This Weekend’s Top Premier League Previews and Tips 14th – 17th February
We are now coming to the end of the mid-season break period for teams in the Premier League although how effective it has been, what with the Manchester City v West Ham game cancelled last week and a raft of FA Cup replays for teams scheduled to be resting at that time, remains to be seen. However after three games played and one postponed last week, we have the final six games from Matchday 26 taking place this weekend.
Of those six games, the biggest is undoubtedly taking place on Monday evening in London as Chelsea take on Manchester United in what is usually one of the more entertaining games of the season. In this article, we are going to preview each of the six games taking place this weekend (weather permitting) in what will be the start of a very busy period of games as we run in towards the end of the season.
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After three games last week (with one cancelled due to storm Ciara), there are a further six games this week in the EPL starting on Friday with the Midlands clash between Wolves and Leicester. Here’s our previews and tips for all six games.
Premier League Fixtures
Friday 14th February
Wolves v Leicester City
These two teams drew 0-0 on the opening day of the season at the King Power Stadium and recent history between the teams suggests that this is going to be a tough one to predict with the nine last games between them resulting in three wins apiece for each team, as well as three draws.
The fact Leicester have accumulated 14 more points than Wolves this season should be noted, but if you look at the recent form of both teams, it is pretty similar, and while Wolves is slightly poorer, it should be noted that they have had a far tougher run of games of late than the Foxes have had.
Both teams have lost just six times this season, which suggests both are tough to beat and with the first game between the pair ending in a draw and taking all factors into account, I have the feeling that this one is likely to end all square too. Our Tip – My money is on this one being a draw at 9/4.
Saturday 15th February
Southampton v Burnley
Both of these teams have 31 points so far this season, though Burnley’s goal difference sees them two places higher in the table than Southampton. The Clarets also came out on top in their first game of the season against the Saints, winning comfortably 3-0.
Since then though, of the two teams I think Southampton have, of late at least, been the better side and there are real signs that they are making big improvements, even in some of the games where they have lost in recent times.
This will be a tough one to call and while I can make a case for either side to win it, I think this is another game this weekend that will likely end up in a draw. Our Tip – Back the draw here at 11/4.
Norwich City v Liverpool
Bottom of the league takes on the top as a Norwich side who have won just four games this season take on a Liverpool team that have dropped 2 points out of the 75 they have had available to them.
It is pointless trying to make a case for a Norwich win here. They have an outside chance at best of clinching a draw against a Liveprool side that just seems to be able to dig out a result against any opponents no matter what the situation is.
This should be a Liverpool win and I’d expect it to be a comfortable one. Our Tip – Liverpool to win at 3/10.
Sunday 16th February
Aston Villa v Tottenham
It’s been a tough season so far for Aston Villa, they lie just a point outside the relegation zone but with a number of difficult fixtures coming up and the likes of Watford and West Ham trying to climb above them. They may fancy their chances against a Spurs side that have not been the best on the road this season.
Jose Mourinho has made a difference at Spurs since coming in and they now lie in sixth place and can move to a point behind Chelsea with a win here, but they must do that without the injured Harry Kane and the departed Christian Eriksen, which is a big ask for any team to lose two players of this calibre.
As such, I think this one could be a lot closer than many people expect though I am going to go for a narrow win for the visitors. Our Tip – Take Spurs to win at 5/6.
Arsenal v Newcastle United
Both of these teams have taken 31 points from their 25 games so far this season and in their first game on the opening weekend of the season, Arsenal took the points thanks to Aubameyang’s goal at St James’ Park.
However, since then the Gunners have flattered to deceive and with Unai Emery given the sack, Mikel Arteta has come in to try and improve things, with some limited success in recent weeks. Although the Gunners have remained tough to beat over the course of the season with just six defeats.
Newcastle though have become a tough team to beat in their own right under Steve Bruce and I think they have the players in attack and midfield to cause Arsenal some problems here. A home win is the most obvious pick, but I have a feeling Newcastle may get something. Our Tip – Take the draw at 7/2.
Monday 17th February
Chelsea v Manchester United
The first day of the season at Old Trafford saw Manchester United emerge as a 4-0 winner against their opponents today, but it is worrying for United fans to think that they won only eight more games out of the 24 that followed.
Chelsea have picked up six more points than United so far this season but even so, they are not in a great run of form with just one win in their last five. Chelsea’s home form this season has also been somewhat patchy and they have struggled against teams able to sit in and hit them on the break.
Oddly enough though, I feel against better sides at home, Chelsea have done well, but I also feel that this United team, while having its issues, is also well set up to take advantage of Chelsea’s defensive issues and perhaps cause them a few problems. I can see this game being close and I think a draw is the best prediction here. Our Tip – Back the draw at 13/5.
*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 12.25pm on Tuesday 11th February