It has been a very unusual year in the Premier League with somewhat surprising, or outright shocking, results happening every weekend it seems. The only team that has seemingly been immune to this over the last few months has been Manchester City, who have strung together a long winning streak of games to open up a ten-point lead at the top of the table.
Behind them, a large chasing pack of teams has congregated and a number of these contenders will face off against each other this weekend, with some cracking matches to look forward to, especially for those that want to enjoy a bet on the outcome of the games.
In this article, we are going to take a look at the full selection of games in the English Premier League this weekend but pay particular attention to those games affecting the issues at the top and bottom of the table.
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Let’s now take a closer look at the games taking place this weekend in the Premier League
Premier League Fixtures – Matchday 26
Saturday 27th February
- Manchester City v West Ham United (12.30pm)
First takes on fourth in a cracking battle at the Etihad on Saturday lunchtime. Manchester City’s fantastic form means they are now 10 points clear at the top of the table. West Ham though have won three of their last four and have been one of the surprise teams in the EPL this season. I feel though this is going to be too big an ask for them here and I do expect the home side to land the victory relatively comfortably. Back City for another win here at 2/9.
- West Brom v Brighton (3pm)
A game that has massive implications for the relegation battle in the Premier League. West Brom simply must win this game to close the gap of 11 points off safety, while Brighton need a win to move them clear of Fulham in particular who are closing the gap on them and Newcastle. Brighton are the quality team of the two for me and I think they will do enough to get the job done here. Back the visiting Seagulls to land a big win here at 19/20.
- Leeds United v Aston Villa (5.30pm)
What Leeds will turn up for this game with Aston Villa? Will it be the one that beat Southampton 3-0 in midweek? If it is, Villa could be in for another torrid time after they lost at home to Leeds heavily earlier on in the season. Villa though have been resilient themselves and I think they will be like that here. This is a very tough one to call and with either team not drawing many games, I think one of them will win it and I am just favouring Leeds to land the win at 6/5.
- Newcastle United v Wolves (8pm)
Newcastle are slowly being dragged into the relegation battle and that will worry Steve Bruce, especially as they face a Wolves side that have picked up 10 points from their last four EPL games. Neither side scores that many goals but Newcastle have conceded 11 more than Wolves and that could be critical here. I am backing this one to be a draw at 9/4
Sunday 28th February
- Crystal Palace v Fulham (12pm)
This is a big game for both teams. A win for Palace would effectively rule them out of the relegation battle this season. A win for Fulham would really close the gap on the teams above them. Palace are such an inconsistent team that you can’t really put any faith in their previous results. Fulham though have been very consistent of late and I am backing them to land a big win here. Take Fulham to win at 5/4.
- Leicester City v Arsenal (12pm)
Third-placed Leicester City face a test against Arsenal with both sides being in action on Thursday night in the Europa League. In terms of EPL form, the Foxes have the edge, unbeaten in four, while Arsenal have lost three of their last four EPL games. I don’t see much chance for the Gunners here to be honest either and I am backing the home side to gain another crucial win. Back Leicester for the win at 7/5.
- Tottenham v Burnley (2pm)
There’s something not quite clicking into gear for Spurs at the moment and this home game with Burnley could well be a tough one. The home side have lost four of their last five, while Burnley are unbeaten in their last four. Quality suggests Spurs should win this one easily but I am not so sure it will be that simple. I expect a very close game here but I am backing Spurs to land the narrow win at 8/15.
- Chelsea v Manchester United (4.30pm)
Without doubt this is the biggest game of the weekend as the teams currently fifth and second in the table do battle. Chelsea will be buoyed by their superb win in Madrid in midweek in the Champions League but they face a United side still unbeaten on the road in the EPL this season. Both sides are looking good for a Champions League spot here and I think a draw is the most likely result at 5/2.
- Sheffield United v Liverpool (7.15pm)
With four defeats in a row, Liverpool come into this game in their worst run of form in the Premier League in living memory and they have to arrest that slide against a Sheffield United side that are still bottom of the table. The Blades form is not much better with just one win in their last four games. Liverpool have tended to be better away from home than at Anfield of late, so I am backing the Reds here to land the win at 4/11.
Monday 1st March
- Everton v Southampton (8pm)
Southampton’s miserable run of form in the Premier League continued in midweek with a 3-0 defeat at Leeds and they now face a tricky trip to Goodison Park to take on an Everton side bubbling after their 2-0 win at Anfield over Liverpool. The Toffees have slipped up at home in a few games this season but I think they will do enough to claim the victory here. Take Everton to win at 11/10.
*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 9am on Wednesday 24th February.