With just a few weeks left of the Premier League, things are really starting to go down to the wire. The title may have already been won, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot left to fight for. Keep up with the latest Premier League betting, odds, and EPL news as we look forward to the remaining action-packed weeks in what has been a highly entertaining, congested schedule for all the teams.
On Wednesday the 15th, we see recently-crowned champions, Liverpool, away to a resurgent Arsenal in what is set to be a test of will power for the Reds. The Gunners will be fighting for a place in the top four of the Premier League table.
On Thursday the 16th, we have Leicester fighting to retain their Champions League spot when they host Sheffield United, who are trying to find the same consistency that they showed before the break.
Here’s an in-depth look at the teams’ form, key players, and previous records going into their respective matches.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool
Arsenal welcome Premier League champions, Liverpool, to the Emirates in a match that the Gunners have a lot more riding on. Mikel Arteta’s team had a poor restart after the break, losing two games on the trot. However, they seemed to have regained some of their momentum, in no small part due to the goal-scoring abilities of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But they need to keep on winning if they are going to get a sniff at the Champions League spots.
Liverpool players seem to be struggling with motivation after clinching the title. They capitulated to a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp knows that his side has the talent. They did win the league by a record margin, after all, but he needs to work out how to get his players raring to go when they already have the Premier League title in their hands.
Here’s more information for sports betting fans looking for in-depth knowledge of what to expect:
Arsenal vs. Liverpool latest odds:
The last time the two teams met was in the League Cup on October 30, 2019. The game saw an astonishing five goals scored by each team, but the Reds ultimately went through to the next round on penalties.
The Gunners have certainly improved since their first two games, but most sportsbooks are going with Liverpool to take all three points at the Emirates.
Previous five results between the two
The last five results between the Gunners and the Reds have been largely in Liverpool’s favor with 3 wins and 2 draws.
|Arsenal 5-5 Liverpool (4-5 P)||30 Sep 2019||League Cup|
|Arsenal 1-3 Liverpool||24 August 2019||English Premier League|
|Arsenal 1-5 Liverpool||29 Dec 2018||English Premier League|
|Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool||3 Nov 2018||English Premier League|
|Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool||22 Dec 2017||English Premier League|
Mikel Arteta’s team had a restart nightmare with David Luiz directly responsible for two goals against them and receiving a red card too. They were demolished 3-0 by a strong Man City team and then went on to lose to Brighton. However, they seem to have found the right gear with wins against Southampton, Norwich, Wolves, and a draw against Leicester.
Liverpool started the season with a tepid draw to Everton but came right to thrash Crystal Palace 4-0 in their next game. On June 25, 2019, titleholders Man City lost to Chelsea, which meant that Liverpool was mathematically in the all-clear and was officially crowned the Premier League champions. Man City then unleashed an embarrassing 4-0 demolition on the Reds, who seemed to be unable to motivate themselves. They have picked themselves up somewhat with wins over Aston Villa and Brighton but they are nowhere near their pre-title lethal levels we had become used to.
Arsenal Restart Results:
|Man City 3-0 Arsenal||17 June 2020||English Premier League|
|Brighton 2-1 Arsenal||20 June 2020||English Premier League|
|Southampton 0-2 Arsenal||25 June 2020||English Premier League|
|Sheffield Utd 1-2 Arsenal||28 June 2020||FA Cup|
|Norwich City 0-4 Arsenal||01 July 2020||English Premier League|
|Wolves 0-2 Arsenal||04 July 2020||English Premier League|
|Leicester City 1-1 Arsenal||07 July 2020||English Premier League|
Liverpool restart results:
|Liverpool 0-0 Everton||21 June 2020||English Premier League|
|Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace||24 June 2020||English Premier League|
|Liverpool 0-4 Man City||2 July 2020||English Premier League|
|Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa||5 July 2020||English Premier League|
|Liverpool 3-1 Brighton||8 July 2020||English Premier League|
Key players to keep an eye on:
On July 7, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became only the second Arsenal player ever to score 20 goals in consecutive EPL seasons. When Aubemeyang gets the slightest sniff of the goal box, chances are that it will end up in the back of the net. Alexandre Lacazette is next up on 8 goals and Pépé on 5. Pépé and Lacazette are excellent with assists, but Bukayo Saka is right up there too. Arsenal has no problems in attack, but their defense leaves a lot to be desired, with Kieran Tierney the only shining light in a backline that consists of the accident-prone David Luiz.
Before we get to their striking front players, we think it’s worth mentioning that Liverpool has also been championed from the back in the form of the stoic Virgil van Dijk. The Dutch defender has helped his team to 15 clean sheets in the league this season and has 4 goals himself. Young Red Trent Alexander-Arnold is another defender who likes to get up high on the sidelines. The British national has helped himself to 3 goals this season.
Up-front, of course, we have the league’s most lethal forward players in Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Saido Mané who have combined this season with effective attacks. Salah is currently on 19 goals, Mané has 16 and Firmino is on 8, with more sure to come in the last couple of weeks in the season.
Arsenal is looking incredibly strong after a poor couple of games after the restart. With Aubemeyang looking in fine goal-scoring form, he could cause a lot of trouble for Liverpool’s defenders. That being said, if the Red’s front three are in the mood, then they will probably take all three points.
