By News Team
22nd June 2020
The Premier League returned to our screens last week and what a return it was.
There’s no let-up on the fixtures, however, with one more game tonight and two more on Tuesday night. Read on for our previews of the clashes.
Man City to get the job done against Burnley
With Manchester City having already taken on and overcome Arsenal last week, Burnley are the final Premier League team to get their campaign back under way when they face the daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.
While City are some 23 points off league leaders Liverpool, who are edging ever closer to clinching the title, Pep Guardiola will be keen for his side to keep up the momentum gained from the result against Arsenal, particularly with the latter stages of a Champions League campaign still to come. Given the relative ease it took them to dismiss the Gunners, City head into this one as the overwhelming 1/8 favourites.
Burnley, meanwhile, are 22/1 to get a win at the Etihad Stadium, though given the Clarets’ last win away at City came all the way back in 1963, perhaps this is of little surprise. That said, Sean Dyche’s men have enjoyed another impressive season to date, sitting just one point off the upper half of the table in 11th and are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games.
Expect Burnley to make life hard for Guardiola’s men, as they often do against most opposition. But City should have enough about them to get the job done. A drawn first half and City to win the second half is available at 7/2.
Vardy and Leicester to outfox Brighton
Both Leicester and Brighton were involved in some last-minute drama over the weekend, though it was the latter who will have been the happier with the outcome of their clash. While Leicester saw hosts Watford strike at the death on Saturday to drop two points, Brighton were on the right end of a stoppage-time winner as Neal Maupay’s strike secured the Seagulls a huge three points at home to Arsenal later that afternoon.
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester side will make their return to the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, however, after their trip to Watford, where they should be something of a different proposition for Brighton. Leicester head into the game as the odds-on 7/10 favourites for victory, with Brighton priced at 17/4, and that’s about right given the Foxes’ home form this season. Leicester have the third best home record in the Premier League this term, behind only Liverpool and Manchester City, where as Brighton, in contrast, have picked up just two league wins on the road all season.
Leicester’s star man, Jamie Vardy, may have fired a blank against Watford on Saturday, but back at the King Power Stadium he’ll be raring to make amends. With 19 goals this season, Vardy is the Premier League’s top scorer, and if the Golden Boot is not quite enough inspiration for him, then the fact that he is just one goal away from his 100th in the division should do the trick. He’s available at the advanced odds of 5/1 to make it triple figures by scoring twice or more against Brighton.
Spurs and West Ham set for crunch London derby
Things aren’t looking particularly great for either of Spurs or West Ham ahead of their London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night. While West Ham’s troubles are pretty clear for all to see – they sit above the drop zone by just goal difference after their loss to Wolves – Spurs are now winless in seven games in all competitions after their draw with Manchester United, they their worst run since November 2016.
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs did, though, impress at times against United and given West Ham’s troubles, they are quite rightly the 13/20 favourites for the three points on Tuesday, with the Hammers available for the win at 17/4 and the draw at 3/1. A look into the previous results this fixture has thrown up in recent years, however, may lead you to look elsewhere.
On the Hammers’ last three visits to north London, they’ve picked up two wins and a draw in all competitions. And given David Moyes’ men are seriously fighting for their lives at the bottom, expect them to have added motivation over a side whose Champions League hopes look to have seriously faded.
There’s not been a 0-0 in this game in the last 18 fixtures so there should be goals. Both teams to score and the match to end all square is priced at 18/5.