Premier League Double Header for Matchdays 28 and 29
This could well be a pivotal week in terms of the Premier League as there are two sets of matches to look forward to. There’s matchday 28 which takes place across Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this week and then this is followed by another full Matchday 29 which occurs, at the usual time, across the weekend.
With six points up for grabs for teams, there’s still a huge amount to play for at the top and bottom of the table, as well as crucial games for teams hoping to secure one of the Champions League places for next season. With almost every team either involved in a battle at the top, or at the bottom, these six available points could go a long way towards securing a team’s ambitions for the season.
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Let’s now take a look at the two sets of games this week and we will give you our tips for each of the matches played between now and the end of the weekend.
*Odds shown are correct as of 10.40am on Tuesday 26th February
- Cardiff City v Everton
Two sides who are not in the best of form meet in Cardiff on Tuesday night. The home side were trounced 5-1 at home by Watford last time out but I can’t see Everton following suit. Instead, I expect a more circumspect Cardiff performance and perhaps a share of the spoils. (Draw – 12/5)
- Huddersfield v Wolverhampton
Huddersfield’s win at Wolves was their best performance of the season but I think since then their performances have tanked, while Wolves’ have improved a great deal. Nuno Santo’s men will be up for this game and I expect them to claim the three points. (Wolves – 17/20)
- Leicester City v Brighton
With no manager appointed as yet to replace Claude Puel Leicester will have a caretaker boss in charge for this one. The last time that happened, they went on a fine run and I think they’ll get off to a good start here against a Brighton side that is sorely lacking form at present. (Leicester – 10/11)
- Newcastle v Burnley
Two sides in decent form at the foot of the table and this should be an intriguing clash at St James’ Park. Burnley are unbeaten in nine and I think they’ll continue that here, but I can’t see them picking up three points against a strong Newcastle defence. (Draw – 23/10)
- Arsenal v Bournemouth
The Gunners poor form of late has tended to be down to their away form, with their home form generally good. That’s bad news for an inconsistent Bournemouth side who have two tricky games this week. I can’t see this one going any other way than a home win. (Arsenal – 4/9)
- Southampton v Fulham
This is a real relegation six-pointer. Both teams will feel it is a must win game, especially Fulham who are already way behind Southampton who lie in 18th place. A win for Saints here would likely condemn Fulham to the drop and enhance their survival prospects and that is what I see happening. (Southampton – 10/11)
- Chelsea v Tottenham
This is a must-win game for both these teams but I think it is Spurs who are in the better frame of mind, even despite their 2-1 defeat at Burnley on Sunday. Chelsea though have good home form even though they have off the field woes to contend with. This will be close and could go either way but I am backing Chelsea to inch to victory. (Chelsea – 13/10)
- Crystal Palace v Man Utd
Ths could be a big ask for Man Utd with their injury crisis against a Palace side that are bang in form and who have given some of the top six a real test in recent months. United ended up with a point against Liverpool at the weekend and I think that is the likely outcome here too. (Draw – 5/2)
- Liverpool v Watford
The Reds come into this game without a goal in their last two games and against a Watford side that rattled five past Cardiff away from home at the weekend. I don’t expect this to be an easy night for the home side but I do feel that they will do just enough to take the win. (Liverpool – 2/7).
- Manchester City v West Ham
After a busy week, Manchester City are back in action following the Carabao Cup Final and they face West Ham at home. This will test City’s resources but I feel West Ham are not quite strong enough to cause a shock here and I am expecting a City win. (Man City – 1/6)
*Odds shown are correct as of 10.40am on Tuesday 26th February
- Tottenham v Arsenal
North London derbies are always ultra-competitive and this one will be no different. Both these teams need the points in the battle at the top of the table but I think home advantage and the return of Harry Kane, plus Arsenal’s erratic away form, tilts this in favour of the home side. (Tottenham – 9/10)
- Bournemouth v Manchester City
Given their erratic form, it’s little wonder the Cherries are 10/1 to win this game against in-form Manchester City. It’s a busy few weeks for the Citizens but I can’t see them slipping up here and I would expect them to take the three points relatively comfortably. (Man City – 1/4)
- Brighton v Huddersfield Town
For Brighton this is a must-win game against the Premier League bottom club. Huddersfield already look doomed to relegation and I can’t see them doing a great deal here on the south coast either. Brighton should get a much-needed win here. (Brighton – 8/11)
- Burnley v Crystal Palace
Two sides in decent form meet at Turf Moor in what should be a decent game. Defensively Burnley have the edge but I think Palace have the stronger attack. That said, Burnley’s recent form is superb and as such, I can’t see them losing here. Burnley to just about nick this one for me. (Burnley 13/8)
- Manchester United v Southampton
Who will Manchester United have fit for this game? Anthony Martial could be back but will Rashford, Lingard, Mata and Herrera? Southampton are desperate for points and they have earned a draw at Stamford Bridge of late, but I can’t see them getting anything from this trip to Old Trafford. (Man Utd – 1/2)
- Wolves v Cardiff City
Cardiff need to pick up points if they are to avoid the drop but I can’t see them doing that at Molineux against a Wolves side who have been in excellent form of late both in the league and cup. This is a quality Wolves side and I’m backing them to win this one comfortably. (Wolves – 4/9)
- West Ham v Newcastle United
West Ham’s form has improved of late under Manuel Pellegrini but they are still probably short of where they would want to be. Newcastle will make it tough for them and with a strong defence, I think the Toon Army could surprise a few by claiming a point here. (Draw 11/5)
- Watford v Leicester City
Could Leicester have Brendan Rodgers in charge for this game? Who knows? Watford are flying at the moment under Javi Gracia and I think this is a real test for Leicester and while I think they won’t lose this game, I am not convinced they or Watford have enough to win it. (Draw – 23/10)
- Fulham v Chelsea
This is a must-win game for Fulham and they find Chelsea in a state of disarray away from home. However, the visitors are a much stronger side and I feel that they have enough class to take the most of this opportunity to get back to winning ways on the road. (Chelsea – 3/5)
- Everton v Liverpool
Everton’s recent home form isn’t particularly good, while Liverpool haven’t been at their best in recent weeks either, but I still feel the away side just about have the edge. This will be close but I am backing the visitors to just about steal the win. (Liverpool – 8/15)