We’ll explore your options for EPL betting in Week 31 as English football teams continue to find their feet in the latest set of crowd-less, socially distanced fixtures that are set to take place in the next few days.
Following another mistake from goalkeeper David de Gea, the Red Devils found themselves chasing a well-organised Tottenham team for most of the game last Friday. Victory for former manager Jose Mourinho would prove elusive though, as Eric Dier’s late shove on Paul Pogba gifted United the chance to share the points, with Bruno Fernandes converting their 11th penalty of the season.
Now unbeaten across 12 games in all competitions, Manchester United welcome Sheffield United to Old Trafford this Wednesday. As things stand, fifth place will be good enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team to gain entry into the Champions League (Man City’s appeal pending). Still, Manchester United must avoid a repeat of their previous 3-3 draw earlier this season to guarantee their spot, as teams below them will be looking to capitalise on any dropped points.
It’s safe to say that the restart of the league has not gone the way Sheffield United would have wanted. A highly controversial decision not to award a clear goal against Aston Villa, and a red-card followed by a flurry of three goals conceded against Newcastle, has left the Blades at odds with their previous form this season.
With a difficult game against Manchester United up next, Chris Wilder must sharpen his Blades and get them back to the mentality that saw them attain one of the best defensive records in the league – second only to the league leaders.
Liverpool will entertain Crystal Palace this Wednesday as the league leaders return to Anfield for the first time in almost three months. Coming off an uninspiring 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby last weekend, the Reds are now just five points away from securing their first Premier League title in over 30 years.
Klopp’s men will be bolstered against the Eagles by the return to the starting XI of both Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson. While Liverpool can’t win the title against Palace, a win will mean that the Reds could potentially claim the Premier League title at the home of current champions, Manchester City, on 2 July.
It’s been a season of exceeding expectations for Palace who are looking to secure some form of European football for the next season and remain positioned to record their best-ever Premier League points tally. A 2-0 win over Bournemouth last weekend propelled the Eagles into the top half of the League, positioning them at the centre of a mid-table battle, right-between Arsenal and Tottenham.
Heading into the fixture with a degree of positivity, Roy Hodgson will hope that his team are capable of emulating their emphatic 2-1 victory at Anfield back in April 2017, which, incidentally, was the last time this Liverpool team lost at their home ground in the Premier League.
Probably the most predictable odds in EPL betting for week 31, Liverpool are at 13/50 (1.26) to win, enter the matchup as strong favourites, with the odds of Crystal Palace causing an upset calculated at 13/1 (13.00).
Five minutes after coming on versus Aston Villa last weekend, super-sub Christian Pulisic made an immediate impact, scoring a goal and inspiring Chelsea’s 2-1 comeback victory. Although currently safe and five points clear of fifth place, the Blues’ fortunes could turn as they prepare themselves for a home fixture against a roaring Manchester City side this midweek.
Lampard will know that Chelsea’s rivals will bank on his team losing points this Thursday. Should they lose and their form suffers during a relatively tough stretch of fixtures to close out the season, Chelsea can still be caught by those below. The previous fixture between the sides finished with a City victory, 2-1 at the Etihad.
Manchester City have made an exceptional comeback to the Premier League, scoring eight goals without conceding, and securing six points in their first two matches. For the first time since the restart, Pep’s team will need to travel south for their first away fixture.
With the bad news of Sergio Aguero’s possible season-ending injury circulating around Manchester, the responsibility of goal-scoring responsibilities will fall on other members of the squad. Fortunately for City, the likes of Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez have both impressed since the restart. Pep’s men will need to be on their toes because while the previous fixture between the sides ended in victory for the Citizens, their last Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge ended in a 2-0 defeat.
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