EPL Betting Picks 2020-21: Matchday 36
Manchester City officially claimed the title that was in their grasp for the past months, with the relegation confirmed and the top four essentially set, the battle for fifth place looms as the biggest storyline in the final two weeks of the season. We’ve got you covered with tips from the big games this weekend!
Newcastle vs Manchester City
St James’ Park, Friday 3:00pm (ET)
Newcastle host the newly crowned champions on Friday at St James’ Park. Manchester City were disappointing in their last outing against Chelsea and will be looking for more ruthless performances to end their incredible campaign on a high.
City have been the best club team in the world since the beginning of 2020 scoring a Premier League high 72 goals, and conceding a league low 26 goals. They’ve been electrifying in attack, and rock solid in defence, and they come up against a side that they love playing against. Manchester City won 23 of the past 25 against Newcastle in Premier League matches since 2006. City’s dynamic ball movement that Pep Guardiola sides have been renowned for, is going to give Newcastle some serious headaches, they just don’t have the talent to contain City going forward.
In defence John Stones and Ruben Dias have been a remarkable defensive partnership and it’s hard to see Newcastle finding a way through them. Guardiola will be looking for an empathic response after last week’s disappointment, and this side has shown all year how good they are. The Champions in waiting will pick up a convincing win at St James’ Park.
Southampton vs Fulham
St Mary’s Stadium, Saturday 10:00am (ET)
The final nail of Fulham’s coffin was hammered in earlier in the week, when their 2-0 loss to Burnley confirmed their relegation that was bound for the majority of the season. Fulham have been on a promotion/relegation yoyo for the past few seasons and haven’t been able to create a sustainable program to keep them in the top flight.
They head to St Mary’s Stadium where Southampton have claimed seven of a possible nine points in their last three games at the venue. Fulham have just one point from their last seven Premier League fixtures, whilst Southampton are coming off an impressive 3-1 over Crystal Palace thanks to a Danny Ings double. Ings has scored 12 goals this season, and four goals from his last four appearances, a remarkable effort in a struggling side.
Fulham have struggled against the Saints of late, having won just one of their last seven Premier League games against Southampton. With relegation set in stone it’s hard to see Fulham finding anything to produce a performance to beat, with Danny Ings in excellent form up top, he’ll lead the Saints to victory.
Brighton vs West Ham
American Express Stadium, Saturday 3:00pm (ET)
Three losses in their last four games has seen West Ham drop to sixth place on the Premier League table, two points behind Liverpool with their Champions League dreams long gone. The Hammers head to Brighton for a must win clash in the battle for fifth spot, with games against Brighton, West Brom and Southampton to end the season, they’ve got an excellent opportunity to put some serious pressure on Liverpool.
Brighton have been a serious form slide, winning just one of their last six Premier League fixtures. Michail Antonio, Jesse Lingard and Tomas Soucek have all bagged nine goals this season, showing the attacking variety West Ham possess, even through their midfield. In comparison, Brighton don’t have a single player that has scored nine goals this season. Goals haven’t been hard to come by in recent matches between West Ham and Brighton.
Although the last four Premier League matches between the two sides have resulted in draws there hasn’t been a lack of goals, with a 3-3 draw and two 2-2 draws. West Ham will enjoy a free flowing game that these two teams tend to play, the Hammers at their best when they can zip the ball around and create space. There’s so much at stake for West Ham, they just have to win this match, and they should take care of business.