The 2015-16 Premier League season continues this weekend with Leicester City continuing to surprise everyone as they lead the competition as we near the halfway point of the season. Continue reading for our EPL Week 16 Preview and Betting Tips.
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Norwich City vs Everton (Saturday 11.45pm AEDT)
The Toffees are sitting in the upper half of the ladder but find themselves in a logjam. They require a win here to push themselves up the ladder and into the European zone, which is there goal for the year. They were forced to settle for a draw in their last two matches but their attacking prowess has continued as they have scored the third most goals in the league. On the other end, they need to be more consistent at the back as they have let in some sloppy goals as their inexperienced backs have found themselves out of position.
Norwich City were disappointing against Watford last week after putting on four solid performances in a row where they pushed Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea to the limits whilst picking up a victory against Swansea City. Norwich won’t be a strong enough side to stop the attacking weapons of Everton as they fall to a loss at home.
Manchester City vs Swansea City (Sunday 2am AEDT)
City have slumped to two defeats in their last three matches and Manuel Pelligrini would be furious with his side after their recent loss to Stoke City. However, it was an improved performance for the side midweek as they picked up a victory in the Champions League as they progress to the knock out stages for the first time in their last five attempts. Sergio Aguero has a few games under his belt and will want to return to the goal-scoring striker that he is.
Swansea have just one win on the road in their last 8 away matches in the premier league whilst City have won 13 of their last 15 at home. With that statistic in mind, I will be taking City to win by a comfortable margin at home.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal (Monday 12.30am AEDT)
The season for Aston Villa is continuing to get worse because despite their draw with Southampton last week they are still sitting on the bottom of the ladder and are 6 points behind the 19th placed Sunderland. They are up against an Arsenal side that will be full of confidence after qualifying for the Champions League playoff round with a 3-0 victory over Olympiacos. They will now have their full focus on the next few weeks of premier league and after a solid 3-1 victory over Sunderland last week they will have a similar result against the cellar dwellers this weekend.
Leicester City vs Chelsea (Tuesday 7am AEDT)
In one of the most interesting matches of the weekend, the top of the table Leicester City will take on the 14th placed Chelsea – No, I didn’t get that around the wrong way.
Leicester climbed to the top with an impressive 3-0 victory over Swansea City last week, however unfortunately for Jamie Vardy he was unable to find the back of the net and keep his goal streak alive. I am sure he would prefer the three points anyway and the side would love the three points this weekend against Jose Mourinho’s struggling side. The pressure is rising on the coach despite the side reaching the Champions League playoffs. A loss to Bournemouth last week on home soil is the cherry on top of an awful regular season.
Leicester have a great record at home having won seven and lost just one of their last 10 home games in the league whilst Chelsea have picked up just the one victory in their last eight away matches. This match will be close, with the pressure being too much for Chelsea as these two sides play out an entertaining draw.
Take note: Any of the tips in this article are simply the author’s opinion, so bet at your own risk and always gamble responsibly. Also be sure to check out the Before You Bet Twitter Page for all our thoughts in the lead up to bets! Happy punting!
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