Soccer Odds - English Premier League Week 23 Fixtures Featuring Manchester City vs Chelsea

  • Friday, January 30th, 2015

    By  Ej Garr


    Soccer Betting: It seems we are hearing more conversation as to who is leaving England, rather than who can expect to be moving to Premier League. If you fancy any transfer news website on a daily basis throughout Premier League this week, you’ll see that there are a more diverse amount of players leaving the league to play in Germany, Italy and even Cyprus in some cases.

    The English media continues to try and carry the league news with a harsh tone, and it is making many managers more prone to outlash, comments and hearsay about rumors as the window closes this weekend. Chelsea and Manchester City is the featured match of the weekend, although a good bit of the players for both squads will be unavailable, whether due to do injury, suspension or international duties.

    There are plenty of other matches with implications in this round. West Ham visits Anfield to take on Liverpool, and Swansea visits Southampton, with both matches affecting the upper portion of the table.

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    Let's put on some tea and prepare the crumpets, because it is time again to break down this weekend’s matches throughout the Barclays Premier League.

    Saturday, January 31- 8 Matches

    Featured Match Manchester City vs Chelsea

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    Man City +305

    Chelsea -110

    Draw +265


    Man City +0.5 -110

    Chelsea -0.5 -110

    Total 2.5:

    Over -125

    Under +105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    To add insult to injury, literally, Chelsea is feeling both ends of the spectrum heading to the City match. Cesc Fabregas left the last match with a hammy issue, and we all know Diego Costa is suspended and set to miss the next 3 fixtures. There are still an abundance of rumors about what is left to accomplish for Mourinho to finish out the campaign with a roster he can win with. They cancelled their pre-match news conference, so they wouldn't have to field questions they do not have answers for at the moment. We also know that Jose Mourinho doesn't need to add to his delicate media relationships that follow him right now, if not always. To add to the roster issues, Felipe Luis is also questionable for the Blues after leaving the Capital One Cup match with an injury.

    Manchester has brought over, and lost, some players in the last week, so they will need to learn how to work together quickly to take on league leaders Chelsea away from home.

    Newcomer Wilfried Bony, and his Ivory Coast teammate Yaya Toure will be sitting this one out, with the advancing of their International clubs in the African Cup of Nations.

    Both clubs will certainly have to make shift line ups for this one.

    We are going to suggest the Under 2.5 at +105, simply because we do not know where the offense will come from, when we normally would not remotely expect a low-scoring match under normal circumstances.

    Newcastle vs Hull City

    3-Way: 1: Newcastle +180 Away ; X: +225 Draw ; 2: Hull +165 Home

    Spread: Newcastle Pk -105 ; Hull Pk -115

    Total 2.5: Over +135 ; Under -155

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Newcastle's John Carver has expressed a ton of interest in wanting to beseen as the future of the club, but there are still many rumors and stories about who will be the announced permanent manager, whether it come this season, or into the next campaign. They sit vicariously between finding themselves in the discussion for Europe and the relegation zone, with 10 points separating them on either side of the story line.

    We are hearing that Hull took the opportunity from some time off last weekend to head to Portugal, and train together as a club to prepare for the uphill battle they face trying to escape relegation.

    Regardless of all that is or isn't going on here, we still see two clubs who desperately need 3 points, so when the Total came out with such a quality line of +130 or so on the Over, we decided it would be our suggestion for some action on the match.

    Everton vs Crystal Palace

    3-Way: 1: Everton +165 Away ; X: +220 Draw ; 2: C. Palace +185 Home

    Spread: Everton Pk -115 ; C. Palace Pk -105

    Total 2.5: Over +125 ; Under -145

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Crystal Palace has basically made two moves in the open transfer market, and their latest incomer will be Senegalese defender Pape Souare, coming over from Lille to help the back line. He may not be back in time from his duty in the African Cup of Nations with Senegal this week. We know that Yaya Sanogo came over earlier in the month as their other move.

