EPL – Matchweek 31 in Review

Matchweek 31 of the 2021/22 EPL season saw Man United drop points at home yet again, while an underdog romped home in West London.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Fortress no more

Uninspired, unmotivated, uninventive. It’s just some of the words use to described the latest performance by Manchester United at Old Trafford, a 1-1 draw with Leicester City. For a fifth time in their last eight EPL games, United dropped points as their Top 4 hopes — at one stage appearing a near lock in season 2021-22 — continue to slip away. What was once a fortress at Old Trafford is becoming easier and easier for opposition clubs to nick points, with Leicester, Watford and Southampton among the most recent clubs to do so. United started those games as $1.58, $1.39 and $1.57 favourites respectively with Palmerbet, but walked away with a draw in each. Shambles.

Bees stunner

Where to start with Brentford’s win at Stamford Bridge? Less than a decade ago, the two West London clubs couldn’t be further apart. One was a Champions League regular, while the other was languishing in League One. But Brentford’s rise up the football pyramid into the EPL has been incredible, and perhaps reached its crescendo with Saturday’s result. Not only was the victory away from home incredible (the Bees were $10 H2H pre-game), but the manner victory

One would expect an underdog victory to be a smash-and-grab job, but instead they romped home as 4-1 winners. To give an indication of the absurdity of that result, Brentford were already at $25 with a -1 handicap. Incredible scenes, made all the better with one man on the scoresheet.

More underdog dominance

While it wasn’t quite at the level of Brentford’s fairytale win, another all-London EPL clash finished with a big underdog victory. Crystal Palace went in as $4.00 outsiders to the in-form Arsenal on Tuesday morning (AEST) despite playing at home. And Patrick Viera’s men, who had been unbeaten in six games, showed why they perhaps deserve more respect as an EPL club. Not only did Palace grab the three points at Selhurst Park, but they did so in style, winning 3-0. A juicy $26.50 pre-game giving up a two-goal handicap, Palace had their home ground pumping with a clinical win. And the result has huge Top 4 ramifications.