Your Expert EPL Tips: 2020/21 Season

For the upcoming Premier League season, Daniel Garb will be providing his expert Premier League previews across every match week on the Betfair Hub.

‘Garby’ has worked and been involved in world football for over a decade, being pitchside for some of the biggest games in the Premier League, the Champions League and the World Cup. His analysis and knowledge of football is almost unrivalled and his insights will be available all season long.

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Liverpool v Crystal Palace

The equation is simple for Liverpool – win and a place in the Champions League is theirs. As the in-form team of the competition, they should do so. They have energy and quality about them again and at home with some fans and with so much at stake, they’ll get the job done.

But quite often when teams have a situation like this presented to them they can freeze up a bit early on. The Reds will get through it but perhaps a Palace side who will be keen to play party poopers can make it tough for them for a while. I like them to cover a three-goal handicap, Palace.

BACK — Crystal Palace +3 at $1.50

Leicester v Tottenham

If Chelsea and Liverpool both win, Leicester’s Champions League quest is cooked but they’ll aim to give both sides a scare at the very least by knocking off Spurs. At home, celebrating their FA Cup win and with so much to play for, the price for them is very generous.

I definitely like them to lead at half-time, things may change after that but those are your two best options – Leicester half-time lead and Leicester win.

BACK — Leicester at $2.02

BACK — Leicester Half Time at $2.62

West Ham v Southampton

West Ham need to win to shore up a Europa League spot which would be a fabulous result for them. With that on their minds, playing at home in front of their fans and with a solid form line maintained they should be able to do that.

It’s a generous price for a team with so much to play for. They’ll get it done.

BACK — West Ham at $1.80

Burnley v Liverpool

Well, this is it now for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. After Alisson’s astonishing header to win the game against West Brom they now simply need to win their final two matches to finish above Leicester on goal difference at least and make the Champions League. They should with that in mind account for Burnley.

The Reds have the best record of any team over the final 10 games in the league and look supremely motivated to clinch this top-four spot. Liverpool to cover a -1 handicap or a half-time full-time double over a team coming off a 4-0 loss at home to Leeds should suffice.

BACK — Liverpool -1 at $1.74

Tottenham v Aston Villa

Spurs hopes of the Champions League are gone but they’re keen to ensure a Europa League place and need to win here to do so. They’ve secured three points in three of their last four games and with Kane in red hot form and Bale delivering consistently now they should account for a Villa side who have only won one of their last seven games. Tottenham to win..take a -1 margin for extra value if you’re feeling that way inclined.

BACK — Spurs at $1.55

Everton v Sheffield Utd

BACK — Everton -1 at $1.70

West Brom v Liverpool

BACK — Liverpool -2 at $2.30

Newcastle v Man City

BACK — Man City -2 at $2.40

Man Utd v Liverpool

United may only have a two-day break after losing to Leicester but they basically played the under 16s in that one and will have stars refreshed for the biggest battle in English Football.

Liverpool need to win, however, to keep their top four chances alive and with that impressive performance and win against Southampton last time out in the can and United having had a jam-packed schedule, I think they can. Liverpool to win.

BACK — Liverpool at $2.44

Chelsea v Arsenal

Chelsea are on absolute tear in the league and after Leicester’s win over United and the CL final coming up they’ll be looking to tie up their top four place as soon as possible.

They can do that against an Arsenal side that doesn’t have much to play for and after their Europa League exit is now looking for the season to end. Chelsea should win without too much of a worry. Look at them for the -1 handicap at least.

BACK — Chelsea -1 at $2.49

Chelsea v Leicester

LAY — Chelsea at $1.99

Man City v Chelsea

BACK — Man City at $2.00

West Ham v Everton

BACK — West Ham at $2.36

Leeds v Tottenham

BACK — Tottenham at $2.06

Man Utd v Liverpool

LAY — Liverpool at $2.64

Newcastle v Arsenal

LAY — Arsenal at $2.12

Tottenham v Sheff Utd

BACK — Tottenham -1.5 at $1.95

The Big Six

Can the dominant, unbearable Reds go from a 30-year drought to back to back champions? Of course they can. There may not be an influx of signings (even if Thiago joins), but they didn’t have that last season either and still won the thing by 18 points.

