Premier League Game Week 31 Tips & Preview

The Premier League heads into Game Week 31 as things start to heat up at both ends of the table.

City look to take another step towards the 2020/21 title with a win over an in form Leeds outfit.

Elsewhere, the Hammers meet the Foxes in a top four showdown, while Man U attempt to keep their unbeaten run on the road alive when they travel to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

With plenty of value to be found, our in-house Premier League Prophet has dished up his best betting plays across all ten GW31 fixtures below!

FULHAM VS WOLVES
Both Teams to Score (No) $1.73

Game Week 31 kicks off on Saturday morning (AEST), as the Wolves head to the capital in search of their fist win in six league fixtures.

After losing their last three PL matches on the trot, Fulham risk falling further back in the the race for survival, with Newcastle sitting three points ahead in safety.

Alarmingly, the Cottagers have only managed to score twice across their last six home fixtures, with both teams failing to score in eight of their last ten PL matches.

Wolverhampton haven’t faired much better in front of goals, managing to score multiple goals in two of their last nine outings.

Only one side has managed to find the back of the net in four of the previous five meetings between this pair, with both offences struggling to find form I’m happy to back another dull affair here.

MAN CITY VS LEEDS
Man City HT/FT $1.91

Man City begin their celebration lap as they welcome Leeds United to Etihad Stadium.

The Citizens have lost just once across their last 35 competitive fixtures, while securing 28 clean sheets across all comps this season!

Pep’s side have completed the HT/FT double ten times over their 16 home league fixtures and did so once again versus Dortmund in the UCL mid-week.

As good as City’s defence has been all year, I find it difficult to bet against Leeds scoring, as such I’ll be backing the Champions elect to get off to a quick start and hold on for another W.

LIVERPOOL VS ASTON VILLA
Under 2.5 Goals $2.20

Liverpool trudge into this fixture off the back of a disappoint showing against Real Madrid in the UCL quarters.

Klopp’s men have looked devoid of all motivation this season, though they have plenty of reasons to get up for this match after the Villans spanked them 7-2 in the reverse fixture!

The Reds have lost their previous six PL fixtures at Anfield, scoring just twice across the trip.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa have a winning record on the road (7-3-5) and are looking to secure their ninth clean sheet away from home this season (League’s best).

Seven of the Reds’ last eight home PL fixtures have finished with less than 2.5 goals, making the $2.20 on offer for the ‘unders’ a very attractive play!

 

 

CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA
Chelsea to Nil $2.35

Chelsea bounced back from a humbling 5-2 defeat against the Baggies, seeing off Porto 2-0 in the opening leg of their UCL quarter final tie.

Historically, the Blues have relished this London derby, claiming maximum points against the Eagles across their previous six meetings.

Tuchel’s side have kept eight clean sheets across their last nine competitive fixtures, while keeping Crystal scoreless in three of their last four.

The Eagles have scored just one goal over their last four matches at Selhurst Park and I can’t see them adding to that tally here.

BURNLEY VS NEWCASTLE
Burnley $2.30

Burnley welcome the Toons to Turf Moore as both sides look to kick clear of the relegation zone.

Newcastle are winless across their last seven PL fixtures, though Steve Bruce’s side has managed to scrape together four draws over the trip, keeping their noses above the drop zone.

Alternatively, the Clarets have lost just twice since GW22 (3W,4D), with both losses coming on the road.

Chris Wood’s return from injury has seen an instant spike in goals, with the Kiwi striker looking to find the back of the net in four consecutive PL fixtures for the first time in his career.

The visiting side has only claimed victory once across this pair’s nine match history, with just one away goal scored across their last four meetings.

I’m backing the home side to continue to rule supreme here!

WEST HAM VS LEICESTER
West Ham $2.90

I have two words for you: MESSI LINGARD!

West Ham are floating on cloud nine at the moment.

David Moyes has breathed new life into the club, with the Londoners surging from tenth to fourth place on the table since the turn of the year.

The Hammers hold the second best home record in the league behind Man City, bettered only three times across 15 fixtures at London Stadium.

A huge catalyst for West Hams’ top four push has been summer signing Jesse Lingard, who has been involved in 10 goals (6G,4A) in his eight appearances for the Hammers!

After belting the Foxes 3-0 at King Power Stadium in GW4, I’m backing the Hammers to complete the double over their top four rivals for the first time in the PL since 1999/2000.

 

TOTTENHAM VS MAN UTD
Man U $2.45

Manchester travel to the capital looking to restore some pride following their 1-6 defeat to the Spurs earlier in the season.

The Red Devils remain undefeated on the road across their last 22 PL appearances (14W,8D), and look to add the Spurs to their growing list of victims.

In United’s way stands Harry Kane, who recently returned to form, scoring five goals across his last four PL fixtures, going outright first in the race for the golden boot (19).

Man U have bettered the Spurs in their last three meetings in London (2W,1D) and while Kane is looking dangerous, I can’t see the English captain carrying the ten other blokes wearing white to victory against a hungry United outfit.

SHEFF UTD VS ARSENAL
Lacazette to score & Arsenal to win $2.30

The Gunners risk dropping into the bottom half of the table should they fail to win against competition whipping boys, Sheffield United.

The Blades have scored just three times across their last eight league fixtures and look like a side who are just crossing off the weeks until the offseason.

My regular play in this spot would be to have the visiting team to win to nil, though the Gunners current defensive form has me thinking twice here.

Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet across their last 13 competitive fixtures, leaking six goals over their last two PL games!

Alexandre Lacazette return to form has been a small takeaway for Gunners fans this season, the Frenchman has scored three times across his last four PL starts, with eight of his 11 goals this season coming on the road.

I’m backing the Gunners’ no.9 to leave his mark on this match, with the Blades left to strike another week off their calendars.

 

WEST BROM VS SOUTHAMPTON
Saints $2.15

West Brom are out to claim their first back-to-back league victories this season following their 5-2 drumming of Chelsea last weekend.

Standing in their way are the Saints, who came back from a two goal deficit to claim a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Clarets in GW30.

Southampton can claim their third straight win at the Hawthorns, while completing the league double over the Baggies after seeing them off 2-0 in GW4.

The Baggies were given a leg-up against the Blues last weekend with Silva copping red card in the opening half, unless the same happens to the Saints I can’t see Sam Allardyce’s side coming away with any competition points here.

BRIGHTON VS EVERTON
Everton $3.35

We’re forced to wait until early Tuesday morning (AEST) for the final match of the round, as the Toffees search for their first victory at the Amex Stadium (2L,1D).

Everton put the Seagulls to the sword earlier in the season, charging to a 4-2 victory thanks to strikes from James Rodriguez (2), DCL and Terry Mina.

Brighton have the fourth worst home record in the league, winning just two fixtures at the Amex this season (7D,6L).

Alternatively, the Toffees have done their best work away from Goodison Park, claiming 29 points on the road (9W,2D,3L), only Man U, Leicester and City can boast more.

Everton were thwarted by a world class performance by Crystal keeper Vicente Guaita last time out and should be able to bounce back with a win here.