Crystal Palace v Brighton
The first of our Mar 8 Premier League betting tips is for Crystal Palace v Brighton. Round 30 of the Premier League season gets started in London as Crystal Palace host Brighton in a 12.30pm start that’ll be shown live on BT Sports. The hosts eased their relegation worries with three wins and a draw in their last five, lifting themselves to 13th in the pile. They’ve now put an eight-point gap between themselves and the danger zone. There’s still plenty of football to be played; however, but it looks like The Eagles have secured their involvement in the top-flight of English football for another season at least. They won last weekend and go as favourites here. The locals are 4/5 with Bet365 and that’s the general feeling at the time of writing.
Brighton is two places below their opponents heading into this match. They know failure to take anything from this trip will increase the pressure that’s already mounting on the team. The Seagulls also won last time out to move themselves onto 30 points, five better than Cardiff and the relegation zone. That is their only win in five, however, a run showing three defeats and a draw. Traders have had no trouble writing off the away day and backers will find Brighton priced at 18/5 (888sport) for the upset. The draw trades 5/2 with the same firm, but we’re taking no in the both teams to score market at 3/4, another quote taken from the 888sport site.
Leicester v Fulham
Brendan Rodgers got off to a nightmare start when losing his Leicester debut last weekend. The former Celtic gaffer caused outrage in Scotland when leaving the champions at a crucial stage of the season and moving to the King Power Stadium. Hoops supporters took satisfaction in seeing their former gaffer stumble out of the traps with The Foxes losing their fourth game in five when going down 2-1 at Watford with a Vardy strike bettered by goals from Deeney and Gray, the latter hitting the net deep into stoppage time. Will they fare any better at home? Leicester is favourite at 8/13 at Ladbrokes but there looks to be no value in that one.
If things are tough in the home camp, they are far worse for followers of Fulham who go into this match with season stats of four wins, five draws and a whopping 20 defeats. The Londoners are stuck on a morale-crushing losing streak and don’t look like they will snap out of that anytime soon. Fulham is destined for a quick-fire return to the Championship unless they can cover the 10-point difference between themselves and Southampton. It’s highly unlikely. The 5/1 at Bet365 is market top price and leaps off the page at us but their form makes the visitors difficult to trust. We’ll side with the draw at 3/1 (Bet365).
Southampton v Tottenham
Saints start the weekend just two points better than Cardiff in the relegation zone and know there’s much work to be done if they want to beat the drop. They’ve lost three of their last four, including defeat last time out at Manchester United in a five-goal thriller. Valery and Ward-Prowse were both on the scoresheet but goals from Pereira and a Lukaku double swung things in the Red Devils’ favour, an 88th-minute strike from the Belgian sealing the points for his employers. Positives can be taken from the match, but it was another that retuned no points and bookies expect them to lose again when hosting Spurs. The home win is 7/2, best price at Bet365.
Title Hope Dashed?
Tottenham’s title hopes were hanging in the balance, but one point taken from the last nine has ended any slim hopes they had of overthrowing Liverpool and Manchester City. The visitors suffered back-to-back defeats at Burnley and Chelsea, both on the road, before returning to Wembley last weekend with a 1-1 draw vs North London derby rivals Arsenal. Ramsey broke the deadlock on 16 minutes, but that goal was cancelled out by Kane who struck an equaliser from the penalty spot late in the second-half.
Mauricio Pochettino took heart from the draw in a match he believed his side didn’t deserve to lose. Spurs are three points better than Man Utd in fourth and four above Arsenal in fifth. They’ve been dragged into a battle to hold their place in the top-four but we’re backing them to get back to winning ways at 3/4 with Bet365. Worth a place in your accumulators.
Man City v Watford
Saturday evening’s live match goes on Sky Sports from 5.30pm at the Etihad as Man City push for the top spot in the Premier League. The Cityzens were hot favourites in the pre-season betting despite history dead against sides retaining the title but they find themselves involved in a battle for the trophy with Liverpool who has shown the consistency to ask questions at every turn. City are on a winning run and that has edged them one point ahead of The Reds, their season stats standing at 23-2-4. A 24th with of the campaign is betting favourite with no more than 1/7 available at Bet365, the draw a chunky 13/2. Back them -1 goal on the handicap at 2/5 (Bet365) which will pull its weight in stacked accas.
Watford starts the week sitting eighth in the table, level on points with Wolves but Chelsea and the top-six is 13 points off in the distance. Holding their current position looks to be Watford’s main aim between now and the flag and they are holding their own, winning three and drawing one of their last five, including victory last weekend.
The visitors grabbed a stunning win over Leicester thanks to a stoppage-time goal from Gray who swooped late to better a Foxes side who looked on course for a point when Vardy struck a second-half equaliser. Both teams to score again here is 21/20 when playing with bet365, more likely than the Watford win that’ll bank you a jaw-dropping 25/1. A big price, but there’s not enough there to interest us, although Watford should perform better than their pre-match odds suggest.
Liverpool v Burnley
The first of three games shown live on Super Sunday as title challengers Liverpool look to make home advantage count against Burnley. The Reds are on an unbeaten run and have lost just once all season but draws have stunted their progress of late, ending level in three of their last five, including a goalless finish with Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park last Sunday. Jurgen Klopp acknowledged it was a missed opportunity for his side who put just three of 10 shots on target. Liverpool is picked to get back to winning ways but there’s no better than 2/11 on the locals getting the desired result, which is tight but fair. Another draw can’t be easily ignored with Unibet handing out 7/1. That may just catch the attention of value hunters.
Third Time Unlucky?
Burnley is looking to avoid a treble after losing each of their last two. The strugglers followed a pair of wins with defeat to Newcastle at St James Park and Crystal Palace in front of their own fans last time out. Bardsley scored an own-goal on 15 minutes before Batshuayi and Zaha added to the tally on 48 and 76 minutes, Barnes hitting back for the beaten team in the dying minutes of the game to give supporters something to cheer. They were well beaten and on the evidence of that day, there won’t be too many looking to trust the away win with their hard-earned cash, even at a cracking 20/1 with Ladbrokes.
Those looking to back the home side for a better price can have both teams to score in a Liverpool win at 39/20, best price with 888Sport, most of the competition stuck around the 6/4 mark. That’s the bet we’d advise having.
Chelsea v Wolves
The last of our Mar 8 Premier League betting tips is for Chelsea v Wolves. Chelsea remains in the hunt for a top-four finish. However, they must find the consistency needed to keep the pressure on main rivals Man Utd and Arsenal. The Blues have won each of their last two to move within two points of United in fourth going into the week and take confidence from a hard-fought 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Higuain and Jorginho did the business to deny an opponent who kept things competitive with a goal from Chambers on 27 minutes. The home win is favourite and there’s enough in Bet365’s 8/15 to grab our attention. Add Chelsea to your multiples as they are a better price than we think they should be.
Off the Pace
Wolves are one place behind their opponents in the league table after 29 games but find themselves 13 points off the pace. They travel to London on the back of a win having beaten lowly Cardiff at home courtesy of a 2-0 result. Another maximum pay-out has been chalked up at 11/2 with Ladbrokes with the draw 3/1. Those preferring to avoid the match betting can take a shot at both teams to score which goes as a 10/11 shot with Unibet.