ANOTHER WEEKEND, another bumper set of Premier League fixtures to enjoy.
After a profitable midweek, we look at four high-level games that have huge implications at the top and bottom of the table.
Chelsea vs Watford – sam, 20h
Just when you thought Chelsea was in the throat, the wheels came off.
And with style too.
The midweek horror show against West Ham was a classic blues, Frank Lampard’s men creating enough chances to win the game twice and having VAR on their side – but still conspiring to lose.
Leaving a man back far from home vulnerable to the break was not wise, the Chelsea boss getting angry when his team did not take advantage of Leicester’s defeat at Everton.
Back at the bridge, we go next, with Watford making the short trip to West London in desperate need of points.
The West Ham win was a disaster for the Hornets, with someone in the bottom five who eventually broke the ranks and actually scored three points.
Nigel Pearson’s team has been remarkably successful at even giving themselves a chance when you think about where they were before Christmas.
But the harsh reality is that there are six games left, they are winless in four and have only collected one point in games against Leicester, Southampton and Burnley. Not good enough.
Bad news for the Hornets – their record here is appalling.
In nine games since 2000 at the Bridge, they have lost eight and conceded more than two goals on EACH occasion.
The ugly cumulative score is 31-8 at Chelsea.
You could see where we are going with this one.
Chelsea’s games this season averaged 3.2 goals, which is the second highest in the league behind Man City.
We think the Blues have been chastised by this loss to the Hammers and will bring out all the blazing guns.
Going back more than 1.5 goals in the first half with a huge 31/20, while 2/3 out of more than 2.5 goals in the whole game is a good deal.
Tammy Abraham was not at his best against the Hammers, with Christian Pulisic approaching twice to get our scorer’s tip.
The American is likely to be a 3/2 favorite to score at all times, but we like Olivier Giroud if he starts ahead of Abraham.
The Frenchman has two in his last four games and is 11/10 to score at any time – value even if he leaves the bench.
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Liverpool vs Aston Villa – Sunday, 4.30 p.m.
It’s time to see if the Reds still have a hangover.
It was a messy evening at Etihad, when Pep Guardiola inflated City cleared their frustrations on one side of Liverpool well below their usual level.
The result was a 4-0 victory for the former champions, leaving Klopp’s side the small problem of a gap of twenty points at the top.
No one can argue that Liverpool did not deserve its title and that it did not deserve to celebrate – but we expect them to react to what was a heavy and unexpected defeat anyway.
Dean Smith and Aston Villa already feared this match from their perilous position in the relegation zone.
The first season of Villa in the Premier League has been painful and Anfield is the last place they will want to go when they desperately need points.
Liverpool are undefeated this season in the league, winning their 16 home games.
And after the defeat against City, the bookies wonder if they will go easy on Villa in this one.
Not a chance – haven’t you seen this interview with Klopp ?!
The Reds went from 17-17 to 4/11 – you support this Liverpool team at this price, at home, every time.
Villa may be fighting for their lives in the Premier League, but so far they haven’t managed to really shoot when it’s important.
Since returning from the league, they have only collected one point and have been winless on the road since New Years in Burnley.
We believe that Klopp will have his men for this after the unilateral score in City, even if the title is won.
In addition to the Reds to win, support them to score more than three goals at 23/20.
Sadio Mane scored in three of the last four Premier League games at Anfield.
Trust him with a very generous 21/20 for netting at any time in it.
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* All Ladbrokes ratings are correct at time of publication.