It’s the 27th round of the English Premier League, meaning BetXchange needs to deliver its batch of previews and picks. The most interesting event is in Leicester, where the Foxes meet Chelsea. Fulham and Arsenal should also present an exciting battle, while Manchester City travels to London to meet Crystal Palace.
Leicester VS Chelsea
Brendan Rodgers and the boys aren’t in good shape, losing four games in a row and not being able to score in three. With 24 points, Leicester sits two steps ahead of the relegation zone and is in massive danger of further falling down and even ending up in the Championship.
Chelsea has back-to-back wins without a goal allowed. The more recent was in the UEFA Champions League, where they won against Borussia Dortmund, 2-0, eliminating the rivals, and advancing to the quarterfinals.
Given the fact that the Blues don’t have any pressure here, and that the Foxes are in problems and a must-win situation, this event should bring plenty of goals. Chelsea will be open and offensive, as well as the home unit. That’s why we pick over 2.5 goals.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals at BetXchange
Fulham VS Arsenal
The Cottagers ended their defeatless streak in Brentford last Monday. After seven matches in which they haven’t lost, Fulham suffered a 3-2 failure. Mitro and the boys played inefficient events lately, with eight of the last ten ending with under 2.5 scores.
Arsenal played 2-2 in the UEFA Europa League in Lisbon against Sporting, but the Gunners aren’t worried about that too much. They are after the EPL title, and that’s the priority. Right now, Arteta’s crew has four straight Premiership victories; in three, they scored at least three times.
Arsenal comes to Craven Cottage to win, and we won’t complicate things too much here. They need three points to remain on top of the standings, so we pick the guests to triumph.
Pick: Arsenal 3/5 at BetXchange
Crystal Palace VS Manchester City
Even though the Eagles sit 12th and are plenty of positions above the red zone, they have only six points more than the teams under the relegation line. Also, they are in terrible shape, with 10 straight matches where they couldn’t post a triumph. As usual, their affairs are without too many goals, and six of the past seven ended with fewer than three.
Man City won three straight, in each delivering at least twice. Guardiola prepares his team for the UEFA Champions League game against RB Leipzig, but three points here are a must. City’s defense has been vulnerable on the road, with them having only one clean sheet.
Despite this problem, our absolute favorites here are the guests, who are chasing Arsenal and the title.
Pick: Manchester City 1/3 at BetXchange
Bournemouth VS Liverpool
Everyone still remembers the first meeting between these two units, back in August, when Liverpool trashed the Cherries at Anfield, 9-0. The home unit is now last in the Premiership, facing plenty of problems, with the worst defense in the league and 54 allowed goals.
Liverpool’s offense is coming to town fired up after seven goals in Manchester United’s net, eager to continue at the same pace. The reds have to win and keep the pursuit for the fourth place alive, as they now have three points fewer than Tottenham, but the game in hand compared to the Spurs.
We take the Reds in this clash, and expect to see them posting their third victory in a row, fifth in the latest seven appearances.
Pick: Liverpool 2/5 at BetXchange