This weeks tips from Brand Ambassador John Barnes are for the next round of the English Premier League – Matchweek 24.
Bottom dominated top in the Premier League mid-week, with only one of the top six sides tasting victory on Tuesday and Wednesday, while the relegation battle heated up with wins for Crystal Palace and Swansea. Games this weekend could go a long way to deciding who is headed for the title, and who is headed for the drop, so we asked BonusCodeBets ambassador John Barnes for his thoughts ahead of the next round of fixtures.
Chelsea vs Arsenal
When Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 in September, it looked like it would spark a title charge for the Gunners. Instead, it was the shock that Blues boss Antonio Conte needed to change his formation, and go on a winning run that’s seen Chelsea go nine points clear at the top of the Premier League. Conte’s side have only failed to win two of the 17 games since that meeting – a 2-0 reversal at Tottenham, and a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Tuesday. Failure to win didn’t cost Conte too much, with Spurs and Manchester United both drawing, and Arsenal losing 2-1 to Watford. That defeat, to a team who hadn’t won in seven, shows the Gunners’ fragility that Conte will hope to exploit this weekend.
John Barnes’ tip: After Chelsea drew with a title rival during the week, the BonusCodeBets ambassador is expecting a similar result on Saturday, tipping a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. With Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on one side, and Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud on the other, goals are to be expected, with that result available at around 14/1 with the bookies.
Hull City vs Liverpool
It was a January to forget for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool – being knocked out of the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and failing to win in the league, giving the Reds their worst ever start to a year. Klopp will hope a new month gives a change of luck, against a Hull side firmly in the relegation dogfight. The Tigers performed valiantly in their 0-0 draw against Manchester United on Wednesday, but surely they won’t be able to perform miracles again against Liverpool?
John Barnes’ tip: Reds legend John certainly doesn’t think so, backing a 3-1 Liverpool win. His former side won 5-1 when these two faced earlier this season, and Hull could find it tough against a potent attack that will include Sadio Mane after his return from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Leicester vs Man United
Leicester’s defence of their Premier League trophy has been disastrous – after lifting the trophy in May, they’re now well in the fight to stay in the division. Manchester United are currently in the middle of a 13 match unbeaten run – the longest of anyone in the league – but have yet to climb a place in the table, remaining in sixth throughout. Jose Mourinho will hope that his men can finally do that this weekend as they target a place in the top four.
John Barnes’ tip: John predicts that United’s run will continue with a 2-1 victory over the Foxes. While Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Co struggled to break down Hull on Wednesday, the BonusCodeBets ambassador thinks they shouldn’t have much trouble against a side that haven’t won a league match in 2017.
About John Barnes Tips: Every week we are asking our brand ambassador, John Barnes, to give us his predictions for some of the top upcoming games. These predictions are then used to give you expert betting tips to help you beat the bookies. As well as that we look to bring you the best bonuses and odds so that you can take full adv