The opening clash of the round is at the same time the most interesting one, as the arch-rivals Tottenham and Arsenal meet each other at Wembley this Saturday, February 10th, 2018, while we’ll see a lot of action during the weekend as many teams are battling for survival, including a match between Southampton and Liverpool on Sunday, February 11th, 2018. The closing game of the Round 27 is set for Monday, February 12th, 2018, when Chelsea hosts West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge.
TOTTENHAM vs. ARSENAL
3-Way: 1: Tottenham +102; X: +278 Draw; 2: Arsenal +263 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -0.5: Tottenham +100; Arsenal -114
Total +3: Over -123; Under +107
The Spurs are unbeaten for 11 consecutive matches in all competitions, while in the previous five Premier League encounters they’ve recorded two wins and three draws, including that insane 2-2 stalemate with Liverpool on last weekend. Tottenham is still in the fifth spot of the Premier League table with 49 points and a 51:24 goal difference, just one point behind Chelsea in the fourth spot. At home, the Spurs have won four out of the last five tilts.
Injuries and suspensions: All players are ready to go.
Head-to-head: Three out of the last five H2H duels were ended in a draw, while both teams have recorded one victory each in the process. Just one of these five matches had more than two goals in the total.
The Gunners totally smashed Everton last Saturday (5-1), and a new acquisition from Dortmund Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on his debut from Henrikh Mkhitaryan assist, so Arsene Wenger is surely pleased with the newcomers. However, the next clash against the arch-rival will be a proper test for the Gunners who are four points behind Tottenham, so they just cannot afford to lose this match.
Injuries and suspensions: Santi Cazorla (foot), Danny Welbeck (hamstring), Petr Cech (calf, doubtful)
Tottenham vs. Arsenal – Match Prediction
This is certainly the most intriguing clash of the Round 27, and while the stake is huge, I don’t believe we will see an open flow game. Therefore, I’m backing the under in this one.
MY PICK: Under 3 Goals (+107)
EVERTON vs. CRYSTAL PALACE
3-Way: 1: Everton +125; X: +222 Draw; 2: Crystal Palace +250 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -0.5: Everton +120; Crystal Palace -140
Total +2.5: Over +127; Under -152
The Toffees were humiliated last weekend against Arsenal on the road (5-1), conceding four goals in the first half, so the next game with Crustal Palace has to be their redemption, although the fans wouldn’t forget that disgrace so easily. In the previous eight rounds of the English Premier League, Everton has earned just one victory along three stalemates and four losses, so they are now seven points above the relegation zone.
Injuries and suspensions: James McCarthy (leg), Ramiro Funes Mori (training deficit)
Head-to-head: Four out of the last five H2H meetings were finished in a draw, including a 2-2 stalemate earlier in the season, while just one of these five tilts had more than two goals in the total.
The Eagles have drawn two times in a row, against West Ham (1-1), and Newcastle (1-1), while they didn’t taste the win in the previous three rounds of the English Premier League. Crystal Palace is currently in the 14th spot of the table with 27 points and a 24:39 goal difference, just three points above the relegation zone, so the positive result against the Toffees should be a huge boost in their battle to stay in the top flight.
Injuries and suspensions: Wilfried Zaha (knee), Bakary Sako (ankle), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ankle), Scott Dann (knee), Jeff Schlupp (knee), Jason Puncheon (knee)
Everton vs. Crystal Palace – Match Prediction
This should be a tactical game between two experienced managers, and I think we will see a tough fight in the midfield. Both teams desperately need points, and I just cannot separate these two sides.
MY PICK: Draw (+222)
STOKE CITY vs. BRIGHTON
3-Way: 1: Stoke City +119; X: +223 Draw; 2: Brighton +269 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -0.5: Stoke City +116; Brighton -136
Total +2: Over -129; Under +111
The Potters had a 1-0 lead against Bournemouth on the road last weekend, but they were beaten at the end, 2-1, to record their third defeat in the last five Premier League matches, while Stoke City is again in the relegation mire with 24 points and a 26:52 goal difference. The Potters’ defense is still the worst in the league, but there are some improvements since Paul Lambert took the helm.
