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Premier League Tips: 8th & 9th February

This weekend is the first of two weekends that make up the somewhat botched ‘mid-season break’ in the Premier League. 12 teams are supposed to have this week off (although four are involved in FA Cup Fourth Round replays), with the other 8 teams playing this weekend and having the following week to rest and recuperate.

The net result of that is that across Saturday and Sunday, we have just four games taking place, which does rather limit us in terms of the games and selections we make this weekend, and as a result the odds on this bet are somewhat lower than I would normally seek to get when placing an accumulator.

Still, at least lower odds does suggest a better chance of landing another win and after already landing a very decent sized win in January, I would love to get this month off to a positive start by doing likewise in February, even with just four games on this weekend’s coupon.

All four matches still have plenty riding on them, including Manchester City facing West Ham in what is the first of a brutal run of games for David Moyes team against a City side still likely to be seething after their 2-0 defeat at Spurs last week.

Here’s my tips for the four games taking place this weekend.

Premier League Acca – 8th & 9th February 2020

    • 12:30
    • Sat - Everton v C.Palace - Home Win
    • 5:30
    • Sat - Brighton v Watford - Draw
    • 2:00
    • Sun - Sheff Utd v Bournemouth - Home Win
    • 4:30
    • Sun - Man City v West Ham - Home Win
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Bet Analysis: Saturday 8th February

Everton v Crystal Palace – Home Win

While Palace were losing at home to Sheffield United last weekend, Everton produced a superb fightback, coming from 2-0 down just before half time to go in level at 2-2 thanks to two Yerry Mina goals, before a late Theo Walcott strike handed the Toffees a big win over Watford. That moved them up to 9th in the table, just two points behind Wolves and Manchester United. Palace’s lack of goals (just 22 this season, the fewest in the EPL) is a real worry and I can’t see them finding the net here. This will be tight and these are games Everton have slipped up in at times, but I think they will do enough to secure a win here.

Brighton v Watford – Draw

Brighton have drawn there of their last five games to drop to 15th in the table, while Watford’s renaissance under Nigel Pearson has stuttered after a poor 3-2 home defeat to Everton, where the Hornets threw away a 2-0 lead to lose to the Merseysiders at home for the first time in four seasons. That said, I think Watford are a much improved side and they are at least looking likely to get some goals now. Brighton have been somewhat poor defensively themselves and I can see this being a game where goals are scored but where the points are split at the end of the game. I fancy this one to finish in a 1-1 or 2-2 draw.

Bet Analysis: Sunday 9th February 2020

Sheffield Utd v Bournemouth – Home Win

After a superb away win at Crystal Palace last time out, Sheffield United moved up to fifth place in the Premier League table and they are closing the gap on Chelsea in fourth.  Spurs win over Man City saw the Blades drop down to 6th on Sunday but they remain doggedly difficult to beat. Bournemouth though come into this game in good spirits. Two wins in their last two Premier League games at home to Brighton and Aston Villa, saw them move out of the drop zone at the weekend, but they are going to find it very tough at Bramall Lane. I can’t see too many goals here, but those that are scored, I fancy will be netted by the home team.

Manchester City v West Ham – Home Win

After yet another dominating performance against Spurs and then still not getting a positive result, Manchester City will be itching to put things right against a West Ham side that are sorely struggling for form, having picked up just two points from the last 15 available. David Moyes has a real task on his hands to move his side out of the drop zone, with an incredibly tough run of games starting from this date in Manchester. City in contrast, have now dropped 22 points behind Liverpool and are essentially playing to finish second. They have slipped up at times at home (and have lost their last two games in all competitions) but I think this is the game where they will put that right and I can see nothing but a very big win for City in this game.

Dean Wyatt

Author: Dean Wyatt

Dean Wyatt is the founder and editor here at Acca Nation. He’s been betting sports for over 20 years and is a profitable sports trader on the exchanges.

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