With the third round of the FA Cup boxed off for plenty of Premier League teams, attention now turns to the midweek Premier League schedule. Liverpool still sit top of the pile but recent defeats in the Premier League have checked their progress somewhat and both Manchester clubs can overtake them if they win their games in hand. Leicester City and Tottenham are still in hot pursuit of the reds whilst at the bottom of the pile, Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion look to be slipping away from the teams above them.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
EPL Week 18 Picks
Sheffield United vs Newcastle United – Bramall Lane
Sheffield United ($2.56)
Newcastle United ($3.3)
Bottom of the table Sheffield United know that is now or never for their survival hopes as they take on Newcastle United. The Blades are winless in the league this season, but they will be hoping their gritty FA Cup win over Bristol Rovers could be the catalyst for them this term. With only 2 points to their name, they look to have a mountain to climb but a win here could get them going. Newcastle meanwhile are slipping towards the relegation zone – despite having an 8 point cushion on the sides in the mire below them. They were bundled out the FA Cup by Arsenal on Saturday and they will be keen to bounce back quickly here. This should be a tight game between two sides low on confidence and it could end up goalless in South Yorkshire.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw
Burnley vs Manchester United – Turf Moor
Manchester United ($1.49)
Manchester United have the chance to go top of the Premier League table as they travel across Lancashire to take on Burnley. The Clarets look to have recovered from their shaky start to the season and they will be relishing the opportunity to take on United on their home patch. Recent results have lifted Burnley up to 16th and they will be looking to kick on during the second half of the season. Manchester United meanwhile are a side in form and despite being well beaten by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup they are still fighting on 3 fronts this season. A win here would see them climb to the top of the table and they should have no issues picking up all three points here at Burnley.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match
Manchester United to win 2-0
Wolves vs Everton – Molineux
Two sides with aspirations of finishing the season in the upper echelons of the Premier League face off as Wolves host Everton. The home side sit 13th in the Premier League table but have perhaps been playing better than their placing suggests. Raul Jimenez is a clear miss for Wolves, but they are capable of beating anybody on their day. Everton meanwhile are through to the 4th round of the FA Cup and they will be looking to concentrate on finishing as high up the league table as possible. They sit 7th in the table, and they know a win here will push them up into the top 4. This is a big game for both sides and a draw looks to be the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw
Manchester City vs Brighton – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.2)
Manchester City will be looking to maintain their excellent recent form as they host a Brighton side looking over their shoulder at the drop zone. City have dispatched of Chelsea, Manchester United and Birmingham City in the past week with ease and they look to be finding form at the right time of the campaign. Brighton meanwhile needed penalties to edge out League Two side Newport County in the FA Cup and they are without a win in normal time since November. Brighton always make it tough for any opponent, but City are in great form and they should win with ease here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match to nil
Manchester City to win 3-0
Aston Villa vs Tottenham – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($6.6)
Aston Villa will be looking for yet another big Premier League scalp as they take on Tottenham at Villa Park. The Villains have been one of the surprise packages in the Premier League this season and they have nothing to fear going into this one with Tottenham. A confirmed COVID outbreak could hamper their preparations but if they have enough players fit, they could trouble Spurs here. Tottenham meanwhile are a side in good form across all competitions and having secured their place in the Carabao Cup final and progressed in the FA Cup – the Premier League is sure to be their focus over the next few weeks. Villa will ruffle a few feathers in the Tottenham camp, but Spurs should prevail here.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match and both teams to score
Tottenham to win 2-1
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace – Emirates Stadium
Crystal Palace ($7.2)
Arsenal will be looking to continue their recent resurgence as they take on Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have won every game played since Boxing Day and they have climbed up to 11th in the table as a result. Mikel Arteta looks to be finally getting his team ticking and they will be purring at the opportunity to play again here. Crystal Palace meanwhile can’t seem to find any consistency this season and whilst their Premier League status looks assured again this term, a top half challenge looks a long way off – unless they can start picking up results in games such as these. Palace will fancy their chances of catching Arsenal on the counter here, but the Gunners should prevail at home in this one.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match
Arsenal to win 2-1
Fulham vs Chelsea – Craven Cottage
A West London Derby is on the cards at Craven Cottage as Fulham take on Chelsea. The Cottagers have been unable to play some of their fixtures recently as they continue to battle a COVID outbreak at the club but their win at QPR in the FA Cup should give them confidence moving forward. Survival is top of their agenda still but with results improving of late they will fancy their chances of getting out of trouble. Chelsea meanwhile are a team in trouble, and they have slipped to 9th in the table following recent results. They were thumped 3-1 by Manchester City last time out in the league and whilst they overcame Morecambe with ease in the FA Cup, Frank Lampard needs a response from his side here. This should be a good game which Fulham should be bang up for, but Chelsea should prevail here.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match
Chelsea to win 2-0
EPL Week 18 multi bet
We’re backing four results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Burnley vs Manchester United – Manchester United to win
Manchester City vs Brighton – Manchester City to win
Fulham vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace – Arsenal to win
A $50 wager would pay out $385 if successful at the current odds.
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.