Injuries and suspensions: Jese (training deficit)
Head-to-head: Their first H2H clash of the season ended in a 2-2 stalemate was their only H2H duel in the last seven years.
The Seagulls put on a brilliant performance last weekend against West Ham at home, scoring three goals which are a huge achievement for one of the most inefficient teams in the league, and taking 21 shots toward rival’s goalkeeper. With these three points Brighton moved up to the 13th spot of the table, and now they are three points ahead of the teams in the danger zone.
Injuries and suspensions: Isaiah Brown (knee), Steve Sidwell (ankle)
Stoke City vs. Brighton – Match Prediction
Another tricky match of this round, as both teams are battling against the relegation, so we should see a tight game with a cautious approach on both sides. However, I think the Potters will find the way to win this one in front of the home fans.
MY PICK: Stoke City to Win (+119)
SWANSEA CITY vs. BURNLEY
3-Way: 1: Swansea City +146; X: +200 Draw; 2: Burnley +234 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread 0: Swansea City -149; Burnley +129
Total +2: Over +109; Under -127
The Swans are unbeaten in the last eight matches in all competitions, and after a 1-1 draw at Leicester on last weekend, their heads are above the water for the first time this season in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Swansea City put on a show in front of the home fans, beating Notts County 8-1 in the English FA Cup Round of 32 replay match.
Injuries and suspensions: Leroy Fer (Achilles tendon), Renato Sanches (hamstring)
Head-to-head: Swansea won four out of the last five H2H duels, but the previous one devolved to the Clarets (2-0). Just one of these five encounters had more than two goals in the total.
The Clarets are in crisis, failing to get a win in the last nine Premier League matches, but in the previous round, they’ve earned a 1-1 draw at home against the mighty Manchester City to please their fans after a long time. Burnley is in the seventh spot of the table at the moment with 36 points and a 21:23 goal difference, 13 points behind Tottenham in the fifth spot, so they should just concentrate on staying in the top half of the table.
Injuries and suspensions: Steven Defour (knee), Robbie Brady (knee), Chris Wood (knee), Jonathan Walters (knee), James Tarkowski (groin), Phil Bardsley (hamstring, doubtful)
Swansea City vs. Burnley – Match Prediction
Both teams are struggling with injuries, Swansea will miss Leroy Fer probably to the end of the season, while Burnley is still waiting for some important players. The visitors are playing in a poor form recently, unlike the home team, but I think they could stay undefeated in this one.
MY PICK: Draw (+200)
ADDITIONAL PICK: Both Teams to Score YES (+125)
WEST HAM vs. WATFORD
3-Way: 1: West Ham +150; X: +229 Draw; 2: Watford +197 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread 0: West Ham -129; Watford +113
Total +2.5: Over -102; Under -116
The Hammers were easily beaten 3-1 by Brighton in the previous round of the English Premier League to record their first defeat in the last seven matches along with two wins and four draws, while they are currently in the 12th spot of the table with 27 points and a 32:46 goal difference, three points behind their next opponent. In the previous five games on the home soil, the Hammers have suffered just one defeat along with three stalemates and one victory.
Injuries and suspensions: Marko Arnautovic (hamstring), Manuel Lanzini (hamstring), Andy Carroll (foot), Pedro Obiang (knee), Arthur Masuaku (red card suspension)
Head-to-head: West Ham won just one out of the last five H2H duels, while Watford has earned three victories in the process. The Hornets have won 2-0 in their first clash of the season.
The Hornets had a magnificent night on last Monday, beating the defending champions Chelsea to the bone (4-1) in front of the home fans to record their first victory in the last six Premier League rounds. Watford played aggressively from the first minute of the game, showing no fear of the big names on the other side, but they will need more of this in the further weeks if they want to stay in the mid-table position.
