English Premier League Picks: Sunday's Best Plays To Bust Your Bookie

Kevin Stott

Friday, January 1, 2016 7:24 PM GMT

We break down the soccer odds for Premier League's Matchday 20 when Crystal Palace meets Chelsea and Everton faces Tottenham. Don't miss the best soccer picks available.

English Premier League champions Chelsea head across Londontown to South Norwood to face upstart Crystal Palace in a Matchday 20 fixture on Sunday between two clubs one might think would be in opposite places in the league table as the 2nd Half begins this weekend. Let’s take a quick look at that game between the Blues and Eagles as well as a match featuring another club from London, Tottenham, and Everton in Liverpool at Goodison Park later that day. We examine some Trends and other series numbers and try to make a good soccer pick or two with thoughts the weather is getting Cold in the Northern Hemisphere and that goals were scarce on Matchday 19 in England’s Top Flight, where 7 of 10 matches had 2 goals or less scored.

 

Sunday, January 3, 2016
Chelsea FC vs. Crystal Palace FC

Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea [Sunday 13:30] NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC En Deportes En Vivo Extra (US); Sky Go UK, SKY GO Extra, NOW TV UK, Sky Sports 1/HD (UK); SKY México (CRI); 12:30 p.m. EST/9:30 a.m. PST): Defending English Premier League champions and now 14th-place Chelsea (5-5-9, 23 GF-29 GA) head to South Norwood, London to face upstart and 5th-place Crystal Palace (9-4-6, 23 GF-16 GA) in an enticing derby with big meaning to both clubs on Sunday as the 2nd Half of the season kicks off. The Eagles won the first meeting on Matchday 4 at Stamford Bridge, shocking the Blues 2-1 and Palace has actually won 2 of the L4 meetings in this series. Soccer odds boards here have visitors Chelsea solid +105 favorites (Bet365) with host Crystal Palace +275 underdogs and the Draw priced at +240. The Total (Goals) here has been set at 2½ with the Under priced at -145 (Bet365). Expect the Blues to fight tooth-and-nail here to try to get off to a solid start in the 2nd Half both pointwise and mentally with Defense being the focus for new Interim Manager Guus Hiddink who took over for José Mourinho last month. The Blues should be able to get a goal (or maybe even two) from Eden Hazard (+200 Anytime Goalscorer, bet365), F Diego Costa (+160, Bet365), Pedro, Oscar (+375, Bet365), speedy Brazilian Willian (+350, BetVictor) or maybe even D Branislav Ivanovic who shoots when he pleases. Chelsea is coming off a 0-0 Draw at Old Trafford on Monday against Manchester United as the club played great Defense as John Terry and GK Thibaut Courtois helped earn a point in the last match of the 1st Half.

Crystal Palace (600/1 to win EPL championship, BetVictor) had a dream 1st Half and can actually contemplate 1—Winning the EPL; 2—Playing UEFA Champions League football next year, or... 3—Playing UEFA Europa League football next year—three things Chelsea can’t. Here at Selhurst Park the Eagles will look to Wilfried Zaha (+500, BetVictor), James McArthur, Yohan Cabaye, Marouane Chamakh (+375, Bet365), Fraser Campbell (+300, Bet365) and others for scoring but Patrick Bamford has left the Palace and returned to Chelsea from his Loan spell. Manager Alan Pardew has been going with GK Wayne Hennessey and with him playing so well in his starts, Cold and Rain in the Forecast in London and two good GKs, backing the Under (2½) seems the best approach here with a Draw No Bet on Chelsea (-200, Coral) also worth consideration (Crystal Palace Draw No Bet +187, BetVictor). Chelsea is 6-0-2 the L8 in this series—note no Draws—and the Blues are 6-4-3 (30 GF-12 GA) here at Selhurst Park in EPL play and 14-9-4 (47 GF-24 GA) lifetime against Palace and with Revenge on their minds from that upset at SW6, expect Chelsea to grind out a Win and maybe the Clean Sheet.

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Predicted Final Score: Crystal Palace 0 Chelsea 1
Free Sunday EPL Soccer Pick: Under 2½ +115 (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook), Chelsea Draw No Bet -200 (Coral)

 

Tottenham Hotspur FC vs. Everton FC
Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur [Sunday 16:00] (NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra, Telemundo, NBC Deportes En Vivo Extra (US); Sky Go UK, SKY GO Extra, NOW TV UK, Sky Sports 1/HD (UK); SKY México (CRI); 11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST): Fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur (9-8-2, 33 GF-15 GA) heads to Liverpool and Goodison Park on Sunday to face 11th-place Everton (5-5-8, 35 GF-28 GA) in what for now is a much more important fixture for the host Toffees. These two clubs have played tight through the years, with Spurs going 57-50-48 (233 GF-201 GA) in this series in EPL play and Everton 32-27-18 (107 GF-82 GA) here at Home in league play against Tottenham. Trend-wise, 4 of the L5 in this series have gone Under the Total with just 6 goals being scored in those 5 matches (1.20 gpm). In the first meeting this season on Matchday 4 at White Hart Lane in North London, the two teams played to a 0-0 Draw, while the last meeting here last season saw Spurs and GK Hugo Lloris register a Clean Sheet on the last day of the season (Matchday 38) in a 1-0 Win. With Harry Kane (11 goals, Anytime Goalscorer +137, 888sport) and Spurs (11/1 to win EPL championship, 10Red) an unbeaten 4-2-0 in the L6 in this series in Premier League play (6 GF- 3 GA), it’s tempting to want to back Tottenham (+160, Bet365), but a Draw (+250) is too strong a possibility. So riding that pretty solid 4-1 ATS Under Trend of late (Total 2½ Over -135, Under -115, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) and knowing there hasn’t been a goal scored between these two clubs in almost the last 2 hours of of EPL play and that the Weather in The Beatles hometown of Liverpool is supposed to be Rainy and pretty Cold (47° Fahrenheit) and that Tim Howard and Lloris could be in goal means taking the Under seems better than gambling on a side or a potential Draw although that result is a distinct possibility as Toffees Dutch striker Romelu Lukaku (15 goals, Anytime Goalscorer +110, bet365), Ross Barkley and Everton (1,000/1 to win EPL championship, BetVictor) will not want to lose in the particular spot.

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Predicted Final Score: Everton 0 Tottenham 0
Free Sunday EPL Soccer Pick: Under 2½ +115 (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook)
EPL Matchday 20 Soccer 4-Leg Parlay (Accumulator): Arsenal -350/Southampton +140/Stoke City +180/Manchester City -150 (Bet365)