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Burnley V Chelsea
Sunday 12th February 2017
13.30 Kick Off Sky Sports 1 HD Available with GibSat
These 2 have met 93 times in their history. What is surprising is Burnley hold the better record winning 37 of them. Chelsea have won 34 times and they have drawn 22 times.
Despite Burnley having the the best overall record they have failed to beat Chelsea in their last 5 meetings including earlier this season in the reverse fixture which Chelsea dominated 3-0 with goals from Eden Hazard, Willian and Victor Moses.
Burnley have been in good form of late winning 4 and losing 2 of their last 6 in all competitions. Last time out they did suffer a loss 2-1 away to Watford.
Chelsea are still in blistering form winning 5 of their last 6, the only draw coming at Anfield against Liverpool. Last time out they destroyed Arsenal 3-1 at home.
Burnley are down in 13th but a win here could take them into the top 10 and potentially into 9th place.
Chelsea still lead the way and have a comfortable gap at the top of the league. A win here could see them go 12 points clear.
Burnley manager has warned Chelsea to be warned that his Burnley team are no pushovers but he did admit Chelsea will be their toughest test so far.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has confirmed he expects a tough game against Burnley but has admitted he is not fazed by the title pressure.
As expected Chelsea are favourites @4/9 with most of the firms. The draw is best with bet365 @4/1 and Burnley are @8/1 with quite a few of the firms.
I do think it will be a tough test for Chelsea but I think they may have just enough to get the 3 points here. I may do a small bet on Draw HT Chelsea FT @17/5 with Bet Victor.
Swansea V Leicester
Sunday 12th February 2017
16.00 Kick Off Sky Sports 1 HD Available with GibSat
These two have only met 36 times in their history. Leicester have had the best of it with 18 wins. They have drawn 8 times and Swansea have won 10 times.
Leicester have managed to win the last 4 times they have met including last time out when they managed a 2-1 victory in this reverse fixture. Goals from Jamie Vardy and captain Wes Morgan put Leicester in front and Leroy Fer grabbed a late consolation goal for the Swans.
Swansea have finally hit a bit of form of late and have won 3 of their last 6 and lost the other 3. Despite their recent good form they did lose last time out to Man City 2-1 at City. They did look the better side in that match for long periods and will feel unfortunate to have come away without a point.
Leicester have been in woeful form and have lost 4, drawn 1 and won 1 of their last 6 games. Last time out they beat Derby 3-1 in the F. A Cup but that took extra time to get that victory. In the league their form has been terrible.
Swansea are outside the relegation zone at the moment following their recent run of good form and a win here will see them rise to 15th and above the champions Leicester.
Leicester are in 16th at the moment and seem in free fall sitting just 1 point above the relegation zone. A win here would move them a place to 15th too.
Swansea manager said he is pleased with the response he has had from his players since taking over and has admitted the Leicester game is a massive test and a 6 pointer in their battle to avoid the drop.
Leicester boss Claudio Ranrieri has said Leonardo Ullua will not be in contention for a place following his recent requests to leave the club. The manager stated he needed to think about what is best 11 for them because it is an important battle ahead and a very tough match against Swansea.
In what is a tight betting event, Swansea edge favouritism @7/5 with William Hill and Bet365. Leicester are @23/10 with Boylesport and the draw is @ 12/5 with Bet Victor and Sky Bet.
Due to Swansea’s recent good form my money will be on them @7/5. I will also be putting a little bet on Fernando Llorente to score anytime @2/1 with Paddy Power.