Some huge fixtures take place over the 13th round of matches in the English Premier League, including a showdown between Manchester United and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
West Ham’s visit to the Etihad is another clash that jumps off the page, while Burnley and Norwich could close the gap between themselves and safety. But, what picks should gamblers make for the action taking place this weekend?
Home Victories On Sunday
The biggest games of the weekend take place on Sunday, with Manchester United’s trip to South London to take on Chelsea being the pick of those. Michael Carrick’s interim era got off to the perfect start on Tuesday, as United showed character to beat Villarreal 2-0 in Spain. That performance was topped by the Chelsea showing against Juventus, as the Blues powered to the top of the group with a 4-0 success.
The Chelsea attacking threat in that game may be worrying from a United standpoint, as memories of the week that saw United scrape past Atalanta before being hammered by Liverpool are still fresh in the memory. It’s unlikely to get that bad again this weekend, but Chelsea should comfortably get past the Red Devils.
Home wins could also be the order of the day for Brentford and Leicester. The Bees have lost four of their previous five games in the top-flight, but pressure on Everton boss Rafael Benitez is building as they have dropped to eleventh with an identical record. However, Brentford looks more than capable of ending that run against an injury-hit Toffees side that has looked toothless in front of the goal.
Leicester should also bounce back after going three without a victory, as they host Watford. The Hornets may be confident after their 4-1 win over United last weekend, but the Foxes will need a result to ease the pressure on Brendan Rodgers, who is the current favorite to be the next manager to lose his job.
Tricky Fixtures On Saturday
The most difficult fixtures to predict take place on Saturday. Crystal Palace welcomes Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa to Selhurst Park. Palace will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record over their last five, and win for a third time in four games. Villa ended their five-game winless run last weekend against Brighton, but this will be much tougher against an Eagles side that is flying under Patrick Vieira. The preference remains for the hosts, as they look to move up to sixth.
Norwich vs Wolves also looks like a challenging fixture to call at present. Few would have expected that a couple of weeks ago, as Norwich had gone ten without a win. However, back-to-back wins and the appointment of Dean Smith has given the Canaries an excellent chance of survival. They could move level on points with 17th placed Leeds this weekend with a home success, and we believe that they are more than capable with their newfound confidence.
- Chelsea to beat Manchester United 2-0 @ +750
- Brentford to beat Everton @ +137
- Leicester to beat Watford @ -167
- Crystal Palace to beat Aston Villa @ +105
- Norwich City to beat Wolves @ +240