Premier League Game Week 31 Tips & Preview

The Premier League returns following a painful International break, which saw the Socceroos’ World Cup aspirations take a massive hit.

Never mind that we’re set for an enthralling final stretch of EPL action this season, with just one point separating league leaders Man City from their pursuers Liverpool!

Both of those sides will be in action on Saturday night, as the Reds play host to the Hornets and the Sky Blues travel to Turf Moor.

Elsewhere, Man United hopes to close the gap to fourth with a victory against Leicester, while Crystal Palace and Arsenal clash in a London Derby and Tottenham welcome the filthy rich Toons!

Our offside oracle has previewed all ten Premier League fixtures this weekend and provided his best betting plays below!

LIVERPOOL VS WATFORD
SGM: Liverpool HT/FT & Salah 2+ Shots on Target & Over 2.5 Goals & Both Team not to Score $4.07

a win here will see the Reds move to top spot on the table, be it for just a couple of hours before the Citizen make light work of the Clarets.

Liverpool has won their last nine straight Premier League fixtures at an aggregate of 23-2!!!

They’ll be faced with a Watford side who are sitting three points inside the relegation zone with two games less to play than the side above them.

Currently, without defeat at Anfield this season, the Reds will be looking to extend their dominance over the Hornets with a seventh straight home victory.

With next to no value to be found in the H2H market, I’ve had to get creative with a Same Game Multi here, I’m backing the Reds to keep their 8th clean sheet in 10 league fixtures, while leading at the end of both halves, adding extra value with Salah to test the keeper on a couple of occasions and the onion bag to bulge at least three times!

LEEDS VS SOUTHAMPTON
Leeds $2.40

Leeds is looking to secure three straight league wins for the first time this season, as the relegation-threatened side beings to flourish under American manager Jesse Marsch.

Alternatively, the Saints are starring down the barrel of four straight defeats, following losses to Villa, Newcastle, and Watford!

Southampton is trapped in no man’s land at the moment, with no chance to compete for European places, while being all but safe from relegation, this has instilled a sense of complacency amongst the group.

I’m backing Leeds to continue their charge up the bottom end of the table with another victory here.

CHELSEA VS BRENTFORD
Chelsea to Nil $2.00

This fixture is as straightforward as it gets.

Chelsea has won five straight league fixtures, conceding just one goal across the trip, entrenching themselves into the top four in doing so.

The Blues and the Bees have only met once in the top flight, with Chelsea claiming all three points in a 1-0 victory, the pair also faced off in the English League Cup in December, with the Blues winning to nil once again.

I’m backing the Blues to complete another shoutout at the expense of their London rivals here!

WOLVES VS ASTON VILLA
Wolves $3.00

Both Wolverhampton and Aston Villa drag their feet into this clash off the back of a defeat.

The Wolves blew a two-goal advantage against Leeds, conceding three late goals following the sending off of Raul Jimenez.

Aston Villa knows all about blowing two-goal advantages, suffering the same ill-fate in their reverse fixture against the Wolves last time out, as Bruno Lage’s side bagged three goals beyond the 80min mark to claim a memorable victory.

Aston Villa are yet to register a draw away from home this season (6W,9L), a wild run that I am expecting to continue here.

The Wolves have been the better side all season and I’m expecting them to make a late push for European qualification with a win at home this weekend.

BRIGHTON VS NORWICH
Draw $3.90

From a neutrals perspective, this is a game to miss, Norwich is sitting dead last and is at buckleys to survive the drop, while Brighton has lost five straight games and is seemingly punching in the clock until the season is out.

This is actually a disgusting fixture.

It comes as no surprise that this pair played out a goalless draw earlier in the season.

I can’t bring myself to back either outfit here, instead, I’ll take the value on offer for the stalemate.

BURNLEY VS MAN CITY
SGM: City (-2) & Marhez Anytime Goal Scorer & KDB 1+ Shot on Target $5.97

The Clarets are facing an uphill battle for league survival, a slope that should only get steeper following a visit from their boogie side, Man City.

There aren’t many sides who boost a decent record against the Sky Blues, but Burnely’s efforts are frankly laughable, the league minnows have failed to better Pep’s side across 14 meetings (1D,13L), losing the pair last seven matchups at an aggregate of 24-1!

Understandably there is no value to be found in the H2H market, but if you’re a multi-master, then this is the fixture for you!

I’m backing City to cover a -2 goal handicap, with Marhez continuing his sublime form in front of goals and KDB testing the keeper at some point.

MAN UTD VS LEICESTER
Leicester or Draw $2.50

I can’t fathom how Manchester United is $1.50 favourites heading into this fixture.

I have more trust in a 2nd-hand car salesman than I do in the Red Devils this season.

You can obviously tell I’ve been burnt one too many times by this fallen giant.

Alright, examining the form on this one suggests that the Foxes are exceptional value at the current quote of $5.80, Brendan Rodgers’ side has won their last three fixtures against Man U at an aggregate of 9-4.

Leicester has not quite lived up to expectations this season, though their recent form gives fans something to cheer about, claiming three wins from their last four league appearances.

United has won just two of their last six games at Old Trafford (2D,2L) and looks destined to finish outside of the top four.

I can see the Foxes making this a very uncomfortable day at the office for the home side, as such I’ll be taking the value on offer for United to fall over.

WEST HAM VS EVERTON
West Ham and Over 1.5 Goals $2.25

The Hammers’ top six aspirations hang in the balance when they welcome a relegation-threatened Everton FC to Olympic Stadium on Sunday night (AEST).

History suggests this will be a tough night out for West Ham, who have only won one of their last 13 home fixtures against the Toffees, though you’d expect that record to be under jeopardy against the current crop of Everton players.

The Toffees have lost their last five away fixtures across all comps, conceding a staggering 16 goals across the trip.

West Ham won the reverse fixture earlier in the season, and I’m backing them to complete the double over Everton for the first time since 1973.

TOTTENHAM VS NEWCASTLE
Spurs to Win & Kane 2+ Shots on Target $2.38

Newcastle has lost just twice across their last 11 league fixtures, unfortunately, both defeats came in their two most recent games.

Despite their recent drop in form, the Toons look to be free and clear of the drop zone, a huge testament to Eddie Howe, who took over the side when they were dead last and praying to the Gods of Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Tottenham has been on a tear of their own, claiming five wins from their last six league starts (1L), creeping to within striking distance of the top four and their arch-rivals Arsenal.

The Spurs’ success has gone hand in hand with the re-birth of Harry Kane, who has had his hand in 10 goals across his last seven league starts (7G,3A).

I’m backing the English captain to carry his side to another victory in what should be an exciting fixture.

CRYSTAL PALACE VS ARSENAL
Arsenal $2.00

Game Week 31 comes to a close on Tuesday morning (AEST) when Crystal Palace hosts Arsenal in a London Derby.

Both sides enter this clash in decent nick, the Eagles are undefeated across their last four league fixtures, most recently holding Man City to a 0-0 draw, while the Gunners have won six of their last seven league outings, falling only to a rampant Liverpool unit.

Actually, Arsenal’s form across the last 13 games (10W,1D,2L) can only be matched by title contenders City and Liverpool!

The Gunners are playing at a level we haven’t seen from them since 2016, at an even $2, they represent exceptional value here.