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Premier League Stat Pack – Gameweek 32

The Premier League title is officially decided but the stakes are still high for clubs because of the UCL and relegation, we preview key matches this week.

29 June 2020, by Carl Lewis

Premier League Stat Pack – Gameweek 32

Monday 29 June

21:00 – Crystal Palace v Burnley

Crystal Palace had a solid 2-0 win at Bournemouth before being thumped 4-0 defeat at champions Liverpool. Back at Selhurst Park, the Eagles will hope to take full advantage of familiar surroundings to get back on track. Palace have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 9 home matches against Burnley in all competitions. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Palace’s last 5 home games..

Burnley recovered well from a heavy loss at Manchester City to beat Watford 1-0. Much is riding on the fitness of Zaha and Vicente for the Palace, but a low score draw is a likely outcome.

Best Bet: Under 0.5 goals in First Half at 2.25

Tuesday 30 June

21:15 – Brighton v Manchester United 

Brighton have taken 4 points from matches against Arsenal and Leicester, not bad for a side who were somewhat relegation-threatened. They are now 6 points clear of the bottom three ahead of United’s visit. Brighton have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Man Utd in all competitions. However, Brighton have failed to win 10 of their last 11 matches. . Brighton have scored in all four previous meetings and are in good form to least make Tuesday’s fixture very difficult for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Manchester United are 5 points off fourth and dropped down to sixth over the weekend after Wolves took advantage of their FA Cup commitments. United have lost both of their previous Premier League matches away to Brighton and this could be a potential banana-skin in their pursuit of a place in the Champions League. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Man Utd’s last 7 away games and have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7. United have been in great form before and after the COvid-19 enforced break so they will be confident they can take care of business against Brighton. 

Best Bet: Man United to win to zero at 2.40

Wednesday 1 July

19:00 – Everton v Leicester City

Everton have made a decent return to action post lockdown, picking up 4 points from their 2 matches. They’ll aim to continue their unbeaten resumption to action when Leicester travel to Merseyside. The Toffees are unbeaten in 8 on home turf and the additional rest between matches could benefit them.

Leicester’s great season is slowly being derailed despite being in third place – they now failed to win in 3, including consecutive draws against relegation-threatened Watford and Brighton. They’ve lost 2 two of their last 6 visits to Goodison Park, but are winless in 4 away from home. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Leicester’s last 6 games, however, the reverse fixture was an entertaining 2-2 draw. Neither over the 2 sides have seen over 2.5 goals since lockdown so this could be the game for that to change.

Best Bet: BTTS at 1.80

19:00 – Arsenal v Norwich

Arsenal have won 2 in a row since beginning the restart with successive defeats. The Gunners beat Southampton 2-0 away from home in the league last week and progressed to the last four of the FA Cup over the weekend. Arsenal have won their last 3 home matches and are undefeated in their last 7 matches against Norwich.

Norwich have lost their first three games since the restart and were beaten by Manchester United in extra-time of their FA Cup quarter-final over the weekend. Despite such a poor start, they are still only six points adrift of safety but are quickly running out of time to save their Premier League status. They struggle with belief and lack the cutting edge despite their creativity going forward. The bad news for Norwich, they have failed to score in 6 of their last 7 matches and have lost 5 of their last 6 away matches (Premier League).

Best Bet: Arsenal win to zero at 2.20

19:00 – Bournemouth v Newcastle

Bournemouth have resumed the season with successive defeats without scoring. Their last 3 home games are against Tottenham, Leicester and Southampton so they desperately need 3 points here in their bid to beat relegation. Worryingly, Eddie Howe’s side are winless in their last 6 league matches and inside the bottom 3 on goal difference. Bournemouth have lost 5 of their last 6 matches and have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Newcastle in all competitions. Bournemouth have had longer to prepare and rest for this match and really need to take full advantage. 

Thanks to a run of 4 league games unbeaten, Newcastle are 12 points clear of relegation. They were easily dispatched by Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday, the 2-0 scoreline flattered them. Newcastle shave scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.

Best Bet: BTTS at 2.00

21:15 – West Ham v Chelsea

West Ham nhave lost consecutive matches since the restart and which has piled more misery on David Moyes and the London club. The Hammers have a decent home record against their rivals, winning 3 of the last 5 home matches. Their form has been poor, West Ham ahave failed to score in their last 3 matches and have lost 5 of their last 6 matches.

Chelsea booked their spot in the next round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win at Leicester and the games are coming thick and fast for Frank Lampard’s men. The Blues have won all 3 matches post-lockdown, winning each by a single goal including a big victory against Manchester City. Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals and have seen over 2,5 goals in their last 5 matches.

Best Bet: Chelsea win and over 2.5 goals at 2.30

Thursday 2 June

19:00 – Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur

Sheffield United have struggled to get back the pre-lockdown form and failed to win in 4 which included 3 losses. Their concerning run of form means they drop below Spurs in the table, but a win will see them claim back seventh place. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Sheffield’s last 8 home matches while they have failed to score in their last 3 matches in the league.

Spurs ended a 7-match winless run with a 2-0 win over West Ham and they have had a week to prepare for this fixture. A 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture was Mauricio Pochettino’s last match at the Spurs helm and Jose Mourinho this fixture does continue being an ominous one. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Tottenham’s last 3 games. Sheffield’s search for a win may continue here, but a repeat of the 1-1 stalemate in north London is possible.

Best Bet: Under 0.5 goals in First Half at 2.60

21:15 – Manchester City v Liverpool

Manchester City lost to Chelsea last week to hand Liverpool the Premier League title. Pep Guardiola’s side bounced back with a win in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday and he will want a statement performance against Liverpool here.

Liverpool celebrated their first league title in 30 years at the end of last week but now Jurgen Klopp will want his side to maintain high standards until the end of the season. They have only lost one league game all season and Klopp will want it to stay that way with seven games to go.

Best Bet: BTTS and over 2.5 goals at 1.76


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