The following are betting tips for selected midweek fixtures in Gameweek 15 of the 2017/18 English Premier League.
As with the previous round, I have leaned towards backing the big clubs because the high frequency of fixtures at the moment favours the teams who have superior squad depth.
Chelsea vs. Newcastle
Back Chelsea in the head-to-head at 1.25 (SBOBET)
Chelsea boast a 15-1-2 record as the home favourite over the last 12 months and they have a strong record at Stamford Bridge against Newcastle, who have lost their last 4 visits to the venue by an aggregate of 12 goals to 1. Newcastle have only won 1 of their 7 away fixtures since being promoted back into the Premier League. Back Chelsea at odds of 1.21 or higher.
Brighton vs. Liverpool
Back Liverpool in the head-to-head at 1.52 (Unibet)
Back under 2.5 goals at 2.12 (Unibet)
Brighton have made a solid start to their EPL campaign but haven’t managed to trouble the top teams, with Man City, Arsenal and Man Utd all seeing them off without conceding a goal. Liverpool, meanwhile have been on a roll against the non-title contenders, beating Huddersfield 3-0, West Ham 4-1, Southampton 3-0 and Stoke City 3-0 over the past month. Brighton at home are a tough nut to crack, so I don’t envisage a thrashing but nevertheless expect Liverpool to get the win.
Watford vs. Tottenham
Back Tottenham in the head-to-head at 1.75 (TopBetta)
Tottenham boast a 11-1-2 record as the away favourite over the last 12 months and they’ve won both trips to Vicarage Road since Watford were promoted, running out 4-1 winners last season. Watford are 2-1-6 as the home underdog over the last 12 months and their last two fixtures against title contenders Chelsea and Man Utd both saw them lose 4-2. The fact that Tottenham lost to Leicester City mid-week has seen their odds drift out from opening odds as lows as 1.62, which has created a value on them in the head-to-head market.
Back over 2.50 goals at 1.70 (bet365)
Three of the last 4 meetings between the two sides went over 2.5 goals, with the last two meetings combining for 9 total goals.
Stoke City vs. Swansea
Back Stoke City in the head-to-head at 1.93 (SBOBET)
Back the 0-0 draw at 8.50 (bet365)
Both teams are in poor form but at least Stoke City have been scoring goals. Swansea haven’t found the back of the net in four games as they continue to struggle after selling arguably their best player in the off-season. Stoke have gone 5-2-1 as the home favourite over the last 12 months while Swansea have gone 3-3-13 as the away underdog. The good news for Swansea is they have been tight defensively, which is why I have thrown in the 0-0 draw.
Everton vs. Huddersfield
Back Everton in the head-to-head at 1.75 (William Hill)
Back Everton to win tn nil at 2.86 (Mad Bookie)
At the time of writing it looks like Sam Allardyce will be in charge of Everton in time for this fixture, but whoever is in charge, they should be too strong at home for Huddersfield. Everton boast a 12-0-1 record as the home favourite over the last 12 months and they come into this fixture on the back of a moral-boosting 4-0 win over West Ham. Huddersfield have gone 1-1-5 away from home since promotion and haven’t scored an away goal since Week 1. Huddersfield’s last four away fixtures have saw them lose 2-0 at Swansea, 3-0 at Liverpool, 4-0 at Bournemouth and 5-0 at Arsenal.