We have got another busy weekend of Premier League action coming up across Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights this week with a number of teams also involved in European action the following week, it is going to be interesting to see what team selections are like for this weekend’s games.
The biggest match of the weekend is the Manchester derby which sees the top two in the Premier League go head-to-head in what should be a good game on paper, but in reality many of the games between the ‘big six’ this season have been somewhat dour and disappointing affairs. Manchester United, for example, have drawn five of their eight games against big six opponents 0-0 this season.
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In midweek, Manchester City’s victory teamed with draws for Leicester and Manchester United meant that City extended their lead at the top of the table to 14 points, with the Manchester derby game coming up this weekend. By the end of play on Sunday, City could well be 17 points ahead of their most fierce rivals.
Let’s now take a look at how the games are shaping up this weekend and what are tips are for each. The kick off date and time for each game is shown in brackets.
Premier League Matchday 28
Burnley v Arsenal (Sat – 12.30pm)
I thought Burnley were excellent in drawing with Leicester in midweek but Arsenal seem to be coming into a bit of form at the moment having won two of their last three. The Gunners have just the kind of team that could cause Burnley problems on the counter-attack here and I think that will likely be the shape of this game. It will be close and it may be a single goal that decides it but I am going for an Arsenal win here at 8/13.
Sheff Utd v Southampton (Sat – 3.00pm)
Sheffield United picked up their fourth win of the season in midweek against Aston Villa at home and they now have a chance to make that five against an out of sorts Southampton who have lost eight of their last nine games. The Saints are not playing that badly, they are just not taking their chances in front of goal and that is a worry here. I think they’ll stop the rot here but not quite do enough for the three points as I think a draw at 5/2 is the bet to back.
Aston Villa v Wolves (Sat – 5.30pm)
Can Aston Villa bounce back from a disappointing defeat away to Sheffield United in midweek? The Villains have had regular blips in form in recent times and that will be annoying manager Dean Smith in what has been an otherwise great season. Wolves were well beaten by Man City in midweek but I think they will do enough here to claim a point from this game. Take the draw at 23/10.
Brighton v Leicester City (Sat – 8.00pm)
The last of Saturday’s game is a big one for Leicester City as they seek to keep on the tails of Manchester City at the top of the table. Without Harvey Barnes and James Maddison though, their attack is lacking in creativity and they were sorely missed at Burnley in midweek. Brighton are always tough to beat but their home record is very poor and I think the Foxes will do enough to earn a narrow win on the road here at 9/5.
West Brom v Newcastle (Sun – 12.00pm)
Sunday’s first game is a relegation six-pointer. With Fulham in good form, Newcastle have been dragged into the relegation battle and they need something from this game against 19th placed West Brom. The Baggies though are unbeaten in their last three games and I do feel that the one team they would want to face next would be a Newcastle side struggling. This won’t be a game for purists but I think the most likely outcome is a draw at 23/10.
Liverpool v Fulham (Sun – 2.00pm)
Will Liverpool’s abysmal home run of form continue against an in-form Fulham side who are unbeaten in five? The Londoners held Liverpool at Craven Cottage earlier on this season and they will be confident of springing an upset against a side who have lost their direction at Anfield of late. Despite that the Reds are still 1/4 to win the game but I just can’t back them at the moment. I am instead going to go for the draw here which is still good value at 21/4.
Manchester City v Manchester United (Sun – 4.30pm)
Without doubt the biggest game of the weekend sees the top two in the Premier League clash at the Etihad. Manchester United are unbeaten away from home for over a year, but Manchester City have won all of their last 21 games. Something has to give here and in truth, given that United have drawn four of their last five in the Premier League and have now gone three games without scoring a goal, I feel this is City’s to lose. I am backing City to win here at 8/15.
Tottenham v Crystal Palace (Sun – 7.15pm)
The final game on Sunday evening sees Spurs take on Crystal Palace at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Neither side’s form is particularly good at the moment but Palace will be happy after a 0-0 draw at home with Manchester United in midweek. Spurs though are at home and have Gareth Bale in good form and as such, I think they will have just enough attacking quality to claim the win here. Back Spurs to win at 9/20.
Chelsea v Everton (Mon – 6.00pm)
Fresh from playing Liverpool on Thursday, Chelsea now face Everton on Monday night as two teams with top four aspirations battle it out at Stamford Bridge. Everton’s record away from home this season is very good, but their historic record against Chelsea away from home is abysmal. Thomas Tuchel has got Chelsea firing well here and I think that they will have just a little too much for the Toffees in this one. Take Chelsea to win at 11/20.
West Ham v Leeds United (Mon – 8.00pm)
There’s no doubt that West Ham have been the biggest surprise package in the Premier League this season but this is a tricky game against a Leeds side who can be brilliant, or a liability depending on how they play. Leeds have drawn just two games this season, so that doesn’t look a likely result but I just feel the way the Hammers are playing that they will do enough here to claim the win. Take West Ham to win at 21/20.
*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 8.35am on Thursday 4th March.