EPL Betting Picks 2021-22: Matchday 16
There was another twist in the title race last week as Chelsea dropped from first to third, and Manchester City jumped into first place. There’s plenty of intriguing games with teams battling for positions in the top half of the table. We’ve got you covered with our best picks for Matchday 16!
Manchester City vs Wolverhampton
Saturday 7:30am ET, Etihad Stadium
The reigning champs have taken top place on the Premier League table thanks to Chelsea’s slip up against West Ham. City were comprehensive in their 3-1 win against Watford last week, with 78% possession and 26 shots on goal to 11. City come into this game in the midst of a five match winning streak, with Bernardo Silva leading the way, scoring five goals in the five game run.
Wolves attacking game has been a massive issue this season, struggling to create and convert opportunities. Wolves rank 19th in the Premier League for goals this season (12) and 19th for shots on goal per game (10.9). Wolverhampton have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League matches, and that doesn’t bode well against the equal best defence in the Premier League this season. City have conceded just nine goals this season, whilst still being one of the most potent attacks in the league, with their 32 goals, the third most in the league this season.
Wolves haven’t enjoyed coming up against the league leaders, with a 2-1-6 record from their last nine meetings against Manchester City. Seven of City’s eleven wins this season have come by two or more goal margins, and with the form they are currently in, they won’t have any troubles covering the spread.
Chelsea vs Leeds United
Saturday 10:00am ET, Stamford Bridge
After a rare defeat that saw them drop from first to third on the Premier League table, Chelsea will be looking to send a statement when they host Leeds at Stamford Bridge. Leeds have found their second season back in the top flight much more difficult, sitting in fifteenth place with only one victory from their past five matches.
Chelsea conceded three goals in a game for the first time since Thomas Tuchel took over in January, and the Premier League’s best defence will be looking to bounce back against a Leeds side that has scored the sixth fewest goals of any club this season (15). Chelsea bounced back from their only other loss this season with a dominant performance in a 3-1 win over Southampton, and it’s fair to expect a similar response on Saturday morning.
Six of Chelsea’s ten wins have come by margins of 3+ goals this season, and with the gap in quality between these two sides, Chelsea will be every chance to pick up another large win. With the disappointment of last week’s performance fresh in their minds, expect a dominant performance by Chelsea this weekend.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa
Saturday 10:00am ET, Anfield
One of Liverpool’s favourite son’s returns to Anfield as Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa take on the Reds. Liverpool have won four consecutive games which has seen them move into second place on the Premier League table, with Divock Origi’s 94th minute winner against Wolves last week proving crucial with Chelsea’s loss to West Ham. Aston Villa have won three of their first four games under Gerrard’s reign, however those wins have come against Brighton, Crystal Palace and Leicester, so it’s hard to take much stock out of those results.
The matchup between Liverpool’s all conquering attack and Aston Villa’s vulnerable defence looms as a huge worry for Villa. The Reds have the league’s best attack, scoring 44 goals this season, led by three of the top four goal scorers in the Premier League in Mo Salah (13), Diogo Jota (8) and Sadio Mane (7). Aston Villa have the 15th ranked defence in the Premier League, who have conceded 24 goals in 15 games.
Liverpool have dominated Villa in recent seasons, with a 6-0-1 record from their last seven matchups. The Reds goal scoring form has been outstanding at Anfield, with consecutive 4-0 wins in their last two games there. Liverpool have had their way against Villa, and they’ll continue that streak at Anfield on Saturday.
Brentford vs Watford – Brentford H2H (+108 with Pointsbet)
Arsenal vs Southampton – Under 2.5 Goals (+100 with Pointsbet)
Norwich vs Manchester United – Manchester United -1 (+135 with Pointsbet)
Brighton vs Tottenham – Under 2.5 Goals (-155 with Pointsbet)
Burnley vs West Ham – West Ham H2H (+100 with Pointsbet)
Leicester vs Newcastle –Leicester H2H (-143 with Pointsbet)
Crystal Palace vs Everton – Everton H2H (+225 with Pointsbet)