EPL Predictions and Best Bets for Thursday, March 10, 2022

| March 8, 2022 8:24 am PDT

Premier League fans will be glad to learn that they won’t have to wait too long for it to return. Just three days after the conclusion of the previous round, the Prem is back again.

On Thursday, March 10, 2022, there are four games on the program. This includes some matchups that were supposed to be played a few weeks ago but ended up postponed for different reasons (COVID, international competitions, etc.).

The games in question are the following:

  • Norwich vs. Chelsea (EPL Round 30)
  • Southampton vs. Newcastle (EPL Round 21)
  • Leeds vs. Aston Villa (EPL Round 20)
  • Wolves vs. Watford (EPL Round 19)

I will now analyze all four matchups, sharing my Premier League predictions along the way. Sounds good? If so, let’s start with the banker bet of the day – Chelsea.

Chelsea to Beat Norwich

I’ll start my EPL predictions with a bet that’s almost guaranteed to win. I’m positive Chelsea will grab all three points from this game, and I got several facts to back my opinion.

First of all, Norwich is the very worst team in the Premier League in the 2021-22 season. The Canaries have collected only 17 points after 27 games which puts them at the bottom of the table. In comparison, Chelsea has won 53 points in 26 matches. As a result, Chelsea is now sitting in the #3 position.

Secondly, Norwich is currently on a four-game losing streak in the Prem, conceding a total of 12 goals along the way, while scoring just two. Chelsea, on the other hand, won its previous three Premier League games, scoring seven goals and keeping a clean sheet in each of those.

Need more reasons to back Chelsea? If so, you should know that the Blues are without a single loss in head-to-head duels with Norwich since December 10, 1994.

Southampton to Beat Newcastle

Both teams have been playing very well over the last couple of weeks. This goes especially for Newcastle whose unbeaten run with five wins and two draws in the Prem helped the team get away from the relegation zone.  

Southampton has also been doing great, with three wins in the previous five EPL games. Unfortunately, the Saints’ most recent game was a 4-0 blowout loss to Aston Villa. They played that game on the road, but on Thursday, they’re playing on their turf.

At St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton has been fantastic this season with just one defeat so far. The best thing is that the loss in question happened a long time ago – Wolves beat them in Round 3 of the Premier League, back in September.

More recently, the Saints won their previous four straight games across two competitions (FA Cup and Premier League). Can they do it again? I sure think so, the reason being that they have a better team than Newcastle.

This goes especially because the Magpies are going to miss a couple of crucial players on Thursday, including:

  • Callum Wilson
  • Matt Ritchie
  • Jamal Lewis
  • Isaac Hayden
  • Kieran Trippier

Southampton also has some injury worries, but all of its key men are fit and eager to play.

Aston Villa to Beat Leeds

Kick them while they’re down – this is probably what Steven Gerrard and his boys are thinking ahead of the clash with Leeds. This team has lost its previous six Premier League games and is slowly sinking toward the relegation zone.

If you take a look at Premier League odds for the relegation market, you’ll see that most soccer betting sites see Leeds as one of the top candidates. In fact, the odds of Leeds getting back to the Championship are currently somewhere in the ballpark of 2.75.

At the moment of writing, Leeds is still in the safe zone. However, that could easily change if Aston Villa wins on Thursday. And I think the Villans will win.

Aston Villa is coming off a 4-0 win over Southampton, while before that, this team defeated Brighton 2-0. The Villans also don’t have any major injury concerns, unlike Leeds, whose new manager Jesse Marsch won’t be able to count on his most valuable player – Kalvin Phillips.

Wolves to Beat Watford

Wolves are 0-3 in the previous three EPL rounds, which has made their fans worried about their European future. After dropping so many points, they’re now in the #8 position in the standings. The good news is that the season is long and there’s plenty of time left for Wolves to get to a spot that leads to the Europa League, which seems to be their goal for the season.

If Wolves qualify for the group stage of the Europa League, they will receive a prize of more than $3 million. And if they (somehow) get to the Champions League, Wolves will receive about $20 million.

To achieve this goal, Wolves need to put an end to their losing streak. Luckily for them, they’re playing against one of the league’s worst teams on Thursday. Watford is the club in question, which is currently second from the bottom.

This is a must-win for Wolves, especially knowing that it’s played in front of their fans. Still, beating Watford is probably not going to be easy. The thing is that this team’s been playing reasonably well over the last couple of weeks.

For example, two rounds ago, Watford drew 0-0 with Manchester United. Further, in their most recent EPL game, the Hornets gave Arsenal a run for its money, eventually losing 3-2.

Best Premier League Picks for March 10

Chelsea to Beat Norwich1.30
Double Chance Southampton/Draw against Newcastle1.30
Double Chance Aston Villa/Draw against Leeds1.52
Wolves to Beat Watford1.80

There you have it, my top EPL picks for Thursday’s games. If you agree with my betting choices, my advice is to head to Betway, 10Bet, or some other sportsbook with great EPL odds and place some bets!

Zarko Naric

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

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