Arsenal vs. Liverpool is undoubtedly the standout fixture in England’s top flight on July 15, although Wednesday’s EPL schedule is packed with important matchups. Bournemouth will be aiming to build on their shock win over Leicester with another positive performance against Manchester City, while Burnley and Wolves clash for a vital European showdown.
Let’s begin by checking out Wednesday’s EPL fixture list.
Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Burnley vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester City vs. Bournemouth
Arsenal vs. Liverpool
Can Tottenham edge closer to the European places with victory over Newcastle? Keep reading to see my predictions for every Premier League game on July 15, and make sure you check out my EPL betting picks for Wednesday’s action at the end of this post.
Tottenham to Beat Newcastle
North London is white, or at least for now. Tottenham leapfrogged Arsenal after beating their fierce rival on Sunday, but it was by no means a convincing performance from Spurs. Jose Mourinho’s side was forced to come from behind to beat the Gunners, with Toby Alderweireld scoring the winning goal with less than ten minutes remaining.
However, following a demoralizing defeat at the hands of Sheffield United at the beginning of the month, Tottenham is now unbeaten in their previous three games. Victories over Everton and Arsenal, along with a draw against Bournemouth, have kept the club’s European dreams alive.
Newcastle got off to a flier after the resumption, going unbeaten in their first four games back. But having beaten Sheff Utd and Bournemouth, as well as drawing with Aston Villa and West Ham, the Toon come into this game on the back of consecutive defeats. The loss to Man City was expected, but the defeat to relegation-struggler Watford will have been hard to take.
Dwight Gayle got on the scoresheet again last time out, taking his tally to three goals and one assist in five appearances. If Newcastle is to get anything from this game, Gayle must maintain his run. Having said that, Tottenham has more than enough quality in attack to outscore the Magpies.
Burnley and Wolves to Draw
There is no stopping Burnley at the moment. The Clarets have been in fine form since the resumption, losing just one of their six games this side of the lay-off. In fact, the team has been outstanding since the turn of the year, suffering just a single defeat since January. That’s one loss in 13 league outings!
Sean Dyche’s men proved once again that they are capable of competing with the best teams in the division by holding newly-crowned champion Liverpool to a draw at the weekend. Goalkeeper Nick Pope pulled off a string of remarkable saves to prevent the Reds from building a lead, while Jay Rodriguez’s clinical finish earned his side a point.
Burnley is now five points clear of eleventh-place Everton and is sitting comfortably in the top half, but there is still a five-point gap between the Clarets and Wolves.
The Wanderers proved on Sunday that they are not ready to give up on their top-four dreams just yet. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side remains sixth after a convincing 3-0 win over Everton, with Raul Jimenez, Leander Dendoncker, and Diogo Jota all scoring to help the team secure their sixth victory in nine games.
Back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Sheff Utd at the start of the month have definitely halted Wolves’ progression, but I’m confident that they will give a good account of themselves against Burnley. Dyche’s men are playing really well, so we could see a repeat of the 1-1 scoreline that was produced by these two sides earlier in the season.
Man City to Beat Bournemouth
Man City’s poor away run was never going to last forever, was it? Following three straight defeats on their travels, Pep Guardiola’s side ended their iffy spell with an emphatic 5-0 thumping of Brighton last time out. Raheem Sterling netted a hat-trick at the Amex Stadium, and the 25-year-old is now enjoying the best goalscoring season of his career.
Bournemouth looked destined for relegation after suffering five defeats in a row, but a couple of positive results have given the Cherries a glimmer of hope. A goalless draw with Tottenham and a hugely impressive 4-1 victory over Leicester means the club is now just three points from safety. But with three games remaining this term, Bournemouth must keep winning.
Unfortunately for Eddie Howe’s men, I can’t see them extending their two-game unbeaten streak at the Etihad Stadium. Man City is in ruthless form at the moment, especially at home, so you have to fear the worst for the Cherries.
Liverpool to Beat Arsenal
After the title was wrapped up, it was inevitable that Liverpool would experience some sort of drop-off. Jurgen Klopp’s side has maintained a frightening level of consistency for the majority of the season, but the Reds have only managed to win three of their six games since the restart.
Liverpool ensured that the Premier League trophy would be heading to Anfield with a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace. Since then, a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Man City and a draw against Burnley have come either side of victories over Aston Villa and Brighton. The champion isn’t exactly finishing the season in a convincing manner. But neither is Arsenal.
Arsenal returned to action with back-to-back defeats before securing three straight wins in quick succession. However, having taken one point from their last two outings, Mikel Arteta’s men find themselves ninth and level with tenth-place Burnley on 50 points.
The Gunners have definitely made vast improvements under their new manager, but they still have a lot of work to do before they can challenge the best teams in the division on a consistent basis again. Indeed, Arsenal’s record against the country’s top club has been dreadful in recent years. I’m backing Liverpool to breeze past the home side on Wednesday.
EPL Picks for Wednesday, July 15
I have scoured the odds to find the best value bets for Wednesday’s Premier League games. I explain my picks below.
Newcastle vs. Tottenham – Both Teams to Score (1.80)
I’m surprised the odds for both teams to score in this game are so high. Sure, 1.80 is by no means a massive price. But when you look at the recent records of these two sides, it’s looking likely that both teams will get on the scoresheet in this matchup.
High-scoring victories over Sheff Utd (3-0) and Bournemouth (4-1) suggest that Newcastle has found some goalscoring form, although the Magpies have conceded in five of their six games since the restart. Meanwhile, Tottenham’s defense has been poor, but the team is still scoring goals. It’s difficult to predict which way this game will go, so backing both teams to score makes sense.
Man City vs. Bournemouth – Over 3.5 Man City Goals (2.70)
Man City has scored over 3.5 goals in four of their previous six games and prepares to face lowly Bournemouth having won their last two games 5-0. The Cityzens can’t stop scoring right now, and I don’t think that trend is going to stop when Eddie Howe’s side visits the Etihad.
The Cherries may have claimed an important win last time out, but they have already suffered heavy defeats to Newcastle (4-1) and Manchester United (5-2) since the resumption. Furthermore, only the bottom two sides have a poorer defensive record than Bournemouth this term, while Man City is the division’s highest scorer by some distance.