Premier League Gameweek 23 – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent ALEX CROOK returns to preview three exciting clashes as part of a busy Premier League weekend…

Saturday, 12.30pm


Everton are at a pivotal stage of the season both on and off the pitch.

The Toffees expect to hear the outcome of their appeal against a 10-point deduction for breaking Premier League spending rules by the middle of this month. Meanwhile, Sean Dyche’s men dropped into the bottom three by toiling to a 0-0 draw against Fulham on Tuesday.

I watched both these teams firsthand in mid-week and Everton had enough opportunities to win at Craven Cottage, but, as has been the story of late, could not finish their dinner.

As you’d expect from a Dyche team the Merseysiders are relatively strong defensively and have kept six clean sheets in their past nine league games, but have only managed to find the net twice in their last six outings in all competitions.

It was a crazy game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday as Spurs had to come from behind to beat Brentford and could easily have thrown away the points late on.

What we know about Ange Postecoglou is that his side always score and Tottenham have netted in each of their last 34 Premier League matches.

I just cannot see the toothless Toffees overpowering them so Tottenham to win at 13/10 with looks a touch generous.

I’ll also be doubling that bet up with the in-form Richarlison to score against his former club, as he did in the reverse fixture just before Christmas. A build-a-bet of Tottenham to win and Richarlison to score at any time returns 3/1 with

Saturday, 2pm


Nottingham Forest are another team looking nervously over their shoulders towards the relegation places.

The Tricky Trees have fallen to only two points above the dotted line, and, after an initial uplift under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo, have lost their last two matches and three of their last five.

They were really poor for much of the game at home to Arsenal in mid-week and the final 2-1 score line flattered Nuno’s men.

Bournemouth have no such concerns with a healthy eight-point cushion on the bottom three and are closer to the European spots, playing an exciting brand of attacking football under Andoni Iraola.

The Cherries triumphed 3-2 in an entertaining game when these two met at the City Ground and I can envisage a similar story this weekend as the hosts have plenty of weapons going forward, but are not always watertight defensively.

I like the look of Bournemouth to win and both teams to score at 21/10 with

Dominic Solanke scored a hat-trick in Nottingham and continued his excellent form with an early goal in Thursday’s 1-1 draw at West Ham.

A build-a-bet of Bournemouth to win, Solanke to score at any time and Forest full-back Gonzalo Montiel, who will have his hands full with the Cherries’ wide players, to be shown a card is available at around 6/1 with

Sunday, 2pm


Any Chelsea fan who thought their team had turned a corner after a poor season was given a harsh reality check as they were thrashed 4-1 at league leaders Liverpool on Wednesday.

The gap in quality between the two teams was startling given Chelsea’s excessive spending under American owner Todd Boehly. It does not get any easier for the Blues with the visit of a Wolves team who beat them at Molineux as recently as late-December.

Wolves will still be licking their wounds after somehow coming back from 3-1 down to score a stoppage time equaliser at home to Manchester United and still managing to lose 4-3!

Gary O’Neil has made the Midlanders a very tough team to play against this season, which is no small achievement given he took over just three days before their first match.

Chelsea’s home form has been strong of late but I can easily see Wolves coming away with at least a point from their visit to West London so will be taking a chance on the draw at 16/5 with

Pedro Neto scored an excellent goal to seemingly rescue a point against United before the visitors’ dramatic late winner, and he is really starting to hit top gear now following a long injury absence. I think Wolves will at least get on the scoresheet and Neto to score first to get them off to a fast start is a sumptuous 10/1 with

Good luck,



BACK Tottenham to beat Everton 1.5pts at 13/10 (⭐


Build-a-bet: Tottenham to win and Richarlison to score at any time 1pt at 3/1 with
BACK Bournemouth to beat Nottingham forest and both teams to score 1pt at 21/10 (⭐


Build-a-bet: Bournemouth to win, Solanke to score at any time and Gonzalo Montiel to be shown a card 1pt at 3/1
BACK Draw – Chelsea v Wolves 0.5pts at 16/5 (⭐


BACK Pedro Neto to score first 0.5pts at 10/1 (⭐






Author: Eugene Morris