With the Premier League returning this weekend, it’s time for us to preview all of Saturday’s games and pick out what we see to be the best betting odds on offer …
Chelsea v Leicester
Antonio Conte’s side have drawn their last three games, although a win here will see them move up to second in the table above his arch nemesis Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
The feisty Italian coache’s future remains the subject of intense speculation, and it will be interesting to see if the Stamford Bridge board fulfil his wish for new signings this month.
Leicester have been in impressive form since the arrival of French manager Claude Puel at the King Power, and they will welcome back star man Jamie Vardy from injury for this fixture.
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has looked a little short of form lately, so with him struggling, and Leicester carrying plenty of attacking threat of their own, I fancy the Foxes to come away from The Bridge with a point.
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Roy Hodgson has done a superb job since talking over at Selhurst Park, and has managed to take a squad that made the worst ever start to a Premier League season up to a respectable 14th in the table.
Burnley remain in a superb 7th position, although Sean Dyche’s side have hit their first run of poor form this season, having not won in their last six.
I’m going with another draw here, as both managers will organise their teams well defensively, and neither will see a point as being the worst of results.
Huddersfield v West Ham
Huddersfield continue to make their doubters look foolish, and currently sit in 11th place in the table. The Terriers are poor away from home, but they have proved that at the John Smiths Stadium they are a match for anybody.
West Ham have climbed out of the drop zone since their hired dour David, and put in a impressive defensive display against London rivals Spurs to come away with a point in their last Premier League outing.
Huddersfield manager David Wagner has obviously targeted using his sides home form as the cornerstone of their survival bid and I fancy him to get a win here.
Newcastle v Swansea
Newcastle got a much needed win away to Stoke in their last Premier League fixture to move them up to 13th in the table. This remains a key period for The Geordies however, with Rafa Benitez in dire need of adding quality to his squad during the transfer window.
Swansea remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, and continue to look a bit lightweight going forward.
This will be a tight encounter, but I reckon that Rafa will just about get the better of his counterpart Carlos Carvalhal.
Newcastle win 1-0, 5/1
Watford v Southampton
The Hornets have struggled for form ever since their manager Marco Silva was heavily linked with the Everton job, and have won just one of their last eight Premier League fixtures.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton are in poor form themselves, and sit in a precarious 17th position in the table, having not won a game since they beat a poor Everton side in November.
I’ve been really impressed with Waford’s Richarlison since his arrival in the Premier League, and I’m backing him to score anytime here.
Richarlison to score anytime 2/1
West Brom v Brighton
Alan Pardew’s West Brom side still haven’t won a game in the league game since August, and are in desperate need of three points soon or they will be playing their football in the Championship next year.
Brighton are a team many of us expected to struggle this seasons, but Chris Hughton has them well organised and they sit in a respectable 12th position in the table.
I’m backing a pretty dire 0-0 draw in the one, with both teams lacking quality in forward area’s.
Result 0-0, 9/2
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
Spurs remain three points away from the top four, and need to get a win at Wembley to keep the pressure on the teams above them.
Everton have been struggling for goals and even shots on targets lately, although Big Sam will be hopeful that the signing of striker Cenk Tosun can start to remedy that.
Spurs tend to struggle against teams that go to Wembley and defend deep, which will more than likely be exactly what Everton will do. I reckon the home side will end up playing a lot of their football in and around The Toffees box, and I just have a feeling that this pressure will end up in the visitors conceding a penalty.
Penalty in game 3/1