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English Premier League: Gameweek 28 Preview

Chelsea were victorious at Anfield and will now set his sights on the other Merseyside team Everton

The Manchester derby blockbuster will provide our main course on Sunday as the top two meet in a head on collision at the Etihad Stadium, with a host of other enticing matches to build up your appetite. Arsenal make the trip to Turf Moor to lock horns with Burnley, while Champions League chasing Leicester City travel to the Amex Stadium to battle an under-pressure Brighton team.

Following their 1-0 home defeat against Chelsea on Thursday, Liverpool will aim to earn their first victory at Anfield since the turn of the year, as Spurs look to overtake the Reds on the log in a London derby when the Lilywhites battle it out against Crystal Palace.

Our dessert will be served on Monday when Chelsea host former boss Carlo Ancelotti and Everton with German mentor Thomas Tuchel at the wheel to close out the round in another week of football from the best league in the world. Look out for our 7/1 Double that hopefully won’t disappoint!

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Saturday 6 March

Burnley 44/10
Draw 29/10
Arsenal 6/10
(14:30)

Burnley stand a risk of getting sucked into the pack of teams fighting to stay in the top-flight if results don’t improve soon. Sean Dyche’s Clarets need to pull up their socks, especially in front of goal where they’ve only scored more than one goal just once from their last nine outings, which doesn’t bode well for their chances. Arsenal come into Saturday’s early kick-off at Turf Moor high on confidence after beating Benfica in a 3-2 thriller to progress to the next round of the Europa League and convincingly seeing off high-flyers Leicester City 3-1 while ringing the changes. Mikel Arteta’s arsenal of attacking threats are well rested but will know they have a fight on the hands against a dogged Burnley outfit. I’m backing the Arsenal confidently.

Sheffield United 26/10
Draw 24/10
Southampton 21/20
(17:00)

Sheffield United will be looking to lift themselves off the foot of the table by building on their third home victory over Aston Villa last Wednesday – they also claimed maximum points over West Brom and Newcastle United earlier this season. The Blades look much sharper than the struggling team we saw go winless in their first 17 games of the campaign. The boys from Bramall Lane won’t lack effort, courage and determination as usual and will make this encounter into a fight that will suit their strengths. Southampton, on the other hand, contrast their opponents by exciting us at the beginning but are currently going through a woeful slump of nine games without a win, suffering eight defeats in the process. Take Sheffield on the Win/Draw Double Chance at 7/10.

Aston Villa 14/10
Draw 22/10
Wolves 2/1
(19:30)

Aston Villa are sweating on the fitness of their talismanic captain Jack Grealish whose likely to miss this encounter, while right-back Matty Cash will definitely miss out due to a hamstring injury sustained at Brighton three weeks ago. The pair are crucial components to Dean Smith’s team who come into the clash with one victory in four games, highlighting the lack of depth in the Villains’ squad. Wolves’ performances are improving as their players return to the fray after many injuries of their own. Nuno Espirito Santo will aim to leapfrog Villa in the upcoming weeks to reclaim their position in the standings as they chase European football. My value bet comes in this clash, go into the Half-Time/Full-Time market and back Draw/Wolves at 58/10.

Brighton 31/20
Draw 22/10
Leicester City 37/20
(22:00)

Brighton have displayed excellent football at times with plaudits coming in from many neutrals for their bravery and attacking intent shown by Graham Potter’s well-drilled outfit. However, the Seagulls are currently precariously hovering above the drop zone, just three points from safety, and worryingly come into this clash off back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and West Brom. Leicester City were dumped out of the Europa League by Slavia Prague, lost to Arsenal, then drew with Burnley but will claim second-place with a victory on Saturday night as log leaders Manchester City tackle Manchester United on Sunday. The Foxes are enduring an injury crisis of six first-team players unavailable at the moment so I’m steering away from picking a winner and selecting Under 2.5 Goals at 13/20.

