Chelsea should have few problems maintaining their lead at the top of the Premier League this weekend, so we’ll turn our attentions to value-selections for the matches between Watford and West Ham, Spurs and Stoke, and Leicester and Liverpool.
Watford vs West Ham (Saturday 5.30)
Both teams are lacking any consistency this season, but it’s Watford who have got the better of West Ham in recent times, winning 4-2 away earlier in the season (when West Ham were playing terribly), drawing away last season 1-1, and winning the corresponding fixture 2-0. However, their home form hasn’t been great of late with just a win over Burnley from their last 4 home games. Meanwhile, West Ham have found some of the away form that saw them do so well last season, and they’ve won three of their last four away games 3-1, 3-1 and 4-1. It’s a game that could go either way, but West Ham may just prove a bit of value at 2/1.
West Ham @ 2/1 (Betfred, Betfair Sportsbook)
Tottenham vs Stoke (Sunday 1.30)
There’s just a feeling that Spurs are below par at that moment, especially with injuries mounting-up, and they may just be there for the taking this weekend on the back of their Europa League defeat at the hands of KAA Gent. If that’s the case, then Stoke may be able to get something from their travels to White Hart Lane, and they’ll be in confident mood too as they’ve only been defeated once here in the last 5 seasons, winning once and drawing 3-times. It’s tempting to back Stoke to win at 7/1 and back the draw at 4/1 – but it’s the draw that looks the best-value considering 3 of the last 5 renewals have been draws.
Draw @ 4/1 (Various Bookies)
Leicester vs Liverpool (Monday 8.00)
Leicester are on a hero-to-zero slide that doesn’t look like ending, and their recent Champion League defeat by Sevilla, and an FA Cup exit at the hands of Millwall, were preceded by 5 straight Premier League defeats that leaves them tinkering on the edge of the relegation zone. Defeat by Liverpool here could well see them plummet into it if Hull beat Burnley, and the players must take some motivation from the fact they won this fixture last season 2-0. That’s the only positive they’ve got to cling to on recent matches between the two sides though, as Liverpool won the previous season’s corresponding fixture 3-1, and have also beaten Leicester at home twice since. However, Leicester can also take some hope from the fact Liverpool haven’t won any of their last 3 away games, including draws against Manchester United and Sunderland, and Leicester may just snatch a draw.
Draw @ 16/5 (Various Bookies)