Top Premier League Games Expert Analysis for Matchday 17

Top Premier League Games Expert Analysis for Matchday 17

Written by on December 31, 2020

The English Premier League opens the New Year with a flourish! The EPL has games this entire weekend. The best match is on Sunday when Man City travels to Chelsea to take on the Blues. Check out analysis and a free pick for that game as well as other games over the weekend so you can place your bets against their Premier League odds

Top EPL Games to Watch this Weekend (Jan. 1st – 3rd)

Friday, Jan. 1st Matches

  • West Ham +268 / Everton -105

Everton has won 4-of-5. The loss happened against Man United. It was a bad loss, which should provide ammunition to those looking to back West Ham. But Everton offers decent odds at -105 to protect their home pitch in regulation.

Soccer Free Pick: Everton 

  • Aston Villa +317 / Manchester United -138

Don’t look now but Man United is 3 points behind Liverpool on the EPL Standings. Aston Villa has 26 points, making them 4 points worse than Man U. The odds don’t paint a factual picture about Aston Villa’s chances of pulling off the upset. Villa beat United in the last head-to-head. We’re taking the overlay odds on the dog.

Soccer Free Pick: Aston Villa 

Saturday, Jan. 2nd Matches

  • Leeds +285 / Tottenham -128

Does Leeds have any chance of beating Tottenham? We think so. Tottenham is a mess. They’ve got a single win in their last 5 and that was versus Stoke City in the Carabao Cup. Leeds has won 3-of-4.

Soccer Free Pick: Leeds 

  • Sheffield +284 / Crystal Palace -101

Sheffield has been a complete burnout in their last 5. They’ve played as bad as any squad in the English Premier League. But the underdogs beat Crystal Palace in the last head-to-head. Does that mean the underdog has a shot? As Sherriff Molly in Fargo would say, “You betcha!”

Soccer Free Pick: Sheffield 

  • Wolverhampton +175 / Brighton & Hove +161

The last 3 times Wolverhampton and B&H have thrown down, the match has ended in a draw. There’s nothing in either team’s form to suggest this one won’t also end in a draw. 

Soccer Free Pick: Draw 

  • Arsenal -1 (-102) / West Bromwich +1 (-129)

The Gunners were in awful form before beating Chelsea 3-1 on the day after Christmas. Arsenal parlayed that victory into a 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove. West Brom steps it up against top squads, though. They drew 1-1 versus Liverpool on Dec. 27 and 1-1 versus Man City on Dec. 15. We’re hoping the dog makes it 3 draws in a row versus the better teams in the Premier League. 

Soccer Free Pick: Draw 

Sunday, Jan. 3rd Matches

  • Fulham +235 / Burnley +114

Fulham has drawn in 4 straight. These two haven’t played against each other in over a year. So it does us no good to against Fulham at the odds. Instead of backing the underdog, we’ll go for the draw and hope Fulham makes it 5 straight. 

Soccer Free Pick: Draw 

  • Leicester City -1 (+102) / Newcastle +1 (-136)

Leicester has fallen on hard times. It’s almost impossible to back City at -1. It’s even more impossible to back Leicester on the moneyline. So, yep, we’re going for the draw again. 

Soccer Free Pick: Draw 

  • Manchester City +120 / Chelsea +192

The Sky Blues have finally gotten it into gear. Manchester City has won 3 in a row, including beating Arsenal 4-1. Chelsea is a freaking disaster. They’ve got 3 losses and a draw in their last 5. The win happened versus West Brom, so, we can’t read too much into it. The great Kevin de Bruyne leads Man City to a 2 goal win.

Soccer Free Pick: Manchester City

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