After multiple successful tips landing in the FA Cup at the weekend, BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen returns to provide his best bets ahead of matchday 20 in the Premier League.
Newcastle United v Leeds United 1-1
Leeds travel to Newcastle in need of a result. The Yorkshire side have lost their last three matches in all competitions, so they’ll be aiming to get back on track on Tyneside.
You can say the same for Newcastle. Pressure is mounting on Steve Bruce and the closer the Magpies descend towards the bottom three, the more the heat will increase on their manager.
Newcastle have lost their last four in the Premier League; however, I am not too confident in Leeds just now. So, with both sides so out of form, I wouldn’t be surprised if this one finished all square.
Soucek to score anytime
Crystal Palace v West Ham 1-2
It’s one win in eight Premier League fixtures for Crystal Palace. It’s a worrying stat for Eagles fans, especially after making a more than decent start to their campaign.
West Ham fans will be delighted with their side’s recent efforts. It’s three wins on the bounce in the Premier League and they’re through to the FA Cup 5th round, so it’s fair to say that David Moyes is doing a great job.
One highlight of the season has been the performances of Tomas Soucek. He always looks lively and if he’s on song again, I can see the Hammers taking the points against their London rivals.
Southampton to win
Southampton v Arsenal 1-0
We have a repeat of Saturday’s FA Cup tie as Arsenal once again travel to St. Mary’s. I mentioned in my BetVictor FA Cup Preview that I fancied the Saints on the day. They are so well organised under Ralph Hasenhüttl and I thought they managed the game perfectly.
Now facing off in the league, I don’t think either manager will make too many changes. With that in mind, I could see another slender home win on the cards.
Man City to win half time, full time
West Brom v Manchester City 0-2
Big Sam has got a reaction from his players in recent weeks; however, they welcome a Manchester City side that are swiping aside anyone that comes before them just now.
Yes, they were slightly under par against Cheltenham in the FA Cup, but they can be very awkward fixtures to play in.
I don’t think West Brom are set up to offer much on the counter-attack, so I can see this being a case of City breaking them down. With the quality on offer, I think that’s just what the visitors will do as they continue to push for top spot.
Under 2.5 goals
Burnley v Aston Villa 0-1
I’ve been really impressed with Aston Villa recently. They were so unlucky to come away from the Etihad empty handed after playing some excellent counter-attacking football. Bertrand Traoré is becoming a revelation in the middle of the park, and with Grealish and Watkins going forward they pose a huge threat, especially away from home.
However, Burnley will come into this confident of getting a result. They came away with a win and a clean sheet from Anfield last week – something that no Premier League side has achieved in the last 68 games there.
This is an intriguing match, both have distinctly different styles of play, so it’ll be fascinating to see how it pans out. Both are in great form; however, I think Villa will have enough to nick one on the counter, and that could be enough to take the points home.
Chelsea to win
Chelsea v Wolves 2-1
Unfortunately, Frank Lampard’s time at Chelsea came to an end on Monday morning. Football can be a cruel business and the Chelsea players will have to adapt quickly as Wolves travel to the Bridge.
The visitors can cause most sides problems; however, they’ve not been the same since talisman Raul Jimenez was side-lined with his terrible head injury.
That said, I still think Wolves have enough to get on the scoresheet, but I think we could see a reaction from the Chelsea players and if we do, I reckon they’ll have enough to win.
Over 2.5 goals
Brighton v Fulham 2-1
The wheels came off for Fulham at the weekend in their FA Cup tie against Burnley. In the end it was comprehensive, however, their main target is Premier League survival, so I think they’ll refocus easily enough.
It’s finally coming together for Brighton. The Seagulls were doing everything right before Christmas, they just couldn’t put the ball in the net. However, since the turn of the year they’ve improved, with a recent win away at Leeds testament of that.
This should be an entertaining game. Both like to have a go, and although it’s likely to be tight, I think Brighton will just shade it.
Manchester United -1 on the handicap
Manchester United v Sheffield United 2-0
Table toppers Manchester United welcome the leagues bottom side Sheffield United to Old Trafford after both sides negotiated their way through to the next round of the FA Cup at the weekend.
United are playing some fantastic football at the moment. We all know how good they are away from home, however, Sunday’s win against Liverpool was as good as I’ve seen them this season.
The introduction of Edison Cavani has been key. His cleverness to win free kicks in around the penalty area along with his positional sense is something that Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s side are hugely benefitting from.
As for Sheffield United, their recent upturn in results is great news for Blades fans, however, I do worry that they may have left it a bit late.
I think this will be a good watch and feel the home side have more than enough quality to secure another vital win.
1-1 Correct Score
Everton v Leicester City 1-1
We’re almost in February, however, I’m not surprised to see Leicester City battling it out at the top of the league. The Foxes recent performance against Chelsea epitomised their style of play and ruthlessness in front of goal.
Everton haven’t had a bad season themselves. Europe is well within their grasp and with five wins in their last six Premier League matches, they’ll come into this full of confidence.
I think this could be tight. It must be noted that Jamie Vardy will be missing, and with him so key to Leicester’s counter-attacking style, I think this could end all square.
Liverpool to win and btts
Tottenham v Liverpool 1-2
Liverpool come into this winless in their last five Premier League matches, scoring in just one of those games. Sunday night’s FA Cup defeat would’ve been hard to take as the Reds certainly had enough of the game to get a result.
They take on a Spurs side that will no doubt be well organised. I think Jose Mourinho will be willing to give up territory, much like Manchester United did, in the hope he can catch the Reds on the counter.
I think that could work to a certain extent; however, Tottenham’s defence has the tendency to switch off, and they cannot afford to do that here.
This could be a cracker and I’m siding with Liverpool to stop the rot and come away with the win.