- It’s the EPL’s Matchday 19 this weekend starting with Wolves vs West Brom
- The game of the weekend is the top vs second clash at Anfield between Liverpool and Man Utd
- We list the odds for all nine games and preview three, offering our best picks
EPL Matchday 19 kicks off on Saturday, January 16, KO 7:30 am EST, with Wolves vs West Brom, with four more games taking place later on Saturday, another four on Sunday, and one on Monday. After their midweek win at Burnley, Manchester United now leads the Premier League, three points ahead of Liverpool who they play on Sunday.
Elsewhere in the league, we have another intriguing top-seven clash between Leicester City and Southampton.
Read on to see the odds and our best bets for the weekend’s action below.
EPL Matchday 19 Odds
|Wolverhampton Wanderers vs West Bromwich Albion||-167||+260||+600|
|West Ham United vs Burnley||-122||+245||+380|
|Leeds United vs Brighton & Hove Albion||+118||+255||+225|
|Fulham vs Chelsea||+550||+310||-186|
|Leicester City vs Southampton||-125||+270||+350|
|Sheffield United vs Tottenham Hotspur||+525||+265||-159|
|Liverpool vs Manchester United||-106||+285||+265|
|Manchester City vs Crystal Palace||-625||+650||+1700|
|Arsenal vs Newcastle United||-240||+320||+650|
All odds taken Jan 15 at DraftKings
Pick 1: Liverpool vs Manchester United
United head to Anfield on Sunday with a three-point lead at the top of the EPL after winning their game in hand over Burnley in midweek. This represents a huge turnaround for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men who, let’s not forget, were beaten 6-1 at home by Tottenham early in the season; a result that triggered a lot of soul searching in and around Old Trafford.
All eyes on Sunday… ? pic.twitter.com/A0qLPPm8B1
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 13, 2021
A few factors have contributed to United’s remarkable turnaround, not least the resurgence of Paul Pogba who, alongside the always excellent Bruno Fernandes, has provided a consistent and energetic engine room for Solskjaer. Also, the form (and pace) of Eric Bailly alongside Harry Maguire has provided some much-needed defensive solidity.
A ??? strike from @PaulPogba ?
What a moment! ?#MUFC @RemingtonUK pic.twitter.com/ru8r6SqtWD
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 13, 2021
Liverpool, for their part, have done well to contend with a terrible injury crisis while still maintaining a title challenge. Injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip have hampered their fluidity but they have managed to pick up enough wins to stay in touch. Oddly they too, like United, suffered a one-off horror show when they lost 7-2 at Aston Villa.
So, while United will come into this EPL Matchday 19 match with huge belief, they have struggled in high-profile matches this season – their recent 2-0 loss to neighbors City in the League Cup semifinal being a perfect example – but have enough about them to grind out a draw, which is where the value lies.
Pick: Liverpool and Man Utd to draw (+285)
Pick 2: Sheffield United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Sheffield United’s disastrous season took a positive turn this week when the Blades finally won a game. Their 1-0 home win over Newcastle was their first of the season and, while it will have given them a massive boost, they still find themselves rooted to the foot of the EPL table and nine points adrift of safety.
Preparing for Spurs at the Lane. ? pic.twitter.com/wSIAHb5NZN
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) January 15, 2021
Tottenham’s season has been steady if unspectacular and despite drawing too many games, including a 1-1 draw at home with Fulham on Wednesday, they remain in the Premier League title race – just six points behind the leaders, United. Manager Jose Mourinho has changed the Spurs ethos and with the style now being more pragmatic than expansive, this Tottenham team is more solid than those of the recent past.
????-???? ⏱ The points are shared.
⚪️ #THFC 1-1 #FFC ? pic.twitter.com/1CZtCa2VZ4
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 13, 2021
Interestingly, over the last six games between these two teams, there have been two wins each and two draws and United have not been beaten by Spurs in the last three. Given that the Blades come into this EPL Matchday 19 match with renewed belief and Tottenham off the back of an underwhelming draw, it is hard to ignore the +525 on offer for the home win as it implies only a one in six chance of a United win, Given their recent history, the Blades have a much better chance than that, so, for me, this offers some excellent value.
Pick: Sheffield United to win (+525)
Pick 3: Fulham vs Chelsea
Fulham’s delayed start to 2021 due to a COVID-19 outbreak in their camp has seen them play just once since Boxing Day. But this week’s 1-1 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium suggests the enforced break has re-energized the Cottagers in their relegation battle. It was a game they could, possibly should have won.
“We stood up to this challenge.” ?
Scott spoke of his immense pride. ?#TOTFUL pic.twitter.com/bjKLehJReK
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) January 14, 2021
In fact, Fulham have drawn each of their last five league games – against Liverpool, Brighton, Newcastle, Southampton and Tottenham. They’ll head into this West London derby in EPL Matchday 19 with genuine belief, especially with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in a difficult place right now.
Some of the best shots from training, as we prepare for another London derby ?? pic.twitter.com/dzhhXHqpij
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2021
The Blues were victorious last time out – a comfortable 4-0 in the FA Cup against League Two Morecambe – but have lost two of their last three in the league, including a comprehensive 3-1 home defeat to a weakened Manchester City. Chelsea have actually only won one of their last six in the EPL and have dropped to ninth position in the table, 10 points behind leaders United. As a result, do not write off the chances of Fulham making it six draws on the bounce.
Pick: Fulham & Chelsea to draw (+310)