Premier League Gameweek 16th - Best Value Bets
In the final game week of 2020, every single side will be tasked with ensuring they go into 2021 on the back of a winning end to what has been an incredibly tough year both on and off the pitch. With this in mind, there are a number of intriguing fixtures to come, with some of the top sides locking horns, while there may yet be a surprise or two left in store. The last round of matches saw all of Leicester, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool drop points, while Arsenal at last got back to winning ways as they beat Chelsea 3-1, and Everton continued their revival with a win over a stubborn Sheffield United, with the three points seeing the Toffees rise to second in the table. Now, with 10 games left to go in 2020, who will make the most of the three points on offer?
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Brighton vs Arsenal
This is the perfect time for Brighton to play Arsenal, with both sides currently far closer to the relegation zone than they would want to be. Brighton have picked up just two wins all season, with their seven draws and six losses seeing them onto 13 points in a campaign that seems destined to end in a real relegation scrap. However, it is worth noting that they are currently enjoying a three game unbeaten run, drawing with Fulham, Sheffield United and Brighton, and they will be desperate to continue this run. Arsenal meanwhile go into this one on the back of a much-needed win over Chelsea, with Mikel Arteta’s side beating their opponents 3-1 at the Emirates. While the three points earned is a big step in the right direction, they still find themselves just six points clear of Fulham in 18th, while they are a massive 15 points short of Liverpool at the top of the table. Incredibly, the focus for Arsenal this season has been more on avoiding relegation than it has been challenging for the title.
While the Gunners will be buoyed by their recent success, we feel that this is a pothole in waiting for the side from London. Brighton will likely set up very deep and allow Arsenal a lot of the ball as they look to soak up the pressure. Going the other way, the home team will look to exploit the leaky defence of their opponents on the break. Many have questioned where Arsenal’s flair on the ball has gone and their inability to open up opposition defences has become a real talking point for fans and pundits alike. With this in mind, we are backing what will be a determined home side to grind out a draw against an Arsenal side that nobody seems to fear anymore.
Manchester United vs Wolves
This is a match that will likely divide opinion, with neither side massively consistent despite enjoying relatively promising seasons so far. Manchester United come into this one on the back of a draw with Leicester which could have been so much more. Marcus Rashford had initially given United the lead before Harvey Barnes equalised. Bruno Fernandes once again got on the scoresheet as his 79th minute strike looked to have handed the away side the win. However, an Axel Tuanzebe own goal in the 85th meant the spoils were shared, with the Foxes forcing United to drop points again. Victory leaves United in fourth in the league with 27 points, although they do have a game in hand and so could move up to second with 30 points if they were to win before any other games were played.
Opponents Wolves arrive after a pretty decent season that has seen them claw their way onto 21 points. While they do sit in 11th, do not let this fool you, as they are only six points behind United in fourth. The fact Liverpool in first and Leeds in 12th only separated by 12 points shows that the upper-half of the table is incredibly congested at this stage of the season. Wanderers last match was a pretty impressive 1-1 draw with Tottenham in a game that they dominated. Despite conceding in the first minute, the home side enjoyed the better of the game with 11 shots to their opponents six along with 55% of the ball. Wolves have also impressed against the top sides so far, with recent wins over Arsenal and Chelsea showing their class.
This is a game that could genuinely go either way. While United come into this one as big odds-on favourites, not everyone will see them as the side to back. Indeed, Wolves have looked like a very tough proposition to beat, and if you feel particularly confident, you can back them at 11/2 with BetVictor to win the match. However, in order to add a bit more security to our bet, we are backing the visitors in the draw no bet market.
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