Premier League Run-Down - Week 22

Harry Kane

Friday, January 20, 2017 8:39 PM GMT

We preview the upcoming Week 22 in the Premier League looking at each matchup and finding a solid betting angle. Read on for the inside track and winning information on the best socer picks for this round in English football.

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A Stroll In The Park For Liverpool

Anfield is where we visit for the first game of the Premier League weekend when Liverpool host lowly Swansea in the early kick-off. Jurgen Klopp's side are a very heavy favourite for the win at just 1.22 with the bookies and despite just one win in their last five matches it's impossible to look past them in this one. Swansea have brought in new manager Paul Clement to try to keep them in the Premier League but that looks a long way off and it's impossible to make any case for them in this one even at the massive 15.0 offered by Bet365. I fancy Liverpool to show their early season form here and make a statement that they aren't out of the title race and I am taking the Reds' to ease to a home win and I like the 2.05 on them -2 goals on the Asian handicap against a poor Swansea side.

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A Bore Draw On The South Coast

Bournemouth host Watford at the Vitality Stadium and of all the matches in this weekends Premier League fixture list this one looks the most difficult to call. Both of these sides are in poor form and can't be trusted with anyone's money but if you are looking to have a bet the Cherries' are the bookies favourites at 1.83 with Watford a general 4.50 underdog. Relegation is a serious concern for both managers and they will have to look over their shoulder at the teams behind them and for that reason a point might be a decent one for both and my lean, rather than an official play would be for a draw at 3.80.

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An Easy Win For The Toffees

"BIG" Sam Allardyce finally got his first win as Crystal Palace manager under his belt in midweek after a 2-1 FA Cup success against his former club League One Bolton, but the bad news for Palace fans is that is where the winning run ends. This weekend the Eagles host Everton at Selhurst Park and it's a case of normal service resuming in south east London.

The home side have yet to win a Premier League match since the former England manager took over from and with six home defeats in their last seven matches they don't look capable of getting three points in this one, despite the layers offering just 3.00 on their chances. Palace are a poor side, and the one thing that they've got big problems with is keeping a clean sheet and with 40 goals conceded in the Premier League already this season, almost two goals per game, it's impossible to see how they won't concede at least once against a confident Everton side.

Last weekend Ronald Koeman produced his biggest win in his Everton career and probably in his managerial career with the 4-0 thrashing of Manchester City and with a big goal threat all over the pitch they will be far to strong for Palace and odds of 2.40 on the away win look very tempting.

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Honours Even At The Riverside

West Ham make the long trip north to face Middlesbrough in what again looks a very hard Premier League match to call this weekend.

Middlesbrough are the favourites for this one at a rather short 2.50 with the visitors at 3.20 but with back-to-back draws in the last couple of meetings between the two another stalemate might be the preferred option which is the biggest price match outcome at 3.25.

In the last SEVEN Middlesbrough home matches both teams to score has been "no" and with six of the last seven meetings between these two sides featuring under 2.5 goals, going against goals again is the way to profit.

The Hammers' are still missing want a way Dimitri Payet and that diminishes their chances of scoring and my official bet is the 1.62 on under 2.5 goals in a tight one at the Riverside.

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A Tough Afternoon For The Red Devils

Mark Hughes welcomes his former club Manchester United to the Bet365 Stadium and this one is not going to be as easy as the layers are predicting for in-form United.

United head to the Potteries on an unbeaten run of 10 matches and the bookies have reacted in making them just 1.62 to win at a ground where they haven't had much recent success.

United have won just once here in the Premier League in the last five visits and with Stoke also holding them to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford earlier in the season the 6.00 on the home side looks a massive price.

Under Mourinho, United don't beat teams by many goals, they might turn up here and get the three points but they usually win by just the odd goal and for that reason the best bet in the match for me is to take the 1.83 on Stoke +1 on the Asian handicap as the worst case scenario is that we will get our money back as a push.

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The Baggies To Bounce Back With A Win

West Brom look the best bet on the Premier League coupon this weekend at 1.70 to beat a poor and injury hit Sunderland at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies are a team that I have been impressed with this season, although their form has dropped off recently they only tend to lose against the league big-boys and at home against the bottom half clubs they have a fantastic record.

