Saturday’s Premier League preview

Published by on February 3, 2017

Another big round of fixtures coming up this weekend…

Chelsea vs Arsenal

After suffering defeat at home to Watford, Arsenal absolutely have to win at Stamford Bridge if they’re to have any hope of winning the title for the first time in 13 years. Recent history isn’t in their favour, though, as they’ve beaten Chelsea just once in their last ten encounters, albeit a 3-0 win this season at the Emirates. The Blues should edge it.

Southampton vs West Ham

Both of these sides couldn’t have prepared any worse for this game, losing to Swansea and Manchester City respectively. It’ll be interesting to see how their new signings get on, but Robert Snodgrass will struggle to make the same sort of impact that Dimitri Payet used to. We’re backing the Saints to edge this one, and it should have over 2.5 goals in it.

West Brom vs Stoke City

It should be a feisty encounter between these two sides, but recent history suggests West Brom should just nick a win. Both clubs are essentially just playing for pride now, but Salomon Rondon can lead the Baggies to another three points as they look to consolidate their place in the top half.

Watford vs Burnley

Watford pulled off the shock result of the week by beating Arsenal at the Emirates, but that may have just been papering over the cracks. They should still expect a tough encounter with Burnley, who beat them earlier in the season. We’re backing a score draw.

Everton vs Bournemouth

It’s only results in the earlier part of the season that are keeping Bournemouth from a relegation scrap. They’ve slipped to 14th after their recent run. Everton, on the other hand, haven’t failed to score since December 19th when they lost the Merseyside derby, so that doesn’t bode well for Eddie Howe’s men.

Hull City vs Liverpool

Hull did phenomenally well to hold Manchester United to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Liverpool probably did equally well to avoid defeat against Chelsea, but Jurgen Klopp will still be wary of another slip-up against a bottom half side. We’re backing Liverpool to win but at under 2.5 goals.

Crystal Palace vs Sunderland

Both sides have a huge amount at stake, and both have dodgy defences. It’s worth backing both teams to score as Jermain Defoe will fancy his chances, while it’ll be hard for the Black Cats to keep out Christian Benteke and co.

Tottenham vs Middlesbrough

Incredibly, Tottenham moved up to second despite their drab stalemate with Sunderland in midweek. Mauricio Pochettino definitely needs a result here, but he should get one. There should be goals in it too, as whatever Tuesday’s game at the Stadium of Light might suggest, prior to that Spurs hadn’t failed to score since December 11. Harry Kane was only just recovering from an injury, but he should look much sharper against the ‘Boro. ecent bet.