Premier League Weekend Tips and Preview – Matchday 26
After Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Everton in a rearranged fixture in midweek, moved them to the top of the table, both those teams and the rest of the Premier League will be in action once again in what promises to be another exciting and potentially unpredictable weekend in the competition.
Goals from Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus deep into stoppage time at the end of each half were the key to Manchester City’s victory over Everton and that win means that while City have played a game more than Liverpool, and have the same number of points, their better goal difference has seen them leapfrog the Reds to take top spot in the Premier League once again.
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Liverpool will regain that spot on Saturday should they manage to avoid defeat at home to Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, but that period at the top could be short-lived (unless the Reds run up a cricket score against the Cherries) as Manchester City then face Chelsea on Sunday afternoon’s live game in what should be another Premier League cracker to enjoy.
There’s lots of other top games to enjoy this weekend that have great influence at the top and bottom of the table too, so we are going to go through all ten games from Saturday through to the Monday night game and give you our tips on how we see each of the games going.
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Premier League Matchday 26 – Tips
*All odds shown are correct with bet365 Sport as of 12.50pm on Thursday 7th February 2019
- Fulham v Manchester United
Fulham’s last win over Manchester United came way back in 2009 and since then, they have picked up just two draws in the following 11 matches between the teams. Fulham’s patch form contrasts sharpy with United’s excellent run of form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Claudio Ranieri will be worried his Fulham team could be on the wrong end of another great United display here. United are the obvious pick to win at 4/7.
- Crystal Palace v West Ham
There’s no doubt that both these sides are better than their form and league position suggests, but their consistency has been an issue all season long, particularly for Palace and especially against mid to lower table opponents. A derby game is always tough to predict and while I can’t see West Ham losing this game, I also feel they won’t win it hence I am backing the draw at 23/10.
- Huddersfield v Arsenal
Huddersfield’s poor form of late is no secret and even a change of manager has not helped give the side a boost in their last couple of games. Arsenal’s current form, especially away from home, is somewhat poor but even the Gunners will be confident of earning a victory against a team that struggles to score any goals, but is conceding them at an alarming rate. Arsenal should claim a comfortable win here at 8/13.
- Liverpool v Bournemouth
After two draws in a row, Liverpool have now been knocked off the top of the Premier League table by Manchester City and while the Reds still have a game in hand, they will know that they need to arrest this poor run of results quickly. Bournemouth earned a great win over Chelsea but their away form has been poor of late and Anfield is a tough place to come to break that. Liverpool should claim the win but expect a nervy afternoon at Anfield (1/5).
- Southampton v Cardiff City
This is a crucial relegation battle and a win for either team would improve their prospects of staying up immeasurably. However, for me, Southampton are the team that will achieve that as they are unbeaten in the League in 2019 under Ralph Hassenhuttl and added to that Cardiff do not travel particularly well in the Premier League. This will be a close one with perhaps just one goal in it but the 8/11 on the Southampton win looks the best option to me.
- Watford v Everton
A repeat of the 1984 FA Cup Final, Watford come into this game in the better form of the two sides and with Everton playing in midweek, they will also be more rested too. The Toffees played well against City defensively but still went down to a 2-0 defeat and although their away form has been better than their home of late, I think Watford is a tough place to go to get a result when your form is poor. I am backing the home side Hornets to win this one, just, at 5/4.
- Brighton v Burnley
After a poor run of results, Brighton are being slowly drawn into the battle to avoid the drop and the Seagulls are now just five points ahead of Cardiff in 18th place in the table. A win for Burnley would see Sean Dyche’s side match Brighton’s 27-point haul and the visitors are in much better form than the home side. However, Brighton are tough to beat at home and as such, I think this game is most likely to end in a draw (23/10).
- Tottenham v Leicester City
These two teams were involved in a Premier League title race a couple of seasons ago with the Foxes coming out on top. Spurs are missing Kane and Alli greatly at the moment and Leicester have given Man City and Liverpool a real examination of late and I can see them doing the same here. Spurs don’t draw too many games though and I just feel they could slip up against an in form Leicester side. Leicester for a very big surprise win here at 9/2.
- Manchester City v Chelsea
Chelsea inflicted the first defeat of the season on Manchester City in early December but since then their form has dwindled significantly and they now are in fourth spot in the table, well behind the top three. City moved top in midweek with that win over Everton and with home advantage, I feel they will pick up another maximum point haul here. City to win at 4/9.
- Wolves v Newcastle
Monday night’s game pits two sides in relatively good form against each other. Newcastle have picked up some great wins in recent times, notably against Man City, but Wolves form at the moment is excellent and they will be strong favourites here against a Newcastle side that don’t score too many goals, especially on the road. Wolves for me will just shade the win here (8/11).