Chelsea vs Arsenal & The Rest of Gameweek 24 Previewed

Chelsea vs Arsenal is the pick of the bunch in a full midweek of fixtures in the Premier League. Here's our Gameweek 24 round-up...

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Who are you backing this week in the Premier League?

A London derby heads up the action in the Premier League as Chelsea meet Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Elsewhere, Liverpool could face their toughest test in several weeks as they head to a Wolves side with an impressive record against the ‘Big Six’.

Here are our predictions for Gameweek 24 as we look over the latest Premier League betting ahead of a full midweek fixture list.

Tuesday’s games

All games 19:30 kick-off, unless stated

ASTON VILLA VS WATFORD

The lowdown: Aston Villa showed steel as they fought back to claim a draw against Brighton and face another six-pointer against rapidly-improving Watford. The Hornets are a bogey side for Villa, with the hosts losing all three of their last meetings. Dean Smith’s need to improve their form on home turf after losing three of their last four.
Verdict: Nervy point at Villa Park. 1-1
Best Bet: Jack Grealish to score the first goal at 4/1.

BOURNEMOUTH VS BRIGHTON

The lowdown: Two sides struggling for both goals and confidence meet at the Vitality looking for a win that could inject some momentum into their fight against relegation. Recent history suggests Bournemouth should be confident heading into this one, after winning four of their five most recent home games against the Seagulls. Graham Potter’s side can complete a league double over the Cherries for the first time in 11 years.
Verdict: Lack of confidence to show at Vitality. 0-0
Best Bet: Draw and under 2.5 goals at 16/5.

CRYSTAL PALACE VS SOUTHAMPTON

The lowdown: Palace will be looking to end their shaky run against the Saints on home soil after slipping to four defeats in six against Tuesday night’s opponents at Selhurst Park. A win for the away side would see Southampton claim a fourth consecutive away win for only the second time in their Premier League history. Palace are looking to end a run of four successive draws.
Verdict: Eagles to edge proceedings. 2-1
Best Bet: Crystal Palace to win from behind at 53/4.

EVERTON VS NEWCASTLE

The lowdown: Goodison Park is slowly becoming a fortress once again under Carlo Ancelotti with the Toffees now unbeaten in four at home. Newcastle’s record in the blue half of Merseyside leaves a lot to be desired, with just a solitary win in 15 attempts for the Magpies in this fixture. Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be the one to watch – he’s scored six of Everton’s last nine league goals.
Verdict: Battling Toffees win. 1-0
Best Bet: A 0-0 draw at half-time at 41/5.

SHEFFIELD UTD VS MAN CITY

The lowdown: Man City will look to get back to winning ways against a Sheffield Utd team that continue to cause the ‘Big Six’ sides problems this season after a spirited comeback against Arsenal last time out. The Blades have faced City seven times in the Premier League and are still waiting for their first win in the top flight against the reigning champions.
Verdict: City to come through their Sheffield test unscathed 1-2
Best Bet: Sheffield Utd to have the first corner at 6/4

CHELSEA VS ARSENAL, 20:15

The lowdown: Chelsea can complete a Premier League double over Arsenal for only the fifth time in the Premier League as the two London clubs clash at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal are looking for a first win in eight attempts in West London, with their last victory coming in a 5-3 thriller in October 2011.  However, no team has won more Premier League away matches at Stamford Bridge than Arsenal (seven).
Verdict: A classic at the Bridge. 3-2
Best Bet: Over 4.5 goals at 63/20.

Wednesday’s games

LEICESTER CITY VS WEST HAM, 19:30

The lowdown: Brendan Rodgers’ side are showing signs of stuttering for the first time this season after a 2-1 reverse at Burnley, but Leicester have been handed the ideal opportunity to bounce back. The home side have lost just one of their last 10 meetings with the Hammers. The away fans shouldn’t start celebrating too early if they take a surprise lead in this one – West Ham have lost more points than any other side after taking the lead (17).
Verdict: Foxes to bounce back. 2=1
Best Bet: Both teams to score and Leicester to win at 39/20.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS NORWICH CITY, 19:30

The lowdown: Spurs are still looking for a first league win of 2020 after their 0-0 draw at Watford and should be confident of getting it here with their opponents winning just once on the road all season. The hosts have made a bad habit of slipping up on home soil against promoted sides in recent times, however, losing to Wolves and drawing to Sheffield Utd in recent seasons.
Verdict: Winter warmer for Mourinho 2-0
Best Bet: Over 4.0 yellow cards at 67/50.

MAN UTD VS BURNLEY, 20:00

The lowdown: Man Utd will be looking to get defeat to Liverpool out of their system quickly as they return to home comforts at Old Trafford. Despite remaining inconsistent on the road, home form has improved for Ole Gunnar Solskjer’s side with the Red Devils scoring four goals in both of their recent home wins against Norwich (4-0) and Newcastle (4-1). One bright spot for Burnley, however. It’s over 45 years since Utd secured a league double over the Clarets.
Verdict: Routine home win. 2-0
Best Bet: Mason Greenwood to score the last goal at 14/5.

Thursday’s game

WOLVES VS LIVERPOOL, 20:00

The lowdown: Mo Salah’s late, late show against Man Utd suggests the script is all but written for Liverpool to lift a maiden Premier League title this season – but a wily Wolves side could take the gloss off the perfect week as the two teams meet at Anfield on Thursday night. A look at the head-to-head record suggests the home side could be in for a long evening after losing all of their last six Premier League encounters against the Reds. However, it’s a floodlit game at Molineux. That’s good news for the home side who are unbeaten in seven home evening kick-offs.
Verdict: Points dropped for the pacesetters. 1-1
Best Bet: Score draw at 79/20.

Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.

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