By News Team
2nd February 2021
Another week and another set of midweek Premier League fixtures for fans to get their teeth stuck into. Unsurprisingly, there are some intriguing games to look forward to, including Chelsea’s visit to Tottenham, and we’ve taken a look at some of the standout games.
Wolves to finally end their win drought?
Tuesday evening sees Arsenal travel to the Molineux with the hope of securing three points against a Wolves side struggling for a Premier League win.
Arsenal are coming off the back of a goalless draw against high-flying Manchester United and a win this week would see them climb above Aston Villa, Everton, Chelsea and Tottenham and into sixth place in the league table. Mikel Arteta has plenty to smile about at the moment, but nothing is making him happier than his side’s current defensive record with the Gunners having kept four clean sheets in their last five Premier League fixtures. You can get Arsenal to defeat Wolves at 6/5.
In contrast, Wolves are currently having one of their worst runs in the league this season with Nuno Santo’s side not winning a game since mid-December. With Fulham being the only side with a longer streak without a win, the 12/5 about them defeating the Gunners makes sense heading into this midweek fixture.
United to get back on track?
Manchester United welcome Southampton to Old Trafford on Tuesday evening in need of a win after failing to do so in their previous two league fixtures.
United have only managed to win one of their last four league fixtures and now they face a tough challenge to climb back to the top of the Premier League after being replaced by Manchester City. United’s impressive record against Southampton makes them favourites heading into this fixture at a price of 1/2. The Red Devils have come from behind to win 10 different league games against Southampton, including at St Mary’s this season.
When these sides last met earlier in the season, Southampton were flying at the top half of the table but in recent months, they have slipped away and now sit in 11th place. The Saints head into this fixture coming off the back of three consecutive losses in the league and as a result, are priced as the 6/1 underdogs to defeat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Tuchel to equal Jose’s record?
Jose Mourinho takes on his former club for the third time this season but instead of facing his former player in Frank Lampard, he takes on Chelsea’s new man in charge in Thomas Tuchel.
On Sunday, Tuchel became the first Chelsea manager since Rafa Benitez in 2013 to secure two clean sheets in his opening two Premier League games and he could become the first manager since Mourinho in 2004 to keep three clean sheets in his opening three games if his side can shut out Spurs here. Chelsea are currently unbeaten in three league games against Spurs and this record has seen them be priced as 6/5 favourites heading into this crucial fixture which could see Chelsea leapfrog Spurs and into sixth place.
Spurs, on the other hand, are coming off the back of back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and most recently, Brighton, but Jose Mourinho’s side will be looking to bounce back against their London rivals on Thursday. Although Spurs head into this fixture as 12/5 underdogs, a stat that would fill their fans with confidence is that Mourinho has never lost back-to-back Premier League home games in his career and this is a record he will most certainly want to keep intact.