Premier League Football Tips – Week 23
Last weekend there was no Premier League action as the fourth round of the FA Cup took place and thankfully normal service resumes this weekend as ten Premier League matches occur over the course of the weekend. I’m expecting some excellent encounters with the stand out fixture being Chelsea versus Manchester City which may prove to be a crucial match in terms of the title race. At the other end of the table Sunderland face Burnley in what many would consider a six pointer in terms of the relegation battle.
Crystal Palace v Everton
On Saturday at 3pm Crystal Palace face Everton at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace recently appointed Alan Pardew as their manager after sacking Neil Warnock. Pardew has been in charge of Palace for just two Premier League games and his side has won both of them. These victories have lifted the Eagles up into 13th position and level on points with today’s opponents. The fact that Crystal Palace are level on points with Everton shows what a poor season the Toffees are having. Everton have gone six Premier League matches without a win and the pressure is starting to mount on their manager Roberto Martinez.
It’s hard to call who is going to win this game therefore I opted to look into the goal markets and over 2.5 goals at 5/4 appears to be an excellent bet. Firstly these two sides met earlier in the season at Goodison Park and Crystal Palace won the match 3-2, it wouldn’t be a surprise if we saw a similar amount of goals on Saturday. Alan Pardew has only been in charge of Palace for two Premier League games but those two games have produced eight goals, this suggests that his side will play attacking football. Finally 54.5% of Everton’s matches this season have resulted in over 2.5 goals, thus implying that 5/4 is a superb price.
Arsenal v Aston Villa
One of this weekends televised matches features Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium. Unsurprisingly Arsenal are the overwhelming favourites, they’re fifth in the Premier League table and this is definitely a match you’d expect them to win. On the other hand Aston Villa are 15th in the Premier League table and just three points above the relegation zone, however they were impressive against Bournemouth on the weekend in the FA Cup. This 2-1 victory will inevitably give the side a huge lift and January signing Carles Gil appears to give them the creativity they so desperately need.
Admittedly Arsenal are likely to win this match however I’m not as confident as the bookies appear to be. Arsene Wenger’s side have only won six of their ten Premier League matches at the Emirates this season. Villa can be backed at 14/1 however I’ve opted to back the safer option of Villa +1.5 goals. Arsenal have only won three of their ten Premier League matches at the Emirates by two goals this campaign and I’m not overly confident that they’ll do so on Sunday.