The Premier League is back! We’re joined by BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen to look ahead at the upcoming Gameweek 31 action.

Liverpool v Watford

Liverpool to win 3-0

6/1

This is a good game to celebrate the return of the Premier League, we should see goals here. Liverpool’s form before the break was brilliant, and the squad should be ready for a huge couple of months ahead. For all of the talk about how good Liverpool are going forward, which they are, defensively they’ve been so solid. They’ve conceded one league goal since February.

Watford have given themselves a small chance of staying up. They won away against Southampton in their last, and they’ve got a massive couple of games coming up after this.

I can only see a routine Liverpool win here though. I’m going for 3-0.

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Brighton v Norwich City

Brighton to win 2-1

7/1

Brighton’s recent form has been shocking. They’ve had a few difficult fixtures in that time, but Graham Potter will be disappointed. I think the break came at just the right time for them, and I’d expect a response here against an ideal opponent.

Norwich’s defeat to Leeds in their last felt like a big moment for them. A win would have given them some hope, so to lose in the last minute must have been gutting. Dean Smith will do well to lift his side here.

I think Brighton will get the win. Norwich will get a goal, but I’m going for 2-1.

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Burnley v Manchester City

Manchester City to win 0-2

5/1

It’s a vital couple of games for Burnley. They looked like they were turning a corner, but their form has really dipped again. The defeat to Brentford was a tough one to take, and they desperately need another win soon.

Make no mistake, we’ve got ourselves a title race. That draw to Palace has opened the door for Liverpool, and Pep will be insisting his side don’t slip up again. This won’t be an easy game though.

Burnley will try and frustrate, and I can’t see City cruising this one. I do think they’ll win though, 2-0.

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Chelsea v Brentford

Chelsea to win 3-0

It’s obviously been a difficult month for Chelsea off the pitch, but on it I’ve been impressed. They keep winning, and defensively they look so solid. That huge clash against Real Madrid Is on the horizon, so they’ll want a good performance here.

As for Brentford, it’s been a positive few weeks for the club. The win against Burnley was huge and they didn’t play badly in the defeat to Leicester. I think a couple more wins should see them safe.

I don’t see them picking anything up here though. Chelsea have been too organised recently, 3-0.

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Leeds United v Southampton

Southampton to win 0-1

What a massive couple of wins that was for Leeds, and for Jesse Marsch. Two last-minute winners, the atmosphere around the team must be brilliant now. I worried for Leeds a month or so ago, but they’ve given themselves a real chance of safety now.

Southampton didn’t play badly in the FA Cup defeat to Man City. City were just more clinical on the day and the score line probably flattered them. Ralph Hasenhüttl will want a response here.

Southampton’s form in 2022 has been superb. I can see them upsetting Leeds here and getting a 1-0 win.

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Wolves v Aston Villa

1-1 draw

5/1

I don’t know what happened to Wolves against Leeds. They were in complete control before Jimenez’s red card. Still, they should have performed better even with 10 men. To collapse the way they did was very unlike them.

Villa remain an inconsistent side. There’s so much quality here, but they probably don’t show it enough.  There wasn’t too much between them and Arsenal in the 1-0 defeat, but they didn’t create enough.

I don’t think there’s much between these two sides. I can see a draw here, 1-1.

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Manchester United v Leicester City

Manchester United to win 2-1

7/1

Speaking of inconstant sides, Man United certainly fit that mould. The defeat to Atletico Madrid was frustrating but they looked in good form in the win over Spurs.  Ronaldo was brilliant against Spurs that day, and they’ll need him at his talismanic best.

As for Leicester, they’ve got a big European clash against PSV to focus on this week. They don’t have a huge amount to play for, but they’ll want to not drop any standards.

I don’t see this being a comfortable day at Old Trafford, but I do think they’ll edge it. 2-1 to United.

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West Ham United v Everton

West Ham to win 2-0

What a huge week this is for West Ham and for David Moyes personally. They’ve got Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday but first up it’s Everton. They’ll want to go into the game on Thursday in a good mindset, I can see a win here.

Everton’s away form just keeps getting worse. They didn’t start badly against Palace in the FA Cup, but they collapsed and conceded some poor goals. The next two are away, here against West Ham and then to Burnley, they need to improve quickly.

I fancy West Ham. 2-0.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

Tottenham to win 2-1

7/1

Tottenham have won four out of five in the league, with their only defeat coming at Old Trafford. They’ve looked a real threat going forward, with Son and Kane being in superb form. They still have a chance of finishing in the top four.

Newcastle have lost their last two, both 1-0. They’re almost safe, but still need another win or two to guarantee it.

I fancy Spurs here. Their recent form has been good, and I think they’ll edge this 2-1.

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Crystal Palace v Arsenal

1-1 draw

It’s been such a good season for Palace, and Vieira must be one of the managers of the season. They followed up that draw with City by cruising past Everton and sealing their spot at Wembley for the FA Cup semi-finals. The whole club must be buzzing.

Fourth spot is still in Arsenal’s hands, but they can’t afford any dropped points. I don’t think they’ve been playing at their best in the last couple of weeks, but the results have been good.

I can see Palace making a real game of this. They drew at the Emirates earlier this season and with the Selhurst crowd behind them, I can see another draw here. 1-1.

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