Chelsea v Tottenham
The first of our Feb 27 Premier League betting tips is for Chelsea v Tottenham. The game of the night on Wednesday takes place at Stamford Bridge in front of the BT Sport cameras from 8.00pm as Chelsea look to bounce back from Sunday’s League Cup final defeat across the city at Wembley. The Blues played their part in what was a dramatic final, filled with talking points, but were eventually edged by Man City on spot-kicks after the teams were held to a 0-0 over-regulation and extra-time. It looked Chelsea’s best chance at a trophy this season, meaning a top-four finish is all they now have to aim at.
Achieving that looks to be a big ask itself and many fans suffering a hangover from Sunday appears to have thrown the towel in, but a win over their city rivals would help convince a few while pushing them back on-course. Chelsea went into the week placed down in sixth, having lost three of their last four but they needed just three points to match fourth-placed Arsenal. There’s plenty of life left in that race and we expect a few twists and turns along the way. The Chelsea win is 5/4 favourite at bet365, a draw market best price at 12/5 with Coral.
Spurs Beaten Last Time
Tottenham also enters on the back of a defeat after losing in their last Premier League start. The visitors make this trip having ended on the wrong side of an incredible 2-1 away to Burnley on Saturday afternoon, an early kick-off that ruined a fair share of accumulators before they got started. A Wood opener was matched by Kane, but it was up to Barnes to have the final say and his goal on 83 minutes swung it for a dogged Clarets who recorded their most impressive three points of the season so far, easing their relegation worries in the process.
Both managers seemed to lose their temper on the touchline during play, Mauricio Pochettino admitting to the press in his post-match interview he may have to apologise to referee Mike Dean after crossing the line. An angry outburst followed Burnley being awarded a corner when a goal kick looked the correct decision, a mistake seized upon. That defeat ended a run of wins for Tottenham and it’s surprising to see they have been marked as second-favourites to win at the bridge. Chelsea is in turmoil, so we’ll back the away win at 11/5 (Bet365).
Crystal Palace v Man Utd
Crystal Palace loves an upset in the Premier League and although they will get nowhere near contesting the major places this season, they will have a say in who does. The Eagles have upset a few big names already this term, taking points when experts predicted a heavy defeat. Are they good enough to stick a pin in Ole’s bubble on Wednesday at Selhurst Park? Their form shows they are unbeaten in four, that run made up of two draws and a couple of wins, including victory last time out over Leicester City.
Claude Puel knew his position was in danger going into the match and was left with major concerns at the full-time whistle as Palace raged to a 4-1 win on the road. Goals from Batshuayi, Milivojevic and a Zaha double put The Foxes to the sword that day, Leicester scoring what proved little more than a consolation goal on 64 minutes. Puel told the waiting press it was normal for fans to be worried and they certainly had enough to occupy their minds with the club on a three-game losing streak. Palace had no trouble sticking the boot in. The home win is 21/10 with 888sport.
United Have a Job to Do
Man Utd dropped out of the top-four at the weekend after managing only a point but the bare result doesn’t tell the story as they took that share of the spoils thanks to a goalless finish with title-challenging Liverpool at Old Trafford. Many punters expected The Reds to tear Ole’s side apart, but the locals were disciplined in defence and knew enough to keep Klopp’s crew at bay. They even had a few chances to nick it with Rashford snatching at a couple of efforts when a bit more composure was needed in the final third.
There’s a three-way battle for fourth in the Premier League between Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea with just three points separating the sides at last count. United have turned their season around since Ole replaced Jose and will rate their chances of grabbing Champions League football for next season, something that looked unlikely in Mourinho’s darkest hours. We expect a competitive match but will side with the away win at 13/10 (Coral). One for your accumulators.
Our Tip: Man U to win – 13/10 at Coral
Liverpool v Watford
Liverpool missed the chance to take control at the top of the Premier League when stumbling to that 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on what was an eventful Super Sunday. That result means they have now finished level in three of their last four and although Klopp will say his side are on an unbeaten run, he’ll know that’s not the form of champions. There’s just a point between themselves and Man City with both teams having played 27 games. Followers of English football’s top tier have some fascinating battles going on across the board at present.
Liverpool’s last win came over Bournemouth at Anfield on league duty, goals from Mane, Wijnaldum and Salah putting The Cherries to the sword. Since then they have failed to find the net at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and then away to a stubborn Man Utd, despite having a combined 22 shots in both matches. That will worry the attack and Klopp will ask his forward-thinking players to go out and prove a point in front of their own fans. The home win is 1/4 at Coral, -1 goal on the handicap our preferred option at 8/11 (Bet365).
Watford Pushing for Prizes
Watford may have been slated by critics pre-season but they are performing well above expectations and can be found holding their own in the top half of the table, placed seventh and in the mix for European football. The Hornets have won 11, drawn seven and lost nine so far, the 40 points on the board leaving them 10 behind Chelsea in sixth, level with Wolves and four ahead of West Ham. They are on a three-game unbeaten run and have lost just one of four.
Victory here would see Watford complete the hat-trick, following wins over Everton and Cardiff. They also dealt with the challenge of QPR in the FA Cup, beating The Championship side 1-0 on the road. They were thoroughly impressive at the weekend when handing out a 5-1 thumping to Cardiff City. The Bluebirds now look dead and buried but the result further boosted confidence in the victor’s camp. Both teams to score on Wednesday is 10/11 (888sport), the away win a jaw-dropping 13/1 – best price with Bet365. That’ll be difficult to ignore.
Man City v West Ham
The last of our Feb 27 Premier League betting tips is for Man City v West Ham. The newly crowned League Cup champions return to Premier League action and find themselves in the hunt for another trophy following Liverpool’s slip-up at the weekend. City needed extra-time and penalties to get through and that would’ve taken its toll on the winners, but they have a big enough squad that’ll allow Pep to freshen things up, giving the edge needed to battle for points.
The Man City win is 2/11 – best price at Coral – and that’s better than we expected to find. A favourite that’s worth a place in your accumulators. Fancy taking them on the handicap? –1 goal will attract attention at 1/2 with Ladbrokes offering best price on that one. That’s sure to show up in a share of midweek multiples.
Unbeaten in Three
West Ham followed a run of defeats with a three-game unbeaten charge and that has pushed them into the top half of the table, within touching distance of Watford in seventh, as high as they could finish this season. The Hammers took a point from meetings with Liverpool and Crystal Palace, both games ending 1-1, before beating relegation-threatened Fulham on Friday night. Babel struck early for The Cottagers but that was cancelled out by a Hernandez goal before Diop and Antonio stuck to make the difference.
Reason to cheer for followers of the Londoners but it’s expected they won’t get too many more in midweek with City in a menacing mood. The away win has been written off, as you would expect, with Bet365 confident enough to offer up a market best price of 18/1. The same firm has the draw at 8/1 and that can’t be beaten either. Both teams to score looks West Ham fans best chance at getting something out of this one, 9/10 at Unibet.
Our Tip: Man City to win – 2/11 at Coral