Premier League Preview - June 19th
After Wednesday night went ahead without any errors, apart from that Sheffield Utd ‘goal’, the Premier League is back in full force this weekend. There’s a full list of fixtures from Friday to Monday, with games now being played almost every day until the end of June. Bet UK will be bringing you daily betting tips for the world’s biggest league, but today, we look ahead to the full weekend of games.
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Bet UK’s Hit The Target Treble
Before we get to the Premier League, we’re taking a quick look at Saturday’s Hit The Target Treble. This week, we have boosted Arsenal, West Brom and QPR all to win from 15/2 to 17/2. Arsenal head to Brighton as they look to bounce back from their defeat on Wednesday on Man City. In the Championship, West Brom take on bottom half Birmingham City as they look to take another step towards promotion. QPR are on the hunt for a playoff place, and face a simple reintroduction to the Championship with a home match against last placed Barnsley.
Arsenal have lost just 1 of their 9 Premier League games in 2020.
West Brom are the most in-form team in the Championship with 1 loss in their last 8.
QPR head into the Championship restart on the back of 6 games unbeaten.
Norwich (11/5) v Southampton (6/5) - 18:00, Friday 19th June
Norwich need a miracle if they are to keep their place in the Premier League next season. They are currently 6 points adrift at the bottom of the table, and although Southampton are only 14th, they would have been hoping for an easier start to the Premier League. After a very poor start to the year, Southampton have surprised a few people by climbing out of the relegation race this year. That rise was mostly led by Danny Ings, who has an impressive 15 goals in the Premier League this year. If he gets back to his best on Friday night, Norwich’s defence will definitely struggle to contain him.
Tottenham (39/20) v Manchester United (7/5) - 20:15, Friday 19th June
Jose Mourinho’s appointment at Tottenham gives this game an extra level of interest. Since joining Spurs, Mourinho hasn’t seen the change in fortune he would have been hoping for. Injuries and suspensions to key players have left Spurs far from their best recently. On the other hand, Manchester United seem to have finally found a winning formula. Bruno Fernandes’ introduction at Old Trafford has changed their style of play completely, and with Paul Pogba likely to play alongside him, we could see a very strong midfield. Their goal scoring however, will rely on Marcus Rashford. Despite missing 7 games through injury, Rashford is still Man United’s top scorer and if they are to win, Rashford will definitely be involved.
Watford (53/20) v Leicester City (21/20) - 12:30, Saturday 20th June
A few months into the season, Watford were nailed on favourites for relegation. But after a change in fortune, the Hornets are finally out of the relegation zone. That could all change after this weekend however, as they face Leicester City. This season, Leicester have once again shown they are one of the strongest teams in Europe. A midfield 3 of James Maddison, Youri Tielemans and Wilfred Ndidi is amongst the strongest in the league, and they are still led by their talisman striker Jamie Vardy. At 33 years of age, Vardy doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. He is the league’s top scorer with 19 goals as it stands, so expect him to get off to another bright start on Saturday to maintain Leicester’s Champions League push.
Brighton (41/20) v Arsenal (7/5) - 15:00, Saturday 20th June
There’s been bright moments for Brighton this year, but recently they’ve been dragged into the relegation battle. The Seagulls are without a win in all competitions in 2020 and there’s little hope that they can turn it around. Especially this weekend when they face a strong Arsenal side. Although Arsenal were beaten at the Etihad, that was the first loss of the year for Mikel Arteta. David Luiz’s suspension might actually be a blessing in disguise for Arsenal, and going forward, Nketiah, Pepe, Lacazette and Aubameyang form one of the most frightening front lines in the league. You can back Arsenal to win in our Hit the Target Treble, but if you fancy a single bet, then Arsenal to win to nil looks a good shout.
West Ham (13/5) v Wolves (23/20) - 17:30, Saturday 20th June
Despite another summer of huge spending, West Ham once again find themselves in a worrying position. With 9 games left to play, the Hammers are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Even with a slightly better goal difference, ther defence has been woeful at times. Against Wolves, they’ll hardly be facing an easy side either. Raul Jiminez has continued to prove his worth, and although Diogo Jota had a slow start to the season, he’s fully up and running now. A midfield full of Portuguese internationals provides constant ammunition for the forward line and that’s something that West Ham simply can’t deal with. We expect Wolves to dominate here, which normally means Raul Jiminez will get plenty of chances and rack up a couple of goals.
Bournemouth (6/4) v Crystal Palace (39/20) - 19:45, Saturday 20th June
Bournemouth are another side that have silently slipped into the relegation zone this season. Eddie Howe has done incredibly well over the last few years to keep Bournemouth in the top flight, but it looks like his luck has run out. Callum Wilson is still scoring, but with Josh King less prolific and Ryan Fraser now not involved, goals are hard to come by. They face another side that struggles to score in Crystal Palace on Saturday. They are the second lowest scorers in the league, and also have one of the strongest defences outside the top 6. Combine Bournemouth’s misfiring strikers and Palace’s impressive backline and it’s a recipe for a bore draw.
Newcastle United (23/10) v Sheffield United (7/5) - 14:00, Sunday 21st June
Despite months of rumours, Newcastle United are still stuck with Mike Ashley for now, and the attention must turn back to football. Newcastle all but saved themselves from relegation with an important 3 points against Southampton before the break, but still need a few more points to secure their place. They face a Sheffield United side who have already played this week at Aston Villa. The Blades were incredibly hard done by thanks to a poor refereeing decision, but also provided little threat going forward outside of that. That’s a common theme that both sides share, so don’t expect many goals at St James’ Park.
Aston Villa (19/4) v Chelsea (10/19) - 16:15, Sunday 21st June
Villa will be grateful that they managed to earn a point against Sheffield United on Wednesday. Although both sides had chances, Villa were the beneficiaries of a goal-line technology error that could prove vital in the battle for relegation. They are at home again on Sunday, but face much tougher opposition in Chelsea. It’s been an up and down season for Chelsea, but impressive performances before the break will give Frank Lampard plenty of optimism. One of the things Chelsea have been consistent with is being involved in lots of goals. A frightening attack combined with a shaky defence is a perfect combination for games filled with action.
Everton (9/2) v Liverpool (20/33) - 19:00, Sunday 21st June
There’s no doubt that Everton have improved under Carlo Ancelotti, but they have still massively underperformed this year. It seems like every season, Everton spend hundreds of millions in the summer, but there’s never any improvement on the pitch. Across Stanley Park however, Liverpool are getting better every year. It’s a matter of when, rather than if, they will win the title this year. They could have even won the title at Goodison Park if results fell their way, but instead, they’ll have to settle for 3 points. Earlier this year, Liverpool dominated a win at Anfield by three clear goals over their rivals, and although Everton look better, don’t be surprised if we see a similar scoreline on Sunday.