Premier League Gameweek 24 Accumulator: Watford Cooking Up a Wembley Surprise - (2021)

Updated: 26/11/2021

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It’s disappointing that in between Gameweek 23 and 24 we had two lots of cup games to hammer home my disappointment that Arsenal beat Chelsea last game week, so my bet didn’t land.

It’s even more unfortunate that the match against Arsenal seemed to be the time that Maurizio Sarri realised that he couldn’t keep playing the same system. This resulted in changes that I genuinely feel would have given The Blues the edge against Arsenal.

If I see Eden Hazard as a false nine one more time…

Anyway, I digress. I do love a midweek set of fixtures and this week all my tips fall on Wednesday.

Bournemouth vs. Chelsea

Wednesday, 30 January, 19:45

Why am I so sure that Chelsea will continue with the same system that worked so well against Spurs and, to a lesser extent, Sheffield Wednesday? Well, the signing of Gonzalo Higuain (a clear Maurizio Sarri signing) all but confirms that we won’t see Hazard as a false nine anymore.

Sure, we could look at the fact Emerson Palmieri is more likely to start now, given his ability to deliver a ball and subsequently explore how he works better with Eden Hazard, but I think solving the false nine issue should be enough to beat Bournemouth.

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It’s the home form of The Cherries that’s rescuing them this season, but even with that ‘success’ at Dean Court, Bournemouth haven’t picked up a single point at home against a side destined for the top six. They were hammered against Liverpool and lost by a single goal to Manchester United and Arsenal.

Therefore, rather than backing Chelsea outright or on the ‘outright’ handicap market I’ve covered the bet on the Asian Handicap market. That means if Chelsea do win by a single goal, we’re still alive.

With Chelsea four points behind Spurs in third place and just three points in front of Arsenal in fifth, every game is very important if they want to regain their Champions League status in the 19/20 season.

Liverpool vs. Leicester

Wednesday, 30 January, 20:00

Almost everything points towards both teams scoring at Anfield on Wednesday night, so much so that it’s hard to work out exactly where to start when justifying why this would be my banker for the week.

However, as I’m sure we’d all agree that as Leicester are less likely to score, let’s start by looking at why I think they’ll net.

Even though Liverpool have conceded the least amount of goals in the league, there is no denying that in their last five matches it has become evident that fatigue might be coming into play with the Liverpool back line. In their last four matches in the league, Liverpool have conceded in three of them. Sure, they’ve won three as well so it’s hardly a crisis, but for the sake of this selection that isn’t the point.

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Leicester have only failed to net in four games this season in the league and it doesn’t take a genius to work out why. Three of those four games were against Burnley, Cardiff and Crystal Palace, sides who setup to edge a narrow win so breaking them down is much harder.

Liverpool, either to their detriment or advantage depending on your viewpoint, couldn’t care less if they’re drawing or up by three, their style doesn’t change significantly, which will leave gaps for Leicester to penetrate.

Spurs vs. Watford

Wednesday, 30 January, 20:00

Ask most Spurs fans if there is something to be worried about coming up to their match against Watford and they’ll laugh in your face. However, in recent weeks they’ve crashed out of both cups, escaped with a narrow win against bottom of the table Fulham thanks to a 93rd minute winner and lost to Manchester United at home.

Now, fortunately for Spurs, it’s easy to pinpoint their issues — injuries and absentees, but only one of the three major players who have been ruled out in weeks gone past might return come Wednesday. Harry Kane and Dele Alli are both ruled out for some time yet. Heung-Min Son remains a doubt, although I expect he’ll play, as he’s only been involved in one training session since returning from the Asian Cup.

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Watford have been on fire in front of goal. They’ve scored in eight of their last nine league matches but, unfortunately, they’ve also been vulnerable at the back. The Hornets have only kept five clean sheets in the league all season. That’s means they concede a goal in a little over 72% of their matches and, as they are playing the side who have the joint third most goals in the league, even with their injury issues, would you back against Spurs scoring again?

Recommended Accumulator Summary

Back Chelsea (Asian Handicap — 1) to Win @ 21/20

Back Both Teams to Score in Liverpool vs. Leicester @ Evens

Back Both Teams to Score in Spurs vs. Watford @ 5/7

Accumulator Odds: 6.10/1

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