With back to back wins in the Premier League, Manchester City opened up a 10-point gap on the chasing pack, with Liverpool and Manchester United also losing ground. Leicester City’s win over Liverpool propelled them into second place whilst revivals for Arsenal and Chelsea continued. Sheffield United sit bottom of the pile still following their defeat to West Ham, whilst Fulham edged closer to safety with an impressive win on the road at Everton.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the EPL:
Premier League Week 25 Preview
Wolves vs Leeds United – Molineux
Leeds United ($3.3)
Two of the most unpredictable sides in the division face off as Wolves host Leeds. Nuno Esporito Santo’s side had been in freefall in recent weeks but an impressive victory on the road at Southampton last time out boosted morale at Molineux. They have been hamstrung in recent weeks by injuries but look to be assembling their strongest squad once more. Leeds meanwhile succumbed to a 4-2 defeat on the road at Arsenal last time out and their defensive problems continue. They are a side capable of anything however and will take the game to Wolves here. Both sides will look to play expansive football but with home advantage, Wolves should prevail here.
Betting tip: Wolves to win the match ($2.46) Bet @ Sportsbet
Wolves to win 3-1
Southampton vs Chelsea – St Mary’s Stadium
Chelsea will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to life under Thomas Tuchel as they travel to Southampton. The Saints had been in superb form early on in the season but have lost 6 Premier League games on the spin to slip into the bottom half of the table. They sit well clear of the relegation picture however and look to be playing for pride with only 14 games to play. Chelsea meanwhile have been revitalised under Thomas Tuchel and sit in the top 4 once more. Champions League qualification is sure to be their priority and they will want to pick up a comfortable win on the road here. This should be an excellent game between two solid sides with Chelsea the most likely to pick up the win.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match ($1.8) Bet @ Sportsbet
Chelsea to win 2-0
Burnley vs West Bromwich Albion – Turf Moor
West Bromwich Albion ($4.1)
In-form Burnley host West Bromwich Albion in what could be a decisive game in the relegation battle. The Clarets have picked up some impressive wins in recent weeks and have climbed up to 15th in the table as a result, 8 points clear of the relegation picture. West Bromwich Albion meanwhile are 12 points from safety and look to have a mountain to climb in order to stay up this term. They picked up an impressive point at home to Manchester United last time out and need to keep that momentum up here. West Brom are resolute but Burnley are finding form in the league and should pick up a solid win here.
Betting tip: Burnley to win the match ($2.1) Bet @ Sportsbet
Burnley to win 2-1
Liverpool vs Everton – Anfield
The Merseyside Derby beckons for Liverpool and Everton, with both sides looking to resurrect their seasons. Liverpool have defended their Premier League title tamely this term and sit 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City following their most recent defeat to Leicester last weekend. They take on neighbours Everton, who have lost their last 2 home games to Fulham and Manchester City and look to be in a bit of a rut. The Toffees sit 3 points and one place behind Liverpool heading into this one and how they would love to put even more pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s men. The reds will see this as a chance to make a statement and should win comfortably here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match ($1.51) Bet @ Sportsbet
Liverpool to win 3-1
Fulham vs Sheffield United – Craven Cottage
Sheffield United ($3.9)
Two sides engrossed in the relegation battle face off as Fulham host Sheffield United. The Cottagers have been tough to beat all season, drawing half of their league games played and their win at Everton and draw at Burnley in the last week epitomised that. They sit 6 points from safety and will see this as must win in their survival aspirations. Similarly, Sheffield United need a win here, with their need for points being even more urgent. The Blades sit 14 points from safety, with 14 games to play – making this fixture an absolute must win. Sheffield United will come with a game plan and with Fulham known for their drawing tendency, a draw looks on the cards here.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.3) Bet @ Sportsbet
West Ham United vs Tottenham – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($2.84)
A classic London Derby kicks off the Sunday schedule as faltering Tottenham travel to West Ham. The Hammers are flying high in 5th in the table and look to have genuine top 4 aspirations this term. David Moyes will be keen to see his team test themselves against a Spurs side that need a result. The manner of their 3-0 defeat to Manchester City last time out was alarming and Jose Mourinho’s side are languishing down in 9th – six points outside of the top 4 picture. This should be a very good game with no love lost and a draw looks to be on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.45) Bet @ Sportsbet
Aston Villa vs Leicester City – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($3.15)
Leicester City ($2.4)
Two sides enjoying impressive campaigns face off as Aston Villa host Leicester City. Villa sit 8th – knowing that victories in their two games in hand would propel them into the top 4. Dean Smith has made his side very tough to beat and they look capable of going toe to toe with the best in the league. Leicester meanwhile are riding high in 2nd, following their superb win over Liverpool last time out. Champions League football will be the priority for the Foxes next season, and they look to be one of the form teams in the race for a top 4 finish. This should be a superb game, with Leicester most likely to pick up all three points.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match ($2.4) Bet @ Sportsbet
Leicester City to win 2-1
Arsenal vs Manchester City – Emirates Stadium
Manchester City ($1.54)
High-flying Manchester City travel to Arsenal as they put their unbeaten record in 2021 to the test. The Gunners have been much improved themselves since the start of the year and now look to be in contention for European football next season. Mikel Arteta will also be relishing the chance to take on his former employers as City look to tighten their grip on the Premier League title. The blues are 10 points clear with 14 games to play and whilst Pep Guardiola will be reminding his players the job isn’t done, City look best placed to press on for the title. This should be a very good game and with City’s workload increasing, it could well end up being a draw at the Emirates.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($4.7) Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester United vs Newcastle United – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.32)
Newcastle United ($12)
Manchester United will be looking to close the gap on Manchester City above them as they host Newcastle United. The reds were held at West Bromwich Albion last time out, a result that leaves them 10 points behind City and they need to keep winning to put the pressure on Pep Guardiola’s side this term. Newcastle meanwhile have only a 6-point gap between themselves and the drop zone and they will be eager to have a free shot at a United side that have the pressure on. This should be one-way traffic at Old Trafford and whilst Newcastle won’t wilt easily, Manchester United should prevail here.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match ($1.32) Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester United to win 3-0
Brighton vs Crystal Palace – AMEX Stadium
Crystal Palace ($6.1)
Brighton host Crystal Palace as the pressure intensifies on Eagles manager Roy Hodgson. Brighton have been in superb form in recent weeks and have climbed to 16th in the Premier League table as a result, 7 points clear of the drop zone. They welcome a Palace side in freefall and the manner of their 3-0 loss to Burnley last weekend was particularly chastening. The Eagles are 14th, a poor return for a side of their quality and they will need to show some fight here. This should be a very good game and with Palace scrapping for their lives, it could end up being a draw at the AMEX Stadium.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.75) Bet @ Sportsbet
EPL Week 25 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week in our multi bet with a stake of $50:
Liverpool vs Everton – Liverpool to win
Burnley vs West Bromwich Albion – Burnley to win
Southampton vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Manchester United vs Newcastle United – Manchester United to win
A $50 wager would pay out $455 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.
Sam currently lives and works in Milan, Italy and playing/following/writing about cricket, football (soccer), tennis, formula 1 and golf continue to take up much of his spare time.