Premier League Tips – Week 26

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The first Premier League winter break will see matchday 26 spread over two weekends. Get free EPL tips for every game with in-depth analysis covering every team. Everton and Crystal Palace get us started on Saturday night, while Man City and West Ham finish things on Monday morning. The match of the round occurs next week, with Man Utd travelling to Stamford Bridge on the 18th. We’ll preview all of the 10 games, providing our best bets for each.

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EPL Tips – Saturday, February 8

Everton vs Crystal Palace

Venue: Goodison Park | Start: 23:30

Everton: A middling season sees Everton in 9th place with 33 points thus far. They got a much-needed win last time out, beating Watford 3-2 with only 10 men. They’ve been very good at home this season, picking up 21 points from their first 12 games.

Crystal Palace: Palace have faded a fair bit of late, now sitting in 14th place with 30 total points. They had another disappointing defeat last time out, falling 1-0 at home to Sheffield United. They’re one of the better EPL sides on the road, sitting 9th in the form table with 14 away points.

Analysis: Everton have been great at home all season, while Palace appear to be in freefall. I like Everton to win at home here and can also see them keeping a clean sheet. 2-0 is my projected scoreline, which combines nicely with under 2.5 goals.

Head to Head: Everton
Half-time/Full-time: Everton/Everton
Over/Under 2.5: Under
Both Teams Score: No

EPL Tips – Sunday, February 9

Brighton vs Watford

Venue: Amex | Start: 04:30

Brighton: A relatively disappointing season for Brighton has them 15th with 26 points. They played a thriller away at West Ham last week, with 2 late goals rescuing a point. They tend to be a much better side at home, picking up 17 points from 12 games thus far.

Watford: Watford find themselves back in the relegation zone, now sitting in 19th with 23 points. They blew a huge opportunity last week, giving up a 2-goal lead against a 10-man Everton side. Their road form hasn’t been good all year, managing just 9 points from 12 games.

Analysis: Watford have improved under Nigel Pearson, but they still appear to be very inconsistent away from home. Brighton have enough about them to avoid relegation, but they need to win games like this. I expect the home side to narrowly edge it here, securing a 2-1 win.

Head to Head: Brighton
Half-time/Full-time: Brighton/Brighton
Over/Under 2.5: Over
Both Teams Score: Yes

EPL Tips – Monday, February 10

Sheffield United vs Bournemouth

Venue: Bramall Lane | Start: 01:00

Sheffield United: The Blades have greatly exceeded expectations this season, sitting 6th with 36 points. They had another good result last time out, a hard-fought 1-0 win away at Palace. They’ve been good but not great at home so far, securing 17 points from 12 games.

Bournemouth: Despite struggling for a lot of the year, Bournemouth are now outside the relegation zone with 26 points. They had a much-needed win last time out, beating Aston Villa 2-1 with only 10 men. Their road form could stand to improve, picking up only 10 points from 12 games thus far.

Analysis: Both sides are playing for some pretty high stakes here, so I can’t see motivation being an issue. The Blades have been very consistent all season, while Bournemouth are hanging on by a thread. I’m going with a Sheffield United win here, a professional 2-0 job at home.

Head to Head: Sheffield United
Half-time/Full-time: United/United
Over/Under 2.5: Under
Both Teams Score: No

Man City vs West Ham

Venue: Etihad | Start: 04:30

Man City: City currently find themselves in 2nd place, sitting on 51 points through 25 games. They had a rather poor loss last time out, somehow falling 2-0 away at Spurs. Their home form continues to be strong this season, picking up 26 points from their first 12 games.

West Ham: The Hammers find themselves back in the relegation zone, sitting in 18th with 24 points. They had a real missed opportunity last time out, settling for a 3-3 draw at home to Brighton. They’ve been slightly better on the road than at home this season, averaging a point a game thus far.

Analysis: While it isn’t a huge game for City, I do see them getting back on track here. West Ham are vulnerable at the back, something City should really be able to exploit. I see a relatively comfortable home win here, something in the vicinity of 3-1.

Head to Head: Man City
Half-time/Full-time: City/City
Over/Under 2.5: Over 2.5
Both Teams Score: Yes

EPL Tips – Saturday, February 15

Wolves vs Leicester

Venue: Molineux | Start: 07:00

Wolves: Wolves are having another strong season, sitting 8th with 35 points. They played a snoozer against Man United last time out, one which ultimately finished 0-0. They’ve actually been worse at home this season, sitting 12th in the form table with 17 home points.

Leicester: It has been another strong campaign for Leicester, who now sit 3rd with 49 points. They did drop points again last time out, having a 2-2 home draw with Chelsea. They’re a solid road side as well, picking up 22 points from 12 games thus far.

Analysis: This has all the makings of a competitive game between two relatively evenly matched sides. Both sides can get on the scoresheet here and I think we’ll get a score draw. 1-1 appears the most likely outcome here, which combines nicely with under 2.5 and BTTS.

