Premier League Weekend Betting Preview: Part One
The stand-out Premier League fixture this weekend is, of course, the top-of-the-table clash at Anfield between Liverpool and Manchester United. However, with league games coming thick and fast, there seems to be an endless number of fixtures for football betting enthusiasts to sink their teeth into.
Today we’re going to preview all five fixtures taking place on Saturday, offering team news, betting tips and match odds, courtesy of our betting partners at Ladbrokes.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs West Bromwich Albion (12:30)
The weekend’s Premier League action will get underway at Molineux as Wolves take on West Midlands rivals, West Brom. Both sides are in desperate form at present having failed to win any of their past five league games. Raul Jimenez’s injury has left a huge void in the Wolves forward line with the club winning just one of their eight league games since the Mexican suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal. However, it is Wolves’ defensive frailties that seem to be a major cause for concern. Nuno Espirito Santo's side are on a league-worst run of eleven games without a clean sheet.
Visitors, West Bromwich Albion, are without a league win in eight matches, a run that includes just two points in five games under new manager, Sam Allardyce. However, history is on the Baggies’ side in the West Midlands derby, losing just one of their last eight meetings with Wolves.
In the continued absence of Raul Jimenez, goals have been hard to come by. As they face a West Brom team that have averaged three goals against in their past seven league games, now could be the perfect time to put that right. With no Jimenez, Pedro Neto has taken up the position as Wolves’ main goal threat. The 20-year-old has four league goals already and is 13/8 to score any time against West Brom. In a game where goals may be few and far between, Neto to score first at 7/2 could offer better value.
Wolves – 8/13
Draw – 13/5
West Brom – 11/2
Leeds United vs Brighton & Hove Albion (15:00)
Leeds United have been a breath of fresh air in the Premier League this season but were abysmal in their FA Cup defeat at the hands of Crawley Town. If they can put that disappointment behind them then they’ll be expected to ease past Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road. Surprise Golden Boot contender, Patrick Bamford, will hope to score for a third consecutive home league game and will attract plenty of support at 11/10.
Brighton are on the longest run without a win having gone nine games without success. Five of those nine games have ended in draws with the Seagulls’ inability to hold onto a lead coming back to haunt them over and over. In fact, Graham Potter’s side have dropped a league-high 12 points from winning positions. Given this damning statistic, Leeds United to come from behind to win could prove a very savvy bet at 9/1. If you’re expecting the visitors to strike first at Elland Road then perhaps you should opt for Neal Maupay in the first goal scorer market. 9/2 shot, Maupay is the Seagulls’ top scorer in the league this season, finding the net on six occasions and the Frenchman has scored in three of his previous four games against Leeds United.
Leeds – 11/10
Draw – 13/5
Brighton – 9/4
West Ham United vs Burnley (15:00)
The feel-good factor seems to be returning to West Ham United recently, helped undoubtedly by their push towards the top half of the Premier League table. The Hammers haven’t lost a league game to any side out of the so-called big six since September 12th and with back-to-back home games against Burnley and West Brom this week, David Moyes could find themselves challenging for a European spot in the second half of the season.
Next up for the Hammers is a Burnley side that have found goals extremely hard to come by this season. Sean Dyche’s side have managed just nine goals from the 16 games they’ve played so far. West Ham have earned three consecutive clean sheets and could be set for another shut-out on Saturday. West Ham to win to nil is the pick of the betting markets at 15/8 however, you may want to opt for the alternate option of under 2.5 goals, currently available at 7/10.
West Ham – 5/6
Draw – 12/5
Burnley – 18/5
Fulham vs Chelsea (17:30)
Fulham, buoyed by their 1-1 draw against fellow London club, Tottenham Hotspur in midweek next host another local rival when Chelsea make the short trip to Craven Cottage. Both sides are in desperate need of three points in West London, albeit for very different reasons. Home side, Fulham, have drawn five consecutive league games ahead of the visit of Chelsea. Whilst that does mean five games unbeaten, it also means Scott Parker’s side have dropped ten points from the 15 available.
Chelsea meanwhile will hope to get the season back on track after enduring a run of just one point in their past three league games. The Blues’ slump in form has seen the once-title challengers slip to ninth in the league table, ten points of league leaders, Manchester United. Failure to beat strugglers, Fulham, would crank up the pressure on boss, Frank Lampard. At 11/4, Lampard is currently the bookies’ second-favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post. Chris Wilder heads the market at 5/6.
Ahead of the trip to Fulham, Lampard faces a selection dilemma up front. Big-money summer signing, Timo Werner, has failed to register a single league goal since November 7th yet neither Tammy Abraham nor Olivier Giroud have successfully managed to oust him from the centre forward berth for a prolonged period of time. You may want to hold off placing a first goal scorer bet until the Blues line-up is confirmed.
Fulham – 5/1
Draw – 16/5
Chelsea – 8/15
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