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 Newcastle

BACK — Liverpool -1.5 at $1.79

West Ham v Chelsea

BACK — Chelsea at $1.83

Arsenal v Everton

LAY — Arsenal at $2.12

Leeds v Liverpool

LAY — Liverpool at $1.76

Everton v Tottenham

BACK — Everton at $3.55

Newcastle v West Ham

BACK — West Ham at $2.16

Tottenham v Man Utd

BACK — Man Utd at $2.52

West Ham v Leicester

BACK — West Ham at $3.20

Fulham v Wolves

LAY — Wolves at $3.40

Newcastle v Tottenham

BACK — Newcastle +1 at $1.82

Arsenal v Liverpool

BACK — Liverpool at $2.36

Leicester v Man City

BACK — Leicester +1 at $1.85

West Ham v Arsenal 

How big would a win for West Ham be here as they stay in the race for a Champions League place. Three points in this one takes them level on points with Chelsea in fourth and will give a huge scare to the other challengers ahead of the international break. They’ve lost two of their last three but those defeats were against City and United and they were hugely competitive in both.

Arsenal are in good touch but the Europa League is starting to become the priority for them and they’ll be coming off a clash in that competition while West Ham will have had all week to prepare for this amid the knowledge that they get a break after. They’ll come out all guns blazing against the Gunners and I like them for the win with so much at stake.

BACK — West Ham win at $3.00.

Brighton v Newcastle

The old fashioned relegation six-pointer for two sides in horrible form. Brighton has lost their last three in a row while Newcastle has gone five games without a win in the league and drawn their last three.

The price for Newcastle is extremely generous considering all that so I like them for a win/draw double chance. A dabble on the draw here makes sense too with both clubs having so much to lose.

LAY — Brighton at $1.72

Fulham v Leeds

What a mammoth clash this is for Fulham in their quest to avoid relegation. At home and against a Leeds side who have only won one of their last games it’s a huge opportunity for them as well and one they can certainly take.

Aside from their loss to Man City last week which is no slight on anyone, their form has been solid including a win over Liverpool and only two goals conceded in their previous five games. Thats a solid platform built for a win here which they can certainly schieve and at the price it’s a call worth backing.

BACK — Fulham win at $2.70

Arsenal v Tottenham

BACK — Draw at $3.50

Man Utd v West Ham

LAY — Man Utd at $1.89

Leeds v Chelsea

BACK — Chelsea at $1.81

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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