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Burnley V Tottenham
These two face off for the 110th time, in the previous 109 times it is tighter than you would imagine, Tottenham have won 43, Burnley have won 40 and they have drawn 26 times.
Last time they met Spurs managed to come from behind to win 2-1. Ashley Barnes put Burnley ahead and Dele Alli and Danny Rose managed to net for Spurs to give them the win and 3 points.
Burnley have been in quite miserable form lately; losing 3 and drawing 3 of their last 6 games in all competitions. Last time out they did manage to stop a 2 game losing streak to draw with Sunderland.
Spurs have been in fantastic form winning 5 and drawing one of their last 6. Last time out they managed to extend their winning streak to 4 beating Southampton 2-1.
Burnley are still without Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s return, Dean Marney is out for the season but Steven Defour could return.
Spurs’ number 1 striker Harry Kane is back in training but this game comes too soon for his return, Danny Rose is closer to fitness but again this game comes too soon but Vincent Jansen looks likely to recover from his virus.
Despite being away from home and missing their leading scorer Tottenham go into this as the bookies favourite and can be backed @ 8/11 with Bet Victor and BoyleSports. Burnley who do have a very good home record are @ 19/4 with Bet365 and the draw is 3/1 with Marathon Bet.
I think Burnley’s home record can not be ignored here and I will be backing the draw @ 3/1.
Chelsea V Crystal Palace
Despite their long histories these two have only met 49 times in their history. Chelsea have won 24 times, Crystal Palace have won 10 and they have drawn 15.
Last time they met was back in December when Chelsea managed a 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park with a goal just before the break from Diego Costa.
Chelsea have been in great form all season and that has continued through their last 6 matches winning 5 and drawing 1, they have won their last 5 in a row and will be looking to extend that to 6 here. Last time out they managed a 2-1 away win at Stoke.
Crystal Palace’s form has been good as well winning 4 and losing 2 of their last 6. They are on a 3 match winning streak themselves and haven’t conceded a goal in those games.
Chelsea do not have any confirmed injuries but do have some fitness worries in Eden Hazard (calf) and Thibaut Courtois (Hip) who both missed International games. Victor Moses and Diego Costa have slight doubts but should be ok.
Loic Remy is unavailable for Palace as he would be facing his parent club, they will also be withus Patrick Van Aanholt (ankle). Fraizer Campbell (hamstring) and James McArther (back) are doubts.
Chelsea are favourites for this as you would expect, they are generally 3/10 but can be backed with Betstars @ 1/3. The draw is 19/4 with Bet365 and Palace are @ 12/1 with a few firms including Betfred.
I do think 12/1 is too big for Palace considering their recent form but I do think Chelsea should win this comfortably. I think I will keep my money in my pocket for this one.
Hull City V West Ham
46 times these two have faced off before this weekend and it is West Ham who has won the most winning 20, they have drawn 15 times and Hull have won 11.
In the reverse fixture in December it was West Ham who managed to grab the home win with a 1-0 win with a 2nd half Mark Noble penalty.
Hull have been in ok form of late winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 3 of their last 6 games in all competitions. Last time out they suffered a hammering at Goodison Park by a good in form Everton side.
West Ham have been in pretty poor form of late winning 1, drawing 2 and losing 3. They are currently on a run of 3 losses in a row including last time out when they lost 3-2 at home to a resurgent Leicester City.
Just the one expected to be unavailable for Hull and that is Tom Huddlestone who begins the 1st of his 3 match ban.
Pedro Obiang’s season is over after ankle surgery, Winston Reid is also a long term absentee, the only fresh injury is to Mikail Antonio who was not fit enough to travel.
Hull are around the 7/5 chance but are as big as 151/100 with Marathon Bet. The draw is @ 5/2 with Paddypower and Betstars and West Ham are @ 21/10 with Bet365.
I think Hull are better than performances suggest and think they could take all 3 points here.
