It’s business as usual this weekend in the Premier League with all 20 sides in action after the winter break.
A London derby that could have huge implications on the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League gets the weekend off to a flyer on Saturday afternoon as Chelsea meet Tottenham.
Here’s our look at where the potential value lies in the Premier League betting as we cast our crystal ball over Gameweek 27…
Chelsea vs Tottenham and the rest of Gameweek 27 Predicted
Saturday’s games (all 3pm unless stated)
CHELSEA VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, 12:30
The lowdown: Is Frank Lampard starting to feel the pressure in West London? Chelsea’s loose hold on fourth spot looks increasingly up for grabs after a run of form that has seen them take just two points from their last four league games.
Spurs have a wretched record at the home of their London rivals, winning just once in 33 attempts. However, recent history looks kinder for Spurs. The away side has claimed all three points in three of the last five Chelsea vs Tottenham derbies.
Verdict: Score draw at Stamford Bridge. 1-1.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals at 27/25 >>>
BURNLEY VS BOURNEMOUTH
The lowdown: Three wins in four have seen Burnley comfortably glide away from the relegation picture, and they could all but end any doubts about their Premier League status with another win at Turf Moor this weekend.
It’s been an unlucky 13 for the Cherries on their recent trips to Lancashire. Eddie Howe’s side have been victorious just once in 13 attempts in this fixture – a final day win in 2017/18.
Verdict: Clinical win for the Clarets. 2-1.
Best Bet: Jay Rodriguez to score the first goal at 53/10 >>>
CRYSTAL PALACE VS NEWCASTLE
The lowdown: Steve Bruce comes up against one of his many former clubs this weekend, with the form book suggesting it could be a good weekend for his side. Palace have won just three times in 17 attempts against the Magpies, drawing a blank in nine.
If the Eagles do get back to winning ways this weekend, it could be tight. Palace are the only Premier League side who haven’t scored more than twice in a league game in 2019/20.
Verdict: Some much-needed respite for the struggling Eagles. 1-0.
Best Bet: Crystal Palace to win by one goal at 58/25 >>>
SHEFFIELD UTD VS BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
The lowdown: Could the Blades be heading out on a European adventure next season? It certainly seems that way with Chris Wilder’s side showing no signs of faltering in recent weeks.
Their opponents Brighton badly need a win after just one victory in 11 games. The Seagulls will be hoping the arrival of promising young Argentine star Alexis Mac Allister adds spark to their midfield.
Verdict: Blades to keep on bouncing. 2-1.
Best Bet: Sheffield Utd to win from behind at 45/4 >>>
SOUTHAMPTON VS ASTON VILLA
The lowdown: Ralph Hasenhüttl will be looking for an instant response from his Southampton players after his team slipped to a frustrating 1-2 home defeat to Burnley last weekend.
That’s a result that keeps the Saints looking nervously over their shoulders, but a win here against Villa could move them 10 points clear of danger. Villa will be looking to end a poor recent record at St Mary’s, with their last win on the South Coast coming back in December 2013.
Verdict: Stalemate at St Mary’s. 1-1.
Best Bet: Jack Grealish to score any time at 7/2 >>>
LEICESTER CITY VS MAN CITY, 17:30
The lowdown: Saturday’s teatime game potentially serves up the game of the weekend as two of the top four meet at the King Power. City will be looking to exploit a Leicester side that have looked slightly under par in recent weeks, picking up just five points from their last four league games.
The Foxes won this fixture 2-1 last season under Claude Puel, courtesy of a late strike from Ricardo Pereira.
Verdict: City to shade it. 1-2.
Best Bet: Draw in first half and Man City to win at full time at 79/20 >>>
BEAT THE BORE DRAW
MAN UTD VS WATFORD, 14:00
The lowdown: Man Utd’s Champions League ambitions look back on track after last Monday’s dispatch of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The omens are good for the Red Devils to further close that gap, with the home side winning all six of their home Premier League games against Saturday’s opponents.
Watford’s mini-revival under Nigel Pearson looks to have stalled with the Hornets losing two of their last three Premier League matches. The away side will be wary of Odion Ighalo coming back to haunt them, with Utd’s surprise January signing still looking to open his account for his new club.
Verdict: Utd to move closer to European contention. 2-0.
Best Bet: Watford to take the first corner at 139/100 >>>
WOLVES VS NORWICH CITY, 14:00
The lowdown: Wolves fired a warning shot across Europe on Thursday night with a slick 4-0 win against Espanyol that suggests a sustained Europa League run could be on the cards.
Nuno will be hoping his side stay grounded as they take on the Premier League’s basement side, who have now won just once in 13 league wins. The hosts can complete a league double over their opponents for the first time since 2005/06.
Verdict: Molineux mauling for the Canaries. 3-0.
Best Bet: Wolves to win and over 2.5 goals at 143/100 >>>
ARSENAL VS EVERTON, 16:30
The lowdown: Could 2020 finally be the year things start to turn around for Arsenal? Recent results suggest Mikel Arteta is starting to work some magic in North London, with the Gunners still unbeaten since the start of the year.
Everton are another team that have shown significant improvement under new management, but Carlo Ancelotti will be fighting against history to get a win here. It’s now 23 games since the Toffees tasted victory in this fixture.
Verdict: Arteta’s winning run to continue. 2-1.
Best Bet: Both teams to score and Arsenal to win at 67/25 >>>
LIVERPOOL VS WEST HAM, 20:00
The lowdown: The champions elect looked far from their best against Norwich City last time out in the league, but still found a way to win to move another step closer to the all-time Premier League record for consecutive wins, set by Man City in December 2017 (18).
Jürgen Klopp will be keen to dispel any talk of a wobble after the Reds’ midweek defeat in the Champions League, while David Moyes may well be banking on a damage limitation strategy. That could be wise – as the Hammers have shipped four goals on both of their last two outings at Anfield.
Verdict: Routine win for the Reds. 2-0.
Best Bet: Liverpool to win the first half and a draw in the second half at 24/5 >>>
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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