It’s a Big Week for Premier League Teams with Two Games In Five Days
After the drama of the FA Cup last weekend, the Premier League gets underway once again tonight with six matches from Matchday 24, followed by the four remaining games taking place tomorrow night. Then on Saturday, Matchday 25 gets underway with another ten matches, weather permitting, through to Monday night’s game where leaders Liverpool face a tricky trip to London to face West Ham United.
For some teams, who are out of both cup competitions, they have been able to rest key players ahead of this double dose of Premier League action this week, but for those still involved in the FA Cup and especially those also in the Carabao Cup semifinals last week, it has been another busy period of games with little rest in between matches.
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There’s some key games this week involving teams at the top and bottom of the table, including a number of relegation six-pointers between teams battling for survival in the Premier League, while all the top six will be in action, including one game which pits two against each other.
With six points up for grabs in the space of a few days, these two sets of games could have a big impact on the chances of your team landing the prize they want this season.
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Let’s now take a look at the two sets of games taking place on each matchday.
*Odds shown were correct as of 11.25am on Tuesday 29th January 2019
Match Result Tips – Matchday 24
- Arsenal v Cardiff City – Home Win (2/9)
- Fulham v Brighton – Away Win (23/10)
- Huddersfield v Everton – Draw (23/10)
- Wolves v West Ham – Home Win (11/10)
- Man Utd v Burnley – Home Win (2/7)
- Newcastle United v Man City – Away Win (2/11)
- Bournemouth v Chelsea – Away Win (4/6)
- Southampton v Crystal Palace – Draw (12/5)
- Liverpool v Leicester City – Home Win (2/9)
- Tottenham v Watford – Home Win (4/6)
To me, this looks to be a relatively straightforward set of fixtures for the top two with Man City and Liverpool likely to claim wins against Newcastle and Leicester respectively, while I would also expect Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal and Tottenham to claim victories too.
The real value bets in this Matchday come at the games involving mid table and bottom of the table teams with Brighton to beat Fulham being a particularly good value option. The Seagulls away form has improved markedly of late and against a Fulham side that have a habit of losing close games, I think Brighton are a good value selection.
The same can be said for the draw in the Southampton v Crystal Palace game, two sides that are in improving form of late but who need points to move away from the drop zone. This will be a tough game for both teams and if both managers come away with a point in the bag, I don’t think either will view that as two points lost.
Other Top Bets for Matchday 24
Wolves to win and both teams to score – Yes – 3/1
With Marko Arnautovic set to return for West Ham, I think he’ll have a point to prove and I can see the Hammers, who are a very creative side with the ball, having the ability to score a goal against Wolves on the road. However, I think Wolves are a very good team who do well against better quality opponents and they are also tough to beat at home, hence I think the home side will win the game, but likely by a 2-1 scoreline.
Chelsea to win and both teams to score – No – 15/8
Chelsea have already faced Bournemouth twice this season, once in the league and once in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals, and in both games they have won comfortably and not conceded a goal. With Gonzalo Higuain now at the club and the defence looking much more solid after the debacle against Arsenal, I feel they will stifle Bournemouth once again and end up recording a relatively comfortable win by a 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline.
*Odds shown were correct as of 11.25am on Tuesday 29th January 2019
Match Result Tips – Matchday 25
- Tottenham v Newcastle – Home Win (2/5)
- Brighton v Watford – Draw (12/5)
- Burnley v Southampton – Draw (9/4)
- Chelsea v Huddersfield Town – Home Win (1/6)
- Crystal Palace v Fulham – Home Win (10/11)
- Everton v Wolves – Draw (9/4)
- Cardiff City v Bournemouth – Home Win (2/1)
- Leicester City v Manchester United – Away Win (5/6)
- Manchester City v Arsenal – Home Win (1/4)
- West Ham v Liverpool – Away Win (4/11)
For me, I can’t see the top six teams having too many problems in general apart from Arsenal who in facing Manchester City away, have an extremely difficult task. That may well be an opportunity for Manchester United to leapfrog the Gunners in the table if they can get a result away to Leicester.
The interesting matches this week see Everton and Wolves clash in a mid-table match between two teams that can play very well at times, but have had some poor results along the way this season too. I fancy Cardiff to get the better of Bournemouth at home in what has been an emotional week for the Bluebirds, while in the relegation six-pointers I fancy Palace to get the better of Fulham, while I think the Saints and Burnley will battle it out to a draw at Turf Moor.
Other Top Bets for Matchday 25
Tottenham v Newcastle – Tottenham to win and both teams to score – No – 6/5
Things don’t seem great at Newcastle at the moment with Rafa Benitez reportedly growing increasingly unhappy with the board. The north-east side don’t score many goals anyway and against a very talented Spurs backline, I can’t see them finding the net here. Spurs have had a tough run of results of late and they will be without Kane and Alli but with Son likely to be back, I think they will have enough to run out winners to nil here.
Crystal Palace v Fulham – Palace to win and both teams to score – Yes – 3/1
Fulham’s woeful defensive record has been their achilles heel this season and while Claudio Ranieri has tightened things up, they still look liable to concede. Palace are in good form and looking a real threat even against the top sides so I fancy them to grab at least a couple of goals against Fulham, but Palace also do let you in so I can see Fulham finding the net too. Hence I think both sides will score and a Palace victory looks a very good option.