Premier League Preview: Chelsea and Spurs in UCL chase plus more
Tips and stats featuring Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Man United
The battle to avoid relegation and the race for the Champions League take centre-stage in this weekend’s Premier League preview.
There are crucial games at both ends of the table, including a relegation six-pointer between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary’s.
Elsewhere, Manchester City host Chelsea, while Tottenham Hotspur take on Huddersfield Town at Wembley.
The Coral News Team have picked apart all of the big weekend talking points in our Premier League preview…
Chelsea and Tottenham vying for top-four
The race for the Champions League is well and truly on. As it stands, it’s Tottenham who occupy the final UCL spot with 55 points. Chelsea are one place and two points behind in fifth and face a tough task away to Manchester City on Sunday.
The Blues were the last side to beat the Citizens at the Etihad in the Premier League. That was way back in December 2016. Antonio Conte’s men are 21/5 to upset the odds against Pep Guardiola and co. Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are available at 23/10 apiece to Score Anytime for the West Londoners.
Meanwhile, Spurs face an easier looking test at home to Huddersfield Town. The Terriers were downed 4-0 in the reverse fixture in September. Harry Kane scored a brace that day as the North Londoners went 3-0 up inside half an hour.
Kane is 21/10 to bag at least a brace at Wembley on Saturday, with Spurs to be leading after 15 minutes available at 14/5.
Will Arsenal return to winning ways?
After back-to-back defeats against Manchester City, Arsenal are in desperate need of a pick-me-up. However, the Gunners may not get it away at in-form Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Seagulls are unbeaten in six matches and have lost just twice at home since the opening day. The Gunners, on the other hand, do not travel well. Arsene Wenger’s side have won just three times away from home since late-October.
Premier League classic at Anfield
Any match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield always evokes memories of that incredible encounter in April 1996. Stan Collymore scored an injury-time winner that evening to edge the Reds closer to the league title – albeit not enough by the season’s end.
Although Saturday evening’s match is not quite as crucial, it still has massive implications at either end of the table. Liverpool are fighting for the Champions League, while Newcastle remain in relegation danger.
The Reds have yet to lose at home in the Premier League this season. They’ll be looking to extend that run at 2/9 against a Magpies side that have picked up just 13 points on the road all season long.
Six-pointer at St Mary’s
Things are hotting up at the foot of the table. So Saturday’s clash between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary’s could be crucial.
The Saints are 8/11 going into the match with the Potters priced at 4/1. Mauricio Pellegrino’s side have been in good form since the turn of the year and have lost just once in 2018. They’ll be further boosted by Stoke’s terrible away record.
Paul Lambert’s side have won one away game so far this season. That forms part of a run of just seven away victories in the Premier League since the start of 2016 for the Staffordshire club. On that basis, it could be another difficult afternoon on the South Coast for the visitors on Saturday.
Second-bottom meets second-top
Monday night’s clash between Crystal Palace and Manchester United will have ramifications at both ends of the table.
A win for the hosts could move them out of the relegation zone. Victory for the visitors will help them tighten their grip on second-place. History points towards the latter being more likely than the former.
The Red Devils have never lost in the Premier League at Selhurst Park. They’re unbeaten in this part of South London since 1991. Jose Mourinho’s men are 8/15 to pick up three points. Romelu Lukaku has bagged five goals in his last seven games against the Eagles. He’s 5/4 to Score Anytime on Monday night.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing