2020/2021 EPL Week 20 Preview

After an FA Cup dominated weekend, the Premier League returns with another midweek set of matchdays.

Wednesday morning is headlined by the suddenly resurgent Arsenal visiting Southampton as both sides put their European ambitions to the test.

It all finishes with a desperation derby of sorts as Liverpool and Tottenham try to regain form when they face off at Spurs’ new stadium.

We’ve got previews for all 10 matches below so read on to see who we are backing.

Crystal Palace Vs West Ham

Wednesday 27 January, 5:00am, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 2 – West Ham 3

There’s an argument to be made that 2021 is shaping up as West Ham’s year.

After all they have won all five of their matches since January 1, while only conceding one goal in that time.

While it would not be advisable to back the Irons to win the Premier League (at $301 in our market for what it’s worth), they appear to be way over the odds for this clash with Palace.

Roy Hodgson’s side have been dreadful in the last fortnight, failing to score a goal in their last three and only picking up a point in a dour draw with Arsenal.

I’ll take West Ham to extend their winning streak to six here.

Back West Ham to Win @ $2.35

Newcastle Vs Leeds

Wednesday 27 January, 5:00am, St James’ Park

Newcastle 1 – Leeds 2

The pressure is rising at Newcastle, now winless in their last ten matches, scoreless in their last four and suddenly in severe danger of entering the relegation battle.

Leeds have hit the wall in the worst possible way losing their last three matches and failing to score a goal in that time as well.

Some time off is exactly what Marcelo Bielsa’s side needed and with nine days between matches, Leeds should be fit and firing for this one.

Even if they are not, there is no option in Newcastle’s matches other than to back against them since they are horribly out of form.

Back Leeds to Win @ $1.94

Southampton Vs Arsenal

Wednesday 27 January, 7:15am, St Mary’s Stadium

Southampton 1 – Arsenal 3

How you view this match depends on how much stock you want to put in the weekend’s FA Cup tie between these teams.

A first half own goal by Gabriel Magalhães sent the Saints into the next round of the cup at the expense of Mikel Arteta’s rotated side.

You would expect something close to a full-strength team featuring the likes of Kieran Tierney, Emil Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka to be back in the mix for this fixture.

It will make Arsenal a much more competitive side, however the Saints appear to be working their way back into form as well with just one loss in their last six fixtures.

A draw will not help either side but as it stands, they appear to be very evenly matched.

Back the Draw @ $3.30

West Bromwich Albion Vs Manchester City

Wednesday 27 January, 7:15am, The Hawthorns

West Brom 0 – Manchester City 5

There is not a lot you can say to try and talk up the competitiveness of this fixture.

It’s two teams going in very different directions since their 1-1 draw in mid December.

That match was the last time City dropped points in a fixture, winning all 10 since then and keeping seven clean sheets in that time.

West Brom have lost five of their seven matches since then as well, so you can see where this pick is going.

Back Manchester City to Win to Nil @ $1.80

Burnley Vs Aston Villa

Thursday 28 January, 5:00am, Turf Moor

Burnley 3 – Aston Villa 2

Don’t expect too many fireworks in this fixture as Villa and Burnley both opt for consolidation rather than making a statement.

It was a phenomenal rear-guard effort by Burnley in their last Premier League match which saw them pick up a huge win at Anfield and they followed that up with a convincing 3-0 FA Cup victory.

Aston Villa shook off the rust from their COVID enforced break by defeating a hapless Newcastle outfit 2-0 over the weekend and will look to make it two on the trot.

Both sides are a fair shout to win this one but it will take one, maybe two goals at most.

I’ll stick on the fence in terms of the result and instead back a low scoring affair.

Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $1.85

Chelsea Vs Wolves

Thursday 28 January, 5:00am, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 0 – Wolves 0

The pressure is mounting on Frank Lampard as Chelsea struggles for consistency in the middle part of the season.

A horror run of results that has yielded just two wins and a draw from their last eight Premier League matches (plus a pair of FA Cup wins) has seen them fall into ninth place.

