At the halfway stage of the Premier League season, there are plenty of sides in contention to lift the title come next May. Manchester United sit top of the table, following their draw on the road at Liverpool but Manchester City could climb to the top of the table themselves should they win their game in hand. Leicester, Tottenham, and Chelsea all won last time out and with the likes of Everton firmly in the mix too – it promises to be a fight to the finish this term. At the bottom of the table, Sheffield United have only won one game all season but with the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Fulham picking up points regularly, more established sides such as Burnley and Newcastle are starting to look over their shoulder.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
EPL Week 20 Tips
West Ham United vs West Bromwich Albion – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($1.66)
West Bromwich Albion ($6.4)
Two sides needing points for different reasons face off in London as West Ham take on their former manager Sam Allardyce and his West Bromwich Albion side. The Hammers have been in excellent form all season under David Moyes and their consistency in recent weeks has seen them climb into the top half of the table. They won well at home to Burnley last time out and they will be looking for a repeat performance here. West Bromwich Albion meanwhile picked up their first win under Big Sam at Wolves on Saturday and should be buoyed coming into this one. Survival is still at the top of their agenda and they tend to play with a little more freedom away from home. This could be a tighter game than people expect but West Ham are in good form and they should prevail here.
Betting tip: West Ham to win the match ($1.66) – Bet @ Sportsbet
West Ham United to win 2-0
Leicester City vs Chelsea – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($3.1)
Two sides that will be hoping to be in the title mix come the end of the season face off as Leicester City welcome Chelsea. The Foxes are turning into a winning machine of late, epitomised by their efficient win over Southampton last time out and they should be full of confidence heading into this one. They sit 3rd in the table, knowing that a win here would take them top of the pile – for 24 hours at least. Chelsea meanwhile broke their poor run of form with a gritty win at Fulham on Saturday and they will be hoping that is a catalyst for them between now and the rest of the season. Goals have dried up for the blues recently, but they will be desperate to put that right here, against a dangerous Leicester side. This should be a superb game, between two good sides – with a draw looking the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.75) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Leeds United vs Southampton – Elland Road
Leeds United ($2.3)
Leeds United will be desperate to get back to winning ways as they welcome high-flying Southampton to Elland Road. The Whites have been in poor form recently, with defeats to Crawley in the FA Cup and at home to Brighton last time out emphasizing just that. They will be hopeful that they can get back to their early season form and avoid being dragged into the relegation picture. Southampton meanwhile are sitting pretty in 8th and they will be welcoming key men back for the trip up north. Danny Ings is set to return following his COVID lay off and the Saints will be desperate to bounce back from their defeat to Leicester City last time out. This will be much tighter than people expect, and a draw looks on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.9) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester City vs Aston Villa – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.27)
Aston Villa ($15)
Manchester City will be looking to continue their unbeaten run as they welcome Aston Villa to the Etihad. City thumped Crystal Palace last time out and have the look of a team finding confidence at the right time. The blues have won their last 8 games in all competitions and look to be relishing each fixture currently. Aston Villa meanwhile haven’t played a league game since New Year’s Day – following a COVID outbreak at the club. Despite some key players potentially missing the trip to Manchester, Villa should be refreshed and ready for action heading into this one and they will be eager to back up their impressive early season form. Villa should give City a real game here, but the blues are in good form and should just nick it.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($1.9) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester City to win 2-1
Fulham vs Manchester United – Craven Cottage
Manchester United ($1.58)
Table topping Manchester United head to Fulham in what promises to be a fascinating encounter. The Cottagers have dug deep in every game they have played this season – especially at home, and they have already taken points off the likes of Liverpool and Leicester City. They were edged out by Chelsea last time out, despite playing a half with only 10-men and they will give United a run for their money here. The Red Devils meanwhile are dreaming of a first Premier League title since 2013 and they picked up a deserved point on the road at Anfield on Sunday. Games such as these define title bids and United will be out to prove they are in the title mix and can produce results consistently. This should be a really good game and Manchester United should pick up a hard fought win.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match ($1.58) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester United to win 3-1
Liverpool vs Burnley – Anfield
Premier League champions Liverpool host Burnley as the reds look to get back to winning ways. 4 games without a win has left Jurgen Klopp’s men chasing the two Manchester clubs but with only half the season played, they have plenty of time to turn things around. They have also failed to score in 2021 in the Premier League, a statistic they will be looking to put right here. Burnley are a side slipping towards relegation trouble and whilst Sean Dyche has a habit for pulling the Clarets out of the mire, they do need results to start improving quickly. They were comfortably beaten by West Ham last time out and need to sure things up defensively sooner rather than later. Burnley won’t roll over at Anfield but Liverpool should clinch a simple win here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match to nil ($1.8) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Liverpool to win 3-0
Aston Villa vs Newcastle United – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($1.6)
Newcastle United ($5.5)
Aston Villa will be looking to put pressure on the teams above them as they welcome Newcastle to Villa Park. It will be the second game in a week for the Villains, who have suffered complications with a COVID outbreak at their training ground and they will be raring to go for this one. They will have their eye on climbing the table quickly and still harbour ambitions of a European finish next term. Newcastle meanwhile are a side on the decline and Steve Bruce needs to turn things around quickly. Toon sit 15th, 7 points above the drop zone but their recent performances have been poor, and they look to be playing with one eye over their shoulder. This should be a decent game in the West Midlands and Villa look good value to clinch all three points.
Betting tip: Aston Villa to win the match ($1.6) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Aston Villa to win 2-1
EPL Week 20 multi bet
We’re backing four results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Liverpool vs Burnley – Liverpool to win
Manchester City vs Aston Villa – Manchester City to win
Fulham vs Manchester United – Manchester United to win
Aston Villa vs Newcastle United – Aston Villa to win
A $50 wager would pay out $233 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
Combining his sports coaching career with freelance journalism, Sam is a sports betting writer for various online publications. He is looking to develop both his respective coaching and writing careers, whilst incorporating his other huge passion – travelling the world.
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