By News Team
14th July 2020
We’re in for another set of Premier League fixtures in midweek as the competition approaches its finale.
We’ve previewed the key games to look out for below.
Chelsea to strengthen their top-four spot?
Saturday was a disappointing day for both Chelsea and Norwich, who meet at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. While Chelsea suffered a shock 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United, Norwich were relegated from the Premier League after a 4-0 loss to West Ham.
Thanks to Bournemouth’s demolition of Leicester City on Sunday evening, however, Chelsea were handed a lifeline in the race for the top four, but Frank Lampard and his side know that this is a must win game if they want to be playing on the elite European stage next season.
Given the two sides’ contrasting fortunes, Chelsea are unsurprisingly the 1/7 favourites for victory here. But the Blues’ goalkeeping troubles do continue with Kepa Arrizabalaga having now conceded 42 league goals this season – the only Chelsea goalkeeper to have conceded more in a single season was back in 1994 when Dmitri Kharine let 48 goals past him.
Norwich boss Daniel Farke has said that his side have nothing to lose at Stamford Bridge after their relegation from the Premier League was confirmed on Saturday and that they can dent Chelsea’s top four hopes on Tuesday night. They are 22/1 to spring a surprise victory on the Blues, though given Chelsea’s need for a result as well as their defensive troubles, a Blues win and both teams to score at 8/5 may be more likely.
Arsenal to end Liverpool’s points record hopes?
Premier League champions Liverpool travel to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening to face an Arsenal side who will be hoping to bounce back after a disappointing defeat to arch-rivals Spurs on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta became the first Gunners manager since Bruce Rioch in 1995 to have lost his first North London derby as Arsenal’s season took another frustrating turn after losing out to Spurs. The Gunners will certainly be looking to put a smile back on their fans’ faces against Liverpool this week and they are 29/10 to secure the three points on Wednesday.
Since becoming champions, Liverpool have struggled to put a run of form together, with the Reds dropping points against both Manchester City and Burnley. Although Liverpool have dropped points, Jurgen Klopp’s side can still break the all-time Premier League points record of 100 if they manage to win their final three games, and they are 10/11 favourites to add another victory here.
One more slip-up, though, would see them fall short. A draw and Arsenal to spoil the party is 14/5.
The battle for Europe
A few years back and Leicester and Sheffield United were facing off in the Championship. Now, however, they are both in the hunt for European football, with Leicester hoping to get into the Champions League and Sheffield United in the race for the Europa League.
Sheffield United’s victory over Chelsea on Saturday meant Chris Wilder became the first Blades manager to win four consecutive home top-flight matches since Dave Bassett in 1991. They may not be at home on Thursday night when they travel to Leicester but they will be hoping to translate that form at the King Power Stadium, and are 3/1 for the win.
After 26 Premier League appearances, David McGoldrick scored his first ever top-flight goal on Saturday for Sheffield United and the striker will be looking to end the season strongly, starting with Leicester. He’s 7/2 to make it two in two and score anytime on Thursday.
Leicester’s form, meanwhile, continues to go from bad to worse after they fell to defeat on Sunday evening to Bournemouth. The Foxes are now in real danger of missing out on Champions League football, having only won one of their last six fixtures in the Premier League. They are 7/4 to finish in the top four, sitting behind both Chelsea and Manchester United in the betting.
Leicester are Evens favourites to defeat Sheffield United, though. Can the Foxes bounce back?