20:00 - Southampton v Liverpool
Premier League champions Liverpool are in action on Monday night, as Jurgen Klopp takes his Reds to St Mary’s to face Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton. After back-to-back draws, Liverpool will be hoping to return to winning ways in this one. The Merseysiders remain top of the table as things stand, though rivals Manchester United are now level on points and looking like the primary challengers.
Southampton have had a solid season so far and have won seven of their opening 16 matches. However, the Saints have failed to win any of their last four games since easing past bottom side Sheffield United in mid-December, drawing three and losing one. Hasenhuttl’s troops can be a tough nut to crack on their own patch, but we fancy Liverpool to edge a tight affair at St Mary’s on Monday night. Take a punt on the away team to win by a one goal margin at odds of 11/4.
19:45 - Tottenham v Brentford
The first Carabao Cup semi-final of the 2020-21 season will take place on Tuesday night. At the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur and Thomas Frank’s Brentford go up against one another for a place in the Wembley Stadium final. Spurs are the heavy favourites on home soil, but can the EFL Championship Bees cause an upset in north London?
After edging past London rivals Chelsea on penalties, Mourinho’s men booked their spot in the last four with a comfortable 3-1 win over Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium. As for the Bees, after seeing off Wycombe Wanderers, they got the better of Premier League clubs Southampton, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham and Newcastle United. Brentford, who are on an incredible unbeaten run at present, could be tricky opponents, but Tottenham’s Premier League quality and experience should see the home side through. We like the look of the Spurs win and both teams to score in this one at odds of 2/1.
19:45 - Manchester United v Manchester City
Fierce rivals Manchester United and Manchester City do battle at Old Trafford on Wednesday night for a place in the 2021 Carabao Cup final. With both clubs in excellent form, the midweek semi at the Theatre of Dreams promises to be a massive occasion. United may be the home team, but City, who have won the last three League Cups, are the favourites to make it to Wembley.
Manchester United are going great guns in the Premier League at present, winning eight and drawing two of their last 10 games. As for the Citizens, they have won four league and cup matches in a row. The Red Devils have enjoyed recent success over their neighbours, with Man City winning just one of the previous five encounters. We fancy United to nick this one on home soil and book their spot in the Wembley final. You can get very fair odds of 11/1 for the hosts to win the match by a 2-1 scoreline.
19:45 - Aston Villa v Liverpool
Premier League sides Aston Villa and Liverpool go head-to-head at Villa Park on Friday night in Emirates FA Cup action. Dean Smith’s Villans are having a fine season, winning eight of their opening 15 league matches. Back in October, Aston Villa stunned the Premier League champions with a 7-2 home league win. Can Villa cause another upset on Friday and get the better of the lacklustre Merseysiders once more?
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have been in patchy form of late, winning just two of their last seven across all competitions. On Monday evening, the Reds were beaten in the league by Southampton. Villa have been the surprise package in the Premier League so far, and we fancy Smith’s men to get the better of the Merseyside outfit once again. Take a punt on Aston Villa to come out on top at the tempting price of 12/5.
19:45 - Wolves v Crystal Palace
Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers and Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace lock horns in an all-Premier League Emirates FA Cup third round tie at Molineux on Friday. Wolves have had a tough time in the Premier League of late, but can the Midlands outfit get their season going again with a win in the cup on Friday night? The home team are the favourites.
After five games without a win, Palace finally got back to winning ways with a 2-0 home victory over bottom side Sheffield United last Saturday. As for Wolves, Nuno’s troops have picked up only one win from their past seven. Nevertheless, Wanderers beat the Eagles 2-0 at Molineux when the pair met in league action in October. Check out the solid odds of 9/4 for the home team to win to nil again, good value against a club that lacks firepower and depth in their squad.
12:00 - Everton v Rotherham
Everton and Rotherham United square off at Goodison Park on Saturday in Emirates FA Cup action. As you would expect, the Toffees, who are flying high in the Premier League, are the clear favourites to get the win on home turf. The Millers head to Merseyside as the 7/1 underdogs and it may well prove too much for them against a strong PL outfit. Will Everton cruise into round four?
After the disappointing home defeat to West Ham United on New Year’s Day, Carlo Ancelotti’s men will want to get back to winning ways at the first time of asking. Rotherham are struggling in the EFL Championship at present, and Paul Warne’s have lost seven away games in a row. This should be an eighth and we predict an easy win for the home side. Back Everton to be winning at half time and full time, which is available at the decent price of evens.
12:15 - Chorley v Derby
National League North side Chorley welcome EFL Championship club Derby County to Victory Park in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday. The Magpies, who were relegated from the National League last term, are the huge underdogs in this one. The Rams have had a tough time in the Championship this season, but have improved of late and they should get the job done in Lancashire at the weekend.
Derby have certainly picked up in recent weeks, but they have lost two of their last three in the league. Nevertheless, they have taken seven points from their last four away matches, beating Millwall (1-0) and Birmingham City (4-0) along the way. We can see Wayne Rooney’s County keeping Chorley at bay in this one. Put your money on Derby to win to nil at evens.
17:30 - Arsenal v Newcastle
On Saturday evening, Emirates FA Cup holders Arsenal start their trophy defence with a tie against fellow Premier League side Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium in a rematch of the 1998 final which the London side won 2-0. The Gunners are beginning to show a big improvement in the league, winning their last three, so will be confident here in a competition they just love. Can Mikel Arteta’s men secure a win in the FA Cup on Saturday?
Arsenal recently went seven league games without a victory, drawing two and losing five, but they have struck back by taking nine points from a possible nine. Newcastle are in patchy form, failing to win since beating West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on December 12th. Arsenal should make home advantage count and book their spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable victory on Saturday. Take a punt on the Londoners to win -1 at solid odds of 13/10.
20:00 - Manchester United v Watford
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United and Xisco Munoz’s Watford lock horns in the Emirates FA Cup at Old Trafford on Saturday night. The Red Devils are joint top of the Premier League and are in stunning form at present, while the Hornets are currently in the play-off places in the EFL Championship. United have won six of the previous seven meetings between the two and, incredibly, all but two of the last 19!
After eight wins and two draws from 10, Man Utd have shot up the Premier League table. Having played a game fewer, the Red Devils are now level with rivals Liverpool at the top of the league. The Premier League will be the priority for Ole’s boys, but United will want to go far in the FA Cup. The hosts should ease past Watford, a side they just seem to love beating, on Saturday night. There is good value in Man Utd to win both halves at 7/4.
20:00 - Southampton v Shrewsbury
Premier League high-flyers Southampton entertain EFL League One outfit Shrewsbury Town at St Mary’s in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday. The Saints will still be buzzing from Monday night’s exceptional and fully deserved 1-0 home league win over champions Liverpool. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men will now be looking for a comfortable victory in the cup.
Southampton have had a very good season in the Premier League so far, winning eight of their opening 17 to sit in sixth place. At the time of writing, only Liverpool have a better home record in England’s top tier. This will be a stern test for Steve Cotterill’s Shrews, who are way down in 17th in League One. We fancy Southampton to secure an easy victory at St Mary’s, so take a punt on the Saints to win -2 at 11/5.
13:30 - Manchester City v Birmingham
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City welcome Aitor Karanka’s Birmingham City to the Etihad Stadium in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup. Having booked their place in yet another EFL Cup final, Man City will want to follow that up with a comfortable home victory in the FA Cup on Sunday. As you would expect, the Premier League giants are the clear favourites to ease past the EFL Championship outfit, but the visitors are not going to simply roll over for Pep’s team of superstars.
