The Premier League could do with a shake-up as we approach the last 14-games of the season, and I’m hoping Burnley can do everyone a big favour by beating Chelsea on Sunday. We’ve a tip for that match as well as the Saturday tea-time match between Liverpool and Spurs, and the matches between Stoke and Crystal Palace and Sunderland vs Southampton.
Stoke vs Crystal Palace (Saturday 3.00)
Crystal Palace are in desperate need of some points after plummeting into the relegation zone and, whilst a win away at Bournemouth in their penultimate game was a massive boost, their 4-0 home defeat against Sunderland saw them reduced to new depths of despair. However, if there’s one team they’d be keen to play at the moment – it might well be Stoke – as they’ve won 6 and drawn 1 of their last 7 against them. That included a 4-1 at home against them earlier this season and, though current form suggests they’ll struggle, odds of 3-1 are too attractive to resist.
Crystal Palace Win @ 3/1 (Betfred)
Sunderland vs Southampton (Saturday 3.00)
Consistency has been a struggle for both of these teams so far this season, and only 8 points separates bottom team Sunderland and 13th-placed Southampton. Sunderland have also become the Premier League Houdini Boys in recent seasons, so they won’t be giving-up just yet. However, the most compelling statistic is that 5 of the last 10 games between the two teams have resulted in draws, including 3 of the last 5 renewals of this fixture, and the last two matches between them.
Draw @ 5/2 (Various Bookies)
Liverpool vs Spurs (Saturday 5.30)
Matches between Liverpool and Spurs have produced all sorts of results in recent seasons but, since Pochettino and Klopp started managing the two teams, the Premier League clashes have ended 1-1, 1-1 and 0-0. Add in the fact that Liverpool have drawn 3 of their last 4 against fellow top-6 opposition, and Spurs have drawn 3 of their 7 games against top-6 teams – and it’s easy to make a case for backing the draw at 27/11.
Draw @ 49/20 (Betstars)
Burnley vs Chelsea (Sunday 1.30)
Surely no team that has won its last 6 home Premier League games deserves to be 17/2, but that is exactly the price you can get about Burnley this Sunday as they take on Chelsea. Beating Chelsea, undoubtedly, will be much harder than beating Leicester, Sunderland, Southampton, Middlesbrough, Swansea and Bournemouth, and the only other two top-6 teams to visit Town Moor this season have gone home with all 3-points. Chelsea have also won on their last 2 visits to Burnley – but, after doing us several favours already this season, I’ll certainly be availing myself of some of the 17/2 even if it’s my heart talking rather than my head.
Burnley To Win @ 17/2 (Coral)