Premier League Rundown - Week 24

Wayne Rooney & Mourinho

Friday, February 3, 2017 9:28 PM GMT

A lot of teams have reached a 'must-win' spot in week 24 of the Premier League, among them Arsenal who are facing a London Derby with the urgency to win. Here is our Premier League Run Down!

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A Tight London Derby At Stamford Bridge

A feisty London derby starts the weekend Premier League action when Arsenal travel to league leaders Chelsea in a must win game for The Gunners.

Arsene Wenger is a man under huge pressure following his sides shock 2-1 midweek home defeat at the hands of Watford and with his side NINE points adrift of the Blues', nothing but a win will do.

It's incredible to think that just five months ago Antonio Conte took his side to the Emirates and lost 3-0 and after that humiliating defeat the Italian reverted to a back three and his side haven't looked back winning an incredible 15 matches in the last 18 games and are heavy odds-on to be crowned champions at the end of the season.

Chelsea have been heavily gambled in the build-up to this and are now down to just 1.91 for the win in the match markets with most bookies and without a loss at Stamford Bridge since September, you can see why that is proving popular.

I am not backing the home side as I don't think they have to go all out for the win as a draw will be a good point for the home side rather than the visitors.

The Gunners have to go all out for the win though and they are a general 4.00 chance to get it and judging by their recent performances despite the need for the win, they just aren't good enough.

When these two sides usually met their is always goals, but on this occasion I am swimming against the tide and taking under 2.5 goals which is 2.00 with Paddy Power as this is likely to be a cagey affair.

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Everton To Ease To Another Win

My best bet in the Premier League this weekend is Everton at 1.75 to beat Bournemouth with Betway.

Everton have been pretty inconsistent this season but in recent weeks Ronald Koeman's side have been getting back to the form that they showed at the start of the campaign.

The Toffee's have now only lost just once in their last six matches and at home they've only lost just once against Liverpool and I can't see Bournemouth getting anything other than a good beating at the weekend.

Bournemouth are a side really struggling for any kind of form and with just one win in their last eight matches they look a big price at 23.0 to get relegated.

Eddie Howe's side are struggling for form and goals and they've lost striker Callum Wilson for the remainder of the season and they can't be considered for this one even at the 5.50 on offer with Betfair Sportbook.

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Goals Hard To Come By At Vicarage Road

Watford produced one of the shocks of the season in midweek with a 2-1 win at The Emirates at Arsenal and they are a very short 2.10 with most bookies to gain back to back wins at home to Burnley.

Whenever a team or a sport star has a big win they are always opposable in the following match or game and that certainly looks the case for Watford.

Burnley have made me more money this season than any other top flight team, but all that money was made in their home games and away from home they are shocking and I am leaving the match markets will alone in this one however tempting the 4.10 on offer with BetVictor for the Clarets'.

The one thing I cam confident in this one is that we won't be witnessing many goals and under 2.5 goals in the match at 1.60 with BoyleSports is the bets bet in this dull match-up.

When the two met at Turf Moor it ended in a 2-0 win for Burnley and under 2.5 goals and both teams to score "no" was a winner as well and at 1.83 with BetVictor that is one for the BTTS coupons.

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Low Scoring Affair At The Palace

Sam Allardyce welcomes back his former club Sunderland to Selhurst Park at the weekend and this looks another very difficult one to have a strong view on in the match betting markets.

Palace are surprisingly a very short 1.66 with almost every firm to win this match and with just ONE win in their last 11 Premier League matches that certainly isn't a price that I am interested in.

Sunderland will be up for the challenge to put one over their former manager but despite an improvement in recent week David Moyes' side aren't winning matches with no wins in their last eight and that is why they are 6.00 with Bet365 to get a much needed three points.

Five of the last six Sunderland matches have seen under 2.5 goals as a winner and in what is a massive relegation six pointer and throw the "big" Sam factor into the mix unders again is the best bet in the game at 2.05 with BetVictor.

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A Great Time To Face The Saints

Southampton are a team that I really want to oppose for the remainder of the season and that certainly is the case when West Ham travel to St Mary's.

Every season there is always a team in the Premier League that fall away in the second half of the campaign and from what I've seen in recent week Southampton look very likely to be that team.

The big thing for Southampton for the remainder of the season is the Football League Cup final with Manchester City and judging by the disregard they showed in the FA Cup 5-0 defeat against Arsenal and the awful performance in the midweek loss against Swansea they shouldn't be 1.83 to win this one.

The Saint's have also been dealt a massive blow ahead of this match with defender Virgil van Dijk their best player this season ruled out for three months.

West Ham were close to be a bet for me at 5.00 with William Hills and despite Dimitri Payet leaving I believe they will be a better side without the Frenchman but the draw is a slight concern and the best way to get with the Hammers' is on the Asian handicap +0.5 at 2.20 with Paddy Power.

