Just seven points separates Burnley in 10th and Chelsea in 4th as the race for 4th place heads into the final stretch. Chelsea (44 points) and Manchester United (41 points) lead the way in 4th and 5th respectively. They’re both in action away from home this weekend.
Bournemouth v Chelsea
Saturday 29th February 10AM
Frank Lampard has several injury concerns as his Chelsea side attempt to dust themselves down from their midweek defeat to Bayern Munich for a trip to the south coast this weekend.
Tammy Abraham is among those who may miss out, meaning Olivier Giroud should lead the line again, against Bournemouth on Saturday. The Londoners have struggled in front of goal against these opponents in recent years, with the now departed Eden Hazard scoring three of their last six goals against Eddie Howe’s side.
The Cherries have picked up just six points since the turn of the year and are coming off recent defeats to nil against relegation rivals West Ham, Watford and Norwich City. Their form sees them languishing just two points above the drop zone, while Chelsea remain in fourth despite inconsistent form themselves.
Howe’s team have struggled for goals this campaign, only Crystal Palace and Newcastle United have scored fewer, although Chelsea have conceded in their last seven games. Howe will take heart from the fact his side have won their last two meetings, 1-0 in the reverse fixture in December and a 4-0 mauling at Dean Court thirteen months ago.
Both teams have scored in just three of their last thirteen clashes and we’re plumping for another one here where at least one side fails to find the net. That can be backed at -105. Chelsea are -135 to win this one but we prefer an away win to nil at +165.
The aforementioned Giroud may be their most potent attacking option should Abraham not make the cut. The French World Cup winner is +115 to open the scoring on Saturday and +320 to net at any time with CanPlay.
Everton v Man United
Sunday 1st March 9AM
A home win here would see Everton move within two points of fifth place Manchester United. It would be a remarkable turnaround for The Toffees who lay in fifteenth place when Carlo Ancelotti took over just before Christmas, and in the relegation zone when Marco Silva was sacked a few weeks previously.
Everton’s 3-2 defeat at Arsenal last weekend was their first in the league since New Year’s Day – and that was at Manchester City. They won’t fear an inconsistent Manchester United side who have improved since the arrival of Bruno Fernandes, but are still prone to defeats to the likes of Burnley.
The Toffees took a point at Old Trafford in December under caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson and won this fixture 4-0 last season. We really fancy them to take something from this game too. It says a lot about both teams’ trajectories that the hosts are actually the favourites here, at +155. A draw is available at +230 while a United win is +185 with CanPlay.
We’re going with an Everton win and both teams to score, though, at a rather decent looking +360.
Richarlison, who has been linked with United among others, scored the opener in this fixture at Goodison Park last season. He has scored the same amount of league goals as Anthony Martial and Gabriel Jesus this season and has netted in his last two appearances. Get on the Brazilian, at +175 to get another against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, while he’s +400 to bag the opener with CanPlay Sports.