Premier League Round 18 Preview and Betting Tips for Sunday’s Games
Round 18 of the 2021-22 Premier League comes to its conclusion on Sunday, December 19. There are three games scheduled to be played on Sunday afternoon, local time.
The matchups in question are the following:
- Wolves vs. Chelsea
- Newcastle vs. Manchester United
- Tottenham vs. Liverpool
Originally, there were supposed to be four games on the program this Sunday. However, the Everton vs. Leicester City game ended up postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Leicester’s squad.
Speaking of the devil, the coronavirus was the reason why three of the five Saturday’s Premier League games got postponed. The same fate could be bestowed upon two of Sunday’s games. Still, at the moment of writing, there is no official confirmation that such a thing is going to happen. In fact, with the info we currently have, all three games should go as planned.
Nevertheless, the impact COVID has on the teams could decide the outcome of those matchups. That’s why reading this preview is super important if you’re planning to do some betting on Sunday.
This betting preview is where you can read about the coronavirus cases in the Prem, about the latest injury news, and more. Apart from providing you with all the important info about the games, I will also share with you my top betting picks.
Wolves and Chelsea to Draw
There’s still a question mark hovering over the Wolves vs. Chelsea game. It’s still uncertain whether the game will actually take place on Sunday due to the serious COVID problems the London team has.
Thomas Tuchel’s team missed several of their key men on Thursday against Everton, which explains why the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Those players tested positive for the coronavirus, for which they’ll have to miss Sunday’s game as well.
The guys in question are the following:
- Romelu Lukaku
- Timo Werner
- Kai Havertz
- Callum Hudson-Odoi
- Ben Chilwell
Without Lukaku, Werner, and Havertz, the Chelsea boss was forced to think outside the box when it came to picking the central forward for the Everton game. The man he picked was Christian Pulisic, who usually plays in the winger/attacking midfielder position.
With no strikers on the pitch, Chelsea struggled to score. They did put one away, but it happened against the Toffees who had previously conceded 28 goals in 16 games. On Sunday, Chelsea is taking on a much better defense – Wolves have conceded only 14 points thus far.
Now that you know this, you understand why my betting prediction isn’t a Chelsea win, even though online soccer sportsbooks have made the team from London a 1.50 favorite.
If betting on the draw at 4.20 seems too risky for your taste, I might have a better alternative. Betting on under 2.5 goals is a fantastic opportunity to win some money.
Manchester City to Beat Newcastle
Here’s a game that is very likely to go through as neither Newcastle nor Manchester City have reported any COVID cases. In fact, each team has an almost completely clean slate ahead of their Round 18 clash.
Ferran Torres is the only player from City’s first-team squad who will surely miss Sunday’s game. Meanwhile, Kyle Walker could make his comeback after missing the previous game.
Walker plays in the right-back position and his absence meant that Guardiola had to put John Stones (a center-back) in his position. It didn’t do them any harm – Man City went on to obliterate Leeds 7-0 last Tuesday.
The blowout win brought the Citizens another three points, which kept them in the top position in the Premier League for another round. That position remains in jeopardy as Liverpool is trailing behind with just one point fewer.
What this means is that beating Newcastle on Sunday is a must for Man City. Doing it shouldn’t be much of a problem, as the Magpies are one of the worst teams in the Prem. They have only 10 points after 17 rounds.
Liverpool to Beat Tottenham
The last game of Round 18 is the one taking place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Although both teams have a number of COVID-positive players, the game probably isn’t going to be rescheduled.
It’s because the Spurs have already had two of their games postponed this month. If another one got postponed, Tottenham’s 2022 schedule would become really rough.
Playing it on Sunday isn’t ideal either. It’s because the Spurs still have a plethora of players positive for COVID. Some of those include:
- Son Heung-Min
- Lucas Moura
- Bryan Gil
- Emerson Royal
- Sergio Reguilon
On the bright side for Tottenham, the players who are cleared for Sunday’s game are probably all well-rested. The reason is that this team hasn’t played a single game since December 5. Meanwhile, Liverpool has played three games during that period.
All those three games finished in a Liverpool win. In fact, the Reds have been in a fantastic run for the past couple of weeks with eight straight victories.
Led by a Premier League Player of the Year hopeful Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool offense has been nothing short of sensational. We saw them scoring at least a goal in each of their previous 32 games, which is the longest run in the history of the club.
It’s very likely we’ll see the Reds scoring again and if the Spurs fight back, we’ll probably see a goal galore.
Best Premier League Round 18 Bets for Sunday
These three seem to me like the very best Premier League bets of Round 18. I also really like the prices on these bets, all of which I found at Betway.