Premier League Game Week 26 Tips & Preview

Game Week 26 of Premier League gets underway on Saturday night when West Ham attempt the impossible task of derailing the Man City express.

Elsewhere, the Gunners look to break back into the top 10 with a win over Leicester, Man U take on a resurgent Blues outfit and Liverpool desperately search for a league victory against the Blades.

As per usual, our in-house VAR Virtuoso has previewed every EPL Game Week 26 fixture and provided his best betting plays along the way.

MAN CITY VS WEST HAM
Man City to Win to Nil $1.95

The Hammers travel north to take on the best side in Europe at the Etihad Stadium.

City have now won their last 19 matches across all competitions, seeing off the likes of Liverpool, Man U, Chelsea, Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal across the trip.

More impressively the Citizens have kept their opponents to nil during 13 of those 19 fixtures, conceding just seven times since Dec 2020 (26 games).

West Ham have been in decent nick themselves, winning nine of their last 12 competitive fixtures, cracking into the top four for the first time this season.

City to nil has been a very profitable play of late and I’ll be backing it to hit again here.

WEST BROM VS BRIGHTON
Draw $3.30

Championship hopefuls West Brom take on Premier League sleep walkers Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Seagulls head to the Hawthorns with an undefeated record against bottom six sides (1W, 6D), though wins have been hard to come by for Graham Potter’s side who have played out a league high 11 draws this season.

The Baggies have drawn their last two league fixtures against Man U and Burnley, keeping their first clean sheet of the season against the latter.

Neither side have looked sharp in front of goal lately, as such I’ll be backing a low scoring draw in this one.

LEEDS VS ASTON VILLA
LEEDS $2.20

Leeds have the opportunity to leapfrog Aston Villa into 8th spot on the league should they collect the W here.

The Villans will be without their best player and spiritual leader Jack Grealish, who misses the contest through injury.

Leeds trot into this fixture off the back of a convincing 3-0 performance against the troubled Saints, Bamford continuing his breakout PL season, netting his 13th goal of the campaign.

Villa lack any real creative drive without captain Grealish, this match should be Leeds’ to lose.

NEWCASTLE vs WOLVES
WOLVES $2.15

Wolves are out to secure their third straight PL victory while relegating the Toons to their third straight defeat when the two sides meet at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle has dealt with a tricky run of fixtures, with both losses coming against Man U and Chelsea.

Wolverhampton have the squad to be competing with the top eight sides and they should be targeting all three points in this one.

 

LEICESTER VS ARSENAL
LEICESTER $2.45

Leicester City have well and truly replaced Arsenal in the Premier League’s ‘Big 6’, with the Foxes flying high in third spot while the Gunners rot in the bottom half of the table.

The Gunners haven’t been playing with much backbone this season, heavily relying on their young stars to bail them out time and time again.

Alternatively, the Foxes veterans have lead from the front, with players contributing all across the park.

Leicester look a class above their opponents here and represent huge overs in the H2H market.

CRYSTAL PALACE VS FULHAM
FULHAM $2.25

Fulham can take a huge step toward top flight survival with a London Derby victory against Crystal Palace.

The Cottagers are undefeated across their last four PL fixtures (2W,2D) and are just three points behind Newcastle in the safety zone.

Meanwhile, Palace have managed to snag a win against the Seagulls last week despite being completely outclassed.

Fulham have everything to play for here and will need to win against sides like Palace if they harbour any desire to playing in the league next season.

TOTTENHAM VS BURNLEY
Tottenham and Under 3.5 Goals $2.25

Much like their namesake Harry Hotspur, Tottenham have been flightless since the turn of the year!

Jose’s men have lost five of the last six PL fixtures, plummeting down to ninth place in the league, their Premiership aspirations now replaced with their annual ‘Finish higher than Arsenal’ title.

Meanwhile, Burnley are back to their boring old selves, grinding out low scoring results and just enjoying being in the league.

Mourinho’s B side has put up back to back impressive performances in the Europa League, with a the likes of Bale and Alli knocking on the door for Premier League selection.

I’m expecting the Spurs to turn things around with a low scoring victory over and uninspiring Clarets outfit.

CHELSEA VS MAN UTD
MAN UTD $3.25

We’re forced to wait until Monday morning (AEST) for the match of the round to arrive, as United head to the Bridge to take on the Blues

Chelsea were last victorious against the Red Devils in the PL way back in 2017, Alvaro Morata netting the winning goal that day.

Since then United have claimed three victories against the Blues (3D), including a 2-0 win on their last trip to the bridge.

Despite Chelsea’s hot run of form, I can’t bring myself to back against United on the road, especially as Ole’s side are yet to taste defeat outside of Old Trafford.

This represents Tuchel’s first real test in the league and I’m more than happy to take Man U at the price here.

SHEFF UTD VS LIVERPOOL
Liverpool and Over 2.5 Goals $2.00

Liverpool fell to their fourth straight home top flight defeat for the first time since the invention of the inflatable tyre in 1923!

Though unlike the modern tyre, Liverpool’s season has been completely deflated! Klopp’s side has been decimated by countless injuries and are currently staring down the barrel of European-less season of football.

Fortunately, they have been given the opportunity to turn things around against the worst team in the league by a country mile!

With their defensive stocks all but wiped out, I’m backing the Reds to fire themselves out of trouble with a high scoring victory here.

EVERTON VS SOUTHAMPTON
EVERTON $2.20

Game Week 26 comes to a close on Tuesday morning when the Toffees get a free swing at three points against the Saints.

Southampton have been nothing short of shambolic of late, losing six of their last seven league fixtures (1D), conceding 24 goals across the trip.

Everton are flying high following their 2-0 Merseyside victory at Anfield last weekend and should stroll to another three points here.