Premier League weekend for real lovers, as the big guns are involved in FA Cup quarter-finals and so there is some pure English taste in the available games. West Ham vs. Arsenal can be a huge trap for Gunners, that must not fall in their overconfidence for the late good results. Marcelo Bielsa brings the circus to London and can camp joyfully at Fulham, a game he must not fail. It takes real, real lovers to fancy Brighton vs. Newcastle. Here’s a complete preview, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
West Ham vs. Arsenal
Sunday, March 21, 2021 – 11:00 AM EDT at Olympic Stadium
Looking at the table there is a sense of confusion. West Ham are 5th and only 3 points far from the Champions League positions while Arsenal are 10th and going continuously on a rollercoaster, so exactly what would you expect from the two but in the opposite position. In an unusual and surprising season like this, the Hammers are stealing the show more than anybody else, putting behind them Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Arsenal, in the season of pride, are going even worse, and at least have Europa League to fight for, which could give them the pass through Champions League but even more important their first European trophy in 27 years, already their longest European drought, as between City' Fairs Cup and Cup' Winners Cup lapsed 24 years. Their return leg against Olympiakos was unexpectedly tough, in spite of the 1-3 in Piraeus. Horrible performance from Aubameyang, once again missing out in important games.
But all in all, after such a demanding match, visiting West Ham is the opposite of a soft shifting back to the league. West Ham won at Upton Park 5 of the last 6 games, with the defeat was against Liverpool. True, Arsenal lost only 1 in the last 5, but their away record is not very impressive, with 2 defeats in the last 4 against Wolves and Villa. Anyway, in 4 of the last 5 Arsenal games, it was a both teams scoring game.
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Fulham vs. Leeds
Friday, March 19, 2021 - 04:00 PM EDT at Craven Cottage
Bielsa's magic got a bit lost along the season, or maybe it's just us expecting too much from a team that, let's remind it, has just been promoted and is sitting 12th in the standings, just 5 points behind the likes of Arsenal, that have a totally different budget. It's the converting segment that got completely stuck lately, with no goals scored in 4 of the last 5 games.
Good thing that Fulham is on the way: let's scrap the win at Anfield that is totally out of any category with Fulham winning only 3 in the last 15 games, and scored only 5 in the last 9 games. At Craven Cottage their performance is dramatic, in fact, they have the worst home attack, with only 2 goals scored in the last 9.
Leeds are the only one in the league with no away draws, a typical Bielsa attitude especially on the road. They go for all, or otherwise, it's not worth of. Bookmakers see a very leveled game, but Leeds are actually pretty consistent when they face teams who are playing nothing special, winning such games since November, witnessing then that Bielsa can squeeze the best out of his players, which doesn't mean making miracles.
Brighton vs. Newcastle
Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 04:00 PM EDT at The American Express Community Stadium
Not exactly an unmissable game, but we are here for the odds not for the show. Brighton scored 3 goals at home in last the 5 games, Newcastle are winless in the last 5 games, and scored only goals 3 in the last 8 away games! They are the two immediately chased by Fulham for the last relegation spot, respectively +3 and +2 points over the Cottagers. This means that they must be careful to not commit mistakes, as not losing this game might be more important than winning it.