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Brighton vs Chelsea

2022-01-18T21:00+01:00

 

Brighton

Doubtful: -

Out (injuries/other): Jason Steele (1/0 g), Adam Lallana (18/0 m), Shane Duffy (14/1 d), Lewis Dunk (14/0 d, captain), Enock Mwepu (11/1 m), Yves Bissouma (14/0 m, national selection), Jeremy Sarmiento (2/0 f)

Suspended: -

 

Chelsea

Doubtful: -

Out (injuries/other): Edouard Mendy (20/0 first goalkeeper, national selection), Andreas Christensen (13/0 d, Covid-19), Trevoh Chalobah (14/2 m), Reece James (16/4 d), Ben Chilwell (6/3 d)

Suspended: -

 

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Over/Under Goals
Brighton
10 home games
Chelsea
11 away games
70% Over 1.5 goals 73%
20% Over 2.5 goals 55%
10% Over 3.5 goals 18%
10% Over 4.5 goals 9%
0% Over 5.5 goals 0%
30% Under 1.5 goals 27%
80% Under 2.5 goals 45%
70% Over 0.5 goals at half-time 64%
30% Over 1.5 goals at half-time 55%
10% Over 2.5 goals at half-time 9%
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Brighton vs Chelsea

Brighton entered this match after a 1-1 draw in the Premier League against Crystal Palace. The Seagulls missed the chance to pick up all three points, as they missed the penalty while VAR ruled out Maupay’s goal in the first half. It has not been often in recent games that Brighton & Hove Albion have shown defensive steel. The facts show that Brighton & Hove Albion have been scored against in five of their previous six games, leaking six goals on the way. Neal Maupay is a player to pay attention to, as he has been Brighton’s most dangerous striker with seven goals in 18 appearances. Due to injuries, Enock Mwepu and Lewis Dunk aren’t available for Brighton boss Graham Potter.

Chelsea will hope for a turnaround after a narrow 1:0 defeat in the last game against Manchester City in the Premier League. Their title hopes are fading since the Blues are 13 points behind their rivals. During their six previous matches, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea has found the net 11 times, therefore, earning them goals per game average of 1.83. Hakim Ziyech is slowly getting into recognizable form, and the opposing defenders have no solution to stop this guy. Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has more problems with availability. Andreas Christensen is out due to Coronavirus, while Reese James will not be on the team due to tendon injury.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Interestingly, Brighton performs much better on the road than at the home ground. This match is not coming at the right time for Chelsea, but they urgently need three points. Overall, Chelsea is the favorite in this match, and we expect them to get back home with an important win.

Goals Market Prediction

The Blues have not been too productive lately, while Brighton has a pretty disciplined defense. Five of their previous six head-to-head encounters stayed under a 2.5 margin, and this one should not be much different.

Chelsea to win @ 1.75 

Under 2.5 FT @ 1.75 

Correct score 0:1 @ 6.50

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Brighton vs. Chelsea

Brighton
Brighton are ninth in the Premier League table after 20 games played, in which they scored 28 points.
The Graham Potter team is currently on a five-match unbeaten streak (three wins and two draws).

Chelsea
Chelsea, meanwhile, are in second place with 43 points from 22 matches.
The backlog from Manchester City is already 13 points. You can forget about the championship title this season. Ahead of the fight for second place with Liverpool, which at the same time spent two matches less.
Chelsea lost at Man City last weekend. As in the autumn, everything was decided by one goal. This time it was Kevin De Bruyne. And the main conclusion is that the team of Thomas Tuchel looked weak against the background of the leader. One shot on target in 90 minutes is the best indication that Chelsea are not yet ready for a title challenge.
Chelsea ended their 11-match unbeaten streak. Earlier in January, the Blues drew against Liverpool, defeated Tottenham twice in the League Cup and thrashed Chesterfield in the FA Cup.

Chelsea recently lost points in a home game with Brighton, and this can hardly be called a big surprise. Matches against this team always turn out to be very difficult for the London club Chelsea” has conceded at least one goal in four of the previous five away matches in the Premier League.


Bet - both teams to score in 2.00. Comparing different odd,this is the most logical and optimal option in this case. 
 

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Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Leicester City will be looking for another victory after winning the FA Cup 4-1 against Watford. They played phenomenally and advanced to the next round of the English most popular cup competition. The hosts sit in the middle of the Premier League table, but it’s still not late for them to fight for the continental qualification. Leicester was successful in the latest Premier League round, beating Liverpool 1:0. However, the Foxes need to improve their defense overall, as they have conceded 33 times so far. Ademola Lukman shows why he was brought in as a great reinforcement, he is unstoppable in a one-on-one game, and Brendan Rodgers is proud to have such a player in the team. Jamie Vardy and Ricardo Pereira will not play in this match which is a big handicap for the Foxes.

