sunday lunchtime.
Southampton have 16 points from the last 18 available in the league and they are unbeaten at home this season, scoring 11 goals without reply in their last three matches at St Mary’s.
Considering City’s stuttering form the home side look great value at 11/5 to record another win.
Sunday’s late match sees Tottenham face Everton. Both teams sit on 17 points heading into this match with the visitors on a good run of five matches unbeaten. Spurs woes at White Hart Lane this season are well documented and so Everton look great value at 2/1 to continue their good run.
After the international break the Premier League returns this weekend with some intriguing fixtures at both ends of the table.
Chelsea and Manchester City look to have winnable home matches while the battle for a Champions League spot continues as Arsenal host Manchester United. Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
Liverpool’s poor start to the season continued last time out with a home defeat to Chelsea. And, Brendan Rogers’ problems could get even worse this week as his side travel to Crystal Palace.
The away side are overwhelming favourites to win considering Palace haven’t won since September and sit just outside the relegation zone. However, Liverpool themselves have won just one of the last four league matches and will again be without talismanic striker Daniel Sturridge.
Palace is not always an easy place to go and Liverpool have lost at both West Ham and Newcastle this season. There won’t be much in this game and so the 10/3 available on the home side looks like terrific value.
Chelsea continue to lead the way in the Premier League and all the talk is now of the club going the season without losing. Jose Mourinho was less than happy with the Stamford Bridge support recently and will hope for a better atmosphere as his side take on West Bromwich Albion.
West Brom have won in London this season but Chelsea should secure another three points at 2/9.
It’s been rather a hit and miss season for Everton so far and the Toffees have drawn their last two league fixtures. They welcome West Ham United this week and can climb to within a point of Sam Allardyce’s side with a win at 4/5.
On current form there’s not much to like about Manchester City and so there may well be plenty of people tempted by the 7/1 on Swansea City to win at the Etihad. Swansea have won in Manchester this season and beat Arsenal last time out so are full of confidence. City should win but the away side look to be where the value lies.
Newcastle United can make it a stunning six wins out of six with a home win over QPR at 3/4 while I also fancy Stoke City to see off Burnley at 7/10. Sunderland are the draw specialists and it is 23/10 that it ends up all square at Leicester City.
Saturday’s big match is the late kick-off which sees Arsenal host Manchester United. On current form it’s impossible to pick a winner here as both teams have been both occasionally brilliant and defensively awful in recent weeks.
It is just 4/7 that both teams score at the Emirates but this could finally be the week that United record a decent result. The away side are 11/5 to grab three points and leapfrog Arsene Wenger’s side in the table.
I’ve backed Hull City twice in as many matches to no avail with Steve Bruce’s side stuttering to defeats against Southampton and Burnley. Couple the Tigers’ poor form with Spurs’ decent away record and there looks to be only one winner in Sunday’s late kick-off. Tottenham are 6/5 to prevail.
Monday night’s match sees struggling Aston Villa take on high-flying Southampton. Villa have scored just once in 711 minutes of Premier League football although they ended their awful winning streak with a dogged 0-0 draw at West Ham last time out.
With one point from the last 21 available Villa have slumped to 16th but it could get even worse this week. The Saints have won five in a row in the Premier League by a combined margin of 15-2 and should be too good for Paul Lambert’s side at 4/5.