Free Soccer Picks: How to Bet All of This Weekends Premier League Totals

Lee Phelps

Saturday, January 31, 2015 12:35 AM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 12:35 AM UTC

Every week football pundits go head to head to pick which games will go over and under 2.5 goals in the English Premier League. Here are William Hill podcast host Lee Phelps' 10 predictions and the reasons why.

Arsenal v Aston Villa
Everyone knows Villa are poor in front of goal, but do you know they are good in front of their own goal? They have conceded 12 goals away from home and I expect them to set up for a 0-0 here.

Arsenal will break them down, but it may take an hour.

Pick: Under 2.5


Southampton vs Swansea City
Without Wilfried Bony and Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea are missing the men who have scored 70% of their away goals this season.

Southampton are confident, their creative players look to be in top form and I can see them scoring a few here to maintain third place.

Pick: Over 2.5


Hull City vs Newcastle United
The Tigers need to start winning games soon or they could find themselves in serious trouble. They are already in the bottom three and those Europa League nights seem a long time ago now. They are the second lowest scorers at home in the division.

Jon Carver has been confirmed as the Newcastle boss until the end of the season and, although the players seem to like him, the results haven’t improved too much. He needs Papiss Cisse back, but he was only back on Thursday from international duty, so may not be able to emulate his brace against Hull at St James’ Park. Without him they will struggle to score, and for that reason we will back the 'Under' with the first of our soccer picks here.

Pick: Under 2.5


Crystal Palace vs Everton
Since Alan Pardew took over, Palace have scored 12 goals and this week they have signed Shola Ameobi and Jordan Mutch. Both are capable of adding more goals to this side thriving under their new boss.

Everton couldn’t be more different. They have gone back to basics, by tightening up at the back, but it appears to have blunted their attack too, with only three goals in their last five.

I see Palace going for three points here, so Everton will be able use their pace and width to counter.

Pick: Over 2.5


Liverpool vs West Ham United
I’ve been impressed with Liverpool’s gradual improvement and their defensive record is getting better too, with only one goal conceded in their last five (not including the extra time Chelsea winner).

The Hammers have won one game away from home in five and that was against League One Bristol City.

I see a professional, controlled Liverpool win by one or two goals to nil.

Pick: Under 2.5


Manchester United vs Leicester
Louis van Gaal’s team have scored 22 goals at home this season and will have revenge on their minds after losing 5-3 in the reverse fixture. I can see United matching that goal tally in this game, but there is no way Leicester can score five!

They have been scoring more though, with five goals in their last three at Tottenham, Hull and Liverpool, so maybe they can get one at Old Trafford too.

Pick: Over 2.5


Stoke City vs Queens Park Rangers
This looks straight forward to me, with QPR’s wretched away form (ten successive losses) and only five goals scored against a Stoke team growing in confidence, but missing their playmaker Bojan who is out for the season.

Stoke have scored 12 in 10 at the Britannia, so I see a one or two nil home win.

Pick: Under 2.5


Sunderland vs Burnley
Fear of losing will be uppermost in Sunderland minds, so I see them being cautious. Burnley will take a point at the draw specialists too, so a dull, tense game finishing in stalemate.

Pick: Under 2.5


West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur
Tony Pulis may sense Spurs are there for the taking after celebrating their League Cup semi-final win on Wednesday and could well send his team out to attack with Saido Berahino in good form.

If they do, this will be a good game and I can see Tottenham sitting back and hitting them on the counter.

Pick: Over2.5


Chelsea vs Manchester City
This is a tricky one, because City have to win and Chelsea will be happy to draw. So who wins out? I don’t see Manuel Pellegrini as a manager who will go all-out attack, so Jose Mourhino’s men will set the pace of the game and play it tight.

I’m really undecided on this, but will go over because of the attacking talent on the pitch.

Pick: Over 2.5

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