The biggest fixture of gameweek 24 pits Premier League leaders Chelsea against their closest challengers Arsenal. A victory for the Blues would surely end the Gunners’ title hopes, but Arsene Wenger’s men will head to Stamford Bridge believing they can come away with all three points.
Chelsea will probably be content to cede possession and will instead focus on causing problems on the break, and it will be up to Arsenal to break down a defensive unit which has been impenetrable at times this season. Antonio Conte would probably settle for a draw here, and I reckon this match will indeed end with the scores level. That wager can be found in the sportsbook at 3.60, while a 1-1 draw fetches odds of 5.90.
My betting tip: Chelsea to draw with Arsenal.
Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to take advantage of the fact that at least one of Arsenal or Chelsea will drop points this weekend when they welcome Middlesbrough to White Hart Lane. Aitor Karanka’s side are defensively solid and resolute but will struggle to find a way past a Tottenham team that doesn’t concede many goals, while Spurs have enough firepower to find the net at the other end. With that in mind, then, my recommendation is a home win to nil at odds of 1.27.
My betting tip: Tottenham to beat Middlesbrough.
Premier League champions Leicester City are in danger of being sucked into the relegation battle, while Manchester United are still pushing for a top-four spot. Claudio Ranieri’s charges will sit deep and look to frustrate their opponents at the King Power Stadium, but United are likely to have too much quality and should be able to break the Foxes down. I’m tipping an away win with both teams to find the net in this one – the sportsbook provides that bet at a price of 1.72.
My betting tip: Manchester United to beat Leicester.
Manchester City have shown signs that they are returning to form in recent weeks, with their display in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham one of the best any Premier League team has produced in 2016/17. They cannot afford many more slip-ups if they are to secure a top-four spot, however, and Swansea City – who are themselves in need of a victory for very different reasons – will not make it easy for them at the Etihad Stadium. Nevertheless, it’s difficult to envisage anything other than a comfortable home win here – my tip is a combi bet of triumphs for both Manchester City and Manchester United at odds of 2.15.
My betting tip: Manchester City to beat Swansea.
Elsewhere, both Crystal Palace and Sunderland will be desperate for all three points when they go head-to-head in a crunch relegation clash at Selhurst Park – both teams are running out of time to pull themselves clear of trouble. Palace have underperformed this term but the fact that they possess superior players means I’m backing a home win here. You can find that in the sportsbook at 1.64.
Hull City are also fighting for their lives and may be quietly confident of sneaking a result against Liverpool, who have been out of form in recent weeks. I still expect the Reds to go to the KCOM Stadium and get the job done, but it’s unlikely to be easy – a Liverpool win with under 2.5 goals scored in total could be the way to go here.
By Greg Lea
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