It’s matchday 23 in the Premier League and BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is here to provide his best bets ahead of the action.
Aston Villa to win
Aston Villa v Arsenal 3-1
Arsenal had a night to forget at Molineux midweek and they face another tricky tie in the West Midlands against Aston Villa in Saturday’s early kick off.
Both these sides have contrasting styles of play. Arsenal like to have most of the ball whilst Villa are quite happy to sit in and counter.
Usually, you’d expect the home side to play on the front foot, however, I think Villa will happily give up territory and try to hit on the break.
There aren’t many teams better at that than Villa just now, and with Messrs Grealish and Watkins in such excellent from, I think they’ll have enough to take all three points.
Burnley to win to nil
Burnley v Brighton 1-0
What a week it’s been for Brighton. Wins against Spurs and Liverpool have propelled the Seagulls away from trouble and you must give them credit.
They’ve played well for most of the season without getting many points on the board, so it’s great to see it finally coming together from Graham Potter’s side.
This fixture, however, poses a different sort of challenge. Sometimes, it’s easier to play as the underdog, so coming into this match as favourites could change their mentality slightly.
They are up against a Burnley side who, unlike their previous opponents, will let them play and sit off.
That could mean we are in for a cagey affair and I think if Burnley are patient enough, they could nick this by the odd goal.
Tottenham to win to nil
Tottenham v West Brom 3-0
Spurs’ woes continued as Chelsea made it three defeats in a row at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. This is simply a must win for Jose Mourinho.
Big Sam’s West Brom arrive here as underdogs and I think that the ex-England boss will try to execute a similar performance to what we saw when they took a point at Anfield.
The time of the first goal will be important. If Spurs can get one early to settle the nerves, I think they’ll win comfortably.
Werner to score at anytime
Sheffield United v Chelsea 0-2
It’s two wins and three clean sheets for Chelsea under new boss Thomas Tuchel. The Blues have certainly looked more solid since the German has arrived, with Thursday’s win at Tottenham testament to that.
They travel to the Steel City to take on a resurgent Sheffield United side. The Blades are putting in a late run to escape relegation, although they’ve probably left it too late.
United have been impressive in recent weeks, however, Chelsea are growing in confidence and I think Tuchel may be the man to unlock the potential of fellow countryman Timo Werner. I reckon the German could notch here in an away win.
Under 2.5 goals
Newcastle United v Southampton 0-1
It was hard to watch Southampton come apart at the seams against Manchester United midweek. We all know they are better than that, it was just one of those nights and one they’ll want to forget.
The good news for Saints’ is that Jan Bednarek won his appeal to overturn his red card in that match, so he is available to play.
They welcome a Newcastle side who in recent weeks have shown a bit of improvement. That said, their defeat midweek at home to Crystal Palace will have been hugely frustrating after a terrific win on the road against Everton.
With that in mind, I think the Saints will bounce back with a narrow win on Tyneside.
West Ham to win
Fulham v West Ham United 0-1
West Ham continue to impress. They have looked solid all season and are well worth their lofty position in the Premier League table.
Wednesday’s win away to Villa was up there with their best performances of the campaign and the introduction of Jesse Lingard has certainly added a bit of flair to their attack.
I get the feeling Fulham have been stuck in second gear all season. They’ve looked good at times without really getting anywhere, which must be so frustrating for their fans.
I think there is quite a gulf between these sides just now and I reckon the Hammers should have enough to take the points.
Leicester to win
Wolves v Leicester City 1-2
Away specialists Leicester come into this undefeated in their last six matches on the road in the Premier League.
Wolves got a big result against Arsenal midweek; however, I do feel this presents a tougher challenge.
The Foxes could welcome back Jamie Vardy for this, and with the striker so key to Leicester’s counter attacking style, I think he could play a big part in another away win for the visitors.
Both teams to score
Liverpool v Manchester City 1-1
This is a must win for Liverpool. Anything other than a victory would be a real dent in their aspirations to retain the title.
City arrive here in great form, although I do think that deep down, Pep would happily take a point home.
With that in mind, I think City could give up some territory. From their point of view, if they get one on the counter, then great. If not, a point isn’t a bad result.
Usually in these types of matches, a noisy Anfield crowd would play a huge part. With that missing, I think it only plays further into City’s hands.
So, I can see this being cagey, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended all square.
Over 2.5 goals
Manchester United v Everton 2-1
Manchester United’s 9-0 thrashing of Southampton will be long remembered by the Old Trafford faithful.
Their home form has been a bit of a concern this season, so winning so emphatically will build the confidence that they need if they are to go on a winning run there.
Everton’s fine season continued with an away win at Leeds midweek. The Toffees are well in the race for Europe and with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, it would be no surprise to me if they got there.
Everton have won their last four on the road, however, this will be their hardest test since that run began. United seem full of confidence just now.
They are undefeated in 13 of their last 14 matches against Everton in all competitions and I think they’ll just edge this one in what should be an entertaining match.
Leeds United v Crystal Palace 1-1
Leeds are blowing so hot and cold just now, however, one thing that has been consistent for the Elland Road side this season is poor defending. As good as they are to watch from a neutral point of view, any Leeds fan will tell you how frustrating it has been.
A great away win at Leicester was followed by defeat at Goodison Park midweek, and a trip to Crystal Palace is up next.
Palace themselves haven’t been firing on all cylinders recently, which they’ll be disappointed with after a good start to their campaign.
This one could be tight, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it ended all square.