Football Predictions - Premier League Week 22

Gabe Morency

Friday, January 20, 2017 9:13 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 9:13 PM UTC

The race to finish in the top four of the Premiership and earn a lucrative Champions League place took another twist last weekend as Man City Man Utd and Liverpool all dropped points. The fight.
<p>The race to finish in the top four of the Premiership and earn a lucrative Champions League place took another twist last weekend as Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool all dropped points. The fight to avoid relegation looks equalling enthralling after Hull’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth moved them level on points with Crystal Palace, while Middlesbrough look like getting sucked into it too. With so much at stake, it promises to be another exciting weekend of Premier League action ahead. Here we run through some of the games that offer the best value:</p><p></p><p><strong>Liverpool v Swansea</strong> New Swans boss Paul Clement has had a nightmare fixture schedule to welcome him into the job, with back-to-back games against high-flying Arsenal and Liverpool. Arsenal overwhelmed them at the Liberty Stadium and ran out 4-0 winners, and you would expect Liverpool to do a similar job on them at Anfield as Swansea’s defense is really lacking in confidence right now. Swansea have the poorest defensive record in the league, having conceded 49 in just 21 games, and Liverpool have the best attack, having scored 49 in 21, so it could be carnage on Saturday. Liverpool outright doesn’t offer much value at just 1.25, but Liverpool and over 2.5 goals looks a smart bet <a href=";book=Coral">at 1.62 with Coral</a> considering how well Liverpool have attacked and how poorly Swansea have defended. Or push it further and get 2.38 on Liverpool and over 3.5 goals. Alternatively, Liverpool -1.75 on the Asian handicap looks good at <a href=";book=Betvictor">1.82 with Bet Victor</a>.</p><p><strong>Bournemouth v Watford</strong> Bournemouth will be concerned at defensive lapses that have seen them ship nine goals in their last three games. But they have the perfect game to get their season back on track as they host a Watford side without a league win since December 10. Bournemouth can play some lovely football when they turn it on and should have too much for the struggling Hornets, so the 1.85 available at Stan James and Sportingbet on an outright Bournemouth win looks good.</p><p><strong>Crystal Palace v Everton</strong> Everton have been inconsistent this season but put in a fantastic performance last time out to put the expensively assembled hordes of Man City to the sword. The 4-0 scoreline represented the heaviest league defeat Pep Guardiola has ever suffered, and Everton will be confident of keeping the good times rolling at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace lost 3-0 last time out against West Ham and have not won since December 3, so the 2.40 Bet Victor is offering on Everton looks an amazing price. If there is a niggling doubt in your mind due to Everton’s inconsistency, you can get 1.40 with Betway on Everton-draw double chance, or <a href=";book=Bet365">1.66 with Bet365</a> on Everton draw no bet.</p><p><strong>Stoke v Man Utd</strong> Zlatan Ibrahmovic has scored 13 goals in his last 13 games and is currently looking for the most deadly striker in England. He is a supreme finisher and can score goals from either foot or his head at all sorts of angles, as he displayed by latching onto a cross that was played behind him to loop a header over Simon Mignolet and earn Man Utd a point last time out against Liverpool. Stoke have conceded 13 goals in their last six games and Ibrahimovic will be ready to terrorize this leaky defense, making the <a href=";book=William Hill">2.05 William Hill</a> has on him scoring at any time look a fantastic bet.</p><p><strong>Man City v Tottenham</strong> It is amazing to see Man City as favourites for this game. Last time out they were annihilated by Everton and it was a terribly abject performance. They have conceded more goals than any other team in the top seven and their leaky defense could well cost them a top four spot. Tottenham, on the other hand, have become the form team of the league, with six wins in a row including a 2-0 victory over leaders Chelsea. Spurs followed it up by beating West Brom 4-0 and they are looking incredibly solid at the moment. The 3.60 available on a Tottenham win looks an amazing bet in this game. If you are feeling more cautious, you could go Tottenham-draw double chance at 1.75, but why not go the other way and back Tottenham to win to nil <a href=";book=Betvictor">at 7.00 with Ladbrokes</a>, Bet Victor, and Boylesports. Man City barely troubled the Everton defense last time out, and Tottenham have a far better defense. The best in the league, in fact, having conceded just 14 goals all season and kept two clean sheets in a row in games against Chelsea and West Brom.</p><p><strong>Arsenal v Burnley</strong> Burnley are a fascinating team this season due to the vast disparity in their home and away form. At Turf Moor they have taken 25 points, but away from home, they have taken just one point. The Emirates is one of the worst places to go to if your away form is poor, as Arsenal have earned the tag “flat track bullies” by destroying lesser opposition for years. Last time out they battered Swansea 4-0 and could do a similar job on Burnley. These two met earlier in the season and Arsenal won 2-1 courtesy of a late, late winner, making Arsenal only one of three teams to win at Turf Moor all season. In front of their home fans, it should be more comfortable for the Gunners, now that they have Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi fighting fit again and are chasing Tottenham and Chelsea. There is little value in the Arsenal win, with Betway offering the best price of 1.22, but Arsenal and the over 2.5 goals looks a good bet at 1.70 with Bet Stars.</p>
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