Premier League Betting Tips and Preview: Resurgent Arsenal take on Leicester
Michael Johnson | 7 July 2020
Team news, odds and previews ahead of tonight’s matches
After winning last time out, Leicester will be desperate to pick up more points tonight, as they head to the Emirates to face in-form Arsenal.
Elsewhere, Watford play bottom-side Norwich in a must-win match for both teams, while Crystal Palace host Chelsea in a London derby.
Ahead of tonight’s matches, we’ve taken a look at the latest odds and discussed how the results could affect the table.
Bottom side Norwich are on a five-game losing streak and any hope of Premier League survival will hinge on them picking up three points tonight. They’re currently six points adrift of their nearest rivals, while losing to Watford would see the gap to safety increase to an insurmountable 10 points.
Watford are in poor form themselves, losing their last three games and sit just one point above the relegation zone. Consequently, this looks like a must-win game for both teams.
We have Watford at 3/4 to win, with the draw at 13/5 and a Norwich win at 19/5.
When the teams met back in December, Watford ran out 2-0 winners, despite Norwich dominating possession and having the better chances, even failing to capitalise when Watford were reduced to 10 men on the 65th minute. Watford can be backed at 9/5 to win to nil, with Norwich failing to score in their last five league games.
Troy Deeney leads the goalscorer markets despite not scoring since February, at 16/5 to score first, or 5/4 anytime. Teemu Pukki is Norwich’s top scorer with 11 goals, but hasn’t scored in nine, he can be backed at 15/8 to score anytime.
No fresh injuries for Watford mean that only long-term absentees Gerard Deulofeu, Daryl Janmaat and Isaac Success are set to miss out. For Norwich, midfielder Todd Cantwell’s hamstring injury means he’s unlikely to play, while Alex Tetty and Kenny McLean are also doubtful.
After winning their first game back against Bournemouth, Crystal Palace have fallen to three successive defeats, failing to score in each. They now look set for a mid-table finish after failing to keep pace with the league’s top-half challengers, scrapping for position with the likes of Everton and Newcastle.
Chelsea slipped up against West Ham last Wednesday, before a comfortable 3-0 win over Watford at the weekend. With just two points separating them from Man Utd in fifth, they’ll know any further slip-ups will be punished and will be going all-out to win at Selhurst Park tonight.
We have Crystal Palace at 7/1 to win, with the draw at 17/5 and a Chelsea win at 2/5.
With Crystal Palace failing to score in their last three, Chelsea to win to nil can be backed at 5/4, with a repeat of November’s 2-0 victory over Palace at 11/2.
Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is 3/1 to open the scoring or 11/10 to score anytime, with in-form Christian Pulisic at 7/5 for a goal at anytime. Palace’s goalscoring hopes could rest on the shoulders of Jordan Ayew, who is 14/5 to score anytime.
Crystal Palace’s Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins are set to miss out for the rest of the season, while Martin Kelly is unlikely to feature after a calf problem. Chelsea are likely to be missing N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Fikayo Tomori.
Victory over Wolves at the weekend means the Gunners are now on a three-game winning streak in the league, while Leicester scored their first win since the restart, beating Crystal Palace 3-0.
Leicester’s position in the top four has started to look increasingly precarious in recent weeks and with Man Utd in top form, they’ll be looking to push on after their victory at the weekend.
Arsenal meanwhile are battling for a Europa League spot and will want some breathing room ahead of the North London derby on Sunday.
We have Arsenal at 27/20 to win, with the draw at 12/5 and a Leicester win at 2/1.
Back in November, Leicester ran out 2-0 winners at the King Power Stadium as part of Arsenal’s winless run that saw former head coach Unai Emery removed from the role. You can find a 2-0 Leicester win at 16/1. With Mikel Arteta in charge, Arsenal have looked a different proposition in recent weeks and a reverse of that scoreline with a 2-0 victory for the Gunners can be backed at 11/1.
Jamie Vardy scored a brace on Saturday, after four games without finding the net and is 7/2 to open the scoring tonight, or 5/4 to score anytime. His rival for the Golden Boot, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is 14/5 to score first, and can be backed at Evens to score anytime.
Arsenal duo Matteo Guendouzi and Mezut Ozil are unlikely to feature after falling out of favour with Arteta, though Nicolas Pepe could return to the team. Leicester’s James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Ben Chilwell all face fitness tests ahead of the match.
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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication