Massive Games at top and bottom of Premier League

It’s another busy midweek in the Premier League with seven games being played from Tuesday to Thursday. Several of them affect the Champions League and relegation positions. Let’s take a look at some of the key games with a few betting tips thrown in for good measure. The odds given are correct at the time of publication.

Crystal Palace v Manchester United – Wednesday 3 March 8.15pm KO

Crystal Palace have four points from their last two league games. A win at Brighton was followed by a 0-0 draw at home to Fulham. They are now 13th and ten points clear of the bottom three. Palace haven’t scored in their last two home league games with just 14 in 13 games.

Manchester United remained second after their goalless draw at Chelsea on Sunday. They will start this game in third if Leicester can win at Burnley a few hours before this game begins. The draw at Chelsea was their third draw in the last four league games, allowing City to draw away at the top. United lost at home to Palace at the start of the season. However, you have to go back 41 years for the last time they lost away to the Londoners. They can get three valuable points here and United are 4/9 at Bet365.

Fulham v Tottenham – Thursday 4 March – 6pm KO

Fulham continue their bid to escape the relegation zone. They earned a useful point at Palace on Sunday, but more is needed from them. Only one of their last eight league games has been lost but five have been drawn. A win on Thursday would take them above Newcastle United and out of the bottom three. However, they now face Tottenham and after this game, go to Anfield and then host Manchester City. Their position could well deteriorate in the next week or so.

Tottenham ended the weekend in eighth, six points behind fourth place with a game in hand. The 4-0 win over Burnley was just what they needed, as was the return to form of Gareth Bale. With Bale, Kane and Son in form, it could still be a big season for them. Not since November have Spurs won two consecutive league games. They have lost their last three on the road, so a win at Craven Cottage would do them the power of good. Paddy Power will give you 20/23 on a Tottenham away win.

West Bromwich Albion v Everton – Thursday 4 March – 6pm KO

West Brom beat Brighton on Saturday but could easily have lost the game. They can’t rely on the opposition always missing two penalties. Albion are still nine points from safety, virtually ten because of their poor goal difference. This is the second of three straight home league games with Newcastle in a must-win game at the weekend. They haven’t conceded a goal in their last two games, a massive achievement for them.

Everton play Southampton on Monday evening. Winning that and then beating West Brom will take them into the top four. They remain inconsistent though and last won two straight league games in December. The win at Anfield must have done their confidence the power of good and can be backed to win this game at odds of 4/5 with Betfair.

Liverpool v Chelsea – Thursday 4 March – 8.15pm KO

The race to qualify for the Champions League is close to boiling point now. Liverpool seem to have recovered some of their form with wins over Leipzig and Sheffield United. Home form is the problem and that’s something that hasn’t been written in a few years. No win in six league games at Anfield and each of the last four lost. Liverpool have only scored one home league goal in their last five games. That was a penalty and it’s now March and there’s not been a goal scored by them from open play at Anfield.

Chelsea drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Sunday and ended the weekend in fifth. They look set for another low-scoring game here. A repeat of last season’s 5-3 loss at Anfield does not look likely here. The fact that eight of their last nine games have had under 2.5 goals backs that up. William Hill has odds of 1/1 on under 2.5 goals in this game.