EPL BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 35

The intense rivalry to claim bragging rights in north London is the highlight of the Premier League this weekend, while the fight for spots amongst Europe’s elite continues to bubble up. Join us as we dive into the Premier League and offer up some interesting options for EPL betting in week 35.

PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING

Tottenham

A 0-0 bore draw against Bournemouth on Thursday would certainly not have been the kind of preparation Tottenham fans would consider ideal with a north London derby looming. Having won just two of their last 10 fixtures, Mourinho must push his team to step up and pick up the pace for one of the Premier League’s biggest fixtures of the season.

Eric Dier will not feature due to a recently imposed four-game ban, so Spurs may have to set up differently for their first north London derby at their new stadium. With their team currently sat in the middle of the table, Spurs fans know that a win against Arsenal could push them into the centre of the battle for Europa League qualification, with three points possibly hoisting them up into sixth place.

Arsenal

A red card for Nketiah’s late challenge on James Justin last Tuesday saw Arsenal go down to 10 men and ultimately concede against Leicester City, in what became their 14th draw of the season. Now on a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions, the Gunners travel the short distance across the capital to take on their fiercest rivals in a north London derby that should be highly competitive, despite the lack of fan attendance.

With the usual pre-match mind games between Mourinho and the Gunners already catching the attention of the public, Arsenal fans know their team must push aside their dreadful record against the Portuguese manager and capitalise on a shaky Tottenham team. Having scored for Arsenal in the previous 2-2 encounter with Spurs, why not consider Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to fire in another goal this Sunday at 13/12 (2.08) as an option for EPL betting in week 35?

TOTTENHAM VS ARSENAL: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

In what looks to be one of the closest games this weekend, Tottenham come out slightly ahead at 8/5 (2.60) to win, with Arsenal’s chances measured at 17/10 (2.70).


Sheffield United

Having put together a three-match unbeaten run, Sheffield United welcome Chelsea to Bramall Lane this Saturday, in what is a must-win fixture for both sides. With John Egan’s late strike against Wolves last Wednesday moving Sheffield United to within a single point of sixth place, three points this weekend could spell a possible Europa League finish for the side that were battling it out in the championship last season.  

Although Chelsea look unstoppable at the moment, Chris Wilder will take confidence from his side’s previous encounter against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Chelsea

Chelsea look to defend their newly acquired third place, as the Blues sit one point above Leicester City in the Premier League table. Boasting five wins out of six since the restart, the London team go into their Saturday fixture having bagged eight goals in their last three games.

Although history and form are on their side, Chelsea have a few injuries to worry about, most notably Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante. Securing three points away to Sheffield United with a weakened midfield could prove trickier for the Blues than initially anticipated.

SHEFFIELD UNITED VS CHELSEA: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Chelsea come out on top as favourites at 3/5 (1.60) to win, with Sheffield United at 26/5 (6.20), to cause an upset.


Manchester United

Having entered the record books by winning their fourth consecutive game by a three-goal margin against Aston Villa last Thursday, Manchester United look like they’re back to their best ahead of a home fixture to Southampton.

Unbeaten since the restart of the league and currently on a five-game winning streak, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will demand his team continue their pursuit of Champions League football, and reestablish themselves amongst the higher echelons of European football. Regardless of Manchester United’s current standing in the game, Mason Greenwood is one of the young starlets of the sport across the continent right now; why not back the 18-year old to score for the Red Devils at 7/6 (2.17)?

Southampton

Three wins, a loss and a draw since the restart of the league has left Southampton in 12th place, battling it out amongst the mid-table teams. With a comfortable 16-point gap from the relegation zone, the Saints have picked up at points an outstanding rate for a team with seemingly nothing left to play for.

Southampton fans will look to their top scorer, Danny Ings, to add to his 19-goal Premier League tally. The Saints should take the battle to the Red Devils at Old Trafford as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team have already shown they have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with Manchester United having secured a home 1-1 draw earlier this season.

MANCHESTER UNITED VS SOUTHAMPTON: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

On account of their recent form and home advantage, Manchester United march into the fixture as favourites at 2/7 (1.28) to win, with the chances of the travelling side, Southampton calculated at 9/1 (10.00).


