Premier League Gameweek 22 Preview & Betting Tips for Saturday, January 15

| January 12, 2022 7:50 am PDT

Two weeks after the first Premier League round of 2022, the season continues with Gameweek 22. Saturday, January 15 is when we’ll see 12 English teams go onto the field in the following six matchups:

  • Manchester City vs. Chelsea
  • Newcastle vs. Watford
  • Burnley vs. Leicester
  • Norwich vs. Everton
  • Wolves vs. Southampton
  • Aston Villa vs. Manchester United

This is going to be a lovely Saturday for soccer fans, but what about soccer bettors? If you’re one of them and you think you could use some help with Premier League picks, you’re in the right place.

I will now do a betting preview for two of Saturday’s EPL games, analyzing the odds and dissecting team stats along the way. On top of that, I will also reveal my predictions for the remaining four games. Finally, at the bottom of the post, I’ll reveal my top betting tips for the day.

Sounds good? If so, let’s start with a preview of the most interesting clash of the entire Round 22!

Manchester City to Beat Chelsea

COVID-19 has been wreaking havoc among Premier League teams this season. Recently, we saw the Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola testing positive, together with seven first-team players which the club declined to name citing medical confidentiality as the reason.

We don’t know which players caught the coronavirus, but we know that most of them should be back on the roster ahead of the clash with Chelsea. Still, being away from the pitch for over a week could have an impact on their performances on Saturday.

Sure, they’re all in top physical condition but they’re all also finely tuned, meaning that absence from practice may cause them problems. Still, if there’s something Manchester City can be proud of, it’s their long bench. The thing about this team is that they have at least two fantastic players for each position on the pitch.

The problem is that it’s pretty much the same when it comes to their next opponent. Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has plenty of options before him, although this is true only when it comes to outfield players. When it comes to goalkeeping, the German coach has been relying almost exclusively on Senegalese goalie Edouard Mendy.

The reason I mentioned Mendy’s nationality is that he’s currently with his national team at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations. In his absence, Chelsea’s man between the posts is going to be Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The man whose $98.5 million transfer from Athletic Bilbao made him the most expansive goalkeeper in the world has played just one Premier League game this season. It happened back in September when we saw him keeping a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over Tottenham.

Can Kepa stay unbeaten in the 2021-22 Premier League for another game? It’s highly unlikely. It’s not just that his team is taking on the highest-scoring team in the league; it’s also because Chelsea will be missing a couple of key defenders on Saturday.

Although there’s a chance they could make it to the squad, all these Chelsea defenders are currently listed as unavailable:

  • Thiago Silva – The veteran center-back did return to practice on Tuesday after being out with COVID but is still unclear whether he’ll be fit for Saturday’s game.
  • Ben Chilwell – The left-back suffered a season-ending knee injury in November.
  • Reece James – Chelsea’s right-back picked up a hamstring injury in his team’s last game of 2021.
  • Trevoh Chalobah – Injured his thigh in Chelsea’s first game of 2022, which his team drew 2-2 with Liverpool.

As if that weren’t enough, Chelsea could also miss their arguably best midfielder N’golo Kante. After missing two games due to COVID, the French international might not be at his 100% fitness.

Leicester City and Burnley to Draw

Is it time for Leicester City’s re-emergence? I think it might be. The Foxes are sitting in the #10 place in the Premier League, but recently, we saw them showing signs of improvement. What I’m talking about is the 1-0 win over Liverpool in their most recent Premier League game.

Unfortunately for them, I feel they’ll have to wait a bit for their next win. Even though they’re squaring off with one of the league’s most disappointing teams on Sunday, I don’t think Leicester City will win.

The reason? They got a real injury crisis on their hands. This goes especially for their defense, which could miss the following players:

  • Ryan Bertrand (left-back)
  • Ricardo Pereira (right-back)
  • Jonny Evans (center-back)
  • Caglar Coyuncu (center-back)

The result is that the only central defender Leicester manager Brandon Rodgers will be able to count on is Jannik Vestergaard. The coach will probably have to partner him up with midfielder Daniel Amartey, thus ticking off that issue at least for the time being.

Unfortunately, there’s another headache for Rodgers – his top-scorer Jamie Vardy is out with a thigh injury.

Leicester’s no.9 is responsible for nine of the team’s 31 Premier League goals. That said, finding the net on Saturday isn’t going to be easy. Vardy’s absence isn’t the only reason, though.

Despite being in the relegation zone, Burnley players haven’t been too bad defense-wise. Actually, this team’s conceded fewer goals than Leicester. The reason why they haven’t done better in 2021 is that their offense has been totally out of shape, scoring just 16 goals in 17 matches.

Picks for the Other Four Saturday’s EPL Games

  • Newcastle to Beat Watford
  • Everton to Beat Norwich
  • Wolves and Southampton to Draw
  • Aston Villa and Manchester United to Draw

It sure does seem Newcastle is heading to the Championship. The Magpies are second from the bottom, so unless they start winning, they can say farewell to the Prem.

The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund didn’t pay $408 million for the Newcastle takeover to see the team getting relegated.

Luckily for Newcastle is that their next opponent is a team that’s lost the previous seven games in all competitions – Watford.

Another team that’s been in horrendous form is Norwich, whose embarrassing run probably isn’t going to end anytime soon. Everton should have no problems winning that game.

When it comes to the two remaining games, I see a draw happening in each. Wolves and Southampton are pretty similar in terms of quality, but you may wonder why I think Aston Villa and Man United are going to share points.

It’s because the Red Devils have been very unconvincing this season, especially when playing on the road. They won only one away game since October, and it was a 1-0 win over Norwich.

Best Premier League Betting Tips for Saturday, January 15, 2022

Manchester City & Over 2.5 Against Chelsea 2.50
Burnley vs. Leicester City Correct Score 0-0 10.00

I found these odds at Betway, which is an online sportsbook where it’s possible to make these sorts of bets. If you’re using another soccer betting site, it may not have these wagers on offer.

In that case, I’d recommend going with these two alternatives – Manchester City (-1) and Burnley vs. Leicester City Under 2.5 Goals.

Zarko Naric

Zarko Naric – the World's Greatest Sportswriter, according to his grandma.

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