Premier League week 26 best bets

Martin Green

Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:16 AM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 7:16 AM UTC

Man City v Chelsea is the biggest Premiership game of the weekend, but there is value to be found on the likes of Man Utd and Arsenal too.

<p><a href="" target="_blank">Fulham v Man Utd</a></p><p> </p><p>At the start of the week in-form Man Utd were priced at a tempting 7/10 to pick up an away win at Craven Cottage. As we predicted in our <a href="" target="_blank">early odds article</a>, that price has now dropped as punters have lumped on the Red Devils, but there is still a reasonable amount of value to be found in backing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to win this game. They have gone in to 6/10 with bookmakers like William Hill and Ladbrokes, but you can get a market leading 13/20 at <a href=";a=8e57de00-8c0e-4848-b6da-ea2a0f565fb1" target="_blank">888 Sport</a> and Unibet, and that looks good for a straight win bet. Man Utd have won nine out of 10 since Solskjaer became caretaker manager, drawing the other one, and they are surging with confidence. Fulham are second from bottom and they suffered a 4-1 drubbing at Old Trafford earlier this season, so Man Utd should win it comfortably.</p><p> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Huddersfield v Arsenal</a></p><p> </p><p>The odds have also dropped on an away win for the Gunners since we tipped them earlier this week. However, you can still get 16/25 with Marathon Bet and that looks like an attractive price on Unai Emery’s men. They have won all three matches against the Terriers since they were promoted to the top flight, and they have more than enough quality to extend that run to four on Saturday. Huddersfield are rooted to the bottom of the table, with just 11 points from 25 games. They have scored a mere 13 goals all season and conceded 46, and that has left them 13 points adrift of safety and doomed to go down. If Arsenal do not win this one, there will be an inquest. The Gunners’ notoriously leaky defence should not be given too torrid an afternoon, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette should have plenty of joy against the Huddersfield backline. An Arsenal-Man Utd double looks tempting, and you can go for Asian handicaps for more value on either team.</p><p> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Southampton v Cardiff</a></p><p> </p><p>Bringing in Ralph Hassenhuttl to replace Mark Hughes proved to be a masterstroke from the Southampton board. He has dragged the Saints out of the relegation zone and up into the giddy heights of 16<sup>th</sup> in the Premiership table, while they remain unbeaten in five league games. Cardiff keep picking up surprise wins under Neil Warnock, but they remain in the drop zone and that is largely down to their abysmal away form. They have lost nine out of 12 on the road this season, and St Mary’s is a tough place to visit nowadays, so a home win for Southampton at 3/4 with <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank">Ladbrokes</a>, <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829" target="_blank">Coral</a> and Bet Victor, 10/13 with 10Bet and 77/100 with Marathon looks good.</p><p> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Watford v Everton</a></p><p> </p><p>This looks like developing into an open, entertaining game between two teams that like to play expansive football. Everton’s defence has been woeful of late and manager Marco Silva is under pressure after losing three of their last four games. Their only clean sheet in the last six games came against Huddersfield – whose toothless attack is aforementioned in this article – and they are liable to concede in this game on Saturday. Burnley are the only team to fail to score away at Watford in the past three months, so both teams to score looks tempting here at 8/11 with Betfair and Betfred.</p><p> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Man City v Chelsea</a></p><p> </p><p>A huge game in the title race sees Pep Guardiola’s men host an inconsistent Chelsea side at The Etihad. Man City have secured back-to-back wins over Arsenal and Everton to capitalise on Liverpool dropping points, and they are now the favourites to win the Premiership once more. If they pull it off, they will become the first team to successfully defend the Premier League crown since Man Utd a decade ago. But first they must contend with a reenergised Chelsea, who thumped Huddersfield 5-0 last time out. The Blues are buoyed by the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, who has already struck up a strong understanding with Eden Hazard up top. Despite that, Man City should dominate position and edge this one due to their superior quality on the ball. Man City to win and under 4.5 goals looks great at 10/11 with <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c" target="_blank">Betway</a>, Ladbrokes and Coral.</p>
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