Wolves v Leicester
Here is the first of our best January 19 Premier League betting tips – Wolves v Leicester. It has already been a successful season for Wolves back in the Premier League. If they are able to beat the drop – which they look well on their way to doing – they’ll achieve their main aim for the campaign with plenty to spare. It would come as no surprise if the board gathered around the table as the dust settled on a hectic festive period and put forward their hopes for a top-half finish; this is another achievement that is well within their capabilities, with a record of 8-5-8 placing them 11th in the pile, a point behind Everton in 10th.
Wanderers have managed just one win from their last four starts, however, with their form during that spell also showing two defeats and a draw going into the week. They faced a tough match with champions Manchester City on Monday night and that would’ve taken its toll on their legs. Wolves finished 2018 with a stunning 3-1 win over Spurs at Wembley; however, they followed that upset with a 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace and those two results alone sum up what it feels like to be a fan. The club booked their place in the next round of the FA Cup thanks to a 2-1 win over a weakened Liverpool on 7 January, Jimenez and Neves scoring the goals that mattered.
Pushing for Prizes
Leicester City is three places higher in the current league table than their opponents with two more points on the board. The Foxes have won nine and drawn four of their 22 games so far and have every chance of pushing for the prizes with Watford in seventh currently just a point ahead. Leicester started the year with a vital 1-0 away win over Everton at Goodison Park on 1 January; however, they were then knocked out of the FA Cup when beaten by lowly Newport County on the road. This 2-1 defeat was enough to seal the biggest giant-killing of the weekend.
That was also the score when again losing to Southampton last time out in a match they were expected to take maximum points from, given how poor The Saints have been this season. Ndidi hit the net just before the hour; however, that goal did nothing to stop the victors who claimed all three points through Ward-Prowse and a Long winner. Claude Puel told members of the press at full-time he understands the fans’ frustrations; however, he was confident he could work with the players and help them achieve what they are capable of.
Home Win Favourite
This promises to be a thrilling encounter as it would come as no surprise to see either side win the match. It’s a real 50/50. Wolves are favourites with bookmakers as we approach kick-off with 6/5 available at Bet365 on the locals claiming all three points. The draw has been scratched up as the next most likely outcome at 23/10 – top price with the same firm – and those after an away win will love the fact there’s 12/5 going on Leicester with most bookmakers, including Ladbrokes.
Both teams have scored in each of Leicester’s last two starts and we’re confident both will get themselves on the scoresheet in what should be an interesting 90 minutes. Take both teams to score as your main bet at a handy 13/12 with Unibet – top price at the time of writing. That will do a job in your weekend accumulators and we expect it to be settled as a winner well before the finish.
Arsenal v Chelsea
The second of our second January 19 Premier League betting tips go to the London derby – Arsenal v Chelsea. This match is the game of the day on Saturday and the BT Sport cameras bring us all the action live from 5.30pm. The Gunners may enjoy a home advantage over their London neighbours; however, the club lines-up for this challenge having won only one of their last four, that form showing draw-lose-win-lose. The first loss in that spell came at the hands of Liverpool in their last match of 2018 when ending on the wrong end of a humiliating 5-1 beating at Anfield. Maitland-Niles scored for his side inside 11 minutes; however, it did nothing to help them upset the odds: The Reds raged to all three points thanks to goals from Mane, Salah and a Firmino hat-trick.
The second loss of Arsenal’s recent run came in their most recent start when falling to West Ham United across the city. Declan Rice missed a glorious opportunity to make a name for himself in the first half; however, he was composed beyond his years to keep plugging away. He finally got his reward, scoring what turned out to be the winning goal on 48 minutes. That was the 19-year-old’s first Premier League goal and manager Manuel Pellegrini told the media post-match the young man is becoming the complete player.
Blues Battling Hard
A four-match unbeaten run has Chelsea holding their own in the top-four of the Premier League; at this stage, the blues look well on their way to making a dramatic return to Champions League football. This achievement is something that new manager Sarri had marked down as his number one priority this term. The visitors have claimed 10 points from the last dozen available to them with the spare being a disappointing goalless draw with Southampton on 2 January at Stamford Bridge.
Since dropping two points against a relegation-threatened side, Chelsea has beaten Nottingham Forest with ease in the FA Cup; they’ve lost to Spurs in the EFL Cup first-leg at Wembley and beaten Newcastle United in a gripping contest when last seen on league duty. Pedro and Willian scored the goals on nine and 57 minutes, either side of a Clark reply on 40. An entertaining contest, but one Chelsea fully deserved to win. Sarri called it a very important three points while opposite number Benitez thought his boys were beaten by a goal they should’ve defended better against.
We’ll Get Goals
Armchair fans will be hoping this match lives up to expectations and we get plenty of goals in a thriller. The Arsenal win has been chalked up as a 19/10 second favourite with Bet365 and that looks a little harsh. The away day is jolly and backers will find 13/10 with the same firm on Chelsea taking a giant leap toward a top-four finish with the win. Those stuck on the fence will be delighted to see the draw at 11/4 circling at Unibet and that’s the market best price at the time of asking.
This will be the second meeting of these sides this season following Chelsea’s stunning 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge back in August when Pedro, Morata and Alonso all scored to better replies from Mkhitaryan and Iwobi. Both teams have scored in each of the last two meetings of the rivals and we’re on more of the same. Take both teams to score in addition to the accumulator of the day at 8/15 with Bet365. That makes more sense than trusting no at 11/8 with the same firm.
Huddersfield v Man City
Huddersfield continues to struggle in the top-flight and one point taken from their last 15 has the club bottom of the league. They are already eight points off safety and a return to the Championship looks highly likely. The Terriers followed a run of defeats with a draw in their most recent start, holding on to claim a rare point from Cardiff across the border. This was a match many thought they deserved to win, having been denied what appeared to be a clear penalty. Another draw is 7/1 with Ladbrokes, the home win a cracking 28/1 in places.
Manchester City has suffered a couple of slip-ups of late; however, they’ll view this as a perfect chance to gain three points and get their title charge firmly back on track. The Cityzens played on Monday night but have the strength in depth needed to ensure that won’t be a problem and there will be no tired legs in the starting 11. City beat Liverpool in the league before smashing Rotherham 7-0 in the FA Cup and Burton 9-0 in the EFL Cup. Confidence is returning and another Man City win is no more than 1/7, -2 goals on the handicap slightly more appealing at 23/20 with Ladbrokes. That’s how we’d approach this one.
Fulham v Tottenham
The last of our January 19 Premier League betting tips is another London derby – Fulham v Tottenham. Fulham must get something from this match if they are to give themselves the best chance of avoiding relegation. The Cottagers are second bottom of the league and have lost each of their last two, leaving them five points off safety. A third defeat on the bounce would blow a hole in their chances of survival. Bookies think it’s likely too, pricing the locals as 11/2 outsiders for the win – best price at bet365, the draw 3/1 at Ladbrokes.
Keeping Their Heads
Tottenham have lost two of their last three; however, they remain third in the league and although a title win now looks a bridge too far, they should have little trouble collecting another top-four finish. That’s if they make a return to winning ways as soon as possible and this looks a gimme three points. They must keep cool in the derby heat but Tottenham to win is our bet at 4/7 with Coral.