We’re halfway through the winter break, with 12 teams back in action this weekend all hoping some much-needed downtime has done them the world of good.
Liverpool’s title procession heads to East Anglia this week as the runaway leaders take on bottom side Norwich City in the feature game of the weekend.
Read on for our latest Premier League betting picks as we try and predict the second half of Gameweek 26…
Norwich vs Liverpool & the rest of the Premier League previewed
WOLVES VS LEICESTER CITY, 20:00
The lowdown: Two of the Premier League’s great entertainers kick the action off on Friday night in a fixture that always seems to produce goals, with Wolves winning 4-3 in the two sides’ last tussle at Molineux. The short journey home tends to be the only consolation for the Foxes in this game, with the away side winning just once in eight attempts in this fixture.
Verdict: A Valentine’s Day result for every neutral to love. 2-2
Best Bet: Raúl Jiménez to score the last goal at 85/20.
SOUTHAMPTON VS BURNLEY, 12:30
The lowdown: Respectable starts to 2020 have seen both these sides pull clear of immediate relegation danger, but all three points for either side in Saturday’s early kick-off would surely end any lingering doubts. The Saints will be out to end their barren run against the Clarets, with Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side chasing a first win in seven attempts against Saturday’s opponents. A win for Burnley would see the Clarets complete a league double over Southampton for the first time since the 1946/47 season.
Verdict: Saints to go marching on. 1-0
Best Bet: A draw in the first half at 121/100.
NORWICH CITY VS LIVERPOOL, 17:30
The lowdown: It’s top vs bottom on Saturday teatime at Carrow Road, but Liverpool can’t afford to be complacent, with the Canaries showing in their 3-2 win over Man City they can raise their game against elite opponents. This game produced one of the highest-scoring games in Premier League history in 2016, as a late goal from Adam Lallana handed the Reds a memorable 5-4 win. A victory here for the Reds would see them break even more new ground with the best record of any team after 26 matches in the history of Europe’s top five leagues.
Verdict: One step closer for the table toppers. 1-3
Best Bet: Teemu Pukki to score any time at 9/5.
BEAT THE BORE DRAW
ASTON VILLA VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, 14:00
The lowdown: Aston Villa’s survival hopes will likely rest on turning Villa Park into a fortress and Dean Smith’s side have the chance to make it three wins in four home games with victory on Sunday. They could find it tough going, with Spurs unbeaten in 22 trips to newly promoted sides. And how’s this for a fact: if Villa win on Sunday, they’ll become only the second side in Premier League history to win a game on all seven days of the week in the same season. The first? Spurs in 1986/87.
Verdict: Spurs to sneak it. 1-2
Best Bet: Tottenham Hotspur to win from behind at 87/10.
ARSENAL VS NEWCASTLE UTD, 16:30
The lowdown: Mikel Arteta has made a positive impact in his first two months in the Emirates dugout but draws remain Arsenal’s biggest stumbling block to making significant strides forward this season. The Gunners have drawn all four of their last games and will be looking to break that cycle against a Newcastle side they have bettered on 13 of their last 14 Premier League meetings. The Magpies’ last win at the Emirates came courtesy of a Andy Carroll header in a 1-0 win in 2010.
Verdict: Easy enough afternoon for the hosts at the Emirates. 2-0
Best Bet: Arsenal to be leading 1-0 at half-time at 113/50.
CHELSEA VS MAN UTD, 20:00
The lowdown: Finally, it’s the battle of the Champions League chasers on Monday night, with Frank Lampard and his side surely conscious that a win here could kill off an unlikely top four challenge from Man Utd once and for all. It’s perhaps a sign of the Premier League’s relative weakness this season that Chelsea have maintained their hold on fourth despite picking up just one league win in five. The Red Devils have a wretched record in West London, winning just once in 17 trips to Stamford Bridge
Verdict: Blues to get back to winning ways. 2-1
Best Bet: Chelsea to win by one goal at 67/25.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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