The Premier League continues next week with Round 29 soccer action from Tuesday, March 2, to Thursday, March 4. The upcoming Round 26 will be played this weekend, while the previous Round 25 only cemented Manchester City on top of the table thanks to a 1-0 win over Arsenal. Their city rivals Manchester United managed to get past Newcastle to climb up to the second spot. Leicester won 2-1 against Aston Villa, while West Ham shocked Tottenham 2-1. Chelsea drew 1-1 with Southampton, and Liverpool lost to their arch-rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby.
In the emerging Round 29, the Citizens will aim to move further away from United as they face Wolves at home on Tuesday, March 2, while on Wednesday, March 3, Solskajer's side will travel again to London, this time to meet Crystal Palace. The 26th round will see reigning champions Liverpool attempt to rehabilitate from their unfortunate form against Chelsea in the grand derby the next day, on Thursday, March 4.
This round provides an opportunity for the bettor to play around with parlays, picks in the over/under, or goalscorers. Here are some sports betting predictions to consider when placing a bet on these Premier League matchups.
Manchester City vs Wolves - Tuesday, March 2
Manchester City are on an impressive 19-game winning run in all competitions. The last time they lost a game was on November 21, 2020, when they were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham in Round 9 of the Premier League. During their winning streak, they have managed wins over clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton, and Arsenal twice.
This season, Wolves are just a shadow of their 2019/20 version, who missed out on a Europa League Group Stage qualification by very thin. Their only successes against a more sounding club are the two 2-1 triumphs against Arsenal. This will, in fact, be their 14th league meeting against the current EPL leaders. The Citizens have been the absolute favorites in head-to-head duels, winning seven games so far; Wolves have celebrated a victory four times, and the remaining two games have ended in a draw.
It looks very doubtful that Nuno Espirito Santo's players will be able to stop Pep Guardiola's inspiring run, especially on their home turf. Betting that the game will have over 3.5 goals could be a sure bet, at +168, a $100 bet could earn the bettor $168.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United - Wednesday, March 3
Crystal Palace have been holding on to the middle of the Premier League table this 2020/21 season. Despite already having celebrated a win against United at the beginning of the season, in Round 2, the head-to-head stats don't look good nor promising for the Eagles. This will be the clubs' 24th EPL meeting. The Red Devils are the firm favorites in H2H duels, having won 17 games so far; Palace have triumphed barely twice, and four matches have ended in a draw.
On the contrary, Manchester United, have been in the form of their lives, probably in the best form in years, all thanks to their jewel Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese star is one of the several players who have inspired the Red Devils to dream big again, in spite of trailing City by 10 points. Man Utd have lost only two matches in 2021, one in the Premier League and one in the Carabao Cup.
Considering the fact that Crystal Palace are currently trailing their Wednesday opponents Manchester United by 15 points, it is safe to say that they would very likely fail to make an upset. FanDuel see Man Utd as clear favorites, as they are paying out -210, Crystal Palace +550, and a draw is at +340. If you got to pick anyone to put the ball in the back of the net in this game look no further than the 15-goal midfield-monster Bruno Fernandes, as he is at +390 to be the first/last one to score, as per DraftKings. If you want to put your money on something solid, always bet on the Portuguese.
Liverpool vs Chelsea - Thursday, March 4
The Liverpool vs Chelsea matchup is probably the most exciting derby out of all three in Round 29. Especially for the fact that ever since the Blues had appointed Thomas Tuchel, they have forgotten what it's like to lose. Chelsea are yet to be defeated under the German boss, having grabbed six triumphs and two draws in eight games in all competitions so far. In addition, Tuchel has managed to bring the Blues' defence back to life, as the club have conceded only two goals under their new coach, and it's worth mentioning that even Kepa managed one clean-sheet.
On the other side, this exciting matchup is certainly going to be another test for Jurgen Klopp, a chance to see the light of day or to continue to disappoint even more. The Reds are yet to recover from the shocking winless run in the English top division. Liverpool have suffered four consecutive league losses, with three of them coming at the Anfield. They have already lost seven games in 2021, which is surprisingly more than they have lost in the 2019 and 2020 calendar years combined
Having their current positions on the table in mind, it promises to be a tough battle. An interesting fact is that Chelsea have not scored more than 2 goals in 2021, and the last time was in the 3-0 win over West Ham on December 21, 2020. Taking this into account and Liverpool's poor goalscoring form, betting that the match will have under 2.5 goals sure looks like a good bet. At +110, a $50 bet could earn the bettor $55.
Parlays for these three matchups of Premier League Round 26
A solid parlay bet could be the following: Manchester City and Wolves to score 3.5 goals; Manchester United to win against Crystal Palace; Bruno Fernandes to score for United, and Liverpool and Chelsea to score over 2.5 goals. At $100, the bettor could win up to $408.
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