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English Premier League: Gameweek 22 Midweek Preview

Marcos Alonso scored a wonderful volley against Burnley which is an early contender for goal of the season

I’m so excited with this set of fixtures, every game is enthralling and the value that can be found has tasty lure for the punters among us. My ‘Must-Have Midweek Multiple’ is at a very flirty 8/1 this week and I suggest you get behind it!

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Tuesday 2 February

Sheffield United 9/10
Draw 23/10
West Brom 33/10
(20:00)

Chris Wilder would have taken a lot of heart in watching his side’s defensive display against one of the best attacking threats in the league. The Blades would have always seen their game at the Etihad as a free-hit, I would go as far as to say that their confidence boosting victory at Old Trafford was aided and abetted by their performance at the Etihad. 

Big Sam’s West Brom haven’t really been able to show much since their massive victory against Wolves. They were really passive against Fulham and could have lost that one but for Sam Johnstone in goal and a bit of luck in the final third. I think the Blades will have no problem cutting through this West Brom side and claiming three precious points.

Wolves 9/4
Draw 23/10
Arsenal 5/4
(20:00)

Wolves have enjoyed playing Arsenal in the league in recent times, achieving positive results from five of their last seven encounters. However, this isn’t the same Wolves we’ve come to expect in the league, it truly is remarkable how big of an impact Raul Jimenez being sidelined has had! 

The Arsenal seem to be heading toward mounting an attack on the top four, whilst Wolves seem to be headed toward the tail end of the league. I’d love to say, ‘back the pack’, but the truth is Arsenal should have no issues dispensing a defeat and at 5/4 you have simply got to put it in your multiples as well as, throwing in that provident fund payout (which, if you’ve been following the articles, has quadrupled in value)

Manchester United 5/10
Draw 34/10
Southampton 48/10
(22:15)

I am very intrigued by this one. United haven’t been great at home and don’t really enjoy dominating the ball, Southampton, on the other hand, don’t seem to mind travelling but won’t wonder too far away from their attacking ethos. 

Southampton will feel hard done by with their loss to Aston Villa – and rightly so! The handball in the box coupled with the “Danny Ings’ goal” being adjudicated as offside by only the slightest of margins, would have made for a rather frustrating night for the Saints. 

There’s been a lot said about United’s performance at Arsenal, now whilst I agree that we could have won that game, I’m not too sure I agree with the anger and proverbial ‘throwing toys out of the cot’ by some supporters. United are second on the table, into the fifth round of the FA Cup and just played out to a goalless draw away to a good Arsenal side – with a supposed rancid defence. 

I think this one could peter out to a rather cagey affair and the Under 2.5 market appeals to me at 5/4, but if you pushed me for an outright tip, I’d have to go with the draw at 34/10 although I’d love to be pleasantly surprised…

Newcastle United 18/10
Draw 22/10
Crystal Palace 16/10
(22:15)

What a massive result for Steve Bruce and Newcastle over the weekend! For a large portion of that game, Newcastle were able to withstand the attacking advances made by Everton, but when they created an opportunity, they sure did take it. 

I suspect this game will be very similar, Crystal Palace will look to dominate possession and certainly have players like Eberechi Eze and Wilfried Zaha who can hurt you. Newcastle will definitely have the confidence but these two will cancel each other out. Back the draw.

Wednesday 3 February

Burnley 12/1
Draw 52/10
Manchester City 1/5
(22:00)

Respect must be given to Burnley; you know exactly what you are in for when travelling to Turf Moor. Sean Dyche’s side will be difficult to breakdown and might just cause some degree of uneasiness for City – who are currently without Kevin De Bruyne or a decent striker. 

But the ease with which this City side operate is sumptuous and naturally they have the ability to come away with all three here. If I’m honest though, I’d have to say this could be a banana skin fixture for them only because Burnley won’t allow the game to open up and become stretched. 

I wouldn’t include this in any multiples, but if you must have a punt, have one on the nose. Totals away team – Under 2.5 at 15/20.

Fulham 29/10
Draw 5/2
Leicester City 9/10
(20:00)

Leicester will want to forget their past weekend activity as soon as possible and will look to get back to winning ways when they travel to Craven Cottage on Wednesday. In truth that game against Leeds was a terrible one to lose but an incredible one to win. 

Fulham are beginning to prove hard to beat and Scott Parker’s side could be an awkward fixture for a Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy-less Leicester. Their absence could prove to be critical. 

Back Fulham to get a positive result here in the Win/Draw Double Chance market at 15/20.

Leeds United 27/20
Draw 51/20
Everton 18/10
(21:30)

European hopefuls, Everton, would have had a somewhat unsolicited reality check on the weekend, getting humbled by two goals to nothing at the hands (or should I say feet?) of Newcastle. 

I prefer Everton on the road though, much like Manchester United they are incredibly dangerous on the counter.

Marcelo Bielsa’s wild-at-heart side will not change and you can expect a rather open game of football. They will look to do the league double over Everton, and whilst I’m not counting that out however, I think Both Teams to Score at 5/10 seems a banker.

Aston Villa 11/10
Draw 49/20
West Ham United 23/10
(22:15)

Both of these two sides are having an incredible season so far, so much so that European spots are certainly in the conversation but without the usual facetious undertones you might expect to accompany such statements. 

The Villains will be happy to return to Villa Park where they have collected seven points from the most reason nine on offer. Dean Smith’s side will come into this one with confidence and momentum and I’m confident they will collect all three. 

West Ham are beginning to limp after a fine showing early on, Liverpool humbled them – but I’m not sure why we all got sucked into the idea that they could get a result against the Red side of Merseyside, they have David Moyes at the helm after all. Get on the home win, which offers some real value.

Liverpool 7/20
Draw 4/1
Brighton 13/2
(22:15)

Brighton got a massive result against Spurs over the weekend and I’m not too sure why some have described it as an upset. Spurs are without Harry Kane; they haven’t been able to find their stride and just look incredibly pedestrian. 

Nevertheless, Liverpool are back, Klopp has been able to drag his Red’s out of a slump and I can’t see past the home win here. Put your money down. 

Thursday 4 February

Tottenham 24/10
Draw 24/10
Chelsea 11/10
(22:00)

I must be honest and say that I have been impressed by Thomas Tuchel and my opinion has drastically changed – yes, I know he’s only been in charge for two games. Granted, I had formulated an adverse opinion of the man based off of watching the odd Dortmund game and PSG in the Champions League. His system at Chelsea has been evident instantly. The unorthodox approach of creating a box in the midfield, looking to win the ball by suffocating the centre of the park whilst simultaneously allowing for his defenders to make undercutting runs into the box and causing serious defensive issues for the opposition has been, for lack of a better word, inspirational.

I cannot see how Tottenham will cause issues for this Chelsea side, I could be getting carried away, but it could be embarrassing – especially if Spurs defend like they did against Liverpool and Brighton.

The away win is tipped with the utmost confidence and should be added to all multiples.

Plus! for extra value you must have a look at Hollywoodbets’ Price Booster special for the week for some awesome betting options in this massive London derby! At 33/10 I like the look of Werner to score anytime and Chelsea to win.

Must-have Midweek Multiple @ 8/1
Arsenal Win 5/4
Leeds vs Everton BTTS 5/10
Liverpool Win 7/20
Chelsea Win 11/10

Written by Ryan Liberty