The 2015-16 English Premier League continues this weekend with the race for the title heating up with the top three sides separated by just one point. Continue reading for our EPL week 23 Preview and Betting Tips.
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Norwich City vs Liverpool (Saturday 11.45pm AEDT)
The Reds were very disappointed after losing 1-0 to Manchester United last week after they were clearly the dominant side throughout the contest however they were unable to find the breakthrough. This has plagued the side all season as they have converted on only 25 occasions whilst they have conceded 28 times. The loss saw Liverpool fall to ninth place on the ladder and a victory this weekend is a must.
Norwich has also reached a rough patch losing their last two matches. A brain snap by Gary O’Neil saw him earn a red card, which forced his side to play the remaining 60 minutes of the match a man down. This contributed highly to their loss and they can’t afford to repeat that this weekend. In the 11 meetings between these two sides in the Premier League, Liverpool has been victors on 9 occasions and has never lost. Taking this strong record into account we are backing Liverpool to pick up the victory on the road.
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday 2am AEDT)
Tottenham returned to winning ways last week as they were able to make easy work of Sunderland in a 4-1 victory, however there were danger signs early in the match when they trailed 1-0. The Spurs were also able to pick up a 2-0 victory against Leicester City in the FA Cup as they progressed into the fourth round.
Meanwhile the home side has slumped to three straight defeats including a loss to cellar dwellers Aston Villa. Their biggest issue at the moment is their goal scoring as they have failed to score in their last five league matches. Their home record is also poor as they have won just two of their last seven matches at Selhurt Park. The Spurs have a huge advantage against the Eagles and they have held them scoreless in four of the last five meetings. We are expecting the Spurs to continue their dominance and remain in the top four with a victory.
West Ham United vs Manchester city (Sunday 4.30am AEDT)
The impressive away form of the Hammers has transformed into a strong record at home. The side is undefeated in their last eight meetings on home soil, however they have won just three of their last 12 top-flight fixtures. A disappointing away loss last week to Newcastle United saw the side drop to sixth place on the ladder.
Last week’s 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace saw Manchester City return to the team we were watching at the start of the season. A side that is incredibly strong on the defensive end whilst they showed critical finishing when in front of goal. When City are in form like this it would be silly to bet against the side despite their recent poor record on the road. Sergio Aguero has now returned to full strength and he will cause problems for the Hammers defence this weekend.
Arsenal vs Chelsea (Monday 3am AEDT)
The match of the round pits the current Premier League leaders against the defending champions who sit in 14th place after salvaging a 3-3 draw last week against Everton. The last minute goal to John Terry shouldn’t have counted as he was clearly in an offside position. The match showed the flaws in Chelsea’s defence has failed to improve despite a new coach. However, the Blues have a tremendous record against Arsenal and they haven’t lost in their last eight meetings in the Premier League including five victories and the Gunners have failed to score in their last eight hours and two minutes of action against Chelsea in top-flight football.
However, Chelsea’s new problems at the back open up an opportunity for the Gunners to break this streak and with the form that Mesut Ozil is in this season he should create plenty of chances for his side to find the back of the net. Arsenal has also improved with the return of Aaron Ramsey to the side and he offers another attacking option from the mid field. We are sticking with the current leaders to add to Chelsea’s woes this season.
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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