There’s plenty of midweek action ahead in the football Premier League and BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is here to preview the action.
Chelsea to win to nil
Chelsea v Brighton 2-0
Fresh from their fantastic FA Cup win against Manchester City, Chelsea host Brighton at Stamford Bridge. A win will take the Blues into the top four, so with plenty to play for, there is no doubt Thomas Tuchel will see this as a crucial three points.
Brighton are pretty much safe. They’ve earned plenty of plaudits this campaign, and if they can get their recruitment right over the summer, the Seagulls could potentially do a lot better next season.
With so much on the line, I can’t see Chelsea taking their foot off the gas. So, with the wind in their sails after Saturday’s huge win, I can only see this one going one way. It’s 2-0 to the Blues for me.
Son to score at any time
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton 2-1
Tottenham earned themselves a point at Goodison Park on Friday night in an entertaining 2-2 draw which turned out to be Jose Mourinho’s last game in charge following his surprise sacking on Monday.
It remains to be seen how this turmoil at the club will affect the players and with Harry Kane picking up an injury late on that looks as though it might keep him out for a couple of weeks or so, this is likely to be a difficult match for Spurs.
That said, Southampton have to pick themselves up from their semi-final defeat to Leicester on Sunday. Travelling away from home after such a loss can be difficult, and up against a Spurs side that despite their problems, are still chasing a Champions League spot, I think they may just come up short.
Under 2.5 goals
Aston Villa v Manchester City 0-1
The elusive quadruple may be out of sight for Manchester City; however, a win against Aston Villa would set them up perfectly ahead of this weekend’s Carabao Cup Final against Spurs.
The Villans come into this having won only one of their last six league matches and interestingly, City have followed up every defeat with a win this season.
City have been ruthless in their pursuit of Premier League glory, so I expect them to be as professional as ever at Villa Park. It’s a narrow win for the visitors for me.
Leicester City v West Brom 2-0
Through to their first FA Cup final since 1969, Leicester should come into this still on a high from Sunday’s win against Southampton.
West Brom have shown a lot of improvement in recent weeks, however, it’s probably been all too late for Sam Allardyce’s side.
The Foxes have been excellent at times this season, and with Champions League qualification within touching distance, I think they’ll have enough to win this comfortably.