English Premier League Matchday 18 Best Bets for Sunday

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Wolverhampton Wanderers' Mexican striker Raúl Jiménez. Lindsey Parnaby / AFP

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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Chelsea FC

Sunday, December 19, 2021 – 09:00 AM EST at Molineux Stadium

Form, Mentality, Premier League Odds and Trends

  • Wolves are undefeated at halftime in 12 consecutive EPL games
  • Wolves are undefeated in five of their previous six fixtures
  • Chelsea are undefeated at halftime in 17 consecutive EPL meetings

COVID-Ridden Chelsea Travel to Molineux

COVID-19 has unforgivingly wreaked havoc on most Premier League first-time selections, and last season's Champions League winners are no exception.

Chelsea will travel to the West Midlands without Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell because of positive coronavirus tests, in addition to Loftus-Cheek and Jorginho becoming doubtful.

The home team hasn't been hit as hard, but Wolves manager Bruno Lage will remain conscious of the challenge ahead in hopes of extending his squad's impressive defensive record this season.

Wolves have allowed just 14 goals from 17 appearances, boasting the best defensive record outside of the top four of the table. However, their goal-scoring efforts are considerably low after failing to score in four of their previous six games.

Chelsea's rotated squad won't help their Premier League title aspirations this weekend, and Thomas Tuchel has failed to return consistent points on the board as of recent. Losing several of his attack force due to the coronavirus hasn't helped, and this became evident when being held by Everton to a 1-1 draw midweek.

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The return of Raul Jimenez could be crucial in adding to the European Champions' misery, and Wolves showed at the Amex Stadium their extra positioning through rotating attackers could be a tactical advantage across the second half of the season.

I genuinely wouldn't be surprised to see a 1-0 scoreline in favor of either squad on Sunday, and logic suggests that backing Wolves and the value makes sense.

With that said, Tuchel's ability can never be overlooked, the under 2.5 goals on this fixture looks impossible to land, but the available odds are horrific. For that reason, I'm instead backing a no-score draw for the first 45 minutes and potentially 90, with two excellent defenses at either end.

Score Prediction: Wolves 0 – Chelsea 0

EPL Pick: Halftime Draw (+110) [2.10] [1u wager returns 2.10u] at Everygame (visit our Everygame Review)

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Tottenham Hotspur FC vs. Liverpool FC

Sunday, December 19, 2021 - 11:30 AM EST at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Form, Mentality, Premier League Odds and Trends

  • Liverpool are undefeated at halftime in their previous 24 EPL games
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in 33 of their last 34 fixtures
  • Liverpool have won their previous eight games in all competitions
  • Tottenham have scored at least two goals in their previous four home fixtures
  • Tottenham are undefeated in six of their last seven home games

Tottenham Are Plagued with Positive COVID-19 Tests

It's been a while since Tottenham have been in action after a canceled meeting with Burnley due to snow and that was followed by COVID-19 cancellations in their clashes with Brighton and Leicester City. While rested legs can be positive, extended layoffs can be detrimental, especially when Tottenham were in-form at the time of rescheduling.

Positive coronavirus tests matched harming Tottenham's starting eleven doesn't bode well for a meeting with Liverpool's excellent streak of form.

Liverpool travels to London after a midweek success over Newcastle, a fixture where Jurgen Klopp's men enjoyed 75% possession and a final 3-1 scoreline. In addition to these impressive stats, Liverpool has kept a clean sheet in four of their last six EPL games, and they've lost a mere one game from seventeen EPL clashes this term.

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Head-to-head statistics are also against the home side, as Liverpool won the previous seven meetings between the two teams.

Liverpool's moneyline betting value isn't approachable, but I expect the Reds to dispose of Tottenham easily for my second Premier League pick. The fixture could be close if Tottenham were completely fit. Still, a rotated squad and significant time away from competition will cause the home side to drop multiple goals against this dangerous Liverpool squad.

Score prediction: Tottenham 0 – Liverpool 2

EPL Pick: Liverpool -1 Handicap (+141) [2.41] [1u wager returns +1.41u of profit] at Everygame

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