English Premier League Matchday 20 Best Bets for Wednesday

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The EPL football odds are now available as we are back with our favorite English Premier League expert advice and free betting predictions. Read on for this week’s EPL Matchday 20 betting advice, soccer analysis, and free soccer betting picks for Wednesday’s fixtures.

Chelsea FC vs. Brighton & Hove Albion FC 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021 – 02:30 PM EST at Stamford Bridge

Form, Mentality, Premier League Odds and Trends

  • Chelsea haven't lost in 39 of their last 45 home fixtures
  • Chelsea concedes an average of 0.64 goals during their home games
  • Brighton & Hove Albion's previous 7 EPL matches have seen under 2.5 goals
  • Brighton & Hove Albion have won a mere 1 game from their previous 13 fixtures

Depleted Chelsea Face Tough Test on Home Turf

Chelsea looks to keep the title-chase interesting with Liverpool and Manchester City when they roll the red carpet for Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Still, with a severe fitness crisis, they'll need to remain focused versus Graham Potter's tricky starting eleven.

Chelsea returned to the win column on Boxing Day, but not without another squad deficit under a hectic schedule. Thiago Silva and N'Golo Kanté were forced off in an uncomfortable situation for manager Thomas Tuchel.

Despite owning a talented squad beyond their starting elites, Chelsea has struggled to assert their dominance of late – winning a mere two games from their previous five domestic outings – including three of their last four home meetings, which have ended in drawn encounters. Additionally, the Blues have failed to keep a clean sheet on home turf since October, giving a beacon of hope to a reinvigorated Brighton & Hove Albion squad.

The visitors took three points from Thomas Frank's Brentford side on Boxing Day, but a prior winless run of 11 EPL fixtures had forced the Amex faithful to wait over 12 weeks to witness a Premier League victory.

Final Thoughts | Premier League Betting Picks

With Chelsea struggling to find consistency and Brighton & Hove Albion holding newfound confidence following their Boxing Day success, I expect we'll witness a close encounter for at least 45 minutes of play.

I was initially tempted by both teams to score market that offers plus money, but I'm still battling to trust Brighton & Hove Albion in front of goal.

The odds for a draw at halftime are tempting, especially when both teams have been involved in countless stalemates of recent.

Chelsea vs. Brighton & Hove Albion Score Prediction: Chelsea 1 – Brighton & Hove Albion 0

Soccer Pick: Halftime/Draw +130 [2.30] [1u wager returns 1.30u] at Everygame (visit our Everygame Review)

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Brentford FC vs. Manchester City FC

Wednesday, December 29, 2021 - 03:15 PM EST at Brentford Community Stadium

Form, Mentality, Premier League Odds and Trends

  • Man City have won 9 consecutive EPL fixtures
  • Man City are unbeaten in their previous 8 EPL away games
  • Man City have won their last 3 games by 3 or more goals.
  • Brentford have failed to score in 3 of their last 5 fixtures

City Look Dominant in All Areas

The Premier League titleholders and current 1st place squad in Manchester City have been difficult to discredit of late, with dominant victories behind large score lines becoming a thing of the norm.

City's Boxing Day meeting with Leicester was no different; a 6-3 final score saw the EPL leaders extend their domestic goal tally to 50 goals, 17 of which have been generated in the last 3 meetings they've been involved with. In contracts, 4th placed Arsenal are 18 goals behind this mark, proving Pep Guardiola's squad as a true force to be reckoned with.

Brentford's early-season success as a newly promoted Premier League side has dwindled; a team that looked primed for a top-half finish is now showing cracks in the foundation. To make matters worse, several key players are missing from the lineup for Wednesday night's showdown with the Citizens.

With that said, we mustn't neglect Brentford's home form, where Arsenal and Liverpool both failed to assert any kind of dominance at the Community Stadium – a ground where European Champions Chelsea also battled to a mere 1-0 scoreline.

Final Thoughts | Premier League Betting Picks

Four goals obtained inside 25 minutes of play versus Leicester shows how sleek the reigning champions can be, and with Brentford handing a Brighton side three points after a previous 12-game winless streak, the signs point towards a Manchester City whitewash.

Too much inconsistency from the Bees has me concerned for their chances on Wednesday, and it isn't easy to visualize any result outside of routine City win.

The available EPL betting odds, at the top-rated sportsbooks, on a Manchester City victory are naturally skewed. Still, we can find value in backing the visitors to win both halves of play, a betting position that makes complete sense when considering the Citizens free-scoring form.

Brentford vs. Manchester City Score Prediction: Brentford 0 – Manchester City 4

Soccer Pick: Manchester City to Win Both Halves (+110) [2.10] [1u wager returns 1.10u of profit] at Everygame

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