EPL BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 38

The Premier League draws to a close this weekend with English teams taking to the field for the final time in the nation’s top flight. Although Liverpool will go down as the deserved champions of the 19/20 season, history remains to be written elsewhere, with teams battling it out for survival and European qualification.

Join us as we take a look into the final round of fixtures in the English Premier League and preview some exciting options for EPL Betting in week 38.

PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING

Leicester City

This Sunday, Leicester City play Manchester United in a winner-takes-all final-day showdown. With both teams aware that only the full three points will guarantee a place amongst Europe’s elite next season – and the accompanying financial rewards – the clash promises to be a vital and epic finale to the turbulent 19/20 EPL season.

The Foxes head into the game in fifth place, just a single point behind both Chelsea and Manchester United. Brendan Rodgers will be on the back foot this weekend, unable to play his strongest lineup as James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira are all currently sidelined due to injury, while defender Caglar Soyuncu serves a suspension.

Leicester fans will place their hopes of Champions League football on the shoulders of Jamie Vardy, who stands on a current tally of 23 goals and is in prime position to claim his first Golden Boot. The striker is at 23/20 (2.15), to score anytime against the Red Devils.

Manchester United

Manchester United’s resurgence has slowed after two league draws against Southampton and West Ham. Their failure to fully capitalise on the results of teams around them has left them vulnerable and in the middle of a three-way fight for a spot in the top-four. Although currently third in the table, the Red Devils find themselves level on points with Chelsea and only a single point away from their opponents Leicester City in fifth place. 

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are to succeed, hopes will hinge on Bruno Fernandes to once again turn the cogs of the Manchester United machine and secure the win and a place in the Champions League.

Having won 1-0 in their previous fixture at home to the Foxes earlier this season courtesy of a converted Rashford penalty, Manchester United have the opportunity to do the league-double over a wounded Leicester City side. 

LEICESTER CITY VS MANCHESTER UNITED: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Edging it as favourites, Manchester United are fancied at 5/4 (2.25) to win, with Leicester City sporting odds of 9/4 (3.25).


Chelsea

Having suffered a demoralising 5-3 defeat to champions Liverpool on Wednesday, Chelsea ensured their fight for a top-four finish goes down to the wire.

Although a single point will be enough for the Blues to qualify for European football’s premier competition, Frank Lampard will ask his players to relish the pressure, secure a win, and make a statement on the pitch before their upcoming FA Cup final against Arsenal.

Chelsea have won eight out of their last 11 Premier League fixtures against Wolverhampton Wanderers and should be able to deploy enough firepower to swing the result their way. All subject, of course, to their shaky defence being able to withstand the pace and power of the Wolves attack. 

Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud is at 3/2 (2.50), to continue his immense form and bang in a goal this Sunday.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

If not for a few poor showings on the road, Wolverhampton Wanderers could have already successfully booked their ticket into the Europa League for next season. With just a point separating them from seventh-place Tottenham, a win against Chelsea this Sunday will see their fantastic season end with a top-six finish.  

If their previous encounter against the Blues, which ended in a 5-2 defeat at the Molineux Stadium, is anything to go by, this weekend’s matchup is set to be a cracking affair between two teams desperate for the three points.

CHELSEA VS WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Chelsea are favourites at 6/7 (1.86) to win, and secure a top-four spot, while Wolves are measured at 13/4 (4.25), to go on and ruin the day of many Londoners.


Arsenal

Arsenal fans will be relieved to see the end of the Premier League season after their final fixture against Watford this Sunday. Although they have virtually nothing to play for – European qualification via the league having slipped beyond their grasp – the Arsenal manager has already expressed his desire to end the season strongly, mindful that a positive result could help confidence ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea on 1 August.

Knowing the catastrophic implications of an injury to a star man, Arteta may look to rest one or two of his key players. As their starting XI for the FA Cup final will remain undecided until the day, Arsenal’s young guns will stand ready to showcase their talent in this fixture and petition the manager for an opportunity to feature in the final.

Arsenal’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is at 5/7 (1.71), to add another goal to his tally and a great option for EPL betting in week 38.

Watford

Things went from bad to worse for Watford after a heavy 4-0 defeat to Manchester City last Tuesday was exacerbated by Trezeguet’s volley, gifting relegation rivals Aston Villa a win. As things stand, the Hornets go into their final game of the season equal on 34 points with Villa but in the relegation zone due to their inferior goal difference.

In their previous fixture against the Gunners they were able to turn a two-goal deficit into a 2-2 draw; caretaker manager Hayden Mullins knows that his team must go one better this time out to lessen the threat of relegation.

With their fate not entirely in their own hands, Hornet fans will be keeping one eye fixed on Aston Villa, where a loss by a margin of over two goals may keep Watford in the Premier League regardless of a low-scoring loss against Arsenal.