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PREVIEW: PREMIER LEAGUE RETURN

After a 100-day shutdown, fans of the English Premier League welcome the return of top-flight football this Wednesday. Aston Villa host Sheffield United, before Arsenal travel to take on Manchester City at the Etihad. 

Join us for a detailed preview into the first Premier League fixtures to hit our screens since March, and read on to learn about all the new rules, regulations and TV enhancements that have been put in place.

PREMIER LEAGUE RETURN COVID MEASURES

The reintroduction of the Premier League will see managers, coaches and players subject to newly introduced Covid-19 measures, in an effort to ensure the safety of all those present at games. Televised fixtures will also undergo ‘broadcasting enhancements’ as a way to mitigate the behind-closed-doors matchday experience.

As per the implemented safety measures, players will not shake hands at the beginning of each fixture and are encouraged to refrain from spitting and clearing their nose while on the pitch. Additionally, during goal celebrations, players have been asked to keep a reasonable distance between each other. Surrounding the match officials in any case of controversy is out and ball boys and ball girls have been removed, with spare balls being lined up around the pitch. 

Teams can bring a bigger matchday squad, naming nine substitutes on the bench, with five allowed to enter the play per match. This change promises to add a new tactical dimension to the game – and perhaps favours the teams with big squads – while players and teams build up their match fitness in the coming weeks. 

From a television standpoint, fans will enjoy the introduction of a tunnel camera and be given the option to add artificial crowd noise while they watch the game. Broadcasters will also be able to show live video feeds of pre-selected fans as a way “to improve the environment both visually and acoustically”.

Through these measures, it is hoped that the Premier League navigates a successful and safe return to football, while also providing spectators with a number of options to help them further enjoy their viewing experience.

Now that we know what to expect in terms of the regulations when we tune-in this Wednesday, let’s dive head-first into a preview of the upcoming fixtures.

PREMIER LEAGUE RETURN BETTING

Aston Villa

A restart button was exactly what Dean Smith’s side needed, as numerous defensive errors and unfortunate injuries throughout the season have seen them slip progressively down the table into the relegation zone. All hope of keeping Villa afloat will be placed upon the shoulders of local lad and captain, Jack Grealish, whose incredible performances have attracted the attention of a number of big clubs in the league. With a game in hand, a win against Sheffield United will propel the Villans up to 16th place, where they will find themselves just one point behind Brighton & Hove Albion.

Sheffield United

Sheffield United have seen an immense resurgence since their return to the Premier League. Now in a seventh-place tussle for possible European places, the Blades have spent a season quietly capitalising on every point, refusing to lose against the teams currently around them. Manager Chis Wilder has stated that his players are in “brilliant condition” and will expect nothing less than a win, as the full three points will see The Blades climb above both Wolves and Manchester United and into fifth place.

ASTON VILLA VS SHEFFIELD UNITED: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Although the travelling team, Sheffield United head into the fixture as favourites at 6/5 (2.20), with Aston Villa’s chances measured at 47/20 (3.35).

Manchester City

Finding themselves in a lonely second-place spot, the reigning champions stand 25 points adrift of the runaway league leaders and five points ahead of Leicester City. As Pep Guardiola prepares his team to tackle a travelling Arsenal side, questions over the squad’s mentality have surfaced. Will Manchester City choose to focus on other competitions in an effort to secure silverware this season? We’ll soon find out.

Arsenal

Mikel Arteta returns to the Etihad Stadium this Wednesday to face his former mentor, Pep Guardiola, in possibly the biggest test of his managerial career to date. With a renewed sense of optimism around the Emirates since the dismissal of Unai Emery, the Gunners have found some form, losing only once in their last 10 Premier League fixtures. Arteta will aim to use his inside knowledge of Guardiola’s approach to Arsenal’s favour, as a victory could not only shoot the Gunners up to sixth place but also send a clear message of intent to the teams around them.

MANCHESTER CITY VS ARSENAL: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Manchester City find themselves as strong favourites at 1/3 (1.33), with the chances of Arsenal causing an upset calculated at 79/10 (8.90).

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Premier League Season Preview

The 2018/19 Premier League season was a battle for the ages, featuring two of the best teams of the Premier League era: Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Both teams look set to do battle again in what should prove another exciting season.

