EPL Picks (1/2/22) - Can Liverpool Bounce Back to Beat Chelsea?

12/31/2021


EPL Picks (1/2/22) - Can Liverpool Bounce Back to Beat Chelsea?

Manchester City WILL win the Premier League, pending a massive injury crisis or a major outbreak of Covid in the squad. An eight-point lead on New Year’s Day is unlikely to be overhauled.

Therefore, City must drop nine points to be caught by Chelsea or Liverpool who meet in London this Sunday. A draw would be a perfect result for the league leaders who could be even further ahead after visiting Arsenal the previous day. Here are our best Premier League picks for the Sunday matches.

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Chelsea vs Liverpool

Premier League Pick – Chelsea to beat Liverpool at (+205)

Bet Odds
Chelsea to win +205
Draw +240
Liverpool to win +125

With Manchester City having one hand and four fingers on the Premier League trophy, this fixture already looks like a playoff for second place. When writing this preview, Arsenal were six points adrift in fourth place with no games in hand over Liverpool.

The three-team mini-league at the top of the table has quickly become done and dusted for City. Chelsea and Liverpool will qualify for the Champions League but the issue is which club finishes in second place behind the champions.

Liverpool are currently one place and one point behind Chelsea, having played one game less. The visitors have a superior goal difference of five but travel to West London on the back of losing at Leicester which was just their second league loss of the season.

Chelsea are now a more solid outfit since Thomas Tuchel replaced playing legend, Frank Lampard, as the boss. His side can continue their consistent run with a win against Liverpool.  

Everton vs Brighton

Premier League Pick – Everton v Brighton draw at (+210)

Bet Odds
Everton to win +170
Draw +210
Brighton to win +170

The Everton locals are restless at Goodison Park, especially as the manager, Rafa Benitez, once called them a small club when managing Liverpool just across the outskirts of the city. There was some encouragement from the draw at Chelsea last week but Everton are still a flaky outfit.

Apparently, only four clubs in European football have spent more money than Everton during the last 10 transfer windows. Brighton can take advantage of any flaws and return to the south coast having won a point that prolongs a decent season with no obvious relegation dangers.

Southampton vs Newcastle

Premier League Pick – Southampton to beat Newcastle at (-152)

Bet Odds
Southampton to win -152
Draw +280
Newcastle to win +400

Despite rumors that they are now the richest club in the world football, Newcastle have won just once in 19 league fixtures and only Norwich are below them in the table. Manchester United were so abysmal that they made Newcastle look like a decent team in the recent draw at St James’ Park. The positives from the performance were offset by two key injuries towards the end of the match.

Southampton are another side that are genuinely too good to become embroiled in relegation matters. The Saints are 10 points clear of Burnley in 18th place before any results after this preview. They have lost just one of nine home league matches but have scored only nine goals in those fixtures. The obvious conclusion is a narrow home win so we make Southampton the pick.

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