Premier League Predictions – Sat 28th Feb, Sun 1st Mar
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Sunday 1st Mar
12pm Liverpool v Man City
205pm Arsenal v Everton
Here is our Preview of the football action for this week’s action in the Premier League – with analysis, comment and free tips as always.
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Just the 8 EPL games with the Carling Cup Final between Chelsea and Spurs on the Sunday…
West Ham v Palace > Hammers have had a couple of decent results whilst Palace have won their last two away league games, but you would expect the hosts to do enough here to win – however, it’s that time of the season where the lower-placed sides get some better results…could be a sneaky draw here and possibly 2-2. Can see WH scoring and if Palace play well they can match that, it could be a high scoring draw so maybe Over 2.5 and BTTS are worth looking at too
Burnley v Swansea > I fancy Burnley here as they have often gone ahead in recent games and have managed some decent results (drawing away at the top 2) – they need to remain confident as they keep blowing a 2 goal lead. Swansea are useful but can throw in some poor games, they beat Utd and won at Saints but also lost at WBA in their last handful.. I think Burnley’s style will disrupt them and this could be a valuable 3 points for the home side, 2-1 for me
Utd v Sunderland > routine home win you would think although Utd have found ways to un-impress this season – they are on a decent roll at home and surely should be able to see off a weak Sunderland team, 1-0 may be enough as he visitors may well just defend manfully and try to steal a point so it could be a moment of magic that decides this
Newcastle v Villa > can see a surprise here – backed Villa last wk but they disappointed but they can take advantage of a Newcastle team who have lost their way a bit – Villa can be useful away from home at times and this is one of those games that has some decent value in backing the underdogs for me..
Stoke v Hull > not much to inspire here but Stoke should win although they have been fairly inconsistent – Hull find the occasional good away performance but generally are pretty easy to beat on their travels (just 2 wins in last 18). There have been a few goals flying around in recent Stoke games so this may well be the contrasting game, I’m expecting Hull to defend and grab a point, could be a dull 0-0
WBA v Southampton > the Baggies are improving a bit but may suffer against a really solid and enterprising Saints team – Southampton have done well in winning a lot of these type of games. WBA have won a few home games against lower sides but usually lose to the top teams, Saints have won their last 4 on the road – all points to a 0-1 result but best bets may be HT draw and Under 2.5
Liverpool v City > big game and one City will do well to win – both teams had poor Euro efforts and will need to forget those games and push on; Liverpool have really tightened up defensively but City can score against anyone if they choose to. City with just 2 defeats in their last 26 away league games are exceptional on the road but Liverpool are in good form too and are unbeaten in 7 at home and have scored 2 or more in their last 5 homes. A 2-2 draw appeals here as they both go for it and try to outscore each other perhaps, or maybe City by the odd goal in 5 as they can be prolific at times
Arsenal v Everton > Arsenal will be more than keen to rebound after a poor midweek home defeat and they could well run riot here if Everton don’t keep it tight and play well – I expect Arsenal to score 2 or 3 and they could win comfortably – they have lost just once in their last 30 home league games while Everton have lost 6 of their last 7 away – add in Everton relaxing after a good Eur result, and Arsenal keen to make amends, and I can see a 3-0 or 3-1 here at least
Carling Cup Final: Chelsea v Spurs > Chelsea all the way for me – Spurs have played more than anyone else in the top league and it’s showing now while Chelsea have had a week to prepare. Spurs have struggled after Euro games and although this is a Final which usually means ignore form and all that, I can’t help worry for Spurs. Hazard could cause a lot of problems out wide and Spurs have conceded too often this season. I expect Dier to partner Vertonghen at the back with bentaleb and Mason in the centre. Eriksen and Kane will obviously start and the only query is probably which wide players MP will pick. Chelsea may well keep Zouma at the back after Cahill’s previous experiences with Kane.
Chelsea are too experienced and wise and will bounce back from that 5-3 drubbing recently by Spurs. Tottenham have a chance as all teams do over 90 mins and in a Final anything can happen.. but the sensible bet is a tight game with Chelsea keeping Spurs at bay and then capitalising on an error no doubt and that should be enough. 2-0 for me and an outside chance of a thrashing if Chelsea get stuck in and Spurs lose some faith. Not a game to bet on though as hard to justify any bets with conviction.
Advised Bets >
Arsenal Win @ 1.6 and -1 AH @ 1.98
Aston Villa +0.5 AH @ 1.93
WBA v Southampton HT Draw @ 2.04 and Under 2.5 @ 1.61
Burnley Win @ 2.6
Palace 0.75 AH @ 1.61
West Ham v Palace Over 2.5 @ 2.26