Injuries and suspensions: Will Hughes (hamstring), Younes Kaboul (foot), Nathaniel Chalobah (knee)
West Ham vs. Watford – Match Prediction
The visitors’ self-confidence is sky-high after beating Chelsea, so I think they will try to make another surprise, this time in London, and we could see a thrilling match with some goals on both sides of the field.
MY PICK: Both Teams to Score YES (-133)
MANCHESTER CITY vs. LEICESTER CITY
3-Way: 1: Manchester City -476; X: +599 Draw; 2: Leicester City +1312 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -2: Manchester City -101; Leicester City -110
Total +3.5: Over -101; Under -118
The Citizens failed to get a win over Burnley on the road last weekend to record their third draw of the season, while they are still comfortably topping the Premier League table with 13 points lead ahead of their city rivals in the second spot. At home, the Citizens have won 12 matches in a row, while in each of the last five tilts on the home soil they’ve managed to score at least three goals.
Injuries and suspensions: Leroy Sane (ankle), Fabian Delph (knee), Gabriel Jesus (knee), Benjamin Mendy (knee)
Head-to-head: The score is 2-1-2 in the previous five H2H duels, while the last two matches were ended in the under.
The Foxes are without Riyad Mahrez at the moment, as the Algerian winger refused to practice due to club’s decision to reject the bid from Manchester City, and Mahrez will probably miss the clash with the Citizens. However, the atmosphere is not perfect at King Power Stadium, although the Foxes are safe and sound at the eighth spot of the Premier League table, eleven points above the danger zone.
Injuries and suspensions: Wes Morgan (hamstring), Riyad Mahrez (personal, doubtful)
Manchester City vs. Leicester City – Match Prediction
The hosts are slowly preparing for the Champions League second round, and they can try some tactical settings against the Foxes this Saturday. The visitors will be without their best player, so I don’t think they can get something out of this clash.
MY PICK: Manchester City AH -2 (-101)
HUDDERSFIELD vs. BOURNEMOUTH
3-Way: 1: Huddersfield +227; X: +219 Draw; 2: Bournemouth +139 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread 0: Huddersfield +127; Bournemouth -147
Total +2: Over -137; Under +118
The Terriers are in the five-game losing string, while they didn’t taste the victory in the previous eight Premier League matches, while after the 2-0 defeat against Manchester United they’ve dropped to the relegation zone with 24 points and a 19:46 goal difference. Huddersfield couldn’t find the net in the last three Premier League games, and they are winless for five straight matches on the home soil.
Injuries and suspensions: Elias Kachunga (knee)
Head-to-head: In their first clash of the season Bournemouth hammered the Terriers 4-0 at home, while Huddersfield’s last H2H victory came in the 2013/2014 season when these two sides met each other in the English Championship.
The Cherries are playing in a great form recently, winning two matches in a row against Chelsea (3-0), and Stoke City (2-1), while they are unbeaten in the previous seven Premier League encounters. Bournemouth is currently in the ninth spot of the table, which is their best standing this season, so they certainly travel to Huddersfield to get another positive result.
Injuries and suspensions: Jermain Defoe (ankle), Adam Smith (thigh), Steve Cook (hamstring, doubtful)
Huddersfield vs. Bournemouth – Match Prediction
Although the visitors are in a tremendous form at the moment, I believe the Terriers will put an end to a miserable recent run. They are playing in front of the home fans which is always an advantage in this kind of match.
MY PICK: Huddersfield to Win (+227)
NEWCASTLE vs. MANCHESTER UNITED
3-Way: 1: Newcastle +463; X: +289 Draw; 2: Manchester United -152 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread +1: Newcastle -135; Manchester United +118
Total +2.5: Over +102; Under -121
The Magpies are giving their best to stay in the top flight, and they’ve suffered just one defeat in the last five Premier League matches along with three draws and one win. All these three stalemates were finished with a 1-1 result, but the Magpies will have to add some victories to their account as soon as possible, as they are just one point above the relegation zone at the moment.
