Premier League Matchweek 26 Betting Preview
The gap at the top of the Premier League remains at ten points coming into this round of fixtures, but the battle at the bottom of the league is only heating up. There are big games at both ends of the table on Sunday, but which teams will get the wins that they need?
Chelsea vs Manchester United
Manchester United’s unbeaten year away from home will be put to the test this weekend, as they come up against a Chelsea side that have been reborn under the stewardship of Thomas Tuchel.
United will kick off a day later than Manchester City this weekend, which means that they could potentially close the gap to seven points depending on how the runaway leaders fare against in-form West Ham United. However, the aim for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his side will be to secure their place in the Champions League next season.
United in Form
The Red Devils have been excellent away from home for over 12 months, and win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday will give them a nine-point cushion in that particular race. Solskjaer’s side showed flashes of their best in their last league outing against Newcastle United, as they claimed a 3-1 win at Old Trafford. Daniel James’s form has been a particular plus for the club, as he has scored two goals in two starts over recent weeks.
Chelsea’s season looked to have been faltering away after defeat to Leicester City in the middle of January. However, replacing Frank Lampard with Thomas Tuchel has proven to be a masterstroke by the club, as they come into this game at the weekend two points away from fourth-placed West Ham.
Tuchel is yet to taste defeat as Blues boss, as Chelsea have won six of the eight games that he has been in charge of in all competitions. Their biggest win to date came in midweek in the Champions League, as the Blues beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 away from home.
Stamford Bridge hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for United over recent years, as they have won just once in eight Premier League visits. Solskjaer and Tuchel will both see a draw as a decent result this weekend, and it will be difficult to separate the two sides.
Crystal Palace vs Fulham
There could potentially be a huge moment in the relegation battle on Sunday lunchtime, as Fulham could drag themselves out of the bottom three with a win against Crystal Palace, should Newcastle lose for the third time in a row against Wolves on Saturday.
Fulham are the only side in the bottom three putting up a fight for Premier League survival, and an excellent four-game unbeaten run has put them within three points of 17th place. Scott Parker will be aware that there is still a long way to go this season, but this will be a huge chance to gain a confidence-building win to move out of the drop zone.
Fulham Need the Win
Palace may have feared for their Premier League safety at one stage or another this season, but they should be okay as they sit ten points above the relegation places. Their recent win against local rivals Brighton & Hove Albion eased their worries, but their performance in that game was underwhelming, to say the least. It was a smash and grab victory by the Eagles, as they had just 25% of the ball and two shots on target at the Amex.
Recent Premier League meetings between the sides have been dominated by the Eagles, as they have won the last three. However, Parker will be aware that this is Fulham’s chance, and we expect them to claim a massive three points.