ARSENAL VS WATFORD: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Home-side advantage plays into the hands of Arsenal as they find themselves at 14/5 (1.93) to win, while Watford are at 27/10 (3.70), to take the full three points.


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Manchester City vs Watford: FA Cup Final Betting Preview

On Saturday at 5pm, Manchester City seek a historic FA Cup Final victory over Watford that would make them the first team in history to secure a domestic treble comprising FA Cup, League Cup and Premier League. 

It was a title race for the ages. A heavyweight battle that saw Manchester City and Liverpool push each other all the way to the final game of the league season. Ultimately, City would prevail, becoming the first side to win back-to-back league titles since 2009 and finishing the season with a scintillating run of 14 victories in a row. Having defeated Chelsea on penalties in the EFL Cup Final back in February, the FA Cup Final is the last remaining hurdle in the pursuit of a historic domestic treble.

Manchester City

At this point, it feels like stating the obvious when making the case that this Manchester City team may very well be the best side of the Premier League era. Having posted a record-breaking 100 points in 2017/18, City followed it up with a 98-point season that left Liverpool behind them, with the highest ever points total for a 2nd placed team. Champions League aside, they have been all-conquering.

For City, progress through the FA Cup has been more sedate than their league campaign. Five-time winners of the FA Cup, last lifting the trophy in 2011, City have eliminated Rotherham, Burnley, Newport, Swansea and Brighton en-route to reaching this year’s final. Whilst a Champions League victory represents the ultimate goal for Manchester City, becoming the first team to ever complete a domestic treble will surely go some way to softening the blow of once again coming up short in European competition.

Watford

Watford reached their first final since 1984 having progressed from arguably the tie of the tournament. With a little over 12 minutes left of the 90, Watford looked dead and buried, 2-0 down to Wolves in the semi-final. Enter Gerard Deulofeu; the former Barcelona man giving the Hornets a sniff at a comeback with an impudent curling shot in the 78th minute. Extra-time was brought about from the penalty spot, when Troy Deeney smashed home an equaliser, before glory – and one of the greatest FA Cup comebacks of all time – was delivered when Deulofeu slotted home in extra-time.

Watford have had a good season, finishing three positions higher and nine points better off than the previous season. However, they will likely enter this game feeling that they could have achieved more in the league. Finishing the season with three losses in a row meant that Watford finished in the bottom half of the table in Javi Gracia’s first full season in charge.

MANCHESTER CITY VS WATFORD: FA CUP FINAL BETTING ODDS

Manchester City are overwhelming favourites for victory against Watford at 5/22 (1.23). Despite their fairy-tale comeback in the semi-final, Watford are firm outsiders at 10/1 (11.00) to lift the trophy.

Manchester City vs Watford: FA Cup Final Betting Tips

Manchester City have been unstoppable in domestic competition over the past months, having won 18 fixtures in a row in the Premier League, EFL Cup and FA Cup. Watford meanwhile have lost three in a row and suffered defeat twice at the hands of The Citizens this season. We, therefore, cannot see anything other than a City win.

Of note, in both games against Manchester City in the league, Watford were able to get on the scoresheet while losing, with semi-final hero Gerard Deulofeu bagging a goal in the 3-1 defeat at the Etihad. We can see Watford grabbing a goal again, so back Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 9/5 (2.80).*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

Premier League – Week 2

Here is a highlight re-cap of the second week of the Premier League 2016-17 season:

Pogba debut and PL on Friday

The highly anticipated return of Paul Pogba to Old Trafford, happened on Friday’s match against Southampton. The most expensive player in the world did not disappoint, however Zlatan was one to shine once again. After his 2 goals, Man Utd secure their second win and it looks like it will be very difficult to beat them this season. “We are becoming better and better. It’s a good start. We need to get used to winning,” Ibrahimovic said.

Citizens on Top of the Table

Manchester City started last week with an unconvincing win against Sunderland, but their second game at Stoke looked totally different; a comfortable 4:1 win after goals from Nolito and Aguero. Sergio has already 3 goals in 2 games and together with Zlatan is joint top goal scorer. It seems that we will have an excellent battle between both teams from Manchester this season.

Good Start for Conte

A solid start from The Blues so far, although Conte’s side is not looking as impressive as his biggest rivals from Manchester, but six points in two games says that they will be one to watch. Batshuayi’s first goal for Chelsea, and late goal from Diego Costa, were enough to win at Watford.

Others Struggle

Liverpool once again proved that defence is not their strongest point after losing 2:0 to Burnley. Klopp said: “We have to accept it. Burnley deserved to win with a very passionate performance. We have to say it was not enough today”. Last year’s champions, Leicester City, were unable to get 3 points once again after drawing with Arsenal 0:0 at the Emirates Stadium. The Foxes have now gone 20 Premier League games without a win against The Gunners. At last another team to fight for a title, Tottenham won 1:0 after a 82’ goal, by new signing, Victor Wanyama.

 

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