Since the last defeat by Chelsea in the EFL Cup, Tottenham Hotspur will try to redeem themselves here. Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur have found the back of the net a total of eight times in the course of their most recent sextet of matches. The sum of goals they conceded during that period adds up to five. Harry Kane should return to the recognizable form after struggling with injuries. His contribution might be critical for the Spurs’ battle for the Champions League qualification. Although being pretty disciplined in the back, Tottenham has produced only 23 goals so far in the season. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, and the fans adore this guy. One concern bothers Conte before this match, as Heung-min Son will not perform due to a muscle injury.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

This match will be very exciting because it can easily go either way. Leicester has three wins in a row at home, and even the mighty Liverpool have felt the power of the Rodgers team. Tottenham is aware that they are coming on a difficult away game, and they would be satisfied with a point. Therefore, the prediction for this match is a draw.

Goals Market Prediction

Head-to-head clashes between these two sides have been pretty efficient lately. The crowd saw at least three goals six times in their previous nine encounters. Although Tottenham has been struggling in the front, we anticipate another high-scoring game.

Draw @ 3.55 

Over 2.5 FT @ 1.80 

Correct score 2:2 @ 13.00

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Watford vs Norwich City

Jan 21 2022, 16:00

Watford
The 1-1 draw with Newcastle last Saturday effectively ended Watford’s seven-game losing streak in all competitions, but the Hornets have been without a league victory since their 4-1 win over Manchester United on November 20 - accumulate 14 points from 19 games and rank 17th in the table. Ranieris side have the worst home record in league this season with just seven points from 10 games.

Norwich City
The Canaries celebrated their third win of the season with a 2-1 win over Everton last time out. The team have managed to move from bottom of the league to 18th, but they have played three games more than Burnley and one more game than Newcastle. Norwich have the worst offensive record in the league for only scoring 10 goals in 21 league games so far this season.

Prediction
Watford certainly have the ability to achieve good results, especially at home. We just have a feeling for the Hornets here. Norwich will be boosted by an impressive victory at Everton, but we expect Ranieris men to get three points on Friday.

1X2 Pick: 1
Final Result: 1-0, 2-1

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The Premier League fixture at Old Trafford on Saturday sees home team Manchester United do battle with opponents West Ham United.

Manchester United
Manchester United are struggling under interim manager - Ralf Ragnick, as they are placed at 7th position in the league table. They have got 10 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses so far. On Wednesday, Manchester United enjoyed their 1-3 Premier League triumph over Brentford. Before that, the Red Devils stepped onto the pitch against Aston Villa and got the draw with a final of 2-2. Manchester United have scored 10 and conceded 6 goals during the past 6 league games.


West Ham United
Ranking 4th on the standing, West Ham United have recorded 11 wins, 4 draws and 7defeats to collect 37 points. West Hams four-game winning streak came to an end at home to Leeds last time out in a 3-2 defeat. Prior of that game, they hosted Norwich City and beat them 2-0. Goals have been scored as many as 15 times in the prior 6 matches in which West Ham United have taken to the pitch.


Prediction
Manchester United are currently in shaky form, but the victory on Wednesday proved they still are a fierce team. West Ham have had an overall season consistent but had a shocker against Leeds United in their last game. Manchester United are the likelier side to win.
 

1X2 Pick: 1
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Watford vs Norwich

The Premier League weekend kicks off with a game that could have a huge impact on the fate of both these clubs when relegation battlers Watford and Norwich go head-to-head in an 8pm GMT kick-off on Friday night from Vicarage Road. Time is running out for these two sides to build enough points to save their lives in the top flight. Defeat here could be nothing short of catastrophic.

Watford managed to grind out a 1-1 draw last weekend against fellow relegation strugglers Newcastle which kept the Hornets just above the relegation zone. Claudio Ranieri's inability to get wins means his team are still hovering dangerously above the bottom three and if they stay on this run of form then a swift return to the Championship looks very much on the cards. That single point gained on Tyneside did end a losing run of 7 matches though. The trio of William Troost-Ekong, Adam Masina, and Imran Louza are still participating in the Africa Cup of Nations. The elephant in the room is that Watford remain the only club in the top four divisions of English football yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

Norwich come into this game off the back of a much-needed 2-1 win against an out-of-form Everton which resulted in the sacking of Rafa Benitez. The Canaries are now up to 18th in the table and just 1 point behind their opponents for today's game but they have played two games more. Dean Smith's side ended a run of 6 straight defeats with that victory in their last game. However, their away record remains a sticking point. Norwich have scored the fewest and conceded the most away goals in the league this season. The club have also managed just 3 of their last 29 away league games played on a Friday night. There is bad news with keeper Tim Krul ruled out.

