The Premier League has again thrown up some surprises with the latest round of fixtures. To help you make sense from some of the madness, we have analysed the stats to find some of the best bets available out there. Check out our latest betting tips for Matchweek 24.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 9 of Arsenal’s last 11 Premier League matches
Arsene Wenger, who was forced to watch from the stands, will have been furious with his team’s performance at home to struggling Watford in midweek. Their visit to Chelsea could represent the last chance Arsenal have of mounting a title challenge, so it is vital for them that they win. It looks like they will have to do so without Olivier Giroud, but Danny Welbeck is back in contention for a Premier League start having recovered from a long-term injury.
Chelsea have been formidable at Stamford Bridge and have won their last 8 Premier League home matches. It is also a place where they have dominance over Arsenal, with 6 victories in their last 7 home matches against the North London team. They have also kept a clean sheet in 5 of the last 7 at Stamford Bridge, but their defence will be tested against Arsenal who have failed to score just 3 times in all competitions this season.
Suggested bet: Chelsea to win & BTTS – 3/1 (William Hill)*
Sadio Mane has been directly involved in more goals than any other Liverpool player this season (nine goals, six assists)
Jurgen Klopp will be thankful to see the back of January, with his side failing to pick up any Premier League wins during the entire month. One of the biggest factors for this was Sadio Mane’s trip to the African Cup of Nations.
He has been the most dangerous player for Liverpool so far this season and provides a unique facet to their play with his pace and direct running that complements the creativity in the rest of the team very well. He made his return to the Liverpool line up as a 75th minute sub in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea. Liverpool fans will be hoping that his return will help them to renew a now fading title challenge.
Saturday’s opponents Hull City will be buoyed by the point they earned at Old Trafford in midweek, and will no doubt look to defend in numbers and stifle the Liverpool attack. The 0-0 draw against Man Utd looks like a bit of an anomaly, though, as Hull has lost every other game against one of the current top 6, with 6 of the 8 lost by a margin of at least 2 goals. Hull lost the reverse fixture against Liverpool 5-1.
Suggested bet: Sadio Mane Anytime Scorer – 7/4 (Betfred)*
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League matches
Tottenham will be kicking themselves that they couldn’t break down a stubborn Sunderland defence at the Stadium of Light in midweek, failing to close the gap between themselves and league leaders Chelsea. With Chelsea to play Arsenal, this weekend’s visit of Middlesbrough to White Hart Lane represents another opportunity to either gain ground on Chelsea, or widen the gap between them and North London rivals Arsenal.
Tottenham’s home form has been excellent so far this season and they have won their last 6 home Premier League matches, scoring at least 2 goals in each fixture. 5 of them games have had over 2.5 goals. One setback is that Tottenham’s flying fullback Danny Rose looks set to miss this weekend’s match after picking up an injury, but in Ben Davies, they have a capable replacement.
Away from home, Middlesborough have struggled, and have failed to win in their last 10 away games in the league. White Hart Lane has also been a tricky place for them to visit, with them losing 5 of their last 6 matches away at Tottenham.
Suggested bet: Tottenham to win 3-0 – 46/5 (Matchbbok)*
Gabriel Jesus is the first player to both score and assist in his first start for Man City
Pep Guardiola’s woes seem to be fading, as shown by his team’s 4-0 demolition of West Ham at the Olympic Stadium. His preferred attack in the last few matches of Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane and Aguero or Jesus, supported by Yaya Toure has looked extremely dangerous.
Jesus, who completed his move to Manchester City in January for a fee of £27 million, has hit the ground running, with his last two performances being very impressive. The fact that Pep preferred him to Sergio Aguero against West Ham speaks volumes, and after his goal and assist against West Ham, you would imagine he has done enough to retain his place in the Manchester City line-up against Swansea on Sunday.
The Swans are a team that are enjoying a bit of a resurgence of their own since Paul Clement’s arrival in Wales at the beginning of January. He has won 3 of his first 4 Premier League matches, with the single loss coming against Arsenal. One thing you can say about Swansea is that they never fail to entertain, with their last 11 Premier League matches delivering over 2.5 goals. Add to that the fact that this new look Manchester City line-up has scored 9 goals in the last 3 matches, and you can certainly see goals being on the agenda on Sunday.
Suggested bet: Gabriel Jesus Anytime Scorer – 5/6 (Paddy Power)*
Leicester City are the only Premier League side yet to score in 2017
Leicester being relegated following their title win was a common subject amongst Football fans in the summer of 2016. Of course, having just won the Premier League, it was seen as unlikely, and the topic was just the basis for some fun discussion. But the Premier League title holders are struggling at the moment, and with the league’s bottom three clubs slowly picking up points and gaining ground, relegation is now something that is looking like a real possibility.
They host in-form Manchester United who are now unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League matches. Jose Mourinho’s men have gone slightly off the boil, drawing their last 3 league games, but will be looking to get back on track in what they must see as a very winnable fixture. Mourinho will look to exploit the Leicester defence which has conceded at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 home league matches, but it is unlikely to be a contender for game of the season, with there being under 2.5 goals in each of Manchester United’s last 3 away matches in the Premier League.
Suggested bet:0-2 Man Utd Correct Score – 13/2 (Paddy Power)*
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