The Premier League has only a few matches this weekend. Why? The English FA Cup takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Teams that have moved on in the English FA won’t play an EPL match. Instead, Premier League rivals will play under the English FA Cup banner. Check out analysis, Premier League odds and FA Cup odds where available, and free picks for this weekend’s Premier League and English FA Cup matches.
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Premier League – Friday, March 19th Match
- Leeds +181 / Fulham +142
Neither Fulham nor Leeds appears set for a victory on Friday. Of the two squads, the road team deserves a look. Fulham gets home pitch advantage. Leeds won both head-to-head matches in 2020. Also, Leeds drew with scorching Chelsea 0-0 on March 13. On the same day, Man City dropped Fulham 3-0.
Soccer Free Pick: Leeds
English FA Cup – Saturday, March 20th Matches
- Southampton / Bournemouth
A lot of times English FA Cup odds are out of whack because one team is so much better than the other. That won’t be the case when Southampton and Bournemouth knock heads on March 20. Although Bournemouth is the home squad and shows better form, expect the MyBookie oddsmakers to install road squad Southampton as the favorite. Bournemouth plays in the English League Championship, which is a step below the EPL. Southampton beat Bournemouth 2-1 last July. The road team should take this.
Soccer Free Pick: Southampton
- Manchester City / Everton
Listed as an English FA Cup match, Man City versus Everton is a battle between a couple of Premier League rivals. After a 2-0 upset loss versus Man United on March 7, the Sky Blues have returned to their dominating ways. Manchester City has won 3 in a row over Southampton, Fulham, and Monchengladbach by a combined 10 goals to 2. Everton has lost their last two and the Sky Blues beat Everton 3-1 in the last head-to-head. Once odds are set, back City on the handicap.
Soccer Free Pick: Manchester City
Premier League – Saturday, March 20th Match
- Newcastle +463 / Brighton & Hove -158
In their last, Brighton broke a 3-match losing streak with a nice 2-1 victory over Southampton. B&H beat Newcastle 3-0 on Sep. 20. Newcastle has drawn in their last 3. Brighton & Hove should be favored, but they offer underlay odds. It’s almost impossible to pass on Newcastle’s +463 odds.
Soccer Free Pick: Newcastle
English FA Cup – Sunday, March 21st Matches
- Sheffield / Chelsea
At the time of this writing, Chelsea had a 1-0 lead over La Liga squad Atletico Madrid in the second leg of a Champions League battle. If the Blues go on to win, it will be their fourth victory in their last six games. The other two matches ended in draws. On Nov. 7, Chelsea beat Sheffield 4-1. Then on Feb. 7, the Blues beat their rivals 2-1. Wait for handicap odds and then back Chelsea.
Soccer Free Pick: Chelsea
- Manchester United / Leicester City
Man United is in great form, but Leicester has turned the corner. LC had lost two straight to end February. In their first game in March, Leicester City drew with Burnley. Since then, the home team in this has rocked it. On March 6, Leicester beat Brighton & Hove 2-1. Then on March 14, LC dominated Sheffield 5-0. Leicester City on the moneyline looks more than plausible.
Soccer Free Pick: Leicester City
Premier League – Sunday, March 21 Matches
- Arsenal +139 / West Ham United +175
The Gunners have hit their stride. On Sunday, Arsenal looks for their fifth win in their last six games. Arsenal can make it three straight if they get past West Ham. But the Gunners must work hard to beat the home team. West Ham dropped their last match by a goal to Man United. On Feb. 27, Manchester City beat West Ham by a respectable 2-1 score. WHU should offer favorite’s odds in this. Because they don’t, they qualify as an overlay.
Soccer Free Pick: West Ham United
- Tottenham +123 / Aston Villa +204
Before facing Arsenal on March 14, Tottenham had been on a roll. The Hotspur figure to start a new winning streak in their March 21 match versus Aston Villa. The home team has drawn in their last couple of EPL matches. Tottenham looks like a winner.
Soccer Free Pick: Tottenham
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