This game will be one Ranieri is certain to be looking forward to having gone unbeaten against Norwich in his four games against them as manager including 3 wins. Watford have also won their last 5 league games against Norwich. Norwich have also won just 1 of their last 8 league matches away to Watford. I'm torn between a draw and home win but I think this game is there for Watford's taking if they are brave enough.

Watford to Win @ 2.10 with SpreadEx

Anytime Scorer: Emmanuel Dennis @ 3.10 with Bet365

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Manchester United vs West Ham

Manchester United hopes to win again after the latest success in the Premier League and beating Brentford 3:1 on the road. Ralf Rangnick’s side did not often show defensive steel in the last games. The reality is that Manchester United failed to prevent their opponents from scoring in five of the previous six clashes, conceding six goals during that period. Cristiano Ronaldo should drive Manchester United forward, but the entire team needs to stabilize its form. The Red Devils aim for the Champions League qualification at the end of the campaign, and they are just two points behind their upcoming rivals. A potential victory in this one could launch them to the top-four zone. Paul Pogba will not play in this match due to a tendon injury.

After suffering a defeat against Leeds United in the Premier League last time, West Ham United and their traveling fans will hope for a better result here. West Ham deserved at least one point in that match, as they missed several incredible chances. The Hammers have been involved in many efficient clashes lately, and the crowd could see four goals per game on average. Opposition teams scored 9 of these goals. Michail Antonio has been the most productive player for the Hammers this season, as he scored eight and assisted for nine goals in 21 appearances.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Manchester United is not playing very well at home, as they won only five times in ten matches at Old Trafford. Although West Ham has been pretty successful on the road, we expect the hosts to put another good display and pick up all three points.

Goals Market Prediction

Their head-to-head clashes haven’t been too efficient lately, and five of their previous seven encounters stayed under a 2.5 margin. Since Manchester United hasn’t been involved in many high-scoring clashes recently, we shouldn’t see more than two goals in total.

Manchester United to Win @ 1.95 

Under 2.5 FT @ 2.25 

Correct score 2:0 @ 11.00

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Southampton vs Manchester City

Jan 22 2022, 13:30

Southampton
Southamptons five unbeaten games in various events ended in a 3-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Rangers away last time out, bringing Ralph Hasenhuttls side to 12th place in the championship - 11 points higher than the relegation zone. The team also suffered a defeat at home earlier by Wolves this season, but it was their only league defeat in 10 games at St. Marys this season.

Manchester City
Manchester City just beat defending European champions Chelsea 1-0 at home, and they also won eight consecutive games. At present, they seem unstoppable because Guardiola’s men continue to perform well in front of the goal, scoring 34 goals in 12 consecutive league victories, and their defense is also the best in the league. The team currently rank first with an 11 points lead.

Prediction
The Citizens performed very well. It is difficult to predict anything except the away victory of the Premier League leaders. This is an opportunity to further expand Guardiolas leadership.


Manchester City -1.5 in AH

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Arsenal vs Burnley

Jan 23 2022, 10:00

Arsenal
Mikel Artetas men have won four consecutive league games before losing to leader Manchester City 1-2 at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners currently sit sixth in the rankings - two points lower than fourth-placed West Ham. The team finish third in the home record in league with 22 points in 10 games this season. But in January, there were 3L-4D in all the games - no goals in each of the last three games.

Burnley
Burnley have not played since they were eliminated from the FA Cup by Huddersfield town on January 8. They lost 3-1 away to Leeds United in the last league game - have played six fewer games than Chelsea. The team have won only one league game since the beginning of the season and they are one of the only two teams still havent won at home in the top league.

Prediction
Whether Burnleys COVID-hit contingent are ready to return or not, the Gunners smart and young offensive power should push their team to the three points needed for their first victory in 2022.

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Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Jan 23 2022, 12:30

Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace made a 1-1 draw with Brighton Hove Albion last time out. They won only two of the last 10 games in the Premier League. Crystal Palaces pursuit of the first Premier League victory in 2022 continues, but Vieiras men firmly rank 11th before the start of the weekends game, with 10th-placed Leicester City play two games less, leading by one point.

