The Premier League title race continues to hot up with Manchester City in hot pursuit of Liverpool at the top of the pile. The reds will be looking to preserve their 4 point lead as they welcome Crystal Palace whilst City have a tricky looking trip to newly manager less Huddersfield Town. Elsewhere, Manchester United’s revival continues to take hold under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and they will be looking to make ground on Arsenal and Chelsea above them – who face off on Saturday evening.
Here are our picks for the twenty-third round of fixtures in the Premier League:
10:30pm Wolves vs Leicester City – Molineux Stadium
Leicester City ($3.6)
The Saturday Premier League programme kicks off with an intriguing midlands based encounter as Leicester City travel to Wolves. Both sides suffered disappointing defeats last time out in the Premier League and will be eager to bounce back in the hotly contested mid table battle. With only two points and three league places separating the sides, this should be a very close fixture. Wolves currently sit 11th in the Premier League and will be hoping to break back into the top half of the table quickly. Nuno Esporito Santo’s men progressed in the FA Cup with a famous win over Liverpool earlier in the month but will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Manchester City last time out. The Foxes continue to be blighted by inconsistency in the Premier League and their recent FA Cup defeat to Newport County has given the club real cause for concern. Claude Puel’s men currently find themselves in 8th place and will be eager to bounce back from a disappointing home defeat to Southampton. This fixture should kick off the Premier League round in style and with two closely matched sides in action, a score draw looks on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.2) – BET NOW
1:00am Bournemouth vs West Ham United – Vitality Stadium
West Ham United ($2.9)
Two sides locked in the mid-table battle face off on Saturday afternoon as West Ham travel south to take on Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. Both sides have lacked consistency this season but are currently well clear of the relegation picture and will be averting their focus to climbing the league table during the second half of the season. The Cherries have enjoyed an impressive campaign under the stewardship of Eddie Howe and currently sit in 12th place in the table. They are however in the midst of a rotten run of form – having only won 1 of their last 9 matches in all competitions. The Hammers are finding some form under Manuel Pellegrini and have climbed to 9th in the Premier League table. Last weeks’ 1-0 win over Arsenal was their 8th win in their last 10 games in all competitions and they will be keen to kick on here. Goals look very much on the cards here between Bournemouth and West Ham and it could well end up a score draw between two exciting teams.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.6) – BET NOW
1:00am Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – Anfield Stadium
Crystal Palace ($18)
Premier League leaders Liverpool will be looking to keep up the pressure on the chasing pack as they welcome Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace to Anfield. The reds continue to blaze a trail at the top of the league and lead by 4 points from Manchester City and will be looking to extend that distance with the blues not playing until Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s men bounced back impressively from their consecutive defeats to Manchester City and Wolves to beat Brighton 1-0 last time out. With only the Champions League and Premier League to focus on, the reds will be eager to pick up their first trophy since 2012 this term. The Eagles have found form of late, epitomised by their 3-2 win at Manchester City before Christmas. With only 2 defeats in their last 7 matches in all competitions, Roy Hodgson’s men look to be turning the corner and have climbed to 14th in the table. This should be an entertaining game, particularly with the sub plot of Roy Hodgson returning to Anfield but Liverpool should ultimately be too strong for Crystal Palace.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match to nil ($1.85) – BET NOW
Liverpool to win 3-0
1:00am Manchester United vs Brighton – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.3)
The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revolution continues to gather apace for Manchester United who welcome Brighton to Old Trafford – looking for revenge for their early season defeat. The Red Devils are unbeaten under their new manager and they will be eager to keep the pressure on the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea above them. The Red Devils have enjoyed a great run of form under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and have won all 6 of their matches with him at the helm. They currently sit 6th in the table – level on points with Arsenal and they are beginning to pressurise the teams in the Champions League places. The Seagulls are one of the pluckiest teams in the Premier League and currently find themselves in 13th place in the standings. With only 2 defeats in their last 6 matches in all competitions and FA Cup progress assured, Chris Hughton’s men look to be in good nick. Brighton will arrive in Salford looking to keep things tight but United look to have too much about them currently and should pick up all three points.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match to nil ($2.1) – BET NOW
Manchester United to win 2-0
1:00am Newcastle United vs Cardiff City – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($2.05)
Cardiff City ($4.4)
The Premier League relegation scrap takes centre stage once again as Cardiff City travel to Newcastle in what promises to be a classic six-pointer. Both sides have shown signs of being able to claw away from the relegation picture but with only one point and one place separating the sides, this could be a very cagey affair at St James’s Park. The Toon currently sit in the relegation zone and despite plucky showings against Chelsea and Newcastle in recent weeks, look to be slipping towards the drop. Some light relief came in the form of their FA Cup win over Blackburn but Rafa Benitez will be all too aware his side need to start winning Premier League games. The Bluebirds continue to defy the critics in the Premier League and their position of 17th in the table is testament to Neil Warnock’s good work. With only one win in their last 6 matches in all competitions, they do need to keep picking up points and will be looking to strike a decisive blow here. This has the makings of a classic relegation six-pointer and it could well end up honours even with both sides desperate not to lose.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.85) – BET NOW
