After being treated to some mouth-watering UEFA Champions League clashes in midweek, the Premier League roars back into action this weekend with a full set of fixtures. Tottenham’s trip to Chelsea on Sunday is the headline act, but there are lots of other exciting matches to watch and bet on, with tips from our Editor.
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Friday 27 November
Crystal Palace 23/20
Newcastle United 51/20
We kick things off at Selhurst Park on Friday night as Crystal Palace host Newcastle United. Coming off a 1-0 loss to Burnley, their second consecutive defeat away from home, Roy Hodgson’s men will be delighted to return to their home ground where they put Leeds United to the sword with a 4-1 drubbing.
However, the Eagles will continue to be without star man Wilfried Zaha who will self-isolate due to a positive coronavirus test. Steve Bruce’s men have lost back-to-back matches, suffering 2-0 defeats at the hands of Southampton and Chelsea. Recent meetings between these sides have produced cagey affairs with under 2.5 goals in the last seven head-to-heads. Follow the trend and take Under 2.5 Goals at 6/10.
Saturday 28 November
Liverpool have the chance to temporarily move top of the Premier League table when they take on Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday as they wait on Tottenham to face Chelsea on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s men come into this tie high on confidence after setting a new club record of 64 unbeaten league games at Anfield following their 3-0 win over in-form Leicester.
It’s quite a surprise to see them priced up at 6/10 to see off 16th-placed Brighton, who haven’t been able to take a point off them since earning promotion in 2017. The Seagulls will be without the influential Tariq Lamptey after he saw red against Aston Villa, while Mohamed Salah will return for the Reds. We should see another dominant performance by the champions.
Manchester City 1/6
Saturday’s second fixture sees Manchester City host Burnley. It’s been a stuttering start to the season for Pep Guardiola’s side, dropping points in five of the eight games, but they should put 19th-placed Burnley to the sword.
The Citizens have won the last six meetings against the Clarets – five of those victories were by three goals or more. City haven’t been at their best but instead of backing them at 1/6, take them to Win By 3 Or More Goals at 23/20.
Leeds United 26/10
European hopefuls Everton welcome entertaining Leeds United to Goodison Park in one of the eye-catching fixtures of the weekend. Carlo Ancelotti’s men claimed their first win in five games with a 3-2 victory away to Fulham, while last season’s Championship winners were held at home to a frustrating goalless draw by 10-man Arsenal.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side struck the woodwork three times and Bernd Leno produced a string of superb saves. Against the Toffees and error-prone Jordan Pickford, the Peacocks will fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet as they aim to end a three-game winless run. Get on Both Teams to Score (Yes) at 11/20, because this one could go either way.
West Brom 33/20
Sheffield United 37/20
Saturday’s proceedings come to a conclusion with West Brom taking on Sheffield United at the Hawthorns. Both sides are in desperate need of victory as they languish at the bottom of the table. Just where this one will go is anyone’s guess. Mine: Under 2.5 goals at 6/10.
Sunday 29 November
Manchester United 21/20
Manchester United travel to St. Mary’s to face Southampton in Sunday’s first fixture. United secured their first league win at Old Trafford in underwhelming fashion as they edged past West Brom with a 1-0 victory. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side produced an unimpressive performance and had to rely on a controversial retaken penalty from Bruno Fernandes to see off the winless Baggies.
It was the first time United recorded back-to-back Premier League wins this season and they’ll look to extend their winning streak. The Reds will fancy their chances against a Danny Ings-less Southampton side, but in Ralph Hasenhuttl – the Saints have a manager who knows how to take points from the big teams. Four of the last five meetings between these sides have ended in draws and I’m backing another stalemate.
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Sunday comes to a close with a massive clash at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal have endured a mixed season and Mikel Arteta has problems he has to solve. The Gunners lie 11th in the table and have gone over seven hours without a goal from open play in league football, with star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struggling to find his form. To make matters worse, £72m man Nicolas Pepe is suspended after being shown a red card against Leeds United.
Wolves love facing ‘big six’ opposition and they’ve avoided defeat in each of their last three trips to Arsenal – those results all ending in 1-1 draws. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will be confident of leaving the Emirates with all three points on Sunday, but I’m expecting an improved performance from the Gunners who will welcome back Thomas Partey. Back the hosts on the Win/Draw Double Chance and Both Teams to Score (Yes) at 14/10.
Monday 30 November
Leicester City 11/20
Leicester City’s six-game winning run came to an abrupt end as they suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss against an injury-hit Liverpool at Anfield last weekend. Luckily for the Foxes, they have the privilege of facing Fulham this week, who have lost seven of their nine games and have conceded the most goals. This is a game I am not going to delve into greatly as the only result I can see is a Leicester win.
West Ham United 13/10
Aston Villa 39/20
We close out the gameweek with a clash between West Ham and Aston Villa. The hosts are looking to win three consecutive league games for the first time this season, while the visitors are targeting a fourth straight away win. This match should provide us with goals, and I’m backing over 2.5 of them to come in at 13/20.
TREBLE @ 3/1
Liverpool Win 6/10
Everton vs Leeds BTTS 11/20
Leicester Win 11/20
Written by Chad
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