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  • Chris sobey


The weekend’s domestic football action gets underway today in the EFL with a full set of Championship and League One and Two fixtures and the Premier League action gets underway on Saturday. Leaders Brighton and second place Newcastle renew their battle for the Championship title and both have tough matches; Brighton away to Wolves and Newcastle at home against fifth placed Leeds United. From a betting perspective Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield should all collect three points at home against Fulham, Cardiff City and Preston respectively.

The Premier League kicks-off at lunchtime on Saturday and second place Spurs get the chance to close the gap on Leaders Chelsea to four points if they can defeat Bournemouth at White Hart Lane. Chelsea face arguably the toughest test of their title aspirations on Sunday when they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, but they have an advantage, as United played a tough match away in the Europa League against Anderlecht on Thursday.

Other games of interest on Saturday are the relegation battle encounters between Sunderland and West Ham at the Stadium of Light and Sunderland desperately need the win to have any chance of survival. Fourth from bottom Hull have hit form just at the right time and will fancy their chances against Stoke, who have lost their last four. Third from bottom Swansea, who have lost four of their last five, face a tough trip to Watford, but with the Hornets safe and nothing left to play for apart from pride this season it could present the Swans with a chance to reignite their survival hopes. Fifth from bottom Crystal Palace face Leicester City at Selhurst Park and with both teams in great form winning five of their last six in the league this should be a highly entertaining encounter. I fancy Palace to win as the Foxes played a tough match away at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, which was their second loss in a row, and it will surely affect their performance.

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