By Antony Jordan
The first round of EPL action in 2018 continues this Tuesday and Wednesday with the concluding five matches from round 22 of the Premier League season following on from Monday’s five games. The biggest match happens on Wednesday as The Emirates hosts Arsenal against Chelsea but with a relegation six pointer and plenty of other sides desperate to win these clashes all look to be exciting. We preview all five games with online sportsbook Intertops.eu to bring you our best EPL Super Picks from all this midweek action!
These two sides are having a season where they are very familiar with each other as they have already clashed on two occasions and with this game coupled with being drawn together in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup means before January has concluded they will meet another three times. The clashes in the Community Shield and at Stamford Bridge have both ended in draws, with Arsenal lifting the season opening crown on penalties at Wembley. The odds from Intertops suggest that this will be another close match between two sides sitting in the top five of the EPL, but can either of them break this season’s habit of sharing the points?
Both of these teams will be likely close to full strength, with only Mesut Özil doubtful for the home side after missing the draw at West Brom with an knee injury, so there is certainly the promise of both these teams being capable to win this match. Arsenal have lost just one game at home all season in all competitions – and that was after David de Gea stopping 15 shots as Manchester United were dominated but triumphed 3-1 – and will have plenty of confidence with three wins and a draw against Liverpool in their last four home clashes, while Chelsea have won just one of their last four away games. The visitors to North London have lost to West Ham as well as drawn with both Liverpool and Everton in recent times so know that they bounce back with the points if they are to remain ahead of Manchester United and Liverpool in second place.
We feel that both sides will be cautious in one sense, but will go all out in another as both will be desperate to win this match. As a result of this as well as the fact that both sides are more than capable of scoring and conceding goals we are backing goals in this London derby.
The odds for this Man City v Watford match suggest that we are likely to see a comfortable home win for the league leaders and with the current form of both these sides we are in agreement with Intertops on this one. Watford arrive at The Etihad having lost all of their last seven meetings with their hosts and they last defeated City in 1987. With this coupled with back to back home losses of 5-0 last season and 6-0 this season on top of six losses in their last eight games and five defeats in their last six away clashes we can only see this match going one way.
Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Vincent Kompany head the Man City injury list, but with plenty of top quality players in reserve and a record of 12 wins and two draws in 14 home matches this season we can see this match being an easy win for the table toppers.
Our best Man City v Watford bet is back Man City -2, -2.5 (Man City to win by at least three goals with half stake back if they win by exactly two goals) on the Asian Handicap market at odds of 1.90 in the Intertops Sportsbook!
Bottom of the table Swansea experienced the new manager boost in their final match of 2017 as Carlos Carvalhal arrived from Sheffield Wednesday and guided the Welsh team to a 2-1 victory away at Watford to bring just their fourth victory of the campaign. They face much tougher opposition this time around in Tottenham and with them failing to secure all three points against the North London side since 1982 the odds for this EPL clash from Intertops suggest that we’re sure to see an away win at The Liberty Stadium.
Tottenham have won five of their last six matches as they travel to Wales for their first of two matches in 48 hours with them hosting West Ham on Thursday, but the majority of these victories have come on home soil. They have suffered losses at Leicester and Man City as well as drawing with Watford in three of their last four road trips, but they did also defeat Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor too. However, even with these poor results to their name they should still have enough to win this match as Swansea have scored just six goals in 11 matches on home soil this season while beating only Huddersfield and West Brom. Even with a new manager we’re backing thoughts of Intertops and going with the away win.
Just two points and a single point separate Southampton and Crystal Palace from the relegation zone respectively at kick off in this Tuesday evening match at St. Mary’s so they both know that they must take all three points in this match. Even though the odds on a home win are favoured by Intertops for this vital game for both teams, it is the visitors to the south coast that bring the better form as they have lost just one of their last ten games and if Ederson had not saved Luka Milivojevic’s injury time penalty they would have been the first side to defeat Man City this season.
Palace’s last four away games have seen just one goal conceded as they have drawn with Brighton, West Brom and Swansea as well as beating Leicester 3-0. They will bring confidence to this match and this is something in short supply for the home team who are without a win in eight clashes. They have won just three times on home soil this season and are without a win in front of their fans since late November. The Saints have not lost a home league match to The Eagles in a decade, but we feel that there is a good chance of that run coming to an end this Tuesday night.
While Southampton v Crystal Palace is a vital, must win match for both of those sides this meeting of West Ham and West Brom at The London Stadium is even more pressurised as both of these teams sit in the relegation zone at the bottom of the league. Both teams know that they need to take all three points if they’re to kick start their survival process at the beginning of the new year, but with three of the last five meetings – including the clash at The Hawthorns earlier in the season – having ended level will either side be able to take the full spoils of this match?
West Ham have done well at home in recent times with draws against Leicester and Arsenal as well as a win against Chelsea in their last four home clashes. However, they were beaten by Newcastle in their last game on home soil, but will this knock them down or see them bounce back this midweek? They will hope the latter and against a West Brom side without a win in 20 matches in all competitions and just two EPL wins all season they have the best possible side to face at the start of the new year. The Baggies haven’t won away in the league since their first match and have scored just five goals in ten away game so we cannot see this match going their way and we’re backing the home win at the capital this Tuesday.