The Premier League will resume with two matches after having been suspended since March 13. After a 100-day absence because of the coronavirus pandemic, Aston Villa v Sheffield United will kick off the English top-flight's restart. Games will be played behind closed doors. During 40 days we will see 92 league matches, before the season concludes on 26 July.
You can check the previews for these games, as well as for all the other games of this game week in this article, with betting predictions as an addition. Don't forget to check our English Premier League betting tips page!
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Arsenal resume the season eight points behind fourth place. They will be hoping for a good end of the season that will ensure them a place in the Europa League. That can be achieved via their league position or winning the FA Cup. Arsenal were in a good form before suspension with three straight wins and an unbeaten run of eight in the Premier League. Those three wins all came at home and the highest placed team beaten was Everton who are 12th. Away form has been a disappointment for them with just two wins in 13 league fixtures. On the other side, we have Manchester City, they are currently ranked second in the league. Before the season was suspended, City had won two and lost two of their last four league games. Their home form is incredibly strong, they have won the last 4 out of 5 games they've played in the Premier League. City are the league's top scorers with 68 goals scored, with that being said, Guardiola's men are the clear favourites to beat Arsenal and in the process can cement City's seventh win in a row over the Gunners.
Prediction:Manchester City to win
Norwich City have won one out of their last six games they have played. They have managed to progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals where they were unfortunate to lose 1-0 at Sheffield United in the last Premier League game. Norwich City will be looking to make use of the home surroundings where they have only lost 1 out of their last 5 Premier League games and have beaten Bournemouth and Leicester City in two of the last three games at the Carrow Road. Southampton have won only one out of the last 7 games they have played. The only game that they won was against Aston Villa where they managed to win 2-0 at home. Southampton are really good when they are playing away, they hold the division’s 6th best record as the visiting team. Southampton have scored in all but one of the last 17 away games in all competitions and they have scored at least twice in five of the last seven games on the road. We strongly believe that both teams are going to score in this game. Both teams have made defensive mistakes in the past, with this being an important game we should see both of them trying to score and because of that not concentrating so much on the defensive end.
Prediction:Both Teams to Score (BTTS Yes)
Tottenham and Manchester United will be fighting for the Champions League qualification spots. This game will be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. There is only a 4 point difference between these 2 teams. Tottenham’s season was not good before the lockdown break, as they have lost five games out of six in all competitions. That included them losing two and drawing one of their last three league games. However, the break has enabled Jose Mourinho to bolster his squad with the return of Harry Kane and So-Heung Min. A win here will take them within a point of top-five and get them back in the Champions League qualification reckoning. With an attacking unit that has already landed 47 goals, the fifth-best tally in the league, Tottenham will hope to get a crucial win. This is a close one to call with the mid-table being tight and teams rejuvenated and recovered most of their injured players during the lockdown. However, we do believe Manchester United will win this matchup. Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are playing again for them, and they have shown us that they play really well against the top teams.
Prediction: Manchester United to win
Watford’s only win in their last six Premier League games was their 3-0 victory over champions-elect, Liverpool. They’ve won each of their last three home Premier League games against Leicester, all of which have been via a 2-1 scoreline, while all four of their total home wins this season have come since Nigel Pearson was appointed as manager. Only Liverpool has managed to win more points at home than Watford since he was appointed. Leicester City, on the other hand, are eyeing a spot in the Champions League. Brendan Rodgers’ troops have not been in brilliant form in the second half of the season. Still, the Foxes have a commanding eight-point lead over Manchester United in fifth and will be confident of consolidating their place in the Champions League qualification spots. Leicester have lost 2-1 on each of their last three visits to Vicarage Road but, as we have seen in the Bundesliga, the lack of supporters is taking away home advantage and the Foxes could benefit from an empty stadium. We believe that the safest bet in this matchup would be to bet that Jamie Vardy is going to score. The striker is the Foxes designated penalty taker, the Premier League’s top scorer, and he scored twice on his return from injury last time out.
Prediction: Jamie Vardy to score a goal
Brighton and Arsenal are going to be playing against each other at the American Express Community Stadium. This will be the Seagulls’ first league game after the coronavirus break. Brighton did well to hold Wolverhampton to a goalless draw on the road, which surely gave them a confidence boost. If we look at their past head to head meetings, there is nothing to separate the two clubs with Brighton winning 2 of those games, Arsenal 2 and 2 being draws after 90 minutes of play. Brighton can’t be considered as a decent bet considering they have landed just one win in their last fifteen games, with Arsenal coming into this clash just days after a match against Manchester City although that might have got the rustiness out of their system. Both teams have great defenders on their team with David Luiz and the greek Sokratis leading the defence for Arsenal. Brighton are averaging slightly more than 1 goal per game which means that this game should be held under 2.5 goals. Our suggestion is to bet on less than 2,5 goals. Both teams are primarily focused on defence, and their offence is not that good.
Prediction: Total goals under 2.5