Sunday 7 March

West Brom 14/10
Draw 21/10
Newcastle United 2/1
(14:00)

West Brom have netted just twice in five games that has seen the Baggies tally just five points in this period. Sam Allardyce has a massive task on his hands to keep his record of never being relegated intact. Overturning a 10-point margin in 11 games is not impossible, especially with Big Sam’s know-how in situations like this, and there’s no better time than to use this match against a direct rival as a catalyst for a strong finish to the season. Newcastle United will know that defeat in this six-pointer clash could spell disaster. The past 10 games on their travels in the Premier League has seen the Magpies suffer eight defeats, which doesn’t offer any confidence at all. This early kick-off has draw written all over it, but my money is on Mbaye Diagne to decide a closely fought contest for West Brom.

Liverpool 7/20
Draw 4/1
Fulham 7/1
(16:00)

Liverpool are low on confidence after poor recent results but the quality coach that Jurgen Klopp has proven himself to be over the years will surely give his boys a much-needed boost with his impressive man-management skills. Diogo Jota returning to full fitness was a welcome sight for Reds fans as the goals have seemed to dry up in 2021. The Portuguese attacker will definitely bring goals to the table if he hits the ground running once again to help Klopp qualify for European football next season. Fulham will be licking their lips looking at their opponent’s home form – five straight defeats at Anfield where they’ve just scored a single goal from a dubious penalty against Manchester City. The Cottagers have lost to the Citizens, Chelsea, Manchester United, Leicester City and Tottenham in their last 17 Premier League clashes, while drawing 1-1 with Liverpool in December. Fulham’s growth has been commendable; however, my money is on Liverpool to edge this matchup by a single goal only. Liverpool by 1 in the Winning Margins market is a top bet at 26/10.

Manchester City 5/10
Draw 34/10
Manchester United 5/1
(18:30)


Tottenham 9/20
Draw 7/2
Crystal Palace 6/1
(21:15)

Tottenham have claimed back-to-back wins over Burnley and Fulham that has Jose Mourinho’s troops back in contention to secure European football with a host of teams eyeing the exact same prize. The Lilywhites can leapfrog Liverpool and West Ham to move into sixth on the standings with victory in this London derby as Mourinho’s men seek to finish the season strongly. Crystal Palace shared the spoils in consecutive 1-1 stalemates in recent meetings with Spurs, and come off an impressive 0-0 draw with Manchester United in midweek action, so at 7/2 the draw is a runner at valuable odds. Spurs look a much happier unit with their other attacking players coming to the party and not being over reliant on Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane to get the job done. I’m very confident with this result, back Spurs on the (-1) Handicap at 12/10.

Monday 8 March

Chelsea 11/20
Draw 3/1
Everton 5/1
(20:00)

Chelsea continue their pursuit of becoming the cream of the crop in English football under the tutelage of Thomas Tuchel who has been imperious since becoming the Blues’ boss. In eight Premier League clashes, the west Londoner’s have kept six clean sheets while having a multitude of players to hurt opponents in the business end of the pitch. Everton have quietly gone about their business in recent weeks, claiming three straight wins against Liverpool, Southampton and West Brom, impressively keeping three clean sheets as well. Tuchel has the opportunity to do battle against one of the masters of the game in Carlo Ancelotti and would surely love to add this scalp to his Chelsea hit list. With the momentum gained from playing Liverpool off the park, I can only see one result, back the home win confidently.

West Ham 21/20
Draw 26/10
Leeds United 24/10
(22:00)

West Ham United host Leeds United on Monday night to close out the round of matches as contrasting styles clash at the London Stadium to make for an intriguing contest for football purists. The Hammers’ boss David Moyes is renowned for his pragmatic approach, that hasn’t fared too badly this season, while Marcelo Bielsa’s men go 100 miles per hour for the entire 90 minutes. Kalvin Phillips will face a late fitness test to make himself available. The Peacocks are a much better team with him in the heart of midfield, so much so that if he doesn’t feature, I fully expect West Ham to claim maximum points. Take West Ham to complete the league double over Leeds.

DOUBLE @ 7/1
Liverpool By 1 (Winning Margins) 26/10
Tottenham (-1) Handicap 12/10

Written by Bryan Naicker