After a week off for FA Cup fixtures, the English Premier League returns this weekend with a great slate of games. The weekend’s action gets underway with a big clash between top four teams Leicester City and Chelsea on Saturday night and is rounded out by Tottenham taking on Manchester City in an important game on Monday morning.
We have a full preview and betting tips for some of the key games of Matchday 25 below.
Matchday 25 gets underway on Saturday night with 3rd placed Leicester City taking on 4th placed Chelsea from King Power Stadium at 11.30pm (AEDT). The Foxes are coming off a good win at home over West Ham two weeks ago, where they plundered four goals throughout the course of the game. They were also good on the road in Brentford for their FA Cup clash, winning 1-0 as Kelechi Iheanacho found the back of the net.
Chelsea was also on the road in their FA Cup clash and also claimed a one goal win. Batshuayi and Fikayo Tomori scored for the Blues as they beat Hull City 2-1. Chelsea took a 2-1 lead in the 84th minute in their Matchday 24 clash against Arsenal, but relinquished the lead just three minutes later as Arsenal were able to salvage a draw on the road.
Chelsea start as slight underdogs here and they’ll see this as a massive chance to gain some ground on the 3rd placed Leicester, who currently sit 8 points ahead of them. Leicester have won just two of their last 13 games against Chelsea and just one of those wins came at home. Back the Blues with the safety of the draw no bet here.
Manchester United suffered a horror loss to Burnley at home in Matchday 24. They have now lost their last two games in the EPL and sit in fifth place on the table, six points outside of Chelsea in fourth. The Red Devils did bounce back in their FA Cup clash on the road in Tranmere as they smashed the Rovers 6-0.
Wolverhampton were admirable against Liverpool at home in Matchday 24, but ultimately went down 2-1 as Roberto Firmino scored an 84th minute goal to give the Reds the lead. The Wanderers will have the benefit of having had two full weeks off coming into this clash, after they were bounced from the FA Cup in the previous round by none other than Manchester United.
After their first FA Cup matchup finished in a 0-0 draw, Manchester United were successful in the rematch, winning 1-0 at home to move on to the next round. However, overlooking that game, the Wolves have a fantastic record against Man U, taking at least one point in the five previous games. They start as big underdogs here, happy to take them with a bit of insurance.
Manchester City are coming off good wins in their last EPL match and in their FA Cup clash on the weekend. Sergio Aguero scored a 73rd minute winner in Sheffield to down the Blades in Matchday 24, while they advanced to the next round in the FA Cup with a dominant 4-0 win at home over Fulham.
Tottenham currently sit six points behind Chelsea in fourth place and will be desperate to get on a roll in the back half of the season to give themselves a chance at qualifying for the Champions League. They had a 1-1 draw in Southampton in their FA Cup clash, so will have to host the Saints in London on the 6th of February.
City and Tottenham had a storied rivalry over the Citizens dominant period at the top of the table. In that time, the Spurs were one team who were really able to do damage against Man City, taking points off the Citizens in six of their last 11 games. Not sure they will be able to replicate that in their current form, however, as Manchester City look to make one final charge at a miraculous title run.
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