ASTON VILLA for once provided the excitement in the Premier League on Tuesday with a helping hand from Ben Foster.
The West Brom keeper made a catalogue of errors that resulted in Christian Benteke scoring an injury-time penalty winner for Tim Sherwwood’s side.
Tonight the focus is at the other end of the table with Chelsea aiming to maintain their five-point lead over Man City.
After lifting the Capital One Cup with a professional display against Spurs on Sunday the Blues stay in London for a visit to a West Ham side who were booed off at the weekend after a 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.
Boss Sam Allardyce is under pressure (again) after a run of six games in a row and he won’t get any sympathy from Jose Mourinho after branding the leaders a long-ball team after his side’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.
Unless Mourinho’s men have been over-celebrating to extremes I expect Chelsea to win. They are a best 13-20 with the likes of BetVictor and it’s a little short for an away. And how about a punt on Branislav Ivanovic to score at 8-1 with Betfred as the defender’s been as dangerous as any attacker since the turn of the year.
Man City have lost big back-to-back games against Barcelona and Liverpool and must bounce back against rock bottom Leicester. The Foxes haven’t won in five so the home men are short at 3-10 with BetBright but should win well. Consider them -2 AH at 13-10 with BetVictor.
Arsenal recovered from a shocking defeat by Monaco in the Champions League to move up to third with a 2-0 win victory against Everton. It should be another three points against a QPR side whose only win in 2015 was at Sunderland.
Back the Gunners at 4-7 with Ladbrokes and consider on-form Olivier Giroud at 1-1 with Betfred to net at any time.
Liverpool are on my treble after beating the likes of Spurs and Manchester City in recent weeks. Burnley have won one of 13 so the Red are expected to win easily and are 2-5 at William Hill to do so. Phillipe Coutinho netted the winner against City and has been the Anfield club’s best player this year. He is 9-4 at 888sport to score.
It’s been a bad week for Spurs who lost at Wembley after being knocked out of the Europa League by Fiorentina. Mauricio Pochettino’s men need to bounce back quickly and a home meeting with Swansea gives them a chance.
Spurs are 4-5 at BetVictor and let’s go with Harry Kane to score first at 4-1 with boylesports after being kept quiet at Wembley by Chelsea.
The TV game sees Man Utd visit Newcastle and it’s difficult to back the unimpressive visitors at 21-20 with BetVictor and William Hill. United have struggled past virtually everyone in recent weeks but the best could be over 2.5 goals.
United have won 4-0 and 3-0 on their last two trips to St James’ Park and five of their last six meetings have gone over 2.5 goals. This pays 11-10 at Betfred and Paddy Power. Wayne Rooney is 5-1 with bet365 to score first after ending his goal drought against Sunderland at the weekend.