After a break for the double-header of Euro 2020 qualifiers over thelast week or so, the Premier League returns this week and will be played to a conclusion without any further breaks in the schedule for the remaining fixtures of the season and it is promising to be one of the most exciting run-ins for many years with the title, Champions League positions and of course the relegation places to be decided.
At the moment, a number of teams have not played their full complement of 31 games so far, but there is an extensive midweek selection of games coming up on the back of this weekend’s fixture list which will certainly address that and put most clubs back up to the correct number of matches.
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This weekend sees a number of key games including Liverpool, currently top of the table by two points, taking on Tottenham at Anfield in a game which could have a massive bearing on the fortunes for the rest of the season for both teams. Manchester City, who lie second but who have a game in hand on the Reds, look to have a very winnable fixture away to relegation haunted Fulham.
Let’s take a look now at the Match Result odds for the games with bet365.
Match Result Odds – Bet365 Sport
Premier League Preview and Tips
- Fulham v Manchester City – Away Win – 1/7
Scott Parker hasn’t endured the best of starts as Fulham boss and I did say when he was appointed that it was an “Alan Shearer” appointment and Shearer’s lack of results for Newcastle is being replicated here. City are just unstoppable at the moment it seems, especially domestically and there is no way on Earth I can see anything other than another comfortable win for Pep Guardiola’s side here and with that they will reclaim top spot in the table.
- Brighton v Southampton – Home Win – 7/5
This south coast clash is a vital one in the battle to avoid relegation and I am pretty sure both managers would take a point if offered to them before the game. Brighton’s form has improved of late and it needed too after a desperately poor run. Southampton’s, in contrast, hasn’t been too great in recent matches but they are a difficult side to beat now. They’ll push Brighton hard but I think the home side will do just enough to claim a vital win here.
- Burnley v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Draw – 11/5
Sean Dyche will know the size of the task facing him and his Burnley side against a Wolves team that are proving very tough to beat in the Premier League. Nuno Santo’s men have played some superb football of late and are deserving of their FA Cup Semi Final spot and 7th spot in the Premier League table. They do tend to struggle against lesser lights though and I can see Burnley getting something from this game, I just don’t think that they have enough to earn three points and a draw is the most likely outcome.
- Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town – Home Win – 1/2
For me, Palace are one of the most frustrating teams in the Premier League. On their day they can beat anybody, as they proved when defeating Manchester City at the Etihad and pushing Liverpool very hard at Anfield, but they can also lose to anybody. That said, Huddersfield have so few wins this season and lack goals that even a Palace side not at their very best should be more than good enough to ensure that they land the three points in this one.
- Leicester City v Bournemouth – Home Win – 4/5
After winning their last two games under Brendan Rodgers, Leicester fans will be hopeful that the ex-Celtic boss is working his magic at the King Power and I do expect them to make that three wins in a row against a Bournemouth side who have been way too inconsistent this season. But for a good start, the Cherries could have found themselves in a relegation battle and they will want to pick up those extra points they need to ensure safety. I can’t see them getting anything from this trip north however.
- Manchester United v Watford – Home Win – 2/5
United lost their first Premier League game under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Arsenal last time out and they’ll want to bounce back at home against a Watford side who have been a difficult team to beat for many top sides this season. The Hornets generally don’t get well beaten by too many sides and United have looked more susceptible at home than on the road over the last few weeks. As such, I expect this to be close but for United to take the win.
- West Ham United v Everton – Home Win – 29/20
Two mid-table sides who probably feel that they have not quite achieved what was expected of them at the start of the season. The Hammers have just about the better form of late and they do have home advantage, which is why I have backed them to win this game. Everton’s form is very up and down of late but they do seem to struggle against teams above them in the table and although their away form is improved of late, I still feel West Ham will do just enough to grab the win.
- Cardiff City v Chelsea – Away Win – 2/5
I have to be honest and say that Chelsea’s form at the moment is such that I did seriously consider backing Cardiff to cause an upset here or at least snatch a draw. However, I think the international break came at a good time for the visitors to South Wales today and I can see them coming into this game in a more positive frame of mind. Sarri is under pressure, but so are Cardiff and as such, I think it may be a hard game for the home fans as I am backing Chelsea to just about claim the victory.
- Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur – Home Win – 11/20
This game produced plenty of drama last season when we had two Spurs penalties, VAR decisions, a Mo Salah wondergoal and excitement aplenty all in the last few minutes. Liverpool felt hard done to that day by the officials and they’ll want to earn three points here to retain top spot in the table heading into next week. They are in better form and with Spurs away form at the moment being so poor, even the return of Alli and Kane to full fitness may not be enough for the visitors here. This will be close but I am backing Liverpool to earn the win.
- Arsenal v Newcastle United – Home Win – 4/11
Both these teams come into this game in relatively good form and Newcastle have seen their relegation concerns eased as a result of this. The Emirates however is a very tough place to go and win and although Newcastle don’t concede many, they don’t score a lot either, especially on the road and as such, I think if Arsenal get just one goal, that may be enough to secure the win. As it is, I would back the Gunners to grab at least two and earn a relatively comfortable home win here.