The Citizens head into this cup tie in scintillating form. Since losing at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League back in November, Pep’s boys have won nine and drawn three of their following 12 matches in all competitions. City have certainly got their spark back in recent weeks, securing successive wins over Southampton, Arsenal, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Manchester United. As such, we’re willing to put some money on Man City to win with a -2 goal handicap on Sunday at odds of 21/20.
13:30 - Chelsea v Morecambe
Chelsea’s 2020-21 Emirates FA Cup campaign kicks off with a home tie this Sunday against Derek Adams’ Morecambe of EFL League Two. Frank Lampard’s men have picked up just one win from their last seven league and cup matches but the Premier League giants are the overwhelming favourites in this one. Will the Londoners ease into round four or could we see a monster of a cup upset in this one?
Chelsea will of course want to get back on track after a poor run of results and this could be the perfect game in which to rebuild a bit of confidence with a big win. Morecambe had a poor season in League Two last term, but the Shrimps sit seventh in the table at the moment. We predict Adams’ side could crash to a heavy FA Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and it could well be a case of damage limitation if the home side get an early goal. Chelsea have won without conceding on eight occasions across all competitions this season. There aren’t many value bets available here, but we’re going to have a punt on the home team to win to nil this weekend at a reasonable price of 1/2.
13:30 - Crawley v Leeds
John Yems’ Crawley Town and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United go head-to-head at Broadfield Stadium in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup this Sunday with the underdogs looking to pull of a massive giant-killing. The Reds are currently in sixth spot in the EFL League Two table, while Leeds are 12th in the Premier League. This will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs but all indication are that United will have enough about them to easily avoid a cup upset in West Sussex.
The Red Devils are having a decent time in League Two this season, picking up 34 points from 22 games. As for Leeds, they have secured several impressive victories in the Premier League, beating the likes of Aston Villa, Everton and Newcastle United. This could be a tricky tie for Bielsa’s boys if the home side start with confidence, but Leeds should get the job done with room to spare by the final whistly. Take a punt on the away win and both teams to score at a nice price of 15/8.
17:00 - Marine v Tottenham
Jose Mourinho takes his Tottenham Hotspur superstars to Merseyside this Sunday to take on Northern Premier League outfit Marine in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup. With the pair so far apart in the English footballing ladder, this promises to be a fascinating cup tie at Rossett Park. Spurs are priced at just 1/50, while the home win is available at 80/1 with some bookies. But even that that price, few punters will be willing to take a punt on the underdogs.
Tottenham will be desperate to win a trophy this season. The Lilywhites booked their spot in the 2021 EFL Cup final in midweek, while the London team have also reached the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League. Tottenham should have no problems getting past Marine in the FA Cup this weekend if they are able to retain even rudimentary levels of commitment and concentration. This should be a stroll in the park for Spurs, so we opting for the away team to win both halves at odds of 1/4 (which could be a good addition to an FA Cup acca).
19:45 - Newport v Brighton
On Sunday night at Rodney Parade in South Wales, Newport County and Brighton and Hove Albion lock horns in Emirates FA Cup action. Newport have pulled off some memorable giant-killings in cup competitions in recent times which have given their fans plenty to cheer about. Can the EFL League Two team cause an upset against the Premier League club in the FA Cup this Sunday? It will certainly be a tough ask.
The popular Michael Flynn has done an excellent job at Newport since taking over, and the Welsh side are sitting pretty in second spot in the League Two table at present. Graham Potter’s Brighton have struggled for wins this season, winning just four times across all competitions. The Seagulls are the favourites to get the win and go through, but we like the look of 11/2 for the home side to shock Albion at Rodney Parade in what could be the giant-killing of the round.
20:00 - Stockport v West Ham
Jim Gannon’s Stockport County welcome David Moyes’ West Ham United to Edgeley Park in the Emirates FA Cup on Monday night. Stockport ply their trade in the National League these days, while the Hammers currently occupy tenth place in the Premier League, so it is clearly likely to be a rather one-sided affair. This will be the first meeting between the clubs since Stockport beat West Ham in the League Cup back in December 1996.
These ties have the potential to be tricky ones for the Premier League clubs, but West Ham have had a fine season up until now. The Londoners will fancy their chances of going through and doing so with a handsome scoreline to boot. On New Year’s Day, United won 1-0 at Everton in the Premier League, which was a great result given the Toffees’ fine recent form. You can get the solid odds of 11/10 for West Ham to win to nil at Edgeley Park on Monday night as we can’t see the home side getting on the scoresheet in this one.
18:00 - Sheffield United v Newcastle
Sheffield United and Newcastle United meet at Bramall Lane in Premier League action on Tuesday night. Chris Wilder’s Blades are rooted to the foot of the table, 12 points adrift of safety, and things are getting evermore desperate. As for the Magpies, they currently occupy 15th place in the table with 19 points to their name. After two draws and 15 defeats from their opening 17 games, can Sheffield United finally pick up their first Premier League win of the season in midweek?
Wilder’s men have had an abysmal season until now, taking a mere two points from a possible 51 on offer. The Sheffield club are moving closer and closer to relegation back to the EFL Championship. Although Steve Bruce’s Newcastle have lost three and drawn two of their previous five league matches, we can see the Magpies piling more misery on Sheffield United on Tuesday. The away win is priced at odds of 21/10 which looks worth grabbing.
19:45 - Bournemouth v Millwall
Bournemouth and Millwall square off in the EFL Championship this Tuesday at the Vitality Stadium. Jason Tindall’s Cherries will leapfrog Swansea City into second place if they manage to get the home win. The Lions have been in dreadful form of late, winning just one Championship game since October. Bournemouth are the clear favourites in this one and we think they’ll win without too many problems.
After dropping out of the Premier League last term, winning promotion back to the top fight is clearly Bournemouth’s main goal this season. The Cherries have had a good first half to their campaign, racking up an impressive 41 points from 22 games. With Millwall in such poor form, Bournemouth should claim an easy home win in midweek. The hosts have kept clean sheets in each of their last five victories so we’ll be backing Bournemouth to win to nil again at odds of 13/8.
20:15 - Wolves v Everton
Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers and Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton go head-to-head at Molineux on Tuesday in a fascinating Premier League fixture. Wolves have been uncharacteristically inconsistent of late, winning just one of their last seven games in the Premier League. Can Nuno’s boys make home advantage count and get back to winning ways in midweek?
Everton have been in good form lately, winning four of their last five matches in the league. However, after successive victories over Chelsea, Leicester City, Arsenal and Sheffield United, Ancelotti’s men fell to a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to David Moyes’ West Ham United on New Year’s Day. The Toffees will want to bounce back on Tuesday, and we can see the Merseyside outfit holding Wolves to a draw. Check out the draw and both teams to score which is available to back at odds of 7/2.
18:00 - Manchester City v Brighton
On Wednesday night in the Premier League, in-form Manchester City welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to the Etihad Stadium. Man City would move to within a point of Liverpool if they are able to muster three points from this one. The Citizens have won each of their last six league and cup games and Pep Guardiola’s men will certainly fancy their chances on their own patch in midweek.
Since a disappointing 2-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur in November, City have won five and drawn two of their following seven games in the Premier League. As for Graham Potter’s Seagulls, since a 3-0 win at Newcastle United back in September, they have won just one of 15 league games. Man City should claim a comfortable home victory on Wednesday. We’re confident of a decent margin of victory so we’re backing the hosts to win with a -2 goal handicap at odds of 5/4.
20:15 - Tottenham v Fulham
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur and Scott Parker’s Fulham clash in Premier League action at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday night. After going four league games without a win, Spurs struck back with a vital 3-0 home victory over Leeds United in their previous Premier League encounter. Jose’s boys will be looking for another comfortable home win in midweek and few punters will be backing against them.