1:00am Southampton vs Everton – St Mary’s Stadium
Premier League survival is once again on the agenda for Southampton as they welcome an Everton side blighted by inconsistency to the South Coast. Ralph Hasenhüttl has enjoyed an instant impact with Southampton yet they are still very much in the relegation shake up and will be eager to begin pulling away quickly. The Saints have looked a team reborn in recent weeks – having only lost 2 of their last 7 fixtures in all competitions. Their 2-1 win at Leicester City last week was a sign of the progress they have made under Ralph Hasenhüttl and they will want to improve on their league position of 16th. The Toffees have been one of the most entertaining sides in the Premier League this season and currently find themselves in 10th place in the table. Marco Silva’s men have won 8, lost 8 and drawn 6 of their 22 league games – a sign of their inconsistencies this term.Both sets of players will fancy their chances here and it should be a real spectacle between two very exciting teams and it could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.55) – BET NOW
1:00am Watford vs Burnley – Vicarage Road
Sean Dyche’s Burnley will be looking to continue their survival bid as they travel to North London to take on a Watford side that a harbouring ambitions of finishing the season in the top half of the table. Both sides have impressed in the Premier League of late and with plenty to play for, it should be a real battle at Vicarage Road. The Hornets have been consistently good this term and find themselves in 7th place in the Premier League table. Javi Gracia has developed a winning formula for the North Londoners – who have also progressed to the 4th round of the FA Cup. The Clarets have clambered away from relegation trouble in recent weeks and now find themselves in 15th place. Three consecutive Premier League wins (against West Ham, Fulham and Huddersfield) have seen them pull away from trouble – for the time being at least. Vicarage Road is sure to be bouncing here and both sides will be up for the battle but Watford, with their superior confidence levels should pick up all three points here.
Betting tip: Watford to win the match and both teams to score ($2.95) – BET NOW
Watford to win 2-1
3:30am Arsenal vs Chelsea – Emirates Stadium
The race for Champions League football comes to prominence once again as Chelsea travel to Arsenal in a classic Premier League battle. Both sides have lacked fluency at times this season but find themselves in the top 4 mix and both harbour ambitions of playing Champions League football next season. With two managers that possess attacking mentalities, it could be another memorable encounter between the two London giants. Last weekend’s disappointing defeat to West Ham will be a worry for Unai Emery who has overseen a transformation for the Gunners this season. Whilst they continue to fight on three fronts, the Gunners will be keen to fend off pressure from Manchester United – who sit one place below them in 6th in the table. Maurizio Sarri has had a positive impact at Chelsea this season without necessarily seeing his efforts get rewarded – as the Blues sit 4th in the table. They sit one point behind Tottenham in 3rd and 6 points clear of Arsenal and Manchester United below them – a gap they will want to maintain. This should be a real battle of a London Derby between two excellent sides and with so much to play for; not losing could be the priority.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.65) – BET NOW
11:30pm Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City – John Smith’s Stadium
Huddersfield Town ($26)
Manchester City ($1.16)
Its David vs Goliath at the John Smith’s Stadium as bottom club Huddersfield Town take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in what promises to be a real contrast of styles in West Yorkshire. David Wagner left his post as Huddersfield manager this week following a barren run as the club attempt to stay in the Premier League. City meanwhile, need to keep winning to put pressure on Liverpool above them. The Terriers sit rock bottom of the Premier League table and have decided to part company with David Wagner. They sit 7 points adrift of safety and currently look doomed with only 11 points acquired form their opening 22 games. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have been in fine form since the turn of the year, scoring 21 goals in their last 4 fixtures in all competitions. They continue to fight on four fronts this term and look well set to maintain their push to catch Liverpool in the Premier League title race. Huddersfield won’t be targeting games such as these as part of their survival bid but the Terriers will want to push Manchester City all the way but Pep and his team should be more than capable of picking up the win here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($3) – BET NOW
Manchester City to win 3-1
2:00am Fulham vs Tottenham – Craven Cottage
A classic London Derby concludes the Premier League fixture list on Sunday as struggling Fulham travel to Tottenham in what promises to be a real hum-dinger of a fixture. Fulham are very much in the relegation mix whilst Spurs need to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at the hands of Manchester United last time out. Claudio Ranieri hasn’t been able to have the instant impact many would have hoped for in charge of Fulham and his Whites still sit in the bottom three. With only 14 points and 3 wins to their name all season, the Cottagers will be eager to begin their survival push sooner rather than later.Following a disappointing defeat to Manchester United last time out, Tottenham find themselves 9 points behind Liverpool in the title race. Spurs also lost Harry Kane to injury against United and will be looking for someone to fill his goal scoring void. . Fulham will be up for this one and will cause Tottenham problems but Spurs will have too much about them – despite the lingering absence of Harry Kane in their ranks.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match to nil ($2.95) – BET NOW
Tottenham to win 2-0
EPL Week 23 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as an accumulator with a betting stake of $50:
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – Liverpool to win
Fulham vs Tottenham – Tottenham to win
Manchester United vs Brighton – Manchester United to win
Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City – Manchester City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $166.75 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW