The winter break has finally concluded with all 20 teams in action this weekend. With the fifth spot now guaranteeing UEFA Champions League, plenty of teams will feel that they still have something realistic to fight for again, while things have also started to take shape at the foot of the table. There are a few humdingers to look forward to this Saturday as Chelsea host Tottenham in the race for fourth, while Manchester City travels to Leicester City in the race for second spot. Meanwhile, the bottom six clubs all play away from home in gameweek 27.
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Saturday 22 February
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Crystal Palace 17/20
Newcastle United 37/10
The winter break is exactly what Crystal Palace needed after a run of seven games without a win, including three defeats in a row. They’ll be hoping for a much-needed turnaround against Newcastle United, who were beaten 4-0 last weekend at Arsenal.
Prior to that, the Magpies were unbeaten in four matches, including a 1-0 win over Chelsea. The Geordies grinded out a 1-0 victory over Palace in their last meeting, but perhaps the Eagles could salvage a draw on home soil this time around. I’m tipping a share of the spoils.
Burnley’s surge up the table continued last weekend with a 2-1 win at Southampton, extending their unbeaten run to four matches. In that period, the Clarets have won three times, including massive victories at Leicester City and Manchester United.
Before their winter break, Bournemouth went back to losing ways at Sheffield United just when they were starting to find their rhythm again. On the road, the Cherries have suffered four consecutive defeats. Put your money on the home win.
Sheffield United 19/20
Sheffield United proved that they’re here to stay before the break, showing plenty of fight and character to score a late goal against Bournemouth, resulting in a 2-1 victory.
The Blades are now sixth on the table, and with the fifth spot now guaranteeing UEFA Champions League football, Sheffield United’s dream lives on. Brighton are now winless in six league matches and have won just two of their 13 away games this season. At 19/20, you simply have to back Sheffield United.
Aston Villa 17/4
Southampton’s home form will be worrying as we reach the business end of the campaign. With just three wins and two draws, the Saints have the worst home record this season, claiming just 11 points.
Aston Villa were extremely unlucky not get a positive result at home against Tottenham last weekend. The penalty they conceded was a shocking call made by VAR, while a costly individual error set them back in the final minute of the game. Villa have shown that they’re capable of scoring goals aplenty this term. Both Teams to Score seems the way to go at 13/20.
Leicester City 33/10
Manchester City 15/20
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Sunday 23 February
Norwich City 52/10
It’s going to be an interesting couple of days for Wolves. After hearing the news that fifth spot could guarantee a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League, Wolves have everything to fight for, while they’ll also come off the back of a Thursday night UEFA Europa League tie against Espanyol.
Norwich sit rock bottom of the standings and have the worst away record in the league, winning just once. Despite the hectic schedule, Wolves should manage to claim maximum points.
Manchester United 6/10
After blowing the race for UEFA Champions League wide open, Manchester United will look to make the most of it and push further up the table when they host Watford. The Red Devils will be high on confidence after beating Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, but its their form against the lesser sides in the league that has been a worrying factor.
In the reverse fixture, Watford claimed a 2-0 win at Vicarage Road. The Hornets haven’t been getting the results required to stay up in the division, but they have found it easy to hit the back of the opposition net. Back the Home/Draw Double Chance & Both Teams to Score at 11/10.
Arsenal stretched their unbeaten run to six league matches with a commanding 4-0 victory over Newcastle United. Under Mikel Arteta, the Gunners have looked like a different side, tactically and physically. They’ve also kept back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season.
Everton have also been superb under new management and are unbeaten in their last five league games under Carlo Ancelotti. The Toffees will also fancy their chances with Arsenal playing in a tough encounter on Thursday night in the UEFA Europa League. The Home/Draw Double Chance & Over 2.5 Goals offers plenty of value at 13/10.
Monday 24 February
West Ham 14/1
Liverpool chase their 18th successive league win, which will equal Manchester City’s record and bring them one step closer to lifting their first-ever Premier League trophy. Jurgen Klopp’s men have been near-perfect, winning 25 of their 26 encounters this term. After a run of five games without victory,
West Ham travel to Manchester City and Liverpool in back-to-back matches, which will likely put a further dent in their hopes for survival. The Reds have kept four consecutive clean sheets in the league and should keep another one here. Take Liverpool to Win to Nil at 17/20.
TREBLE @ 5/1
Burnley Win 23/20
Wolves Win 11/20
Liverpool Win to Nil 17/20
Written by Jesse Nagel for SBN and Hollywoodbets.