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.

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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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EPL BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 34

The fight to secure European places continues unabated as English teams fighting for qualification to UEFA competitions come head-to-head in the latest fixtures. Join us as we lift the lid on the Premier League and offer some interesting options for EPL betting in Week 34.

PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING

Arsenal

After struggling with defeats in their first two games back after lockdown, the Gunners have seen a timely return to form as they take on Leicester City off the back of four successive wins. Now just six-points adrift from fifth place and a qualification spot into the Champions League – Manchester City decision pending, Arsenal find themselves back in contention for elite European football next season.

Although the Gunners lost the reverse fixture 2-0 earlier this season, Arteta’s Arsenal are yet to taste Premier League defeat at the Emirates this year. Revamped and infused with confidence, Arsenal fans will look to their captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to once again lead the firing-line and add to his 19-goal tally. 

Leicester City

Having finally picked up their first win since the break with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace, Leicester City have momentarily halted the advances of their close rivals in the table. Sitting in third place with both Chelsea and Manchester United hot on their tail, the Foxes need to secure their first three points away from home since New Year’s Day if they wish to play amongst Europe’s best next season.

With Brendan Rodgers casting “big doubts” over the fitness of Ben Chilwell and James Maddison, the Foxes enter the Emirates as a wounded yet dangerous animal. Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy needs only a whiff of a chance to capitalise; all eyes will be fixed on the Englishman as he hunts down his 22nd goal of this season.

ARSENAL VS LEICESTER CITY: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

The Gunners are favoured to come out on top, with Arsenal at 13/10 (2.30) to win, while the chances of Leicester City are measured at 21/10 (3.10). Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy is at 11/10 (2.10) to add to his tally, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is at 19/20 (1.95) to score get one goal closer to the Golden Boot.


Crystal Palace

Conceding eight goals without scoring any in the last three fixtures has left Crystal Palace looking ragged and ripe for the picking. With a tricky home London derby against Chelsea on the cards this Tuesday, Roy Hodgson must look to freshen things up and reshuffle his team.

The Eagles may take positives knowing that the pressure is on for Chelsea to not slip-up as they continue their close battle for Champions League football. While not expected, the prospect of Palace shocking the Blues and taking advantage of their leaky defence is not out of the realms of possibility.

Chelsea

Back to winning ways after delivering a 3-0 thrashing at home to Watford last Saturday, the Blues travel across London to Selhurst Park to take on their neighbours Crystal Palace this Tuesday.

Lampard’s team have been mostly exceptional since the restart, beating the likes of Manchester City, Leicester City and Watford, however, a 3-2 loss to West Ham has exposed a chink in their armour. Knowing full well that the loss of three points will leave them vulnerable to Manchester United, Chelsea fans will demand their team once again come out on top this midweek.

CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Unsurprisingly Chelsea head into the fixture as favourites at 4/9 (1.45) to win, with the likelihood of Crystal Palace turning their fortunes around calculated at 38/5 (8.60).


Sheffield United

Looking more like their old selves of late, Sheffield United have secured four points in their last two fixtures, beating Tottenham and scoring four goals after enduring somewhat of a drought.

The Blades welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers this Wednesday evening and know that a win could put them within one point of sixth place, leaving them in a strong position to secure European football in their first season back in the top flight.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

A deserved 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal last Saturday shook the teams around Wolves back into life, with Wolves sixth-place position coming under increasing threat. With their eight-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League coming to an end, Nunu’s team look to once again raise their game as they travel to Bramall Lane this Wednesday.

With Wolves having lost only once in their last eight encounters against Sheffield United, Wanderers fans will place the responsibility of securing three points on the likes of their top scorer, Raul Jimenez, as well as their breakout star Adama Traore. Should they put the Blades to the sword with a midweek win, Wolves could propel themselves above the Red Devils and into a Champions League spot.

SHEFFIELD UNITED VS WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Home-side Sheffield United come out as underdogs at 61/20 (4.05) to win, while Wolverhampton Wanderers are at 23/20 (2.15), to take the full three points.

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Premier League: The Title Contenders – Betting Preview

On Sunday, the epic fight to be crowned champions of the Premier League will be concluded as Manchester City face Brighton, and Liverpool take on Wolves.

 

It’s been a title race for the ages. A ding-dong battle that’s seen two of the greatest sides in Premier League history push each other all the way to the final fixture, and in doing so achieve almost unprecedented levels of performance in the process. Will Manchester City be the first side to retain the title in 10 years? Or will Liverpool secure their first league title success for 29 years?

Brighton vs Manchester City

Despite being without a win in eight fixtures, The Seagulls were able to secure their Premier League status for next season with a couple of draws against Arsenal and Newcastle. Chris Hughton’s men go into this fixture with nothing to play for except pride and the hope that they might improve upon their performance from when the two sides met earlier in the season – City comprehensively winning 2-0 with a whopping 81% possession.

Man City are unbeaten in the Premier League since January. An incredible run of 13 league victories in a row has seen City overhaul title-rivals Liverpool; who had a seven-point cushion over Pep’s men at the start of the run. While Champions League success has proven as elusive as ever for The Citizens, this side still has the chance to break new ground. Having already won the Carabao Cup, City remain in contention for a historic domestic treble. Historic because no side has ever won the League, FA Cup and League Cup in a single season.

Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

In almost any other season, Jurgen Klopp’s side would be runaway champions and lauded as one of the greatest sides in Premier League history. But this isn’t any other season. So, despite suffering only one loss all season, and accumulating higher points tally than Manchester United ever have, Liverpool could find themselves missing out on the trophy that has eluded them for almost 30 years. They come into the fixture high on confidence, with Salah set to return and a spring in their step thanks to the logic-defying win over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.

Having secured 7th spot and European football, Wolves can justifiably consider themselves the ‘best of the rest’. They have a great record against the top 6, their style suited to absorbing pressure and striking on the counter, as both Arsenal and Manchester United have found in recent fixtures. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side has also beaten Liverpool once already this season. However, the victory came in the FA Cup, at Molineux, against a second-string Liverpool side that featured a 16-year-old debutant at centre back. Liverpool in the league at Anfield, where they are unbeaten for over two years, is a very different proposition.

PREMIER LEAGUE: THE TITLE CONTENDERS BETTING ODDS

Manchester City are overwhelming favourites for victory against Brighton at 1/6 and 1/10 to win the Premier League. Liverpool are favourites against Wolves, priced at 1/3 but clear outsiders for the title at 6/1.

Premier League: The Title Contenders – betting tips

With both title contenders in such great form and strong favourites in their respective fixtures, we can’t see any result other than both sides winning. To find value it’s best to step outside the title race and look at the other title on the line, for a few of the players involved in this fixture, Premier League top scorer.

Mo Salah currently occupies the top spot on 22 goals, with Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane both on 20 goals apiece. Given Brighton’s defensive woes this season, it’s not inconceivable that Aguero could net a hat-trick, and Wolves keep Salah – who returns from a concussion – at bay. After all, Sergio Aguero has 10 Premier League hat-tricks to his name, putting second on the all-time list behind Alan Shearer. Back Sergio Aguero to finish Top Goalscorer at 4/1.

 

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



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