Last weekend was a crucial one in the Premier League for Watford, who produced a sensational performance in defeating previously unbeaten Liverpool 3-0 at Vicarage Road to move themselves out of the drop zone on goal difference and in doing so, sending Bournemouth into 18th place in the table.
Liverpool still need just four wins to ensure themselves the league title and in truth, they should not have too many problems achieving that, but the Reds lack of performance in recent games must be a worry for their fans, especially with a crucial game tonight against Chelsea in the FA Cup, as well as an even more important Champions League Round of 16 second leg against Atletico Madrid coming up in a week’s time. As such, their home game with Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime, could be pivotal for the Reds to get back some form and confidence.
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Let’s now take a look ahead to the games being played this coming weekend in the Premier League. All odds provided were correct with bet365 Sport as of 1.25pm on Tuesday 3rd March 2020.
Premier League Preview
Kick off times 3pm unless stated.
Liverpool v Bournemouth (12.30pm)
The only time Liverpool failed to win at Anfield this season was a 1-1 draw against Napoli in the Champions League and having racked up 54 unbeaten games at home in the Premier League, the odds are stacked against Bournemouth here. The Cherries have conceded 17 goals, scoring 0 in their last five games with Liverpool (three 3-0 defeats, two 4-0 defeats) and with Liverpool likely to want to prove a point here after that defeat at Watford, I think Bournemouth could be on the end of a bit of a thumping here. Tip – Liverpool to win – 2/9.
Arsenal v West Ham
After reaching the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on Monday, Arsenal’s hopes of silverware still remain intact this season and they face a West Ham side who picked up a much needed win at the weekend. David Moyes got a good performance out of his team for the game with Southampton but this promises to be a much tougher test and it is one that I think the Gunners will just about come through. Tip – Arsenal to win – 1/2.
Crystal Palace v Watford
Can Watford follow up their stunning win over Liverpool with three more points at Selhurst Park? Palace’s home form has been up and down this season but they have won both their last two games and lie 12th in the table. Watford though are a very patchy team and tend to put results together in streaks and given Palace’s inconsistency, I can see Watford perhaps snatching a 1-0 win here. Tip – Watford to win – 15/8.
Sheffield United v Norwich City
Two promoted sides that have had vastly different seasons meet at Bramall Lane and it would be a huge surprise is Sheffield United were to drop points in this game. Norwich’s away form this season has been dreadful, despite some good performances, while United’s excellent defensive record is the rock on which their success has been built. This should be another home win. Tip – Sheff Utd to win – 8/13.
Southampton v Newcastle United
13th faces 14th in the Premier League and both teams will know that a win in this game will be a huge step towards safety. Newcastle have not won any of their last five, but have drawn three of those games while Saints have lost three of their last five, but won two to leap above Newcastle in the table. The Saints home form though is a real worry here and they need to improve on that and I think they will do so in this one. Tip – Southampton to win – 3/5.
Wolves v Brighton
Wolves are unbeaten in their last four, winning their last two games and they have moved into sixth position, just three points behind Chelsea in fourth. The Molineux side will have designs on earning a Champions League berth next season and to achieve that a win here against an out of form Brighton is a must. The Seagulls are drawing and losing too many games at the moment and I can’t see them getting anything against a Wolves side that seem to be peaking at the right time. Tip – Wolves to win – 8/13.
Burnley v Tottenham (5.30pm)
Burnley are unbeaten in their last five games in the Premier League and are now just two points behind Spurs in the table. Jose Mourinho’s men have lost their last two games and without Harry Kane and Son Hyeon-min, they look rather toothless in attack at the moment. Burnley away will be a very tough test for them even with those players and I think a win for Spurs is beyond them here. That said, I do feel they have enough quality to perhaps earn a point. Tip – Draw – 12/5.
Chelsea v Everton (2pm – Sun)
With just eight points between Chelsea in 4th and Everton in 11th, a win here for the Toffees could move them into contention for a European spot, but defeat could see them out of contention. They were unlucky not to beat United last week after a good second half display and they are facing a Chelsea side who have lost nine games in the league this season. Chelsea need to improve at home but I can’t see that happening in this game. Tip – Draw – 11/4.
Man Utd v Manchester City (4.30pm – Sun)
There’s no doubt that Manchester United have more riding on this game than Man City, with City so far behind Liverpool that they don’t have any realistic chance of hauling them in. United though badly need points to try and sneak into a Champions League qualification spot next season, but while they have beaten City three times in recent years, all three of those wins have come at the Etihad. City have won all of their last three at Old Trafford in recent times and I can see them doing that here too Tip – Manchester City to win – 11/20.
Leicester v Aston Villa (8pm – Mon)
A replay of the dramatic Carabao Cup semifinal which Aston Villa narrowly won and I think Leicester, who need a result, will be primed for revenge here. Villa did well in the final, losing narrowly to Man City, but in the league they are struggling a little, having lost all of their last three games and I think Leicester will inflict more misery upon them on Monday night. Tip – Leicester City to win – 1/3.