In some small comfort, Wolves are winless in their last six matches and languishing in 14th place, but they did defeat the Blues 2-1 in their last Premier League win.

Neither side really inspires a whole lot of confidence in their form at the moment, but both teams to score has hit in four of the last five head to head meetings so that looks like a worthwhile play here.

Back Both Teams to Score @ $1.87

Brighton And Hove Albion Vs Fulham

Thursday 28 January, 6:30am, Amex Stadium

Brighton 0 – Fulham 0

Admittedly this is not the most exciting fixture of Matchweek 20 in the Premier League and I’ll be betting as such.

Fulham has lost three in a row, scoring just one goal in that time while Brighton has managed to win its last two fixtures including Leeds in the Premier League and Blackpool in the FA Cup.

Neither side is really lighting things up at the moment and this could very well be a case of first team to score wins.

Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $1.70

Everton Vs Leicester

Thursday 28 January, 7:15am, Goodison Park

Everton 1 – Leicester 1

Leicester’s five match winning run (and eight match unbeaten streak) will be put to the test in this fixture as an in form Everton look to come away with three points.

The Foxes will have to really battle with star striker Jamie Vardy now out for this game with a hernia.

On the plus side, Leicester has conceded just once in their last four matches so Everton will be up against it.

I can’t see the visitors coming away with all three points, but with that defensive record they should be able to find a way to scrap to a point.

Back the Draw @ $3.30

Manchester United Vs Sheffield United

Thursday 28 January, 7:15am, Old Trafford

Manchester United 1 – Sheffield 2

Sheffield is starting to find some form after a historically bad start to the season, winning three of their last four meetings in all competitions.

It’s asking a whole lot to expect them to keep that up against the top of the table Manchester United who have not lost a Premier League match since November 2.

Sheffield’s attack is toothless most of time and it’s hard to see them having any luck getting by a resolute United defence.

Back Manchester United to Win & Under 3.5 Goals @ $2.05

Tottenham Vs Liverpool

Friday 29 January, 7:00am, Tottenham Stadium

Tottenham 1 – Liverpool 3

Not all is well with Liverpool at the moment, yet they still find themselves favoured against Tottenham for some reason.

At some point the coaching of Jurgen Klopp will get them back on track but the players are not performing at the level of the last two seasons.

Spurs are looking very strong at the moment and look like phenomenal value as underdogs in this fixture.

Back Tottenham to Win @ $3.10


2019/2020

There’s just over 14 hours between the conclusion of Matchweek 19 and Matchweek 20 in the English Premier League.

It’s not an ideal situation for the clubs with managers essentially strong armed into some squad rotation by the calendar.

Sure, it gives teams a chance to showcase their depth but some of these sides are already pretty thin as injuries take hold.

The biggest match of the weekend is Arsenal’s visit to Chelsea as Frank Lampard takes on former midfield opponent Mikel Arteta.

The quick turnaround hasn’t deterred us, and we’ve got previews for all ten matches right here!

Brighton And Hove Albion Vs Bournemouth

Saturday 28 December, 11:30pm, Amex Stadium

Brighton 2 – Bournemouth 0

Brighton is nothing if not consistent at home this season, with three wins, three draws and three losses at home.

Bournemouth have lost five of their nine away matches and will be coming off a big game against Arsenal.

With the quick turn around, don’t be that surprised if Bournemouth aren’t at the races here.

Back Brighton to Win @ $1.83

Newcastle Vs Everton

Sunday 29 December, 2:00am, St James’ Park

Newcastle 1 – Everton 2

Newcastle continues to surprise many by being competitive at St James’ Park, they have taken seven points from their last three home matches against Manchester City, Southampton and Crystal Palace.

Everton should be in line for an Ancelotti boost as the Italian prepares for his first transfer window in charge.

If the Toffees can play close to their potential this should be a pretty even clash so I’ll take the draw.

Back the Draw @ $3.20

Southampton Vs Crystal Palace

Sunday 29 December, 2:00am, St Mary’s Stadium

Southampton 1 – Crystal Palace 1

The Saints went into Christmas as one of only four teams with 10 or more losses and in a strange coincidence, all four of those sides are at the bottom of the table.

Palace has the style of football that can win at this time of year, tough, gritty and with one guy capable of pulling a huge performance out of nowhere.

The visitors look way over the odds here and worth backing for that value.

Back Crystal Palace to Win @ $3.90

Watford Vs Aston Villa

Sunday 29 December, 2:00am, Vicarage Road

Watford 3 – Aston Villa 0

The only reason to watch this game is the fact there’s a pretty high chance there’s a few goals since neither team can defend to a Premier League level.

Villa are always capable of being hit for a big score and their attackers might find a way to get past an equally porous Watford defence.

Back Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.55

Norwich Vs Tottenham

Sunday 29 December, 4:30am, Stadium

Norwich 2 – Tottenham 2

This should be a gift three points for whatever team Jose Mourinho opts to put out.

While they have picked up just nine points on the road, Norwich has struggled no matter where they play.

Spurs have no other option than to pick up a big win here, this should be a match they eye off as a goal difference booster.

Back Tottenham -1 Goal @ $2.45

West Ham Vs Leicester

Sunday 29 December, 4:30am, London Stadium

West Ham 1 – Leicester 2

Another game that should be a bit of a mismatch, although Leicester is looking for its first win in five matches against West Ham.

West Ham’s home record isn’t exactly imposing this offseason with seven points from eight home games, equal worst in the Premier League.

This is the game I’m happy to take a bit of a risk with possible squad rotation, I’ll back Leicester to win and Jamie Vardy to do his thing and score, although if he doesn’t play, Leicester outright is at a decent price.

SGM: Leicester to Win & Jamie Vardy Anytime Goalscorer @ $2.26

(Backup) Back Leicester to Win @ $1.73

Burnley Vs Manchester United

Sunday 29 December, 6:45am, Turf Moor

Burnley 0 – Manchester United 2

Most other seasons you would happily back Manchester United at this price but they are so up and down at the moment, I’m happy to steer well clear of this one.

If Burnley is able to dictate terms unders looks pretty tempting but United might find a way to accidentally turn this into a battle between the two strikers.

NO BET

Arsenal Vs Chelsea

Monday 30 December, 1:00am, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 1 – Chelsea 2

Wouldn’t it just be fitting if the Gunners decided to come out firing against Chelsea?

While I did back them to beat Bournemouth on Boxing Day this is a whole other level.

Back Chelsea to Win @ $2.25

Liverpool Vs Wolverhampton

Monday 30 December, 3:30am, Anfield

Liverpool 1 – Wolves 0

After shaking off the jet lag on Boxing Day against Leicester, Liverpool can resume their march to the title against top four contenders Wolves.

I’ll back them to win but also take both teams to score since they have given up more goals at Anfield than they have on the road.

SGM: Liverpool to Win and Both Teams to Score @ $2.90

Manchester City Vs Sheffield United

Monday 30 December, 5:00am, Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 2 – Sheffield United 0

While Sheffield has built its success on close games, this is one they will have to score in to win, if you invite City to attack at will, that’s going to end badly.

This is going to be a case of how many can Sheffield get to keep it competitive throughout the game.

If it’s a replica of Arsenal’s effort against them then the second half could be a glorified training run, otherwise we might get a closer ending than we expected.

SGM: City to Win & Over 4.5 Goals @ $3.24


2018/2019

With 19 rounds of the Premier League complete, we are now at the halfway point of the 2018/2019 season.

No time to toast the milestone however, as most teams are preparing for their third game in seven days with the festive football commitments continuing.

The headline match of the round is easily Arsenal visiting Liverpool as the table topping Reds look to back up after a couple of big wins.

Read on for our previews, predictions and same game multis from all ten Premier League fixtures.

Brighton And Hove Albion Vs Everton

Sunday 30 December, 2:00am, Amex Stadium

Brighton 1 – Everton 0

Mat Ryan farewelled Brighton for a month by gifting them a point making some huge saves in a draw against Arsenal while Everton pulled off a 5-1 statement win over Burnley.

The Toffees won both meetings last year by two goals and are offering good value to make it another win here.

With Brighton losing a key figure at the back there may be a bit of an adjustment as Jason Steele or David Button makes their first league start of the campaign.

Back Everton to Win @ $2.15

SGM: Everton to Win, Over 2.5 Goals

Fulham Vs Huddersfield Town

Sunday 30 December, 2:00am, Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 – Huddersfield 0

Somebody has to win this bottom of the table clash right?

Well not really, it could end in a draw and for Huddersfield that would be an improvement on their recent form.

That’s six losses in a row for the Terriers and Fulham have at least shown some signs of being competitive at times.

Back Fulham to Win @ $2.05

SGM: Fulham Win, Under 2.5 Goals, Mitrovic Anytime Goalscorer

Leicester City Vs Cardiff

Sunday 30 December, 2:00am, King Power Stadium

Leicester 0 – Cardiff 1

Picking up two wins in four days is enough to make any team happy, picking up two wins over Chelsea and Manchester City is enough to have you over the moon.

While planning a repeat of 2016’s title celebrations might be a bit premature, Leicester are in red hot form at the moment and take on a struggling Cardiff side that has lost three of its last five.

Those two wins were also enough to get Leicester into positive goal difference and they should be able to move further into the positive with a big win here.

Back Leicester to Win -1 Goal @ $2.60

Leicester to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, Jamie Vardy First Goalscorer

Tottenham Vs Wolverhampton

Sunday 30 December, 2:00am, Wembley Stadium

Tottenham 1 – Wolves 3

If there is a time of year for a top four side to be in form and looking like title challengers, this is the time to do it.

Tottenham are up to second after scoring 11 goals in back to back big wins and would love to put some space between themselves and faltering Manchester City.

They are at a very short price to take care of business against Wolves and should record another big win here.

Back Tottenham to Win -1 Goal

SGM: Tottenham to Win to Nil, Harry Kane First Goalscorer

Watford Vs Newcastle

Sunday 30 December, 2:00am, Vicarage Road

Watford 1 – Newcastle 1

The second meeting between Watford and Newcastle in the space of two months, the Hornets will want a reverse of their early November meeting that Newcastle won 1-0.

Having scored just 14 goals this season, Newcastle will need to find a way to improve that very quickly if they want to continue their push up the table.

Having dropped points on Boxing Day against Chelsea, Watford should be favoured to come away with all 3 points and look overs here.

Back Watford to Win @ $1.83

SGM: Watford to Win, Both Teams to Score, Over 3.5 Goals

Liverpool Vs Arsenal

Sunday 30 December, 4:30am, Anfield

Liverpool 5 – Arsenal 1

How can you not be excited about Liverpool and Arsenal?

These sides have played out some absolutely fantastic clashes in the last few years with recent results favouring Liverpool.

Of the last seven meetings, three have gone Liverpool’s way with the other four ending in draws.

There have been plenty of goals when these sides have met with 10 of the last 13 featuring three or more goals.

While November’s clash at the Emirates finished 1-1, both sides will look to put on a show here and a high scoring game is certainly on the cards.

Add in Liverpool’s unbeaten record and they will want to make another big statement with a win here.

Back Liverpool to Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.75

SGM: Liverpool to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Mo Salah Anytime Goalscorer

Crystal Palace Vs Chelsea

Sunday 30 December, 11:00pm, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 0 – Chelsea 1

Last time Chelsea travelled to Selhurst Park they were upset by Palace 2-1 thanks to a late first half goal from Wilfried Zaha.

They have won the two meetings since that loss in October 2017 but in the last month have shown they are vulnerable to an upset if they are not on their game.

Four of the last five meetings have been decided by a single goal and another tight finish would not be a surprise here so a straight up Chelsea win is a good safe play here.

Back Chelsea to Win @ $1.70

SGM: Chelsea to Win, Both Teams to Score, Eden Hazard Anytime Goalscorer

Burnley Vs West Ham

Monday 31 December, 1:15am, Turf Moor

Burnley 2 – West Ham 0

Three straight losses for Burnley has them adrift in 18th as they host a West Ham side that has been one of the more impressive sides in the last month.

