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Written by Cornermanden. The author’s opinions and predictions are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Unibet. Odds and details may change between the time of writing and when placing a bet – always check before betting.

Two midweek matches in the Premier League up next. These are my Premier League betting tips for mid-week 21.

Gung-Ho Football
Brighton & Hove Albion – Manchester City

Two possession oriented teams, and I’ve chosen to go with “gung-ho football” as my title for the match preview? I can understand the scepticism, and if you’d asked me a month or so ago, I would expect this to be a bit more of a controlled game where the teams switched on having possession. Now, though, after Man City secured their third league title in a row – and rested their more important players against Chelsea on Sunday – I think this game is perfectly ripe for huge entertainment value. Clearly, City have finals in the FA Cup and Champions League to look ahead to, but this is the perfect game to try and get some goals and actually improve player’s stats in a game which – in isolation – is meaningless for City. Why not embrace the chance to play with complete freedom?

Brighton will at least finish in 6th place if they don’t lose both of their two last games, while they can challenge Liverpool for 5th if they win both and Liverpool lose their game. Just like for City, this game is in practice meaningless for Brighton. However, it’s their last outing in front of their own fans, in what has been an outstanding season for The Seagulls. I’d be surprised if this doesn’t turn out to be an end to end game with two teams really going for it, in gung-ho fashion. Over 3 goals is priced at 1.85 with Unibet, meaning that you get your stake back if we see exactly three goals. I want to go big, though, so my pick here is over 4 goals (asian) at 3.35.

Gung-Ho Football x2?
Manchester United – Chelsea

Man United have played so many games this calendar year, that I’d assume that their players are more than ready for the beach. This can turn out to be a drab game, where both teams are sick to death of this football season and just want to go home and put their feet up. Not so quick: United have a worse goal difference than Liverpool, which means that two defeats from their two last games (if the Merseyside team win) sees them drop down to 5th. This is very unlikely, obviously, but Chelsea have won at Old Trafford before and can do so again. Their last game is at home against Fulham, who also can be a tough nut to crack on their day.

Losing to Chelsea will surely result in some Manchester United nerves, so their motivation to get the job done and win should be high. I would assume that they are also interested in finishing above Newcastle United, who are level on points as things stand (I’m writing this a few hours before Newcastle-Leicester). United (Manchester, that is) are waiting on Rashford injury news ahead of welcoming Chelsea, but it doesn’t change my perception of this game, nor does the outcome of Newcastle-Leicester.

Chelsea have been weak for the entirety of this season, but I think we’ve seen some indications that they are playing with a bit more freedom now. I also want to back goals in this fixture, and some shots. I would be very surprised to see anything other than end to end football; gung-ho in this game as well, hopefully.


Here are my Premier League betting tips for mid-week 21: