Premier League Betting Preview

The Premier League is back with another exciting slate of fixtures this weekend. We kick off the weekend with Norwich City taking on Leicester, and conclude with a battle between Tottenham and Wolves. Another marquee matchup is Everton against Man United, which takes place on Monday morning. We’ll preview every match on the slate here, providing our best bets in the process.

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Saturday, February 29

Norwich vs Leicester

Venue: Carrow Road | Start: 07:00

Norwich: Norwich have had a pretty poor season, currently sitting dead last with just 18 points. They suffered another very poor defeat last time out, falling 3-0 away at Wolves. They do tend to perform slightly better at home, accumulating 12 points from their first 13 matches.

Leicester: Leicester are enjoying another relatively strong campaign, sitting in 3rd with 50 total points. They’ve dropped off a bit recently though, which continued in a 1-0 defeat to City last time out. They’ve been impressive on the road all season, earning 23 points from 13 games thus far.

Analysis: This is a pretty strong mismatch and I see the road side prevailing rather comfortably here. Norwich have looked very vulnerable at the back and I can see Leicester creating plenty of chances. I’ll go 3-1 to the Foxes here, which also bodes well for over 2.5 goals and BTTS.

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

Brighton vs Crystal Palace

Venue: Amex | Start: 23:30

Brighton: Brighton are in the midst of a pedestrian campaign, sitting in 15th with 28 points. They had a decent result last time out, securing a 1-1 draw away at Sheffield United. They’ve been difficult to beat at home this year, losing only 3 times in 13 tries.

Crystal Palace: Palace have been good but not great this season, occupying 13th place with 33 points. They got a solid result last time out, a 1-0 home win over Newcastle. They currently sit 12th in the road form table, earning 14 points from their first 13 away games.

Analysis: These sides really don’t like each other, so I’m expecting a tense and competitive affair. It’s difficult to split these two teams and I see some value on the draw market here. 1-1 is the best option for scorecast bettors, coupled with under 2.5 total goals.

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

Sunday, March 1

Bournemouth vs Chelsea

Venue: Vitality | Start: 02:00

Bournemouth: Bournemouth have struggled this season, currently sitting 16th with 26 points. They had a poor showing last time out, falling 3-0 away at Burnley. They do perform slightly better at home, picking up 16 points from 13 games thus far.

Chelsea: Chelsea have been solid but unspectacular this season, occupying 4th place with 44 points. They had a big win last time out, beating Spurs 2-1 at home. They’re one of the premier road sides in the league, earning 23 points from 13 games thus far.

Analysis: Chelsea are the better of these two sides, but Bournemouth will be scrapping here as they look to avoid relegation. I think we’ll see a relatively competitive match here, with Chelsea ultimately winning by a single goal. I’ll say 2-1 for scorecast bettors, with over 2.5 and BTTS both in play.

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

Newcastle vs Burnley

Venue: St James’ Park | Start: 02:00

Newcastle: Newcastle have surpassed expectations this season, now sitting 14th with 31 points. They fought hard at Palace last week, ultimately losing 1-0 with 10 men. They’ve performed well at home this season, earning 20 points from their first 13 games.

Burnley: Burnley have quietly had a solid season, sitting in 10th with 37 points. They had another strong result last time out, taking care of Bournemouth 3-0 at home. They sit 9th in the road form table, securing 15 points from their first 13 games.

Analysis: Burnley are probably the more talented side, but I think that is balanced out by Newcastle’s home field. I see a relatively evenly matched game here and I think the value is on the draw. 1-1 or 0-0 look like good scorecast bets, which means under 2.5 is also handy.

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

West Ham vs Southampton

Venue: London Stadium | Start: 02:00

West Ham: The Hammers have struggled all season, now in the relegation zone with just 24 points. They had their opportunities last time out, ultimately blowing a lead to fall 3-2 to Liverpool. They’ve been woeful at home thus far, sitting 19th in the form table with only 12 home points.

Southampton: The Saints are in no real danger, sitting in 12th place with 34 points. They looked decent last time out, defeating Villa 2-0 at home. They’ve excelled on the road this season, sitting 5th in the form table with an impressive 20 points.

Analysis: West Ham badly need a win here and I’m sure they’ll be highly motivated. That said, this might not be enough to win against a rapidly improving Saints side. I think Southampton keep this one close and get a result here, likely another draw.

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

Watford vs Liverpool

Venue: Vicarage Road | Start: 04:30

Watford: Watford are right in that relegation battle, now in 19th spot with 24 points on the season. They were dreadful last time out, falling 3-0 away to United. They’ve been pretty poor at home as well, managing just 14 points from 13 games thus far.

Liverpool: Liverpool continue their strong season, sitting in 1st with 79 points. They’ve had their fair share of luck this season, which continued with a scrappy 3-2 win over West Ham last time out. Their road form has been strong all year, drawing just once all season.

Analysis: Watford will likely come out firing in this one, but the talent mismatch is just too big here. Especially after a sloppy win last time out, I’d expect a more professional display from Liverpool in this one. I’ll go 2-0 to the Reds here, also liking Liverpool to win to nil.

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

Monday, March 2

Everton vs Man United

Venue: Goodison Park | Start: 01:00

Everton: Everton have been mid-table most of the season, now sitting 11th with 36 total points. They had their chances last time out, ultimately falling 3-2 away to Arsenal. They do remain a very strong home side, picking up 24 points from 13 games so far.

Man United: United remain in the top 4 conversation, sitting just 3 points behind Chelsea in 5th. They had a strong win last time out, comfortably disposing of Watford 3-0. Their road form has been good but not great, securing 15 points from 13 games thus far.

Analysis: This is an important game for both sides and one that I’d expect to be evenly contested. Especially with their home field advantage, I actually like the look of Everton to get the job done here. I’ll say 2-1 to the Toffees, with over 2.5 and BTTS decent supplementary bets.

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

Tottenham vs Wolves

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium | Start: 01:00

Tottenham: A relatively disappointing season sees Spurs in 6th place with 40 total points. They let one slip last time out, ultimately falling away at Chelsea 2-1. They’re still a formidable side at home, having secured 26 points from 13 games thus far.

Wolves: Wolves are also in and around the mix, sitting in 8th place with 39 total points. They got another 3 points last time out, dispatching of Norwich 3-0 at home. They currently sit 7th in the road form table, securing 18 points from their first 13 games.

Analysis: Wolves have a big away Europa League tie late this week, while Spurs enter this clash rested. I think that ultimately makes the difference here as Spurs walk away with the victory. It still should be relatively competitive, but I’ll settle on a 2-1 final scoreline.

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