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West Brom To Continue Their Impressive Home Form

On what looks a very, very tough Premier League coupon this weekend West Brom against Stoke looks another tough one to call according to the bookies.

The layers have made the Baggies' a marginal 2.36 favourite with William Hills and that looks a nice price for me about a side that I always like at home against sides in or around them in the Premier League table.

At the Hawthorns Tony Pulis' side have won five of their last seven with only Manchester United and Manchester City and the former Stoke boss doesn't need any motivation when his former side come to visit.

Stoke are far too inconsistent for me and with four losses, four draws and just two wins in their last ten matches I can't see them getting anything from one of the toughest trips in the Premier League.

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Can We Trust Liverpool At Odds-On Again?

Hull look a vastly improved side under new manager Marco Silva but the bookies don't agree and make them a massive 8.00 with most sides to beat a Liverpool side that are struggling for any form at the moment.

The Tigers' were huge odds on to be relegated from the Premier League a few weeks ago but with three wins and a draw in their last four matches at the KC Stadium this mightn't be as clear cut as the bookies will have you believe.

Liverpool did get a much needed point at home to leaders Chelsea in their last Premier League match but prior to that they had let odds-on favourite backers down against Plymouth, Sunderland, Southampton and Swansea and can they really be trusted at the general 1.45? Probably not.

Liverpool are having big problems scoring goals and are crying out for a world class striker and with them struggling for goals they might be hard to come by against a very strong defensively Hull side.

The visitors might win this but they don't score many goals and in the form they are in they aren't going to give any side a huge beating and I am taking Hull +1 on the Asian handicap at 2.22 with BetVictor.

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Tottenham To Ease To A Comfortable Win

Tottenham let odds-on punters down in the midweek draw at Sunderland and they can get back in our good books with a win against Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.

With north London rivals Arsenal taking on Chelsea earlier in the day, this is a massive opportunity for Spurs' to close the gap at the top of the table and it's become a must win for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

The bookies aren't taking on chances on a Tottenham who are as short as 1.20 to win the game and they will win, but we can't be backing them at those silly prices.

Spurs have the best home record in the Premier League and are the only side unbeaten on their home turf and they also boast the best defence conceding just FIVE goals and the best way to get with them in this match is to take them to win to nil which looks much more attractive at the 1.91  with BoyleSports.

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GOALS, GOALS, GOALS At The Etihad

There are a lot of "must win" games in the Premier League this weekend and that is certainly the case when Manchester City host Swansea at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon.

After a mid-season blip, City look to be getting back to their early season best and are a very warm 1.20 favourite to but the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table with a win against the Swans.

City boast back-to-back wins scoring seven goals and not conceding and another easy win looks on the cards, despite Swansea arriving in Manchester in decent form themselves.

The visitors have won their last two matches including a famous 3-2 success at Anfield, but with City expected to let lose from the shackles in this one this is going to be a long, tough afternoon for Paul Clement.

I can see Pep Guardiola going for it for the remainder of the Premier League campaign which means that City matches are going to be very entertaining to watch and the one thing that looks certain in this one is goals, and a lot of them.

Nine of the last ten City games have seen over 2.5 goals and that has also been a winning bet in 12 of the last 14 in Swansea matches and the over 2.5 goals line at 1.40 is a very short price in that market, but it does looks the banker in the match and also at 2.05 with BetVictor over 3.5 goals looks worthy of support as well.

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Manchester United To Add To Leicester's Woes

The biggest fairy tale in Premier League history could be set for a not a very happy ending with relegation a serious threat for champions Leicester this season.

The Foxes' produced a 10,000/1 shock win when winning the title and a defeat at home to Old Trafford at the weekend could unthinkable see Claudio Ranieri's side slip into the bottom three.

Leicester have been shocking in recent weeks and their whole season is now hinged on the Champions League and the FA Cup campaigns, but unless they shape up in the Premier League quickly, they could be the first side in history to be relegated a season after they've won the title.

The bookies will offer you 5.80 with Betfair Sportsbook that Leicester finally manage to find last seasons form with a win, but four Premier League matches without a win and without a goal, they can't be backed for this one.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez both look shadows of the players they were last season and with them contributing to the majority of Leicester goals last season, I can't see them finding their way past an impressive United defence.

United let odds-on punters down in midweek with a 0-0 draw at home to Hull, but anybody who watched that match would've seen that the United performance was a good one and they should've won by at least two of three goals.

United have only lost just once in their last 14 matches and they are a very confident selection to keep their slim title hopes alive at 1.72 with Paddy Power a win which will send Leicester a lot closer to the Championship.

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