Season 2018/19

In 25 of the 27 seasons since the Premier League was formed, Liverpool’s tally of 97 points would have won them the title. Unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp’s men, they ran into the only team ever to score more points, Pep’s Manchester City. Fresh off a 100-point season in 17/18, City would finish the season with 14 straight league wins to secure 98 points and a second successive league title.

The fight for the remaining Champions League places would prove a close one. Chelsea finished 3rd, just one point ahead of Tottenham in 4th. North London rivals Arsenal were a point and a place back in 5th. Manchester United rounded out the Top 6 and took the final Europa League group stage place. Wolves finished an impressive return to the top flight by finishing 7th and making it to the Europa League qualifiers.

At the bottom of the table, Huddersfield and Fulham would have their fates settled relatively early. Fulham proving to have the worst defence in the league, while Huddersfield could only manage three wins. Cardiff and Brighton took their battle for survival to the penultimate game of the season, with a loss to Crystal Palace sealing relegation for Cardiff.

Champions-elect?

MANCHESTER CITY Last season’s winners are favourites to repeat the feat and make it a three-peat by securing their third title in a row. Captain and club legend Vincent Kompany may have left without a direct replacement, but City have plenty of players to fill his role, both on and off the pitch. Club stalwart David Silva takes the captain’s armband while Fernandinho prepares to step into central defence when needed – with new record signing Rodri set to anchor the defence. Guardiola will hope to get a full season out of Kevin De Bruyne this time out, and bank on Raheem Sterling continuing his ascension to the top of the game.

LIVERPOOL – Jurgen Klopp and Guardiola can talk about an open title race all they want; nobody is buying it. Liverpool finished 25 points ahead of third-placed Chelsea last term. And with yet another change of manager and a transfer ban, The Blues are unlikely to overhaul them. Speaking of transfer bans, Liverpool seem to be operating under an almost self-imposed ban. Their signings having been restricted to teenagers and a back-up goalkeeper on a free transfer. Keep their first XI – and in particular the front three – fit, and there’s no reason The Reds can’t push City all the way in the league once more. Especially if City if allow themselves to get distracted in pursuit of feat that Klopp’s men managed last season, and City haven’t thus far come close to; winning the Champions League.

Relegation fodder?

SHEFFIELD UNITED / NORWICH CITY – Of course, the recently promoted sides are always favourites to be relegated back to whence they came. Over the past 10 seasons, on average, one of the three promoted sides will manage to survive. This time around, that side is likely to be Aston Villa, due to the heavy investment that the club has made in its playing staff – of note, Fulham did similar last year.

Norwich were the highest scoring side in the Championship last season thanks to their attacking brand of football. Unfortunately, they were also pretty open at the back, conceding 57 goals in their league campaign. If they are to survive, they’ll need to be much more solid. Sheffield Utd were very much the opposite and finished the season with the best defensive record in the division. They’ll be hoping that captain Billy Sharp will be able to fire in enough goals to keep them up.

BURNLEY / BRIGHTON – If one of the promoted sides is likely to stay up, then one of the existing teams is likely to go down. The most likely suspects are Burnley and Brighton, with neither side having invested heavily in new players in the transfer window. Both sides struggle to score goals and this will perhaps be the cause of their downfall. Brighton are as reliant as ever on ageing striker Glenn Murray, who was responsible for over a third of their goals last season. Burnley and shots on goal – at either end – do not go hand in hand. Last season no side had few shots than The Clarets. On the plus side, no side allowed fewer shots than Sean Dyche’s men. And when they did create chances, those chances were normally of high quality. They’ll be hoping that returning striker Jay Rodriguez can stick a few of them in the back of the net.

PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Manchester City are favourites to win the title at 1/2 (1.50) while Liverpool find themselves at 13/5 (3.60). Nobody else is considered to be in with a genuine shot, with Spurs the best of the rest and given odds of 18/1 (19.00) to win the Premier League. There are a number of teams grouped in as relegation candidates, Sheffield United are 2/3 (1.66), Norwich are 9/10 (1.90), Burnley and Brighton are both 13/7 (2.85) while Aston Villa are 2/1 (3.00). When it comes to topping the scoring charts, Harry Kane is favourite 4/1 (5.00). Last seasons joint top-scorers are priced as follows, Mo Salah at 5/1 (16.00), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 8/1 (9.00) and Sadio Mane at 12/1 (13.00).

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