Liverpool
Liverpool beat Arsenal 0-2 away on Thursday night, reaching the League Cup final for the first time in six years. The Reds beat Brentford 3-0 seven days ago, ending their three consecutive winless league games. Three consecutive clean sheets in all competitions are undoubtedly the reason for this current Liverpool teams optimism, and they have not given up the title race, although they are currently 11 points behind leader Manchester City.

Prediction
Liverpool have now proved that their scoring touch is still intact without Salah and Mane, so we support the Reds to win with the least difficulty.

1X2 Pick: 2
Final Result: 1-3, 2-3

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Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

Jan 23 2022, 12:30

Chelsea
The Blues have won only one of the last seven Premier League games and have got only one point in the last two Premier League games against Manchester City (1-0 defeat) and Brighton (1-1 draw). Chelsea are currently third in the table - eight points higher than fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with four games in hand and 12 points behind leading Manchester City with one game in hand.

Tottenham Hotspur
The Hotspur miraculously beat Leicester City at Kings power on Wednesday night. In the past four Premier League games, they have got 10 points out of 12 possible points and therefore completely join the competition for the Champions League next season. They are only one point less than fourth-placed West Ham United with three games in hand, while they have four game in hand.

Prediction
Chelsea have beaten Tottenham Hotspur twice this month. The home team urgently need to return to the track of the Premier League. With the support of home fans, we believe the Blues can win this game.


1X2 Pick: 1
Final Result: 1-0, 2-1
 

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Everton vs Aston Villa

The Premier League action kicked off in dramatic fashion on Friday night with Norwich pummelling fellow relegation rivals and hosts Watford by a 3-0 score. The 12:30pm GMT kick-off on Saturday offers up the potential for even more plot twists with manager-less Everton taking on a revitalised Aston Villa at Goodison Park. Two old names in the top flight entering very new eras.

Everton will once again turn to club cult hero and everyone's favourite Scottish striker Duncan Ferguson to act as interim manager after the sacking of Rafa Benitez. The Toffees are down in 16th place and just 5 points above the relegation zone. A 2-1 loss away to relegation battlers (or should that say fellow relegation strugglers?!) Norwich was the nail in the coffin for Benitez and that defeat extended a winless run in the league to 4 matches and making it just 1 win from their previous 13 league games. That means that, if you include the three postponed games due to covid, Everton haven't won a league game since 25th September, 2021. Ferguson may well be dealing with life after full back Lucas Digne but he'll be glad to have Brazilian Richarlison back. Defence has been a concern recently for Everton with the club conceding 13 goals in their last 5 home league matches.

Aston Villa appear to be heading in the right direction under new head coach Steven Gerrard. It's going to be a long process and the club may well have failed to win their last 3 league matches but the bigger picture is that he's managing to attract big name players to the club such as Philippe Coutinho and Digne with a philosophy the fans are getting behind. Villa are in 13th position in the table and this season is a great opportunity to consolidate their league situation to prepare for further progress next season. Away form does still haunt the team though with the club losing 7 of their last 10 away league matches. Gerrard also comes into this game knowing his best win ratio as a player in the Premier League was against Everton. Throw into that the fact striker Danny Ings has also scored a career-best 5 league goals against Everton.

This is a tricky game to call. Everton have been diabolical over recent games but the removal of Benitez as head coach could solve a lot of those issues but not all of them. Aston Villa have become a resolute side to play against. Gerrard knows how to set his teams up to be hard to break down and he is slowly building a squad that will be a threat in attack too. I think the new (well, re-new) manager bounce could see Everton get a point. Villa will give them a lot of problems though.

Draw @ 3.40 with Betfred

BTTS @ 1.78 with SBK

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Brentford vs Wolves

The Premier League gives us three 3pm GMT kick-offs on Saturday afternoon. One of those will see Brentford versus Wolves at the Brentford Community Stadium. This is a battle between two mid-table but with the home team still keeping an eye over their shoulder where as the visiting side have quiet ambitions of maybe gatecrashing the European qualification frenzy come the end of the season.

Brentford are still doing just about enough to keep themselves out of the relegation quagmire. Thomas Frank's men are in 14th place and 9 points above the drop zone but they remain just a run of poor results away from being sucked into the dogfight. The Bees have lost 5 of their last 6 league games which is a concern. Frank Onyeka is still away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations and a number of players remain sidelined with injury including David Raya, Mathias Jorgensen, Charlie Goode, Tarique Fosu-Henry, and Josh Dasilva. The team haven't been helping themselves this season having conceded first in 14 of their last 15 matches in the league. However, their only win in their last 9 Premier League matches played on a Saturday came against Wolves back in September.

