Merseyside Derby Always A Big Draw
Table-topping Chelsea look to have the easiest game of the title-contenders on paper this weekend, whilst the other top teams may all have a fight on their hands to take 3-points. We’ve tips for Crystal Palace vs Chelsea, West Brom vs Manchester United, Manchester City vs Arsenal, and Everton vs Liverpool.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea (Saturday 12.30)
As the teams at the foot of the Premier League have started to find a bit of form, it’s likely that Crystal Palace will soon find themselves dragged into the battle for Premier League survival, and the prospect of facing Chelsea this weekend won’t be helping with the pressure. Chelsea have won the last two renewals of this fixture, and a run of 10 straight Premier League wins against top, middle and bottom opposition may well become 11 at around 2.30 on Saturday afternoon. There’s little to recommend Crystal Palace on their current form, as they’ve only won 2 of their 7 home games this season, already losing to other top-of-the-table teams in Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.
Chelsea win @ 8/13 (Various Bookies)
West Brom vs Manchester United (Saturday 5.30)
The last 3 renewals of this fixture have produced a mixed-bag of results, with a win for both teams and a draw, whilst West Brom have also won 1 of their last 2 games at Manchester United. However, the best statistic looks to be that only one team has scored in 4 of their last 5 matches. It’s 23/20 for both teams not to score and, with 3 of West Brom’s last 7 matches, and 5 of Man United’s last 11 matches producing that result, the price looks about right.
Both Teams Not To Score @ 23/20 (Betfair Sportsbook, William Hill, Coral)
Manchester City vs Arsenal (Sunday 4.00)
Both teams’ title aspirations have suffered a recent setback, and a look back at past renewals may hold more sway than recent results. Both teams have won at home and away against each other in the last 4 seasons, but the compelling statistic is that those 8 matches have produced 4 draws, two at each ground – which makes the 27/10 for another draw a standout price.
Draw @ 27/10 (Sports Winner)
Everton vs Liverpool (Monday 8.00)
The pubs and clubs of Merseyside will be packed on Monday evening as one of the oldest rivalries fight out their latest Premier League battle. Everton will be buoyed by their recent victory over Arsenal, whilst Liverpool had wobbled with a defeat against Bournemouth and a draw against West Ham before getting back on track against Middlesbrough. There is a stunning statistic though, one that overshadows recent form, and that’s the fact that 6 of the last 8 games between them have been draws, including the last 4 at Everton – and the bookies will surely be inundated for the 27/10 for another draw.
Draw @ 27/10 (Various Bookies)
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