Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 19
Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 19
With most teams in action midweek, the pace of the Premier League picks up and this weekend has some great games to look forwards to. The big clash on Sunday sees Liverpool take on their bitter rivals Manchester United. Join us as we preview all the games.
Match of the Day
On Sunday two of the ‘big six’ go head-to-head at Anfield. Liverpool enjoyed a break in midweek so should be the fresher of the two sides, but United have the incentive of a win here and they go six clear of their biggest rivals.
- Venue: Anfield
- Sunday 17th January 16:30
- Referee: Paul Tierney
- Quick Glance Odds H: 19/20 D:14/5 A: 13/5
About the Game:
Liverpool has had the luxury of not being involved in Premier League action in midweek; their last game was in the FA cup last Friday night in a game they won 4-1 away at Aston Villa. In that game, they faced Villa’s youth team with all the senior players unable to play due to a Covid-19 outbreak. Liverpool took the lead early in the game, Sadio Mane scoring after four minutes. The home side equalised in the 41st minute, 17-year-old Louie Barry making it a day to remember with a great goal. Understandably Villa with a team that composed of seven under-23 players and four from the under-18s tired in the second half and Liverpool were able to see off the game with goals from Georginio Wijnaldum (60), a second goal from Mane (63) and the obligatory goal for Mohamed Salah (65).
Last year when Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, the gap between the two clubs was huge, 30 points separated the two clubs in Liverpool’s favour. This campaign it is United who is in front, albeit by a much smaller margin of three points. Recent form has not been great for the Champions, their last win was a seven-nil thumping of Crystal Palace before Christmas, but since then they have had two draws (West Brom 1-1 and 0-0 Newcastle) and lost 1-0 to Southampton. In that defeat, their first shot on target didn’t occur until the 75th minute. Expect to see a much better performance on Sunday, Liverpool would hate to lose their proud 46 games unbeaten run at fortress Anfield.
In part, the United resurgence has been inspired by the form of World Cup winner, Paul Pogba, who seems to have discovered his favourable position deep inside to dictate the play. The Frenchman scored with a nice volley, which took a deflection off Matthew Lowton, in Tuesday’s 1-0 win against Burley. While the game wasn’t pretty, fixtures against teams that allow possession have often been United’s downfall in recent seasons so they will be delighted with the three points that see them move ahead of Sunday’s rivals. Another reason why United are doing so well at the moment is the incredible form of Bruno Fernandes. Although he had an off day in the game against Burnley, his contribution this season has been immense, scoring eleven goals and making seven assists.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has the best away form in the league, winning seven and drawing one of the eight away games they have played this season. While it sounds very positive for United, it is worth pointing out their results against the ‘big six’. Arsenal beat United 1-0 at Old Trafford, which was when Arsenal was experiencing a slump themselves. More concerning to United fans was the hammering they suffered at home against Tottenham, former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho masterminding a stunning 6-1 victory back in October. United are unbeaten in eleven; the only points dropped in this time are a 0-0 draw with Manchester City and a 1-1 draw with Leicester, both in December.
Prediction: Liverpool win, yes, to BTTS, Over 2.5.
Rest of the Premier League Games
Coming up are our previews and Premier League betting tips for all the rest of the weekend’s action.
- Venue: Molineux Stadium
- Saturday 16 January 12:30
- Referee: Michael Oliver
- Quick Glance Odds H:8/15 D: 14/5 A: 13/2
About the Game:
The promotion of West Brom has renewed the Black Country derby that last featured nine years ago. Wolves have slipped way below the standards they set over the last two seasons. In the last ten games, they have just two wins; admittedly they were both fine wins against Arsenal and Chelsea in which they picked their moments on the counter-attack. Their weekend opponents are the kind of banana skin fixtures they have regularly slipped in throughout this season in situations. Struggling against teams where they have to possess and dominate the game. Nuno Espirito’s side has struggled without Raul Jimenez since he fractured his skull. Adama Traore netted the winner in their FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace, but they suffered a painful 2 – 1 defeat at this ground against Everton the last time out. Wolves are in 14th place, ten points clear of the dropzone.