Tottenham’s triumph over Leeds has put them back on track after a little slump in form. The north London outfit are currently in fourth spot in the table with 29 points to their name. Fulham have drawn their last four games in the Premier League, with their last league fixture taking place on Boxing Day. Spurs will be eyeing up an easy home win against the Cottagers, who have picked up just two Premier League wins all season. There is good value in Tottenham to win with a -2 goal handicap at odds of 9/4.
20:15 - Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur
Dean Smith’s Aston Villa and Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur meet in the Premier League at Villa Park on Wednesday night. The Villans are sitting pretty in eighth spot in the top flight table after 15 games played, having won eight times thus far. Spurs are currently in fourth place with 29 points to their name. Who will come out on top at Villa Park this Wednesday?
Aston Villa have picked up several eye-catching results this season but they have certainly had their problems at home. Before beating Crystal Palace 3-0 on Boxing Day, Villa had taken just one point from a possible 12 on home soil since that memorable 7-2 win over Liverpool. After back-to-back Premier League losses, Tottenham have got back on track with four wins and a draw from their following five league and cup games. The Spurs win here is available at short odds of 2/5 but we think it is still a bet worth placing.
20:00 - Arsenal v Crystal Palace
London sides Arsenal and Crystal Palace go head-to-head at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night in the Premier League. The Gunners have shown a vast improvement in recent weeks, securing successive league wins over Chelsea, Brighton & Hove Albion and West Bromwich Albion. All of a sudden Gunners fans are looking up the table and believing that a push for the European places is far from impossible. Will Mikel Arteta’s men make it four Premier League victories in a row in midweek?
Despite their improvement in results, Arsenal remain in the bottom half of the table. They have had a miserable season so far looking at the bigger picture. They have lost eight of their opening 17 in the league. Palace are a point behind, but a 2-0 win over bottom side Sheffield United in their last league game was the Eagles’ first Premier League victory in six. That will give them a boost coming into this one and they should give the favourites a decent test. That said, with this one taking place at the Emirates, the Gunners should edge it. Back Arsenal to win by one goal (5/2).
12:30 - Wolves v West Brom
Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion go head-to-head at Molineux in the Premier League this Saturday. Having failed to win any of their last five league games, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will be desperate for a home victory at the weekend. Despite their poor form, Wolves are the big favourites here against their Black Country neighbours.
Sam Allardyce has had a tough time at The Hawthorns since taking over, losing four of five in all competitions, surprisingly their only point coming when they held Liverpool at Anfield. After heavy defeats in the Premier League, West Brom were beaten on penalties by Blackpool in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend. Albion have failed to score in their last three Premier League losses. With that in mind, have a punt on Nuno’s Wolves to win to nil, which is available at the decent price of 13/10.
12:30 - Middlesbrough v Birmingham
Middlesbrough and Birmingham City meet at the Riverside Stadium in EFL Championship action on Saturday afternoon. Neil Warnock’s Boro are flying high, while Aitor Karanka’s Blues languish in 19th. Middlesbrough will be looking for a fifth win in six Championship matches, and the home team are the clear favourites in this one.
Boro, who sit seventh at the halfway point, head into this Championship fixture in good form. Since back-to-back losses at Stoke City and Preston North End, Warnock’s men have taken 12 points from the last 15 on offer. In contrast, Birmingham have lost five and drawn one of their last six league matches. We are backing Middlesbrough to secure a comfortable three points on home soil this Saturday. Take a punt on the hosts to win both halves at 5/1.
15:00 - Leeds v Brighton
Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion clash in a crucial Premier League fixture at Elland Road on Saturday. United are sitting pretty in 12th at present, but they have lost their last two league and cup games. They know that they must pick up points against the supposedly lesser teams if they are to avoid being drawn into the relegation battle. As for the Seagulls, they have picked up just two Premier League wins all season, despite boasting reasonably impressive expected goals and points stats. Who will come out on top in West Yorkshire this weekend?
After going five home league matches without a win, Marcelo Bielsa’s boys have hit back with back-to-back victories over Newcastle United and Burnley at Elland Road. Brighton can be tough to break down when on the road, but Leeds will fancy their chances of securing a third consecutive home Premier League victory on Saturday. They fair best against sides that don’t sit back and Brighton will try and play their football so this could be an entertaining clash. Check out the solid odds of 5/2 for the hosts to win and both teams to score.
15:00 - West Ham v Burnley
David Moyes’ West Ham United welcome Sean Dyche’s Burnley to the London Stadium for a Premier League fixture this Saturday. The Hammers have had an excellent season so far, winning seven of their opening 17 league games to sit inside the top half of the table. The Clarets have improved after a sluggish start, but Dyche’s boys head to the capital having lost two of their last three league matches.
West Ham have been a tough nut to crack on their own patch this season. In fact, since a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United on the opening weekend, only Manchester United have won at the London Stadium. After an impressive win at Everton in their previous league matchup, we fancy the Irons to follow that up with another three points this weekend. You can get the very big price of 6/1 for West Ham to seal a third consecutive 1-0 win.
17:30 - Fulham v Chelsea
West London rivals Fulham and Chelsea square off at Craven Cottage in Premier League action on Saturday evening in one of the many rearranged fixtures that are becoming par for the course in this strange season. Frank Lampard’s Blues could do with maximum points having won just one of their last six in the league. Although the Cottagers’ results have improved lately, Chelsea make the short trip to the Cottage as the odds-on favourites with the bookies, despite having dropped to ninth in the table.
Fulham have been difficult to beat at Craven Cottage over the past month or so. Since a narrow 3-2 loss to Everton, Scott Parker’s men have drawn their following three Premier League home matches. Chelsea have lost each of their last three on the road in the top tier, but Lampard will be demanding a response from his players after their slump in form. Chelsea have won without conceding nine times in the league and cup this term. Back the visitors to win to nil against depleted opponents here at 6/4.
19:45 - Barnsley v Swansea
On Saturday evening in the EFL Championship, Valerien Ismael’s in-form Barnsley and Steve Cooper’s Swansea City lock horns at Oakwell. The Tykes have shown a vast improvement under Ismael, winning 11 of 17 league and cup games. As for the Swans, they are second in the Championship with 43 points to their name. This could be a cracker at Oakwell.
Barnsley have won five of their last seven in the Championship, shooting up to ninth as a result. The Tykes were beaten at Norwich City in their previous league match, though they did return to winning ways in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend. Swansea are also in tip-top shape, winning three and drawing one of their last four in the league. This could go either way, so our money is going on the draw and both teams to score at 7/2.
20:00 - Leicester v Southampton
Two in-form sides lock horns at the King Power Stadium on Saturday night, as Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton meet in the Premier League. The Foxes are flying high in the UEFA Champions League spots, while the Saints are just three points behind in seventh. Will Leicester seal an 11th league win, or can Southampton leave the East Midlands with a positive result?
Leicester, who won 2-1 at Newcastle United in their previous Premier League fixture, have lost just one of their last seven in league action. Southampton secured a memorable 1-0 home victory over Liverpool last time out, so they too will be full of confidence. With both teams in good shape, we can see the duo playing out an entertaining draw at the King Power. The draw and over 3.5 goals is available at massive odds of 9/1.
14:00 - Sheffield United v Tottenham
Sheffield United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Bramall Lane in the Premier League this Sunday. The Blades’ 1-0 home victory over Newcastle United in midweek was their first league win of the season. Coming on the back of a midweek win in the FA Cup it will have done a huge amount to boost morale in South Yorkshire. However, Chris Wilder’s men remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table. Jose Mourinho’s Spurs will be looking for all three points from this one against a team that has really struggled to score goals this term.
