Premier League Review, Monday 22nd Feb 2021
Liverpool 0-2 Everton
Liverpool’s Premier League woes continued as local rivals Everton beat the Reds in a PL Merseyside derby at Anfield for the first time since 1999.
Even the most confident punter probably couldn’t have predicted Richarlison handing Ancelotti’s side a 3rd-minute lead, but it probably would’ve been more feasible that a questionable VAR decision would lead to Everton killing off the game through Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late penalty.
Liverpool will hope a visit to Sheffield United could get them back on track on Sunday and you can back them to win at 4/11 here as Everton enjoy a week off before returning on Monday Night Football against Southampton seven days from now.
Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City
Manchester City’s relentless pursuit towards the title shows no signs of slowing down after a professional 1-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates.
Raheem Sterling rose above the Gunners’ defence to score a 2nd-minute header and from there, you could be forgiven for thinking they’d run rampant with over 3.5 goals being a favourable bet at the time.
Instead, Arsenal rode out the storm, ensuring that they restricted the champions-elect to just the one goal.
A trip to take on Leicester this weekend will really test Arsenal’s top six credentials, with Manchester City knowing they’ll once again be the favourites when clashing with West Ham at the Etihad, back them here at 2/9 to continue this streak.
Wolves 1-0 Leeds
Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United had both been stuck in a bizarre vortex between outside relegation candidates and hopeful top half contenders.
In the end, though, it was the hosts who came away with all three points, as Adama Traore’s effort thundered against the post and in off the back of Illan Meslier after a less-energetic second half in the Black Country.
Alas, Leeds have no time to rest on what happened as they’ll be taking on Southampton and Aston Villa this week whereas Nuno’s men travel up north to play Newcastle on Saturday, back them to win here at 11/10.
Southampton 1-1 Chelsea
Southampton were able to break their strange losing streak in the Premier League over the weekend as they held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw on the South Coast.
Many betting enthusiasts would’ve been hoping that Thomas Tuchel’s side would continue their strong run of form by tearing the Saints apart, but it was actually Takumi Minamino who impressed with a cool finish to give Southampton the edge – with Mason Mount equalising from the penalty spot.
Southampton will head to Yorkshire tomorrow night to play Leeds with Chelsea having a huge game against Manchester United on Sunday to prepare for and you can get them at 11/10 here to win that match.
Burnley 0-0 West Brom
Burnley and West Bromwich Albion engaged in a dull 0-0 draw at Turf Moor on Saturday that didn’t do a whole lot to improve the fortunes of either team.
The Clarets are the ones who will probably be feeling frustrated after Semi Ajayi was shown a straight red card in the 30th minute for denying the hosts a clear goalscoring opportunity. However, instead of the Baggies’ situation creating any tension, it produced a measly stalemate instead.
Burnley will now hope to take advantage of Tottenham’s bad form when they visit North London on Sunday with West Brom hosting Brighton in another relegation six-pointer you can get West Brom to win here at 14/5.
Fulham 1-0 Sheffield United
The battle between two members of the bottom three ended in a narrow yet vital win for Fulham against Sheffield United at Craven Cottage.
An uninspiring first 45 minutes was followed up by a far more energetic second half, capped off by the impressive Ademola Lookman scoring the goal that took the Cottagers to within three points of safety.
They’ll hope to carry that momentum forward into a big game against Crystal Palace on Sunday, back them to win here at 5/4 while Sheffield United face the unenviable task of hosting reigning champions Liverpool – although recent form suggests it might be closer than you think.
West Ham 2-1 Tottenham
West Ham United’s dramatic assault on the top four race will go on after they beat rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium.
Michail Antonio’s opener caught Hugo Lloris off guard within the first few minutes before the in-form Jesse Lingard made it 2-0 just after the half time interval. Lucas Moura did manage to drag Spurs kicking and screaming back into the game, but those hoping for a Tottenham double chance were left disappointed.
West Ham’s run-in won’t get any easier from here with an early Saturday game against Manchester City, but Tottenham should be viewed as the favourites for their Sunday afternoon kickoff against Burnley and you can back them at 8/15 here.
Aston Villa 1-2 Leicester
Leicester City’s fast start enabled them to hold off Aston Villa in a 2-1 win that boosted their Champions League aspirations.
James Maddison and Harvey Barnes were responsible for putting the Foxes 2-0 up inside the first 25 minutes, and Bertrand Traore’s early second-half strike wasn’t enough to push Villa on towards the equaliser.
The path to Europe doesn’t get any easier for Dean Smith with Villa now preparing for a meeting against Leeds, with Leicester playing Arsenal at the King Power Stadium in the early Sunday kickoff and you can back them to win at 11/5 here.
Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle
Manchester United overcame an early scare to beat Newcastle United 3-1 and revive their title hopes at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford’s 30th-minute goal was quickly cancelled out by Allan Saint-Maximin, but the struggling Magpies just couldn’t keep that pace going once the Red Devils got into a rhythm after half time.
Dan James made it 2-1 with Bruno Fernandes sealing all three points from the penalty spot.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to now prepare his side for a huge challenge in the form of a trip to play Chelsea, with Newcastle knowing they can hardly afford another loss in the late Saturday game against Wolves.
Brighton vs Crystal Palace
The M23 derby is upon us as Brighton & Hove Albion lock horns with bitter rivals Crystal Palace on Monday Night Football.
Brighton understandably come into this one as the betting favourites based on recent wins over Liverpool and Tottenham, but for Crystal Palace, this season is starting to feel quite desperate with the Eagles knowing a defeat here will see Brighton leapfrog them in the table.
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