Cherries to be picked off at Turf Moor
Bet 1: Back Burnley @ 5/4
Bournemouth have managed to climb out of the relegation zone thanks to two wins from their last three games, but both of those victories came at the Vitality, and their record away from home is pretty dire.
Eddie Howe’s men have lost four on the bounce on the road, and that includes trips to Brighton, West Ham and Norwich.
The Clarets have also climbed the table courtesy of some good results, as they have taken 10 points from their last 12 available – including victories over Leicester and Manchester United. They have won two of their last five at Turf Moor, and they held Arsenal here most recently.
No fury for Wilder this weekend
The Blades are one of a number of clubs competing for a Champions League place for next season, which is a sentence I didn’t think that I would be writing at the beginning of the campaign.
Chris Wilder’s side have been excellent though, and they head into today’s clash against Brighton on the back of two wins, sitting in sixth place, just two points behind Chelsea in fourth.
They have won three of their last five at Bramall Lane, with the only defeat being a narrow 0-1 reverse against Manchester City.
Brighton, meanwhile, have gone seven without a win in all competitions, and for all of their improvement in the playing-style stakes, they are most certainly in another relegation battle.
The Seagulls have been beaten in three of their last four away from the Amex, and they needed late goals at West Ham to force a draw last time.
Shock on the cards at St Mary’s
Bet 3: Back Aston Villa @ 15/4
Dean Smith would have been sick following his team’s 2-3 defeat to Tottenham last Sunday, as they were by far and away the better side, but defensive errors once again cost them.
If they can just cut those out, for 90 minutes at least, they are a great price to win at St Mary’s this afternoon. They have already proven capable of achieving good results on their travels this term, with the performance at Burnley on New Year’s Day being the most recent.
The Saints are on the decline again in terms of results, as they have lost their last three in all competitions, and Nathan Redmond being out injured is a big miss. They could easily be turned over here.