Wolves fans are loving life under Bruno Lage. The former Sheffield Wednesday assistant manager has got his team defensively sound and started to get them to become a more attacking threat. Wanderers are up to 8th in the table and just 4 points adrift of the European qualification places. It's now an unbeaten run of 4 league games with 3 wins from their last 4 league games including back-to-back victories. The team have kept three clean sheets during that spell too. The club will attempt to begin a calendar year with three consecutive league wins for the first time since 1994. The team boasts the second best defensive record in the division having conceded just 15 league goals this season with Manchester City's 13 goals conceded the only team better. There is also the potential for the club to equal their top flight record of three away clean sheets in a row that was last achieved back in 1960. A number of players remain absent for Wolves including Willy Boly, Hwang Hee-chan, Jonny, Pedro Neto, Marcal, and Yerson Mosquera all sidelined. Romain Saiss is also still away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Initially, I was thinking that this game was well set up for a draw but the more I've dug around and seen how well Wolves are progressing under Lage, the more I feel we could see a narrow away win. Brentford are in danger of letting this season fall by the wayside. It'll be interesting to see if new Wolves signing Chiquinho has an impact. I definitely feel favouring the Wolves win is the most tempting option here.

Wolves Draw No Bet @ 1.87 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.60 with Betfair

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Leeds vs Newcastle

The 3pm GMT kick-off on Saturday afternoon between Premier League sides Leeds and Newcastle at Elland Road could be a vitally important match for both teams as the spectre of relegation back to the Championship becomes more and more real with every passing game. The home side are still just about out of the drop zone scramble at the moment but defeat here could leave their morale in pieces and their opponents rejuvenated.

Leeds have had their injury worries this season and the January transfer window has presented the club with a chance to bring in fresh faces to bulk up the squad but their activity so far has been limited. The Whites are 15th in the league table and 8 points clear of the relegation zone but it's back-to-back wins in the league to start 2022 for Marcelo Bielsa's side. Patrick Bamford has been ruled out once again with Junior Firpo and Adam Forshaw also sidelined. They join the likes of Liam Cooper, Charlie Cresswell, Kalvin Phillips, Jamie Shackleton, and Sam Greenwood who are all out injured still. The good news is that Leeds are unbeaten in their 6 league matches against sides that started the day below them in the table.

Newcastle don't appear to have improved much under Eddie Howe but maybe things are starting to stir behind the scenes. Personally, I thought he was the wrong appointment for them given the fact he thrived with Bournemouth on a budget but then struggled when he was given money. The Magpies are in 19th place and without a win in their last 4 league matches. The club have brought in the pair of Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood but with just 1 win from their last 22 matches across all competitions you feel it might take a bit more to turn things around. One amazing statistic is that Newcastle have dropped 21 points from winning positions in games. If they had held onto those leads in all of those instances they would be in 8th place. Football... it's a funny old game.

I wasn't a fan of Newcastle's appointment of Howe and I'm still not convinced he's the right choice. I think the fact Howe rejected a number of interesting Championship managerial projects because he felt he was too good for them shows he's perhaps not the right kind of head needed for this. Leeds have an experienced man at the helm in Bielsa and every time they are written off they bounce back. This game is there for the taking for Leeds to add more woe to Newcastle. Send them on their way to Saudi Arabia in a deserved frame of mind!

Leeds to Win @ 2.06 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.74 with SBK

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Manchester United vs West Ham

Undoubtedly the most compelling fixture from the 3pm GMT kick-offs in the Premier League this Saturday afternoon is the clash between Manchester United and West Ham at Old Trafford. Two clubs with contrasting atmosphere behind the scenes go toe-to-toe but will either team be able to take all 3 points and give their Champions League qualification hopes a massive boost?

Manchester United continue to be a club in disarray right now. A painful post-Sir Alex Ferguson era feels like it's taking forever and the fans are losing heart. The Red Devils are still in 7th place and just 2 points outside the Champions League qualification spots but with rumours of player discontent behind the scenes at new interim head coach Ralf Rangnick's approach you feel like all is not well at United. The team ended a run of just 1 win in 3 league matches in midweek with a convincing 3-1 win away to Brentford. That game was not without its issues though with Cristiano Ronaldo making it very clear that he wasn't happy about being subbed off. Rangnick's woes don't get any better with Victor Lindelof set to miss this game after his house was burgled and Jadon Sancho absent for personal reasons. This is on top of Eric Bailly, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Paul Pogba, and Luke Shaw are all sidelined too. There is a chance that United could lose their first two home league games to a calendar year for the first time since 1985. There is a ray of hope though with Ronaldo having scored 6 goals in his last 5 matches against West Ham.