Head to Head: Draw
Half-time/Full-time: Draw/Draw
Over/Under 2.5: Under
Both Teams Score: Yes

Southampton vs Burnley

Venue: St Mary’s | Start: 23:30

Southampton: The Saints have rapidly improved of late, now sitting 13th with 31 points. They did suffer a setback last time out, getting thrashed away at Liverpool. Their home form has been very poor, sitting last in the form table with just 11 points.

Burnley: Burnley look set for another season of safety, comfortably mid table in 11th place. They got another useful point last time out, holding Arsenal to a 0-0 draw at home. They aren’t as dominant on the road, averaging a point per game away this season.

Analysis: This is another match where the two teams are very tough to separate. Southampton have been much better recently, but their home form is still problematic. I think Burnley does enough to claim a point here, with 1-1 my projected final scoreline.

Head to Head: Draw
Half-time/Full-time: Southampton/Draw
Over/Under 2.5: Under
Both Teams Score: Yes

Norwich vs Liverpool

Venue: Carrow Road | Start: 04:30 (Sunday)

Norwich: A poor season has Norwich in 20th place with just 18 points. They missed yet another opportunity last time out, drawing 0-0 at home to Newcastle. Their home form has been slightly better, although they’re still only managing a point a game.

Liverpool: There’s not much new to say about Liverpool, who remain in 1st place with 73 points. They had another routine win last time out, comfortably beating Southampton at home. They’ve dropped just two points away this season, something which isn’t in much doubt against bottom place Norwich.

Analysis: It’s tough to find a bigger mismatch in the Premier League right now. Liverpool are comfortably the better side and should win very easily here. A multi-goal win looks to be on the cards and I see value in both 3-1 and 3-0 scorecasts.

Head to Head: Liverpool
Half-time/Full-time: Liverpool
Over/Under 2.5: Over
Both Teams Score: No Bet

Aston Villa vs Tottenham

Venue: Villa Park | Start: 01:00 (Monday)

Aston Villa: They’ve hovered around the relegation zone all season and Villa now find themselves 17th with 25 points. They had their chances last time out, ultimately settling for a 2-1 defeat away at Bournemouth. They’ve been somewhat better at home this season, securing 17 points from 12 games.

Tottenham: Spurs have been somewhat disappointing this season, although they now sit 5th with 37 points. They had a rather lucky win over Man City last weeks and those 3 points could prove vital down the stretch. They’ve won just twice on the road this season, securing 11 points from 12 games.

Analysis: As bad as Spurs have been on the road this season, this is a game they just need to win. They’ve got more talent on the field than Villa and I expect a positive result here. It definitely won’t be a thrashing, but a 2-1 final scoreline seems reasonable.

Head to Head: Spurs
Half-time/Full-time: Spurs/Spurs
Over/Under 2.5: Over
Both Teams Score: Yes

Arsenal vs Newcastle

Venue: Emirates | Start: 03:30 (Monday)

Arsenal: It’s been a season to forget for Arsenal, who currently sit 10th with just 31 points. Seemingly all they do is draw of late, notching another 0-0 away at Burnley last time out. Their home form also appears to have faded this season, sitting just 13th in the home form table.

Newcastle: Newcastle have exceeded all expectations thus far, sitting comfortably in 12th on 31 points. They added to their points tally last time out, securing a 1-1 draw away at Norwich. They’ve been vulnerable away from home this season, picking up just 11 points from 12 games.

Analysis: Although they haven’t been great of late, this is a game that Arsenal should win comfortably. They’re the more talented team across the park and Newcastle have struggled on the road. I expect a professional home job from the Gunners here, ultimately resulting in a 2-0 win.

Head to Head: Arsenal
Half-time/Full-time: Arsenal/Arsenal
Over/Under 2.5: Under
Both Teams Score: No

Chelsea vs Man United

Venue: Stamford Bridge | Start: 07:00 (Tuesday)

Chelsea: Chelsea have had a good but not great season, currently sitting 4th with 41 total points. They fought hard to secure a result last time out, earning a 2-2 draw away at Leicester. They’ve been slightly worse at home this season, although they’re still managing 1.5 points per game.

Man United: United have been in the midst of another recent slump, moving back to 7th with 35 points. They didn’t create much against Wolves last time out, ultimately settling for a 0-0 home draw. Most of their success has come at home this season, earning only 12 points from 12 away games thus far.

Analysis: This game doesn’t appear to have the same energy and intensity as it did a few years ago. United just aren’t the same side and they’ve really struggled on the road this season. I can see Chelsea having some strong opportunities here, somewhat avenging their 4-0 road defeat with a 2-1 home win.

Head to Head: Chelsea
Half-time/Full-time: Chelsea/Chelsea
Over/Under 2.5: Over
Both Teams Score: Yes