Intense battle between Chelsea and Arsenal brews at Stamford Bridge today
London will be agog this weekend with different EPL clashes, but the biggest one will happen at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Arsenal. There will be two other matches in the capital and seven in different parts of the UK this weekend and I will preview each game and give you betting tips to use on www.nairabet.com for each of them.
CHELSEA vs. ARSENAL
The Blues will go into this game with the aim of maintaining or extending their lead at the top. The nine point differential between the clubs means that Chelsea can afford to be more relaxed going into the game and can afford to sit back and catch Arsenal out, because the Gunners will have to come out as they know that anything short of a win, will not do their title chances any good. Chelsea have a fully fit squad to choose from, while Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla for this game. Granit Xhaka is suspended and Elneny is still away on AFCON duty. Chelsea have been fantastic at home this season and they have a very good record against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, so I will advise a bet on a Chelsea win, both teams to score(yes) and over 2.5 goals on www.nairabet.com
CRYSTAL PALACE vs. SUNDERLAND
This is a major relegation scrap and will be very unpredictable. Sunderland have been in the relegation zone since the start of the season and are currently at the foot of the table, while Crystal Palace are just two places above the Black Cats and were on a four game losing streak before their midweek win over Bournemouth. Sam Allardyce knows how to survive in the Premiership and that is why I will advise on a bet of Crystal Palace to win and over 1.5 goals.
EVERTON vs. BOURNEMOUTH
The Toffees are unbeaten in their last six league games, winning four and drawing two, while Bournemouth’s away form is quite poor as they have lost four of their last five away games. The Cherries are not the most defensive side in the league and I don’t expect them to keep a clean sheet against this Everton side. Everton have the edge in head to head meetings between these teams, winning two and drawing one of their past four encounters. A double chance bet on Everton and over 1.5 goals are my tips for this fixture.
HULL CITY vs. LIVERPOOL
There is a huge difference between the two teams in the Premier League table. Liverpool are in the top four while Hull City are in the bottom three. The Tigers have been playing well since the arrival of Marco Silva as their coach and they have a good home record against Liverpool. The Reds are out of all cup competitions and have only the league to focus on, so i expect them to go on a nice little run soon, starting with this game. Liverpool have a very prolific attack, while Hull City have a porous defence, so my tip for this match will be over 3.5 goals and a double chance bet on Liverpool
SOUTHAMPTON vs. WEST HAM
The Saints have lost five of their last six matches in the league and Claude Puel must be wondering how to stop the rot. They face a West Ham team that has won two of their last three and brimming with confidence. Both sides are separated by one point and one position, which means that Southampton can leapfrog West Ham with a win today and that should be enough motivation for the Saints. They have kept a clean sheet in their last three home matches against West Ham in all competitions and would love to continue that trend. My betting tip will be both teams to score (yes) and over 2.5 goals.
WATFORD vs. BURNLEY
Watford host Burnley at Vicarage road this afternoon with the intention of following up their impressive win over Arsenal on Tuesday with another victory in today’s game. They are currently thirteenth on the log and would want to get as far away from the relegation battle as possible by piling up more points in the remaining games of the season. They are currently on a three match unbeaten run and against a Burnley side that has drawn once and lost nine of their ten away league games, few will bet against them continuing that run. The Clarets are the worst team away from home in the league but have one of the best home records and will be looking for a way to start getting points away from home. A Watford win at the odds of 2.15 on www.nairabet.com and under 2.5 goals will be my tip for this match
WEST BROM vs. STOKE CITY
The Baggies have won five of their last six home games in the league, while their opponents for today have lost three of their last four away matches, so this one seems like it will follow the form guide and produce a West Brom win, but we know it doesn’t always follow that way. Stoke are actually on a four game unbeaten run and have been playing well recently. Saido Berahino will hope to start against his former side, but 100 goal man, Peter Crouch might still keep him out of the starting lineup. Tony Pulis has an almost fully fit squad, while Stoke City have a lot of players injured and Ramadan Sobhi is with Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations. West Brom have won three of the last four meetings between these sides and I do not see them losing this tie. A double chance bet on West Brom and over 1.5 goals will be my tip for this match.
TOTTENHAM vs. MIDDLESBROUGH
Spurs will still be upset by the fact that they couldn’t get all three points in their last league match against bottom club Sunderland and would want to remedy that this evening when they welcome Middlesbrough to the Lane. They are on a six game winning run at home in the league and it will take a huge upset for them not to do make it seven. Meanwhile Middlesbrough have only won once away from home in the league and are not very good travellers. However, they have been able to give the league’s big boys tough games away from home this season and might be up for it against Spurs today. My tip for this game will be over 2.5 goals and a Spurs victory.
MANCHESTER CITY vs. SWANSEA CITY
Swansea are playing with a new found sense of belief and will travel to Manchester with no fear after winning at Liverpool recently, while Manchester City, who were the only team in the top half of the table to win during the mid-week will see this game as an opportunity to cut into the gap of Chelsea, if the leaders drop points the previous day against Arsenal. Swansea are out of the relegation zone after back to back victories in the league and if they are able to avoid a defeat in this game, it will give them a huge boost in their fight against the drop. Gabriel Jesus has adapted well to the City team and alongside Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, City might just have an emerging terrific trio upfront. The way these teams are performing it’s easy to see a few goals being scored, but Swansea are likely to fall short of re-enacting their Anfield heroics against a Manchester City side who may just be getting back to their rhythm. I will pick Manchester City to win and over 2.5 goals as my tip for this game.
LEICESTER CITY vs. MANCHESTER UNITED
The Foxes will be desperate to get their season back on track with a statement performance when they welcome Manchester United to their home ground. Having won the title last year, Leicester were expected to cement themselves as a top six side this season. However, the defending champions are flirting with relegation right now and a loss this weekend will take them closer to the drop. Manchester United are on a run of three consecutive draws after winning six on the bounce previously. The biggest problem the Red Devils have had this season has been their failure to convert the multitude of chances they have created and if they keep being profligate, they might not make the top four. Manchester United have beaten Leicester City twice already this season and I don’t think they will get a third victory over the Foxes this season. I would recommend a double chance bet on Manchester United and over 1.5 goals as my tips for this game.