EPL Tips & Preview – Week 13, 18-20 Catch-up

Find the back of the net with tips for four postponed matches from Week 18, 19 and 20 of the EPL season.

06:30 (AEDT), hu 24th Feb @ Turf Moor, Burnley

History: Played 120: Tottenham 51 V Burnley 41 (28 Draws)

Last meeting: October 27, 2021 (EFL Cup): Tottenham 1 d Burnley 0 at Turf Moor

Final Thoughts: The midweek schedule kicks off with a rescheduled Week 13 fixture.

Eighth-placed Tottenham recovered from a three-game losing streak to upset Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on the weekend. Harry Kane – who has been cleared to play this week after picking up a back injury – scored his second goal in the 95th minute to win the match after Spurs had conceded an equaliser early in stoppage time.

Burnley gave their fading hopes of avoiding relegation a boost with a stunning 3-0 win at Brighton on the weekend – just the second-last Clarets’ second victory of the season.

Burnley are winless in their last five matches against Spurs, who outscored the Clarets 12-1 in those matches. Tottenham won the teams’ League Cup clash in October 1-0.

Spurs’ win over Man City should provide them with the impetus to get on a roll and reset their sights on the all-important top four.

Best Bet: Half-time/Full-time – Tottenham/Tottenham @ $2.75

Same Game Multi: Handicap – Tottenham -1; Total – Over 2.5; Anytime Goalscorer – Harry Kane @ $6.56

06.30 (AEDT), Thu 24th Feb @ Vicarage Road, Watford

History: Played 123: Crystal Palace 50 V Watford 45 (28 Draws)

Last meeting: August 24, 2021 (EFL Cup): Watford 1 d Crystal Palace 0 at Vicarage Road

Final Thoughts: Watford will be searching for back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they line up in this Week 18 catch-up fixture.

After earning just two points from their previous 11 starts, the Hornets ended a three-month win drought with a surprise 1-0 result at Villa Park on the weekend. Emmanuel Dennis’ 78th-minute winner was Watford’s first league goal since January 15. The result saw Watford climb off the bottom of the ladder but they are still four points away from safety.

Crystal Palace are relatively safe in 13th – eight points clear of 18th-placed Watford – but will be eager to snap a six-match winless run. They went down 1-0 at home to Chelsea on Sunday (AEDT) after conceding in the 89th minute.

Watford are unbeaten in their last five against Palace at Vicarage Road, including a 1-0 League Cup win earlier this season.

The Hornets’ recent form reversal renders them tempting $3 underdogs at home, but backing up a good performance has not been their strong suit and I’m inclined to look at the draw here.

Best Bet: Result – Draw @ $3.20

Same Game Multi: Handicap – Watford +1; Both Teams To Score; Anytime Goalscorer – Wilfried Zaha @ $6.18

06:45 (AEDT), Thu 24th Feb @ Anfield, Liverpool

History: Played 120: Liverpool 61 V Leeds 28 (31 Draws)

Last meeting: September 12, 2021 (EPL): Liverpool 3 d Leeds 0 at Elland Road

Final Thoughts: Manchester City’s loss on the weekend has given Liverpool a title sniff and they can pull to within three points of the league leaders with a win in this Week 19 fixture.

Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Norwich in Week 26 was their fifth in succession, conceding the first goal early in the second half before Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Luis Diaz scored after the hour mark to propel the heavyweights to victory.

Leeds United have lost three of their last four, going down 4-2 at home to Man United on the weekend. The 15th-placed side has conceded 50 goals this season – second-worst in the EPL – including 30 in their last 10 games.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 11 matches against Leeds, including a 3-0 victory at Elland Road earlier this season with Salah, Fabinho and Mane getting on the scoreboard.

Leeds’ defensive frailties over the past couple of months should have alarm bells ringing given the firepower at Liverpool’s disposal.

Best Bet: Result and Total – Liverpool and Over 3.5 @ $1.83

Same Game Multi: Handicap – Liverpool -2; Both Teams To Scorer; Anytime Goalscorer – Mo Salah; Anytime Goalscorer – Sadio Mane @ $10.41

06:45 (AEDT), Fri 25th Feb @ Emirates Stadium, London

History: Played 119: Arsenal 59 V Wolverhampton 32 (28 Draws)

Last meeting: February 10, 2022 (EPL): Arsenal 1 d Wolverhampton 0 at Molineux Stadium

Final Thoughts: Arsenal and Wolverhampton wrap up the midweek schedule with this Week 20 catch-up.

The teams met just two weeks ago with Gabriel Magalhaes’ 25th minute goal enough for Arsenal to grab a 1-0 win at Molineux Stadium, in what was Wolves’ only loss from their last eight matches.

The sixth-placed Gunners backed that up with a 2-1 home win over Brentford in Week 26, with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka finding the back of the net in the second half.

Wolves are in seventh spot, just two points behind Arsenal. They have played twice since losing to the Gunners and won both – against Tottenham (2-0) and Leicester (2-1) – to make it five wins from their last six outings.

This shapes as another fiercely fought contest and Arsenal look far too short as $1.62 favourites. Wolves won 2-1 at the Emirates last season and have been in strong form for an extended period.

Best Bet: Handicap – Wolverhampton +1 @ $2.20

Same Game Multi: Handicap – Wolverhampton +1; Both Teams To Score; Total – Over 2.5; Anytime Goalscorer – Emile Smith Rowe; Anytime Goalscorer – Raul Jimenez @ $31.48