Things are not all bright for Mourinho either though. Tottenham have slipped out of the UEFA Champions League places after just one win from their last six league games. On Wednesday night, Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium by lowly Fulham. Only three points will do for the Lilywhites this Sunday, and the away team should have enough quality to see off the league’s bottom side. Tottenham to win -1 is nicely priced at 8/5.
16:30 - Liverpool v Manchester United
By far the biggest game of the weekend sees the top two slug it out in what may prove a title-race six-pointer come May. Old rivals Liverpool and Manchester United lock horns in a heavyweight Premier League battle at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. United leapfrogged the Reds to the top of the table with a win at Turf Moor in midweek. The Red Devils head to Merseyside in staggering form, especially away from home, but can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men return to Manchester with all three points?
Champions Liverpool have been far from at their best in recent weeks. In fact, since a 7-0 win at Crystal Palace on December 19th, the Merseysiders have taken just two points from a possible nine. Man Utd have won nine and drawn two of their last 11 league matches to fire themselves to the top of the Premier League table. We can see the away team holding Liverpool to a draw at Anfield. Back the draw and both teams to score at chunky looking odds of 7/2.
19:15 - Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will be eyeing up an eighth successive league and cup win when they entertain Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium in Premier League action on Sunday night. Man City have been much more like their usual selves in recent weeks, and the Manchester giants head into this home match as the clear favourites to get the points.
Man City are unbeaten in 14 across all competitions since losing 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium way back on November 21st. What’s more, they have become incredibly difficult to score against and facing a side that really lacks cutting edge, another City clean sheet seems likely. Palace picked up a handy point from a 0-0 at the Emirates Stadium in midweek, but the Eagles have secured just one win in their last eight league and cup games. This should be an easy victory for the home side. Back City to win both halves at 6/5.
20:00 - Arsenal v Newcastle
After dropping points against Crystal Palace on Thursday, Mikel Arteta’s in-form Arsenal will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United visit the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. These two teams met in the Emirates FA Cup recently, with the Gunners sealing a 2-0 win after extra time.
Despite the disappointing 0-0 draw last time out, Arsenal’s results have improved drastically in recent weeks, with the London side winning three and drawing one of their last four in the Premier League. As for the Magpies, they have lost four and drawn two of their previous six league games. That run includes becoming the first side to lose to Sheffield United this season, so confidence in the Geordie camp is sure to be low. The Gunners have kept clean sheets in each of their last four, and Arteta’s men will back themselves to keep Newcastle at bay in this one. Take a punt on Arsenal to win to nil at solid odds of 11/8.
18:00 - West Ham v West Brom
West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion lock horns in Premier League action at the London Stadium on Tuesday night. The Hammers have won three league and cup games in a row and have lost just once in over a month. West Ham are not an easy nut to crack on their own patch and David Moyes’ men are the rightful favourites in this one.
Sam Allardyce has had a tough time at The Hawthorns since taking over as West Brom boss, but the 66 year old picked up his first win last time out. West Brom shocked rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, leaving Molineux with a 3-2 win. Despite the victory, Albion remain second from bottom in the table. We fancy West Ham to get the job done on home soil in midweek. The hosts to win and both teams to score is nicely priced at odds of 5/2.
18:00 - Derby v Bournemouth
Derby County and Bournemouth go head-to-head at Pride Park in the EFL Championship on Tuesday evening. The Rams are second from bottom in the Championship table ahead of the midweek fixtures, while the Cherries are sitting pretty in third spot. Wayne Rooney was announced as the permanent manager of Derby last week, and the legendary player stated he would be retiring as a player in the process.
County have had a tough season so far, winning just four of their 23 Championship matches. Last weekend, the Rams were beaten 1-0 at Pride Park by fellow strugglers Rotherham United. Bournemouth also suffered a poor home defeat last time out, as Jason Tindall’s men were beaten 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium by Luton Town. Nevertheless, we fancy the Cherries to bounce back with a vital three points here. The away win is available at the decent odds of 21/20.
18:00 - Reading v Coventry
On Tuesday night in the EFL Championship, Veljko Paunovic’s Reading and Mark Robins’ Coventry City go head-to-head at the Madejski Stadium. Both teams should be fresh for this one after having 10 days off from playing. The Royals are the favourites on home turf, but the ever-improving Sky Blues will fancy their chances of returning home with a positive result.
Reading have picked up an impressive 12 wins from their opening 23 Championship matches. The Royals are currently in the play-off places at the halfway stage, four points clear of seventh spot. Coventry made a sluggish start, but last season’s EFL League One champions are starting to settle in the second tier. Robins’ side have lost just two Championship games since early November. We are backing City to leave Berkshire with a draw in midweek at odds of 23/10.
20:00 - Southampton v Shrewsbury
The third round Emirates FA Cup fixture between Southampton and Shrewsbury Town will finally take place in midweek. Premier League outfit Saints are the overwhelming favourites to get the win at St Mary’s and book their place in round four. The winners of this one will host holders Arsenal in the next round.
Southampton have had a superb season in the Premier League so far, winning eight of their opening 18 games to sit eighth in the table with 29 points to their name. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have lost just three league games since September. Steve Cotterill’s Shrewsbury Town are currently in 17th position in the EFL League One table, having won just five of their 20 league games so far. Southampton should sail into round four without too many dramas, so back the hosts to win both halves of this one at odds of 13/8.
20:15 - Leicester v Chelsea
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City and Frank Lampard’s Chelsea meet in a mouth-watering Premier League match at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night. The Foxes are sitting pretty in third spot with 35 points to their name, while the Blues are six points behind in seventh spot. Who will come out on top in this crucial league clash in the East Midlands?
Leicester are having a fine season, with no team in the Premier League having picked up more wins until now (11, the same number achieved by leaders Man United thus far). Chelsea have had a little slump in form of late, but Lampard’s side did get back to winning ways with a vital away victory at west London rivals Fulham last weekend. This could go either way at the King Power, but we can see the Foxes and Blues playing out an entertaining draw. Take a punt on the draw and over 2.5 goals at a chunky price of 9/1.
18:00 - Manchester City v Aston Villa
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City entertain Dean Smith’s Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium in Premier League action this Wednesday evening. City have won eight matches in a row in all competitions, and they thumped Crystal Palace 4-0 at home in the Premier League last time out. Villa have had an excellent season so far, but Smith’s men are without a win in three league and cup games. They have an extended break since they lost to Liverpool in the FA Cup on 8th January, so will the rest help or hinder the Villans here?
Guardiola’s troops are starting to hit some impressive form, winning seven and drawing two of nine league matches since a 2-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur in November. City’s excellent run has lifted them into second place in the Premier League, just two points behind rivals Manchester United, and they will be drawing some ominous glances from their many rivals for the title this term. The Citizens will be looking for a comfortable home win on Wednesday and we think they will get it. Take a punt on the hosts to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 4/6.
18:00 - Norwich v Bristol City
Daniel Farke’s high-flying Norwich City will be looking for another EFL Championship victory when Dean Holden’s Bristol City visit Carrow Road on Wednesday evening. The Canaries lead the way at the top of the Championship, four points ahead of Swansea and a whopping eight points clear of third placed Bournemouth. Norwich look to be heading for an instant return to the Premier League, but they will need to continue their momentum with victories in games such as this.
Farke’s men have looked the real deal in the second tier up until now, winning 15 of their 24 games thus far. Bristol City have blown hot and cold under new boss Dean Holden, meanwhile. The Robins are in ninth spot in the table at present, four points adrift of the play-off places. Norwich have won seven of their last nine games in the league, and the leaders should see off an unpredictable but often ineffectual Bristol City side on Wednesday. You can get the solid odds of 7/5 for the hosts to be winning at half time and full time, which looks good to us.
