Match day 24 saw leaders Manchester City return to winning ways over Newcastle with Manchester United and Chelsea keeping pace with wins over Burnley and Brighton respectively. Liverpool suffered a rather big bump back down to earth at Swansea whilst Paul Lambert guided Stoke to a much needed win over Huddersfield.
Marco Silva has been replaced by Javi Gracia at the helm Watford and with the Transfer Window coming to an end on Wednesday, there are sure to be plenty of thrills and spills before the month is up.
Here are our picks for the twenty-fifth round of fixtures in the Premier League: BET NOW
06:45 Swansea City vs Arsenal – Liberty Stadium
Swansea City ($7.5)
Swansea will be hoping to carry on their spectacular resurgence under Carlos Carvahal as they welcome in-form Arsenal to the Liberty Stadium. The Swans have only lost once under the Spaniard and managed to beat Jurgen Klopp’s swashbuckling Liverpool side last time out and should be full of confidence. Arsenal meanwhile, have looked a different side since the departure of Alexis Sanchez and are in the final of the Carabao Cup. Carlos Carvahal has had an instant impact at the Liberty Stadium – only losing one of his 6 games in charge so far in all competitions. Their 1-0 win over Liverpool last time out in the Premier League has left them only 2 points from safety, with 20 points from their opening 24 games. The Gunners have had an excellent week since Alexis Sanchez’s departure. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has arrived at the Emirates, they thumped Crystal Palace 4-1 and they are now in the final of the Carabao Cup. With 42 points from their opening 24 games, Arsenal sit 6th in the table but their 23 point gap to Manchester City will concern all connected with the club.
Arsenal look to be finding form and should notch a hard fought win over Swansea – who are certainly no pushovers at home.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and both teams to score ($3.3) BET NOW
Arsenal to win 2-1
06:45 West Ham United vs Crystal Palace – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($3)
Crystal Palace ($2.7)
Two teams in the relegation picture meet on Tuesday evening in what promises to be a classic 6-pointer. Both David Moyes and Roy Hodgson have galvanised their respective teams this season but the enormity of having to save a club from relegation is a full-season requirement. With one point and 2 league places separating the sides, this could be a fiery battle. David Moyes continues to defy the naysayers and has overseen a transformation at West Ham that has pushed them up to 11th place in the Premier League table. They are now 4 points above the relegation picture and have only lost once in their last 9 games in the Premier League. Palace have picked up 25 points in 20 games under the stewardship of Roy Hodgson and have climbed to 13th place in the Premier League table as a result. They have only lost 2 of their last 12 Premier League matches but the manner of their 4-1 thumping at Arsenal last time out will concern Hodgson greatly.
This should be a ding-dong battle between two teams that will be desperate for points and that desperation could lead to a very closely matched encounter.
Betting tip: The match to end as a draw and both teams to score ($4) BET NOW
07:00 Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool – John Smith’s Stadium
Huddersfield Town ($11)
The master travels to the home of his apprentice on Tuesday as David Wagner prepares his Huddersfield side for the visit of Liverpool and their manager/his former boss; Jurgen Klopp. The Terriers are in danger of being dragged into the relegation mire whilst Liverpool sit 18 points off the pace in the Premier League and look to be settling for Champions League qualification at best this term. The Terriers are in danger of slipping into the relegation mire in the Premier League and they currently sit only 2 points above the drop zone. David Wagner’s men have only won once in 2018 – in round 3 of the FA Cup against Bolton Wanderers and need to start picking up points quickly. The Reds have been in great form in recent weeks and although their 18 game unbeaten streak in all competitions came to an end at Swansea on Monday evening. Jurgen Klopp has guided his men to 4th in the Premier League table, with 47 points from their opening 24 games and they have only lost three times in the league all season.
Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from their Swansea defeat and Huddersfield could endure a rather torrid evening.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and keep a clean sheet ($2.15) BET NOW
Liverpool to win 2-0
06:45 Chelsea vs Bournemouth – Stamford Bridge
Antonio Conte will be hoping to put speculation over his future to bed as his Chelsea side welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge. The Blues have been inconsistent in recent weeks and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by local rivals Arsenal but their FA Cup win over Newcastle will give them cause for optimism. It has been yet another eventful week at the home of the Champions. Speculation continues to grow over the future of Antonio Conte whilst they progressed in the FA Cup but fell in the Carabao Cup. The Blues sit 3rd in the Premier League table with 50 points from their opening 24 games and with 14 games to go, have a 15 point deficit to claw back on Manchester City. The Cherries are in fine form in the Premier League and are unbeaten in their last 5 matches as they look to stretch away from the relegation zone. Their FA Cup defeat to Wigan is the only blotch on their copy book in 2018 as Eddie Howe’s men sit 12th in the table with 25 points – 3 points above the drop zone.
The Blues need to keep winning in order to keep distance in the race for Champions League football and should have too much for Bournemouth here.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the game and both teams to score ($2.8) BET NOW
Chelsea to win 3-1
06:45 Everton vs Leicester City – Goodison Park
Leicester City ($2.85)
Two-teams locked in the middle of the table meet on Saturday as Sam Allardyce’s struggling Toffees take on Clause Puel’s increasingly consistent Leicester. Both sides endured tough starts to the season but look to be kicking on in 2018 and have both strengthened in January. Sam Allardyce hasn’t been able to continue the boost he initially gave the club when he arrived late in 2017. The Toffees are out of all cup competitions and sit 9th in the table with 14 games still to play – they are only 6 points above the relegation places however and will be feeling the need to get points on the board.Claude Puel has invigorated the Foxes this term and they have risen to 7th in the Premier League table.They are very much in with an outside chance of playing European football next season and with FA Cup progress secured, they can put all of their attention into improving their Premier League position. Jamie Vardy’s 11 goals this season have served as a reminder of the England man’s qualities – timely in a World Cup year.
