Meanwhile, Wolves face tricky test at Bournemouth while Liverpool head to Manchester United in tie of the round
The fierce derby between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford this coming Sunday afternoon (24 February) dominates the latest round of action in the FA Premier League, but there is plenty more to keep an eye on as well. On the Friday night West Ham host Fulham in a local derby while the following day Wolves face a tricky test away at a resurgent Bournemouth side.
First things first
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First up, the London derby between West Ham and Fulham on Friday night. The Hammers have not won any of their last five games across all competitions but sit comfortably in mid-table – they are in very little danger of going down and can play with the handbrake off.
Fulham, in stark contrast, are in real trouble. They sit next to bottom in the league, eight points from safety and have lost their last six matches in a row across all competitions – they have the worst defensive record in the division and are priced at just 1.11 to be relegated back down to the EFL Championship.
It is therefore of little surprise to see that it is West Ham who come into this match as the favourites to take all three points. You can back the home side to get back to winning ways at just 1.85, while Fulham are out at 4.33 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.00, according to Oddsshark.
And West Ham should have enough to pick up a valuable victory. A narrow, 2-1 win for the Hammers is priced at 9.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$45 pay out, while you can more than triple your money by backing a combo bet of a West Ham win, coupled with both teams to score, at 3.50.
Bournemouth host Wolves in close call
The following day, Bournemouth host Wolves in a match which is possibly the toughest to call this weekend. Bournemouth have lost their last two games but could nevertheless move into the top half with a win here, depending on how other results go.
Wolves, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last seven games across all competitions and have enjoyed an excellent first campaign back in the Premier League. They can come into this game full of confidence as they look to move further up the table.
And while the betting is close, it is Wolves who come in as the slight favourites to pick up the win. You can more than double your money by backing the away side to take the points at 2.50, with Bournemouth only slightly higher at 2.80 – a draw would appear to be the least likely outcome and is priced accordingly at 3.25.
But we believe this one may well end up honours even between two equally matched sides. A 1-1 draw comes in at 6.50, while you can more than quadruple your money by backing a scoring draw at 4.33.
United host Liverpool in fierce derby
And finally, Manchester United host Liverpool on Sunday afternoon in the tie of the round. The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last nine league games and have moved up to fourth – they are priced at 2.00 to manage a top four finish this term.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last five league outings and are level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table. The Reds are at 2.37 to win their first ever Premier League title.
Back to the derby and again the betting is close, but it is Liverpool who come into the match as the favourites to claim local bragging rights. You can more than double your money by backing Liverpool to win at 2.25, while United, despite home advantage, are out at 3.00 to do the same – again, a draw comes in highest of all at 3.50.
And we believe Liverpool’s fine form so far this season could see them home here. A narrow, 2-1 win for the visitors is priced competitively at 10.00, thereby offering a ten-fold return on any investment, while you can more than quadruple your money by backing a combo bet of a Liverpool win, coupled with both teams to score, at 4.33.
Premier League round 27 fixtures:
Friday, 22 February
(3.20) Cardiff x Watford (2.40); draw (3.40)
(1.85) West Ham x Fulham (4.33); draw (4.00)
Saturday, 23 February
(5.00) Burnley x Tottenham (1.66); draw (3.75)
(2.80) Bournemouth x Wolves (2.50); draw (3.25)
(1.83) Newcastle United x Huddersfield Town (4.50); draw (3.40)
(2.15) Leicester City x Crystal Palace (3.40); draw (3.30)
Sunday, 24 February
(1.45) Arsenal x Southampton (6.50); draw (4.50)
(3.00) Manchester United x Liverpool (2.25); draw (3.50)