20:15 - Fulham v Manchester United
Premier League leaders Manchester United make the trip to Craven Cottage this Wednesday night to face relegation-threatened Fulham. United are on an incredible unbeaten run in the league, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men head to the capital as the clear favourites to get the win. However, Scott Parker’s Cottagers have not been an easy nut to crack lately.
Before last Saturday’s narrow home loss to rivals Chelsea, Fulham had drawn five Premier League matches in a row. The Red Devils, who held Liverpool to a draw at Anfield last time out, are undefeated in 12 league games, having won nine and drawn three games during this impressive run. The London side, meanwhile, have improved in recent weeks, but Parker’s boys have failed to score in their last three home league fixtures. Based on the clear disparity between the sides, we’ll be putting some money on Man United to win to nil at odds of 13/8.
20:00 - Liverpool v Burnley
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool entertain Sean Dyche’s Burnley at Anfield in the Premier League on Thursday night. The champions will be desperate for all three points having failed to win any of their last four in the league (three draws, one loss) and slipping down the table to fourth. Liverpool have won just half of their 18 Premier League matches thus far, but the Merseyside outfit are the big favourites in this one.
The Reds have been far from at their best in recent months, winning only four of their last 11 league matches as they struggle with injuries at the back and bad form among their front three. Dyche’s Burnley have also struggled of late, with three of their last four league fixtures ending in defeat. Having taken just three points from the last 12 on offer, only a win will do for the hosts this Thursday. The Clarets have failed to score in their past six league defeats and lack firepower. As such, put a few quid on Liverpool to win to nil at 5/6.
19:45 - Stoke v Watford
The EFL Championship weekend begins on Friday night when Stoke City welcome Watford to the bet365 Stadium. Michael O’Neill’s troops are in eighth place at present, five points adrift of the play-off places. As for the Hornets, they are three points off the automatic spots in fourth. This promises to be an intriguing Championship fixture at the bet365 and with so many Championship teams not in league action this weekend these two will be desperate to put points on the board.
Stoke have picked up just one win in 11 league and cup games. However, they are a tough nut to crack in the Championship, suffering just two league losses since November but becoming draw specialists. Since taking over from the sacked Vladimir Ivic last month, Xisco Munoz has guided Watford to three wins from four Championship fixtures. Stoke are rarely overwhelmed so we predict a close game with little in it. That said, we fancy the away side to edge this one in the Potteries. Have a punt on Watford to win by one goal at 11/4.
19:45 - Chorley v Wolves
The reason for the lack of a full schedule of Championship (and Premier League) fixtures is because the Emirates FA Cup is back this weekend. Things get started with Friday night’s fourth round fixture at Victory Park between National League North side Chorley and Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves, who have been in poor form lately, will be desperate to avoid an FA Cup upset in Lancashire. As the saying goes though, form is temporary and class is permanent and the Premier League club are the overwhelming favourites.
Wanderers have picked up just one league win since November, losing six of their last nine. However, they did beat fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Cup, with an excellent Adama Traore goal giving Nuno’s boys a 1-0 victory at Molineux. Wolves will surely put their league form behind them and secure an easy win in the cup on Friday. We like the look of the away team to win -2 at solid odds of 5/6.
12:15 - Southampton v Arsenal
Premier League clubs Southampton and Arsenal clash in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup at St Mary’s on Saturday. When these two clubs went head-to-head in league action at the Emirates Stadium last month, there was nothing to split them in a 1-1 draw. This cup tie could be another close encounter between the Saints and the Gunners but neither manager will want extra time in this congested and hectic campaign.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are enjoying a good season in the Premier League, collecting a respectable 29 points from 18 games. In the previous round of the FA Cup, Southampton beat Shrewsbury Town last Tuesday. Holders Arsenal edged past Newcastle United in round three, and we can see Mikel Arteta’s in-form Gunners sneaking past the Saints at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. The cup holders have an unbelievable record in this competition and with their form much improved of late they should just about have enough here. You can get 3/1 for Arsenal to win by one goal.
17:30 - Cheltenham v Manchester City
Michael Duff’s Cheltenham Town welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to Whaddon Road in an Emirates FA Cup fixture on Saturday evening. The Robins are having a decent season in EFL League Two, but the Citizens head to Gloucestershire as the overwhelming favourites to get the win and book their spot in round five.
On their way to the last 32, Cheltenham have seen off South Shields, Crewe Alexandra and Mansfield Town. As for Man City, they eased to a 3-0 win over EFL Championship side Birmingham City in round three. Pep’s boys are in stunning form, winning each of their last nine league and cup fixtures and losing only once since September. This should be a stroll in the park for the Premier League giants. Take a punt on City to win both halves at 5/6.
20:00 - Aston Villa v Newcastle
Aston Villa and Newcastle United meet in the Premier League at Villa Park on Saturday night. The Villans have had a solid season so far, but Dean Smith’s troops have lost three league and cup matches in a row. Newcastle have also struggled lately, failing to win any of their last seven league games, drawing two and losing five. Both sides have had their squads disrupted but they cannot use that as an excuse and both managers will be desperate to get back to winning ways here.
Aston Villa have picked up some memorable away wins this season, but the Midlands outfit have won just one home game since that stunning 7-2 success over Liverpool in early October. On the other hand, the Magpies have not won away from home in the Premier League since a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace in late November. With both teams short on confidence and form right now, we can see Villa and Newcastle playing out a draw on Saturday. The draw and both teams to score is available at huge odds of 5/1 and looks worth a small punt to us.
12:00 - Chelsea v Luton
With Chelsea struggling in the Premier League at the moment, Frank Lampard’s Blues could certainly do with a win in the Emirates FA Cup this weekend. EFL Championship side Luton Town visit Stamford Bridge in fourth round action on Sunday afternoon and might even fancy their chances of causing an upset. Premier League Chelsea are the massive favourites, though Nathan Jones’ Hatters are no mugs and given their struggles last season are ticking along nicely in the second tier this time around.
Chelsea made a good start to their season, but things have gone horribly wrong for the Londoners in recent weeks, with the Blues losing five of their last eight in the Premier League. However, Lampard’s men did secure a comfortable FA Cup win over Morecambe on January 10th, thumping the EFL League Two side 4-0. Luton will be tougher opponents, but Chelsea should see the job through on home soil. You can get 1/2 for the hosts to win -1.
12:30 - Preston v Reading
Preston North End and Reading lock horns at Deepdale this Sunday in the EFL Championship. With the pair picking up three points in midweek, both teams will be hoping to claim another victory at the weekend and take advantage of the fact that many of their rivals are not in action due to the FA Cup. Both are very much in the promotion hunt right now, with Alex Neil’s men currently in tenth spot with 35 points to their name, and Veljko Paunovic’s side eight points ahead in fifth.
Preston head into this one having won four of their last six in the Championship. As for Reading, they have taken ten points from a possible 12 on a good run after back-to-back defeats to Norwich City and Brentford. This could go either way in Lancashire, but we fancy the Royals to secure a massive three points on the road. Three of Reading’s last four wins have been by a single-goal margin so back the 2-1 away win here at whopping odds of 10/1.
14:30 - Brentford v Leicester
Thomas Frank’s Brentford and Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City meet in an intriguing Emirates FA Cup tie at the Brentford Community Stadium on Sunday. Both teams are flying high in their respective leagues, with the Bees in third place in the EFL Championship, while the Foxes are third in the Premier League. With both in good form and full of confidence we should see a decent game but who will prevail in west London and book their spot in round five?
