Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: English Premier League: Week 31 Preview

English Premier League: Week 31 Preview

Week 31 Preview

English Premier League action continues with gameweek 31 kicking off on Tuesday 23 June 2020.

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Leicester City 13/20 
Draw 29/10
Brighton And Hove Albion 9/2
Leicester City relinquished a 90th minute lead when they allowed Watford to equalise in stoppage time. The Foxes will be looking to make amends against a Brighton side who are in high spirits after beating Arsenal 2-1 on the weekend.

The comeback victory was marred by ugly scenes at the final whistle with Arsenal players confronting Neal Maupay for injuring Bernd Leno in the game. This is a tough one to call and I’ll back both teams to score at 9/10. 

Tottenham Hotspur 7/10 
Draw 29/10 
West Ham United 39/10
Jose Mourinho produced a tactical masterclass on Friday night, holding Manchester United to a 1-all draw in what was his typical approach. Tottenham’s goalscorer, Steven Bergwijn was exceptional on the counter with his pace causing problems for opponents. The likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son have to step up in a more offensive approach.

A defeat is unimaginable for West Ham as they are tied on 27 points with Bournemouth who are in the relegation zone. The Hammers were easily beaten 2-1 by Wolves the last time out and they face a tricky assignment against Mourinho’s troops. I expect Spurs to win this one. 

Manchester United 4/10 
Draw 34/10 
Sheffield United 15/2
Manchester United lost a bit of ground on fourth-placed Chelsea when they drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur. The Red Devils finally had Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba on the same pitch at the same time in the second half of that particular encounter and it looks like they will form a good midfield combination.

Sheffield will obviously be without their star goalkeeper Dean Henderson who is on loan from their opponents. The Blades weren’t quite sharp against Newcastle United as they lost 3-0 on their return to competitive football. My money is on the hosts. 

Newcastle United 27/20 
Draw 23/10 
Aston Villa 43/20
Newcastle United thumped Sheffield United 3-0 this past weekend and will have high hopes against relegation-threatened Aston Villa who relinquished a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to Chelsea. A win for Aston Villa could see them climb out of the relegation zone depending on how other matches pan out. This is another encounter hence I’ll put my money on both teams finding the back of the net. 

Norwich City 29/10 
Draw 26/10
Everton 19/20
Norwich City are rooted to the foot of the table having won only five of their 30 games so far this season, conceding a whooping 55 goals in the process. The Canaries are six points off safety and they need something close to miracle to survive.

Everton held table topping Liverpool to a 1-all draw this past weekend to halt their league title celebrations by a further week. They surely should fancy their chances against a team that recently lost 3-0 to Southampton. I say Everton win this one. 

Wolves 6/10 
Draw 3/1
Bournemouth 5/1
This is a match between two teams with contrasting fortunes. Wolves are tied on points with fifth-placed Manchester United as they’re chasing European football again. Their 2-0 victory over West Ham on the weekend just looked easy and they now face another relegation-threatened team.

Bournemouth’s misery was compounded by a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace this past weekend. The Cherries might be in the relegation zone but a victory might see them leapfrog a few teams above them. I’ll back Wolves here. 

Liverpool 1/4 
Draw 47/10 
Crystal Palace 11/1
Liverpool will have flashbacks of 2014 when they were chasing the league and threw away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace. That match essentially handed Man City the league title. The current title race is virtually over but it would be a sweet feeling for the Scousers to wrap up the championship against the Eagles.

Palace showed signs of sharpness in their 2-0 victory over Bournemouth and they could temporarily spoil Liverpool’s party. I’m leaning towards a Liverpool victory. 

Burnley 2/1 
Draw 22/10 
Watford 15/10
Burnley are looking to bounce back from 5-0 demolition they suffered at Man City while Watford are looking to build on the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace. What made the draw sweet is the fact that they scored the equaliser in added on time after conceding a goal in the 90th minute. I’ll go for a Watford win here. 

Southampton 33/20 
Draw 49/20
Arsenal 33/20
Southampton returned to competitive football in spectacular fashion, thrashing bottom-placed Norwich City 3-0! They face an Arsenal side who’ve lost both their two games since the recommencement of football, succumbing 3-0 to Man City and letting Brighton overturn a 1-0 lead to beat them 2-1. I this one will end in a draw. 

Chelsea 32/10 
Draw 3/1
Man City 8/10
This could potentially be the match that seals the league title for Liverpool depending on how they fare against Crystal Palace. Chelsea overturned a 1-0 lead against Aston Villa to win 2-1 this past weekend. On the other hand, Man City have won both their games since the return of football, scoring eight goals in the process. Get on the visitors to emerge victorious here. 

Treble @ 7/1
Tottenham Hotspur 4/10 
Watford 15/10 
Chelsea 8/10  

Written by Eggs Benedict Ngwenya for Hollywoodbets 

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