West Ham will come into this confident they can take a victory. David Moyes led his team to a superb 1-0 win away to United in the EFL Cup earlier in the season. The Hammers are currently in 4th position and a win would consolidate their place in the Champions League qualification spots. The duo of Tomas Soucek and Kurt Zouma could be available for this game and Said Benrahma could well be involved after returning from Africa Cup of Nations duty with the eliminated Algeria. Unfortunately, West Ham have lost all 3 of their away league games against teams that start this round of matches in the top half of the table. An even more depressing statistic is that Moyes has failed to win any of his last 44 away league games away against the "established top six" clubs of Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, and Liverpool. Although, you could argue that with his West Ham team currently ahead of three of those teams in the table that the "established top six" label is under threat this season.

Head-to-head records don't make for pleasant reading for West Ham fans here with the team winning just 7 of their 51 Premier League encounters with Manchester United. United have won 20 of their last 25 home league games against West Ham at this level and remain unbeaten in their last 13 meetings at this venue. I really don't think West Ham will get a win but I can certainly see them grinding out a point. Although, the odds on a United win are tempting!

Draw @ 3.80 with SBK

BTTS @ 1.60 with SBK

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Southampton vs Manchester City

The Premier League games draw to a close on Saturday with the 5:30pm GMT kick-off when Southampton host Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium. These two teams might be a fair distance apart from each other in the league table but this fixture ended in a 0-0 draw when the two clubs met earlier in the season at the Etihad Stadium so the outcome for this one is far from done and dusted.

Southampton head into this game hopeful they can repeat their resilient effort from earlier in the campaign but with the club missing a number of key personnel it could be more difficult this time around. The Saints are in 12th place and their 3-1 loss away to Wolves last weekend ended an unbeaten run of 4 league matches. The trio of Alex McCarthy, Tino Livramento, and Will Smallbone are all ruled out with Moussa Djenepo still away on Africa Cup of Nations duty. Ralph Hasenhuttl's side continue to be plagued by a lack of consistency overall but solid home form gives their fans hope. They are unbeaten in their last 7 home league games and have only suffered 1 loss in their last 10 home league matches. An interesting stat is that they have won their last two home league games against sides that were top of the table at the start of the day. However, they have conceded in each of their last 10 league games.

Manchester City will be keen to avenge the points dropped against Southampton earlier in the season. Pep Guardiola will be without Oleksandr Zinchenko and Riyad Mahrez has been given time off to recover after the Africa Cup of Nations. The Citizens are still sitting proudly on top of the league table and are 11 points clear of 2nd placed Liverpool having played a game more than their rivals. It's now 12 league games won in a row with many wondering how on earth they can be stopped from retaining their Premier League crown. Only Preston back in 1891/92 won 12 league games in a row and failed to go on and win the top flight title. The team have kept a division-high 13 clean sheets this season showing how solid they are at the back as well as potent in attack.

I don't think there's any denying that Southampton deserved the point they earned at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season but Manchester City are a much more fluid unit now and in the midst of one of the most devastating winning runs in world football right now. It might not be easy work for the visitors but I can still see them having enough to get past their hosts with a business-like display.

Manchester City HT/FT @ 1.90 with SBK

Manchester City to Win to Nil @ 2.10 with Boylesports

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Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea goes into this match coming off the back of a 1-1 Premier League stalemate against Brighton & Hove Albion. It was their fourth game without a win in the Premier League, which saw them slip to 3rd place. The Blues are now 12 points behind the top-placed Manchester City, and they need to stabilize in order to stay in the title race. Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea has celebrated scoring a total of 11 times over their prior six outings. At the other end, the tally of goals they conceded in those same games is five. Timo Werner is back after the injury, and we will see if he will get more minutes in the next period. Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has more problems with availability, as Reece James, Andreas Christensen, and Ben Chilwell are out of the contest.