Brentford are in stunning form, winning their last four in the Championship. The EFL Cup defeat at Tottenham Hotspur last month remains their only loss in any competition since a 3-2 league reverse at Stoke City in October. However, Leicester have an outstanding record on the road this term, winning nine of 13 league and cup away matches. Brentford will certainly be prioritising promotion and whilst the Foxes will rotate too, they have more strength in depth in their squad. As such, we fancy Rodgers’ boys to edge past the Championship high flyers on Sunday. The away win is solidly priced at 13/20.
15:00 - Middlesbrough v Blackburn
On Sunday afternoon in the EFL Championship, Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough entertain Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn Rovers at the Riverside Stadium. In-form Boro are the bookies’ favourites, but Rovers are capable of beating anyone on their day. When these two squared off at Ewood Park earlier in the season, the pair played out a tense 0-0 draw and something similar could well unfold this time around.
Warnock’s Middlesbrough, who sit seventh, have been in good form of late. Boro have won five of their last seven in the Championship, beating Nottingham Forest 2-1 at the City Ground in midweek. Blackburn have won just one of their previous six league and cup affairs, but Rovers have taken four points from their last two. We can see Middlesbrough and Blackburn playing out another low scoring draw at the Riverside this Sunday. Back the stalemate and under 2.5 goals at 13/5.
17:00 - Manchester United v Liverpool
Old rivals Manchester United and Liverpool lock horns in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday evening. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are top of the Premier League and flying at present, while the English champions have picked up just one win in their last six in all competitions. Will United see off the Reds at Old Trafford and perhaps, dare we say it, have some starting to question whether Jurgen Klopp is under pressure?
Man Utd have won ten and drawn three of their last 13 in the Premier League. In contrast, Liverpool are without a league win in five (three draws, two defeats). The Reds’ only victory in 2021 was a 4-1 FA Cup triumph over a heavily depleted Aston Villa team. United held Liverpool to a league draw at Anfield last week, and we fancy the in-form Red Devils to beat their rivals in the cup at Old Trafford on Sunday (8/5).
20:00 - Everton v Sheffield Wednesday
Everton host Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park in Emirates FA Cup action on Sunday night. The Toffees are in decent nick, winning six of their previous eight in all competitions and they will also be very well rested having not played since the 12th January. As for Wednesday, who are still searching for a new manager, they have won four and drawn one of their last five league and cup encounters but remain mired in the relegation battle in 23rd place.
Everton edged past EFL Championship opposition in the previous round of the FA Cup, securing a narrow 2-1 home win over Paul Warne’s Rotherham United, with Abdoulaye Doucoure’s winner coming in extra time. The Owls picked up a 2-0 win at Exeter City in round three, which was their last fixture way back on the 9th. Everton should see off Championship opposition at home once again this weekend. Take a punt on Ancelotti’s boys to be winning at half time and full time at 20/21.
19:45 - Wycombe v Tottenham
The Emirates FA Cup action continues on Monday night when Wycombe Wanderers welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Adams Park. Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys are rock bottom of the EFL Championship at the halfway stage, while Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are in fifth place in the Premier League. The London side are the big favourites in this one and given how they ruthlessly dispatched of Marine in the last round we have to predict another comfortable success here.
Wycombe beat fellow Championship side Preston North End 4-1 at home in the previous round, but the Buckinghamshire club have won just one league game since early November. What’s more, there is a decent chance they will essentially give up on this clash and save their best players for the battle in the league. Tottenham have been very strong in all cup competitions this season, winning ten of 12. Mourinho’s men, who have already reached the Carabao Cup final, should cruise past the Championship strugglers on Monday night. Check out the tempting odds of 8/5 for Tottenham to win -2 at Adams Park.
18:00 - Crystal Palace v West Ham
London sides Crystal Palace and West Ham United meet in an intriguing Premier League fixture at Selhurst Park this Tuesday. The Hammers are in exceptional form at the moment and have won five games in a row in all competitions. Can David Moyes’ men make it six wins on the spin in midweek? The Irons are the favourites with the bookies but Palace are never an easy side to overcome so nothing should be taken for granted here.
Having said that now is as good a time as any to play Crystal Palace as they are certainly not at the top of their game at present. Roy Hodgson’s side have picked up just one win from their previous eight Premier League games, with that sole victory coming against bottom club Sheffield United earlier in the month. As for West Ham, they have won three and drawn two of their last five games since losing at Chelsea last month. We fancy the in-form Hammers to leave Selhurst on Tuesday with all three points. You can get the away win at the top odds of 13/10, which looks a decent price to us.
18:00 - Newcastle v Leeds
Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United go head-to-head in midweek Premier League action at St James’ Park. Leeds have had a decent season in the top flight so far, racking up 23 points from 18 games to sit 12th in the table. At present, the Magpies are four points adrift in 16th position in the table. This is a crucial clash for both teams, but who will prevail?
Newcastle have not won in any competition since a 2-1 home league victory over West Bromwich Albion back on 12th December. In the Premier League, Bruce’s boys have lost three in a row. Leeds have lost three league and cup matches on the spin, but they have picked up some excellent results on the road this season. We fancy Bielsa’s boys to edge this one at St James’. Back Leeds to win by one goal at a tempting price of 11/4.
19:00 - Bournemouth v Crawley
Bournemouth and Crawley Town square off in fourth round Emirates FA Cup action at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday night. Jason Tindall’s men are the clear favourites to get the win on home soil and book their place in the last 16 of the competition. However, John Yems’ Crawley stunned Leeds United in the previous round, and the Reds will fancy their chances in Dorset.
Bournemouth have had a little slump in form of late, losing back-to-back EFL Championship games and taking just one point the last nine that were available. However, they did thump Oldham Athletic 4-1 in the third round of the FA Cup. Crawley of EFL League Two beat Premier League Leeds United 3-0 in round three, but we fancy Bournemouth in this one. Take a punt on the Cherries to win aith a -1 goal handicap at odds of 11/10.
20:15 - Southampton v Arsenal
Fresh from their Emirates FA Cup clash at the weekend, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton and Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal meet again at St Mary’s, this time in the Premier League on Tuesday evening. The Saints edged the FA Cup meeting 1-0 and Hasenhuttl’s troops will fancy their chances of winning this one. However, the Gunners head to the coast as the slight favourites with the bookies and they will be looking to bounce back in the league after their cup disappointment.
Southampton have enjoyed a fine season so far. Since losing at home to Tottenham Hotspur in September, only Manchester United, Manchester City and Leicester City have beaten them in the top flight. Arsenal have shown a big improvement of late, taking 13 points from their last five league games. These two are separated by just two points in the table, and we can see the pair playing out a draw at St Mary’s. Check out the solid price of 10/3 for the draw and both teams to score.
20:15 - West Brom v Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion welcome Manchester City to The Hawthorns on Tuesday night for a Premier League fixture that could send City to the top of the table. When these two locked horns at the Etihad Stadium last month, the Baggies stunned Man City by holding them to a 1-1 draw. However, Pep Guardiola's men have won every game since and few would bet against them taking the three points from this one.
City have been on fire over the past six weeks or so, winning 10 games in a row across all competitions. The Manchester giants have not lost a game since a 2-0 league loss to Tottenham Hotspur back in November. If results go their way in midweek, City could move back to the top of the Premier League table ahead of loval rivals Man United. Guardiola’s boys should ease past the Baggies at The Hawthorns. You can get a price of 4/6 for Man City to be winning at half time and full time, which looks a good option to us.
18:00 - Burnley v Aston Villa
Burnley and Aston Villa meet at Turf Moor in Premier League action on Wednesday evening with the home side looking to build on their confidence-boosting result against the champions. Last time out in the league, Sean Dyche’s men ended Liverpool’s incredible home league record, with a late Ashley Barnes penalty giving the Clarets an unexpected 1-0 win at Anfield. Can the Lancashire side make it back-to-back Premier League victories?
