Manchester City now look like the team to catch in the Premier League following their thumping of West Bromwich Albion in midweek. The blues have a one-point lead to Manchester United below them, who suffered a shock defeat at home to Sheffield United whilst Leicester were held to a draw at Everton. Liverpool look as if they still may have a say in the outcome of the title race, following their impressive win on the road at Tottenham whilst Arsenal, West Ham, Everton, and Chelsea are still in the mix for European football next season. Sheffield United’s win gave them cause for optimism at the bottom of the table whilst Fulham, Brighton and Burnley all picked up points in their respective survival bids.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
EPL Week 21 Tips
Everton vs Newcastle United – Goodison Park
Newcastle United ($7.2)
Everton will be looking to maintain their assault on the Premier League title showdown as they host Newcastle at Goodison Park. The Toffees sit 7th in the table but have two games in hand on many sides above them and winning those would see them climb to 3rd. Carlo Ancelotti has assembled a side full of quality and they will be desperate to keep the pressure up on the sides above them. Newcastle meanwhile are struggling for form this season and look to be in danger of slipping into relegation trouble. Only 6 points now separate the Toon, and the drop zone and Steve Bruce will want to see improved showings from his men. This could be closer than many expect but Everton should prevail here.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match and both teams to score ($2.25) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Everton to win 2-1
Crystal Palace vs Wolves – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($3.1)
Two sides struggling for form face off as Crystal Palace host Wolves at Selhurst Park. The Eagles are in the midst of a poor run of fixtures and have slipped to 14th in the table as a result. Roy Hodgson will be relying on all his experience and guile to get Palace up the table quickly during the second half of the season. Wolves meanwhile are suffering a similar fate and currently reside in 13th. The loss of Raul Jimenez has rocked them but the midweek draw at Chelsea is something for Wolves to build on here. This should be a tight game between two well matched sides and a draw looks the most likely result here.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.2) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester City vs Sheffield United – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.15)
Sheffield United ($26)
Table topping Manchester City host bottom of the table Sheffield United as they look to assert their supremacy on the rest of the Premier League table. The blues have been in fine form in recent weeks and continue to fight for trophies on four fronts. Pep Guardiola will be keen to see his side take the game to Sheffield United from the outset and put distance between themselves and the rest of the Premier League table. The Blades meanwhile, picked up a superb win across Manchester at United in midweek and have something to cling onto in their relegation fight. They remain 10 points from safety but if results and performances keep improving, they will keep believing. This could be a really tough game for City, but they appear to be churning out the wins at the moment.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match to nil ($1.6) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester City to win 2-0
West Bromwich Albion vs Fulham – The Hawthorns
West Bromwich Albion ($3.45)
Two sides in the drop zone clash in what has the makings of a relegation six-pointer as West Brom take on Fulham. The Baggies were completely outclassed by Manchester City in midweek and they will need to show a response here. Sam Allardyce has endured mixed results since his arrival, and he will be keen to see things improve quickly. Fulham meanwhile sit 5 points from safety in the Premier League table and their recent showings have given their fans cause for optimism. Defensively, they have stopped shipping goals and they could be quietly confident of picking up a win here, against a deflated West Brom side.
Betting tip: Fulham to win the match ($2.4) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Fulham to win 1-0
Arsenal vs Manchester United – Emirates Stadium
Manchester United ($2.56)
Arsenal will be looking to put their improved form to the test as they host Manchester United. The Gunners were languishing in the bottom half of the table before Christmas, but recent performances have seen them climb easily away from trouble. They now sit 9th, only 7 points outside of the top 4 and they will be hoping to sustain their improved form for the remainder of the season. Manchester United meanwhile were knocked off top spot with defeat to Sheffield United last time out and are now playing catch up a little. They sit 2nd, only one point behind arch-rivals Manchester City but will be all too aware of the task at hand here. This could be a tight game and the draw looks to be the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.55) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Southampton vs Aston Villa – St Mary’s Stadium
Aston Villa ($2.6)
Two of the surprise packages of what has been an enthralling Premier League season face off as Southampton host Aston Villa. The Saints have slipped down the table in recent weeks but their league standing of 11th is mightily impressive. Danny Ings has returned to the first team picture too and he could have a big influence on the remainder of the campaign. Villa meanwhile, have also slipped down the table in recent weeks but have as many as two games in hand on some of the sides above them. Recent defeats to Manchester City and Burnley have checked their progress somewhat but they are a side capable of producing excellent performances. This should be a thrilling encounter with the draw looking the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.7) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Chelsea vs Burnley – Stamford Bridge
Chelsea will be looking to come to terms with life under Thomas Tuchel as they take on an improving Burnley side at Stamford Bridge. The blues have slipped down the table to 8th and look a side in need of some confidence and Tuchel will be hoping to pick up his side quickly as they continue to fight on three fronts. Burnley meanwhile are flying, wins over Aston Villa and Liverpool have seen the Clarets put 9 points between themselves and the relegation zone and they look to be growing in confidence once more. This will be much tighter than the odds reflect but ultimately Chelsea should run out winners here.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match ($1.36) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Chelsea to win 2-1
Leicester City vs Leeds United – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($1.85)
Leeds United ($4.2)
Leicester will be looking to maintain their title charge as they host an enigmatic Leeds side at the King Power. The midweek draw at Everton has left Leicester 3rd in the table and the Foxes will be hoping to slip under the radar in what promises to be an intriguing title battle. Leeds meanwhile will be relishing the task at hand in the East Midlands, having won impressively at Newcastle in midweek. Marcelo Bielsa’s side sit 12th and they will be looking to keep climbing the table in the second half of the season. This should be superb viewing, with goals seemingly guaranteed but ultimately Leicester should come out on top here.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match ($1.85) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Leicester City to win 3-2
West Ham United vs Liverpool – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($4.7)
4th takes on 5th in the Premier League table as Liverpool travel to high-flying West Ham United. The Hammers have been in incredible form of late and find themselves on 33 points and looking like a side capable of challenging for European football this term. Their latest win on the road at Crystal Palace was a sign of their progress and they will be relishing this test against the Champions. Liverpool meanwhile found form once more in midweek with a big win at Tottenham and although they have a few points to make up in their title bid, they still possess plenty of fire power in their side. West Ham will take the game to Liverpool, but the reds are an excellent side, and they should prevail here at the London Olympic Stadium.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match ($1.8) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Liverpool to win 3-1
Brighton vs Tottenham – AMEX Stadium
Brighton host Tottenham as they look to climb away from relegation trouble. The Seagulls have been lacking consistency this season but still have a 5-point gap between themselves and the drop zone. Their 0-0 draw with Fulham in midweek will feel like a missed opportunity and they will want to hit back here. Tottenham meanwhile could be without Harry Kane for this key clash and his loss could be significant. Spurs are 6th in the Premier League table and their lost to Liverpool in midweek was an indicator of the gap between the very top sides and themselves. This should be a very good game and Brighton will fancy their chances of picking up a point at home here.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.45) – Bet @ Sportsbet
EPL Week 21 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week in our multi bet with a stake of $50:
Chelsea vs Burnley – Chelsea to win
West Ham United vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
Manchester City vs Sheffield United – Manchester City to win
Everton vs Newcastle United – Everton to win
A $50 wager would pay out $305 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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