It’s an important week of fixtures for those struggling towards the bottom of the league. Whilst Norwich and Burnley host front-runners Man City and Liverpool, Watford and Newcastle will be eyeing up winnable games against Brighton and Aston Villa. Our expert tipster at NetBet has picked some of the best Premier League bets available on our football odds page to help you with your picks ahead of another mammoth weekend of action.
Man United to beat Southampton – 20/39
Throughout the majority of Ralf Rangnick’s reign, United have been playing poorly but picking up wins. Now there seems to have been a shift towards the other end of the spectrum. Rangnick’s side looked good for long spells against both Middlesbrough and Burnley, but failed to win both games. If it were for some better finishing and execution in the final third, we’d be talking about a couple of rampant United performances. They host a Southampton team this weekend that have proven themselves more than capable of competing against the big boys, but if United reach the heights of their first-half performance in mid-week, you’d expect the goals to start flowing given their individual quality.
Crystal Palace to beat Brentford – 9/5
Despite star-man Ivan Toney finding himself amongst the goals in recent weeks, Brentford are slowly being dragged towards the bottom three. They face a tricky visit from a much improved Palace side this weekend, with Patrick Vieira’s men a tough task for even the best teams on their day. The visitors will be back to full strength, and you’d expect Wilfried Zaha to slot into the front-line alongside the likes of Michael Olise and Odsonne Edouard to form a dynamic and terrifying attack. Whilst Thomas Frank’s side have played some good football at times, there is a real lack of bite to their performances, a bite that the Eagles have in abundance.
Everton to draw with Leeds – 12/5
Frank Lampard may have signed some reinforcements in the January window, but they couldn’t help him avoid a disappointing mid-week defeat to the Magpies. The signings of Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek will certainly provide a creative spark for the Toffees, but their inability to keep clean sheets could be what costs them. They have kept the opposition out just once in their last 17 games in all competitions, a stat that their new coach will be desperate to improve upon. It ended all square when these two met earlier in the season, and it wouldn’t be too surprising to see something similar this weekend. Lampard’s implementation of system and style is a work in progress, whilst Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have been hampered by injuries.
Brighton to beat Watford – 11/10
The arrival of Roy Hodgson may have stemmed the flow of goals being conceded, but they are yet to find the net themselves under the veteran manager – the 1-0 defeat to West Ham was a third consecutive game without scoring for the Hornets. They are now without a win in 10 league games, as they prepare to host a Brighton side on another run of draws. Graham Potter’s side have been impressive to watch this season, but a lack of cutting edge has seen them fail to capitalise on many dominant performances. We expect they will carve out enough opportunities to win the game, as they so often do, but whether or not they can convert is a different story.
Man City to beat Norwich – 4/23
Wins against Everton and Watford made Noriwch’s position look far less precarious than it did at the start of the New Year, but they don’t have too much hope against the visitors. Pep’s City have been on a relentless run since their defeat to Crystal Palace, and three points this weekend would be yet another step towards retaining their title. It is essentially a free-hit for Dean Smith’s side, but with the least prolific attack and one of the worst defensive records, it would be an upset for the ages if they could beat the Champions at Carrow Road.
Liverpool to beat Burnley – 4/13
Burnley rode their luck to pick up a point in midweek, with United having two goals disallowed in the first-half. Sean Dyche’s side were poor for 45 minutes, but managed to earn a point thanks to some clever play from their new signing Wout Weghorst. The industrious Dutchman will certainly be a handful in the Premier League, but Burnley looked poor defensively and you’d expect Liverpool to take full advantage in the final third. Jurgen Klopp’s side can’t afford to drop points against those in the bottom half, and with some important players returning from the AFCON, the Reds should win comfortably.
Newcastle to draw with Aston Villa – 11/5
Newcastle look to be turning things around and have now avoided defeat for four league games, their longest run without a loss this season. The acquisition of highly sought after Bruno Guimaraes was a sign of intent from the board, and Eddie Howe will be confident he has the players at his disposal to avoid the drop. They host a solid Villa side this weekend who are hovering in mid-table, seemingly safe from the drop but too far adrift of the European spots. The Magpies have been stronger on home soil, and with the momentum they appear to be building, they will certainly give Steven Gerrard’s side a run for their money.
Tottenham to beat Wolves – 5/8
This could be a crucial tie in the battle for a place in the top four. Neither side has been particularly free-scoring, and it is instead a defensive focus which has seen their results turn around. The return of Heung-Min Son from injury is a huge boost to Tottenham’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League, and with Harry Kane having his quietest campaign since breaking onto the scene, the South Korean’s goals could be pivotal at the back end of this season. Bruno Lage’s visitors have won four of their last five, but the lack of goals they score will still be worrying the Portuguese manager. This could be a cagey affair decided by a single goal, and Spurs look to have the quality up-front that is capable of finding it.
West Ham to beat Leicester – 27/20
It was only a few weeks ago that we were applauding Leicester’s impressive 1-0 win over Liverpool, but they have since been beaten by Spurs, failed to see off Brighton, and on the end of a 4-1 drubbing in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest. Brendan Rogers’ side have been incredibly inconsistent, and it’s difficult to know what you will get from them each time they step out onto the pitch. This is the complete opposite to David Moyes’ West Ham, who deliver intensity and tempo every game. The attacking nature of the Foxes will suit the Hammers, with this tie promising to be an end to end affair.
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