Midweek BPL snapshot

Published by on January 29, 2017

Another big round of fixtures coming up in midweek…

Arsenal vs Watford

Watford will do very well not to be heavily beaten here. Arsenal scored a late winner against Burnley, but they should wrap this one up much earlier. Alexis Sanchez should get himself on the scoresheet, as should Olivier Giroud, who can win the headers against the likes of Younes Kaboul.

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace

Bournemouth conceded another two at the weekend at home to Watford, but they should be able to beat Sam Allardyce’s woeful Palace, who lost again to Everton on Saturday. Both sides have leaky defences, so it’s best to back over 2.5 goals, and Bournemouth to win.

Burnley vs Leicester

Leicester’s 3-0 defeat to Southampton confirmed that they have constructed the worst title defence at this stage of the season of any team for over 50 years. The Foxes’ away form has been awful this season and they’re still without Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez, who are at the AFCON. Burnley are worth backing, but with under 2.5 goals.

Middlesbrough vs West Brom

West Brom are already getting to that stage where they don’t have all that much to play for. Europe’s now almost out of the question, but they’re not going to be in trouble at the other end either. Middlesbrough have more riding on this, but they’re less of a threat up front. It’s worth backing a draw, and maybe Rondon scoring first for the Baggies too to spice things up.

Sunderland vs Tottenham

Sunderland will be aiming for a draw at best. Tottenham won the last four times these two sides have met, so there won’t be good odds on them picking up another three points. A combination of Dele Alli and Harry Kane both scoring is worth backing, though, with the pair in unbelievable form at the moment.

Swansea vs Southampton

Swansea are riding high from the 3-2 win at Anfield on Saturday, but Southampton can bring them back down to earth. The Saints won 3-0 against Leicester and will be aiming for another few goals here, so we’re backing Claude Puel’s men to do it, but with under 2.5 goals.

Liverpool vs Chelsea

Antonio Conte doesn’t have many worries with Chelsea doing well, but this game will be a big concern. Liverpool obviously slipped up against Swansea, but they haven’t lost to Chelsea in almost three years in the league. The two sides might well cancel each other out in a score-draw.

West Ham vs Manchester City

West Ham have picked up lately, but if their FA Cup game against Man City was anything to go by, they haven’t got much hope here. Pep Guardiola will be keen to give Gabriel Jesus another chance to get onto the scoresheet, as his goal was disallowed against Spurs. The 19-year-old is the one to watch.

Manchester United vs Hull City

Hull have much bigger concerns than football after Ryan Mason’s worrying injury. The Tigers’ already depleted squad is going to really struggle against Manchester United, who should win at over 2.5 goals.

Stoke vs Everton

Everton have won three in a row and will fancy another three points against erratic Stoke. The Potters were unfortunate not to beat United, but they were still on the backfoot for much of that game. Romelu Lukaku to score first and Everton to win should be a decent bet.