West Ham claimed the November meeting between these sides in a high scoring encounter and based on recent form, seeing them score another four goals is not out of the question.

While the Hammers have struggled from time to time, you just can’t have any faith in a Bournemouth side whose main strength is the ability to run over opponents instead of scoring goals.

Back West Ham to Win @ $2.25

SGM: Chicharito Anytime Goalscorer, West Ham Win

Southampton Vs Manchester City

Monday 31 December, 1:15am, St Mary’s Stadium

Southampton 1 – Manchester City 3

What is going on at the Etihad?

City has lost back to back games for the first time in what feels like an eternity and suddenly that carefree attitude is gone.

As much trouble as they had against the likes of Palace and Leicester, nothing says a get right game than facing a relegation threatened Southampton side.

Back City to Win to Nil

Manchester United Vs Bournemouth

Monday 31 December, 3:30am, Old Trafford

Manchester United 4 – Bournemouth 1

All of a sudden, Manchester United look like a side having fun and playing freely.

They have recorded convincing wins over Cardiff and Huddersfield under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and should be able to make it three in a row when they host Bournemouth.

One of the biggest beneficiaries of the change at the top has been Paul Pogba with the Frenchman suddenly living up to his reputation.

Back Manchester United to Win -1 Goal @ $1.95

SGM: Manchester United to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, Paul Pogba Anytime Goalscorer


2017/2018

What is the best Christmas present you can ask for?

More football of course as teams back up from their games just three days ago for the traditional Boxing Day round.

Tottenham and Southampton get us underway at the famous Wembley Stadium while Manchester City look to maintain their lead at the top of the table with a visit to St James’ Park.

Have a read of our preview and check out the recommended EPL betting plays below.

Tottenham Vs Southampton

Tuesday 26 December, 11:30pm, Wembley

It is a fixture of few joys for Southampton having won just once since their return to the Premier League in 2012.

That came in May 2016 during Tottenham’s late season implosion as they conceded the title to Leicester.

Those circumstances do not apply to this game and it will be much closer to the norm which has seem eight wins from ten matches.

With Southampton averaging under one goal per game, look for Tottenham to keep a clean sheet and get the win.

Back Tottenham to Win to Nil @ $2.30

Bournemouth Vs West Ham United

Wednesday 27 December, 2:00am, Vitality Stadium

A series that has been split evenly over the last two years, both sides have won twice, once at home and once away.

Bournemouth’s home form has not been great this season with a very poor winning rate however West Ham’s travels have not been all that profitable either.

Look for both sides to try and consolidate their position here and build towards their next match.

Back the Draw @ $3.20

Chelsea Vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Wednesday 27 December, 2:00am, Stamford Bridge

An aberration against West Ham earlier this month is the blip on Chelsea’s recent home form winning the other four.

Goals have not been easy to come by with just fourteen strikes for the home team so far.

Brighton are strugglers on the road losing six of nine so far but they have been able to keep these matches tight.

Chelsea are heavy favourites to win but this one might not be as one sided as the odds suggest.

Back Chelsea to Win and Under 3.5 Goals @ $1.87

Huddersfield Vs Stoke City

Wednesday 27 December, 2:00am, Kirklees Stadium

In their last five away matches Stoke have lost four games and conceded three or more goals in three of those games.

Their lone win in that time came over fellow battlers Swansea City.

Huddersfield on the other hand are building their survival campaign on being resilient and picking up wins at home.

They have picked up 14 of their 21 points this season at home and I like their chances to add to that total here.

Back Huddersfield to Win @ $2.60

Manchester United Vs Burnley

Wednesday 27 December, 1:00am, Old Trafford

Outside of their Derby loss to City, United have been perfect at home.

Aside from losing to the team that everyone is losing to this season, they have totalled 8 wins, 21 goals for and just one allowed.

Burnley’s rise to the upper portion of the Premier League table has been exciting to watch however you fancy Unitd to have the firepower to get by here.

Back Manchester United to Win to Nil @ $1.80

Watford Vs Leicester City

Wednesday 27 December, 1:00am, Vicarage Road

Four wins from their last six meetings for Leicester in this fixture dating back to 2013 when both sides were in the Championship.

Leicester have picked up plenty of points on the road this season with thirteen points coming predominantly in the last five matches.

Watford’s home form is certainly cause for concern with just nine points from nine games.

Play the numbers here and take Leicester to win in a high scoring match.

Back Leicester to Win & Both Teams to Score @ $5.00

West Bromwich Albion Vs Everton

Wednesday 27 December, 1:00am, The Hawthorns

Big Sam’s appointment has kicked Everton into gear and they travel to a ground they have won in their last three visits to.

West Brom’s last home victory against Everton came in September 2012 and with their home form among the worst in the Premier League, that trend does not look likely to end here.

Everton seem to be the hotter side here and are worth a play despite being away and underdogs.

Back Everton to Win @ $3.00

Liverpool Vs Swansea City

Wednesday 27 December, 4:30am, Anfield

Yet to lose at Anfield this season, Liverpool are almost unbackable favourites here.

Their last five games at home have included three wins and two draws.

When they win they score for fun and their last two victories have included ten goals.

Swansea can take some solace in the fact they are not alone on the bottom of the away form table heading into this match.

Look for Liverpool to take this out quite comfortably with a few goals even though they may rotate the side a bit.

Back Liverpool to Win & Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.25

Newcastle Vs Manchester City

Thursday 28 December, 6:45am, St James’ Park

It beggars belief but City are perfect away from home with an astonishing 24 goals scored and just 5 conceded.

In fact, their away points total on its own would be good enough for the top half of the Premier League table.

Newcastle seem to go one way or another at home with just one draw so far this season but it is hard to see them getting up here.

Newcastle should find a way to get a consolation goal during the match but it will be pretty much all City.

Back Manchester City to Win Not to Nil @ $2.70

Crystal Palace Vs Arsenal

Friday 29 December, 7:00am, Selhurst Park

With their Europa League experience this season, Arsenal should not be phased by playing on a Thursday night when they face Crystal Palace in the final match of the round.

Their road form is not encouraging as of late with a loss and two draws from their last four outings plus an unconvincing 1-0 at Newcastle.

Palace are on a good run at Selhurst Park winning their last two but this is a big test.

With Arsenal’s questionable form the value play in this game is to look for Palace to steal something here.

Back Palace Win or Draw Double Chance @ $2.10


2016/2017

There is no let-up in the English Premier League at this time of the season and this will be the third time that all 20 teams have been in action in the space of three games.

The highlight of this matchday is the potentially London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, while Manchester United face a tricky assignment away against West Ham against the Olympic Stadium.

There is always the potential for upsets at this stage of the English Premier League season and you can find all our recommended bets below!

Bournemouth Vs Arsenal

Tuesday 3 January, 1:00am, Goldsands Stadium

Bournemouth 3 - Arsenal 3

Crystal Palace Vs Swansea City

Tuesday 3 January, 1:00am, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 1 - Swansea City 2

Everton Vs Southampton

Tuesday 3 January, 1:00am, Goodison Park

Everton 3 - Southampton 0

Manchester City Vs Burnley

Tuesday 3 January, 1:00am, Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 2 - Burnley 1

Middlesbrough Vs Leicester City

Tuesday 3 January, 1:00am, Riverside Stadium

Middlesbrough 0 - Leicester City 0

Stoke City Vs Watford

Tuesday 3 January, 1:00am, Britannia Stadium

Stoke City 2 - Watford 0

Sunderland Vs Liverpool

Tuesday 3 January, 1:00am, Stadium Of Light

Sunderland 2 - Liverpool 2

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Chelsea

Tuesday 3 January, 1:00am, White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Chelsea 0

West Bromwich Albion Vs Hull City

Tuesday 3 January, 1:00am, The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion 3 - Hull City 1

West Ham United Vs Manchester United

Tuesday 3 January, 1:00am, Olympic Stadium

West Ham United 0 - Manchester United 2