Premier League Weekend Tips and Preview – Matchday 27
It’s strange to think that since Monday night through until Sunday evening, we will have seen action in the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, Premier League and the Carabao Cup, all within the space of six busy days of action.
For this article though, we are going to turn our attention to the somewhat curtailed Matchday 27 in the Premier League, of which there are eight games taking place across the weekend from Friday through to Sunday.
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It is worth noting that one game scheduled for this weekend, Everton v Manchester City, was played in midweek a couple of weeks ago and that the other game, Chelsea v Brighton, will be rescheduled for a midweek date some time in the next month or so. Both these games were rescheduled due to Chelsea and Manchester City competing in the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday afternoon.
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Let’s now take a look at the eight Premier League games taking place this weekend and give you our tips for each.
Friday 22nd February
- Cardiff City v Watford – Draw – 11/5
Watford ran out 3-2 winners when the two teams met in December last year in what was an exciting game, but I think this time around it will be a tighter affair. Cardiff’s record at home against the middle to lower sides in the Premier League is actually not too bad and I think Neil Warnock’s men will not be beaten in front of their own fans, but that said, I still feel Watford are good enough to avoid defeat too and as such, I think the draw is the right result here.
- West Ham United v Fulham – Home Win – 5/6
There are signs that Fulham are starting to put things right defensively under Claudio Ranieri but unfortunately, they are still conceding goals too often to allow themselves any real prospect of improving their position. West Ham have proven tough to beat at home in recent weeks and I would expect the Hammers to enjoy the lion’s share of possession and to take the three points in this London derby on Friday night.
Saturday 23rd February
- Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur – Away Win – 4/6
Spurs just edged a 1-0 win over Burnley last time out at Wembley thanks to Christian Eriksen’s last gasp strike, and I feel Burnley will want a degree of revenge for that. However, Spurs have been playing well of late, even despite Alli and Kane’s absence and with Son in great form, ably assisted from midfield by the clever promptings of Eriksen, I fancy Spurs will come away from Turf Moor with the points in the bag.
- Bournemouth v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Away Win – 6/4
Wolves are in a superb run of form at the moment both in the FA Cup and in the Premier League and they take on a Bournemouth side that have been hugely inconsistent this season, especially at home. This should be a great game between two footballing sides but I think goals will be at a premium and if anybody is going to clunch the victory on Saturday afternoon then I feel it will be the visitors, though I would only expect it to be by a single goal.
- Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town – Home Win – 5/6
Huddersfield’s new manager Jan Siewert will now be under no illusions about the size of the task that faces him at his new club. In truth, the Terriers already looked doomed to the drop and I can’t see their chances improving any away to Newcastle, who have been looking in much better shape under Rafa Benitez of late and who certainly owe the home fans a solid performance and a good win.
- Leicester City v Crystal Palace – Draw – 23/10
For me, these two teams have underachieved in the Premier Legaue this season. Both have beaten Manchester City in the league, both have given Liverpool a huge scare at Anfield despite losing at home to the Reds and both have also performed well against other top six sides, yet they fail to shine against lower quality opponents. Palace have the better form at the moment, but Leicester will stop that poor run here and I think earn a draw.
Sunday 24th February
- Arsenal v Southampton – Home Win – 9/20
Arsenal will be hoping for a degree of revenge in this game as they went down to a surprise defeat to Southampton just before Christmas, a loss which ended their long unbeaten run under Unai Emery and which has preluded a somewhat alarming drop off in form especially away from home. On home soil though, Arsenal have been very strong and I would expect them to continue that form here against an improving Southampton side who I think will make life difficult for the home side, but who just don’t quite have enough quality to take something from the game.
- Manchester United v Liverpool – Draw – 5/2
The biggest game of the weekend takes place at Old Trafford with Liverpool hoping to go back to the top of the Premier League by taking a win or a point from the game against Manchester United. This fierce rivalry is also exacerbated by the fact that United are unbeaten in the league under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and they are also seeking payback for a 3-1 defeat at Anfield back in December, that saw former boss Jose Mourinho handed his notice. United are the form team in the Premier League at the moment but Liverpool have proved so hard to beat this season and as such, I think a draw is the most likely outcome.