Premier League Predictions for July 7-9
Arsenal vs Leicester (Tuesday, 3:15 p.m. ET)
The most impressive part of Arsenal’s recent hot streak is that they’ve dominated at both ends of the pitch. The Gunners have scored 10 goals in four games since returning from the Covid-19 hiatus (with an FA Cup win over Sheffield United in addition to their three league wins) and have allowed just one goal over that span. That bodes well for them as they host a Leicester City team that rebounded from a loss to Everton with a 3-0 rout of Crystal Palace.
Home team dominance has been the order of the day between these Premier League rivals, with the hosts having won six straight meetings while outsourcing the visitors 16-5. And while the lack of spectators takes some of the shine off of home-field advantage, Emirates Stadium will be a welcome sight to an Arsenal team that has played just one home game since March 7 – and that one produced a 4-0 win over Norwich. We like the Gunners to stay hot.
Pick: Arsenal (+125)
Sheffield United vs Wolverhampton (Wednesday, 1 p.m. ET)
Wolverhampton are on the verge of “wandering” their way out of a 2020/21 tournament spot as they look to bounce back with a Wednesday visit to Sheffield. Wolves were bounced 2-0 by Arsenal last time out, ending a three-game winning streak and dropping them three points back of Manchester United for the last Champions League spot. Sheffield are lurking just four points back of Wolves, having earned four of six points in their past two games.
Wolves have picked up where they left off prior to the pandemic break. They’ve finished under the 2.5-goal threshold in six straight games, including all four since returning to action. And with these teams having battled to a 1-1 draw in their last head-to-head meeting Dec. 1, we’re inclined to roll with the U2.5 play in this one. But at -200 odds, we’re instead going to pivot to at least one team leaving Wednesday’s showdown without scoring.
Pick: Both teams to score: No (-163)
Bournemouth vs Tottenham (Thursday, 1 p.m. ET)
Tottenham’s chances of securing a Champions League berth remain remote as they visit struggling Bournemouth on Thursday. A late-season swoon have left Spurs seven points out of contention despite a 1-0 victory over Everton earlier this week. Goal scoring has been a major problem for Tottenham, who have scored more than one goal in just two of their past 10 games (and, not surprisingly, have just two wins over that stretch).
That all said, Bournemouth are ripe for the picking in this one as they look to halt a five-game losing skid. The hosts have been downright abysmal on defense lately, having allowed nine goals in back-to-back defeats to Newcastle and Manchester United so far in July. We’re not prepared to suggest that the Spurs’ offense will bounce all the way back, but we do see the visitors producing multiple goals Thursday (and nothing else).
Pick: Tottenham exactly 2 goals (+225)
Premier League Betting Card for July 7-9
• Arsenal (+125)
• Sheffield-Wolverhampton: Both teams to score: No (-163)
• Tottenham exactly 2 goals (+225)