ALEX CROOK

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ALEX CROOK PREVIEW: Premier League Midweek

After being a Manchester United collapse away from landing a 13/1 build-a-bet in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final, Star Sports ambassador Alex Crook turns his attention to a potentially pivotal week in the Premier League title race…


🔴 ARSENAL v CHELSEA 🔵

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Arsenal have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table for 24 hours at least by dispatching Chelsea at the Emirates on Tuesday night.

After losing at home to Aston Villa, the Gunners got their title quest back on track to reclaim top spot with a comfortable 2-0 victory over injury-hit Wolves on Saturday.

By virtue of City having a game in hand Mikel Arteta’s side still find themselves second favourites to lift the trophy and know they need to be virtually foot perfect for the rest of the season to have any chance of being crowned champions for the first time in more than two decades.

Their record of failing to win half of the London derbies they have played this season will add to the anxiety of their supporters and they have already lost at home to capital rivals West Ham and at Fulham. With a trip to bitter rivals Tottenham to come on Sunday this feels like a crunch week for the Gunners.

However, I think they can take advantage of the mental and physical scars of Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to City. The blues will still be kicking themselves for failing to win that game after spurning a host of golden chances and also being denied what looked a stonewall penalty for Jack Grealish’s handball.

Their season is effectively over and after star man Cole Palmer limped his way through most of the second half at Wembley it seems highly unlikely he will be risked for this match, which is a massive bonus for the hosts.

I am backing Arsenal to win and Kai Havertz to open the scoring against his former club at 6.25/1 with starsports.bet.


🔵 EVERTON v LIVERPOOL 🔴

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Liverpool’s trip to Everton on Wednesday is a massive game at both ends of the Premier League table.

The two teams head into Jurgen Klopp’s final Merseyside derby on the back of vital weekend wins as Everton beat relegation rivals Nottingham Forest to take a giant step closer to survival and Liverpool ran out comfortable 3-1 victors at Fulham.

The home side’s record against their near neighbours Is lamentable, winning just one of the last 29 meetings and it’s hard to see history changing here.

But, what we know about Sean Dyche’s side is that they are capable of digging in defensively, so it may be a night where Liverpool need to show patience, before ultimately coming out on top.

The draw at half time is available at 13/8 with starsports.bet.

Klopp took a gamble by resting Mo Salah to the bench at Craven Cottage, but that paid off and the Egyptians should be fully refreshed for this one and has an excellent scoring record against Everton.

These games are always feisty affairs so I will be doubling up Salah to score at any time with veteran Ashely Young to be shown a card. That build-a-bet returns 2.91/1 with starsports.bet.


🔵 BRIGHTON v MAN CITY 🔵

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Manchester City are the last of the title contenders to play this mid-week with a trip to Brighton on Thursday.

Many people have suggested they have the most arduous task; however, the Seagulls are simply not the force they were last season and have won just two of their last ten matches.

City in contrast are unbeaten in 17 Premier League games and bounced back from their disappointing Champions League exit against Real Madrid by seeing off Chelsea at Wembley to book their place in the FA Cup final.

Pep Guardiola admitted his side was suffering fatigue at the end of that game so they will feel the benefits from the extra few days at rest and will be hoping Erling Haaland is fit to return after sitting it out at the weekend.

I fancy Gaurdiola’s men to overpower their out-of-form hosts and think they could win with something in hand. City at -1 on the handicap is 11/10 with starsports.bet.

Phil Foden had a relatively quiet afternoon at Wembley but is averaging a goal every two Premier League games this season. Foden to score first is 19/4 with starsports.bet.

Good luck,

ALEX CROOK


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