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Premier League Betting Preview – Match Week 31

The Premier League returns this weekend, and it promises to be a cracking round of fixtures! Can Liverpool climb above Manchester City before they meet next weekend? Will Norwich reignite their great escape with a win over Brighton? We’ve previewed every game in the upcoming round of fixtures to help with your Premier League accas at NetBet this weekend.

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Liverpool to beat Watford – 2/17

To put it plainly, Watford don’t have an awful lot of hope in this one. They are 19/1 to snatch three points at Anfield – the odds are ridiculous for good reason. The Hornets picked up their second win in 17 games against Southampton, but Liverpool are an entirely different animal. Jurgen Klopp’s side haven’t lost a league game at home this season. In fact, they’ve won nine consecutive home league games since the end of November, keeping a slightly above average seven clean sheets along the way. We don’t expect the Reds to take their foot off the gas just as the title race is reaching its climax, and given the massive game at the Etihad next weekend, Watford could find themselves on the end of a confidence-building result for Liverpool.

Brighton to beat Norwich – 20/43

Norwich would have been everyone’s pick to get relegated at the beginning of the season, and they are still everybody’s pick now.  But maybe just maybe, could they return from rock bottom to mount a great escape? Probably not in all honestly, but they’re not down and out just yet. If there’s any team they would want to face right now, it’s a Brighton side coming off the back of six straight defeats. The problem is, Dean Smith’s side would have to put an end to their own six match losing run to get a result at the Amex, and at this stage of the season, anything less than three points is somewhat redundant. Both sides have had the international break to re-energise ahead of the final stretch of the season, but it just seems too little too late for the Canaries, who seem destined for another season in the Championship.

Chelsea to beat Brentford – 10/31

Although it seems highly unlikely that Chelsea will catch the two ahead, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that they could be caught by those beneath them. They are however in very good form, winning their last five league games, keeping four clean sheets. Kai Havertz has been in sensational form for Thomas Tuchel’s side, but he might not be the most in-form forward on the pitch come Saturday. Ivan Toney has found his shooting boots on return from injury, but five goals against Norwich and Burnley is a slightly different task to finding the net at Stamford Bridge. Ultimately, if the Blues can keep him quiet, they’ll win the game, and with 13 clean sheets this season, they’ll be confident they can do so.

Wolves to draw with Aston Villa – 19/10

Two of the more inconsistent teams of late will face off this weekend, with 10 points separating eighth place Wolves and ninth place Villa. After an impressive run of results saw Wolves rapidly rise to within just a few points of the top four, they have just as rapidly fallen into mid-table mediocrity. The hosts were handed a fourth defeat in six in their last outing as they capitulated against Leeds. What’s worse for Bruno Lage, he will now be without his top goalscorer Raul Jimenez due to suspension. But let’s face it, finding the net was never Wolves’ best asset, it has been keeping teams out at the other end that has contributed to their success. They will welcome an equally hit and miss Villa side to the Molineux, with neither having done an awful lot of late to suggest they can go on a dominate this match-up.

Man City to beat Burnley – 4/19

Turf Moor is a tough place to go, unless you’re one of the many teams that have beaten Burnley there this season. A Premier League stalwart over the last half a decade, Sean Dyche’s side are in a perilous position heading into the final 10 games. They will of course showcase the same hard work and will that has kept them in the top-flight for this long, but Man City have never been one to be troubled by hard work. Pep Guardiola’s side have won their last nine meetings with Burnley since 2018, scoring 32 goals and conceding just once. That record speaks for itself.

Leeds to draw with Southampton – 12/5

Two late winners have seen Leeds turn two points into six, with new manager Jesse Marsch breathing fresh life into his side’s campaign. They seem to have found some momentum at the right time, and another couple of wins could be enough to secure their Premier League status. That being said, they will host a Southampton side this weekend that until recently, looked like a standout performer this season. Four straight defeats have killed their momentum somewhat, but we expect them to bounce back with a good performance. After all, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints have bounced back from far great adversity – think back to a certain 9-0 drubbing at the hands of Man United. It will be an entertaining game, with its outcome largely dependent on whether Leeds fancy defending on the day.

Man United to beat Leicester – 20/39

Remarkably, Leicester have the fourth worst away record in the league this season – they have won just two of their last 13 away games, only one of which was in the league. Now this United side aren’t exactly the cream of the crop, but their 3-2 win over Spurs showed they can compete with some of the best on their day – at least, Cristiano Ronaldo can. The chance to claim a Champions League spot is now out of their hands, but anything less than a win would almost rule them out entirely. On the other hand, Brendan Rogers’ side seemingly have nothing to play for, with safety all but mathematically confirmed and a European place probably unreachable. You can still expect an entertaining game. Neither side has covered themselves in glory defensively, and both have an abundance of attacking talent on display.

West Ham to beat Everton – 10/13

Think back to 2012. David Moyes has Everton playing like a prime Italian giant, with Marouane Fellaini at the heart of everything the Toffees do as they push for Champions League football. Fast forward a decade and they are fighting for their lives with the worst away record in the league. It’s been a humbling season for Everton fans, one which could end in heartbreak. Unfortunately for them, it doesn’t get any easier as they head to London to face the man that bought them so much joy. West Ham are still in with a real chance of securing European football for a second successive season, and they will be confident in picking up three points after watching Everton’s lacklustre display in a 4-0 FA Cup defeat at Selhurst Park.

Tottenham to beat Newcastle – 1/2

Newcastle’s momentum has been temporarily stunted with back-to-back defeats, but the nine-game unbeaten run looks to have been enough to keep them in the division. They face a tricky visit to North London to face a Spurs side that looked utterly dominant in their 3-1 win over West Ham last time out. Antonio Conte’s side must win if they are to capitalise on any potential Arsenal slip, and the form of Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane is enough to suggest they could do just that. The two have scored seven between them in the last four games – it could be a long afternoon for that Newcastle back line.

Crystal Palace to draw with Arsenal – 43/20

Arsenal are in sublime form, but Selhurst Park under the lights on a Monday night – it’s certainly a fixture you want to avoid, just ask Pep. Patrick Vieira’s side have gone from strength to strength this season, and their resilient defensive display in a 0-0 draw with City showed they are just as capable of doing the dirty work as they are of stringing together some wonderful attacking moves. The visitors will of course be confident in their own ability to outclass this Eagles side – Mikel Arteta’s side have won six of their last seven. But this is the Premier League, and there’s plenty of twists left in this exciting campaign.

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