Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Chelsea, Man Utd and Liverpool

Berbatov gives his Premier League predictions for Metro.co.uk (Picture: REX / Metro)

It was another mixed bag for English sides in Europe this week but focus will now return to the Premier League.

Not all the sides are in action, with Manchester City and Aston Villa instead contesting the final of the Carabao Cup and their intended opponents Sheffield United and Arsenal – who play Portsmouth in the FA Cup on Monday – both sitting out but there are still some tasty fixtures on show.

On Friday night, Leicester travel to relegation-threatened Norwich as they look to consolidate their top-four spot, with Brighton and Crystal Palace’s tie the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.

Newcastle, Burnley, West Ham and Southampton make up the 3pm kick offs, with league leaders Liverpool travelling to Watford for the evening match.

On Sunday, as well as the Carabao Cup final, Everton host Manchester United, while Tottenham Hotspur meet Wolves.

As ever, Betfair ambassador Dimitar Berbatov previews the action for Metro.co.uk

Norwich vs Leicester

Rodgers will hope to consolidate Leicester’s top-four spot (Picture: VISIONHAUS)

At this stage of the season there’s usually one team that’s a long way adrift at the bottom of the table and this time it’s Norwich. They were outplayed by Wolves last Sunday and it is a real concern for Daniel Farke that the Canaries have failed to score in their last three matches. I can’t see them doing much better here against a Leicester side that are smarting from their defeat to Man City last week. Brendan Rodgers won’t want his players to throw away their good work now and I expect them to win on Friday night.

Dimitar’s prediction: 0-2

Betfair Exchange Odds

Norwich – 4/1, Draw – 3/1, Leicester – 4/5

Brighton vs Crystal Palace

Brighton have played a more attractive brand of football under Graham Potter this season but the truth is that, just four points above the drop zone, they could still go down if they don’t produce some results quickly. They haven’t won in the Premier League this year and it’s three draws in a row for the Seagulls. They need to take maximum points but Crystal Palace will be pleased after last week’s win at home to Newcastle and I think it could be honours even in this derby.

Dimitar’s prediction: 1-1

Betfair Exchange Odds

Brighton – 6/5, Draw – 9/4, Crystal Palace – 3/1

Bournemouth vs Chelsea

This match pits one struggling team against highly unpredictable opponents. Bournemouth are in real trouble, losing their last two matches and only two points outside the relegation zone. Chelsea, meanwhile, beat Spurs last weekend but were then outclassed at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek. Frank Lampard will hope his players learn from that experience. But Eddie Howe’s men have a good record against Chelsea. The Cherries won at Stamford Bridge in December and Howe would give anything for three points now. It will be tough but I’m backing them to get it.

Dimitar’s prediction: 2-1

Betfair Exchange Odds

Bournemouth – 4/1, Draw – 3/1, Chelsea – 4/5

Newcastle vs Burnley

It’s two defeats in a row for Newcastle and Steve Bruce knows his team need a result to keep their fans on side. Burnley have won four of their last five and, even though they looked like relegation candidates not long ago, they’ve climbed into the top half of the table and are now just three points off sixth place. What a turnaround. But Bruce is good at motivating his players when the chips are down and that could give them the edge at St James’ Park.

Dimitar’s prediction: 1-0

Betfair Exchange Odds

Newcastle – 7/4, Draw – 9/4, Burnley – 2/1

West Ham vs Southampton

West Ham were great against Liverpool and didn’t deserve to lose. They will need to move on from the disappointment of the result quickly and produce more fighting displays if they’re to avoid relegation. That must start at home against Southampton this weekend. It’s so tight near the bottom of the Premier League table and the Saints probably secured their survival with their 2-0 win against Aston Villa last weekend. Under Ralph Hasenhuttl they’re an organised outfit but I expect the Hammers to be up for this and take three priceless points.

Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0

Betfair Exchange Odds

West Ham – 9/5, Draw – 13/5, Southampton – 13/8

Watford vs Liverpool

Salah and Liverpool could lose this weekend, says Berbatov (Picture: Visionhaus)

It’s about time somebody beat Liverpool. On Monday night, I was going: “Come on West Ham.” I really thought David Moyes’ men were going to win at Anfield and I was disappointed when Sadio Mane won it for the home side. You’ll get very big odds on Watford here but I like to be brave with my predictions and the Hornets, who were unlucky to lose away to Liverpool earlier in the season, could really revive their survival bid by taking something here. I’m going to back the home win.

Dimitar’s prediction: 1-0

Betfair Exchange Odds

Watford – 8/1, Draw – 4/1, Liverpool – 4/9

Everton vs Man United

United are on a decent run of form and the arrival of Bruno Fernandes has given them hope of finishing in the top four. Fernandes adds creativity to the team and, as striker, I would have loved to play in front of him because he’s the kind of midfielder who is always looking to play you in. United have been defending well too and they’ll need to be at their most disciplined against an Everton team that have improved dramatically under Carlo Ancelotti. I can see a draw here.

Dimitar’s prediction: 1-1

Betfair Exchange Odds

Everton – 13/8, Draw – 12/5, Man United – 2/1

Tottenham vs Wolves

Spurs need to win this one, after losing to Chelsea last week, but it won’t be easy against one of the strongest attacking sides in the Premier League. Spurs should be the fresher side after Wolves’ Europa League trip to Espanyol on Thursday night. Jose Mourinho needs to get his players pumped up for this match because the only important thing for them is that they get the three points. It doesn’t really matter how they do it.

Dimitar’s prediction: 2-1

Betfair Exchange Odds

Tottenham – 6/4, Draw – 9/4Wolves – 9/4

For more from Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov head to www.betfair.com/berbatov and to find out more about the new Betfair Exchange ‘How to Hub’ head to www.betfair.com/howtoexchange.

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