Premier League Game Week 31 Tips & Preview

We have a 24 hour turnaround between the closure of GW30 and the opening of GW31 as The FA looks to cram as many fixtures into the calendar over the coming month!

Game Week 31 of the Premier League gets under way on Wednesday morning when Leicester look to secure their position inside the top four with a win over Brighton.

Elsewhere, Liverpool attempt to take a step closer to their first Premier League title with a victory against Crystal Palace and Man City hope to keep the pressure on with a result away to Chelsea.

After a profitable round of tipping in GW30, our Premier League Pundit is back with his 10 best betting plays across what promises to be an exciting week of fixtures!

LEICESTER VS BRIGHTON
SGM: Leicester to Win + Home Team Over 1.5 Goals $2.00

The Seagulls soar into this contest after completing the double over Arsenal for the first time in the club’s history, while Leicester will be hoping to improve on a dull performance against the Hornets over the weekend.

Brighton’s victory over arsenal was there first league win in ten matches, giving Graham Potters team a healthy 5-point buffer over the drop zone.

Despite sitting third on the table, Leicester’s form has been scratchy at best, the Foxes have managed just two wins across their last nine PL appearances leaving their once inevitable top four finish looking shakier than Vardy on the Vodka Redbulls.

The Foxes have enjoyed this fixture in the past, winning four from the last five contests against the Seagulls, scoring two goals in each of those fixtures.

I’m backing Leicester to bounce back and secure their third straight victory against Brighton.

TOTTENHAM VS WEST HAM
Son Heung-min to Score and Spurs to Win $3.12

It’s the London Under Achievers Derby, as the Spurs attempt to stay in contact with the top four, while the Hammers hope to break free of the relegation battle.

Tottenham can count themselves lucky to escape with a point against United over the weekend, after going up early Spurs quickly parked Jose’s bus and held on for dear life.

West Ham are in a world of trouble, one win from their last nine league appearances has left them dangling dangerously close to the drop zone.

David Moyes has struggled to find a defensive combination up to the standard of the PL, having secured their last clean sheet way back in GW20.

Son Heung-min has been the one player to flourish since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, scoring more goals (6) than another player under the new manager.

With Alli and Moura available for selection this week, Mourinho will have a full compliment of players to choose from for the first time since his arrival in November.

Tottenham have no excuses no to claim all three points on offer here.

NORWICH VS EVERTON
Everton $1.91

Everton stitched the punters up in Game Week 30, be holding Liverpool to a nil-all draw in the Merseyside Derby.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side had the lions’ share of opportunities to seal all three points against the champions in waiting, but were let down by some sloppy finishing.

Norwich have been nothing short of an utter disgrace this season, Daniel Farke’s side was easily outplayed by fellow strugglers Southampton and look resigned to be kicking about in the Championship next season.

$1.91 for the Toffees to get up looks like an absolute steal in this one. 

NEWCASTLE VS ASTON VILLA
Newcastle $2.30

Aston Villa are set to compete in their third match in 7 days when they travel to St James Park on Thursday morning (AEST).

The Villains threw away a one goal advantage to the Blues over the weekend, going down 2-1 and consolidating their position inside the bottom three.

Meanwhile, Newcastle took full advantage over a ten man Sheffield side, running out comfortable 3-nil winners, most importantly, record signing Joelinton scored his second goal for the club, his first since GW3!

Villa are almost impossible to back at the minute and I’m happy to take the value on offer for the Toons.

MAN UTD VS SHEFF UTD
Man Utd to Nil $2.10

United look to bounce back from a disappointing draw when they take on an understaffed Sheffield United side at Old Trafford.

The Blades will be without key defensive duo John Egan (suspended) and Dean Henderson (ineligible to face his parent club).

United will likely be able field their strongest 11 for the first time this season, with Pogba set to start alongside Bruno Fernandes.

Ole’s side have been able to keep a clean sheet across their previous three home league fixtures and everything is in place for them to see off the Blades with relative ease here.

WOLVES VS BOURNEMOUTH
SGM: Wolves + 2nd Half (Highest Scoring Half) $2.76

Wolves are looking to extend their unbeaten run in the league to seven matches when they face the out of sorts Cherries outfit on Thursday morning (AEST).

Wolverhampton strolled past the Hammers 2-nil over the weekend and will be excited to welcome back mercurial talent Adama Traoré to their starting 11 against the Cherries. 

Bournemouth on the other hand crashed to a 2-nil defeat against Crystal Palace, Eddie Howe’s team are currently sitting in the relegation zone and will be desperate for a result here.

Wolves have made a habit of winning games late this season and I’m expecting them to come over the top of a spirited Cherries side in the second half. 

LIVERPOOL VS CRYSTAL PALACE
Sadio Mane to Score & Reds to Win $2.20

Liverpool will attempt to take one step closer to that elusive fist Premier League title when they welcome Palace to Anfield. 

The Reds stumbled to a nil-all draw in the Merseyside Derby on Monday morning and will have their work cut out for them against a side looking for their fifth straight Premier League victory. 

Roy Hodgson’s men have been resolute in defence having not conceded a league goal over 370 minutes of game time.

Liverpool are a different beast to the sides Palace have been facing, having dominated this fixture in recent times, winning the last five league outings between the pair.

Sadio Mane in particular, has terrorised the Eagles in the past, scoring 8 goals against the London side, more than any other team he has faced in his career!

 

BURNLEY VS WATFORD
Watford $2.45

Burnley limp into this contest with their tails well and truely between their legs after getting belted 5-nil by City’s bench on Tuesday morning.

Alternatively, Watford secured a point against Leicester thanks to a last gasp Craig Dawson equaliser.

The Clarets will most likely be without their two first choice strikers in Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, leaving their strike force severely handicapped. 

Watford are starting to show real signs of life under the tutelage of Nigel Pearson, with their whole squad buying into his aggressive style of play.

My money is on Watford to bully the Clarets on their own turf this Friday morning.

SOUTHAMPTON VS ARSENAL
SGM: Saints to Win + Ings to Score $3.49

After a tough run of results leading into the COVID-19 break things are starting to look up again for Arsenal TV!

Who knows how the Gunners’ players were keeping themselves busy during the suspension in play but they sure as hell weren’t brushing up on anything football related.

Southampton haven’t been setting the world alight either, but they did manage to see off wooden spoon certainties Norwich City 3-0 over the weekend.

A highlight of the Saints season so far has been the red-hot form of striker Danny Ings, who has found the back of the net on 16 occasions.

The Gunners defence has never looked more vulnerable, Luiz will miss the fixture through suspension, Marí through an ankle injury and Leno who has been arguably Arsenals biggest asset of the season looks to have suffered an ACL tear against the Seagulls last time out.

 

CHELSEA VS MAN CITY
SGM: Both Teams to Score & City to Win $3.17

The final match of the round sees the two biggest sides of the past decade (and non-existent before that) go toe to toe at The Bridge.

City look as silky as ever on their return, scoring eight goals to zip across their opening two fixtures vs Arsenal and Burnley. 

Concerningly, Pep’s boys have not fared too well against the top six sides this season, claiming just ten points across ten games including two defeats to both Man United and the Wolves!

However, the Citizens did manage to scrape past the Blues 2-1 in this reverse fixture back in GW13, thanks to goals from KDB and Mahrez.

Lampard’s side has the talent and enthusiasm to unsettle the current champs but City are still a cut above and will be desperate to push Liverpool’s title parade back as far as possible.