Chelsea are nine points clear of Arsenal going into this weekend’s big game
Chelsea v Arsenal
Arsenal lost a huge chance to make up ground on Celsea with a 2-1 home defeat by Watford on Tuesday night, meaning that Chelsea’s hard fought point at Liverpool turned out to be an excellent result. Chelsea and Arsenal meet in West London on Saturday lunchtime. Chelsea have only conceded 16 goals in 23 league games and will present a formidable obstacle, a combination of defensive solidity and the flair and strikepower presented by Hazard, Costa and Willian at the other end.
Arsenal look set to be in a battle for a top four finish and I don’t expect them to get a result at Chelsea who can be backed at 21/20 with William Hill.
Watford v Burnley
Watford’s spectacular win at Arsenal as 14/1 underdogs arrested a poor run of form in the month either side of Christmas an took them up to 27 points, eight points clear of the relegation zone. They have a chance to pull away further this weekend.
Burnley are up to 9th in the table after another home win on Tuesday night and the disparity between home and away form is stark. Burnley have won 28 points at home and only one point away from home all season. A very solid team nowadays that has just spent a substantial sum strengthening in the January transfer window, but away results are the one blight on a very good season so far.
I expect this to be a low scoring game but expect Watford to edge it by the odd goal and they can be backed at 23/20 with William Hill.
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke
A Midlands derby sees two sides in the top half meeting. West Brom in 8th are having a very successful season and Stoke in 10th started poorly but have recovered as the season has gone on. I would expect this game, between two of the more pragmatic sides in the division, to be hard fought but regard West Brom at home as the more solid betting proposition. These days, in the likes of Phillips and Morrison, they have the creative players to win games like this, that in seasons past they lacked.
West Brom are available at 11/8 here with Bet Victor.