Sam Allardyce’s appointment came with huge expectations that he would be the saviour of West Brom. The 66-year-old former England manager has never tasted relegation, but these credentials may be severely tested this campaign. A bright start with a 1 – 1 draw against Liverpool, but they have since been thumped 5 – 0 by Leeds and crushed 4 – 0 by Arsenal. They were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One Blackpool on penalties. This poor run has prompted a busy window already for the Baggies, bringing in veteran midfielder Robert Snodgrass from West Ham. One win in 17 games is the stark reality of their situation. Conor Gallagher is their most creative player but needs to get involved in more goals; he has only scored two goals so far. West Brom is in 19th place, seven points from safety.
Prediction: Wolves to win 2-0.
- Venue: Elland Road
- Saturday 16 January 15:00
- Referee: Kevin Friend
- Quick Glance Odds H: 1/1 D: 11/4 A: 5/2
About the Game:
Patrick Bamford is Leeds’ main man and has ten goals and five assists so far this campaign. More impressive is the amount of chances he takes, he has had 65 shots, of which 57 were inside the box, and 28 of these were on target, more than any other player this season. The team as a whole are attack-minded, averaging 15 shots per game. On five assists, Mateusz Klich is Leeds United most creative player while Stuart Dallas has been all round making runs from defence to score three goals and one assist. Marcelo Bielsa is likely to have been working on finishing after squandering a host of chances in their 3 – 0 defeat against Tottenham. The Whites play an open attacking football that leaves them vulnerable in defence that’s why they have conceded the second-highest tally (33) of goals. They have also conceded the most penalties (6), and despite their poor defensive record, they have kept six clean sheets. Leeds need to find a way of shutting down goals to add to their impressive attacking football that could make them a real contender for European football.
Brighton is winless in nine games but has looked convincing in most of their contests and have been unlucky not to pick up more points. A hard team to beat, both Manchester City and Arsenal have beaten them since Christmas, but only by 1-0 scorelines. Frustrating is the amount of draws, four since the middle of December alone. If they can find a way of converting these draws to wins, you can see them surging out of 17th place that they currently occupy. Against Manchester City they didn’t have a shot on target until the tenth minute of the second half. Neal Maupay is the team’s talisman (six goals, one assist) but has recently been left out of the team for disciplinary reasons. Do they have the firepower to outgun Leeds? We think that isn’t very likely.
Prediction: Leeds win, over 2.5.
- Venue: London Stadium
- Saturday 16th January 15:00
- Referee: Chris Kavanagh
- Quick Glance Odds H: 3/4 D: 13/5 A: 15/4
About the Game:
West Ham is in great form losing only to the big boys, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool. They secured a precious 1 – 0 win against high flying Everton on New Years Day and are through to the next round of the FA Cup after beating Stockport County 1-0. The team spirit seems to be on a high and they appear motivated in every game they play. Sitting midtable in 10th, they are ten points off the leaders and fourteen points away from the drop zone. Tomas Soucek, who is the Hammers top goal scorer, has the habit of being in the right place at the right time and has five goals so far. Michail Antonio’s return would be a big boost alongside Andy Yarmolenko, who both provide dynamism in their attack.
Burnley have won four of the last five encounters between the two sides including the last three successive games. However, they lost to Manchester United 1 – 0 in their previous game but played well, especially defensively, despite the narrow defeat. In many ways, the game was a classic Sean Dyche game, packing the defence and channelling the ball forward for Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes to pick up the scraps. January is likely to be a huge month for the club. ALK Capital bought the club in December, and the manager is likely to bring in reinforcements. Burnley needs them; they are currently in 16th, just four points away from a relegation spot. We fancy Chris Woods to score in this one though; he has for netted five in the last six meetings against their weekend hosts.
Prediction: Chris Woods to score any time.
- Venue: Craven Cottage
- Saturday 16th January 17:30
- Referee: Peter Banks
- Quick Glance Odds H: 11/2 D: 33/10 A: 1/2
About the Game:
The Cottagers have been battling hard to keep their survival hopes alive with their new notion of better a half-cup full than nothing at all, settling for five consecutive draws in the league. They have taken points off some decent opposition in this run of draws, most notably Liverpool 1-1 and most recently Tottenham (1-1) in Wednesday’s Premier League game. Fulham’s best result of the season came in November, winning 2-1 away to Leicester who was challenging at the top of the table at the time. Bobby Decordova-Reid is their best man in front of goal with four goals so far and was also in target in their 2 – 0 FA Cup battle against Queens Park Rangers that had to be settled in extra time. They need to get Alexander Mitrovic, who was last season top scorer in the championship, to score. The 26-year-old only has two goals and two assists this campaign. Fulham currently occupy 18th, two points away from Brighton in 17th.
