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Today’s match preview; Chelsea to stay fourth, Liverpool to extend lead while injury laden Spurs face another test.

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England : Premier league

Bournemouth – Chelsea

The cherries performances haven’t been really on a competitive level. Their results have been disappointing, team manager Eddie Howe can’t seem to find a way to patch his defense line. Bournemouth are the fourth side with the most goals conceded in the premier league this season. On a lighter note, it’s not been totally bad for Bournemouth, they are currently on a 3 match run without a loss. However, the men in blue will represent a much tougher task when they visit.

Sarri’s men defeated Sheffield Wednesday by 3 goals last week, a scoreline which saw Chelsea keep their first clean sheet in 5 matches. Similarly, their last Clean sheet came against Nottingham Forest during an FA cup fixture.
Clean sheets have been very difficult to come by for Chelsea and they have managed just 4 in their last 11 matches. Meanwhile, Bournemouth have only failed to score in 2 of their 12 fixtures so far at home. With Arsenal closing in on Chelsea, they would be looking to outscore their host.

PICK

Both teams to score/over 2.5 goals

Tottenham – Watford

Pocchentino’s men got eliminated from 2 competitions last week. After seeing taking the exit on the Carabao Cup via penalty loss to Chelsea, they met another end as Palace kicked them out of the FA cup. With star players like Dele Alli and Harry Kane still out due to injuries there are fears their loss to Palace could repeat when they host Watford. It’s also essential to note that even with the pair present, Tottenham couldn’t take maximum points in their last 2 home games.

Watford make the trip on the back of a 6 match unbeaten run, the hornets are definitely in fine form. Their only loss of any kind in as many as 10 matches came against Chelsea on Boxing day and they did score in that fixture.
The reverse leg of this fixture saw Watford come from a goal down to defeat Spurs at vicarage road. They would be looking to repeat the feat when they visit Wembley to play an injury ridden Tottenham Hotspur.

PICK

Home Total goals under 2.5

Liverpool – Leicester

The league table leaders currently hold a 4-point lead over closest rivals Manchester City. Liverpool know that only one result will be good enough to continue their adventurous season so far. At Anfield, Liverpool have rarely been found wanting. Kloop’s men have won 10 of their 11 matches in their own backyard so far. Their last defeat came all the way back in April 2017 and with their title hopes at the back of their minds they will be looking to take the game to Leicester. Under Kloop the Red’s game play have been characterised with speedy attacking play, thus leading to 55% of their home games ending in over 3.5 goals this season.

The foxes have 3 defeats in their last 4 encounters which have seen them go down the premier league table. Leicester boss Claude Puel is visibly under immense pressure and another defeat could spur a change of managemant. Leicester City has a very slim chance of recording anything other than a loss at Anfield . The visitors in blue have now seen defeat in 6 of their last 7 trips to Anfield.

With Liverpool’s attack acquiring as much goals as they can in any game, it’s sure looks like a day in hell for Leicester City.

PICK

Over 2.5 goals

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