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Football: Premier League Preview – Weekend of 21st Feb


Premier League Predictions – Sat 21st, Sun 22nd Feb

Premier League Matches >

Soccer_Premier_LeagueSaturday 21st Feb
3pm Aston Villa v Stoke
Chelsea v Burnley
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Hull v QPR
Sunderland v West Brom
Swansea v Man Utd
530pm Man City v Newcastle

Sunday 22nd Feb
12 pm Tottenham v West Ham
205pm Everton v Leicester
415pm Southampton v Liverpool 

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.

Premier League Table >

20 feb 2015

Form-wise, the table is pretty obvious but watch for any surprises from the regular recent losers with Villa and Leicester perhaps, and a few of the mid-table sides slipping as some have just 1 win in 5…

Villa v Stoke > can the new manager syndrome work for Villa? Sherwood may well get off to a decent start before it all starts getting messy so this could be a good time to back Villa; Stoke are awkward but do have the odd off day against teams they expect to beat, 2-1 home win for me

Chelsea v Burnley > plenty will expect a solid home win and the odds are huge on the visitors so I can’t help but be contrary and look for a draw here – an away win is very unlikely but if Chelsea get complacent then Burnley have nothing to lose and could nick a surprise point. Burnley HT and Chelsea FT at 33/1 might be worth a dabble too as Burnley have often gone ahead in games and been pegged back (they also held City away a few weeks back)

Palace v Arsenal > Pardew has had some good results and will want this big scalp but the visitors have been in really good form recently – if Arsenal play well they should score at least twice and win but Palace do like the odd upset against the bigger sides at home; perhaps backing them on the AH is wise

Hull v QPR > once free of ‘Arry, Rangers found an away win and will be looking to follow that up with their new found confidence on the road! this could be another vital 3 points as Hull aren’t winning much although they are capable when it suits them – perhaps a 1-1 draw or maybe a sneaky 2-1 away – QPR managed their first away clean sheet for ages last week and although Hull have managed a couple of good home wins recently, they may struggle here

Sunderland v WBA > the Baggies are another side perking up and may nick a surprise win here – that time of the season when teams need these results against fellow battlers – Poyet will no doubt expect a big home win here but WBA have drawn their last 3 away and are looking much better than they did a month or so ago

Swansea v Man Utd > Swansea are a decent side but have had some poor results – Utd draw plenty away and don’t win that often (3 winsin their last 14 away!) so it depends on their mindset – Swans for me if they click but this is a game to probably avoid from a betting perspective as form dictates Utd but they haven’t been impressive recently

Man City v Newcastle > Newcastle have eased off after a good spell and will do well to take anything from City. A tight and possibly dour game with a 2-1 likely, Cisse is in form and could nick one, City need some of their big names to produce – they have drawn at home to Burnley and Hull recently so clearly need to motivate themselves more

Spurs v West Ham > Spurs have another busy period with Europa League 2nd leg, League Cup Final and more PL games – they drew midweek despite dominating and will find Hammers hard to beat. They did nick a 1-0 on the opening day of the season in the reverse fixture, but Hammers won well last season here 3-0. Hard to call, expect Spurs to dominate possession but Kane will no doubt be heavily shackled and it may well be one of the wider players that produces the goods – if Spurs look ahead to a big week, they may get a shock again. Spurs are unbeaten in 7 at home and have seen off Chelsea and Arsenal while Hammers haven’t won in 5 away but last season it looked a bigger banker and was a shock so I’m wary!

Everton v Leicester > Everton are becoming a bit inconsistent but won well in midweek in Switzerland but surely should have too much for a Leicester team who perked but are losing games again steadily – Everton have only scored 1 in 4 at home and have tightened up a lot so this could be a dull stalemate; Leicester though often concede away and thus 1-0 is likely, not one to back though

Southampton v Liverpool > two good footballing sides and both in good form – could be an entertaining draw here although both have tightened up and not seen many goals recently respectively, Saints haven’t scored in their last 2 homes while Liverpool haven’t conceded in their last 4 away – could be a 0-1 result based on that but hey, a 2-2 springs to mind!

Advised Bets >

Palace +0.75 AH @ 1.88

West Ham +0.75 AH @ 1.88

West Brom +0 AH @ 2.1

Villa Win @ 2.68

Burnley +1.75 AH @ 2.09

Southampton v Liverpool Draw @ 3.4

QPR Win @ 4.1

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