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Premier League Betting Odds, Picks, Preview, Projections: Our Best Bets From Matches Featuring Spurs & Arsenal (Feb. 23-24)

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The Premier League title race, top-four battle and relegation fight heated up this past weekend after some exciting results.

Liverpool now only trails Manchester City by six points with a game in hand, all thanks to Tottenham’s last-gasp winner this past Saturday at Etihad Stadium.

HARRY KANE DOES IT IN EXTRA TIME 🤯 💥

Tottenham (+972 ML) has pulled off a MASSIVE upset over league leading City pic.twitter.com/eV3Rw8f9Qr

— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) February 19, 2022

We have four midweek make-up matches, with quite a bit at stake since Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal are in action. The biggest match by far, though, is a top-eight clash at Emirates Stadium between the Gunners and Wolves, who faced off against each other two weeks ago.

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Premier League Projections

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Burnley vs. Spurs

Burnley Odds +350
Spurs Odds -125
Draw +275
Over/Under 2.5 (+110 / -130)
Day | Time Wednesday | 2:30 p.m. ET
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Tottenham has been trending as an over team when it comes to game totals during the past month. The club’s last five matches are averaging 3.5 expected goals and 4.6 actual goals. Manager Antonio Conte has unlocked the offense, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min playing at maybe their highest level in the past few years.

Under Conte, Tottenham is averaging 2.11 xG per match in the league, which is the third-best mark in that time span behind only City and Liverpool.

The Tottenham defense is only allowing 1.17 xG per match under Conte, but the last five matches have been concerning, especially defending crosses.

Manchester City completed five crosses into the box and basically their first goal and penalty came on a cross. In the match against Southampton, the final two goals came off balls played into the penalty area.

Clinical on the counter-attack ⚡️

Dejan Kulusevski, take a bow 🔥 pic.twitter.com/beLxymxufJ

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 19, 2022

Why is that important? Well, Burnley is second in the EPL in crosses completed into the penalty area, averaging 2.5 crosses per 90 minutes. 

Defensively, Burnley has been poor against the top seven teams in the Premier League, allowing 1.75 xG per match. The Clarets also are last in the league in shots allowed per 90 minutes and box entries per 90 minutes, per fbref.com.

That said, Tottenham should be able to find the back of the net multiple times. 

I have 2.87 goal projected for this match, so I love the value on the total clearing 2.5 goals at +110 odds.

Pick: Total Over 2.5 Goals (+110)


Arsenal vs. Wolves

Arsenal Odds -160
Wolves Odds +500
Draw +285
Over/Under 2.5 (+120 / -145)
Day | Time Thursday | 2:45 p.m. ET
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What was interesting about when these two faced off a few weeks ago is an Arsenal player picked up a red card in the 60th minute, but still ended up winning the xG battle by a 1.64-0.74 margin.

As for Wolves, their matches versus teams ahead of them in the table tend to be a little more high scoring than against the bottom half of the standings.

In eight games against the top seven, Wolverhampton is averaging 2.71 xG per outing. Against teams below them, the games only yield 2.11 xG per contest. 

Wolves 0-1 Arsenal

Two shots on target from Arsenal but the two rapid yellow cards shown to Gabriel Martinelli will live longer in the memory.#WOLARS pic.twitter.com/x3gaddDqRa

— The Analyst (@OptaAnalyst) February 10, 2022

The Arsenal offense has been greatly improving over the last two months, but they’re especially prolific when they don’t have to play Manchester City, Liverpool or Chelsea. If you take out the four meetings with those teams, the Gunners are averaging 1.74 xG per match against the rest of the league.

Also, Arsenal is much better at home than it has been on the road, averaging 1.68 xG per match at the Emirates, versus only 1.33 xG per game on the road.

🎯 @LacazetteAlex
⚽️ @EmileSmithRowe

A MOTM performance from ESR 👏 #ARSBRE pic.twitter.com/Ft5EjAXKL7

— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 20, 2022

The biggest thing in this match is Wolves is providing almost no resistance, ranking dead last in PPDA, while Arsenal has been one of the best playing through pressure over the past two months, ranking third in Offensive PPDA, per understat.com

I have 2.46 goals projected for this match, so I like the price on the total going over 2.5 goals at +120 odds and will make it my top pick.

Pick: Total Over 2.5 Goals (+120)

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