Premier League Game Week 29 Tips & Preview

The EPL has returned with the full compliment of 10 fixtures in Game Week 29.

Liverpool will be looking to break their losing streak when they host Bournemouth in the opening match of the round.

Elsewhere, Chelsea attempt to consolidate their position in the top four with victory over the Toffees, while the Manchester Derby is played out at the Theatre of Dreams on Monday morning (AEDT).

We’ve previewed all ten fixtures over the weekend and provided our best betting plays along the way.

Liverpool v Bournemouth
SGM: Liverpool/Liverpool Half Time/Full Time + Over 2.5 Goals $2.21

“Lucky you’re with – AAMI”

Liverpool are set to strike up a new sponsorship deal with AAMI car insurance, seeing as their wheels have well and truely come off.

The Reds have lost three of their last four games, ruining their chances of matching Arsenal’s 2003/04 Invincibles and United’s 1998/99 Treble. 

After three games without a win, Bournemouth once again find themselves dwelling inside the drop zone.

The Cherries have failed to keep a clean sheet since December 15th, which, coupled with the Reds recent defensive struggles I’m expecting a open contest at Anfield. 

Liverpool has lead at Half time/Full time and scored over 2.5 goals in their last five matches against Bournemouth, I can see a similar result playing out this weekend.

Wolves v Brighton
Wolves to Score Over 1.5 Second Half Goals $3.25

An eight game winless streak has seen the Seagulls plummet towards relegation, sitting just one point above the drop zone! 

Graham Potter’s side has displayed a defensive appetite more akin to a Sunday league, conceding in every match since GW20, keeping Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan busier than a cat burying feces in concrete.

Wolves have rediscovered their attacking potency in recent weeks, scoring three goals in each of their last two PL matches, while seeing off Espanyol with a 6-3 aggregate in the Europa League.

Nuno’s side are yet to get the better of Brighton in their brief three game PL history, but with Jota, Jiménez and Traoré all playing like men possessed I can see Mat Ryan being forced to pick the ball out of his own net on multiple occasions.

 

Arsenal v West Ham
SGM: Arsenal to Win + Over 2.5 Goals $2.15

Arteta has the Gunners looking like Man City’s reserve squad, which in all fairness is streets ahead of where they were under the tutelage of Unai Emery.

Arsenal is undefeated in the league since the turn of the new year and are poised to make a late push towards European qualification.

West Ham broke a six game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Saints last week, with new signing Jarrod Bowen scored on his starting XI debut.

Arsenal have enjoyed hosting the Hammers in recent times, scoring 3+ goals against their fellow Londoners across the last three meetings at the Emirates.

Southampton v Newcastle
Newcastle to Win $4.50

The Saints play host to the Toons in the time honoured “Just Happy to Survive” Derby.

Southampton put in a half arsed performance last week, gifting the Hammers their first win since GW20 and a (temporary?) escape out of the drop zone.

Newcastle will be brimming with confidence following their FA Cup victory over West Brom mid week, with the Toons racing away to a 3-nil lead before taking the foot off the pedal and seeing out the contest 3-2.

The Saints have struggled in recent years against Newcastle, winless in the last five Premier League contests between the two.

 

Sheffield United v Norwich
SGM: Sheffield to Win + Under 3.5 Goals $2.23

Norwich fans are up and about after the minnows claimed a surprise victory over the out of form Foxes, catapulting them zero places up the ladder, remaining firmly locked into 20th spot.

Alternatively, the Blades are unbeaten in their last three PL matches and enjoyed midweek success against Reading in the FA Cup.

Despite an out of character victory, the Canaries have been largely disappointing this season, especially on the road where they have picked up 5 from a possible 42 competition points.

The last five PL games between these to sides spanning back to 1992 have all gone under the 3.5 Goals line and I’m backing history to repeat itself once again. 

Crystal Palace v Watford
Watford to Win $2.80

Watford return from their nationwide ticker tape parade to take on the Eagles at Selhurst Park. 

The Hornets no doubt will still be buzzing following their giant killing display against the Reds in GW28.

Ismaila was the S(t)arr of the show, finding the back of the net twice before putting the ball on a platter for his captain Troy Deeney to slot away the third and final goal.

Crystal Palace have enjoyed a decent spell of their own, winning two games on the trot while restricting the opponents to nil.

Watford are undefeated against the Eagles since 2017 and have the firepower and enthusiasm to rattle Roy Hodgson’s side here.

Burnley v Tottenham
SGM: Burnley or Draw + Under 2.5 Goals $2.35

Much like Jose Mourinho’s career, the Spurs are on a steady downward spiral!

Tottenham have lost four games straight across all competitions, most recently bundled out of the FA Cup by relegation bound Norwich City.

Jose will be digging deep into his book of excuses if the Spurs fall to their fifth straight loss at Turf Moor this weekend, with Burnley (yes really) set to leapfrog them in the league standings.

Alternatively, the Clarets are unbeaten across their last six league fixtures, taking points away from Leicester, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Sean Dyche’s side has shown huge amounts of defensive resilience, conceding just twice across their undefeated run.

 I’m expecting a tight battle here, with Burnley potentially nicking the win via a set piece goal.

Chelsea v Everton
Everton to Win $4.00

Everton will attempt to win their first match at the Bridge since 1994 as they look to secure the double over Chelsea this season.

The Toffees put on a commanding display against United last weekend and were unfortunate not to come away with the win.

Ancelotti has breathed life into his young squad, who are playing with a renewed hunger for success.

Lampard can also be accredited to inspiring/empowering his young squad this season, unfortunately consistency has been hard to come by for the Londoners.

Neither side has been resolute in defence this season and I believe the Toffees top end pressing will wreak havoc at the Bridge. 

Manchester United v Manchester City
SGM: Both Teams to Score + United or City to Win $2.30

Match of the week rolls around on Monday morning as United attempt to regain their stronghold on Greater Manchester.

Ole’s men with a helping hand from VAR managed to steal a point away to Everton in GW28, taking their unbeaten league run to four matches.

The Red Devil’s recent surge in form directly correlates with the arrival of Bruno Fernandes, the Portuguese star has been involved in four of his sides last six goals.

Man City weren’t not involved in GW28 of the League, instead they claimed their first trophy of the season, taking out the English League Cup over Aston Villa.

Man U nailed the snatch and grab job against the Citizens in their reverse fixture this season, claiming a 2-1 victory courtesy of strikes from Rashford and Martial.

The former won’t be on the pitch this time round, but the twinkling toes of Bruno Fernandes should go a long way to filling the void left.

Surprisingly only two draws have been played out over the last 24 Manchester Derbies, with both teams scoring in five of the last seven fixtures.

Leicester v Aston Villa
SGM: Leicester to Win + Both Teams to Score $2.86

Game Week 29 comes to a close on Tuesday morning (AEDT) as Aston Villa take on Leicester in a match both sides will be desperate to win.

The Foxes have have won just three games across their last twelve matches, with their top four position looking increasingly vulnerable.

Brendan Rodgers’ side did manage to sneak past Championship side Birmingham in their 5th round FA Cup tie, keeping their second clean sheet since January 2.

Aston Villa have suffered three defeats on the trot, with a return to the Championship looking a near certainty.

Both teams have scored in four of their last five times these clubs have met, and with both sides in urgent need of a win I can see this match opening right up.

Manchester City v Arsenal (Rescheduled Round 28)