If we were betting people, which we are, we think the Blades stay in the Premier League is going to be a very short one, and they could even steal the title of the worst team in Premier League history from the 2007 Derby County team. In that year, Derby was relegated in March after not securing a single win in 38 games. There is hope though for Sheffield United fans as they do have some good players and can still put up a fight. An example of this is the game v Manchester United in which they took a 2-0 lead; they did eventually lose that game 3-2, but it was still a positive performance.
Prediction: Chelsea win, under 2.5.
- Venue: King Power Stadium
- Saturday 16th January 20:00
- Referee: Stuart Attwell
- Quick Glance Odds H: 4/5 D: 14/5 A: 333/10
About the Game:
Despite winning just two of the last five games, the Foxes sit comfortably in fourth place hoping they will stay in the Champions League spot when the season ends. That’s a prospect that few Leicester fans will take for granted, last season Brendan Rodger’s side had to settle for the Europa League spot the end of last season, despite challenging for most of the campaign. The emergence of Harvey Barnes, who has now netted 5 goals, is great news for Leicester and will hopefully in time reduce the reliance on Jamie Vardy (11 goals and 5 assists) is not scoring. Brendan Rodgers has given the side a great understanding of each other with a definite style of play that suits their potential.
The stakes are high for Southampton as a win puts them level on points with their opponents and Manchester City and after their recent 1-0 win at reigning champions Liverpool, confidence will be high. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was in tears after his side beat Liverpool but jokingly stated it was due to the high winds, but his pride due to the display was evident on the 53-year-old. Danny Ings scored the only goal of the game in the 2nd minute, a superb lob over Alisson was the difference between the two sides. A goal that would have been sweet for Ings, the 28-year-old spent two years at Liverpool before moving to Southampton. In those two years, he made just seven starts for Liverpool and scored three goals. For Southampton this season he has made twelve starts and scored seven goals. Southampton should be the fresher of the two, their FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury postponed due to a Coronavirus outbreak. Preparations for this game have been dealt a blow with several injuries and absentees. Danny Ings is the biggest loss, after testing positive to Covid-19, the player is self-isolating.
Prediction: Leicester win, BTTS no.
- Venue: Villa Park
- Postponed Due to Covid-19 Outbreak
- Referee: Anthony Taylor
- Quick Glance Odds H: – D: – A: –
About the Game:
***Cancelled due to Covid-19***
The game between Aston Villa and Everton has been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 problems that exist at Aston Villa. The Premier League agreed to postpone the game after a significant number of Aston Villa players and staff are in isolation. Villa were forced to play youngsters in their FA Cup defeat by Liverpool. Villa’s next game is against Manchester City on Wednesday, it is not known at this time if this game will go ahead.
Prediction: Cancelled due to Covid-19.
- Venue: Bramall Lane
- Sunday 17th January 14:05
- Referee: Andre Marriner
- Quick Glance Odds H: 21/4 D: 11/4 A: 3/5
About the Game:
The bottom team in the league finally got their first win of the season against 10-men Newcastle courtesy of a Billy Sharp penalty. The away side was doing all they could to gift United three points, playing the entire second half a man short due to three minutes of madness from Ryan Fraser. The Newcastle player was booked for a challenge on John Fleck, and the referee barely had time to take his name before he was dismissed for another foul, this time David McGoldrick. United will be hoping this is the start of an unlikely escape out of the relegation zone. It is going to be a very uphill task, their record previous to the Newcastle game was no wins, two draws and 15 losses which was the worst start ever in Premier League history. United are currently nine points shy of Brighton in 17th.
