Premier League betting tips: Liverpool are in desperate need of three points against Burnley as Chelsea look to make up some serious ground in the top four race at home to Burnley.
Chelsea vs Wolves (2.05pm)
Chelsea made it three successive victories with a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in midweek to put two damaging cup defeats to Manchester City and Manchester United behind them. It remains to be seen if Maurizio Sarri can save his Blues career with a top-four finish or a Europa League title, but all the Italian can to do is continue to inspire wins.
And a win today will be a massive boost to their top-four hopes, with fifth and fourth-placed Arsenal and Manchester United going head-to-head at the Emirates later today. Fortunately, they’re at Stamford Bridge where they’ve won their last four Premier League games, including a surprise 2-0 defeat of Tottenham last time out.
January signing Gonzalo Higuain appears to have found his feet his England after a quiet first few weeks in a Chelsea shirt, scoring in the 2-1 win over Fulham and would have been disappointed not to have had more. The Argentinian got a rest against Kiev along with the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante – and Sarri is likely to restore the bulk of his usual XI against Wolves.
Wolves have had an inconsistent last few weeks by their lofty standards, winning just two of their last five games across all competitions (W2 D2 L1). But you forget they’re a newly-promoted team and are currently on a run of just one defeat in their last 10.
The west Midlands side beat Cardiff 2-0 last time out despite Nuno making a number of key changes, dropping ever-presents Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Jonny, Matt Doherty and Rui Patricio as the Portuguese prepares for their FA Cup quarter-final tie with Man United. You’d expect to see Wolves’ strongest side out this time and I can see it being a tight encounter.
Wolves have done well against the established ‘top six’ this season, knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup, beating Tottenham and Chelsea in the league and holding United, City and Arsenal to draws. But I think the hosts will have the slight upper hand this time round.
Liverpool vs Burnley (12pm)
Liverpool have fallen off the pace in the Premier League title race in recent weeks, having drawn to Leicester, West Ham, Manchester United and Everton to go from seven points clear to four points behind leaders Manchester City.
After the goalless draw in the Merseyside derby, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he is “completely fine with chasing” City at this point of the season. But with Pep Guardiola’s side on a run of six straight wins, Liverpool cannot afford to drop anymore points for the rest of the season.
With four clean sheets on the bounce, the back line clearly isn’t Liverpool’s problem. But the Reds have failed to find the back of the net in three of their last four games across all competitions, while last season’s top goalscorer Mohamed Salah has blanked in six of his last seven outings. The Egyptian had two golden chances to win the game at Goodison Park but appears to be lacking that cutting edge he showed last term.
Burnley, meanwhile, have lost back-to-back games against Newcastle and Crystal Palace to ruin their impressive run of nine Premier League games (W6 D3) – their longest run in the top-flight. The Clarets were outperformed by Newcastle at St James’ Park and were second-best in every department at home to Palace.
I can’t imagine they’ll have much hope of kick-starting another run of games when they travel to Anfield, where the Reds have shipped just seven goals in 14 games. Liverpool to beat Burnley and both teams to score NO is at 3/5 with Novibet.