A full schedule of Premier League games this midweek after FA Cup Third round weekend

Recommendations

Crystal Palace to win at Aston Villa 6/4 BetVictor

Watford to win at Southampton 100/30 Bet365

Leicester draw no bet against Tottenham 5/2 Bet365

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace

The 1-1 draw at Wycombe in the FA Cup third round drew ire from Villa Supporters and the atmospehre around the club appears very difficult. Marooned at the bottom of the table eleven points from safety and one league win all season, they face two tough home games this week at home to Crystal Palace and Leicester.

Palace have been one of the successes of the season, though form dipped a little over the Xmas period with a run of injuries. Coming into the game seventh in the league, they have only conceded 19 goals in 20- league games this season with the likes of Henessey, Ward and Dann protected in front by McArthur and Cabaye. They are favourites to win this game and rightly so and can be backed at 6/4 with BetVictor.

Southampton v Watford

Another of the stories of this unusual premier league season Watford sit 9th, even after a tough run of games over Xmas that sees them with two losses and a draw. An extremely well organised side, very compact defensively and with the huge bonus of a superb strike partnership up front in Deeney and Ighalo they can get back to winnign ways on the South Coast on Wednesday.

Southampton have struggled for form for much of the season, isolated games apart and the relationship between manager Ronald Koeman and club appears to be souring. Suthampton lie 13th with one win in their last 8 league games. Pelle is in and out of the team and Mane is in dispute with Koeman and possibly set to move away from the club. I was surprised to see Southampton as short as evens for this match. far prefer backing Watford at 100/30 with Bet365 here.

Tottenham v Leicester

Two top four teams meet after much changed sides drew 2-2 on Sunday and obvioulsy Tottenham, a fast developing side in Pochettino’s second season are favourites. It’s hard to back them at odds-on though.

Leicester, for whom Jamie Vardy should be fit, have lost just once away from home since last March 2015, playing a counter-attacking style that sees them get results with sometimes as little as 30% possession based on solid structured defence and fast transition to a very quick front three in attack. Ranierie is tactically astute, makes superb in-game changes and everyone knows their role

This game, like Sunday’s, may be very close again and Leicester are over 4/1 to win outright and probably more attractively 5/2 draw no bet to win with Bet365.

Recommendations

Crystal Palace to win at Aston Villa 6/4 BetVictor

Watford to win at Southampton 100/30 Bet365

Leicester draw no bet against Tottenham 5/2 Bet365