Previewing This Weekend’s Best Premier League Games (March 3-4)
Carabao Cup winners Manchester City are back in Premier League action on March 4 when they host Antonio Conte’s Chelsea at the Etihad. Pep Guardiola is eyeing up a treble and his side remain clear at the top of the Premier League coming into this fixture. City are 8/13 favourites with Betfair for this tie and should be able to inflict further damage on the Blues. The West London side took the lead at Old Trafford on February 25th but weren’t able to prevent a Manchester United comeback and despite the terrific performance of Willian, questions remain over Chelsea’s lack of forward options. Sergio Aguero starts as the favourite in the anytime goalscorer market and he will be aiming to continue his fine recent record against this opposition.
Crystal Palace came agonisingly close to holding onto a precious point against Spurs on February 25th but a late Harry Kane strike inflicted a cruel blow on the Eagles. Roy Hodgson is tasked with galvanising his players ahead of a potentially difficult game against Manchester United. The injury-hit hosts are struggling for personnel but they will be hoping to turn Selhurst Park into a fortress once again. Jose Mourinho’s side haven’t won by more than one goal at this ground since 2014.
Southampton vs Stoke: the Archetypal Six-Pointer
There is plenty at stake when Southampton welcome Stoke to St Mary’s on February 3. The Saints picked up a crucial point against Burnley, albeit with a helping hand from the officials. Mauricio Pellegrino remains under pressure and his side have the second worst home form in the Premier League. They have been victorious on just three occasions in front of their own fans this season and they desperately need to get back on track in this relegation six-pointer.
Stoke put in a decent first-half performance against Leicester but can be considered lucky to have held onto a precious point at the King Power. Paul Lambert’s side are playing with passion but their quality in the final third is sadly lacking. The draw will be a popular selection in this game and is available at 13/5 with Paddy Power.