Thanks to the winter break, Premier League matchday 26 has a smattering of games across a 10-day period.
Four matches will be played this weekend. The remaining 6 matches are scheduled from Friday – Monday next week.
It’s good there’s such a spread, as many games will have real Champions League qualification implications. Wolves host Leicester on Friday the 14th. If Wolves want to make a credible charge at 4th place, this is a must-win for them. After this match, Wolves will likely be favored / even-money in all of their remaining fixtures except at Tottenham — and at Chelsea on the final matchday of the season.
Speaking of Chelsea, they host Manchester United on Monday the 17th. Man U sit sixth in the table, five points behind Chelsea. A rare road win for OGS and squad well-positions them for a closing run at the final UCL spot.
Otherwise, it’s an odd week for lines. Bigger numbers on both sides than what’s been posted for teams recently.
Premier League matchday 26 lines
|Saturday, February 8th|
|Everton -159||Draw +265||Crystal Palace +525|
|Brighton +112||Draw +235||Watford +260|
|Sunday, February 9th|
|Sheffield -143||Draw +255||Bournemouth +460|
|Manchester City -1115||Draw +1050||West Ham +2400|
|Friday, February 14th|
|Wolves +155||Draw +225||Leicester +185|
|Saturday, February 15th|
|Southampton -143||Draw +280||Burnley +410|
|Norwich +850||Draw +475||Liverpool -335|
|Sunday, February 16th|
|Aston Villa +320||Draw +275||Tottenham -121|
|Monday, February 17th|
|Chelsea -125||Draw +280||Manchester United +335|
Odds & Ends
- Again, this week has a number of heavy lines. It starts with Everton at -159 against a longer-than-expected +525 Crystal Palace. Yes, these squads are going in different directions based on current form. And SPI particularly like Everton. However, their goal differential is basically the same (-6 Everton, -7 Palace). Everton should win–but Palace taking points isn’t out of the question.
- Man City at -1000000000000000000 vs West Ham feels about right. If there’s one thing you can count on from City, it’s them piling up points against poor teams to feed their inferiority complex.
- Wolves are the slightest of favorites vs Leicester. The odds on this indicate that a draw is unlikely. Look for Wolves to secure a physical 2-1 win.
- Chelsea odds-on at home against United is not surprising. However, OGS has come out of international breaks with sound tactics against top team (see his October match vs Liverpool, or November draw away at Sheffield). Chelsea have been wobbly. An ugly draw feels like a probable result.