It’s another bumper weekend of football in the Premier League. The big match of the weekend is at Stamford Bridge where leaders Chelsea face Arsenal, but there is much more for your football betting pleasure. Here are our Premier League tips, analysis and previews for the weekend.
Chelsea v Arsenal Tips and Analysis
Chelsea are the team to beat at the moment. Nine points clear at the top, they’re the runaway leaders of the Premier League. However, in January they haven’t quite had it all their own way, losing away to Spurs 2-0 and drawing 1-1 with Liverpool on Tuesday night. Stamford Bridge has been a fortress though, having won eight in a row at home in the Premier League.
They face an Arsenal side who slipped up in midweek, losing 2-1 to an unfancied Watford side when they had a chance to make ground on the leaders. It was their first reverse at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League since the opening day of the season and exposed some of the same defensive frailties that saw them go 3-0 down to Bournemouth.
Asenal have issues in midfield. They’re still without the suspended Granit Xhaka while Aaron Ramsey limped off after a heavy challenge in the game against Watford. Santi Cazorla is out with a long term injury leaving Francis Coquelin as the only defensive midfielder available to Wenger. Chelsea on the other hand have no such problems and go into the game with a full squad to choose from.
Watford v Burnley Tips and Analysis
Watford come into the match on a high after beating Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in midweek. A deflected free kick from Younes Kaboul and a tap-in from Troy Deeney were enough for Watford to take the points and Walter Mazzari will be hopeful his goal-shy charges will take confidence from the result.
Burnley also come into the game on the back of a win, having beaten struggling champions Leicester City 1-0 thanks to a late Sam Vokes goal which added to their impressive home record – the third best in the Premier League. However, they’ve taken just one point away from home in ten games and they’ll be desperate to improve that at Vicarage Road.
While Burnley’s away record is abysmal they have not played as badly as it would suggest and they will present a tough match for Watford. The Hornets on the other hand need their new signings M’Baye Niang and Mauro Zarate to fire them to back-to-back wins.
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke Tips and Analysis
West Bromwich Albion have had a somewhat strange season in some respects. While their manager Tony Pulis has been castigated by fans for a boring brand of football, they’ve only lost one in their last five games and they lie an impressive eighth in the table. Their strength lies in set-pieces, where they have a knack for scoring important goals.
They face a Stoke City side who have drawn their last two games. Mark Hughes has shuffled his pack slightly at the end of the window, bringing in Saido Berahino and letting Bojan go out on loan to Mainz in Germany. The real change has been 36-year-old Peter Crouch, who has been playing like a man reborn of late – scoring four in his last five Premier League games, hitting his 100th Premier League goal in the process.
Berahino is an interesting one. He’d been frozen out at WBA and his signing for Stoke is to restart what has been a stalled career that was once full of promise. He will have a point to prove but he probably will have to wait to prove it, having looked a little out of shape when coming off the bench in Stoke’s last game.
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