Premier League Matchday 37: Prediction, Odds and Best Bets - Sunday, May 21st
Alex Buck reveals his EPL predictions, picks and parlays for this weekend, with three best bets.
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Last weekend, Manchester City's impressive 3-0 victory over Everton significantly boosted their EPL winner odds. In contrast, title rivals Arsenal suffered a surprising defeat at the hands of Brighton, further favoring City's title aspirations. Pep Guardiola’s men will face Chelsea this weekend as they look to secure another Premier League title.
Whilst the battle for the Premier League trophy and race for fourth place heats up, the action at the opposite end of the table is every bit as important. Everton finds themselves precariously positioned with a mere one-point lead above the Premier League relegation zone. Their upcoming match against Wolves holds significant importance for their Premier League survival. Liverpool, meanwhile, face a dangerous Aston Villa team while vying for a spot in the coveted top four.
For those of you that bet on the Premier League, stick around. Today, we’re going through our EPL best bets today and exploring the popular soccer betting markets for some of the weekend's best action. It’s Premier League Matchday 37, and these are our free soccer picks.
Best English Premier League Parlays Bets Today for week 37 games: 3 Leg Parlay Picks (+1003)
Manchester City vs Chelsea Odds & Spread – Premier League Betting Lines 5/21
3-way handicap: Manchester City -1 (-135) | Draw +1 (+280) | Chelsea +1 (+275)
Draw No Bet: Manchester City (-1400) | Chelsea (+600)
Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (-188) | Under 2.5 (+140)
Double Chance: Manchester City or Tie (-2000) | Tie or Chelsea (+275) | Manchester City or Chelsea (-750)
Both teams to score: Yes (+100), No (-130)
1st Goal: Manchester Ciy (-400) | No Goal (+1400) | Chelsea (+320)
Manchester City vs Chelsea Prediction and Pick
Let’s start with arguably the biggest Premier League fixture this weekend. If Arsenal manages to defeat Nottingham Forest late on Saturday, Manchester City will still need to secure a victory over Chelsea to claim the Premier League title. However, if Arsenal fails to win, City will clinch their fifth title in six years even before stepping onto the field at the Etihad Stadium.
Irrespective of the earlier result, it is challenging to make a case against Pep Guardiola's side. They had a crucial second-leg UEFA Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid to tackle first, which they handily won 4-0. Regardless, City's focus will remain on winning each remaining game.
Chelsea, on the other hand, has endured a miserable season by their own standards. Anything less than a victory for City, who remain unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League matches, would be a major shock. With only one win in their previous 11 games and sitting 11th on the table, Chelsea is set to finish outside the top five for the first time since 2016.
Looking ahead to the upcoming fixture, Manchester City has emerged victorious in their last five encounters against Chelsea, including three triumphs already this season, eliminating the Blues from both the EFL Cup and FA Cup in the process. It's no surprise that Manchester City are considered clear favorites to win here at home once again.
Lampard's interim managerial stint has failed to inspire this struggling Chelsea squad both offensively and defensively. I’m anticipating a high-scoring affair in today’s EPL predictions, as Chelsea have only managed one clean sheet in their last nine outings and City are no strangers to conceding on the counter.
Chelsea have looked extremely vulnerable in the full back areas in particular, where City are at their strongest, given their recent injuries to both Chilwell and James. Erling Haaland and his teammates will likely aim to exploit Chelsea's defensive vulnerabilities from the early stages of the match, so I have them winning and over 1.5 goals in my Premier League predictions this weekend.
Leg-1 Parlay Pick: Manchester City Win and Total Goals Over 1.5 (-236)
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Everton Odds & Spread – Premier League Betting Lines 5/22
3-way handicap: Wolverhampton Wanderers +1 (-200) | Draw -1 (+300) | Everton -1 (+450)
Draw No Bet: Wolverhampton Wanders -110 | Everton -125
Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (+100) | Under 2.5 (-130)
Double Chance: Wolverhampton Wanders or Tie -200 | Tie or Everton -223 | Wolverhampton Wanderers or Everton -286
Both teams to score: Yes -130, No +100
1st Goal: Wolverhampton Wanderers +100 | No Goal +800 | Everton +105
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Everton Prediction and Pick
There were no tears shed by Sean Dyche at Goodison Park following Everton's defeat to Manchester City last weekend. In fact, Dyche would have been highly encouraged by his team's fight and performance against the league leaders and soon-to-be champions. Everton had shown glimpses of promise and had they been as clinical as City in the first half, they could have achieved a positive result.
When Sean Dyche took over at Everton from Frank Lampard at the end of January, the City match was not one he would have penciled in for points. However, the upcoming clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers holds different significance. Leicester City's 3-0 loss to Liverpool allowed Everton to maintain a slim one-point lead over the relegation zone. If they aim to avoid relegation, a victory over Wolves becomes crucial. The fact that Wolves have secured their safety under the guidance of Julen Lopetegui, who took over in November, could work in Everton's favor, considering their desperate situation.
Dyche will be hoping for the recovery of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin in time for this game, as he carries the responsibility of scoring the necessary goals to keep Everton in the Premier League.
The outcome of this match cannot be allowed to slip away from Everton's grasp. With Leeds and Leicester breathing over their shoulder, it is a must-win game. Dyche won't mind if it turns into an ugly and scrappy affair, as long as his team secures all three points, which should almost guarantee safety from the drop.
In recent Wolves vs Everton history, Wolves have claimed the last three in a row, so you could consider the odds stacked against the Merseyside outfit.
I’m predicting a low scoring affair, with Everton stealing all three points on the road. Set pieces are expected to play a significant role in the outcome, with Everton looking to capitalize on their dead ball opportunities at the Molineux Stadium. Their proficiency in transitions and effectiveness in free-kicks and corners since Dyche's arrival has been a key factor as we approach the season finale.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa Odds & Spread – Premier League Betting Lines 5/20
3-way handicap: Liverpool -1 (+120) | Draw +1 (+275) | Aston Villa +1 (+162)
Draw No Bet: Liverpool (-550) | Aston Villa (+333)
Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (-200) | Under 2.5 (+150)
Double Chance: Liverpool or Tie (-650) | Tie or Aston Villa (+160) | Liverpool or Aston Villa (-550)
Both teams to score: Yes (-150), No (+120)
1st Goal: Liverpool (-236) | No Goal (+1200) | Aston Villa (+210)
Liverpool vs Aston Villa Prediction and Pick
Liverpool have displayed remarkable form in the latter stages of the season, winning their last seven matches. They have closed the gap to just one point behind Newcastle and Manchester United, who are currently occupying the third and fourth positions in the league.
Their upturn in form has coincided with vintage performances from Mohamed Salah who has been instrumental during this period, netting six goals in the process. Liverpool’s defensive displays have also been commendable, as they have kept clean sheets in their past three encounters against Leicester City, Brentford, and Fulham.
Aston Villa, on the other hand, have climbed to eighth place in the standings, recovering from defeats against Manchester United and Wolves with a crucial home win over Tottenham Hotspur. Under the guidance of Unai Emery, Villa has shown significant improvement since his appointment in October last year. With only two games remaining, there remains a possibility for them to secure a spot in next season's Europa League or Europa Conference League.
My Premier League score predictions for this game see me stick with the inform Liverpool team, who are looking to extend their winning streak to eight games. With the added incentive of potentially sneaking back into one of the four CL spots, Klopp with have his red men fired up for this home game in front of their fans. If you’re looking for further value for your SGP Liverpool to win to Nil looks a great market given their run of clean sheets.
The Pick: Liverpool to Win (-211)
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