Both sides look to play on the front foot and it could be an entertaining game between two attack-minded teams.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.5) BET NOW
06:45 Newcastle United vs Burnley – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($2.2)
Two sides in poor form meet at St James’s Park with Burnley thankful for their strong start to the season as they have struggled in recent weeks whilst for Newcastle the threat of relegation is very real indeed. The Toon have lacked consistency all season and as a result find themselves in 15th place in the Premier League table – 3 points above the dreaded drop zone. 23 points from 24 games isn’t the return Rafa Benitez would have hoped for but with limited funds to spend and boardroom unrest plaguing the club, the Toon are currently prioritising Premier League safety. Sean Dyche’s men have failed to win in their last 8 games in all competitions but with 34 points from their opening 24 games look well set to avoid the drop this term.
Both sides will be eager to put points on the board and could well cancel each other out in an attritional encounter.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($5) BET NOW
06:45 Southampton vs Brighton – St Mary’s Stadium
Yet another basement battle beckons at St Mary’s as 18th faces 16th in the Premier League table in a sumptuous local derby. Saints have had a very poor run under Mauricio Pellegrino all season and need results to change quickly to avoid a relegation scrap whilst Chris Hughton’s Seagulls are sliding agonisingly towards the drop zone. The Saints find themselves in the relegation zone with only 14 matches to go and need to arrest their slide. They are unbeaten in their last 4 matches in all competitions – including a 1-1 draw with Tottenham and their recent performances will give their manager and their fans hope of survival. The Seagulls are being dragged into the relegation scrap after a bright start to the season. Chris Hughton’s men currently reside in 16th place and are only one point clear of the drop zone. They are winless in their last 5 Premier League matches although their 90th minute winner in the FA Cup last time out could be a catalyst to better things in 2018.
Betting tip: The match to be a draw and both teams to score ($5.5) BET NOW
07:00 Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.17)
West Bromwich Albion ($23)
Pep Guardiola will be eager to see his side continue their sparkling form as they welcome West Brom to the Etihad Stadium. The Blues have bounced back well from their defeat to Liverpool with big wins over Newcastle (Premier League), Bristol City (Carabao Cup) and Cardiff City (FA Cup) whilst the Baggies picked up a famous 3-2 win over Liverpool at Anfield last time out. Bouncing back from a defeat was always going to be the toughest test for Manchester City who have displayed real mental toughness in their last 3 games. With only 14 games to play, the Blues sit 12 points clear in the Premier League title race and are very much the team to catch with 65 points to their name. It has taken longer than expected but Alan Pardew finally looks to have implemented his survival blueprint on the Baggies. Unbeaten in their last 4 matches in all competitions, West Brom picked up only their third win of the season against Brighton and now only sit 3 points adrift in the relegation zone.
Manchester City are looking very strong currently and West Brom won’t be worrying about getting points from games such as this.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match with a -2.5 Asian Handicap ($2.33) BET NOW
Manchester City to win 3-0
07:00 Tottenham vs Manchester United – Wembley Stadium
Manchester United ($3.42)
The race for Champions League football is very much the order of the day at Wembley as Spurs entertain Jose Mourinho’s in from Manchester United. The reds have been in great form in 2018, winning all 5 of their matches so far and have yet to concede a goal in all competitions this calendar year. With 53 points from 24 games they sit 2nd in the table – 12 points behind leaders Manchester City who will have one eye on the reds over their shoulder. Tottenham sit in 5th place in the Premier League, 3 points outside of the Champions League places with 14 games still to play. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have 45 points from their opening 24 games and are unbeaten in their last 8 games in all competitions. This could be a real hum-dinger of a match between two of the best sides in the Premier League.
Betting tip: The match to be a draw and both teams to score ($4.6) BET NOW
07:00 Stoke City vs Watford – Bet 365 Stadium
Stoke City ($2.3)
Two of the newest managers in the Premier League meet at the Bet 365 as Paul Lambert’s Stoke City welcome Javi Gracia’s Watford in what promises to be a real basement battle. Stoke won their first game under Lambert’s stewardship at home to Huddersfield last time out whilst Watford haven’t won in the Premier League since Boxing Day and Javi Gracia looks to have a job on his hands as he looks to engineer a route towards safety for the Hornets. With Mark Hughes’s tenure coming to an end earlier in the month, Paul Lambert was the surprise choice to replace the Welshman at the Bet 365 Stadium. The Potters currently sit 17th in the table, with 23 points from 24 games and are one point above the dreaded drop zone. Marco Silva paid the price for the inconsistent results over the festive period and Javi Gracia is the man entrusted in the hot seat. Despite their unbelievable start to the season – Watford only sit 4 points clear of the relegation places with only 14 games of the season to go.
Betting tip: Stoke City to win the match and both teams to score ($4.33) BET NOW
Stoke City to win 2-1
EPL Week 25 Multi Bet
We’re backing five results this week as a four-fold with a betting stake of $50:-
Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion – Manchester City to win
Swansea City vs Arsenal – Arsenal to win
Chelsea vs Bournemouth – Chelsea to win
Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
Total odd of $3.12 for all to win.
A $50 wager would pay out $156.00 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW