EPL Betting Picks 2021-22: Matchday 25
It’s an action packed week of Premier League football as Matchday 25 comes right at the completion of Matchday 24. There’s some crucial fixtures in the battle for the Europa League and Champions League positions, as well as some big games in the relegation battle. We’ve got you covered with our best picks below!
Manchester United vs Southampton
Saturday 7:30am ET, Old Trafford
Manchester United fell to fifth position on the Premier League table, after being held to a draw by 20th placed Burnley midweek. It was a much more positive midweek fixture for Southampton, who came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Tottenham 3-2. The result saw the Saints jump into tenth place on the Premier League table.
Southampton’s back four have struggled all season long, conceding 36 goals – the eighth most in the Premier League this season. Coming up against a Manchester United that has dominated from an offensive standpoint against Southampton in recent seasons, the Saints are going to have their work cut out for them. Manchester United have not lost to Southampton in their last eleven Premier League matchups, and have an aggregate score of 24-10 in those eleven fixtures.
Southampton have played at Old Trafford 22 times in the Premier League and have only tasted victory twice. The last time they ventured to Old Trafford they were beaten 9-0, and there will be some serious scars from that fixture. Two games in four days is going to be a massive challenge for a side like Southampton that doesn’t have an abundance of depth in their squad. The Red Devils will be disappointed after dropping points against Burnley, and will be looking to bounce back.
Everton vs Leeds United
Saturday 10:00am ET, Goodison Park
Frank Lampard’s arrival didn’t change Everton’s form, with the Toffees going down 3-1 in a crucial fixture in the relegation battle. Everton are in 16th place on the Premier League table with 19 points, just two points away from the relegation zone. Their opponents Leeds are in 15th, four points clear of Everton after a 3-3 draw with Aston Villa during week. It was a crucial point for Leeds who remain two games ahead of Everton.
Everton’s fall from grace this season has been nothing short of remarkable, and they are a genuine chance of being relegated. The Toffees have claimed only five points from their last fourteen fixtures, with a 1-2-11 in that period. Being at home won’t even help Everton in this clash, given they’ve won only one of their past seven matches at Goodison Park.
Despite not being at their best this season, Leeds have found a way to produce results in crucial fixtures in the relegation battle. Leeds have a 3-3-1 record against the bottom five clubs in the Premier League. If they can add another win to that record, it will go a long way towards cementing their spot in the Premier League next season. Given the defensive struggles for both of these clubs, there will be plenty of goal scoring opportunities in this clash. A high scoring clash will suit Leeds, and they’ll add another defeat to the Toffees awful run of form.
Burnley vs Liverpool
Sunday 9:00am ET, Turf Moor
Despite being bottom of the league, Burnley managed a 1-1 draw against Manchester United midweek, to keep themselves within distance of 17th place. Life doesn’t get any easier for Burnley as they host Liverpool on Sunday morning. Liverpool are twelve points behind the league leading Man City, but could narrow the margin to six points with the two games in hand they have on Man City.
It’s going to be a tough task for Burnley to keep pace with Liverpool given the difference in attacking stocks that each has. Burnley have only scored 17 goals this season, ranking 19th in the Premier League for goals scored. The Reds rank 1st in that category, with a league best 58 goals this season. To pair with it, Liverpool have the 4th best defence in the Premier League, conceding only 19 goals this season. The Clarets are going to have their hands full at both ends of the pitch, and Burnley are going to struggle to put the Liverpool defence under the pump.
Burnley have only registered one win in the Premier League this season, and they have not had much success against Liverpool in the Premier League era. Liverpool have an 11-2-2 record against Burnley in their fifteen Premier League meetings. Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have consistently found ways to penetrate teams who try to sit back and flood their defence. Burnley will try to play damage control, but it won’t have any impact on the Reds.
Watford vs Brighton – Brighton H2H (+112 with Pointsbet)
Brentford vs Crystal Palace – Crystal Palace H2H (+185 with Pointsbet)
Norwich vs Manchester City – Man City -2.0 (+125 with Pointsbet)
Tottenham vs Wolves – Under 2.5 Goals (-150 with Pointsbet)
Newcastle vs Aston Villa – Over 2.5 Goals (-125 with Pointsbet)
Leicester vs West Ham – West Ham H2H (+140 with Sportsbet)