The action continues to come thick and fast in the Premier League with a packed midweek of fixtures, which could again play a huge part in determining where the title heads, and who faces the dreaded drop.
Without playing in the league, Man City had a good weekend with Liverpool only able to pick up a point against an injury-ravaged Man Utd side on Sunday.
Having secured their first piece of silverware in the penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, City will hope to keep the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool with a victory against West Ham.
In other fixtures, managerless Leicester host Brighton, while Spurs will be hoping to bounce back from a shock loss at Burnley when facing Chelsea on Wednesday.
Our Premier League betting expert previews the key contests and gives you the best bets to look out for.
Leicester v Brighton
Leicester’s 4-1 home loss to Crystal Palace proved to be the final nail in the coffin for Claude Puel, who was relieved of his duties the following day.
Puel had been walking a tightrope of late, but the Foxes hierarchy finally decided enough was enough, with first team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler handed the caretaker role while they look for the Frenchman’s replacement.
Since Brighton won promotion to the Premier League, they are yet to record a win over Leicester in three attempts, and are 3/1 to break their duck.
Despite the Seagulls needing the win to boost their survival hopes, I can’t see anything but a home win and the 2/1 on Leicester to be leading at half time and full time is very appealing.
Chelsea v Tottenham
Chelsea put in a solid showing at their weekend in their penalty shoot-out loss to Man City in the Carabao Cup final.
Despite the antics involving Kepa Arrizabalaga, Maurizio Sarri will be buoyed the performance from his charges and they are 5/4 favourites to get back to winning ways in the league.
Spurs’ title hopes were rocked by a 2-1 defeat at Burnley in the early kick-off on Saturday, much to the frustration of boss Mauricio Pochettino who directed his anger at referee Mike Dean at Turf Moor following the loss. The Lilywhites are 9/4 to win at Stamford Bridge.
In their last six head-to-head encounters the sides have shared 21 goals, and in that time, there have only been two clean sheets, so that suggests there will be plenty of goalmouth action on Wednesday.
While Chelsea improved last weekend, there is still too much going on off the pitch for my liking and the bet which looks most appealing is a Spurs win and both teams to score, which can be backed at 9/2.
Manchester City v West Ham United
Former Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini takes his side to the Etihad on the back of a come-from-behind win over Fulham on Friday night as they ended a run of four games without victory.
Guardiola’s side were not at their fluent best on Sunday in the Carabao Cup final, but still did enough to see off a stubborn Chelsea side in the end and are unsurprisingly 2/13 favourites to come out on top.
Man City have put three goals past the Hammers in four of their last five matches, with West Ham only scoring twice in those encounters. With that in mind, the bet to be on is for the hosts to win by a three goal margin at 7/2.
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