Matchday 15 is the first part of 20 fixtures across five days. Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Everton & Manchester City have a days rest between their games. Expect squad rotation, shock performances, crazy scorelines & upsets across the festive period.
LIVERPOOL FOR THE TITLE?
Matchday 14 kicked off with Liverpool laying down a marker to their challengers for the Premier League title. They romped to a 7-0 win against Crystal Palace in a performance that was their best in months. This is the first time in the club’s history they have won by this margin away from home in the top flight.
They say winning the title for the first time is easy, retaining it is what’s difficult. Sports Books have them as heavy favorites to complete this feat:
- Liverpool -110
- Manchester City +250
- Manchester United +900
- Chelsea +1000
- Tottenham +1800
Manchester United thumped Leeds United 6-2 in an end to end thriller. There were 43 attempts on goal & the combined xG totaled 6.83, the highest amount in a single game this season. The result has raised a lot of debate around Marcelo Bielsa’s style of play & if he deserves to be held in such high esteem.
One of the things I love about football the most, is that there are so many different ways the game can be played. Counter-Attacking, Gegenpressing, Tiki-Taka, Long Ball, 4-4-2, Park the Bus, 4-3-3, Inverted Wingers, 3-3-1-3 (Bielsa is famous for), Johan Cruyff”s Total Football the list is endless.
Bielsa’s approach is refreshing, exciting, entertaining and something the Premier League has never seen before. There will be more failures like this, but, there will also be enough victories to stay up & that is the goal. The players will improve as the season progresses & many have benefited from playing under him.
When Bielsa came in Kalvin Phillips thought he would continue as a box to box midfielder playing an attacking role, but, he had different ideas. During a meeting where he went through each player’s squad number, he surprised Phillips calling out Number 4. “After that meeting, he told me he wanted me to be a defensive-mid and that I’d have to get better defensively and in the air”. Two years later & he has been transformed into one of England’s best holding midfielders who could be starting at Euro 2020.
Nicknamed “El Loco” he has inspired many of his former players with Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone, Mauricio Pellegrino & Santiago Solari all heavily influenced by the style. Pep Guardiola called him the “best manager in the world” in 2012 & flew to Argentina to meet him on Gabriel Batistuta’s advice. “Pep, if you want to be a manager, you have to meet this guy”.
Other Managers will be inspired by how Leeds play & incorporate aspects into their own style & tactics. Just like we saw with Chelsea’s 4-3-3 under Jose Mourinho or the influx of Number 10’s like Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Bergkamp & Georgi Kinkladze inspired by Eric Cantona back in the mid 90’s.
Marcelo Bielsa is one of the games greatest visionaries & the Premier League is better with him in it.
Here are the 2020-21 Premier League Matchday 15 Betting Lines.
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY 15 BETTING LINES
ODDS & ENDS
- I like Tottenham at +112. They will bounce back against Wolves who are strongest on the counter. Spurs will sit deep & prevent that from happening.
- West Ham are appealing at +135. Brighton haven’t won in 5 games & it looks like this season will be tough for Graham Potter’s side.
- Jump on Chelsea at -112. Mikel Arteta’s days could be numbered & there’s rumors circulating he’s lost the dressing room.
- Crystal Palace or the Draw is -110. I expect Roy Hodgson to get a response from his team after last weeks 7-0 loss.
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