Fulham v Man Utd
The first of our Feb 9 Premier League betting tips is for Fulham v Man Utd. Fulham host Manchester United in the early Saturday afternoon match that brings the curtain up on what will be another hectic weekend of English top-flight action. The Cottagers are stuck down in the relegation zone after losing 16 of their first 25 ties, including four of their last five. They sit seven points off Burnley and safety; with teams above them picking up points, it looks like the Londoners could be staring relegation in the face, a blow that would undo all the good work of last season. There’s still plenty of football to be played; however, time is running out.
The locals ended January with a vital 4-2 win over Brighton at this venue, a result achieved thanks to goals from Chambers, Vietto and a Mitrovic double; however, it was a quickfire return to bad habits last weekend when ending on the wrong side of a 2-0 result across the city at neighbours Crystal Palace. Milivojevic broke the deadlock on 25 minutes from the penalty spot before Schlupp added a second just before the finish. Claudio Ranieri believed his side were controlling the match up until the penalty was awarded against them. Bookies are confident enough to offer the home win at 9/2 – top price with Unibet – and that looks about fair. The draw can be backed at 3/1 with the same firm, although neither make any appeal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made an instant impact at Manchester United, leading his new recruits on a winning run that catapulted them back into contention for a top-four finish. Their best performance since Jose Mourinho left was a 1-0 win over Tottenham at Wembley on 13 January, the upset landed thanks to a goal from Marcus Rashford on 44 minutes. Spurs dominated the match that day but in truly Ole style, United waited patiently and took their chance when it came.
Since beating the Londoners, Man Utd boast wins over Brighton in the league and Arsenal in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup but were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Burnley recently. It was a match fans would’ve expected them to take three points from; however, they left the stadium happy with the share, after seeing their side go two goals down. Pogba halved the deficit from the penalty spot on 87 minutes, before Lindelof grabbed an equaliser in stoppage time to cap a remarkable turnaround. Both teams to score again here is 7/10 at 888sport, the away win our best bet at 4/6 (Coral).
Brighton v Burnley
Here are two sides in danger of spending the remainder of the campaign involved in what’s shaping up to be another relegation dog fight. Brighton will be hoping to use home advantage to throw themselves a lifeline by nailing down three much needed points. The Seagulls are stuck on a winless run with their last five games returning two points, reading draw-loss-loss-loss-draw. That has them on 27 points, five better than Cardiff and the bottom three. Lose here and they’ll be sucked further down the pecking order.
Brighton did grab a share of the spoils last time out when scraping a goalless draw at home to a decent Watford side. Some in the attack may have been disappointed not to hit the net, given they finished the match with 21 shots at goal; however, only four of them were on target. At the other end there was more to smile about, Watford kept at bay, failing to register a single attempt on target all afternoon. Chris Hughton told the waiting press at full-time he couldn’t have asked for any more from his side. The Brighton win has been chalked up as 15/13 favourite, top price when getting your money down at Unibet.
Visitors in Trouble
The visitors make this trip on the back of a decent unbeaten run that has lifted them out of the drop zone, sitting 17th. Season stats of six wins, six draws and 13 defeats places them two ahead of trouble and only three points behind their opponents. A win here would breathe new life into their campaign and prove the squad has the stomach for a fight. Two of those six wins have come in their last five and that has injected confidence into the ranks. If they do go down this spring it certainly won’t be without a fight.
Burnley won two on the bounce then reeled off three useful draws. That run of shares started with a 0-0 away to Watford – no mean feat – before playing out of their skins to grab a stunning 2-2 at Old Trafford at the end of January, the first points dropped by The Red Devils under Ole’s guidance. The treble was completed last weekend with a 1-1 at home to Southampton, Redmond’s 55th minute opener eventually matched by Barnes deep into stoppage-time, 94 on the board. Another level finish is our best bet, available at 23/10 with Bet365. If you prefer the away win, you’ll get an eye-catching 3/1 in places.
Tottenham v Leicester
Tottenham made it three wins on the bounce when beating Newcastle United 1-0 last Saturday in a match that turned out to be a real slog for the Londoners. Many punters had it marked down as a simple home cheer; however, those who backed Spurs were made to work for their profits with Son Heung-Min getting the only goal of the game on 83 minutes, finally pushing his employers across the line when it looked like they were destined for another two points dropped at the national stadium. Spurs dominated, ending with 72% possession, but they failed to take their chances.
That was the point of focus in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s post-match press conference, crediting The Magpies for making it difficult to find space but he did take pleasure from his crew’s determined push, refusing to give up and settle for a point until they got the goal their play deserved. Shooting practice is in order this week, perhaps, but it’s likely they’ll get more chances when Leicester come to the capital as they’ll be a tad more ambitious. Home win is 8/13 with Coral and that’ll do a job in our multiples.
Foxes Must be Brave
Leicester may hold a decent mid-table stance, with stats of 9-5-11, but their recent form has been woeful; they trip to Wembley having taken just one point from the last dozen available. That’s not great nearing a match with a determined opponent shooting for a top-four finish and fans will want to see improvement across the board, with increased effort coming from every position of the field. They’ll never match Tottenham for class, but they do have half a chance if rolling up their sleeves and fighting to get their season back on track. A fair share of luck needed, with the attack taking any chances that fall their way.
The Foxes fell to another defeat last time when beaten 1-0 by Man Utd at the King Power on Sunday. Rashford scored the opener inside the first nine minutes of the game and that suggested viewers were in for a goal-fest, but it failed to materialise. There were chances at either end but neither side could make them count and, at the whistle, there could be no excuses made by the Leicester squad over the result. Puel admitted his side concede too many goals and their defence will be put under increased pressure again here. The away win isn’t a bet that interests us, even at a stunning 5/1 with Bet365. That’s the best you’ll find if happy to take a punt on the underdog.
Man City v Chelsea
The last of our Feb 9 Premier League betting tips is for Man City v Chelsea. The game of Super Sunday and match of the weekend sees champions Manchester City take on the might of Chelsea. The visitors probably won’t win the league from their position but their quest for a top-four finish ensures they have plenty to fight for and they will have a massive say on which side eventually does kiss the famous Premier League trophy.
The Cityzens are hanging onto the coattails of Liverpool and are poised to seize on any mistakes. Pep’s boys have won four of their last five, including a stunning 3-1 at home to Arsenal last weekend. Aguero bagged a hat-trick that day and another home win appeals at Coral’s 1/2.
Goals in this One
If the price on City is a bit too tight for your liking in what should be a real 50/50 contest, there’s plenty to like about Chelsea’s chances of pulling off a season defining upset. We suggest backing The Blues at a cracking 5/1 with Bet365. That’s taken for the simple fact it’s bigger than it should be, and we think the visitors are better than their odds would have you believe.
Our pick won last weekend, hammering Huddersfield 5-0 at Stamford Bridge with Gonzalo Higuain netting a double. Hazard chipped in with a couple of his own, with David Luiz getting the spare. Both teams to score appeals at 8/11 with Ladbrokes.