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Saturday 25th February 2017
16:00 Kick offs

Chelsea v Swansea

Chelsea and Swansea have only met 32 times in their history. As expected Chelsea do have the better record winning 14 times, they have drawn 11 and Swansea have won 7.

Despite that good head to head for Chelsea they have failed to beat Swansea in their last 3 attepmts drawing 2 and losing 1. Earlier this season despite Swansea’s woeful start tot he campaign they did manage to hold the league leaders to a 2-2 at the Liberty stadium. Gylfi Sigursson and Leroy Fer got the goals for the Swans and a Diego Costa brace secured the point for Chelsea.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 6 having won 4 and drawn 2 in all competitions. Last time out was an away fixture in the FA Cup to CHampionship side Wolves which they won comfortably 2-0.

Swansea have managed to turn their fortunes around of late and have managed 3 wins and 3 defeats in their last 6 in all competitions. Last time out was a 2-0 win over Champions Leicester City at home.

With non of the other top 6 team playing until after Chelsea this weekend, Chelsea have a chance to pile on the pressure on the chasing pack and they are priced @ 1/4 with almost all of the firms to do so. The draw is priced @ 11/2 with a few of the firms and you can get as big as 14/1 for Swansea with a few of the firms despite their recent increase in good form and the added rest days of not competing in the FA Cup.

I can’t see Chelsea losing this one but Swansea have really improved of late so I am going to take a small bet on the draw @ 11/2 and an even smaller bet on Swansea @ 14/1. Is this a case of wishful thinking? Probably but wouldn’t it spice up the title race if Swansea could nick a point or 3..

Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough

These 2 clubs have met on 48 occasions in the past with Palace just edging it winning 20 times. Boro have won 17 and they have drawn 11 times.

Earlier this season Palace managed an away win at the Riverside stadium, Benteke put Palace ahead in the first half but Boro pegged them back before the break with a Daniel Ayala goal. Just after the Break Wilfred Zaha broke the deadlock to secure Palace 3 vital points.

Palace have been struggling for some consistency and have only managed to win 2 and lose 4 of their last 6 matches in all competitions. They have lost their last 22, 4-0 to Sunderland and 1-0 to Stoke, they will be desperate to stop the rot here.

Boro have been pretty inconsistent themselves, especially in the league. They have managed 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats in their last 6 in all competitions. They did manage to avoid a potential upset in the FA Cup last time out when they beat Oxford 3-2.

You can get 23/20 with a could of firms for Palace to take the 3 points. Paddy Power are biggest price for the draw @ 9/4 and you can get 11/3 for Boro with Boylesports.

Despite both teams struggling of late I think Palaces fire power and home field advantage will be the decider here so that is were my money is going.

Everton v Sunderland

These 2 have met a staggering 182 times in their long history. Everton edge it with 81 wins to Sunderland’s 71, they have drawn 30 times.

They met back in September at the stadium of light in the league and a Romelu Lukaku hat-trick sealed a 3-0 victory for the Toffees.

Everton lost 6 games ago but since then they have been on a 5 game unbeaten streak winning 3 and drawing 2. Last time out they were held to a 0-0 draw by Middlesbrough.

Sunderland are in a terrible run of form having won 1, drawn 1 and losing 4 of their last 6 games. Last time out they suffered a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Southampton.

Everton are a short price to take the 3 points here and are best @ 2/5 with almost all the firms. The draw can be backed @ 9/2 with BetFred and Sunderland are @ 15/2 with a few of the firms.

There is only 1 result I can see here and I fancy Everton to close the gap on the top 6 with a comfortable home win.

Hull City v Burnley

These 2 have met 63 times in the past with Burnley coming out on top having won 31 times. Hull have won 20 and they have drawn 12.

These 2 last met back in September in the league and they fought out a tough 1-1 draw. Steven Defour put Burnley ahead in the 72nd minute and looked the winner until injury time when Robert Snodgrass snatched a point for Hull.

These 2 have pretty much identical recent records with both sides having won 2, drawn 1 and lost 3 of their last 6 matches in all competitions.

Last time for Hull was a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal and for Burnley it was also a defeat this time in the FA Cup to lower league side Lincoln City.

Hull do seem to be turning things around of late so I am not surprised to see them favourites @ 6/5 with a few of the firms, the draw can be backed @ 23/20 with most and Burnley are @ 59/20 with Marathon bet.

I wouldn’t want to talk you out of a bet because this one could go either way but I am going for a Hull win, they have been much better recently and not playing in the FA Cup this week has given them more preparation time and a slight edge for me.

West Brom v Bournemouth

Despite being around for a long time these side have only ever met 18 times in the past. They have both managed 7 wins and they have fought out 4 draws.

Bournemouth do hold the best recent record and are unbeaten in the last 4 matches against the baggies winning 3 and drawing once. In the reverse fixture this season when they managed a 1-0 win with a 79 minute Callum Wilson goal.

West Brom have had a pretty decent season so far and of late they have managed 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses in their last 6 games. Last time they managed a 2-2 draw against a rejuvenated West Ham side.

Bournemouth have been in free fall and have managed 1 draw and 5 defeats in their last 6 matches. Last time out was a 2-0 win to Manchester City.

West Brom are odds against to win this @ 11/10 with most firms, the draw is @ 5/2 with a few firms and Bournemouth are @ 3/1 with a few firms.

My nap of the day is the 11/10 for West Brom, I just can’t see Bournemouth turning their fortunes around here.