Keeping the front three geniuses, fullback superstars and the indomitable Van Dijk fit will be necessary again. Still, injuries to them have been rarer than a day of humility from Donald Trump. It’s always a big task to topple Liverpool.

Man City should provide the most significant challenge yet again, even without the signing of Lionel Messi. Not content with spending the GDP of Russia on their defence, City has splashed out again this time for Nathan Ake, and Guardiola should meld their problematic back four back into shape.

Pep will be hurting from last season’s weak title defence and Champions League exit and therefore primed to strike back. In De Bruyne they still have the best midfielder in the league and if he stays fit for the majority of the season City will be in it up to their eyeballs once more.

If there are financial implications of COVID-19, someone forgot to tell Roman Abramovich. Or maybe he’s just striking will everyone else suffers. Shrewd. It’s like 2004 all over again for Chelsea. Splashing their owner’s Russian Rubles and signing star in sight. Werner, Ziyech, Havertz, Chilwell, Silva.

Frank Lampard has a serious squad now, and they’ll be expected to contend for the title for a prolonged period as a result. That brings pressure, however, and while Lampard excelled last season, he did it with that lens removed. They are easily the most fascinating team to watch ahead of the new season.

Mykonos may have got the best of captain Harry Maguire, but a Bruno Fernandes inspired mid-season revival has plenty excited for Manchester United’s hopes this season and understandably so. His link-up play with Martial and Rashford has brought back that old United verve consistently for the first time since Sir Alex’s departure.

But doing it week in, week out will be the challenge. City and Liverpool have shown in recent seasons that you can’t afford to lose games if you want to win the title. The Red Devils finished third last season but were still closer to relegation than Liverpool at the top. Changing the mentality and delivering every week is Solskjaer’s biggest challenge if they want to contend.

Arsenal should improve. I mean, they have to improve. They finished eight last season for goodness sakes. Eighth! The FA Cup triumph lifted spirits, and Mikel Arteta certainly looks like a man with a plan, but there is enormous ground to make up.

Aubameyang is the one player that walks into any other team in the league and again looms as the key to a revival, but he could use some mates. There is plenty of young talent there though, and if they can accelerate their development, the Gunners can get back in the top four.

Well, this season will tell us all we need to know about the managerial status of Jose Mourinho. Still special or past his best? It’s hard to know what to make of Spurs prospects. Like it wouldn’t shock you if they finished as low as mid-table or as high as third.

They still have bonafide superstars in Kane, Alli, Son, Lloris and Alderweireld and right-back Matt Doherty is a smart signing. But so much of it comes down to Jose. If he can galvanise and steel them like he’s done with so many sides in the past, they’ll be right back up there. If no, it could be another morose campaign. And time to finally do away with that ‘Special One’ Mourinho moniker.

Middle of the Pack

Yes, Leicester were top six last season, but they’re not ‘big six’ yet. Another campaign like the previous though, and they might just change the status quo. With the golden boot winner in Vardy and a top manager in Rodgers, they shouldn’t drop off too much.

The same applies to Wolves and their Portuguese posse. Burnley can maintain a mid-table spot, but Sheffield United will find it far tougher to replicate their fantastic season this time around.

The team to watch though is Everton. Big money signings and a couple of managers have come and gone in recent signings with bugger all to show for it. Yet they’ve managed to bring in a three-time Champions League winning manager in Carlo Ancelotti and a superstar in James Rodriguez. Expect them to rise this season. They simply have to.

Bottom Bunch

Long gone are the days of a plethora of Aussies flying our flag in the biggest league of all but with Leeds back in the top flight, at least we can reminisce about the glory years of Kewell, Viduka and co once more.

There has been no greater anticipation around a promotion side than Marcelo Bielsa’s team in Premier League history, and after 16 years out of the top flight, they can make a splash on their return and finish clear of the drop zone.

The same can’t be said of Fulham and West Brom sadly who came up with them. Expect them to struggle come the end of the campaign but Villa, who narrowly avoided the drop last season can stabilise now and move to closer to mid-table. Maty Ryan is our only Aussie in the top flight. Another big season from his at Brighton and bigger clubs will no doubt come calling.

Final Predictions

Golden Boot: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal

Top Six in Order:

  1. Liverpool
  2. Manchester City
  3. Chelsea
  4. Manchester United
  5. Arsenal
  6. Tottenham


  1. West Brom
  2. Fulham
  3. Brighton

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