Premier League Preview and Tips

We preview three of the weekend’s most important Premier League matches and bring you the latest odds.

Leeds United v Southampton, Saturday February 25, 2023, 15:00

Leeds UnitedSouthamptonHomeDrawAway
W L D L LW L L L W13/103/13/1
  BetfairBetfairbet365
Odds correct as of 24.02.23, 819. Odds subject to change.

Tip: Draw, both teams to score, Patrick Bamford to score: 10/1: Betfred.

Elland Road hosts a relegation six-pointer on Saturday as Leeds United take on Southampton. The home side hope to have newly appointed manager Javi Gracia in the dugout, subject to the former Watford boss obtaining a work permit. Gracia was appointed on a flexible contract, with his brief being to steer his new employers away from the relegation zone. Leeds are second bottom of the table, a point better off than the Saints and two points adrift of safety.

Long-term injury victims Rodrigo, Stuart Dallas and Adam Forshaw remain on the sidelines for Leeds. Maximilian Wober (shoulder), Luis Sinisterra (thigh), Pascal Struijk (concussion), Marc Roca (knock) and Archie Gray (ankle) are all doubtful. While it is uncertain how Gracia will set up, it is expected that the inform Patrick Bamford will start in attack.

Southampton have confirmed that interim boss Ruben Selles will be in charge until the end of the season. Selles had been in charge since the dismissal of Nathan Jones. He led Southampton to an excellent away win at Chelsea last week. Victory still left the Saints bottom of the table, three points from fourth bottom.

Che Adams and Mohammed Salisu missed the win at Chelsea with minor injuries and they remain doubtful for Saturday, while Valentino Livramento (ACL) and Juan Larios (hamstring) are still sidelined with long-term problems. Kyle Walker-Peters was only fit enough for the bench last week due to a hamstring issue. He could return. James Ward-Prowse, scorer of the winner against Chelsea, looks set to make his 329th Premier League appearance. This would equal Jason Dodd’s club record.

Leicester City v Arsenal, Saturday February 25, 2023, 15:00

LeicesterArsenalHomeDrawAway
D W W W LL L D L W19/531/107/10
  SBKBetfairbet365
Odds correct as of 24.02.23, 819. Odds subject to change.

Tip: Bukayo Saka to score first: 7/1 (boosted from 5/1) William Hill.

Leicester City, who sit four points above the relegation zone, welcome league leaders Arsenal to the King Power. The Foxes will be encouraged by their first half performance in their defeat to Manchester United, while the previous week they beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-1. James Maddison, so important to Leicester, is an injury doubt.

Arsenal responded in the best possible way to a mini slump which saw them temporarily relinquish top spot. A stoppage time goal flurry gave them a 4-2 victory at Aston Villa last time out and they will be looking to carry that momentum forward. Gabriel Jesus and Mohamed Elneny are still out, though Thomas Partey could return.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea, Sunday February 26, 2023, 14:30

TottenhamChelseaHomeDrawAway
W W L L  WD D D L L8/523/1019/10
  SBKWilliam Hillbet365
Odds correct as of 24.02.23, 819. Odds subject to change.

Tip: Tottenham to win, Chelsea to score first: 12/1 BetVictor

Tottenham Hotspur host Chelsea in a London derby on Sunday. Spurs sit fourth in the table, a point ahead of Newcastle United who have played a game less. Harry Kane is expected to be fit despite recent reports that the England captain missed training during the week. Yves Bissouma, Rodrigo Bentancur and Ryan Sessegnon all miss out with injury.

Chelsea remain in 10th place with their January acquisitions yet to gel. Graham Potter is under increasing pressure with the Blues after a home defeat to struggling Southampton last week. Reece James, Thiago Silva, Raheem Sterling and Mykhailo Mudryk have been passed fit for the match in a huge boost to Potter.

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