Bournemouth v Chelsea
Let’s start off our Jan 30 Premier League betting tips with Bournemouth v Chelsea. We return to Premier League action in midweek following the weekend’s FA Cup action and Tuesday begins another hectic period for followers of the top-flight of English football with two rounds of matches squeezed into just six days. We concentrate on Wednesday night and one of the standout ties of note goes at Dean Court where midtable Bournemouth take on Champions League-chasing Chelsea in a fixture that should be more competitive than the pre-match betting odds would have you believe.
The Cherries bring a record of nine wins, three draws and 11 defeats from their campaign so far and have won only one of their last five. The spare in that run did come last time out, however, when beating West Ham United at this very venue on 19 January. They upset the opinions of many when blasting their way to an impressive 2-0 success. Wilson broke the deadlock on 53 minutes, following a first-half stalemate, before King made sure of the points when doubling that advantage in stoppage-time at the end of the contest. Boss Eddie Howe called it a reward for his players who kept their mindset right during a difficult run of results.
Blues Must Bounce Back
Chelsea are on track to achieve their pre-season goal and land a top-four finish; however, the London club are making hard work of it along the way and travel to Dean Court having won just one of their last three games – not the kind of form that’s going to scare off the likes of Arsenal and Man United who are waiting in the wings, only too happy to pounce on any mistakes. If results continue to go as they are it would be no surprise to see Ole drive his Man Utd team into the top-four and cap what has been a remarkable half-season for the former striker. Going into the week, Chelsea is just three points better than United and The Gunners.
Sarri’s men suffered a disappointing goalless draw with lowly Southampton at Stamford Bridge, before beating Newcastle at the same venue to collect four points when six was expected. They then fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat across the city when going down to Arsenal at the Emirates in a match the hosts simply had to win to keep their dreams alive. They did just that, thanks to goals from Lacazette and Koscielny, the damage done in the first half. Sarri was an angry and frustrated manager at full-time and let the press know all about it. He’ll demand an instant reaction from his team as they look to make a quick-fire return to winning ways.
Traders Trust the Away Day
A home team coming in on the back of a morale-boosting win, against an opponent who lost last time out suggests this will be tight; however, bookmakers really don’t see it that way and look comfortable supporting the visitors. Punters happy to follow that thinking can get their cash on the away win at 4/6, a price available with most firms, including Unibet. We expect that to prove a popular addition to midweek footie accumulators and advise adding it to your accas. The draw trades 3/1 at Bet365, home cheer as big as 9/2 in places.
Only one team has scored in each of Bournemouth’s last two games and only one found the net in Chelsea’s last league start, so we’re expecting another tight outing. Back no in the both teams to score market and you’ll land 23/20 when betting with Ladbrokes. That makes more sense than taking yes with the same firm at 4/6.
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Southampton continues to flirt with relegation and the 22 points on the board has them just three better than the drop zone, their record reading 5-7-11. However, they are a side who look reborn in 2019 and determined to climb the ladder towards safety. A comfortable mid-table finish would’ve been viewed as a poor return in the summer; having said that, fans would bite your hand off for it now. The locals are unbeaten in three, following a draw with back-to-back wins and the FA Cup break came at the wrong time, it would appear.
The Saints started their turnaround with a hard-fought draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before beating former champions Leicester 2-1 at the King Power, handing out a 2-1 defeat to Everton at St Mary’s last time out. Ward-Prowse scored first, a Digne own-goal enough to see off The Toffees fightback. Both teams to score again here is our best bet at 4/5 (Bet365), the home win chalked up as a 13/10 shot by Ladbrokes, a quote that makes them favourites for the result.
Opponents, Crystal Palace, appear to be heading in the opposite direction. The four points collected from the last 15 available to them has the Londoners falling towards the relegation trio with Cardiff in 18th three points behind while bottom-feeders Huddersfield look to be a Championship club in-waiting, their numbers showing 2-5-16. Palace have lost each of their last two and board the team bus level on points with their hosts, making this match all the more interesting.
Liverpool was the latest club to stick the boot in, but The Eagles performed better than expected at Anfield when locking horns with the league leaders. The Reds won a thriller by the odd-goal in seven. Townsend, Tomkins and Meyer were on target, but that wasn’t enough to see off a rampant Liverpool who continue their winning ways thanks to a double from Salah, as well as goals for Firmino and Mane, the latter coming with 93 minutes on the clock. That leaky defence is the reason you’ll find Crystal Palace trading at 11/5 with Coral.
Liverpool v Leicester
Speaking of Liverpool, we’re back at Anfield on Wednesday evening for game of the night where the BT Sport cameras bring us all the action live from 8.00pm. It promises to be a cracker; two ambitious, free-scoring teams are thrown into the mix and viewers are guaranteed entertainment. There’s plenty for punters to enjoy too with bookmakers rolling out the red carpet to help make the 90 minutes all the more enjoyable. Liverpool sits top of the table on 60 points, four better than nearest rivals Manchester City in second. It’s a two-horse race with Spurs in third lagging nine behind and hoping for no more than a top-four finish.
Victory on Wednesday at home to Leicester would help Jurgen Klopp complete the hat-trick following wins over Brighton and Crystal Palace. Both came by a one-goal margin; however, the games were very different, beating Palace 4-3 and Brighton 1-0. Salah scored three goals in two games, including the winner against The Seagulls. He’s worth keeping on the right side of when in this kind of mood and followers can back Salah for the first goal against Leicester at 5/2 favourite with Ladbrokes. Daniel Sturridge is second in line when quoted as a 7/2 poke, Firmino third at 4/1. The home win is picked at 2/9 (Coral).
On the Way Down
Leicester sit ninth and they’d be happy enough to hold their ground between now and the flag; however, their recent form suggests they’re destined to finish much lower in the pecking order, having lost three of their last four, including each of their two most recent starts. The Foxes carried that poor form into the FA Cup when knocked out at the Third Round stage by Newport County on the road in one of the giant killings of the day. An unforgivable result for a Premier League outfit and fans made their frustrations known.
They followed that humiliating exit with a 2-1 home defeat to relegation contenders Southampton on 12 January and Wolves had no trouble sticking the boot in last time, battling to a 4-3 win in a match that kept those in attendance on the edge of their seats throughout. Jota notched a wonderful hat-trick that day, Bennett getting the spare and that was enough to see off a fightback lead by Gray, Coady OG and Morgan. The away day may catch your attention at 16/1.
Tottenham v Watford
This will be the third meeting of the season between the sides following a 2-1 win for Watford at home in the league and 2-2 draw at Wembley when the neighbours crossed paths in the EFL Cup back in September, Spurs sneaking through on penalties. Both teams have scored in four of the last six matches involving these rivals and the repeat is yours at a useful 3/4 (Ladbrokes). That’ll come in handy when building accas.
Spurs are favourites, as you might expect, at Coral’s 4/6, against the 21/5 of their opponents and 29/10 the draw. We’re going to keep our stakes small and Tottenham to win 2-1 at a cracking 8/1, top price when getting your stake down at Bet365. That’ll help keep things lively and we’re sure followers will get a serious run for their money.