    We got late news over the wire just before submitting this preview that Palace has made some late moves, grabbing Jordon Mutch from QPR, and 33-year-old striker Shola Ameobi agreeing to finish out the year there. Head man Alan Pardew has come out in the press saying that Ameobi will most likely be on the starting Xi roster this weekend, which gives him 5, maybe 6, reasonable threats up front to attempt to stay afloat in Premier League through the campaign.

    Luckily, you don't need to make a lot of moves to take on Everton, who have basically told us that we can continue to fade them, as we have been doing plenty in our previews. We fade them again, after watching Eto'o go to back to Italy this week and that will actually give Eto'o the rebirth he needed, so Everton freely saying goodbye to him might come back to bite Everton.

    We are taking the Crystal Palace Pk at -105, Draw no Bet action, because fading Everton is what we do, as long as we have a reasonable line to do it, and we do!

    West Ham vs Liverpool

    3-Way: 1: West Ham +500 Away ; X: +300 Draw ; 2: Liverpool -165 Home

    Spread: West Ham +1 -125 ; Liverpool -1 +105

    Total 2.5: Over -135 ; Under +115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Liverpool has arguably had the best transfer window activity of everyone, and that didn't even include losing or moving Mario Balotelli.

    Both clubs sit a point apart in the table, and are playing well at the moment, but Liverpool has certainly been through plenty the last week. With the back-to-back meetings with Chelsea in the Capital One Cup, Chelsea found a way to advance through after two intense matches on the home and home cup series.

    West Ham has plenty to look forward to, and are in a pretty nice position through 23 matches. Having 36 points and tied with Liverpool with 10 wins, they should be relishing being in the European qualifying discussion they should think of it as a positive.

    We are taking this Over, but moving it to the handicap 2.5 and 3 to get closer to even money. If it is 2 - 1, we will gladly take half our bet and use it another day.

    Leicester vs Manchester United

    3-Way: 1: Leicester +850 Away ; X: +450 Draw ; 2: Man U -300 Home

    Spread: Leicester +1.5 -125 ; Man U -1.5 -105

    Total 3: Over +100 ; Under -120

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Regardless of what the Man U press and media want to say about Radamel Falcao trying to fit in, there is no reason to not be impressed with his resume enough to let him fight it out with playing time. It's not like he hasn't had the chances lately and, okay, those need to be converted obviously. They are making him out to be like he has no place in English football, and many outlets would like to see him loaned or sent somewhere else.

    He will likely get on the score sheet this weekend, and put some of the talk to rest, and the entire midfield and front should make sure he gets his confidence up for the final stretch of the campaign.

    We will do the exact score thing, and predict a3 - 1 scoreline, so bet it accordingly. Man U -1.5 at -105 and the Over 3 at even money.

    Queens Park vs Stoke City

    3-Way: 1: QPR +500 Away ; X: +285 Draw ; 2: Stoke -160 Home

    Spread: QPR +0.5 +135 ; Stoke -0.5 -160

    Total 2.5: Over +100 ; Under -120

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Well, we know Bojan Krkic is going to down for a good amount of time with the ligament damage to his knee. So how will Stoke plan on finishing out the campaign without someone who provided that much now gone for the season?

    Stoke City is the club sitting in the 10th spot of the table, and are now wondering how they will be able to not only maintain positioning, but yet not fall far enough back to end up fighting to even stay in top flight. Things can turn on a dime in this league, and 10 points can come and go fast, which is exactly the points lead they have on clubs facing relegation.

    We do know now that Peter Crouch is committed for the next 2 years, so that will at least give Stoke a semblance of a threat up front in any match.

    The next goal Queens Park gives up will be their 40th of the campaign, which will add to their lead in a category not conducive to a winning formula. Plus, we have mentioned a few times over the course of the season that QPR still remains the only club to have not found a single away point this year, with a 0 - 10 - 0 record.

