For those who are unfamiliar with soccer, the Premier League is England’s top-flight soccer division and one of the few league’s that has already returned from its suspension due to COVID-19. The league is arguably the most famous soccer league in the world, and features some of the top clubs and players from around the globe. The EPL works differently than American sports, as there are no playoffs, which means the stakes are heightened in every game, and finishing in top 5 on the table means your season will continue in either the Champions League or the Europa League, and the bottom 3 teams are relegated to a lower league and have to earn their way back to the top flight. For those looking for a new team to root for down the stretch, or just looking for more information on these clubs, our new writer Justin broke the league down team-by-team. There is a lot of money to be made in this league, and with the stakes already so high for fans of the teams betting can raise the stakes even more regardless of if you are a fan or not.
There are only two games slated for Friday, but one of them is an important matchup early in the restart. Manchester United are currently 5th on the table with Tottenham only 4 points behind, and ManU only 3 behind Chelsea for a spot in the Champions League.
Southampton +165: Southampton is far from a top notch team, but this is a bet that isn’t about who you bet on but who you bet against. They face Norwich City in their first game back, a team buried at the bottom of the table, all but relegated already sitting 7 points back of safety and facing a long layoff with a lack of home field advantage due to a missing crowd. Southampton topped Norwich 2-1 in their most recent meeting back in December, and I expect a similar result today to kick off their second part of the broken season.
Manchester United/Tottenham Under 2.5 Goals: These are two of the more iconic clubs in the league, but have played consistently low scoring matches as of late. In their last 10 games each the two clubs were a combined 6-13-1 on over/unders prior to suspension of the league. With a long layoff and not much time for training since the return was announced, this should be a close and defensive game, with goals being a rarity.
The soccer gods blessed us on this Saturday, as there will be 4 games being played back-to-back-to-back-to-back with no overlap at all. A bettor’s dream.
Leicester City +105: Leicester is a club most known for winning the league in 2016 with an outstanding 5,000/1 opening odds. This is the first season since then they’ve come close to reaching that level, after a finish of 12th in their title defense season and two 9th place finishes following that, they now find themselves in 3rd. Watford currently sits just outside of the relegation zone thanks to their goal differential tiebreaker, but even with that added motivation this should be nothing more than a tuneup for LC.
Wolverhampton +105: This is almost the same scenario as the previous game, as the Wolves find themselves in 7th on the table only two points behind ManU for 5th. On the other hand West Ham is outside of the relegation zone only due to their tiebreaker in the goal differential category. If the Wolves want to keep pace in the league they need at least a point here, but should be looking for the additional two that come with a win against this struggling opponent.
Crystal Palace +200 and the Over 2.25: Bournemouth have struggled this season, finding themselves fighting relegation when many expected them to be in the middle of the table. Palace has not been great but will be the better team and will likely be carried to victory by Wilfried Zaha. Bournemouth put up a fight in their games prior to suspension, with only one of their last 7 games being a loss by more than one, but the consistency is not there for them to win. I see Palace taking this one 2-1 in a tight affair.
Liverpool -180 (2 Units): 27-1-1. Liverpool’s 2019-2020 season can be described as nothing but dominant, as they hold a commanding 22 point lead with 9 games to play in the season, virtually a lock to win the title. I hate betting favorites but the Reds have been too dominant this season, and if they do drop some points down the stretch it will not be to Everton. Salah and Mane get the job done, and I recommend hammering this line as long as it stays below -250.