EPL betting preview: Foxes to slow Gunners, Clarets to shock Hammers

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No days off. Matchday 33 rolls right into Matchday 34 as the daily dose of Premier League action continues for bettors.

Things are getting quite congested heading into the final stretch of the season. Let’s dive right into our best bets for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Leicester City (+195) at Arsenal (+120), Draw (+215)

Is it just me, or do Arsenal now resemble a competent football club? The Gunners have rattled off four successive victories and come into this match fresh off their most impressive win of the bunch, a 2-0 success over Wolverhampton at Molineux. Arsenal’s European hopes, which were a pipe dream a fortnight ago, suddenly don’t seem so far-fetched.

The Gunners’ success is a testament to Mikel Arteta, who inherited the remains of a broken team just a short while ago. With four matches remaining, Arsenal can salvage what has been a very disappointing campaign.

This is a clear step up in class for Arteta’s troops, though, as they face a Leicester club that finally hit its stride Saturday in a 3-0 rout of Crystal Palace. It came not a moment too soon for Brendan Rodgers’ side, which was losing valuable ground in the top-four race and needed some much-needed confidence ahead of a crucial trip to the Emirates.

With just a three-point cushion on Manchester United, now isn’t the time for Leicester to let up. For all of the Foxes’ perceived struggles coming out of the restart, their ability to defend never wavered, as they’ve conceded just once outside of a wacky five-minute spell at Goodison Park. Leicester will make life difficult on the high-flying hosts and will leave north London with a valuable point.

Pick: Draw (+215)

Burnley (+255) at West Ham (+100), Draw (+220)

West Ham are coming off a terrific week, following up a win over Chelsea with a draw at St. James’ Park to move four points clear of the drop. The mood in east London will be buoyant, but the Hammers aren’t out of the woods yet.

A visit from Burnley presents an entirely different test for David Moyes’ side. The Clarets are unapologetically physical and disciplined. They’re also in excellent form. Sean Dyche’s club has been typically terrific in defense while doing the bare minimum to scrape by in attack, but it will now receive a massive boost with the return of winger Johann Gudmundsson and leading scorer Chris Wood, who typically feasts on West Ham. In five Premier League matches against them, Wood has scored six goals.

Fresh off a huge week, and with an eye toward pivotal, fate-deciding fixtures against Norwich and Watford, this is a tricky spot for the Hammers. The Clarets are marching on in a remarkably professional manner and still have eyes on a top-seven finish. With Wood back on the pitch, they will deal a dose of reality to the Hammers on Wednesday.

Pick: Burnley (+255)

(Odds source: BetaSoccer Bet)

Alex Moretto is a sports betting writer for BetaSoccer. A journalism graduate from Guelph-Humber University, he has worked in sports media for over a decade. He will bet on anything from the Super Bowl to amateur soccer, is too impatient for futures, and will never trust a kicker. Find him on Twitter @alexjmoretto.

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