Tottenham v Newcastle
The first of our top Feb 2nd Premier League betting tips and predictions are for Spurs v Newcastle. Tottenham is back out at Wembley as builders continue to put the finishing touches to their state-of-the-art new home across the city. They took their time to settle into the national stadium but appear to have finally found their feet this season and can be found holding their own and fighting for a top-four finishing. Going into the week they were nine points off a Liverpool side who are out in front and showing no signs of slowing down, which would suggest a title challenge is out of the question. They’re just four better than Arsenal in fifth, however, proving there’s a long way to go before fans can take Champions League qualification for granted.
Their form is rather patchy following last weekend’s results, showing three wins and two draws; this has increased the pressure on the team to nail down some much-needed consistency. There are no doubts Spurs are a talented outfit; however, their squad is threadbare and with a few regulars out injured on the back of a punishing festive period, they are beginning to show the effects. Reinforcements are needed in January and they’ll require quality additions if they are to hold off the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd. Time for the board to put their hand in their pocket. The home win is 2/5 with Bet365 and that’s worth a place in our weekend football accumulators.
Magpies Seeking a Hat-Trick
Newcastle struggled for most of 2018 and the start of this season suggested they would be relegated come the final count; however, The Magpies have been able to turn things around in the early exchanges of 2019 and go to Wembley looking to complete the hat-trick, having won each of their last two league games. That has them up into 14th with 24 points on the board and a record reading six wins, six draws and a dozen defeats. A five-point cushion over the drop zone allows fans to breathe easy, for the time being, at least.
The visitors beat Cardiff at St James Park on their penultimate start, courtesy of a 3-0 score, knocking down a relegation rival in the process, and in convincing fashion too. That result was probably to be expected; however, what they did next time out shocked everyone, handing a 2-1 defeat to champions Man City in midweek, an upset achieved thanks to goals from Rondon and Ritchie. This was more than enough to see off a shaken Cityzens who opened the scoring inside a minute with an Aguero goal. It doesn’t happen too often in football, but the result had Newcastle and Liverpool fans celebrating together. Can Newcastle do it again? Unibet don’t think so and offer 17/2 on the away win – market best price – with a draw at 7/2 with the same firm.
Cardiff v Bournemouth
The Bluebirds can be found down in 18th and looking on course for involvement in Championship football next season. Their top-flight season has never really caught fire and when needing a strong start to the year they have taken just one point from the last 12 available to them. Five wins, four draws and an incredible 15 defeats have The Bluebirds eight better than bottom club Huddersfield, but only three behind Southampton and safety. The Saints appear to be moving in the right direction, finally, and that does nothing to encourage Cardiff fans.
The Welsh club was hammered 3-0 by Newcastle last weekend, as already mentioned, and had no more joy in midweek when Arsenal dished out a 2-1 beating at the Emirates. The fixture list hasn’t been particularly kind to them in January, meaning everyone connected to the club must roll up their sleeves and ensure there’s more to shout about in February. A home win would be the perfect start, but bookies don’t fancy it and Bet365 offer 2/1 on the points staying with the locals at full-time. The draw goes 12/5 with the same firm but their form makes them impossible to trust.
Cherries a Sweet Bet
Bournemouth makes this trip with a poor run of form of their own to improve upon; their recent stats show they have lost three and drawn one of their last five. The spare victory in that list did come last time out and fans will be confident their team are good enough to do the double and start their climb back up through the rankings towards the top half of the division. 30 points mean they are just five off Wolves in seventh, with plenty of football still to be played.
The Cherries were spotted winning last weekend when handing out a surprise 2-0 defeat to a confident West Ham United at Dean Court. The scores remained blank until the 53rd minute when Wilson broke the deadlock and that advantage doubled thanks to a strike from King in stoppage-time at the end of the contest, putting the icing on the cake. Victorious manager Eddie Howe declared himself pleased with the win and called it a reward for his players’ hard work and endeavour. More of the same here would help transform their season and we think Bournemouth should be backed for the points at 29/20 with 888Sport.
Leicester v Man Utd
The first of a double-header from the Premier League on Sunday and Leicester are hoping Ole’s bubble has finally burst at Old Trafford after the stand-in manager dropped his first points since being appointed as Jose’s replacement. Beating Man Utd is no mean feat at the best of times; however, Leicester has a determined opponent on their hands, meaning they must set-up off a watertight defence and take any chances that do drop their way during the course of the 90 minutes. A big performance is needed from every member of the team if they are to get anything out of this one.
Leicester went into the week on the back of three defeats from their last four, including two on the bounce. They went down to Southampton at this venue, beaten by the lowly ranked Saints 2-1, before ending on the wrong side of a 4-3 away loss to Wolves. Both teams played their part in a thriller, but it was Wolves who snatched the points and we’re sure Leicester fans would prefer to win a boring 1-0 than lose a seven-goal drama. Both teams to score in this one is 8/11 with Coral, the home win priced at 16/5 (bet365).
Back on Track
Little more than an off day, but Man Utd dropped their first points of the new regime when being held to a draw at home to Burnley on Tuesday, a match they were expected to win at a canter. Barnes and Wood hit the target to put Burnley in a commanding 2-0 position; however, the locals fought back, Pogba scoring an 87th-minute penalty before Lindelof struck an equaliser in stoppage time at the end of the contest in what was a thrilling finish. Home fans may have expected a win, but they left the stadium that night delighted with a share of the spoils.
The match stats showed The Red Devils dominated play with 74% of the overall possession and no less than 28 shots on goal; however, its what you do with it that counts and mistakes were made at both ends of the park. Only nine of those 28 ended on target – enough to win any match; however, the attackers suffered a rare off day and were made to pay the price by an opponent who scored with half of their four shots on target. There will be goals in this one and both teams to score is our main bet. However, those after more can try both to score and Man Utd win at 27/10 (888Sport). The straight away day can be added to your daily accas at 5/6 (Bet365).
Our Tip: BTTS – 8/11 at Coral
Man City v Arsenal
The last of our Feb 2nd Premier League betting tips is probably the biggest match of the weekend. The champions must win this if they are to spark their defence back to life; however, to earn the three points, they must defeat an Arsenal side who have more than enough quality in their ranks to pull off an upset and pile on the misery. The Cityzens were beaten by Newcastle in midweek but are 3/10 favourites to bounce back with Unibet offering a market best price. The draw can be backed at a massive 5/1 and that shouldn’t be taken lightly. That’s bigger than expected and we’re happy to have a play at interest stakes.
Arsenal has won each of their last two Premier League matches, but a hat-trick has been scored out by the money men who have The Gunners as big as 10/1. We wouldn’t be in a rush to put anyone off a small play if they fancied taking the outsiders to spring a surprise. Both teams to score may be of interest to those happy to sit on the fence and that’s one for your weekend multiples, with 4/6 trading through Bet365.