A big week of Premier League action continues this weekend with all the teams having a short turn around after playing midweek. Fatigue is sure to be a factor as the sides will be playing their third game in the space of 7-8 days. Continue reading for our EPL Week 22 Preview and Betting Tips.
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Newcastle United vs West Ham United (Sunday 2am AEDT)
West Ham’s strong road record improved midweek when they were able to take car of Bournemouth and secure a big 3-1 victory. They will stay away from home this week as they travel to Newcastle to take on a side that was able to overcome a 2-0 and 3-2 deficit to snatch a point against the struggling Manchester United. However, that extended their winless streak to five matches and it is unlikely for them to secure the three points this weekend.
The win for West Ham was their third on the trot as they have recaptured the form from the start of the season and they are sitting in fifth position on the ladder and just one point behind Tottenham in fourth. West Ham’s strong attack will see them break the weak defence of Newcatle on more than one occasion – especially with the amount of weapons up front the hammers have at their disposal.
Chelsea vs Everton (Sunday 2am AEDT)
Earlier in the season Everton were able to dismantle Chelsea and give them a hiding on their home soil. It will be harder for them to repeat that effort on the road at Stamford Bridge but we are expecting the side take a point home with them.
Despite the coaching change, Chelsea are still not playing like the defending champions and their defensive issues have continued. They led West Brom on two occasions on Thursday morning only to let the lead slip away from them both times. This is very uncharacteristic for Chelsea in previous seasons, especially on home soil.
Everton’s form in the Premier League has been dipping over the past six weeks and they have just one win to their name during that period. However, they have been involved in high scoring matches as they have one of the stronger attacks in the league and were also able to defeat Manchester City in the League cup before holding them to a 0-0 draw on the road. They will be able to repeat this effort and register a draw against Chelsea.
Aston Villa vs Leicester City (Sunday 4.30am AEDT)
These two sides will head into the match up on the back of a victory – something Villa supporters thought might never come. However, the season still looks as if it will end in the worst possible way for the home side as they are still 9 points away from safety.
Meanwhile Leicester City’s victory over Tottenham saw them maintain their position on the table and they are equal with Arsenal on competition points. Despite scoring just one goal in their past four matches they still have the best attack in the league as they have found the back of the net 39 times. This attack will be up against the third worst defence and they will be able to capitalise on a lot of opportunities that they will create.
Liverpool vs Manchester United (Monday 1.05am AEDT)
The Reds were involved in one of the matches of the season in an entertaining match against Arsenal that saw six goals scored. Liverpool showed character to be able to push late into the match and find an equaliser that gave the home side a well-earned point. They looked impressive in attack, however their midfield was outplayed and their defence showed lapses at times.
The Red Devils were again disappointing against Newcastle united and they were unconvincing despite holding a 2-0 advantage just before halftime. Their lack of conviction came back to hurt the side as Newcastle levelled the scores and were playing the better football. A class strike from captain Wayne Rooney put the side back in the lead but again their lack of defence cost the side at the death. I expect Liverpool to again lift in a match up against a strong opponent and Jurgen Klopp will claim another scalp in his first match up against the Red Devils.
Take note: Any of the tips in this article are simply the author’s opinion, so bet at your own risk and always gamble responsibly. Also be sure to check out the Before You Bet Twitter Page for all our thoughts in the lead up to bets! Happy punting!
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