Premier League Matchweek 24 Betting Preview
There will be a number of interesting Premier League fixtures taking place across the Valentine’s Day weekend, but there would be no love lost between the sides involved. Which teams will be able to claim the three points in two of the most eye-catching fixtures?
Manchester City vs Tottenham
The Manchester City machine just keeps going, and they could open up an eight-point lead over Manchester United this weekend before the Red Devils kick off on Sunday against West Bromwich Albion. Tottenham will be looking for a big three points themselves, as they look to re-emerge as genuine contenders to finish in the top-four this term.
City have been exceptional since November, as they have won every Premier League game that they have played. Pep Guardiola’s side have hit new heights since the turn of the year, and have won their last six. It appears as though nothing will stop City in their quest to regain the Premier League title this term, as they put in one of the performances of the season against Liverpool last weekend. The defending champions struggled to deal with the City pressure in the second period, and capitulated to lose 4-1. Phil Foden was the star of the game, as he scored and created two of the other goals in the win.
A Tough Challenge for Spurs
Spurs have achieved some success against City in their recent meetings, but both of their wins have come at the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. A lot has changed since Tottenham’s win over City earlier in the season, and the title challenge that looked to be gaining momentum at that stage of the season has reluctantly disappeared over recent months. Spurs now face a challenge to finish in the top four, as a run of three defeats in four means that that four-point gap has opened up.
The return of Harry Kane is a boost, but there rollercoaster defeat in the FA cup could leave them a little deflated. It will be hard to bet against City picking up all three points at the Etihad against Mourinho’s side.
Leicester City vs Liverpool
Liverpool’s challenge to regain their Premier League title already looks to be over, and the aim for the Reds now will be to claim a top-four finish. They will face a stern challenge this weekend, as they travel to the King Power Stadium to take on Champions League-chasing Leicester City.
No other Premier League champion has been so far behind the league leaders at this stage of the season, which means that Roy Keane’s statement of Liverpool being the ‘worst defending champions’ isn’t one that is misplaced. Of course, their chances of regaining the title haven’t been helped by the injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, but the drop in standard by the front three has been clear for all to see. The Reds come into this game having lost three of their last five, but all of those defeats have come at Anfield. Away from home, they have won their last two.
No Better Time to Beat Liverpool
Leicester certainly look to be in an excellent position to finish in a Champions League place this term. A current four-point lead over Chelsea in fifth should be a possitive. However, their form has dipped slightly having only won one of their last four games. Brendan Rodgers will not want to make the same mistake as last season, dropping points at this important stage.
It could be argued that Liverpool’s last stunning display came at the King Power on Boxing Day in 2019, and they would give anything for a repeat performance this weekend. However, their troubles at both ends of the field mean that a draw may be the most likely result this time around.