Bournemouth v Newcastle
The first of our Mar 16 Premier League betting tips is for Bournemouth v Newcastle. Midtable Bournemouth ended a winless run last weekend when adding three points to their modest tally with victory over Huddersfield on the road. Written off by bookmakers before the start, The Cherries rallied to take the lead through Wilson on 20 minutes and the game was over when Fraser doubled that advantage shortly after the hour mark. That win ended a run of nine away defeats in the Premier League for Bournemouth and they should now have enough about them to avoid being pulled into the relegation fight. Another positive is 21/20 favourite at Coral, the draw 11/5.
Out of the Danger Zone
Newcastle also won last weekend and the troubles that plagued the club early in the season are now a distant memory. The Magpies are safe from the drop, it would seem, and have a chance of shunting themselves towards a respectable top-10 finish. They have won three of their last four and make this trip three points behind their opponents and four off Leicester in 10th. They beat Everton by the odd goal in five last time in what was a thriller, Rondon and a Perez double seeing off The Toffees who netted through Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison. The away day is 11/4 at Bet635 but we’ll take both teams to score at 4/5 (Coral).
Our Tip: BTTS – 4/5 at Coral
Burnley v Leicester
Three defeats on the bounce has dragged Burnley into the relegation dog fight going on below and they start the weekend just two points better than Cardiff City in 18th, with The Bluebirds increasing pressure with a win last time. Tensions are running high in the home dressing room and its little wonder as they have conceded seven goals in two matches already this month, three at home to Crystal Palace and four when visiting Anfield last time. They did ask questions of The Reds when scoring through Westwood and Gudmundsson but were undone by doubles from Firmino and Mane. The home win is 2/1 with Coral and that makes them second favourite on their own patch.
A Dangerous Match
Leicester City got off the mark at the second time of asking under new boss Brendan Rodgers when beating Fulham 3-1 at the King Power. A potentially dangerous match, the players must be given credit for delivering the goods to avoid the team being pulled any further down the rankings. The Foxes have now won two of their last three, the spare coming courtesy of a late goal. Tielemans broke the deadlock last Saturday before a Vardy double wrapped things up. Leicester is the better quality side and look worth a bet at 13/10 with Bet365.
West Ham v Huddersfield
West Ham is back at home when welcoming struggling Huddersfield to the London Stadium and, on paper, there doesn’t look to be an awful lot for either side to aim at between now and the end of the season. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for the hosts as they are safe from relegation while their opponents are bottom of the league and a Championship side in-waiting. The Hammers have lost two of their last three and were beaten by Cardiff last week, falling to a shock 2-0 defeat in Wales. Fans will want to see a response and the home win is 4/7 favourite at Coral. One for your accumulators and that will do for us.
Bottom of the Table
Huddersfield is rooted to the bottom of the table and despite a strong campaign last season this has been one to forget. The Terriers show stats of three wins and five draws against no less than 22 defeats and they give -38 in their goal difference tally. They are already 16 points off Burnley and safety, meaning everyone at the club will have one eye on next season as they plan to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Huddersfield isn’t easy to trust with our stake money, even with as much as 6/1 available. The draw is top price 3/1, but we’ll stick with West Ham.
Our Tip: West Ham to win – 4/7 at Coral
Fulham v Liverpool
The first of two matches from the Premier League shown live on TV this Sunday and struggling Fulham have the unenviable task of hosting a Liverpool side who are in the mix for a title win with The Reds pushing Man City all the way. The visitors will be eager to use this match as a way to apply pressure at the top of the league, but Fulham has their own need for the points, starting the day second bottom of the league and staring relegation in the face. The locals are on a losing streak and you won’t find many in a rush to support them here, even at 10/1 (Ladbrokes). The draw doesn’t look too much better, 5/1 with Bet365.
Liverpool started the weekend second in the pile, just a point off champions and current leaders Manchester City with 30 games on the board. We are approaching the home straight and things are about to get a lot more interesting as we enjoy the kind of title race fans haven’t seen in a while. Liverpool has lost only once this season and make this trip on the back of a victory. Surely, we won’t see defeat number two coming at the hands of Fulham. The away win will be popular in accumulators, but Coral’s 2/7 is the general feeling on that one. We’ll take a win to nil at 6/5 with the same firm, which can also be put to good use in multiples.
Stats Boost Confidence
This will be the second meeting of these sides this season following Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Anfield back in November when the Londoners were blown away, Salah and Shaqiri on the scoresheet, one goal coming either side of the half-time interval. The Reds have won each of their last five meetings with Fulham, last losing to The Cottagers back in May 2012 when Skrtel scored the only goal of the game at Anfield.
What’s encouraging for our bet is three of those five wins have come without conceding – 4-0, 4-0 and 2-0 and that gives us hope heading towards this one. Liverpool -1 goal on the handicap is another worth a second look and backers will find joy in the 3/4 at Coral. -2 is 19/10 with the same firm, for those with a bit more confidence.
Our Tip: Liverpool win to nil – 6/5 at Coral
Everton v Chelsea
The last of our Mar 16 Premier League betting tips is for Everton v Chelsea. Regardless of what happens between now and the end of the season, this will go down as another below-par effort from the home side who promised big things this term and they were expected to be challenging for a top-six berth. Instead, The Toffees have lost 13 and drawn seven of 30 and started the week in 11th. They have won just one of their last five, with three defeats showing in the same period. Newcastle was the latest side to stick the boot in, winning 3-2 at St James Park and we wouldn’t have our cash on the home win, 3/1 with Unibet. The draw trades 13/5.
Chelsea remains in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League and the return to Champions League football that would accompany it, but time is running out if they are to see off Man Utd and Arsenal and get their wish. Arsenal moved into fourth with a win last time, Man Utd lost and Chelsea drew, three points separating the sides at present. The Blues can eat into that by grabbing a win at Goodison Park, but it’ll have to be done on the back of a busy week with the club in action on Thursday night, away to Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League. Chelsea win is 10/11 favourite with Bet365, but we’re having both teams to score at 3/4 (Ladbrokes). Another that’ll stand up in your weekend accumulators.
Against the Grain
The stats don’t do a lot to back us up on that call, however, with each of the last two matches involving these sides ending in a goalless draw, including the previous meeting this season at Stamford Bridge back in November. At least one team has failed to hit the net in six of the last seven clashes, so we’d suggest keeping your stakes down to interest levels if following our thinking and going against the grain on Sunday, especially as the spare came in the EFL Cup.
We will take a punt, however, as the pressure is building on Chelsea to score goals and get themselves up the table. Thursday night’s trip will also cause a few tired legs in the away dressing room and that should show in the latter stages of this match. There’s attacking flair in both camps but also mistakes in either defence and we’ll stick to our guns and hope both packs their shooting boots and give us something to cheer. It’s not often we go against the trends but, on this occasion, it looks worth a play. Good luck if you follow.