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With just inside of a month left in the regular season, the English Premier League (EPL) now enters its second full week of action following the pandemic-driven shutdown that sidelined the sporting world for much of the past three months.
While we’re still getting used to the empty stadiums and pumped in crowd noise, the action continues along with a spot in the UEFA Champions League (or relegation) on the mind of most of the squads. Unlike last week, I like some of the midweek EPL matches in the coming days and have found spots in both where we should be able to cash in.
Let’s take a closer look.
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Liverpool (-380) vs. Crystal Palace (+1000)
Wednesday, 3:15 PM EST
Since opening as well over -400 favorites, table leader Liverpool has fallen slightly back down to earth, as they now sit at -380 heading into this match. The last time we saw them out in their first post-break match, they played to a frustrating 0-0 draw against Everton, where they failed to convert on three shots on target.
For Crystal Palace, an opening match result of 2-0 put their supporters right back into a hopeful mood, as they currently sit just six points back from Manchester United for the fifth spot in the table.
In this one, while I fully expected Liverpool to take a game to get their legs back, I have no expectations for their struggles to remain. While the juice is still a little steep for me, I like a multi-goal performance where both the starters and reserves get involved.
Chelsea (+330) vs. Manchester City (-125)
Thursday, 3:15 PM EST
In what will surely be the most widely watched and covered match of the week, Manchester City hits the road for the first time during the restart to take on a confident Chelsea F.C.
In their first game back from the pandemic, Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic scored a late goal to put the Blues over the top for a 2-1 result at Aston Villa.
For Manchester City, the restart hasn’t been kinder to many teams in all of international football. City has a goal differential of +8 through two games, and striker Phil Foden has scored nearly half of them.
While goals have been rampant for both teams thus far, neither has played the caliber of opponent they are going up against in this one. I like a low-scoring affair and think any value remaining on a side bet lies with City.