The best match involving Premier League teams happens on Saturday when Manchester City takes on Chelsea in an English FA Cup game. On Sunday, Leicester battles Southampton in an FA Cup match and Manchester United hosts Burnley. Check out analysis, Premier League odds, FA Cup odds and free picks for those three matches as well as all the other great Premier League and FA Cup action happening from Friday to Monday.
Top Premier League and English FA Games to Watch from April 16 – April 19
Friday, April 16th Game
- Tottenham +120 / Everton +224
Neither Everton nor Tottenham is in great form. The Hotspur haven’t won since beating Aston Villa 2-0 on March 21. Tottenham drew with Newcastle on April 4 before losing to Man United by 2 goals on April 11. Everton has drawn twice in their last two matches. On Feb. 10, Everton beat Tottenham 5-4. We’re allowing the odds to help us make our decision on which team to back. Not only is Everton the home squad but they offer much better odds.
Soccer Free Pick: Everton
Saturday, April 17th Games
- Manchester City -135 / Chelsea +344
Manchester City beat Dortmund 2-1 on April 14 to stamp their ticket to the Champions League semifinals. Even though Chelsea lost to Porto the day before, the Blues beat Porto on the aggregate to grab their spot in the UCL semis. On Saturday, Man City takes on Chelsea in a massive English FA Cup match. Both teams are in very good form. Both squads have also lost an EPL match straight up against a big underdog in their last 5. The odds imply City is a lock. They aren’t. Chelsea plays at home while Man City seems to be relaxing in their Premier League matches. The home team is the play.
Soccer Free Pick: Chelsea
- West Ham +102 / Newcastle +264
West Ham and Newcastle head into this match after scoring victories in their last. Newcastle beat Burnley 2-1 while West Ham upset Leicester 3-2. Newcastle won the last head-to-head 2-0. West Ham scored the more impressive victory, but Newcastle has home pitch advantage. Newcastle is worth a look at the odds.
Soccer Free Pick: Newcastle
- Sheffield +457 / Wolverhampton -153
It’s tough to lay -153 on a team with a win, 3 losses, and a draw in their last 5. But Sheffield is 0-5 in their last 5. Not only has Sheffield dropped 5 straight but they lost 4 of the 5 by at least 2 goals. Wolverhampton looks solid.
Soccer Free Pick: Wolverhampton
Sunday, April 18th Matches
- Southampton +278 / Leicester City -117
Southampton heads into this match following a couple of losses. Leicester dropped their last match versus West Brom. LC won the last head-to-head, but the odds make the home team an underlay. At the current odds, it’s difficult to look past Southampton.
Soccer Free Pick: Southampton
- Fulham +378 / Arsenal -142
Since beating Liverpool on March 7, Fulham’s form has dived off a cliff. The road team in this has lost 4 straight. On Sep. 12 last year, Arsenal dumped Fulham 3-1. The Gunners should again win by at least 2.
Soccer Free Pick: Arsenal
- Burnley +1 ½ (-128) / Manchester United -1 ½ (-103)
Man United bounced out of their loss to Leicester City on March 21 by winning 3 straight. United’s 3-1 victory versus the Hotspur on April 11 impresses. Burnley could keep this to within a goal. But the underlay handicap odds make Man U the play.
Soccer Free Pick: Manchester United
Monday, April 19th Match
- Liverpool -153 / Leeds +338
Pool won the last head-to-head but it was much closer than anyone thought. The Reds beat the home team in this 4-3. Earlier in the week, Real Madrid knocked Liverpool from the Champions League. Pool has no way of catching Manchester City for the EPL title. There’s a good chance Liverpool limps into this match with their eyes staring at the Elland Road grass. Leeds has won 3 straight. Give Leeds a big chance to pull off the upset.
Soccer Free Pick: Leeds