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Premier League preview weekend 11-12 February 2017

Premier League preview weekend 11-12 February 2017

Chelsea tightened their grip on the Premier League last weekend with yet another win and the Blues now sit nine points ahead of their nearest rivals. Antonio Conte’s side can continue their winning run at the weekend with their nearest rivals facing a tough away trip to a team looking to cement their Champions League spot.
At the bottom of the table just two points separate the bottom six sides in an intriguing relegation battle. Keep reading for our Premier League betting preview.

Premier League bet of the weekend

If Leicester City weren’t in a relegation battle before last weekend’s matches, they are now. After four straight defeats, the champions sit just a point above the drop zone and are in grave danger of becoming the first title winning side to be relegated the following season since 1938.
The Foxes’ main recent problem is a lack of goals and they haven’t scored a league goal in 2017. And, with confidence low, it’s a bad time to be travelling to a side in good form. Swansea City have improved markedly since Paul Clement took over and were unlucky not to take a point at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.
The Swans have won three of their last five – against better opposition than Leicester – and can continue their climb towards safety this weekend. On current form the 11/8 on a home win at the Liberty Stadium looks like exceptional value.
See all the prices here.

All Saturday’s action

Considering Marco Silva’s record as a manager, it’s perhaps no surprise that his early matches in charge of Hull City have seen his side take points off both Manchester United and Liverpool.
The Tigers have taken seven points from the last five matches to lift themselves to within a point of safety, but face another difficult game on Saturday as they travel to Arsenal.
The Gunners’ title challenge is all but over after two successive defeats and they now need to ensure they qualify for the Champions League. They should win, but the 1/4 on a home victory looks less tempting than the massive 10/1 available on in-form Hull.
Five defeats in the last six matches has prompted extra training and an intervention from the Chairman at Crystal Palace. The Eagles were awful last weekend, conceding four goals to fellow strugglers Sunderland in the first half of their match at Selhurst Park, and they face an awkward away day at Stoke City.
Stoke have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six which rather neatly sums up their inconsistency. On their day they are good, but seemingly safe in mid-table there’s hardly a lot to play for. If the Potters score first then Palace could fall apart, and the home side should be backed at 21/20.
Sunderland were excellent last weekend and look a very good bet to make it two wins out of two this weekend as they welcome struggling Southampton to the Stadium of Light.
The Saints have tumbled down the table after six defeats in seven league matches and have been beaten at both Burnley and Swansea in recent weeks. The bottom club look good value at 13/5 to grab a vital win.
Depending on other results Manchester United can climb into the top four this weekend after a run of 15 league matches undefeated. Jose Mourinho’s side have hit a decent run of form in recent weeks and had they turned a number of draws into wins they could be the main challenger to Chelsea at the top of the league. They should beat Watford at Old Trafford at 1/4.
Everton look decent value at 21/20 to win at Middlesbrough while improving West Ham United are the same price to win at home against West Bromwich Albion.
Saturday’s late kick-off looks as if it could be a lively encounter. Second place Tottenham travel to Liverpool who have endured a dreadful run of just one win in 10 matches.
Spurs have taken 23 points from the past 27 available and should be backed at 11/5 to continue Liverpool’s poor run.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

Another week, another win for Chelsea. Antonio Conte’s side continued their apparently unstoppable march towards the title with an impressive 3-1 win over Arsenal last weekend and they maintained their nine point lead at the top of the table.
They face a trip to Burnley this Sunday and it could be a trickier match then it looks. The Clarets have made Turf Moor something of a fortress this season and sit mid-table having accrued most of their points in front of their own fans.
Chelsea are worthy 2/5 favourites but there will be plenty backing a home win at 7/1.

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