It has been a tough few months for football fans but an increasing number of leagues are now starting to get back into action and this week, the Premier League is the latest to kick off. All 20 of the teams will be in action over the weekend from Friday through to Monday night with specially staggered kick off times so each game can be shown live, but before that the four teams with a game in hand will play that fixture on Wednesday night.
With all matches being shown live on TV, including free-to-air games, as well as live games on Saturday at 3pm, in a huge break with tradition, it promises to be one of the most exciting and unusual run ins to the end of the season. And what is more, there is still the FA Cup and the Champions League and Europa League tournaments to play to a completion for a number of clubs. Overall, it promises to be a busy six to eight weeks for many clubs in the English top flight.
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Let’s now take a look at the Premier League fixtures coming up from Wednesday through to Monday night which covers the two games in hand, plus the first full match day of games (Matchday 30).
Premier League Fixtures
Wednesday 17th June
- Aston Villa v Sheffield United (6pm)
Aston Villa come into this game in real trouble in 19th in the table, while a win for Sheffield United could move them up to fifth in the table and within striking distance of Chelsea in fourth. I love the way Chris Wilder has his team set up to play and I think they can slot back into the groove far more easily than Villa, hence I am backing the Blades to win. Prediction – Aston Villa 0-1 Sheff Utd (7/1).
- Manchester City v Arsenal (8.15pm)
With Mikel Arteta returning to the club where he was Pep Guardiola’s number 2 before becoming Arsenal manager, it should be an interesting match to see how his Arsenal team performs. The Gunners were well beaten by City in the reverse fixture 3-0 and while they have shown improvement under Arteta, I still feel this is a huge ask for them and I think City will take the points. Prediction – Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal (10/1).
Friday 19th June
- Norwich City v Southampton (6pm)
Norwich are at the point now where they need at least one, if not two wins to get themselves back in touch with the teams above them. A home game against an out of sorts Southampton would appear to be a good opportunity, but the Saints do have a knack of winning these crucial battles and in truth, Norwich’s leaky defence means that is the result I favour here. Prediction – Norwich 1-2 Southampton (9/1).
- Tottenham v Manchester United (8.15pm)
Defeat or even a draw here for Spurs could leave them with too much to do to salvage any hopes of Champions League football next season, but for United a win would keep them hot on the heels of Chelsea and put the pressure on Frank Lampard’s men. United were in the much the better form of the two but I just feel Mourinho may have something up his sleeve for the visit of his old team. Prediction – Tottenham 2-2 Manchester United (14/1).
Saturday 20th June
- Watford v Leicester City (12.30pm)
Watford have improved considerably over the last 8 games or so, but I feel Leicester City are the team to beat here. Brendan Rogers has got them going very nicely and I think they have enough quality in attack to cause the Hornets a few problems. This will be close, but I feel the Foxes will do enough. Prediction – Watford 0-2 Leicester City (11/1).
- Brighton v Arsenal (3pm)
Arsenal have a busy week with two away games in quick succession and while I don’t expect them to earn much from their trip to face Manchester City, I do feel they will land the win here. The Gunners are difficult to beat and although Brighton have a decent record against them at home, I think Mikel Arteta will have his team fired up to pick up three points here. Prediction – Brighton 1-3 Arsenal (18/1).
- West Ham v Wolves (5.30pm)
It is fair to say that West Ham have performed well below expectations this season, while Wolves have once again shone in the top flight after a rocky start. For me, the counter-attacking style of this Portuguese infused Wolves team suits this fixture very well and I would be very surprised if struggling West Ham get anything from this game. Prediction – West Ham 0-2 Wolves (10/1).
- Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (7.45pm)
Bournemouth badly need a win to get themselves going as they have dropped steadily down the table since the season began. Palace’s form has improved after a slow start and they are comfortably in mid-table, but they are a team that do blow hot and cold. Of the two, I reckon Palace have the most chance of a victory here, but I think a draw is the most likely outcome. Prediction – Bournemouth 1-1 Crystal Palace (6/1).
Sunday 21st June
- Newcastle Utd v Sheff Utd (2pm)
These two teams are excellent defensively and neither scores nor concedes too many goals. As such, I expect goals to be at a premium here on Monday night. I don’t think either side would be too unhappy to take a point from this game and with there likely to be a bit of ring rust, and perhaps tiredness for Sheff Utd following their midweek game. I think a stalemate is on the cards here. Prediction – Newcastle 0-0 Sheffield United (13/2).
- Aston Villa v Chelsea (4.15pm)
Chelsea need to start picking up their form to be more consistent and I think they have a good chance of making a good start to the remainder of the season against a Villa side not in great form and who have already played once in midweek already. Fatigue could be a key factor in this one and as such, I am backing Chelsea to pick up a confident win. Prediction – Aston Villa 0-2 Chelsea (17/2)
- Everton v Liverpool (7pm)
It is certainly going to be one of the more unusual Merseyside derby games at an empty Goodison Park and I think that is a huge advantage to Liverpool who usually play in a white-hot atmosphere here. The Reds looked superb in their warm up game with Blackburn and having beaten Everton 5-2 at Anfield, I reckon they will get the job done here. Prediction – Everton 1-2 Liverpool (8/1).
Monday 22nd June
- Manchester City v Burnley (8pm)
Burnley have to wait until Monday night to get back into action but it is a baptism of fire as they travel to the Etihad to take on a Manchester City side who will want a strong finish to the season to set them up in the cup competitions. Burnley will try to keep things tight, but I still feel City will have too much for them here. Prediction – Manchester City 3-0 Burnley (7/1).
*All the odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 1.30pm on Tuesday 16th June 2020.