EPL Predictions, Picks, and Best Bets for June 20
There are four matchups taking place in England’s top tier on Saturday, June 20. And with the kick-off times staggered throughout the day, we can enjoy all four games one after another. Given the lack of top-level soccer over the past few months, I am very much looking forward to the weekend!
Let’s take a look at Saturday’s EPL fixture list in full.
- Watford vs. Leicester City
- Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Arsenal
- West Ham United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Bournemouth vs. Crystal Palace
Watford, Brighton, West Ham, and Bournemouth will all be hoping to avoid defeat as they fight to steer clear of the relegation battle. Leicester will be looking to cement third place, while Arsenal and Wolves aim to break into the Champions League spots. Crystal Palace returns to action sitting comfortably in mid-table.
Let’s get stuck into my predictions for every Premier League game on June 20. At the end of this post, I also share my top betting picks for Saturday’s EPL matchups.
Leicester to Beat Watford
When Leicester began the season by losing just two of their opening 17 league games, many believed that Brendan Rodgers’ side was a genuine title contender. But a stuttering run of four wins in their previous 13 top-flight outings has seen the East Midlands outfit’s title dreams well and truly disappear.
Still, Leicester’s strong start to the campaign has put the club in a fantastic position. A dominant 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in their final game before the break means the Foxes find themselves third in the standings, with the gap between them and fourth-place Chelsea a comfortable five points.
At the other end of the table, Watford has it all to do. A mid-season managerial change — which was followed by a six-game unbeaten run — has given the club a chance of avoiding relegation, although a tricky run-in could see the Hornets struggle to pick up enough points to beat the drop.
Apart from a memorable 3-0 victory over Liverpool in late February, Watford didn’t have much to shout about before the campaign was put on hold. One win in seven league games leading up to the stoppage has left Nigel Pearson’s side with their work cut out.
Watford will put up a fight, but Leicester should be far too strong for the Hornets on this occasion.
Brighton and Arsenal to Draw
I’m sure we can all agree that 2020 has been a strange year, but David Luiz brought a sense of normality back on Wednesday. The clumsy center-back proved that some things never change by single-handedly ruining Arsenal’s chances of getting anything from their game in hand against Manchester City.
After coming on as a first-half substitute, Luiz was at fault for Man City’s opening goal. And to make matters worse, he was then sent off early in the second half after conceding a rash penalty. The Gunners failed to register a single shot on target at the Etihad Stadium and were completely outplayed in every department. They eventually lost 3-0, but it could have easily been six or seven.
Following Arsenal’s woeful performance, Brighton will be confident of picking up a positive result when the Gunners visit the south coast on Saturday. The Seagulls find themselves just two points clear of the drop zone, although there are two sides between them and the bottom three.
Graham Potter’s men have failed to win a league game in 2020, but they have only lost three. Six draws since the turn of the year have kept the club afloat, but relegation is still a real possibility.
Brighton will be fighting for their lives in the coming weeks, and if Arsenal’s shoddy first game back is anything to go by, I can see Potter’s side picking up a vital point this weekend.
Wolves to Beat West Ham
Wolves are enjoying another hugely successful season under Nuno Espirito Santo. Remarkably, only runaway-leader Liverpool has lost fewer EPL games than Wolves in 2019/20. And as if that wasn’t enough, the club has already done the double over defending champion Man City this term.
Unbeaten in their previous five league games, Wolves are on a mission to secure Champions League soccer for next season. The Wanderers resume the campaign just five points behind fourth-place Chelsea, and they will be confident of adding another three points to their tally against a struggling West Ham outfit.
The Hammers are one of three teams locked on 27 points and only sit outside of the bottom three on goal difference. A rare victory over Southampton just before the break ended a seven-game winless streak for David Moyes’ side, but a tricky run-in could see West Ham struggle to avoid relegation.
West Ham still has to face four of the current top eight, so Moyes will be hoping that his players can take points off relegation rivals Norwich, Watford, and Aston Villa in July. However, I can’t see the London club taking any points away from their meeting with Wolves.
Bournemouth and Crystal Palace to Draw
Bournemouth is another team on 27 points at the bottom end of the table, but the Cherries return to action just inside the relegation zone due to their poor goal difference. Seven wins from 29 league games simply isn’t good enough, so Eddie Howe’s men must hit the ground running when the campaign resumes.
The return of long-term absentee David Brooks will bring some much-needed creativity to the team, although Ryan Fraser’s refusal to sign a short-term contract is a big blow. The Scotland international looks set to leave the club on bad terms, but will his decision not to play for the remainder of the season hinder Bournemouth’s chances of survival?
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace doesn’t really have anything to play for. The Eagles have been sitting comfortably in mid-table for the majority of the season, and their consistency means they are actually closer to the European places than the relegation zone.
Having said that, it is highly unlikely that Palace will be able to break into the top third of the table at this stage in the campaign. Sure, Roy Hodgson’s side boasts one of the best defensive records in the division. But only two teams have scored fewer goals in England’s top tier this season.
This is likely to be a cagey affair with very few clear-cut chances. A draw is on the cards.
EPL Picks for Saturday, June 20
I haven’t picked anything fancy for my best EPL bets on Saturday. I believe these two away wins offer excellent value.
Watford vs. Leicester – Leicester to Win (2.10)
With a whopping 26-point gap between these two teams, I think the bookies have got this one all wrong. I know it’s difficult to predict how teams will fare after such a long lay-off. But at the end of the day, form is temporary, and class is permanent.
Leicester has played some scintillating soccer this season and has been streaks ahead of Watford throughout the campaign. Given the circumstances, Watford will put up a fight. Still, I’m confident that third-place Leicester will be far too strong for the relegation struggler.
West Ham vs. Wolves – Wolves to Win (2.10)
The bookmakers are also offering an extremely generous price for the away win in this matchup. Of course, the Hammers are at home. But without their supporters, West Ham’s home advantage will be almost nonexistent.
The two sides have enjoyed hugely contrasting seasons so far, and I can see both teams picking up where they left off before the campaign was put on hold. In my opinion, the Wolves win at 2.10 must be taken advantage of.
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