Following the cut and thrust of the FA Cup last weekend, the Premier League returns with another packed calendar of fixtures. Manchester City are in danger of pulling away from their rivals at the top of the table, with Chelsea and Liverpool looking to keep up pace in pursuit. Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham all look to be resigned to battling it out for a top 4 finish, whilst the likes of Newcastle, Norwich and Burnley will be looking to pull away from trouble asap.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
Premier League Week 22 Picks
Brighton vs Crystal Palace – AMEX Stadium
Crystal Palace ($4)
Two sides with no love lost do battle on the South coast as Brighton host Crystal Palace. The Seagulls started the season in fine form and looked to have European aspirations before a brief blip, but they are back with a bang lately and a top 10 finish looks more than attainable for Graham Potter’s side. Crystal Palace meanwhile have been steadily improving under Patrick Vieira and they look to be on course to also finish in the top half come the end of the season. This should be a humdinger at the AMEX and a draw looks the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.4)
Manchester City vs Chelsea – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.71)
Two sides very much at the top of their game face off as English champions Manchester City take on European champs Chelsea. City have blown away all before them yet again this season and with an 11-point lead at the top of the table already, the blues are starting to look like they may have opened up an unattainable lead once more this term. Chelsea have huffed and puffed under Thomas Tuchel in recent weeks, losing their way in the title race but they are a good side, and they could cause City some damage here. With so little to split these two sides and so much at stake, a score draw looks to be on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($4.2)
Burnley vs Leicester City – Turf Moor
Leicester City ($2.5)
Relegation threatened Burnley take on Leicester City in what should be an intriguing encounter in Lancashire. The Clarets have suffered from a few COVID reschedules and are in danger of slipping into a real scrap for survival this season. Leicester City meanwhile have impressed in recent weeks, with their win over Liverpool the particular highlight and the Foxes will be keen to give this a real crack from the outset at Turf Moor. This should be a really good game, with Leicester’s momentum most likely to get them over the line.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match ($2.5)
Leicester City to win 2-1
Newcastle United vs Watford – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($2.1)
Two sides with a real battle for survival face off in the North East as Newcastle United host Watford. The Toon are a side under pressure, magnified by their FA Cup defeat to Cambridge United last time out and they will be doing all they can to put in a performance for their fans here. Watford meanwhile are also in a tricky spot, conceding far too many goals under Claudio Ranieri and they look to be slipping towards a return to the Championship. This could be an attritional encounter, with a draw looking like the most likely return.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.75)
Norwich City vs Everton – Carrow Road
Norwich City ($3.85)
Bottom side Norwich City will be looking to kickstart their Premier League survival bid as they take on Everton. The Canaries have only won 2 games all season and look to have their work cut out in order to stay in the division this season – under the stewardship of new manager Dean Smith. Everton meanwhile have really struggled this season under Rafa Benitez – with the Spaniard under serious pressure in the Goodison Park hotseat. This could be the ideal game for the Toffees however, who could pick up a much needed win in East Anglia.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match ($2.1)
Everton to win 2-1
Wolves vs Southampton – Molineux
Wolves will be looking to continue their excellent recent form as they take on an improving Southampton side in the West Midlands. With a superb win at Old Trafford in the bank last time out, Wolves are one of the fastest improving sides in the division and they could well sneak into the top 6 reckoning come the end of the season. Southampton meanwhile enjoyed an excellent win over Brentford in midweek and look to be pulling away from trouble slowly. This should be a super match up, between two exciting sides but Wolves should nick the three points here.
Betting tip: Wolves to win the match ($2.3)
Wolves to win 2-1
Aston Villa vs Manchester United – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($3.1)
Manchester United ($2.42)
Ralf Rangnick will be looking to ease the discontent growing on him as he takes Manchester United to Aston Villa. The hosts have been much improved under Steven Gerrard and look to be a side going places, especially with plenty of money to spend in the January transfer window. Manchester United meanwhile have been poor at times this season, but they will be hoping a good win over the same opponents in the FA Cup last time out could help them here. This should be a good game, with Manchester United most likely to take the spoils.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match ($2.42)
Manchester United to win 2-1
Liverpool vs Brentford – Anfield
Liverpool will be hoping to cash in on Manchester City and Chelsea facing off, as they take on Brentford at Anfield. The reds have been very consistent this season, only losing two games but their frequent draws have the potential to cost them in terms of lifting the PL title. Brentford meanwhile are a side that have impressed in the top flight and they managed to pick up a point off the reds earlier in the season, but they have struggled of late, and Liverpool could prevail comfortably here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match ($1.34)
Liverpool to win 3-0
West Ham United vs Leeds United – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($1.7)
Leeds United ($5.2)
Following on from their meeting in the FA Cup last weekend, West Ham and Leeds do battle once more in the capital. West Ham have had another superb season under David Moyes, they are in the mix in three competitions, and they look to have genuine European football aspirations come the end of the campaign. Leeds United meanwhile are suffering from second season syndrome somewhat and look to be in danger of a relegation scrap this term. They beat Burnley well last time out in the league, to strengthen their survival hopes but West Ham away is a whole new task and the Hammers should win well here.
Betting tip: West Ham United to win the match ($1.7)
West Ham United to win 2-1
Tottenham vs Arsenal – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The North London Derby is the final act of, yet another jam packed Premier League weekend, as Tottenham host Arsenal. Spurs have improved under Antonio Conte and look to be climbing the table slowly, but they are a long way off way they had hoped to be at the start of the season. Arsenal meanwhile have improved steadily as the season has progressed and Mikel Arteta is rightfully being lauded for overseeing the excellent performances of late – the FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest aside. This should be a really good game, with a draw the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.4)
EPL Week 22 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week in our multi bet with a stake of $50:
Liverpool vs Brentford – Liverpool to win
Burnley vs Leicester City – Leicester City to win
Norwich City vs Everton – Everton to win
Aston Villa vs Manchester United – Manchester United to win
A $50 wager would pay out $513.00 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.