By News Team
21st February 2020
This weekend, every Premier League side features in the same Matchweek after the conclusion of the league’s first ever winter break, and it is set to be a defining few days for clubs at both ends of the table…
Vardy to down Guardiola’s men?
Manchester City have been caught up in controversy over the last week after being told that they will not be able to play in Europe for two years, but Pep Guardiola will not let that affect his men when they travel to the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Leicester currently sit in third spot but are in danger of falling into the battle for fourth after winning only one of their last five games. Brendan Rodgers will not only be worried with his side’s current form, but he will also be worried about his star man, Jamie Vardy. Even though Vardy is the league’s top goalscorer this season with 17 goals, he has struggled in recent weeks and has not found the back of the net in his last five games. This could be the game for Vardy to turn his fortunes around, and he is 5/4 to score anytime on Saturday.
The last time City failed to score in consecutive away games was in January 2017, but Guardiola will be hoping his side do not match this feat on Saturday evening. Considering Leicester have conceded nine goals in their last four home games, Guardiola and his side will be looking to exploit that. City to win at the King Power Stadium is 3/4, while Leicester are 17/5.
Eagles to feast on Magpies?
Crystal Palace host Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on Saturday in a game that could be classed as a classic ‘six-pointer’ but who will come out on top this time round?
Palace are slipping further down the table week-by-week, which is seriously worrying for Roy Hodgson and his side. After last week’s loss to Everton, Palace have now gone seven games without a win, and they have not kept a clean sheet in ten, which is the longest current run in the Premier League. One positive for Palace last week was that Christian Benteke scored his first goal league goal in 765 minutes. It may be risky, but you can get Benteke to score anytime at 19/10.
After last week’s loss to Arsenal, Newcastle’s eight-game unbeaten streak in all competitions came to an end. This time last season, Newcastle sat one point above the relegation zone whereas now Steve Bruce’s side currently sit seven points clear. The Magpies have lost 78 Premier League games in London, which is more than any other side in history, but saying that, you can get Newcastle to beat Palace at a healthy 7/2, which looks worth taking.
Grealish to the rescue for Villa?
Last time out, Southampton travelled to Villa Park and returned back to the south coast with a comfortable 3-1 victory against Aston Villa, but this time round it is set to be a very different game.
Southampton have not won three Premier League games in a row against Villa since November 2000. Currently on two wins, the Saints will be looking to end that record on Saturday. Without a doubt, Danny Ings has been the star of Southampton’s impressive season with the Englishman scoring 15 goals already this term, which is 47% of his side’s goals. Ings to score first against Villa is 21/10 which looks worth snapping up.
Villa’s return to the top flight has not been as successful as some predicted at the start of the season. A huge problem within the current side is the defence and that has led to Villa being the only side this term to have not kept a clean sheet away from home. Villa will be hoping that Jack Grealish can produce a few more magical performances to lift them out of danger especially as the midfielder has created 68 chances so far this season, more than any other English player. Villa are priced at a strong 4/1 to win this weekend while Grealish is 8/1 to score first.