Friday’s Premier League Tips and Previews
Cardiff v Watford – Fri 22nd Feb, 19:45, Cardiff City Stadium
Referee: Simon Hooper
Cardiff have won their last two Premier League matches in a row, beating Bournemouth 2-0 at home, and Southampton 2-1 on the road. Meanwhile, Watford come into this on the back of two 1-0 victories, at home to Everton and away to QPR in the FA Cup.
Cardiff are a tough team to beat at home, but Watford are also tough to beat with just one loss in their last ten matches. To be perfectly honest, I did not think Cardiff had much of a chance in their relegation battle after their dismal start to the season.
However, they are growing into the season, and they have made Cardiff City Stadium a tough place to visit. Cardiff have won four of their last seven matches at home, only losing to United and Spurs in that time.
But, Watford are a more capable team, and they are sometimes very tough to break down, keeping five clean sheets in their last six games. Watford won the last fixture in a 3-2 thriller at Vicarage Road.
Firstly, Cardiff are 11/5 to win, the draw is 12/5 and a Watford win is 7/5.
There is certainly value in all three markets to be fair, Cardiff are a tough team to beat at home, but Watford are a tough team to beat in general. I can see these two playing out a stalemate, and I see good value in the draw at 12/5 with bet365.
Still, I can see this game going in a number of ways, so I will be avoiding it myself.
West Ham v Fulham – Fri 22nd Feb, 19:45, London Stadium
Referee: Lee Mason
West Ham are looking for their first win in five matches, after losing two, and drawing two of their last four games. The Hammers have drawn their last two games (1-1), against Liverpool and Crystal Palace, but they are good results away at Palace and at home to Liverpool.
However, they did struggle on the road before that, losing 2-0 to Bournemouth and Wolves 3-0. Meanwhile, Fulham have lost four of their last five games while winning one. Their one win was against 4-2 at home against Brighton, but they have lost without scoring in their last two games.
Fulham’s record on the road looks pretty bleak, with just two draws and 11 losses in the Premier League this season. That record is painful, and I struggle to see it improving tonight.
West Ham have lost just one of their last six league games at home, and I can see them getting three points in this match against a poor Fulham side that struggle on the road.
Firstly, West Ham are 4/5 to win, the draw is 3/1 and a Fulham win is 7/2.
I see the most value in the West Ham win at 4/5 with 888Sport tonight. The Hammers are starting to gel, and they will likely take advantage of Fulham’s dismal away record.
On that note, I like the look of Marko Arnautovic to score and West Ham win at 2/1 with William Hill. He has scored five goals in his last nine home games, and he will be a key danger man to take advantage of Fulham’s poor defence tonight.