All to wall football at the moment in the Premier League, as we roll straight into week 16 this weekend and some more thrilling action to get your teeth into. Our enhanced acca for the weekend is for Manchester United to get the win over Fulham, Manchester City to continue their unbeaten run with victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and for Spurs to get an away win over an inform Leicester. Form Labs previews the three featured games with their betting tips and don’t forget to check out our FanBoosts with enhanced odds and accas from around all the big leagues.
Manchester United v Fulham Betting Tips
There was evident spirit and resolve on display at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, with United twice pegging Arsenal back, but while it was an error strewn match in which Arsenal had the better chances, Utd should take maximum points here if they put in the same effort.
They’re up against a Fulham side that have lost all seven encounters with teams above Utd in the table, conceding an average of three per game across these, while the Red Devils are W9-D3-L1 hosting bottom half teams since the beginning of last season. James Maddison denied Claudio Ranieri a victory over his former club midweek, but while the Cottagers have made a reasonable start to the Italian’s tenure, this was just the third time across their 15 matches this season where they’ve conceded fewer than two strikes.
Indeed, they’re yet to keep a clean sheet as Barnsley back in 1997/98 are the only team to have shipped more goals at this stage of a Premier League season. Ranieri may be tinkering successfully, but frankly their defence requires an overhaul and even with Utd in a depleted state, Jose Mourinho’s charges should have little problems in this clash.
Chelsea v Man City Betting Tips
Chelsea’s second defeat of the season away at Wolves led Maurizio Sarri to publically question his players’ attitude, with the result leaving his side 10 points off the pace having been prematurely talked up as possible title contenders following a strong opening to the campaign.
There are no questions surrounding City’s ability to consistently amass the points, even against their fellow ‘Big Six’ outfits as they’ve gone W11-D1-L2 against such teams since the start of last season. That includes a pair of victories over Chelsea themselves, but although Antonio Conte’s final season was rather a dampener, Sarri also found his version of the team thoroughly outclassed in the Community Shield this term.
The Blues have just a single victory in four games now, with that a stodgy 2-0 win over local rivals Fulham, but even more concerning than the defeat at Wolves is their 3-1 loss at Wembley to Spurs. Mauricio Pochettino’s men pressed his team into panic and gave Jorginho little room to breathe, and Pep Guardiola will employ similar high-energy tactics as per usual.
Leicester v Tottenham Betting Tips
The Foxes may remain unbeaten in six games now after coming from behind at Fulham, but they’ve drawn four of these including encounters with the bottom-two sides in the division. They’ve struggled this term against the better teams, losing all five of their meetings with the current top eight, though this should be an entertaining spectacle as they made it onto the scoresheet in each of those defeats.
In fact, in their last 13 matches against those teams and last seasons’ top-eight finishers, Leicester have seen both teams find the net on 12 occasions – including all 10 defeats.
Both teams have also worked their way onto the scoreboard in four of Spurs’ last five outings, with even a dismal Southampton attack pulling back a consolation effort in their 3-1 defeat midweek. Spurs have now won eight of their last 10 as the exceptions have come against City and Arsenal, while their only other league defeats this term have been at the hands of Liverpool and a then fifth-placed Watford. Beyond that, they’ve won all 11 fixtures, and can cement their grip on third place with Chelsea likely to drop points hosting City.
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