Best EPL Soccer Picks for the Weekend
We have great news for all soccer betting fans. As the race for the title English Premier League gets tighter, making a wise decision and picking winners become harder and harder, although, our team of oddmakers have selected a few games for this coming weekend that will likely pay big. So let’s begin!
Best EPL Soccer Picks for the Weekend
Chelsea vs. Watford
When: Saturday 26th December, 10:00 AM ET at Stamford Bridge
Analysis: The out of form 2014/15 Premier League Champions, Chelsea, will be looking to build on the 3-1 win over Sunderland last Saturday, when they take on Watford on Boxing Day. The Mourinho-less Chelsea are desperate to climb to the top half of the EPL picks table, but the Hornets are capable of stopping the hosts on Saturday.
Soccer Betting Trends: The Blues have won seven and lost none of the last eight meetings with the Hornets in all competitions. Also, the Blues are unbeaten in the BPL on Boxing Day since 2003 W6 and D4 matches since then. As for Watford, they have equaled their entire points tally from their last top flight season in 2006/07 (28) and their striker Odion Ighalo has scored in four successive Premier League games, equaling Troy Deeney’s record for Watford earlier in the season. With that, expect a tough game from Watford, which is currently just one point away from top four. Pick: Chelsea to secure a narrow 2-1 win under new manager Guus Hiddink
Stoke City vs. Manchester United
When: Saturday, 26 December 7:45 AM ET at Britannia Stadium Analysis: The Red Devils will be hoping to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat to Norwich City at Old Trafford last Saturday, but beating the Potters at Britannia Stadium is much easier said than done. Stoke City secured a goalless draw with West Ham United before succumbing to a 2-1 loss to the Crystal Palace in their last EPL game, though they did play well to beat Man City earlier in December. They will therefore be a real force to be reckoned with in their backyard, as they look to pile more misery on Man United under-fire coach Van Gaal. Soccer Betting Trends: The Potters have at least scored one goal in each of their previous games against Red Devils. In addition, the Potters have kept two clean sheets in their last three PL home games. Conversely, Manchester United has kept nine clean sheets in this year’s PL games. Also, the Red Devils have conceded 1+ goal in each of their previous three away Premier League games. Pick: A Draw 1-1 is likely here, as the Potters continue their unbeaten run in their last three home games against the Red Devils.
Liverpool vs. Leicester City
When: Saturday 26 December 10:00 AM ET at Anfield Analysis: After a successful 3-2 win over Everton last weekend, Leicester City will be facing another tough road test against Liverpool on Boxing Day, as they hope to maintain their spot at the top of the BPL. Claudio Ranieri’s boys have been on an incredibly good run and the team is filled with players who nobody thought could make an impact in the PL, so they shouldn’t be written off from shocking their hosts. On the other hand, Liverpool was shutout 3-0 by the recently promoted Watford, leaving their 2015/16 PL title hopes dented, so the Reds are likely to come into this game with an extra chip on their shoulder in search for a win. Soccer Betting Trends: The Reds have never lost at home in the competition on Boxing Day (W5, ) and Leicester is among the teams to earn a draw against them back in 1996. Moreover, the Reds have W4 and D2 of their last six PL matches against Leicester. In the meantime, Leicester are only the second team in top-flight history to be bottom of the league on 25 December one season and top on the same Day the following season after Norwich City in 1987/88 (bottom) and 1988/89 (top). Pick: This is a tough game indeed for both teams, but we fancy Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez continuing in scoring ways, helping Leicester to a 2-1 road win.
Southampton vs. Arsenal
When: Saturday 26 December, 2:45 PM ET at St. Mary’s Stadium Analysis: Southampton was sitting seventh in the PL table with an unbeaten run of eight games going into November’s international break, but has since picked up just one point from the last five PL matches, including the 2-0 loss to Tottenham last Saturday. Meanwhile, the Gunners EPL title hopes were boosted by their stunnding 2-1 win over Man City on Monday. More notably, the Gunners have secured six wins and a draw from their last nine games this season, including the 5-2 win over league leaders Leicester at the King Power Stadium. Soccer Betting Trends: Southampton has never failed to win for six consecutive league games under Coach Ronald Koeman, last doing so in December 2013 during Mauricio Pochettino’s spell as manager. In addition, the Saints will be looking to win successive meetings against the Gunners for the first time since April 1988, after winning 2-0 in their last clash in January. As for the Arsene Wenger’s boys, they have won one of their last six league six league trips to St. Mary’s Stadium W1 D3 L2. Also, the Gunners have lost just one of their last 11 PL matches against the Saints. Pick: Arsenal to continue in winning ways, securing a hard-earned 1-0 win.
Man City vs. Sunderland
When: Saturday 26 December, 10:00 AM ET at Etihad Stadium Analysis: Man City is struggling to keep their hopes alive in the race for the PL trophy after losing 2-1 to Arsenal at Emirates on Monday night. A win over relegation-threatened Sunderland on Boxing Day could importantly give the Citizens a life-line in the Premier League top 4. Conversely, the Black Cats have suffered three consecutive defeats in the PL. They were beaten by the Gunners, Watford and then Chelsea and with Manchester City next, Sunderland looks unlikely to put an end to the negative trend. Soccer Betting Trends: The Citizens have W4 and L4 of their last ten meetings with the Black Cats, though they won both meetings last season. Also, the Citizens have only lost one of their last eight matches on Boxing Day W6 D1 L1 and that was to the Black Cats. As for Sunderland, they have conceded the most number of goals 33 and allowed their opponents the most shots on target 106 in the PL this campaign. Pick: Man City runs a riot, winning 4-0, including a brace from Sergio Aguero.
Tottenham vs. Norwich City
When: Saturday, 26 December, 10:00 AM ET at White Hart Lane
Analysis: The Spurs are battling to replace Chelsea in the top 4 and qualify for Champions League next year, meaning this upcoming Boxing Day Game is vital for the Londoners. More notably, the Spurs have recorded just one loss at White Hart Lane in the PL this season, and with Harry Kane in a fine form lately, that run could continue here. Meanwhile, Norwich City has not been playing well on the road this season and has suffered four losses in its previous five away games in the national championship. However, Norwich is coming off a big road win over Man United last week, hence could be motivated for another one in London this weekend.
Soccer Betting Trends: The Spurs have kept four clean sheets at White Hart Lane this campaign and have only suffered two overall defeats in this year’s PL campaign. Meanwhile, Norwich have conceded 13 goals in their last six away games.
Pick: Tottenham plays to a 1-1 draw against the pesky visitors.