EPL Gameweek 22
Chelsea fans can breathe a little easier following the announcement that Diego Costa will not be leaving the club to go to China. In what shapes as an even bigger worry for the chasing back their entire squad is fit and available! The same cannot be said for some of their rivals including Liverpool and Arsenal who have several key injury concerns. We have seen bigger leads run down at a later stage of the season but the 7 point gap at the top is starting to look like a mountain too tall to climb…
Feature EPL Match Previews
Liverpool v Swansea – (Sat 11:30pm)
The draw away to Man Utd was far from a bad result but it does mean that they are now 7 points off Chelsea. What made things worse was the fact that they had an FA Cup replay midweek – a match that they should not have had to play. They struggled against Plymouth despite having Coutinho, Sturridge and Origi in the starting line up. The goals have dried up for the Reds with just 5 from their last 6 matches but The Wolf says that will change against the worst defence in the EPL. The Swans have conceded multiple goals in 6 of their last 7 and were torn to shreds by Arsenal. Now it is Liverpool’s turn.
Best: Liverpool Over 2.5 goals ($1.75)
Value: 1st Half Over 2.5 goals ($4.75)
Stoke v Man Utd – (Sun 2:00am)
The Red Devils extended their unbeaten run to 16 but the gap to 4th and a coveted Champions League spot is still 4 points. Stoke meanwhile have posted back to back wins in the league which has helped them climb into the top half. The key to their recent form is none other than Peter Crouch. The veteran has 3 goals and 2 assists since being inserted into the starting line up 4 weeks ago. The decision has given them a target man and allowed Arnautovic to play in wide areas where he can get onto the ball and isolate defenders. Stoke are a different proposition at home with United failing to win in their last 3 trips there. Herrera and Carrick will look to contain Shaqiri, Allen and Arnautovic while Jones will have the task on Crouch. Stoke have conceded just 3 goals in their last 7 at home which will make it tough for The Red Devils – even with the in form Ibrahimovic on the park. there won’t be more than a single goal between them.
Best: Under 2.5 goals ($1.90)
Value: Under 1.5 goals ($3.50)
Man City v Tottenham – (Sun 4:30am)
Man City are in a hole at the moment and it is quickly getting deeper. They have struggled against the better sides and have collected just 4 of a possible 15 in their last 5 against teams in the top half of the ladder. Spurs ended Man City’s unbeaten run earlier this season and have won their last 6 EPL matches including a 2-0 win over Chelsea a fortnight ago. Tottenham have scored multiple goals in 7 straight matches and with City looking very vulnerable in defence The Wolf says there will be plenty of goals in this one. Kane is coming off a hat-trick, Dele Alli has 10 goals on the season and Eriksen leads the league with 11 assists – equal with De Bruyne. This is a real test for City and there is only one way to dig themselves out of it – score, score, score!
Best: Over 2.5 goals ($1.66)
Value: Over 4.5 goals ($5.50)
Arsenal v Burnley – (Mon 1:15am)
Leading into the Christmas schedule The Wolf said that Arsenal needed to win 6 on the trot leading into the Chelsea match if they were to challenge for the title. They have gone undefeated in the first four games but points dropped against Bournemouth will hurt them. They now have consecutive home games to Burnley and Watford with anything but 6 points collected a disaster. Burnley are coming off consecutive wins at home but their away form is abysmal with just a single point earned this season. That 8 losses and a draw from their 9 road trips. The Gunners have won 6 of their last 7 across all competitions against Burnley while Giroud has scored in each of his last 4. This is a recipe for a huge Arsenal win.
Best: HT/FT – Arsenal/Arsenal ($1.50)
Value: Arsenal Over 4.5 goals ($6.50)
Chelsea v Hull – (Mon 3:30am)
It’s been a nervous fortnight for Chelsea fans with rumours that the league’s leading scorer, Diego Costa, was heading to China. Those rumours have been quashed as the club have confirmed that their differences have been settled. They bounced back quickly from their loss to Spurs and the 3-0 win over Leicester was impressive. Alonso’s brace was the highlight as Conte’s system of three at the back continues to thrive. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 9 EPL matches against the Tigers with 7 wins, 6 with a clean sheet. Hull have lost their last 8 away EPL matches and have been kept scoreless in 5 of their last 6. Chelsea will be in cruise control.
Best: Teams To Score – Chelsea Only ($1.66)
Value: Handicap Chelsea -2 ($2.35)
Gameweek 21: 8-2
Gameweek 21 ROI: 158.50%
Overall ROI: 77.07%
Gameweek 21: 2-8
Gameweek 21 ROI: 60%
Overall ROI: 88.08%
Overall ROI: 82.57%