After a somewhat fragmented fortnight that has seen all 20 teams enjoy some kind of mid-season break, the Premier League returns to action this weekend with a full complement of games from Saturday through to Monday night’s game between Liverpool and West Ham at Anfield.
Before that, on Wednesday night, Manchester City will play their rescheduled game against West Ham that should have been played around 10 days ago, but which was cancelled due to the effects of Storm Ciara, we have given you a preview of that game, as well as the ten games scheduled across the weekend in our special article below.
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Here’s our tips for the midweek game on Wednesday and the full complement of games for the weekend in the EPL.
All games kick off at 3pm unless stated. All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 12.15pm on Tuesday 18th February.
Wednesday 19th February
Manchester City v West Ham
After news broke of their Champions League ban, it has been a tough but defiant few days for City and I expect them to take out their frustrations against a West Ham side that they have thrashed soundly on numerous occasions over the past few seasons. I’d love to make a case for the Hammers here but I really can’t and I cannot see anything other than a very comfortable win for the home side. Tip – Man City to win – 1/8.
Saturday 22nd February
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur (12.30)
After losing to Manchester United at home in the week, Chelsea face another tough test against Spurs in their quest to hang on to a top four spot in the Premier League. Spurs are in a decent run of form under Jose Mourinho at the moment though and they will be confident of improving on that here against a Chelsea side that have struggled at home at times this season. Son’s injury though is a big blow for Spurs and as such, I think that could turn this tie into a much more even contest. Tip – Draw – 3/1.
Burnley v Bournemouth
Both these teams have seen improved form of late to move them away from the drop zone, with Burnley winning three of their last four and losing just one of their last five. Bournemouth had won two in a row but lost last weekend and in truth, I think this is going to be a tough trip for them against a Burnley side now looking much more confident. Tip – Burnley to win – 21/20.
Crystal Palace v Newcastle Utd
One point separates these two teams in the table with Newcastle 13th and Palace 14th and while I don’t see either of these teams going down, both will want to pick up a couple of wins as soon as possible to secure themselves in mid-table. These two teams are hard to predict, they can be great one week, abject the next. Palace’s home form in particular is a worry and as such, I am backing Newcastle to come away with the points here. Tip – Newcastle to win – 16/5.
Sheff Utd v Brighton
Sheffield United have picked up one more point than Man Utd and one fewer than Tottenham in what has been an outstanding season for Chris Wilder’s team. Thet face a Brighton side without a win in their last six, although they have drawn their last two games. Even so, I think this is another game that looks primed for a big performance from the home side and I can’t see them dropping any more points here. Tip – Sheffield United to win – 10/11.
Southampton v Aston Villa
Two sides with pretty similar recent form should ensure a battling and hard fought game at St Mary’s. Southampton’s home record this season is very poor and that will give Villa, whose away record isn’t the best some hope. In truth, this is another very tough game to call and although Saints are overdue a home win, I think this one ends all square – Tip – Draw – 3/1.
Leicester City v Manchester City (5.30pm)
Third in the table takes on second in a game that will have a big say who eventually finishes second in the league table. Of the two teams, I think Manchester City are in the better form at the present moment and they will feel confident here. However, Leicester have played well all season and while I can’t quite see them picking up a win here, I do feel they may well do enough to claim a point from City. Tip – Draw – 16/5.
Sunday 23rd February
Manchester United v Watford (2pm)
After a somewhat fortunate win against Chelsea on Monday night, a game which saw two Chelsea’s goals disallowed by VAR and Harry Maguire lucky to remain on the pitch after another contentious VAR decision, United will seek to land another win here against a Watford side still battling against the drop. The Hornets beat United when they last met at Vicarage Road, but I can’t see them doing that again here. Tip – Manchester United to win – 3/5.
Wolves v Norwich (2pm)
Wolves have had a few too many draws in recent games (3 of their last 5) and that has seen them drop to 8th in the table from 5th. They take on a Norwich side still rooted to the bottom of the table and looking increasingly likely of suffering relegation at the end of the season. The Canaries play some nice football at times, but I can’t see that being enough against Wolves here. Back the home side to win comfortably. Tip – Wolves to win – 1/2.
Arsenal v Everton (4.30pm)
Which Arsenal team will turn up for this interesting Sunday afternoon clash against an improving Everton? Will it be the Gunners who thrashed Newcastle last weekend, or the team that have struggled to win games this season, despite losing just six? Everton, I feel, are improving and this is going to be a tough test for them, but one I feel they are strong enough to pass. I think the Toffees will do enough to claim something from this one. Tip – Draw – 13/5.
Monday 24th February
Liverpool v West Ham (8pm)
After facing Manchester City away in midweek, West Ham now face the runaway league leaders at Anfield just a few weeks after the Reds claimed a win over the Hammers in London. Once again, it is hard to see this West Ham side getting anything here as Liverpool are so dominant and all I can see here is the Reds picking up another three points on their way to the title. Tip – Liverpool to win – 1/6.