Tottenham Hotspur will enter the clash after beating Leicester City 3:2 in the Premier League latest round. Although they trailed 2:1 in 90 minutes, Steven Bergwijn scored a brace in the stoppage time for important three points. That victory pushed them to 5th place, being just one point behind West Ham. The statistics do not lie, and Tottenham Hotspur has scored in five of the last six games, with opposing teams scoring a total of seven goals. In defense, Tottenham Hotspur was far from perfect. Stephen Bergwijn shows why he was brought in, and he is unstoppable in a one-on-one game. Conte is aware that he has a player in his team who can solve the match with one move. One concern bothers Conte before this match, as Heung-min Son will not perform due to a muscle injury.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Tottenham has been in better form than their rivals, but these two sides faced each other twice in the EFL Cup semi-finals. Chelsea celebrated a double victory, and we expect them to beat the Spurs for the third time in a row.

Goals Market Prediction

The crowd couldn’t see too many goals when these two sides faced each other. Tottenham failed to score in their previous three encounters, and this one should be another tight game. Therefore, we don’t expect to see more than two goals in total.

Chelsea to Win @ 1.70

Under 2.5 FT @ 1.95

Correct score 1:0 @ 7.50

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Arsenal vs Burnley

The Premier League will have three 2pm GMT kick-offs on Sunday afternoon and the first of those I'm previewing is the game of Champions League chasing Arsenal and bottom-placed club Burnley at the Emirates Stadium. It's probably fair to say that both sets of fans will want to see their clubs pick up some much-needed points to move higher up the league table but can either team get all 3 points here?

Arsenal are once again slipping into levels of inconsistency that halted progress under Mikel Arteta in previous campaigns. This season has undoubtedly seen the Gunners produce their most attractive, effective, and consistent performance levels under the Spaniard but with the team in 7th place and no win in their last four matches across all competitions there is a concern the wheels could be coming off. Arteta will come into this game without the suspended pair of Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka. Nicolas Pepe and Mohamed Elneny are both still at the Africa Cup of Nations so Arsenal are short on numbers in midfield. Home form has been the foundation for Arsenal's season so far though with the team winning 7 of their 10 home league matches.

Burnley fans will be wondering if this is the season their team finally suffers a relegation that they have flirted with for years. Sean Dyche's men sit bottom of the league table and 5 points adrift of safety but they do have up to 5 league games in hand on the sides around them. The Clarets sold talismanic striker Chris Wood to relegation rivals Newcastle in a controversial sale and the question has to be asked now where the goals to keep them up will come from? No win from their last 8 matches across all competitions means that, taking into account postponed games due to covid, that the Clarets haven't tasted victory since 30th October, 2021. It won't help that Dyche has confirmed his team only has 16 fit and available first team players. Worryingly, Burnley have dropped 14 points from winning positions this season and they are yet to record a win on the road in the league.

This is a game between two teams that are out-of-form and missing key players. I would have ordinarily backed Burnley to get something here but I just can't see where their goal threat comes from now Wood has departed. It's a lot of pressure on Maxwel Cornet and nobody else is standing out. Arsenal are missing big names but I think the youngsters coming in can get the job done.

Arsenal to Win to Nil @ 2.05 with Coral

Arsenal HT/FT @ 1.96 with SBK

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Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

The second 2pm GMT kick-off in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon that I'm looking at is the match between mid-table Crystal Palace and title-cashing Liverpool at Selhurst Park. This is the scene of one of Liverpool's darkest days in recent memory when they bottled a 3-0 lead in the final 11 minutes to draw 3-3 and effectively gift the league title that season to rivals Manchester City.

Crystal Palace face a tricky challenge here. Jordan Ayew might have returned from Africa Cup of Nations duty but the pair of Wilfried Zaha and Cheikhou Kouyate are still involved in that tournament. The duo of James McArthur and James Tomkins are also still out injured. It's just 2 wins from their last 10 league games leaving the Eagles in 13th place. Relegation doesn't appear to be an issue yet but it could become one if form doesn't improve. The team have only lost 1 of their last 4 league games at home but they are on a dour run of 9 straight defeats in the league against Liverpool.

Liverpool also have their big name absentees heading into this game. The trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita are all still involved in Africa Cup of Nations commitments but Jurgen Klopp's side have shown they can still perform without their star players having navigated their way past Arsenal to reach the EFL Cup Final this past week. The Reds are in 2nd place and 12 points behind league leaders Manchester City with two league games in hand. The title race isn't quite over yet is it after City's 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday. Liverpool have won 10 of their 11 league games against sides that started the game in the bottom half of the table. However, it is now 4 league games without a win in London for Liverpool. The good omen is that Klopp has won all six of his Premier League away games against Crystal Palace.

It's another difficult game to call with key absentees for both sides. I think even though Liverpool are missing the better players it's Crystal Palace that are feeling the absences more. Palace suffered a humiliating 7-0 loss to Liverpool here last season and that was their sixth straight defeat at home against Liverpool. I think they have it in them to cause Liverpool problems but I still think Liverpool should have just about enough to sneak a win.