Dean Smith’s Aston Villa have been excellent on the road this season, winning seven of their 11 league and cup away matches thus far. However, since a 3-0 success at West Bromwich Albion in December, the Villans have taken just one point from a possible nine on their travels. Burnley will still be buzzing from last week’s win at Anfield, and we are backing the hosts to edge this one. You can get the excellent price of 11/1 for Burnley to secure another 1-0 victory.
18:00 - Chelsea v Wolves
Chelsea begin life after Frank Lampard with a home game against an out-of-form Wolverhampton Wanderers side on Wednesday evening. The Blues have struggled in the Premier League of late, losing five of their last eight games, and it wasn’t a massive shock to see them give Lampard the sack. As for Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves, they head to Stamford Bridge having picked up just one league victory since November. It is no easy task assessing which side will prevail in west London, but we fancy the home side might have just about enough to edge it and take the three points.
Lampard was relieved of his duties earlier in the week after a string of bad results, and given how trigger-happy the Chelsea chairman has been in recent years, it wasn’t a surprise to pundits or fans. Chelsea are down in ninth spot in the Premier League table as things stand, five points away from the UEFA Champions League places. Wolves are even further down, as they occupy 14th position in the table with just 22 points to their name. Chelsea should win this one on home soil, and there is good value in the hosts to be victorious by a one goal margin at odds of 5/2.
19:30 - Brighton v Fulham
Graham Potter’s Brighton and Hove Albion entertain Scott Parker’s Fulham at the Amex Stadium this Wednesday in a huge fixture in the Premier League. At the time of writing, Brighton are in 17th place in the table on just 17 points, with the Cottagers five points behind then in 18th spot. This truly is a relegation six-pointer and defeat for either could cause real problems. Can the Seagulls get the points, or will Fulham return to London with a positive result?
Brighton picked up a precious three points in their last league outing, beating Leeds United 1-0 at Elland Road. Albion followed that up with a 2-1 Emirates FA Cup win over Blackpool. Fulham have improved lately, but Parker’s boys have won just one Premier League game since early November. We fancy the Seagulls to make it three wins on the spin in midweek. The home victory is priced at odds of 21/20, which is enough to tempt us in.
20:15 - Everton v Leicester
Everton and Leicester City lock horns at Goodison Park this Wednesday is an intriguing Premier League fixture between two sides who are battling for a place in the Champions League at the very least. When these two teams met at the King Power Stadium back in mid-December, goals from Richarlison and Mason Holgate gave the Toffees a 2-0 win. However, the Foxes have gone on to win six and draw two of their following eight games across all competitions.
Both teams head into this Premier League fixture in good form and with high ambitions for the remainder of the current campaign. The Merseysiders have won seven of their last nine league and cup games, while Brendan Rodgers’ boys have won five matches in a row in all competitions. This one could go either way at Goodison, but we fancy Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton to do a league double over Leicester. We like the look of the home win and both teams to score, which is available at a fair price of 9/2.
20:15 - Manchester Utd v Sheffield Utd
On Wednesday night at Old Trafford, current (at the time of writing) Premier League leaders Manchester United welcome bottom club Sheffield United to Manchester. The Red Devils are in stunning form, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are the overwhelming favourites in this one. The hosts will be looking to extend their unbeaten league run to 14 games, and few would bet against them doing just that.
Since a 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal on 1st November, Man United have gone on to win 10 and draw three of their following 13 matches in the Premier League. As for Chris Wilder’s struggling Blades, they have lost 16 of 19 league fixtures so far, picking up just one win in the process. This should be a walk in the park for the in-form Red Devils. Back the leaders to win both halves of this one at odds of 7/4.
20:00 - Tottenham v Liverpool
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool meet in a mouth-watering Premier League matchup at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night. These two are in very different patches of form right now but even so, this could easily go either way. Spurs have won eight of their previous ten league and cup home games, while the Reds are searching for their first Premier League win in six, a dreadful run by their very high standards.
Since a thumping 7-0 victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on December 19th, Liverpool have taken just three points from a possible 15, drawing three and losing two. Last time out in the league, the Merseyside outfit were beaten at home by Burnley. Spurs have won six and drawn two of eight across all competitions, and we fancy Jose’s boys to pile more misery on Klopp’s Reds this Thursday. The Tottenham win and both teams to score is nicely priced at 9/2.
20:00 - Reading v Bournemouth
In the EFL Championship on Friday night, Reading and Bournemouth lock horns at the Madejski Stadium. The Royals are in fifth spot with 44 points to their name, with the Cherries a place and two points behind but perceived by many to be the better side. As both teams push for promotion to the Premier League, this promises to be an enthralling encounter in Berkshire.
Veljko Paunovic’s troops are in decent form, winning three and drawing two of five since back-to-back losses in mid-December. Jason Tindall’s Bournemouth have had a little slump in form of late, losing 1-0 to both Luton Town and Derby County in their last two in the Championship, although they did beat Crawly in the FA Cup last time out. Reading have had a mixed bag of results at the Madejski, but Paunovic’s side have won two on the spin on home turf, seeing off Luton and Coventry City. This should be a tight game but at the prices we fancy the home win on Friday, an outcome available at nice odds of 11/5.
12:30 - Everton v Newcastle
Carlo Ancelotti’s in-form Everton welcome Steve Bruce’s struggling Newcastle United to Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Since losing to West Ham United on New Year’s Day, the Toffees have gone on to win three and draw one of their following four league and cup matches. Everton will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run this weekend and will be out for revenge given the Magpies edged the reverse fixture. That defeat will make sure there is no complacency and Ancelotti will also know that Newcastle played well in the second half last time out against Leeds.
Ancelotti’s men have won five of their last seven in the Premier League. In contrast, Bruce’s Magpies have lost five league fixtures on the spin and have not won since beating West Bromwich Albion on December 12th. This will no doubt be another tough game for struggling Newcastle. We fancy Everton to seal a comfortable home win on Saturday, so take a punt on the hosts to be winning at half time and full time (7/5).
12:30 - Norwich v Middlesbrough
It is not just the Premier League where punters can have some fun and EFL Championship leaders Norwich City will be hoping to take another step towards promotion to the top tier with three points against Middlesbrough on Saturday. The Canaries are in excellent form at Carrow Road, winning nine and drawing three of their last 12 home league and cup matches. Will they see off Boro at the weekend to maintain, or even extend, their handsome lead at the top of the table?
Middlesbrough are having a solid season under Neil Warnock, sitting just three points outside of the play-off places after 26 games played. However, they have lost three of their last four in the Championship. Norwich will be looking for a fourth league win on the spin, and Farke’s boys will fancy their chances on their own patch. They really are the class act in this division and look very well set for an instant return to the EPL. Take a punt on City to win -1, which you can get at the decent price of 11/5.
15:00 - Crystal Palace v Wolves
Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace and Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers go head-to-head at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. With both teams in poor form, each side will be on the lookout for maximum points in south London. Wanderers, who picked up a draw at Chelsea last time out, are the slight favourites with the bookies but this looks very likely to be a close affair.
Since a 5-1 victory at West Bromwich Albion on December 6th, Palace have picked up just one Premier League win. Wolves have also struggled of late, winning only one of their previous ten league matches. However, they did pick up a handy 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in midweek. We fancy the Eagles and Wanderers to cancel each other out in the capital on Saturday. Back the draw and both teams to score at 7/2 with 1-1 a good option if you want even longer odds.
