With the Carabao Cup final taking place this weekend, it means that the upcoming round of Premier League fixtures is slightly curtailed. However, that does not mean that the potential for drama is any less.
With matches taking place that could have ramifications at both ends of the table, then the landscape in both the race for the title and the battle to avoid the drop could shift all over again come Sunday evening.
Eight Premier League clashes take place over the next few days, with a rare Friday night double bill as part of the agenda and with that mind here is all you need to know before Week 27 of the season gets underway.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 23
BURNLEY VS TOTTENHAM
Burnley are certainly one of the form teams in the Premier League right now. They are unbeaten in their last six matches and have picked up 12 points from a possible 18 on offer, a tally which has seen them pull clear of the drop zone.
That unbeaten streak will be put to the test this Saturday lunch time, as a white hot Tottenham make the long journey up to Turf Moor, and the north London outfit know that a win will catapult them into this season’s title race.
Without Harry Kane, many felt that Tottenham’s season would fall by the wayside. Thankfully, Son Heung-min has been a more than able deputy, should he continue his rich vein of form and score on Saturday, then GIVEMEBET have you covered at odds of 6/5.
NEWCASTLE VS HUDDERSFIELD
Due to Huddersfield’s proximity at the bottom of the table, this tie is not quite what you would usually consider a relegation six pointer. However, both teams will still be looking for a much welcomed win at St James’ Park on Saturday.
For Newcastle, it is the opportunity to put further daylight between themselves and the bottom three. While for Huddersfield, they are still looking for their first win since the appointment of Jan Siewert as manager.
Both sides have struggled for goals this season, so don’t expect a flurry of them come Saturday afternoon. With that said, a Newcastle win and under 2.5 total goals at a price of 11/5 with GIVEMEBET could be a shrewd weekend tip.
BOURNEMOUTH VS WOLVES
Bournemouth are another outfit who are comfortably lying mid-table at present and with still nearly three months of the season left to play, the question is just what exactly will the Cherries do between now and May.
After such a bright start to proceedings, things have tailed off in the second half and any hopes of competing for a Europa League place with the likes of Wolves and Watford look to have fallen by the wayside.
And it is Wolves that they play host to on Saturday, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s men looking to solidify their current 7th place league standing.
However, Wolves are unbeaten in their last four league outings and will be favourites to come out on top come Saturday. Should you fancy them to win, GIVEMEBET are offering odds of 31/20.
LEICESTER VS CRYSTAL PALACE
The pressure has been mounting on Leicester manager Claude Puel as of late and as the Foxes continue to slide down the table, then you can begin to understand just why many feel that his days at the King Power Stadium are numbered.
Leicester start the weekend lying 12th in the table and although there is enough of a buffer between them and the relegation fodder below, defeat to Palace on Saturday will see their comfort zone further eroded and the tension around the club increase.
Palace come into this game having booked a place in the last eight of the FA Cup, a competition that Roy Hodgson and his players will be confident of winning. However, an extended cup run must not be to the detriment of their league campaign.
Both teams have been pourous at the back as of late and although Leicester’s form has been poor, they arguably need a win a great deal more than Palace. With that mind, the Foxes to win and both teams to score at 7/2 with GIVEMEBET could be where this one ends up.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24
ARSENAL VS SOUTHAMPTON
The Gunners' last exploits saw them travel the length of Europe to face BATE Borisov of Belarus, a trip that Unai Emery and his players will want to forget in a hurry.
And it is Europa League progress that they arguably need more than anything right now, especially as they are locked in a three-way tussle to finish fourth at the end of this season.
For their opponents Southampton, continental exploits are just a mere pipe dream. For them it is the battle to avoid the drop which consumes them, one that they are struggling to get the better of at present.
With Chelsea not in league action this weekend, this fixture gives Arsenal the perfect opportunity to heap more pressure on the Blues. The Gunners have a habit of starting slowly at home, before getting the job done. Therefore, a half time draw/Arsenal win might be a smart route to go down, especially as GIVEMEBET have priced this at 59/20.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS LIVERPOOL
The best has certainly been saved for last this weekend, as Manchester United play host to Liverpool at Old Trafford. Any clash between these two is always viewed as titanic one and this one is set to be no different.
For Liverpool it is the opportunity to go three points clear at the top of the table, while for United it is the chance to not only solidify their current fourth place standing, but also hamper the title hopes of a major rival.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will be the more rested, what with Liverpool’s midweek Champions League exploits on Tuesday night. The question will be just what toll will that meeting with Bayern Munich have on the Merseysiders come Sunday?
Manchester United have won seven of their last nine home league games against Liverpool, losing 0-3 in March 2014 and drawing 1-1 in January 2017.
Liverpool have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League away games (W9 D3). However, against sides starting the day in the top four, they’re winless in their last seven away from home since beating Chelsea 2-1 in September 2016.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last nine league matches – the hottest streak in the division at present and will be looking to make it a perfect ten on Sunday. You can get a United double chance (draw or win) at odds of 2/3 with GIVEMEBET.News Now - Sport News