Premier League Tips are coming in hot after a huge midweek round. Manchester City have extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 15 points. They cruised to a 3-0 win over West Brom at the Etihad Stadium. Meanwhile, their nearest challengers Manchester United and Chelsea both came unstuck.
Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero were all on target as City earned their 22nd victory of the campaign. United were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham at Wembley. Chelsea’s shocking second half collapse against Bournemouth, who won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, means last season’s champions are now down into fourth place, beneath Liverpool who won by the same scoreline at Huddersfield on Tuesday night.
Tottenham gave one of their best performances of the season to move within two points of Chelsea and Liverpool. They pull six points clear of neighbours Arsenal, who were beaten 3-1 at Swansea on Tuesday. That victory briefly lifted the Swans out of the relegation places. But they slipped back down to 19th place after Southampton and Stoke each picked up a point from respective draws with Brighton and Watford on Wednesday.
In a congested relegation scrap, which sees the teams in 10th and 19th place separated by just five points, Huddersfield are now just a point outside the drop zone after their fourth successive defeat. Newcastle and Brighton joined the Terriers on 24 points with their draws on Wednesday.
City are now in the enviable position of knowing that eight wins and a draw from their final 13 games will guarantee them the title. Their quest continues as the 26th round of games gets under way with their trip to Burnley on Saturday lunchtime.
Manchester United host Huddersfield in one of five games at 3pm. Theo Walcott returns to the Emirates Stadium with Everton, after scoring twice for his new club in their 2-1 win over Leicester. The pick of the weekend’s games is on Sunday afternoon, when Liverpool host Tottenham. Chelsea’s visit to Watford on Monday night rounding things off.
Premier League Tips – Manchester United vs Huddersfield
Huddersfield have found the going increasingly tough in the top flight and they go to Old Trafford looking for their first win in eight league games. Their 2-1 win over Jose Mourinho’s side in October now feels a long time ago, with Town looking over their shoulders into the relegation places – they are now the 8/13 favourites to go down.
Their away form has been particularly poor, aside from their 4-1 win at Watford in December. They have scored seven goals in victories at Palace and Watford, but only one goal in their other 10 away league games. Only two teams have scored fewer away goals, while only two have conceded more.
In six of their last eight Premier League away games, David Wagner’s side have capitulated after the break, conceding at least two goals. United have scored at least twice in the second half in nine of their 17 home games in all competitions, including half of their home league matches. West Ham, Leicester, Everton, Palace, Newcastle and Burnley have all conceded two second half goals at Old Trafford and Huddersfield will fear joining that list.
Premier League Tips – Arsenal vs Everton
Walcott scored twice as he made his second appearance at Goodison Park for Everton against Leicester and he plays his first away game for Sam Allardyce’s side at Arsenal, where his pace can cause problems for Arsenal’s troubled defence.
The Gunners are looking increasingly likely to miss out on the Champions League for next season and that’s down to the number of poor goals they give away – they have the worst defensive record of the clubs in top seven, while they have conceded as many goals as bottom club West Brom.
They have had particular trouble with tracking runners into the penalty area, with recent goals for Bournemouth’s Jordon Ibe and Swansea’s Sam Clucas springing to mind, and that is something Everton and Walcott will look to exploit.
Premier League Tips – Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspurs
As good as Tottenham were against Manchester United, they have struggled to produce their best form in the biggest away league games, losing at Manchester City, United and Arsenal this season.
Liverpool’s strong home form makes them a good bet to add to that record when the two teams meet in a crucial game at Anfield on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten at home in the league this season, scoring 25 goals and conceding only seven in their 12 matches.
They have beaten Arsenal and Manchester City and drawn with both Manchester United and Chelsea, while they have won eight and drawn six of their last 14 home games against other members of the ‘Big Six’ in all competitions. That run includes a 2-0 home win over Spurs this time last year.
Liverpool will press and harry Tottenham’s defence in the same manner as they did City to such great effect three weeks ago and can unsettle a rearguard that has missed Toby Alderweireld during his lengthy injury absence and kept only two clean sheets in the last 10 away games.
Premier League Tips – Watford vs Chelsea
Watford’s slide down the table continues, with their goalless draw at Stoke on Wednesday meaning they have now won only one of their last 12 Premier League games. They have the worst home defensive record in the division and look vulnerable to a Chelsea backlash following the Blues’ shock defeat to Bournemouth.
Antonio Conte’s side won 4-0 at Brighton in their last away league match, with Eden Hazard scoring twice, and it is the Belgian winger who continues to look their greatest threat and most consistent performer.
Eight of Hazard’s 12 goals for Chelsea this season have come away from home, including four in his last three games on the road, and he looks a good bet to open the scoring against opponents who haven’t found the net in their last three games.
Premier League Tips: Recommended Bets
|Man Utd vs. Huddersfield||Man Utd Over 1.5 2nd half goals||2.1*|
|Arsenal vs. Man Everton||Walcott to score||7.0*|
|Liverpool vs. Tottenham||Liverpool win||2.1*|
|Watford vs.Chelsea||Hazard to score first||5.0*|
*Odds at publication. Subject to change.