We provide potentially marketable betting tips for Gameweek 26 of the Premier League featuring Chelsea vs Manchester United as the Match of the Day.
Manchester City seem to be running away with the Premier League title having opened up a ten-point lead over Manchester United and Leicester City, built on the back of a 19-game winning streak in all competitions. However, a tricky assignment awaits this weekend with a high-flying West Ham United visiting the Etihad on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Leicester City will be pushing to cut down the gap to the top when they host Arsenal in an enticing match-up at the King Power on Sunday noon, while Tottenham will want to end their recent torrid run in the Premier League when they come up against a resilient Burnley outfit.
But the biggest clash of this weekend will come from Stamford Bridge as Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea host Manchester United in a blockbuster encounter, hoping to extend their unbeaten run under the German and bolstering their chances of a top-four finish.
Elsewhere. reigning champions Liverpool will be in action against bottom-feeders Sheffield United aiming to bounce back from the derby defeat while Everton take on Southampton on Monday night. Newcastle host Wolves as they look to pull away from the drop zone whereas Crystal Palace and Fulham will face off in a derby. Leeds United and Aston Villa squaring off at Elland Road should be a match for the neutrals.
Manchester City vs West Ham United
Manchester City are unstoppable. After making light work of Arsenal and Borussia Monchengladbach over the last seven days, Pep Guardiola’s men have now won 19 games in a row now. West Ham United, though, have been punching well above their weight and will be in a buoyant mood after beating Tottenham last time out.
Having managed to hold City to a draw already this season, David Moyes’ men will be aiming to repeat the feat again on Saturday. However, the Cityzens are not looking like they can be slowed down. Another win, another step towards the title for Guardiola’s side.
1. Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.57
1. Jesse Lingard to score anytime @ 8.00
Leicester City vs Arsenal
Leicester and Arsenal head into Sunday’s week after contrasting fortunes over the last week. The Foxes enjoyed a solid win against Aston Villa in the Premier League but were ousted from Europa League midweek, whereas Arsenal after having tasted defeat at Manchester City’s hands, came back to oust Benfica in Europe.
Having met twice already this term, once each in the league and Carabao Cup, both teams have got one win under their belts. It could be a closely-fought, tactical battle at the King Power that could end in a score stalemate.
1. Both Teams to Score – YES @ 1.75
1. Full-Time Result – Draw @ 3.40
Tottenham vs Burnley
Tottenham have won just one of their last six league games, succumbing to a defeat to West Ham last time out. Having once been tipped as contenders for the title, Jose Mourinho’s men are fighting to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Burnley, in a typical resilient fashion, have gone four games unbeaten in the league, putting daylight between themselves and the drop zone.
Wolfsberger may not be at the same level as a Premier League team but Spurs’ display against the Austrians in Europe should fill them with confidence. Plus, with Gareth Bale starting to click, Mourinho & co. could put an end to their recent torrid run in the English top-flight.
1. Tottenham to win @ 1.50
1. Son Heung-Min to score first @ 4.33
Chelsea vs Manchester United
Thomas Tuchel has turned things around and how at Chelsea. Not many teams can claim to have beaten Atletico Madrid in their own backyard, but the Blues did just that in Europe this week, and are now nine games unbeaten under new management, building on a solid rearguard.
Manchester United, however, have been infallible on the road this term, not losing even one of their 12 away matches on the road, winning eight. With the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford et al., getting some rest after playing 45 minutes only in midweek, there is a good chance that the Red Devils come away with a positive result here.
1. Full-Time Result – Draw or Manchester United @ 1.66
1. Bruno Fernandes to score anytime @ 3.10
Sheffield United vs Liverpool
Liverpool’s troubles continue to grow after another hurting defeat at home, this time to local rivals Everton, following which they will be licking their wounds.
Jurgen Klopp’s team will be raring to go and produce a strong reaction and Sheffield United may have to bear the brunt of it on Sunday with the Blades staring at the dreaded relegation as the business end of the season nears. Expect Mohamed Salah to extend his lead at the top of the PL goalscoring charts for the season.
1. Liverpool Asian Handicap -1.0 @ 1.575
1. Mohamed Salah to score 2 or more @ 3.40
Best of the Rest
After a solid start, Aston Villa have lost their way somewhat of late, failing to win four of their last six games (D1 L3). And the continued absence of captain and talisman Jack Grealish could end up playing in the hands of Leeds United, who head into the game after a convincing 3-0 win against Southampton.
Fulham’s four-game unbeaten streak may come to a halt against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park while Newcastle United could look to push away from the drop zone with a win against a largely inconsistent Wolves’ outfit. West Brom and Brighton are likely to play out a draw, given the lack of offensive firepower on display across both teams.
1. Leeds to beat Aston Villa @ 2.20
1. Newcastle to beat Wolves @ 3.40
2. Crystal Palace to beat Fulham @ 3.70
3. West Brom vs Brighton – Full-Time Result – Draw @ 3.50