Burnley v Chelsea
If you’d predicted at the start of the season that Burnley would fight Arsenal for the final Europa League qualifying spot of the Premier League, many would’ve called you crazy. That’s the reality, though.
The Clarets current sits two points off Arsenal in sixth and looks like a side capable of upsetting the top six’s ownership of European qualification.
A 2-1 win over Leicester in their last match was further proof of just how far Sean Dyche’s men have come, but a win at home to Chelsea would really worry Arsene Wenger.
For Chelsea, the top four is not impossible but it looks unlikely. They’re seven points off of the fourth spot and Tottenham doesn’t look like slipping up any time soon.
In August, Dyche’s side surprised Chelsea with a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge and boss Antonio Conte will be hoping for revenge. There’s every reason to back Burnley at home for this one, though.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Burnley 0.25 at 2.408
Leicester v Southampton
Thursday gives Frenchman Claude Puel another chance to get one over on former club Southampton. Puel lasted just one season at the Saints, but on paper, it looks like it was a good one. Eight place and a League Cup final is a far cry from their current situation, but Saints fans were unhappy with his style of play.
In December, Puel got his first chance of payback. A 4-1 win – not bad for a ‘negative’ styled manager – heaped pressure on Mauricio Pellegrino, who was eventually sacked by the South Coast club.
With Mark Hughes now at the helm, things are getting desperate for Southampton. They currently occupy 18th place, with five points between them and Swansea in safety.
The Saints are without a win in eight and Puel will be hoping to heap more misery on his former employers.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Leicester -0.50 at 2.420