This is a game that could simply be won or lost by the Liverpool players deciding if they are going to turn up in the right mind frame or not. For this reason alone, most online sports betting sites are going with a draw or a Liverpool win.
Leicester vs. Sheffield United
On July 16, we are looking forward to what is set to be a tightly contested match between two teams that have been faltering after the restart. Before the EPL break, both teams looked on course for a top-four finish, with Leicester sitting comfortably in third place and the Blades looking to be on an upward trajectory in only their fourth-ever season in the EPL.
Before the break, it would have seemed almost unimaginable that Leicester is clinging onto the fourth spot by the skin of their teeth, and that Chris Wilder’s team would have faltered into the lower part of the top 10 places.
Brendan Rogers has struggled to get his team reignited during the restart and they’ve had a poor run of results. However, the recent return to goal-scoring form from Jamie Vardy is a good sign for the Foxes.
Leicester City host Sheffield at the King Power Stadium in a match that is going to have serious repercussions for both teams. If the Foxes don’t take all three points then a resurgent Man Utd will surely overtake them in the fourth spot. If Sheffield loses in this away game, they are likely to miss out on a Champions League spot.
Leicester City vs. Sheffield United latest odds
This match is probably one of the more evenly matched contests in the Premier League right now. Both teams have excellent goalkeepers and exciting attacking talent, but their restart form has been poor.
Both teams have everything hanging in the balance at the moment and will throw everything at this match. A draw might be the fair result, but with both teams desperately needing to win, we should see some goals.
Previous results between the two sides
Sheffield United have not been a constant in the Premier League by any stretch. The two teams have only faced off once before in the EPL. In the last five games, Leicester has won four and drawn one.
|Leicester 2-1 Sheffield Utd||24 August 2019||English Premier League|
|Leicester 1-0 Sheffield Utd||16 Feb 2018||FA Cup|
|Leicester 4-1 Sheffield Utd||22 August 2017||League Cup|
|Leicester 1-0 Sheffield Utd||01 Feb 2011||Championship|
|Leicester 2-2 Sheffield Utd||10 Nov 2010||Championship|
Before the break, Leicester seemed secure in their third place on the table, however, things haven’t gone according to plan for the Foxes. With just one win in their first five matches, Brendan Rogers’ team has started to slip drastically and have been overtaken by Chelsea to drop into fourth. Their Champions League place is anything but secure right now. The silver lining for Leicester is that starman Jaimie Vardy seems to have found his goal scoring form again, and this could be the difference going forward.
Sheffield has struggled since the restart also having taken just two wins in five games. Before the break, Chris Wilder’s team were on track to their first historical season in the Champions League, but are now simply hoping to make it into Europa. They did beat Tottenham and hit a last gasp winner against a strong Wolves team, which has boosted their confidence.
|Leicester 1-0 Wolves||08 July 2020||English Premier League|
|Leicester 1-1 Arsenal||7 July 2020||English Premier League|
|Leicester 1-2 Everton||1 July 2020||English Premier League|
|Leicester 0-1 Chelsea||28 June 2020||FA Cup|
|Leicester 0-0 Brighton||20 June 2020||English Premier League|
|Sheffield 1-1 Burnley||05 July 2020||English Premier League|
|Sheffield 3-1Tottenham||02 July 2020||English Premier League|
|Sheffield 1-2 Arsenal||28 June 2020||FA Cup|
|Sheffield 0-3 Man Utd||24 Oct 2020||English Premier League|
|Sheffield 0-3 Newcastle Utd||21 June 2020||English Premier League|
|Sheffield 0-0 Aston Villa||17 June 2020||English Premier League|
Key players to keep an eye on:
Deputizing at the back, the Foxes have a fine goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel, who has kept 12 clean sheets this campaign. The best defender that Leicester has by a long way is Ben Chilwell, who isn’t just solid when defending, but has also scored three goals through his surging runs up-field.
The midfield has two very strong players in James Maddison who has 6 goals and 3 assists to his name, and Harvey Barnes with 6 goals and 8 assists this season. In attack, Leceister has one of the best strikers in the Premier League, Jamie Vardy. Although he has struggled recently, he finally broke his goal drought and scored his 100th goal for the Foxes and he has been scoring ever since. He now has 22 goals and 4 assists, followed by Ayoze Pérez on 7 goals and 4 assists.
In Dean Henderson, on loan from Manchester United, Sheffield has one of the brightest young keepers in the league. Henderson is tipped to become England’s first-choice keeper. Chris Basham is a top tackler in the league and he keeps the backline in order.
The Blade’s success this season has largely been down to an organized and disciplined defense, rather than a glut of goals further up the pitch. Their stand out forward is undoubtedly Lys Mousset who has 6 goals and 4 assists. Oliver McBurnie is closing the gap with 5 goals to his name; George Baldock and John Lundstrom come in with 3 goals each.
This is one of the more difficult EPL matches to call. If Vardy continues to find the back of the net, then it’s hard to see how the Sheffield defense will stifle him. However, if he’s misfiring on the day then Sheffield are in with a chance. Ultimately, the game is going to be battled out in midfield. Although the Foxes seem to have a bit more steel in this part of the pitch, Sheffield has shown in their games against Tottenham and Wolves that they can take on the big teams and beat them.
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