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EPL Matchday 31 Odds & Picks: Liverpool vs Aston Villa, West Ham vs Leicester & Tottenham vs Man U

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in Soccer

Apr 9, 2021 · 6:16 AM PDT

EPL Matchday 31
Leicester's Kelechi Iheanacho, left, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Sheffield United at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Sunday, March 14, 2021. (Alex Pantling/Pool via AP)
  • Premier League football proceeds with Matchday 31 beginning on Friday with a clash between Fulham and Wolves
  • Throughout the weekend and into Monday, we have some very intriguing fixtures, such as United vs Tottenham and West Ham hosting Leicester City
  • Get the full odds for all ten games, three previews, and their best bets below

The title race may be a foregone conclusion at this point with Manchester City 14 points clear at the top of the table, but there is still lots to play for in the hunt for a top-four finish as we head into EPL Matchday 31.

Just five points separate West Ham and Everton, with the Hammers currently in the final Champions League spot. The Toffees meanwhile, sit in eighth, but a shot at Europe is still very much a possibility.

Premier League giants Chelsea, Tottenham, and Liverpool are also very much in the running for UCL football with eight matchdays to go.

Premier League Matchday 30 Odds

Matchup Home Draw Away
Fulham vs Wolves +148 +205 +215
Manchester City vs Leeds United -375 +510 +950
Liverpool vs Aston Villa -190 +340 +510
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea +600 +296 -190
Burnley vs Newcastle United +133 +205 +240
West Ham vs Leicester City +200 +235 +140
Tottenham vs Manchester United +195 +245 +140
Sheffield United vs Arsenal +510 +300 -175
Brighton vs Everton +123 +225 +240
West Brom vs Southampton +255 +225 +118

Odds as of April 8 at DraftKings

Liverpool vs Aston Villa Prediction

The last time Liverpool clashed with Aston Villa, it turned out to be a shock 7-2 defeat for the Reds. Since, their form has slowly dwindled as the injuries have piled up, but, a shot at the Champions League is still within reach.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are coming off a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the UCL quarterfinals mid-week and face an uphill battle for the reverse tie. Prior to the negative result though, the Merseysiders had won three straight matches. They’re coming off a 3-0 victory over Arsenal on Matchday 29 and Villa hasn’t been in the best shape without main man Jack Grealish, so this is a time for Liverpool to pounce.

Dean Smith’s side has really lacked a spark in the final third without their star attacker, but a gritty comeback win over Fulham last weekend is a positive sign. The goals have been few and far between though, netting just seven times in their last nine appearances.

With Grealish expected to be out until May, Villa simply needs to try and get used to life without him. It hasn’t been easy to do so, but a top-half finish is still very possible.

Liverpool has lost their last six matches at Anfield, a streak that will be broken sooner rather than later. However, I don’t think it will happen on Saturday. The Lions will pull out a draw and spoil Liverpool’s chase for Europe’s most prized competition for the time being.

Pick: Draw +340

West Ham vs Leicester City Prediction

The Hammers welcome the Foxes to London on Saturday for a very important fixture. West Ham is soaring this term, surprising all of England. They will also have fond memories of their last meeting with Leicester, burying them 3-0 back in October.

David Moyes’ squad are just a point above Chelsea and two ahead of Spurs and Liverpool for the fourth spot, therefore, a result here is crucial. They’re coming off a 3-2 victory over Wolves with Jesse Lingard scoring and assisting, although it was concerning to see them concede two late goals.

Leicester is sitting relatively comfortably in third place, but a defeat on Saturday would move the Hammers just one point shy of the Foxes. They were simply outclassed last time out against Man City, losing 2-0.

Brendan Rodgers’ men haven’t lost at the London Stadium in six games and have one of the best records away from home in the Premier League. They’ve collected 34 points on the road, while West Ham has lost just three times on home turf this term.

I really like how the hosts have been playing though and there’s more incentive for them since they’re fighting off three other sides for their spot in Europe. Take the Hammers.

Pick: West Ham +200

Tottenham vs Manchester United Prediction

As Tottenham desperately fights to get something out of their season, things won’t get any easier this weekend with a clash against Manchester United. Jose Mourinho continues to voice his displeasure with the lack of effort from Spurs, especially after being knocked out of Europa a few weeks back by Dinamo Zagreb.

Their Premier League form hasn’t been awful lately though, going 3-1-1 in their last five appearances. Nevertheless, a 2-2 draw with Newcastle last Sunday was disappointing after conceding an equalizer late in the second half. Kane was once again the deciding factor, scoring a brace for Tottenham.

United is flying high in second place, four points ahead of Leicester. They’re undefeated in ten league matches while beating La Liga outfit Granada on Thursday in the Europa quarterfinals.

Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have already hit the 20-goal mark across all competitions, helping the Red Devils get back to their dominance.

Spurs will be looking to replicate their last clash with United, thrashing them 6-1 at the beginning of the term. However, this is a very different Man U squad now. They have won just one of their last eight games away at Tottenham though, which could make one think a defeat could happen here. But, I believe a draw is a likely result.

Pick: Draw +245

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