Manchester United equalled a Premier League by thumping Southampton 9-0, to keep the pressure up on Manchester City at the top of the league. Leicester City kept pace with a good win at Fulham whilst Everton won well at Leeds. Liverpool lost again, with Brighton taking all three points at Anfield and Tottenham look a side in disarray after their defeat at home to Chelsea, whilst 9-man Arsenal lost in controversial circumstances to Wolves. At the bottom of the pile, Sheffield United edged out relegation rivals West Bromwich Albion and those two sides along with Fulham, are starting to look in danger of being cut adrift.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
EPL Week 23 Tips
Aston Villa vs Arsenal – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($2.8)
Two sides locked in mid-table face off as Aston Villa host Arsenal in the Saturday lunchtime slot. Villa have been impressive this season, but recent results haven’t gone their way and they have slipped out of the picture for European football momentarily. They sit 9th, with games in hand on the sides above them and they will want a statement win here. Arsenal, meanwhile, were deemed unlucky by many to lose to Wolves last time out and they are a side on the up. Mikel Arteta has overseen an improvement in his club’s fortunes of late and he will be hoping the momentum can continue here. This should be a tight game between two well matched sides and a draw looks the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.65) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Burnley vs Brighton – Turf Moor
A meeting of two sides that have won recently at Champions Liverpool as Burnley host Brighton. The Clarets have improved since the turn of the year but the manner of their 2-0 loss to Manchester City last time out will be a disappointment for Sean Dyche. Brighton meanwhile come into this one fresh off the back of wins over Liverpool and Tottenham and few would bet against the Seagulls climbing the table during the second half of the season. Both sides sit a couple of places above the relegation places and there is plenty to play for here, with a draw looking the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.25) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Newcastle United vs Southampton – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($3.2)
Southampton will be looking to bounce back quickly from their Old Trafford humiliation as they head to Newcastle. The Toon have lacked consistency in recent weeks, epitomised by their most recent two results: an away win at Everton and a home loss to Crystal Palace. Southampton meanwhile were reduced to 9-men at Manchester United and duly thumped 9-0, the second time they have lost by that score line in 18 months. They responded well last time and following their excellent start to the season, they will be looking to do the same again here and could leave Newcastle with all three points.
Betting tip: Southampton to win the match ($2.54) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Southampton to win 2-1
Fulham vs West Ham United – Craven Cottage
West Ham United ($2.14)
A London Derby is on the cards as West Ham travel across the capital to take on Fulham. The Cottagers have had a decent season under Scott Parker, but they sit 8 points from safety and recent results haven’t been too positive. Home form has been their strength this season and they will be looking to take the game to West Ham here. The Hammers though are flying, sat pretty in 5th in the Premier League table. Their dismissal of Aston Villa was impressive last time out and they look to be in genuine contention to challenge in the top 6 come the end of the season. Fulham will be up for this one, but West Ham are in good form and should pick up another win.
Betting tip: West Ham United to win the match ($2.14) – Bet @ Sportsbet
West Ham United to win 2-1
Manchester United vs Everton – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.55)
Manchester United will be looking build on their amazing win over Southampton as they host Everton at Old Trafford. The Red Devils were at their scintillating best as they put 9 past the Saints and they now only sit 3 points behind Manchester City – having played a game more. Everton meanwhile are 7th, with wins in their games in hand potentially seeing them climb up to 3rd. The Toffees won well at Leeds in midweek, but they will be all too aware of the difficulty of this task. Everton will give it a good go at Old Trafford but United are in superb form and they should win easily here.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match and both teams to score ($2.35) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester United to win 3-1
Tottenham vs West Bromwich Albion – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
West Bromwich Albion ($8.2)
Jose Mourinho will be keen to see the pressure on him eased as his Tottenham side host West Bromwich Albion. Spurs have lost their last 3 Premier League games and have dropped to 8th as a result, 14 points behind league leaders Manchester City. The absence of Harry Kane is being felt by Tottenham, but they will be desperate to get back to winning ways quickly. West Bromwich Albion meanwhile have struggled under Sam Allardyce and look to have their work cut out to stay up. The Baggies are 10 points adrift in the relegation zone and points are currently very hard to come by. Tottenham have been poor of late, but they should win easily here.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match ($1.5) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Tottenham to win 2-0
Wolves vs Leicester City – Molineux
Leicester City ($2.24)
Leicester will be looking to keep pace with the Manchester clubs above them as they travel to Wolves. The hosts overcame 9-man Arsenal in midweek but have struggled for form since the turn of the year and they will be hoping this serves as a catalyst for better results. Leicester meanwhile sit 3rd and look to have genuine title aspirations this term. Wolves will provide a stern test, and this could be a very good game between two well matched sides, but Leicester look to be full of confidence here and should ultimately prevail.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match ($2.24) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Leicester City to win 2-1
Liverpool vs Manchester City – Anfield
Manchester City ($2.1)
Premier League champions Liverpool are wilting in their title defence and have a potentially defining game against Manchester City next. The reds are 7 points off the pace in the title race and their defeat to Brighton in midweek will be of huge concern to Jurgen Klopp and his staff. They do tend to raise their game to the big occasions though and they will relish taking on Manchester City. The blues are the pace setters this season but haven’t won at Anfield for nearly 20 years, so historically find this a very tough trip. City are in control of the title race and will be keen not to lose this one, making a draw the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.85) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sheffield United vs Chelsea – Bramall Lane
Sheffield United ($7.8)
Bottom side Sheffield United are showing signs they have what it takes to get out of trouble and the Blades will be up for this one against Chelsea. With 2 wins in their last 3 games, Sheffield United are starting to mount a survival bid and although they remain 11 points from safety, they look to have a real fighting spirit in the camp. Chelsea meanwhile are looking stronger under the stewardship of Thomas Tuchel and they will arrive in Yorkshire full of confidence, following their 1-0 win over Spurs in midweek. This should be a tighter game than many expect but Chelsea should ultimately prevail at Bramall Lane.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match ($1.51) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Chelsea to win 2-1
Leeds United vs Crystal Palace – Elland Road
Leeds United ($1.95)
Crystal Palace ($4.4)
Two of the most unpredictable sides in the division face off as Leeds host Crystal Palace. The Whites picked up a superb result at Leicester before losing at home to Everton, an indicator of their inconsistency this season. Goals are always on the menu when Leeds are in town and they will want to take the game to Palace here. The Eagles meanwhile won well at Newcastle last time out – making it back to back wins for the first time since September and Roy Hodgson will be keen to see results continue to improve. This should be an entertaining encounter between two good sides and a draw looks to be the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($4) – Bet @ Sportsbet
EPL Week 23 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week in our multi bet with a stake of $50:
Wolves vs Leicester City – Leicester City to win
Tottenham vs West Bromwich Albion – Tottenham to win
Sheffield United vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Manchester United vs Everton – Manchester United to win
A $50 wager would pay out $480 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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