Round 22 tips, odds, schedule


Manchester City can really close the door on Chelsea and Liverpool this weekend.

City lead Chelsea on 10 points and Liverpool on 11 going into this weekend’s round of Premier League games. City host Chelsea in the first game of the day on Saturday and with a little help from Brentford can be 13 points clear of second place by the end of the weekend.

City’s dominance so far this season means the race for fourth and final place in the Champions League will be the most dramatic of the opening months of 2022. West Ham are currently fourth on 37 points, two points ahead of Arsenal, four points ahead of Arsenal Tottenham and six points clear of Manchester United. All three of those trailing teams have games on their hands against West Ham thanks to COVID-19 postponements, so squad strength could be the deciding factor in the Champions League later this season.

Here’s what you need to know for this weekend’s game round. All odds are from BetMGM and all matches are played on Saturday unless otherwise stated.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace (Over/Under 2.5 goals) [Friday]

  • Brighton & Hove (+100)

  • Crystal Palace (+290)

  • tie (+225)

This could be a very close game to open the weekend as the teams are separated by four points in the middle of the table. Brighton have picked up at least a point in their last three EPL games, while Palace have lost two of their last three. We take the home team.

Manchester City vs Chelsea (2.5)

  • Manchester City (-145)

  • Chelsea (+375)

  • Tie (+300)

Put simply, Chelsea need to win this game to have any glimmer of hope of winning the title. City remain 10 points ahead with a draw and go to 13 points with a win. We’re leaning towards a draw here because City simply have to prevent Chelsea from closing the gap to seven points.

Newcastle vs Watford (2.5)

  • Newcastle (+100)

  • Watford (+270)

  • Tie (+250)

A win for both teams is huge for their hopes of avoiding relegation. Watford are 17th, two points ahead of Burnley and Newcastle in 18th. Newcastle lost at home to Cambridge United in the FA Cup last weekend. It’s hard to keep up with either team at this point, so why not a draw that doesn’t satisfy anyone?

Burnley vs Leicester City (2.5)

  • Burnley (+195)

  • Leicester (+140)

  • tie (+225)

Burnley must snag a win somewhere soon. Burnley have one game in hand at Watford, two games in hand at Newcastle and three games in hand at Norwich City among teams in the bottom four. However, we’re not sure if this is the game where it’s happening. Go with Leicester.

Wolves v Southampton (2.5)

  • Wolves (+115)

  • Southampton (+250)

  • tie (+220)

Did you know that Wolves are just three points behind Manchester United? They have taken seven points from their last three games – including three against Man U – while Southampton have clinched a 4-1 win over Brentford. Wolves are the choice here.

Norwich City v Everton (2.5)

  • Norwich (+260)

  • Everton (+105)

  • tie (+240)

We want to go with Norwich given Everton’s terrible form at the moment. Crazier things have happened, so why not go with the excitement.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United (2.5)

  • Aston Mansion (+200)

  • United (+125)

  • Tie (+250)

This is a repeat of United’s 1-0 FA Cup win on Monday. Villa were disallowed for two goals in that game and United didn’t impress at all themselves. Given United’s chaotic form at the moment, we’ll go with the ones below.

Liverpool vs Brentford (2.5) [Sunday]

  • Liverpool (-300)

  • Brentford (+825)

  • tie (+425)

Brentford are not in danger of relegation, but they are brutal away from home. Liverpool, meanwhile, will be without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for the Africa Cup of Nations. Someone like Diogo Jota or Roberto Firmino will play for Liverpool.

West Ham vs Leeds (2.5) [Sunday]

  • West Ham (-165)

  • Leeds (+425)

  • Tie (+320)

This is also another FA Cup rematch. West Ham beat Leeds 2-0 at home over the weekend and we’re betting on a repeat. The under is pretty tasty too.

Tottenham vs Arsenal (2.5) [Sunday]

  • Tottenham (+140)

  • Armory (+185)

  • tie (+240)

This is an Arsenal team who were eliminated by Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup and Tottenham had to be saved by their stars against Morecambe. Spurs lost to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup mid-week, so we’re leaning more towards Arsenal here as they’re the fresher team.

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