A televised triple-header on Sunday for punters and armchair fanatics to enjoy, and while it is not a stellar line-up of fixtures we still get to see two title contenders in action and last season’s champions as they seek to avoid being sucked into a relegation dogfight.
Here is the pick of Sunday’s Premier League football betting tips:
Southampton vs Leicester City (12pm)
The distraction of the cup competitions is suiting Southampton rather well at the moment; they defeated Liverpool 1-0 in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final, and eventually saw off Norwich in the FA Cup to book a place in the fourth round.
But in the Premier League the Saints aren’t marching, and with four defeats on the spin they are starting to look over their shoulder rather than up the table. Just two goals scored in those quartet of starts highlights just how badly they are missing Charlie Austin in attack.
Leicester have their own woes up front with both Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani away on international duty with Algeria, and the Foxes didn’t get a kick against Chelsea last week in a 0-3 defeat. They’ve now scored one goal in their last four outings, so we’re not expecting a thriller here by any means.
Southampton look hopelessly overrated by the bookmakers at 10/11, and to see Leicester available in the Double Chance market at Evens (bet365) has to be taken on board.
We’re even willing to take a chance on Under 1.5 Goal too at 21/10 (William Hill), such is our lack of faith in the two sides’ attacking units.
Leicester Double Chance (Evens with bet365)
Under 1.5 Goals (21/10 with William Hill)
Arsenal vs Burnley (2:15pm)
We’re always quick to promote the chances of Burnley when they are playing at their home fortress Turf Moor, and why wouldn’t we with their W8 D1 L3 return. And yet the Claret have the worst away return in the Premier League with just one point earned from a possible 27.
Arsenal are on a decent run of form with W3 D1 L0 and a goal difference of +7 from those, and with Olivier Giroud plundering the goals they always have a chance.
Burnley also had the inconvenience of a midweek FA Cup replay to play, so their recovery time may put extra strain on a thin squad.
All that said, Sean Dyche’s men have performed well away from home against the division’s stronger sides, drawing 0-0 with Manchester United and losing by a solitary goal against Tottenham and Manchester City, and so we’re willing to give Burnley a try here with a +1.25 Asian handicap at 37/20 (bet365).
Burnley +1.25 Asian Handicap (37/20 with bet365)
Chelsea vs Hull City (4:30pm)
Costa or no Costa, Chelsea marched on relentlessly last week at Leicester in a convincing 3-0 win and they seem to be heading for a fantastic title win; even without their talisman, the Blues looked supremely comfortable.
Hull are digging in and, as they did in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth last time out, scrapping the occasional result. A thin squad has been depleted further by the African Cup of Nations, but the Tigers will keep hunting for points.
Unfortunately, away from the safety of their home territory they have struggled. On their travels they are W1 D1 L8 – and that’s eight consecutive defeats by the way – and a run in which they have bagged just four goals.
Chelsea showed that even without Diego Costa they are capable of putting the ball in the net, and realistically Hull possess neither the firepower to trouble the Blues nor the defensive solidarity to keep them at bay. A comfortable home win is likely.
Chelsea to Win to Nil (4/5 with Coral)
Eden Hazard Anytime Goalscorer (21/20 with Betfair)