Leicester V Stoke City
Leicester have met Stoke 98 times in the past. Their record is unbelievable tight with Leicester winning 32, they have drawn 33 and Stoke have won 33.
In the reverse fixture at the Bet365 Stadium they finished all square, Bojan opened the scoring with a first half penalty and Stoke doubled the lead through Joe Allen on the stroke of half time. If the first half belonged to the home side the second half definitely belonged to the visitors. In the 74th minute minute Leonardo Ulloa pulled one back and then in the 88th minute Daniel Amartey grabbed the equaliser.
Leicester are in much better form of late winning 4 and losing 2 of htier last 6 however the last 4 games have been all wins and they are on a great streak including last time when they managed a great 3-2 away win against West Ham.
Stoke have been in pretty poor form recently winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 3 of their last 6. Last time out despite a decent performance they lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea.
Captain Wes Morgan (back) is out for the Champions and Nampalys Mendy is also a doubt.
Phil Bardsley is suspended for Stoke and they are expected to be without Shaqiri (calf) again Geoff Cameron is a doubt (thigh) as well as Glenn Johnson and Jack Butland (ankle).
Leicester are generally 21/20 to win this but can be backed @ 107/100 with Marathon Bet. The draw is @ 5/2 with most firms including Coral and Stoke are @ 3/1 with most firms including Bet365.
Due to Leicester recent increase in form an the fact Stoke are without a lot of players I think there is value in the home side.
Manchester United V West Brom
As you would expect Man Utd have the better record of the two but it might be closer than you think, Utd have won 55, they have drawn 31 and West Brom have won 43 of their 129 previous meetings.
In this seasons reverse fixture a Zlatan Ibrahimovic brace sealed a 2 -0 victory for the visitors, one on either side of the break.
Man Utd have been in fairly good form of late winning 3, drawing 2 and losing just 1 of their last 6. They have won their last 2 including last time when they managed a 3-1 away win at Middlesbrough.
West Brom have been in fairly good form themselves winning 3, drawing 1 and losing 2 of their last 6. Last time out they managed a great 3-1 win at home against Arsenal.
Man Utd are quite depleted and Jose will need to call on his big squad to get through this one. Zlatan Ibrahimovich is serving his final match ban and is unavailable as is Ander Herrera who is also suspended. They are also without Chris Smalling and Phil Jones who picked up injuries on international duty and Paul Pogba is still a doubt.
Matt Philips is out for West Brom and they also have doubts over Nacer Chadli and Salonon Rondon who returned from international duty with knocks.
Man Utd are big favourites @ 2/5 with Stanjames. The draw is @ 41/10 with Maraton Bet and West Brom are @ 10/1 with a few firms including bet365.
I think the 10/1 is way to big for a team that is only a couple of places behind Utd and in similar form. My bet however will be on West Brom and the draw which is @ 23/10 on the double chance market with 32Red.
Watford V Sunderland
These two have only met on 42 previous occasions. Sunderland have won 18, they have drawn 14 and Watford have won 10.
Back in December when they last met Sunderland managed to snatch all 3 points with a second half goal from Patrick Van Aanholt.
Watford have been in ok form of late winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 3. The problem they have is that they have not won a game in their last 4 and need to turn this around, last time out they lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace.
Sunderland are in pretty poor form winning just 1, drawing 2 and losing 3 of their last 6. They themselves have not won a game in their last 4 but did manage a draw with Burnley last time 0-0.
Watford will be with Valon Behrami who has a thigh injury. Troy Deeney and Sebastian Prodl will face late fitness tests.
Long term injury absentees Lee Cattermole and Victor Anichebe are getting closer to fitness but this game may have come a little soon for them both.
Watford go into this favourites and they are best price with Boylesports @ 20/23. The draw is @ 27/10 with Marathon Bet and Sunderland are @ 19/5 with Bet Victor.
I think Watford might have too much at home for Sunderland so would back them @ 20/23.