Premier League Week 29 Betting Preview

Martin Green

Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:06 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 6:06 PM UTC

Brendan Rodgers is aiming for a strong start to life as Leicester City manager this weekend, while Fulham are bidding to pull off a great escape after sacking Claudio Ranieri.

<h2>Brighton v Huddersfield</h2><p>Huddersfield surprised everyone by picking up a third win of the season when they hosted Wolves in midweek. They have beaten Nuno Espirito Santo’s high-flying side home and away, but they still remain rooted to the bottom of the table and 13 points adrift of safety. This is a huge game for Brighton, who have been sucked back into the relegation scrap due to their horrendous recent form. They have lost five and draw one of their last six league games, leaving them just two points above the drop zone and desperately in need of points. They beat Huddersfield 2-1 on the road back in December, and they really need to pull off a similar result at the Amex on Sunday to galvanise their survival bid. Huddersfield have lost nine of their 13 away games this season, so they will rarely have a better chance to pick up three precious points.</p><p>Tip: Brighton to win at 17/20 (1.85) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank">Betfair</a> and 87/100 (1.87) with Marathon</p><h2>Man Utd v Southampton</h2><p>The Red Devils continued their exceptional form under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 3-1 win at Selhurst Park on Wednesday. They have won nine and drawn two of their 11 Premiership matches since he replaced Jose Mourinho in the dugout, and they will go into this game full of swagger, despite their injury problems. Exciting young forwards Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard have all been sidelined, but the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez have come into the team and helped maintain the strong form. Southampton did well to vanquish a weak Fulham side in midweek, but they struggled badly in their trip to Arsenal last weekend and they could be overwhelmed once again in this game.</p><p><strong>Tip:</strong> Man Utd to win and under 4.5 goals at 5/6 (1.83) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank">Ladbrokes</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829" target="_blank">Coral</a></p><h2>Watford v Leicester</h2><p>Leicester will be keen to make a strong start to life under <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/football/brendan-rodgers-to-leicester-can-foxes-secure-top-half-finish/89481/" target="_blank">new manager Brendan Rodgers</a>. He watched from the stands as they beat Brighton on Tuesday to reignite their campaign, and now they travel to Watford to face a team whose confidence has been knocked. The Hornets were well and truly stung by Liverpool last time out, slumping to a 5-0 defeat. Yet they beat Cardiff 5-1 in their previous game and they were in excellent form, so it is hard to know which Watford is going to show up for this match. We know that Rodgers is a fan of attacking football, and his teams often score plenty of goals while leaving gaps at the back. Watford also like to play ambitious football, so the goals market might be the way to go in this one.</p><p><strong>Tip:</strong> both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank">Bet365</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank">William Hill</a></p><h2>Fulham v Chelsea</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/football/fulham-sack-ranieri-can-they-defy-odds-of-25-1-and-stay-up/89493/" target="_blank">Claudio Ranieri has been sacked</a> after presiding over a run of four straight defeats at Fulham and Scott Parker has been placed in temporary charge. The Cottagers are now 10 points below 17<sup>th</sup>placed Southampton and looking all but certain to be relegated straight back down to the Championship. They are unlikely to receive much charity from local rivals Chelsea. The Blues gave a strong defensive performance to shut Man City out for 120 minutes in the Carabao Cup final last weekend, and then beat Tottenham 2-0 to lift the spirits around the club. Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain should be able to tear through the league’s worst defence. Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0 in December and you would expect them to cruise to another victory here.</p><p><strong>Tip: </strong>Chelsea -1 Asian handicap at 11/12 (1.92) with Bet Victor</p>
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