Tottenham Hotspurs are not making the most of having two of the best attackers in the Premier League in Harry Kane (11 goals 11 assists) and Heung-Min Son (12 goals, five assists). After leading the table for parts of the season, their title bid has faltered recently. Their inability to finish off opponents is costing them, as seen in this week’s midweek 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Fulham. After going ahead in the 25th minute from a Kane header, the home side should have been over the finishing line well before Ivan Cavaleiro scored in the 75th minute to earn the draw. Kane should have added another with a header. Reguilon blazed over, and Moussa Sissoko took too long to get off his shot, allowing Tosin Adarabioyo to block for the visitors. Son also nearly scored, his shot hitting the post. It’s a familiar pattern for Tottenham, 1-1 draws with Wolves and 1-1 with Crystal Palace since December hitting them hard. Alongside defeats against Liverpool (2-0) and Leicester (0-2).
Prediction: Tottenham to win, over 2.5.
- Venue: Etihad Stadium
- Sunday 17th January 19:15
- Referee: Lee Mason
- Quick Glance Odds H: 7/50 D: 15/2 A: 16/1
About the Game:
With all the noise around Tottenham, Chelsea and more recently, Manchester United being title contenders, City has managed to slip by on the outside lane. They are now just four points behind the leaders’ Manchester United with a game in hand. The Citizens are still without their best attackers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus with Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez on four goals their best scorers. Their highest-profile player is still Kevin De Bruyne who is on nine assists with a good record against Palace with three goals in the last five games. Despite City’s lack of firepower, they are still winning games and are unbeaten since a 2-0 defeat by Tottenham in November. Since a surprise 1-1 draw with West Brom in mid-December, City has a 100% record with wins against Southampton (0-1), Newcastle United (2-0), Chelsea (1-3) and Brighton (1-0). City are no longer empathic winners, but they are still winning.
Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha will be the best goal scorer in the pitch on eight goals but he faces a tough test against the best defence in the league that has eight clean sheets so far. The Eagles can take heart from last season’s 3 – 2 triumph against the Citizens, hoping lightning strikes twice here. Roy Hodgson has built a great team, playing to their potential and every player complementing their playing style. They have been great against the big boys conceding just three goals in the first half in the last seven contests and would be hoping to keep this up for the entire ninety. Their injury list makes this a tough encounter with captain Luka Milivojevic (suspended), Patrick Van Aanholt (hamstring), Andres Townsend (groin) and Christian Benteke (muscle) all out or doubtful. Palaces’ only win in the last six was a 2-0 win against bottom club Sheffield United.
Prediction: Manchester City win. Under 2.5
- Venue: Emirates Stadium
- Monday 18th January 20:00
- Referee: David Coote
- Quick Glance Odds H: 2/5 D: 7/2 A: 7/1
About the Game:
Arsenal is on a decent run of form, easing the pressure on Mikel Arteta with four consecutive wins in all competitions before a 0-0 stalemate against Crystal Palace on Thursday. The game against Palace won’t live long in the memory with the home side frustrated by good defensive work by Palace and a lack of clear cut chances upfront. Alexandre Lacazette hit the side netting, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had an angled shot parried away, these were the only notable efforts after ninety minutes. They triumphed 2 -0 against their opponents Newcastle in the FA Cup last week. It was a victory that meant they have won the last five consecutive games in this encounter. Although they did need extra time to beat the Magpies, Smith Rowe (109) and Aubameyang (117) sending the Gunners into the fourth-round.
Newcastle is winless in the last eight games in all competitions collecting just two points from possible 18. Their most recent loss was a 1 – 0 defeat to Sheffield United, the worst club statistically ever in the Premier League at this stage of the season. Ryan Fraser was sent off in that game and will miss this game. Allan Saint-Maximin continues to miss out after suffering with COVID-19, while Jamal Lewis, Paul Dummett, Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles are doubts which leaves Newcastle very short on numbers. Their hopes mainly rest on Callum Wilson’s shoulders; he has eight goals, more than four times the output of their next highest scorer, Jeff Hendrick on two.
Prediction: Easy Arsenal win, over 2.5.
Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*
|Liverpool v Manchester United||Liverpool win||19/20||1.95|
|Wolves v West Brom||Wolves to win||3/5||3.12|
|Fulham v Chelsea||Chelsea to win||1/2||4.68|
|Sheffield United v Tottenham||Tottenham to win||3/5||7.48|
|Manchester City v Crystal Palace||Manchester City to win||1/7||8.55|
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