This is supposed to be a calm weekend of the EPL, as there are no high-profile clashes between the top-five teams of the points table. Still, there are some interesting matches in an online betting point of view. The fans of the top-five teams, who are basically separated either by goal difference or by a single point, will be eagerly awaiting their teams’ matches. As it stands now, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have 20 points, and Chelsea and Tottenham have 19 points.
The following are the matches of this weekend.
Sunderland vs Arsenal
Watford vs Hull City
West Brom vs Manchester City
Manchester United vs Burnley FC
Tottenham vs Leicester City
Middlesbrough vs Bournemouth
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool
Everton vs West Ham
Southampton vs Chelsea
Stoke City vs Swansea City
Marquee Match of the Weekend
Chelsea’s trip to Southampton must be the most talked-about fixture of the weekend. Chelsea’s thrilling performance against Manchester United last week must have sent shockwaves across the top teams in the premier league. Manchester United were totally eclipsed by the devastating speed and marksmanship of Chelsea attackers. Chelsea will be eager to produce an encore as the team is devoid of any injury concerns. However, Southampton have been in this season a better team defensively than Manchester United. They have conceded just eight goals from nine matches so far. Only Tottenham has a better defensive record. What they lack are predatory strikers. Both their first choice strikers – Jay Rodriguez and Shane Long – are doubtful starters.
Prediction: Chelsea are likely to retain the momentum, but Southampton could prove a tough nut to crack. A draw is a probable result and has attractive odds in online betting.
Other noteworthy matches
Tottenham welcome Leicester in the weekend. The Spurs must be the favourites against the struggling reigning champions. But Tottenham are likely to be without ace striker Harry Kane and defender Toby Alderweireld. And they conceded draws against two weaker teams in their last two premier league matches: 1-1 against West Brom and 0-0 against Bournemouth. Both the games were away fixtures and they would be keen to get back to winning ways at home against Leicester.
Prediction: Tottenham are the obvious favourites, but a draw is a smart punt in online betting.
Another interesting match for betting is Manchester United’s home match against little-known neighbours Burnley. Burnley are playing good attacking football. Either they win or they lose. Only one match involving Burnley has ended in a draw in this season. They are likely to take the attack to Man U. It is a good opportunity for the under-pressure Manchester Untied to score a thumping win. But the possibility of a shock defeat is round the corner as well. The odds of online betting are fabulous for a Burnley win. It cannot be entirely ruled out either.