Injuries and suspensions: Jesus Gamez (ankle), Ciaran Clark (knee, doubtful)
Head-to-head: Manchester won three out of the last five H2H duels including a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford earlier in the season, while Newcastle is waiting for a win over the Red Devils since the 2013/2014 season.
The Red Devils have beaten Huddersfield 2-0 in the previous round of the English Premier League, but they didn’t excite the fans with the performance. They are still in the second spot of the table with 56 points and a 51:18 goal difference, but now they are five points ahead of Liverpool in the third spot. Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal in a new jersey against the Terriers, and the fans certainly expect to see more from him in the further rounds.
Injuries and suspensions: Marouane Fellaini (knee), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (knee), Eric Bailly (ankle)
Newcastle vs. Manchester United – Match Prediction
The visitors are favorites for a reason, and I think they could get a win here, although I expect to see a parked bus in front of the hosts’ goalkeeper.
MY PICK: Manchester United AH -1 (+118)
SOUTHAMPTON vs. LIVERPOOL
3-Way: 1: Southampton +343; X: +282 Draw; 2: Liverpool -123 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread +0.5: Southampton +111; Liverpool -130
Total +3: Over +116; Under -136
The Saints finally put an end to a miserable run with a 3-2 victory over West Brom on the road, their first Premier League win since November 26th, 2017. However, Southampton is unbeaten in the last four Premier League matches, recording three consecutive draws before the latest win, and they are currently in the 15th spot of the table, just two points ahead of the teams in the relegation zone.
Injuries and suspensions: Charlie Austin (hamstring)
Head-to-head: Liverpool won the first H2H duel of the season at home (3-0), and it was their only victory in the last five matches, while the Saints recorded two wins in the process. Four of these five tilts had less than two goals in the total.
The Reds failed to get a victory over Tottenham last weekend in a pretty bizarre fashion, as the referee obviously had something against them, awarding two penalty kicks to the visitors in the last ten minutes of the game. In the previous three Premier League matches the Reds have recorded just one win, but due to Chelsea’s poor form they’ve reached the third spot of the table, five points behind Manchester United in the second spot.
Injuries and suspensions: Nathaniel Clyne (back), Ragnar Klavan (thigh)
Southampton vs. Liverpool – Match Prediction
The hosts desperately need three points here, but I think the visitors will throw out all the rage after that disappointing draw last weekend. However, this should be a great match with a lot of scoring chances on both sides.
MY PICK: Liverpool to Win (-123)
CHELSEA vs. WEST BROMWICH ALBION
3-Way: 1: Chelsea -263; X: +399 Draw; 2: West Bromwich Albion +785 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -1.5: Chelsea +112; West Bromwich Albion -128
Total +2.5: Over -136; Under +111
After a shocking 3-0 defeat against Bournemouth in front of the home fans, the Blues were beaten once again by the underdogs, and this time Watford hammered them, 4-1. Chelsea has won just one out of the last five Premier League matches, while they are currently in the fourth spot of the table with 50 points and a 46:23 goal difference, one point ahead of Tottenham in the fifth spot.
Injuries and suspensions: Ross Barkley (hamstring, doubtful), Tiemoue Bakayoko (red card suspension)
Head-to-head: Chelsea won four out of the previous five H2H tilts, while one match was ended in a 2-2 draw.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
The Baggies have lost two matches in a row against Manchester City on the road (3-0), and Southampton at home (3-2), so they are pinned at the bottom of the Premier League table with 20 points and a 21:37 goal difference, four points behind Swansea in the safe 17th spot. They’ve earned just two points in the last five matches away from home, scoring three goals in the process, and conceding nine in a return.
Injuries and suspensions: James Morrison (Achilles tendon), Nacer Chadli (thigh), Grzegorz Krychowiak (thigh, doubtful)
Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion – Match Prediction
After two shameful defeats, this is a perfect chance for the Blues to bounce back, and I believe they have to take advantage of it.
MY PICK: Chelsea AH -1.5 (+112)
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