Finally, the moment that all sports fans in the world were waiting for has arrived. The Premier League is back in action after 3 months of inactivity due to COVID-19. EPL returns with the 30th matchweek since that’s the one that was canceled due to the virus. However, two fixtures from the 29th matchweek were also canceled prior to the lockdown. We get to watch Aston Villa host Sheffield United and Manchester City welcoming Arsenal. These fixtures will be played on Wednesday before the EPL’s official return with the 30th round which happens this weekend. Nevertheless, we are going to focus this review on the weekend games and talk about the 3 most exciting fixtures of the 30th matchweek.
To start things off in the best possible way, we have Tottenham hosting Manchester United on Friday night. There is a strong rivalry between these sides and since both are fighting for a European spot, we are expecting a real spectacle. Even without fans to cheer, this fixture should bring a lot of excitement. Next, we have the Merseyside derby happening on Sunday night. Everton are hosts this time in a fixture which can see Liverpool getting crowned champions even though there are several rounds to go. Last but not least, Manchester City are playing on Monday against Burnley. The title race is pretty much over but City have to improve their performances or they risk losing the 2nd spot as well. For more Premier League news, head over to their official website.
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United
We are sure that a lot of football fans have been itching to have Mourinho and his antics return to the football field. Is there a better way than to have him and the Spurs face his old team Manchester United. Come Friday night, everyone will be in front of the TV to watch this fantastic fixture. Tottenham were in their worst form ever before the lock-down started as they lost their last 6 fixtures in all competitions. They crashed out of the Champions League to RB Leipzig even though the Spurs played in the UCL final last season. On top of that, Tottenham are now 7 points away from a TOP 4 spot that would give the Champions League football next season. If they lose to United on Friday and that difference grows even further, the Spurs will be in a very bad position.
The Red Devils have been up and down this season trying to find their form. Just before the lock-down started, it looked like Solskjaer finally found the right tactic for his team. That’s what allowed them to remain undefeated in 11 matches in all competitions. They are currently holding on to the 5th position on the table. If the UCL ban for City holds, the 5th spot can take them to the Champions League. However, first they need a positive result against the Spurs. In the reverse fixture earlier this season, United won 2:1 in what was a very tough match. If they can manage the same thing, Ole’s men will be one step closer to an UCL spot. We can’t yet talk about the form their in because this is their first match back. Considering all their injured players are now ready to play, United are slight favorites.
Both squads are pretty much evenly matched. The injured players they had before are now going to feature. Playing at home won’t be a real advantage since there will be no fans on the stands. On top of that, both teams really need to avoid defeat in this fixture. All of this suggests that each side will give their all to win. For that reason, we are backing a Both Teams to Score outcome @ 1.68 odds.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United
Everton vs Liverpool
It’s fantastic that we get to watch two of the greatest derbies just as the Premier League returns. The Merseyside derby is the longest top-flight derby to exist in England. It has been actively played since the 1962-1963 season. This is the first season in years that the Merseyside Blue team have a top rated coach leading them. Ancelotti is slowly but surely shaping the team that has a lot of talent in it. Nevertheless, in the weeks before COVID-19, Everton lost their form and failed to win in 3 consecutive EPL matches. Those results put them 8 points behind a European spot but there is still enough time for them to turn things around. One thing that can improve their squad spirit is a victory over city their biggest rivals Liverpool. The Toffees haven’t won this derby in 10 years.
No one will be more happy that the Premier League is back than Liverpool fans. At one stage during the COVID-19 pandemic it seemed the season will be canceled and they wouldn’t be awarded the title. It would have been a shame for Liverpool not to lift the title after such an amazing season in the Premier League. They are 25 points above 2nd placed Manchester City which means nothing can stop them from winning the title. 30 years have passed since the Reds won the English top flight title. Their time has finally come and it will be even sweeter if the officially win it against their city rivals Everton. Even though it’s one of the oldest rivalries, Liverpool have had the upper hand over Everton for almost 10 years. Coach Klopp will like for things to remain that way and Liverpool will do their best to win.
Before the lock-down, we would have considered Liverpool absolute favorites to win this fixture. However, these teams haven’t been playing football in 3 months. Injured players are back while some that were out of form might have found their “mojo”. On the other hand, certain players might have gained several pounds and lost their form. We can’t know anything until we see them on the field. That’s why we are going with a safer bet of Over 2.75 Goals @ 1.85 odds.
Everton vs Liverpool
Manchester City vs Burnley
Last but not least, we have a fixture that won’t bring the same excitement as the previous 2 but it’s a very important one. Manchester City are definitely losing the title but if they don’t improve, they can lose more than that. Back in 2019 it was decided that the Citizens will be banned from featuring in the Champions League during the next year. The club issued a statement that they will fight that decision but for now, the decision stands. This means that clubs are eager to finish as high as possible because with City out of the picture even the 5th spot will take a team to the Champions League. If they drop more points, City might fall further down on the table. Such a thing is unacceptable for them. For that reason, Guardiola and his man will play to win every match from now on.
Burnley are a side that has been doing extremely well in the Premier League so far. They are currently sitting right at the middle of the table, 4 points below a European spot. Burnley have been undefeated in the last 7 EPL fixtures, a streak that includes a 2:0 victory over Manchester United. However, if they are to challenge sides like Wolves, Tottenham, Sheffield, etc. for a European spot, Burnley need to get something from the match against Manchester City. Their quality pales in comparison to their opponents but the visitors pride themselves on team play and defensive maneuvering. They haven’t beaten Manchester City in 5 years but they did hold them to a draw back in 2018. We are sure Burnley will be expecting such a result come Monday night.
Based on squad quality, City are absolute favorites for this fixture. However, we don’t know the form of both teams since they haven’t played in such a long time. History suggests that City have the upper hand but nothing can be certain when a season resumes after a 3 month break. We expect City to win but Burnley should be able to score at least one goal. We are backing a Home Side Victory & Over 3.5 Goals outcome @ 1.84 odds.
Manchester City vs Burnley
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