This week, English Premier League takes a breather as top EPL squads battle it out in the English FA Cup. Before English FA matches take place, though, Chelsea and Tottenham throw down in the Carabao Cup on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Check out analysis on that intriguing matchup before reading analysis and score predictions for Arsenal vs Manchester United on Friday, Jan. 25, and Crystal Palace versus Tottenham on Sunday, Jan. 27. On Saturday, Jan. 26, a great match on the pitch takes place between AC Milan and Napoli in Italian Serie A.
Keep reading for this week’s top soccer betting action!
Top Soccer Betting Picks for the Week – January 21st Edition
Thursday, Jan. 24
English Carabao Cup
- Chelsea vs Tottenham
Chelsea and Tottenham threw down in the Carabao Cup earlier this month on Jan. 8. The game was tied 0-0 before Tottenham’s Harry Kane kicked in a penalty that led to a 1-0 Hotspurs’ win.
What’s interesting is that Kane’s got the call only after the VAR, video assisted referee, took a look. Without the VAR, Kane might haven’t gotten the chance to make the kick. No doubt, Chelsea’s smarting having lost to Tottenham on a phantom penalty kick.
Expect the Pensioners to come and collect on Thursday. They won’t let it go the VAR again by going up 1-0 and then playing solid defense until the end.
Soccer Betting Prediction: Chelsea 1, Tottenham 0
Friday, Jan. 25
English FA Cup
- Arsenal vs Manchester United
Arsenal takes on rival Manchester United in the most heated and intriguing English FA Cup matchup on Friday. The Gunners are 3-1 in their last 4. Although the lone loss was a bad one, to Wolverhampton 1-0, they did bounce back with a massive 2-0 victory over Chelsea.
Man U.’s finally gotten it together. Since the 3-1 loss to Liverpool on Dec. 16, United has 7 straight. But, Arsenal steps it up against Manchester United. Not only that, this match takes place at Emirates Stadium where Arsenal is most comfortable. The Gunners should take it by a goal.
Soccer Betting Prediction: Arsenal 2, Manchester United 1
Saturday, Jan. 26
Italian Serie A
- AC Milan vs Napoli
At 8-7-4, 7 draws and 4 losses, AC Milan must step it up to keep pace with both Juventus and Napoli in Italian Serie A. Milan had a shot to close some ground on Juventus in their last. Ronaldo’s team beat them 1-0, though.
Napoli has been terrific this Italian Serie A season. The Parthenopians have only lost twice and drawn 3 times from 20 games. They take a 3 match win streak into this one. Although AC Milan battle Napoli on their home pitch, it’s hard to see them beating The Blue. Napoli takes this.
Soccer Betting Prediction: Napoli 2, AC Milan 1
Sunday, Jan. 27
English FA Cup
- Crystal Palace vs Tottenham
When the Hotspurs get into a rhythm, especially when Harry Kane’s in top form, it’s impossible to keep them from scoring at will. That could happen on Sunday even though opponent Crystal Palace hosts Tottenham.
Kane might be good for 2 to 3 goals in this while Crystal Palace won’t have much answer. Tottenham by 3 goals overall makes sense.
Soccer Betting Prediction: Tottenham 4, Crystal Palace 1