Leeds United vs Derby
A top of the table clash on Friday night threatens to be a fierce one. It’s a real six-pointer as both sides will be out to claim all three points to deny the other. Leeds are the league leaders but recent results have threatened their position, with Norwich closing in on top spot, just three points behind. Leeds have lost their last three games against some tough opposition in fact but their form needs to be amended quickly. With defence being Leeds strength this season their attack hasn’t been on fire scoring the lowest amount of goals out of the top four teams. On the other hand, Derby have been flying recently with a huge draw against Premier League side Southampton in the FA Cup forcing a replay and a big 4 – 3 win over second-placed Norwich. For me, this games got a draw written all over it and I think its a good bet.
Game Changers: Jansson, Roofe, Wilson and Mount
Back the draw at 3/1 with SkyBet
West Ham vs Arsenal
The Return of Nasri. The Hammers welcome London rivals Arsenal to the Olympic Stadium in what will be a quality game. The Irons have played well this season and their efforts mean they find themselves tenth in the table, three points off seventh-placed Leicester City. At the forefront of this success has been new man Felipe Anderson who has been unbelievable and arguably one of the signings of the summer. His attacking flair is definitely a threat to the Arsenal defence that after injuries to Holding and Bellerin have been leaking goals. Speaking of Arsenal, the Gunners have been in some good form with two wins in their last two games. Unai’s Red Army will be on the charge for some much needed points in order to keep their top four hopes alive. if they believe they are a top 4 candidate then they must win this.
Game Changers: Anderson, Fabianski, Lacazette and Aubameyang
Back Arsenal to win at evens with SkyBet
Chelsea vs Newcastle United
Newcastle travel down to Stamford Bridge to take on the Blues. Chelsea have had a bit of speculation surrounding them this week with Jermaine Jenas stating that star Eden Hazard has outgrown the club. This shows the mans talent and I’m sure Sarri will use this against Newcastle. The Blues haven’t lost a league game in their last three and their efforts were undermined this week by a controversial goal that led to them losing to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup. I get the sense that this defeat will have inspired the players to get back on the right track. Their opposition the Magpies have been struggling recently not winning a single game in their last five. I think Chelsea could tear them apart and I suspect a lot of goals.
Game Changers: Hazard, Kante, Hudson Odoi and Dubravka
Over 2.5 goals at 4/6 with SkyBet
Everton vs AFC Bournemouth
Its about time Everton turned up. They have been good at times and awful at others. Latest losses to both Leicester and Brighton are not good enough in the context of the clubs ambitions. Their supporters deserve better. Bournemouth supporters however can not have the same complaints. Their team just keeps over achieving and much of that is down to the superb skills of Manager Eddie Howe and his teams refusal to surrender without a huge fight. Whilst a latest loss to Brighton isnt great I think it is just down to lack of squad depth to cover the very busy period. It’s for that reason only that I am tipping up Everton. Bournemouth look weary and Everton are at home.
Game Changers : Wilson, King, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Back Everton to win at 4/5 with William Hill
Tottenham vs Man United
Now we get to see just how much the rehabilitation of United is real and how much is down to the paucity of the opposition. If they are the real deal and the quality personnel that they have are enjoying playing under Ole’ then they just might be a match for a Tottenham side who have had an incredibly busy new year. Pochetino’s men though are playng quality football and Kane is special up front, who like all superstars only needs half a sniff of goal to register. As strange as it may sound I think, excepting the two central defenders of each team, United, man for man are better but its in defence where we have a problem. United are getting a bit like Arsenal, they just cant stop good teams scoring. This is an intriguing contest and one I am really looking forward to.
Game Changers : Pogba, Rashford, Fallani, Erikson, Kane, Winx
Back United and the Draw at 4/5 with Betfair
Man City vs Wolves
This is one of those games where everyone says, its a walkover and it may well be but take a look at the Wolves record against teams above them. It is staggering how often they have got a draw or win against high rated opposition only to lose to a lesser light. The Portugese “A” side under Espiritu Santo (that’s what they are) know what they are doing, work as a team and arent scared of anyone. City, however have less injuries and are starting to look like a title winning team again and of course they are home. Yes they will probably win but klets have a sporting bet that Wolves can get a draw at least. They will certainly make it hard for City
Game Changers : Aguero, de Bruyne, Jesus, Jota, Jiminez, Traore
Back Wolves and the Draw at 4/1