EPL Match Day 23 Rundown: Full Analysis & Free Soccer Picks

Nikki Adams

Saturday, January 23, 2016 1:29 PM GMT

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 1:29 PM GMT

England’s top flight enters match day 23 this weekend and we have a preview of all the Premier League action here complete with choice soccer picks for the must-see games.

Match Day 22 Recap
Another riveting round of Premier League closed with Arsenal and Leicester City tied at the top of the table on 44 points. Leicester City settled on the 1-1 draw at Villa Park while Arsenal succumbed to a scoreless draw at Stoke City. 

Elsewhere, Chelsea’s ongoing struggles on form continued with a 3-3 draw against Everton and West Ham United succumbed to the 2-1 defeat at St. James Park. Man City and Manchester United, meanwhile, were amongst the winners of match day 22 with a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace and a 1-0 win over Liverpool, respectively.

Here’s a look at the weekend’s fixtures complete with money line soccer odds according to Bet365. Below, we feature several must-spot matchups and serve up choice soccer picks.

Norwich City vs. Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp and his Reds are coming off a solid 3-0 win over Exeter City in FA Cup action, a result that should send them into the weekend’s clash with a struggling Norwich City with no shortage of confidence. In their last six Premier League games the Reds have shown some inconsistency on form with a 2-1-3 mark, but the demands of FA Cup and League Cup (in which they are very much alive) have weighed heavily on their schedule and are partly responsible for this patchy run of form. Odds makers expect a return to winning form in England’s top flight this weekend when the Reds take on Norwich City on the road and we’re of a mind to agree with our soccer picks.

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Soccer Pick: Liverpool +102 
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Leicester City vs. Stoke City
Stoke City can be a tough customer on any given weekend. Case-and-point: beating Man United and Everton in recent weeks, not to mention holding Arsenal to a scoreless draw at home in the last lap around the Premier League. However, Leicester City continue to face marked disrespect in the market. The idea, amongst odds makers and experts alike, is they can’t possibly continue to challenge for the title. Surely it’s a matter of time before they capitulate.

This seemingly inevitable capitulation hasn’t happened and many avid Premier League enthusiasts are beginning to wonder whether it ever will. We’re on the heels of match day 23 with Leicester City well inside the demanding portion of their schedule – the point during which ominous prognosticators had them wobbling – and they are still top of the table, jointly with Arsenal in first place. The Foxes have lost just two matches all season long, which is the fewest of any team in the league including title favorites Man City who have five losses to their credit already. That’s nothing to sniff at. As such, we’re of a mind to take the Foxes at their generous odds for the home win.

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Soccer Pick: Leicester City +111 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Arsenal vs. Chelsea
The must-see game of the weekend is sure to be the clash between Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsene Wenger has had very little joy against the Blues in recent seasons and he’ll be keen address that imbalance. It’s a shame he won’t have the added satisfaction of sticking it to Jose Mourinho as the manager has long been through the exit door. The Gunners are top of the league with 13-5-4 mark and 44 points, level with Leicester City in first place. A win over the Blues is paramount towards their title bid and with home advantage they have the market nod.

Chelsea have seen a measure of improvement under Guus Hiddink, but none that would be tantamount to a complete reversal of fortunes. They are ranked 14th with a 6-7-9 mark and 25 points. Only four points separate the Blues from the drop zone with recent form standing at a 1-4-1 mark that is still a cause for concern. Most recently, they settled on a 3-3 draw with Everton, but the reality is they were lucky to get a point in that game as John Terry’s equaliser was clearly offside.

Considering the contrasting fortunes of both teams, it’s somewhat surprising that odds makers aren’t cornering this game in Arsenal’s camp wholeheartedly. You’ll find the home win trading anywhere from +100 (Bookmaker and BetOnline) to +111 (Pinnacle). For our money, those are just too tempting to pass on our soccer picks. So we’re going with the straight up win by the hosts.

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Soccer Pick: Arsenal +111 
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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