    We see the handicap -1, moved from the 3-Way or -0.5 line offered, to grab plus money at +115 at home to win by at least the goal we need, and hopefully 1 or two more on top of it.

    Burnley vs Sunderland

    3-Way: 1: Burnley +275 Away ; X: +235 Draw ; 2: Sunderland +110 Home

    Spread: Burnley +0.5 -130; Sunderland -0.5 +110

    Total 2.5: Over +125 ; Under -145

    Analysis and Prediction:

    The talk around the media is the sudden offer from Liverpool to not only sign Ings, but actually let him stay at Burnley on loan for the rest of the year, just so they can keep him away from Chelsea or Manchester.

    For now, he is there, and he is obviously keen of the fact that he is on the spotlight throughout England.

    Let's not even attempt to overlook that Over 2.5 sitting at +125. It is staring at you, you are getting sleepy and you are headed to the window and putting in the Over 2.5 at +125. I will snap my fingers to wake you up in time to cash your tickets!

    Tottenham vs West Brom

    3-Way: 1: Tottenham +150 Away ; X: +230 Draw ; 2: West Brom +190 Home

    Spread: Tottenham Pk -130 ; West Brom Pk +110

    Total 2.5: Over +115 ; Under -135

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    West Brom is not beating Tottenham at home, or wherever else they want to let this match take place.

    Even though the Tottenham Pk is marginally juiced at -130 or so, we have no doubt that they will be walking out of here with a point at worst.

    It is always safer to throw in a safety net with an away club that we know should be able to play like the better club, but a push is better than a loss if they end up 2 - 2 or something. Drink this juice today, and we do not usually get much higher than -125, -130, with our suggestions, so when we do, hopefully we can continue knowing why there are times to use a straw with our juice.

    Sunday, February 1 - 2Matches

    Aston Villa vs Arsenal

    3-Way: 1: Aston Villa+1150 Away ; X: +510 Draw ; 2: Arsenal -400 Home

    Spread: Aston Villa +1.5 +115 ; Arsenal -1.5 -135

    Total 2.5: Over -145 ; Under +125

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Arsenal has now completed the €15million signing of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista. It took a bit longer than expected, but he was finally granted a work permit to play in Britain. The defenseman who comes over from Villareal is being reported to likely get on the pitch this weekend at Emirates Stadium.

    They will likely need to find a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal's leading scorer, who looks to be out for this weekend with hamstring issues continuing to be a problem. It could obviously linger and cause him to miss more than one match, so we will keep an eye on him.

    Now that Arsenal is healthy overall though -- with the returns of Ozil and Walcott -- playing with a front 5 with International talent all around it. We will certainly expect a beat down of sorts here, and we are moving the total to get a better payout. The total moves to 3 to get +115 or so, depending on the time you see it, and don't be afraid to take the Over 2.5 and 3 at -110 if you like handicaps and minimal juice.

    Swansea City vs Southampton

    3-Way: 1: Swansea +540 Away ; X: +285 Draw ; 2: Southampton -165 Home

    Spread: Swansea +1 -135 ; Southampton -1 +115

    Total 2.5: Over +115 ; Under -135

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Southampton has done an amazing job of staying in their system to instill a winning attitude, and they have been relatively quiet through the open window. There are rumors that the club is trying to secure Filip Djuricic from Benfica. He will not be here for now, so again they will have to stay in form to take on a Swansea club that have not won any of their last 4, coming off a horrible 5-goal beat down from Chelsea last time out.

    Even though we know the FA Cup has no significance for the most part, we were still surprised to see they put out most of the starters for that and it didn't look good. However, take it as a grain that they both looked terrible in their FA Cup matches on the 24th.

    None of that means anything in the grand scheme of Premier League. We will turn to this Over 2.5 at +115 in fact, expecting Southampton to have success finding the net at home in a 3 - 1 type of match that will be televised throughout the country, and all eyes watching as it effects the entire upper half of the table.

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