Premier League Parlay Picks for Matchweek 26
We are now more than two-thirds of the way through the Premier League season and this is when things really start to heat up. Manchester City’s record-breaking run threatens to turn the title race into a procession, but the battle for a Champions League spot is enthralling, while Fulham’s attempts to dodge the jaws of relegation is the stuff of fairytales.
There’s still plenty at stake, and this weekend’s slate of games gives us a fantastic chance of clicking a parlay. This week’s four selections return $80.43 off a $10 bet and start with the Champions-in-waiting…
Manchester City to beat West Ham to Zero (-135)
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Manchester City’s winning run now stands at 19 games after their win in the Champions League this week – a simply astonishing run which could lead Pep Guardiola’s men to a history-making quadruple season.
While they have been unstoppable going forward with Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and the returning Kevin De Bruyne, their success has been built on a rock-solid defence. In 68% of those 19 games, City have won without conceding a goal, and they have won eight of the last 10 without picking the ball out of their own net.
West Ham are in flying form, and seven wins in their last nine games has them hunting out a Champions League place. But the Hammers are no match for City. This bet would have won in four of the last five head-to-head matches between City and West Ham, and it looks like another solid bet here to start our parlay.
West Brom vs Brighton: Under 2.5 goals (-140)
An under 2.5 goals bet would’ve won in seven of Brighton’s last eight games – and it would have been eight in a row had Christian Benteke not scored a stoppage time winner against them in mid-week to secure a 2-1 win for Crystal Palace.
Graham Potter has set his side up to be hard to break down, and they’ve conceded just three goals in their last seven games.
For opposition manager Big Sam Allardyce, the job of tightening up a leaky defense is the same as he tries to save West Brom from what looks to be inevitable relegation. The Baggies lost 3-0 to Aston Villa, 5-0 to Leicester, 4-0 to Arsenal, and 5-0 to Man City in Allardyce’s first month in charge, but over the last few weeks he has straightened them out.
In other games vs. bottom seven teams there have been under 2.5 goals in six of the nine games West Brom have been involved in, and this can be another closely fought affair.
Fulham or Draw vs. Crystal Palace (-300)
Scott Parker is attempting to mastermind a great escape at Fulham – whose Premier League record is simply remarkable this season. On one hand, the Cottagers have lost just one of the last seven league games. It gets even better if you look at their last 14, in which they’ve only lost three – and they were away games to Leicester, Man Utd and Chelsea.
That almost looks like title-winning form rather than relegation – but the problem is of those 14 games they have drawn nine.
However, in the last couple of weeks, they have beaten Everton and Sheffield United as Parker tries to pull off the unlikely escape, and now they face a Palace side in a real slump.
The Eagles lost back-to-back games against Leeds and Burnley without finding the back of the net, and then somehow beat Brighton 2-1 despite losing the shot count 25-3 and getting absolutely battered for 90 minutes!
I fancy Fulham for all three points here, but given their run of results including the draw is a safe play.
Chelsea vs. Manchester United: Under 2.5 goals (-110)
Since Thomas Tuchel took the helm at Chelsea, the Blues have effectively gone about their business – winning six games and drawing two in all competitions.
What’s most notable is that only one of those eight games – a 2-1 win away at Sheffield United – featured Over 2.5 goals. Chelsea have been compact, disciplined, and effective without blowing teams away.
Manchester United’s run of latest league games reads slightly differently, as three of the last four have featured Over 3.5. But Chelsea are a different story. The Red Devils have drawn 0-0 with Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, and Chelsea themselves already this season and at Stamford Bridge Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may set up to contain Tuchel’s side.
This bet would’ve clicked in four of the last six meetings between these two sides in the league at Stamford Bridge, and this weekend’s clash looks like another tight affair.