EPL Matchday 19 Odds & Picks: Liverpool vs Manchester United, Sheffield United vs Tottenham & Fulham vs Chelsea

EPL Matchday 19

Manchester United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer walks to the pitch prior to the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and Manchester United in Burnley, England, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (Clive Brunskill/Pool via AP)
  • 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

Matchup Home Draw Away
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.

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.

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)

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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