Tony Pullis' side have already been backed for the match into 1.70 starting from an opening quote of 1.80 and the money won't stop when there when we see the starting XI Sunderland put out.

David Moyes' has SIX first team regulars out injured and has three players at the African Cup of Nations and it's hard to make a case for them to get anything at all at 5.50 after six matches without a win.

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Tottenham To Add Tottenham To Add To Pep's Woes

The biggest game of the Premier League at the weekend is Manchester City v Tottenham at the Etihad. I can't quite understand the betting on this one with the money pouring in for the home side who are no as short as 2.00 to beat one of the most impressive sides in the division this season. Did these punters not see City last week in the 4-0 defeat at Everton, they are shocking and look a team in total turmoil.

Manager Pep Guardiola looks to have aged 20 years in three months and the way they defend and their hopeless goalkeeper Claudio Bravo means that Totteham look massive to me at 3.50. Spurs were brilliant last week in the 4-0 home when over West Brom and that success was their SEVENTH successive win and I can't see them losing at the weekend. The two met at White Hart Lane earlier in the season and Tottenham battered, a then flying City side 2-0 and now that the fortunes of the two have changed Maurico Pochettino's young side have nothing to fear and I like them +0.5 on the Asian handicap lines at 1.80.

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Anything Can Happen At St. Mary's

Champions Leicester (we won't be saying that for much longer) continue their dreadful season with a trip to the south coast to take on inconsistent Southampton. Of all the matches in the Premier League this weekend this one looks by some distance the trickiest games to call and although I will be making a recommendation, I won't be backing anything in this match.

These are two sides that I just can't go write in the Premier League this season and the erratic form of the two means that betting on either Saints or Foxes matches should come with a public "wealth" warning. Southampton did produce a big win over Liverpool in the Football League Cup and with one foot already up Wembley Way, that may be where their attention is focused. The Saints' are just 1.95 for the win with Leicester a massive 4.50, but me and Leicester have fallen out this season and in a match between two sides I can't trust the draw at 3.50 is a lean for me.

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A Routine Win For Gunners

It's a must win game for Arsenal on Sunday when they host Burnley at the Emirates. Since the Premier League was formed Arsenal have spent over 3,300 days in fourth place (over nine years) and that is where Arsene Wenger finds his side again ahead of their home match against Burnley.

The Gunners' will be desperate to do better than their usual fourth finish and their chances should be helped with routine home win in this one, but the bookies agree and 1.20 is the best you will get for your money and at that price I won't really want to get involved.

Burnley are a side that have done us a huge amount of favours already this season but they are the Jekyll and Hyde side in the Premier League, you've got to get with them at home and oppose them at all costs on their travels.

The Claret's have failed to win in their 11 road trips this season with 24 of their impressive 26 points coming from home matches at Turf Moor.

They run into an Arsenal side that is in decent form unbeaten in their last five games and since the return of German international defender Shkodran Mustafi they've kept two clean sheets in their last two home matches and won them both to nil and at 1.91 on them to do the same again against the misfiring visitors that looks a fantastic bet for the weekend.

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Chelsea To Maintain Their Lead

Premier League leaders Chelsea put the Diego Costa saga behind them last weekend when they cruised to a 3-0 win at the champions Leicester and their fans will be saying Diego who? at Stamford Bridge this weekend when they host lowly Hull.

The Blues' have bounced back from their 2-0 defeat at Tottenham in title winning style with back-to-back wins and they will have no problems against the Tigers' at the weekend. Again the bookies aren't silly and have priced the title favourites up accordingly at just 1/5 for their NINTH successive win at Stamford Bridge and although, again that is not a price that I would want to take, if you do like the short odds this will be a winner.

These two sides met in October at the KC Stadium and Chelsea ran out very comfortable 2-0 winners with Hull hardly having a single shot on target and history also suggests it's going to be a very, very tough afternoon for the fans making the long trip down to west London. In 21 previous visits to Stamford Bridge, Hull have never won and in their last couple of visits they've never looked like scoring, yet alone winning. I can't see the misfiring Tigers' scoring in this latest match-up either and instead of backing the home side to win I like Chelsea to win to nil at 1.80.

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