Liverpool to Win & BTTS @ 3.20 with Bet365

Anytime Scorer: Roberto Firmino @ 3.00 with Bet365

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Leicester vs Brighton

The last of the 2pm GMT kick-offs on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League is between Leicester and Brighton at the King Power Stadium. Both teams are currently on course for a season of mid-table mediocrity but you get the feeling that if they can string a couple of wins together and go on a run then gate crashing the European qualification race isn't beyond their capabilities.

Leicester continue their season of under-achievement with the club down in 11th position and 11 points off the European qualification pace. Brendan Rodgers has to be given some leeway given the injuries and covid issues he's had to deal with so it's one of those seasons for the club. The Foxes have seen 5 of their last 8 league games postponed and that's prevented them from getting into any rhythm of matches. There is good news for Rodgers with Daniel Amartey returning from action at the African Cup of Nations to boost a threadbare squad on the defensive front. Unfortunately, Leicester have lost 7 of their 10 league matches against teams positioned higher than them in the table at kick-off. Defence has been the issue though with the team conceding two or more goals in a division-high 12 league games this season. It's a record they share with Newcastle and Norwich.

Brighton will come into this game without head coach Graham Potter who has tested positive for covid. Shane Duffy and Adam Lallana are both also still ruled out. The Seagulls are in 9th place in the table and are unbeaten in their last 5 league matches including holding Chelsea to a draw on two occasions. Away form has been excellent for Brighton this season with the team losing just 1 of their 10 away league games so far. They have also won each of their three league games played on a Sunday this season. Each one of their six league wins so far this campaign have come against teams positioned lower than them in the table. 

Recent history would suggest this game will have goals. The last 13 matches Leicester have played on a Sunday have seen 57 goals scored. That's an average of 4.4 goals per game. Given their shoddy defensive performances this season that's not surprising. I can see this game being a frenetic one and with Brighton only winning 1 of the last 9 encounters I wouldn't be surprised to see Leicester take something from this game. Not sure they will win it though.

Draw @ 3.50 with Boylesports

BTTS @ 1.66 with SBK

 

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Chelsea vs Tottenham

The final Premier League game of the weekend is the 4:30pm GMT kick-off on Sunday afternoon when London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham meet for the fourth time this season already in a highly-anticipated clash at Stamford Bridge. The West Londoners have defeated their North London neighbours on all three previous occasions this season so will they make it a fourth victory here?

Chelsea currently sit in 3rd place in the league table but the team are now 13 points behind league leaders Manchester City with 15 league games remaining. Time and hope is running out for the Blues to pull that deficit back. Thomas Tuchel's men will still be pleased that they have reached another cup final after beating Tottenham over two legs to reach the EFL Cup Final. The German head coach is still without a number of key defensive options including Africa Cup of Nations star Edouard Mendy plus defenders Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell, and Andreas Christensen. Chelsea have dropped points in 9 of their last 13 league matches in a spell of form that has seen them drop off the title pace. They have also won just 1 of their last 7 league games. However, it is just 1 loss from their last 8 league games and that was a narrow 1-0 loss away to Manchester City. The defensive absentees are clearly impacting Chelsea's defensive record with the team keeping just 2 clean sheets in their previous 13 league matches compared to the 7 clean sheets they kept in their first 10 league games of the season.

Tottenham will see this game as an ideal chance to gain retribution on their rivals who denied them a place in the EFL Cup Final. If we're being honest, there were clear differences of quality between the two sides in the last three meetings but will Chelsea's absentees offer a glimmer of hope for Spurs? Antonio Conte's men are up to 6th in the table and just 2 points outside the Champions League qualification spots. Tottenham remain unbeaten under Conte in the league. Unfortunately, Tottenham have failed to win any of their last 13 away games in the league against sides that have started the day in the top four. The bad news is that their main goal threat in Harry Kane has not only scored just 1 goal in his last 7 London derbies in the league but he's also failed to score in his last 7 games against Chelsea in all competitions.

There is no doubt that Chelsea are there for the taking right now. Tuchel is doing an incredible job of keeping his side so resilient with so many defensive absentees but if Tottenham have any chance of beating their rivals it's now. Tottenham are still evolving and learning under Conte so they're far from the finished article under him but Conte has also made them a tough team to beat. That's why I can see this game ending in a draw with both teams cancelling each other out.

Draw @ 3.80 with Betfred

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.92 with SBK

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