7th February 2020
After years of certain managers seemingly complaining about the lack of a winter break in the Premier League, they have now got their way. What this means is that gameweek 26 is now going to be played over the course of two separate weekends, with four matches in the first weekend and six the following week. League leaders Liverpool are currently on their break but Man City are in action at home to West Ham.
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Now, here are some of our selected tips & odds for the Premier League Gameweek 26.
It is fair to say that Crystal Palace’s form has fallen off a cliff recently and their poor performances were summed up by goalkeeper Vicente Guaita dropping the ball over his own goalline in a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United. It doesn’t look like things are going to get much easier for them either, with a difficult trip to Goodison Park. The Toffees showed incredible spirit to pick themselves up off the floor and turn a 2-0 deficit into a sensational 3-2 win away at Watford. If they can apply some quality on the ball to this game and create some chances for their strikers then it may be a good afternoon for the boys in blue.
Brighton and Watford are both stuck in the relegation fight with only three points separating them. If you really enjoy football cliches, this could be described as a relegation six pointer. Both sides have proven that they know where the net is but defending has been a real issue, particularly for Brighton. They have conceded three goals in both of their last two games and Watford do have plenty of attacking threat both from open play and set pieces.
Competition for places seems to be hotting up at Sheffield United after an excellent January transfer window. The signing of highly rated Norweigan midfielder Sander Berge has displaced early strong performer John Lundstram and it will be interesting to see who Chris Wilder goes with week on week. Bournemouth have given themselves a good chance of survival with two strong home wins against relegation rivals Brighton and Aston Villa, but this will be an incredibly tough fixture for them.
The recent form of both Wolves and Leicester is patchy at best, with neither side really able to put a proper run together. Coming back from their winter break, it has been a while since they last played. It seems as if key Wolves man Adama Traore has recovered from injury while Leicester have their star players available too. These two sides always focus on attacking, which is their strength. What it hopefully means is that we’re in for a brilliant contest of the beautiful game.
Southampton’s last Premier League game was a bizarre one, as they actually played very well but ended up suffering a 4-0 defeat at Anfield. Danny Ings has an incredible recent scoring record for the Saints and must be knocking on the door of an England call up at this point. For Burnley, they’re unbeaten in their last three league games, which were against Leicester, Man United and Arsenal. Can they get another result here though?
Things don’t look great at all for Norwich at the moment. They are 7 points adrift of safety and have the worst goal difference in the division. Not much needs to be said about Liverpool other than the fact they are easing towards the Premier League title having won 24 of their 25 matches. The bad news for Norwich is that Sadio Mane is back available for the Reds too after missing the last few games through injury.
Even though Aston Villa lost their last game against relegation rivals Bournemouth, they are still outside the relegation zone due to the failings of other sides around them. Make no mistake though, they need to improve and can’t rely on Jack Grealish to get them out of trouble every time. Spurs were brilliant against Man City and Son Heung-Min remains their biggest threat at the moment, with some great back up in the form of Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn.
Arsenal are certainly a lot harder to beat since Mikel Arteta came in, but they need to start turning draws into wins. They have drawn their last four Premier League games in a row in fact. For Newcastle, I’m sure they would take a draw if it was offered in this fixture. Watch out for Allan Saint-Maximin on the counter-attack for them, as he’s the Magpie’s only real outlet. Neither side have been prolific so far this season but both are pretty solid defensively. The stats suggest we could be in for a low scoring game at The Emirates.
It’s extremely difficult to predict what these sides are going to do in any given match, as the race for the top four is so unpredictable. With sides like Sheffield United, Spurs and Wolves also up there, both sides will feel as if they need to win this one. Hopefully this makes for an attacking game, but it remains to be seen whether or not Man United’s new loan striker Odion Ighalo will play any part after he was banned from the training ground on safety measures after coming over from China.
Man City have been uncharacteristically inconsistent so far this season with the defeat at Spurs coming as a very unwelcome surprise. They seem to have missed a lot of penalties so far too with not one proper designated taker. West Ham defended comically against Brighton with some of the worst goals you’ll ever see from a defensive perspective. They probably wouldn’t have asked for this to be their next fixture then, with Man City likely determined to bounce back from embarrassment. It will be interesting to see if new signing Jarrod Bowen comes in for his debut after signing from Hull on deadline day.
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*all odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change