By News Team
Last Updated: 20th April 2021
With only a handful of Premier League fixtures to go in the 2020/21 season, the race for the top four and to avoid relegation continues to keep us all on the edge of our seats. We take a look at the standout fixtures this week…
Chelsea to continue their impressive form?
Tuesday evening sees Brighton travel to Stamford Bridge where they will take on Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side, who are coming off the back of reaching the FA Cup Final on Saturday.
1993 was the last and only time that Chelsea have been defeated by Brighton and since then, Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 14 against the Seagulls, winning 12 and drawing two. The Blues head into this fixture as 6/10 favourites against their struggling visitors. The man to watch this time round for Chelsea is Christian Pulisic, who has scored three goals in his last two Premier League games for Chelsea, as many as in his previous 26 in the competition and the American is currently priced at 9/4 to find the back of the net once again.
Brighton have lost all six of their away games against Chelsea in all competitions, with the Seagulls failing to score in all six of their visits to Stamford Bridge, so it comes as no surprise that they are 5/1 underdogs on Tuesday evening, A stat that will bring confidence to the Brighton fans is that their side has kept 10 clean sheets in the Premier League this season, with seven of those coming since the turn of the year.
Villa to open up the title race?
Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League was cut to eight points after Manchester United’s win against Burnley on Sunday, but could Aston Villa get a shock result against the champions elect?
Aston Villa head into this fixture as 8/1 underdogs and in recent years, they have struggled against City. They have lost 11 of their last 13 Premier League meetings with Pep Guardiola’s side with their only victory during this period coming in September 2013. Aston Villa top scorer Ollie Watkins has scored in his last two Premier League games and is currently priced at 5/2 to score in three consecutive league games for the first time ever.
Manchester City have won their last four Premier League meetings with Aston Villa by an aggregate score of 15-1 and they have also scored more goals against Villa than any other Premier League side with 83. Striker Gabriel Jesus has scored 49 goals in the Premier League and he is priced at 5/4 to become only the second Brazilian to score 50 goals in the competition on Wednesday evening.
Big Sam to defeat Leicester again?
Like Chelsea, Leicester City head into this fixture coming off the back of reaching the FA Cup Final and they will be hoping to continue their good run of form against a West Brom side who are starting to show excellent form.
Leicester are looking to complete their first league double over West Brom since the 1993-94 campaign and are currently priced as 4/7 favourites to do so on Thursday evening. Kelechi Iheanacho has scored seven goals in his last five Premier League games, as many as he had in his previous 63 appearances in the competition, and he is currently at 21/20 to find the back of the net anytime.
After victories against Chelsea and Southampton, West Brom will be aiming to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since November 2012 and they are currently 5/1 to do so. Sam Allardyce will be looking to become the first Premier League manager to beat Leicester with four different clubs.