Burnley 2.15, the draw 3.45, Queens Park Rangers 3.50
A record of nine straight defeats away from home doesn’t offer too much confidence to anyone backing Rangers but they should be targeting a point at Turf Moor. We know Burnley have improved but they remain in the bottom three for now and haven’t won in the league for four matches.
Stats can mask facts and that run includes draws at Manchester City and Newcastle in a tough schedule that also included Spurs and Liverpool. Burnley at home here may look a banker but QPR have to take an away point eventually.
Best Bet: Both Teams to score 1.77
Score Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Queens Park Rangers 6.30
Chelsea 1.19, the Draw 7.00, Newcastle United 17.00
Touted as Premier League invincibles before December, Chelsea will be reeling from that heavy New Year’s Day defeat at Spurs and will be looking for revenge over a Newcastle side which ended that unbeaten run.
We’ve now seen that Mourinho’s men can be vulnerable but at home against a Magpies team without a manager, this should be straightforward enough.
Best Bet: Diego Costa to score at least twice 4.50
Score Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle United 11.00
Everton 4.25, the draw 3.72, Manchester City 1.86
Alphabetically cursed Manchester City will be looking to take over from Chelsea at the top of the table but the side are dogged by striker issues. James Milner’s two-goal performance up top in the FA Cup may see him start in the central position but it’s not the ideal formation for a tough fixture.
Normally the draw would be screaming out but Everton say otherwise. Without a win in four league games, the Toffees have slipped to 13th. Form therefore suggests a City win, even if it’s tough to see where the goals will come from.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals 1.59
Score Prediction: Everton 1-2 Manchester City 7.50
Leicester City 2.15, the draw 3.30, Aston Villa 3.65
A Cup win over Newcastle was precious little help to a Leicester side adrift at the bottom, but an improved performance against Spurs followed by a win at Hull and draw at Liverpool suggests the Foxes may be good value for the three points here.
Villa sit in mid-table but their position masks the fact that they have scored just once in five league games and Paul Lambert’s side look too vulnerable.
Best Bet: Leonardo Ulloa to score anytime 3.00
Score Prediction: Leicester City 2-1 Aston Villa 9.50
Swansea City 2.20, the draw 3.40, West Ham 3.40
Three points separate these two teams and while some will perceive the Hammers to be the most impressive of the two, current form has dipped with just one point from a possible nine.
Clearly the key for Swansea however is Wilfried Bony, who will be absent here as he heads to the African Nations Cup and is likely to be wearing a Manchester City shirt when he returns. In his absence, the Hammers can take the points.
Best Bet: Kevin Nolan to score anytime 5.80
Score Prediction: Swansea City 1-2 West Ham 11.00
West Brom 2.00, the draw 3.30, Hull City 4.20
A 7-0 thrashing, albeit against non-league Gateshead, should give the Baggies some confidence, particularly as it followed an impressive 1-1 draw against West Ham on New Year’s Day. Hull meanwhile looked like a team with other priorities as they surrendered to Arsenal last weekend.
Two wins in three league games hints at a recovery for the Tigers but the defeats to the Gunners and at home to Leicester may give a better indication as to where the points will be heading.
Best Bet: Both teams to score 2.07
Score Prediction: West Brom 2-1 Hull City 10.50