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Wolves to take bite out of Toon? Get our best Premier League bets

Leigh Copson 10 Feb 2019
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Premier League predictions for the weekend of February 9-11. Can Manchester United boost their top-four bid with a win at relegation-threatened Fulham, and who will come out on top when Manchester City entertain Chelsea in a massive ‘Super Sunday’ clash? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Fulham v Manchester United (Saturday 12:30 GMT)

Manchester United’s superb run of form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued last weekend with a 1-0 victory at Leicester City and they are now knocking on the door to the top four – something that appeared to be out of reach when the Norwegian was tasked with taking over from Jose Mourinho. United have collected 22 points from a possible 24 under the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’, with the only blemish on his record being the 2-2 draw at home to Burnley, and if they make it 25 points from a possible 27 there is a chance that they could end this weekend in the top-four. For that to happen they need to win at Fulham and hope that neighbours Manchester City do them a favour by beating Chelsea, so can the Red Devils fulfil their half of the deal? While United have been in fantastic form, Fulham have continued to flounder as they try to fend off relegation back to the Championship. The arrival of Claudio Ranieri as manager has not done much to transform their fortunes and last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace was their fifth in their last six games in all competitions. They have managed to pick up points in three of their last four home games, but it is difficult to see them taking anything from this one. Manchester United are flying right now and have won their last three away games without conceding a goal – I can see them same thing happening here. 

Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley (Saturday 17:30 GMT)

Having hit dizzy heights last season Burnley have been brought back down to Earth with a massive bump this time around. They are only one place and two points clear of the relegation zone heading into this weekend and they are in desperate need of three points as they try to open up a gap between themselves and the bottom three. The good news is that they are now unbeaten in their last six games in the top flight, having followed up a three-match winning run with three straight draws, but can they make it seven without loss at Brighton & Hove Albion in Saturday’s evening kick-off? While the Clarets have been in decent form, the Seagulls have been on a poor run that has seen go five games without a win in the Premier League, collecting just two points in that time, but in fairness to them two of their three defeats in this sequence came against Liverpool and Manchester United. There can be no excuses for a 4-2 defeat at struggling Fulham though, and if they do not start beating the teams around them they could be quickly sucked into a relegation dogfight. The good news for Brighton is that this match is at home and they have been pretty strong at the Amex Stadium this season, with their only defeats coming against sides in the top four. So while Burnley have enjoyed some decent form recently and did manage a surprise draw at Manchester United a couple of weeks ago, I do fancy Brighton’s chances of ending their winless ways at Burnley’s expense.

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City (Sunday 13:30 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur were rocked recently by injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli, but that has not stopped them from staying in the hunt for the Premier League title. Spurs have rebounded from the home defeat to Manchester United to win their last three games in the top flight and a big reason for this good run has been the goal-scoring form of Heung-Min Son, who has made a welcome return from international duty by netting in back-to-back games against Watford and Newcastle United. Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that Son can fire his team to victory again on Sunday afternoon, with Leicester City the visitors to Wembley Stadium. Pressure is mounting on under-fire boss Claude Puel in the wake of the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United last time out. The Foxes have now gone five games without a victory in all competitions, a run that includes an FA Cup defeat to lowly Newport County, and Puel remains the bookies’ pick to be the next Premier League manager to lose his post. There have been suggestions that all is not right in the camp, with Jamie Vardy believed to have insulted the manager immediately after the loss to United, so you have to believe Leicester are ripe for the picking. Yes, they did manage a surprise 1-1 draw at Liverpool recently, but they have shown little else over the past several weeks while Tottenham have won four of their last five games in the Premier League. Spurs have suffered a couple of home losses, with the 3-1 reverse against Wolves in late December particularly disappointing, but aside from that loss to the Midlands club they have been pretty strong at home with their losses mainly coming against top clubs. Leicester certainly do not fall into that bracket so I am backing Tottenham to make it four wins on the bounce in the Premier League, with in-form Son a potential goalscorer in a Spurs victory.

Manchester City v Chelsea (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

Manchester City took full advantage of Liverpool’s recent slip-ups to go top of the table, on goal difference, in midweek. City’s quest for back-to-back titles looked to be on the brink of collapse when they lost a couple of games over the Christmas period to fall seven points behind the Reds, but a 2-1 win over the Merseyside giants at the start of January was just what the doctor ordered and while there was that hiccup at Newcastle United, City’s overall form since the turn of the year has been excellent. Back-to-back draw for Liverpool in recent weeks meant Pep Guardiola’s side had the opportunity to hit the summit on Wednesday night, and they took that chance with a 2-0 victory at Everton. City have now played a game more than Liverpool and only goal difference is separating the two sides, so there is still much work to be done and that makes Sunday’s meeting with Chelsea a huge clash for them and their visitors. Chelsea are clinging onto fourth spot after they rebounded from the 4-0 humiliation at Bournemouth with a 5-0 demolition of Huddersfield Town a week ago, but that victory over the rock-bottom Terriers hardly instils confidence in the Blues. Neither does the 2-0 win they recorded when they entertained City back in early December. This match is taking place away from Stamford Bridge and Maurizio Sarri’s men have lost their last three away games in all competitions while being out-scored 7-0. That spells trouble for them against a City team that have dropped points at home just once this season and have been scoring, on average, over three goals per league game at the Etihad Stadium. They have also conceded only 11 times, meaning they are conceding, on average, less than one goal per game. All of the statistics point to a Manchester City victory on ‘Super Sunday’ and I am confident that is what we will see. During this run City have had a knack for getting ahead before the break, so going Man City/Man City in the Half-time/Full-time market is a very tempting bet for this clash.

Wolves v Newcastle United (Monday 20:00 GMT)

Newcastle United may have lost three of their last five games, but they have breathed some life into their season since the turn of the year. There is certainly no shame in losing to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, but on the flip side there is plenty of credit to be had for coming back from a goal down to stun champions Manchester City at St James’ Park. That result came on the back of a good home win over Cardiff City, and those two successes have allowed them to open up a small gap between themselves and the bottom three. That gap could soon be erased though, so the pressure is on Newcastle to record another positive result when they visit Wolves on Monday night. The home side are in excellent form right now though and have lost only one of their last seven games in all competitions, and that was against Manchester City. During this good sequence they have knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup and recorded a couple of home wins in the Premier League against Leicester City and West Ham United, while last weekend they travelled to Merseyside and recorded an excellent 3-1 win at Everton. Confidence in the camp has to be sky high right now and while Newcastle have won two of their last three in the league, they have only won once on the road since late November and that was at rock-bottom Huddersfield Town. That is why I am backing Wolves here. I also expect to see a couple of goals – Over 1.5 Total Goals has been a winning bet on each of the home side’s last 18 competitive fixtures and it has been a winner on each of their last nine wins in all competitions.

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