15:00 - Manchester City v Sheffield Utd
Premier League leaders Manchester City take on bottom club Sheffield United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The Blades stunned City’s rivals last time out, with goals from Kean Bryan and Oliver Burke giving them a shock 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. However, Man City have won 11 in a row in all competitions and are the massive favourites in this one, as well as now being the overwhelming favourites to lift the title this term too.
Since back-to-back draws with Man Utd and West Brom in mid-December, Pep Guardiola’s boys have won seven Premier League matches in a row. As a result, the Manchester giants have fired their way to the top of the table. In truth, City should be far too strong for Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United at the weekend. Check out the tempting price of evens for the hosts to win both halves.
15:00 - West Brom v Fulham
Sam Allardyce’s West Bromwich Albion and Scott Parker’s Fulham clash in a huge Premier League fixture at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon. This is a bona fide relegation six-pointer and at the time of writing, the Baggies are second from bottom with just 11 points to their name, with Fulham two points ahead in 18th. Both teams will be desperate for maximum points in this massive matchup in the Midlands.
Allardyce has had a tough time at The Hawthorns since arriving in December. West Brom have played four home games under their new boss, losing all four, scoring zero and shipping 17. Fulham have shown an improvement of late, but Parker’s boys have picked up just one Premier League win since early November. Nonetheless, Fulham beat West Brom at Craven Cottage, and the away win here is available at 13/10, decent value given just how bad the Baggies have been.
15:00 - Huddersfield v Stoke
Carlos Corberan’s Huddersfield Town welcome Michael O’Neill’s Stoke City to the John Smith’s Stadium in the EFL Championship this Saturday. The Terriers will be hoping to avoid a fifth league loss in a row, while the Potters are searching for their first win since beating Blackburn Rovers at home on December 19th. This one could go either way in West Yorkshire but with both sides short on confidence we predict a tight, tense game.
Huddersfield have lost three home league and cup matches on the spin, although they did win five in a row on home turf before that. Stoke are a tough team to beat when on the road, with each of their last five Championship away games ending all square. This is a tough one to call, so backing the draw could be the way to go and we do not think it will be a thriller. The draw and under 2.5 goals at nice odds of 11/4 has caught the eye, with 1-1 the most likely score in our opinion.
17:30 - Arsenal v Manchester Utd
Old rivals Arsenal and Manchester United go head-to-head at the Emirates Stadium in a mouth-watering Premier League fixture on Saturday evening. Both teams are in good form, though United were stunned by bottom club Sheffield United in midweek, with the Blades leaving Old Trafford with a 2-1 win. Can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boys hit back with a positive result at Arsenal on Saturday?
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners have turned their fortunes around after five wins and a draw from their past six league games. Prior to that superb run, they had not won a Premier League fixture since winning at Old Trafford on November 1st. This could be a close one at the Emirates, but we fancy the in-form Londoners to edge past the Manchester giants. Confidence is in their favour and another 1-0 Arsenal win is available at the huge price of 10/1.
20:00 - Southampton v Aston Villa
On Saturday night at St Mary’s, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton and Dean Smith’s Aston Villa meet in a fascinating Premier League fixture. These two are hard to split on paper, and both sides have taken 29 points so far. Will we see a winner at St Mary’s, or will the evenly matched teams play out a draw? The visiting Villans are the slight favourites and in a clash between two exciting teams, we could be in for a bit of a thriller.
Southampton have lost back-to-back Premier League games to Leicester City and Arsenal. As for Aston Villa, they have lost three of their past four league matches. The Saints won a seven-goal thriller when the pair locked horns at Villa Park back in November, and we fancy Southampton to edge this one at St Mary’s. Hasenhuttl’s side are priced at 10/3 to win by one goal on home turf and that is a price well worth taking.
12:00 - Chelsea v Burnley
This Sunday afternoon, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea welcome Sean Dyche’s Burnley to Stamford Bridge for a Premier League fixture. After a 0-0 home draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers in his first game in charge in midweek, Tuchel will want all three points from this one. However, the Clarets head to London having won three league and cup games on the spin and starting to look like the Burnley we have seen over the past few seasons.
Chelsea are struggling at the moment, even with a new man at the helm and they have picked up just two wins from their last nine Premier League matches, losing five times along the way. The Blues are down in eighth place in the table with just 30 points to their name. Burnley stunned Liverpool in their last away game in the Premier League, with an Ashley Barnes penalty giving Dyche’s boys a memorable 1-0 victory at Anfield. We fancy the Lancashire side to follow that up with a point (4/1) at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in what should be a low scoring and close affair.
14:00 - Leicester v Leeds
Marcelo Bielsa takes his Leeds United side to the King Power Stadium to face Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City on Sunday afternoon. The Foxes are in stunning form, winning six and drawing three of nine across all competitions since a 2-0 home loss to Everton in mid-December. Last time out they drew with Everton and probably deserved more but they remain third in the table at the time of writing. Will Rodgers’ in-form team chalk up another three points on home soil this weekend?
Since gaining promotion as 2019-20 EFL Championship winners, Leeds have had a decent time back in the top flight. At present, Bielsa’s boys sit 12th in the table, winning eight of their 19 league matches. However, Sunday’s fixture at the King Power will be a tough test for the Yorkshire outfit. Leicester ran out 4-1 winners at Elland Road back in November, and City will be targeting another comfortable victory here. Leicester’s counter-attacking style is well suited to playing Leeds and with the visitors having a number of defensive injuries we could see a similar score to the reverse fixture. Back the hosts to win -1 at 15/8.
16:30 - West Ham v Liverpool
David Moyes’ West Ham United and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool lock horns this weekend in a tasty Premier League fixture at the London Stadium. The Reds picked up their first league win of 2021 in midweek, with goals from Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane giving them a huge and entirely deserved three points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Can they follow that up with victory at West Ham?
It will not be easy for the visitors because the Hammers are in a real purple patch of form at the minute, with Moyes’ men winning each of their last six league and cup matches. West Ham sit fifth on 35 points, just two points behind Liverpool, who occupy the final UEFA Champions League spot. West Ham will fancy their chances in this one, but we can see Liverpool nicking the points at the London Stadium. Take a punt on the away win and both teams to score (12/5).
19:15 - Brighton v Tottenham
The final Premier League fixture of the round takes place at the Amex Stadium on Sunday night, as Graham Potter’s Brighton & Hive Albion host Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur. After the disappointing home loss to Liverpool in midweek, Spurs will want to return to winning ways at the first time of asking. The visitors are the bookies’ favourites and we expect them to back that up.
Brighton have struggled for wins all season, though they did pick up a crucial three points at Leeds United two weeks ago. However, that was just their third Premier League victory this term. Before Thursday’s loss to Liverpool, Tottenham had won six and drawn two of eight league and cup games. We fancy Jose’s boys to strike back with a big win on the road this weekend. Take a punt on the visitors to be winning at half time and full time at a really nice price of 3/1.
19:45 - Watford v QPR
Watford and Queens Park Rangers meet at Vicarage Road in EFL Championship action on Monday night. New boss Xisco Munoz has made a solid start in Hertfordshire, and the Hornets will be looking for all three points from this one as they look to keep themselves in the hunt for an automatic promotion spot. However, Mark Warburton’s QPR are one of the most unpredictable teams in the Championship and are capable of beating most teams on their day. Can Rangers cause an upset at Vicarage Road?
Watford are currently joint second with Swansea City on 47 points, although they have played a game more than the Welsh side. As for QPR, they languish in 18th place with just 27 points to their name. The Hornets have the best home record in the Championship, winning ten of their opening 13 league matches at Vicarage Road. Munoz’s men should secure another easy home victory on Monday. Check out the tempting odds of 4/1 for the hosts to win both halves.