The Premier League returns following the final international break of the season with the hectic festive period front and centre in most managers minds. Champions Manchester City have a two-point lead at the top of the pile and look to be the team to catch once more. Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all keeping pace with the Blues and it promises to be an intriguing month.
The relegation picture is hotting up too, with Newcastle finding form in recent times to leave the likes of Huddersfield, Cardiff and Fulham struggling in the relegation zone.
Here are our picks for the thirteenth round of fixtures in the Premier League:
1:00am Brighton vs Leicester City – AMEX Stadium
Leicester City ($2.62)
Premier League football returns following an eventful international break and two teams looking to climb the ever-changing Premier League table face off on the South Coast as Brighton host Leicester City. The Foxes have responded well to the tragedy of their Chairman passing last month whilst Brighton are beginning to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the top-flight. Chris Hughton’s Seagulls will be eager to get back to winning ways following disappointing defeats at the hands of Everton and Cardiff City in recent weeks. Brighton have picked up 14 points so far and sit 8 points clear of the relegation zone as they look to avoid the drop once again this season. Inconsistency has blighted Leicester City’s season so far and Claude Puel will be keen to see his side put a run together with European football very much an end of season possibility for the Foxes. Their draw last time out with Burnley, set in the context of their Chairman passing was a decent result that they will be hoping to build upon here. Whilst Brighton are notoriously difficult to break down, Leicester are a strong side and should get the job done in what promises to be an entertaining fixture.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match and both teams to score ($5.5) – BET NOW
Leicester City to win 2-1
1:00am Everton vs Cardiff City – Goodison Park
Cardiff City ($8)
Two sides that have improved in recent weeks face off on Merseyside as Neil Warnock’s revitalised Cardiff City travel to take on Marco Silva’s exciting Everton side. Both teams have seen an upturn in form throughout November and they will be heading into this one full of optimism in what should also be a fascinating clash of styles. Four wins from their last 6 Premier League fixtures have boosted the mood at Goodison Park and they showed real resolve to pick up a gritty point at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea last time out. Marco Silva looks to be finally impacting his ideals on his players and the Toffees currently sit 9th in the table – 8 points off Champions League football. Neil Warnock’s side have improved in recent weeks and sit in 18th place – only in the relegation zone on goal difference. The Bluebirds have 8 points to their name after 12 games played and their win over Brighton last time out is sure to give them a boost. Both sets of players will fancy their chances here and it should be a real spectacle between two very different teams and Everton should get the job done in front of their passionate home support.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match and both teams to score ($3.35) – BET NOW
Everton to win 3-1
1:00am Fulham vs Southampton – Craven Cottage
Following the first managerial departure of the season, Claudio Ranieri is now the man entrusted by Fulham to propel them to Premier League safety and his first game is a real relegation six-pointer with fellow strugglers Southampton. Only three points separate the two sides who will be looking to strike a crucial blow against one and other in the push for safety. No team in the league has conceded as many goals as the Cottagers and the introduction of Claudio Ranieri at the helm could be the inspiration the West Londoners need to surge towards safety. With only one win from their opening 12 games, Fulham sit rock bottom of the table on 5 points and with nearly a third of the season played, the board felt that they need to act quickly. The Saints are in the midst of a rotten run and with only one league win all season they need to see results and performances improve very quickly to avoid a basement battle. Currently sat in 17th place, with 8 points from their opening 12 games, it looks as if Mark Hughes may have his work cut out this term. With Fulham sure to be buoyed by a new manager, this could be an intriguing battle and the lack of defensive prowess from either side should make for an open fixture.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.5) – BET NOW
1:00am Manchester United vs Crystal Palace – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.4)
Crystal Palace ($9)
Two sides in desperate need of points face off at Old Trafford with confidence sure to be low in both camps. Jose Mourinho’s United will still be reeling from their Derby Day humiliation at the hands of Manchester City whilst Palace have become immersed in a relegation scrap in recent weeks and need to start picking up points quickly. Consistency continues to blight Manchester United who sit 8th in the Premier League table with 20 points from their opening 12 games played. Optimism was growing following impressive showings in the Premier League and Champions League but their defeat at the hands of Manchester City will take some bouncing back from. Whilst the fixture list hasn’t been kind to Crystal Palace in recent weeks, they will be hoping to show resilience against Manchester United following two straight defeats at the hands of Chelsea and Tottenham. Roy Hodgson’s men are 16th in the Premier League having endured a relatively poor start to the season thus far and will need to start getting points on the board quickly. Despite their struggles this season, Manchester United possess plenty of fire power and should get past Crystal Palace here.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match to nil ($2.3) – BET NOW
Manchester United to win 2-0
1:00am Watford vs Liverpool – Vicarage Road
An entertaining match looks to be in store in North London as Liverpool travel to high-flying Watford with their unbeaten record on the line. Both sides have impressed with attacking football this term and will be looking to keep their respective pushes for European football and the Premier League title aliveThe Hornets have find themselves 7th in the Premier League table with 12 games played and have amassed an impressive tally of 20 points – dispelling any early season fears of being involved in a relegation scrap. Javi Gracia’s men have shown real adaptability in recent weeks and look to have added another string to their bow in terms of playing style. The Reds have impressed this season and currently sit in 2nd place in the table – 2 points behind Manchester City and still unbeaten in the top flight. Jurgen Klopp’s summer of spending looks to be paying dividends and despite exiting the Carabao Cup and struggling in the Champions League, it feels like this could well be the year for the red men. Vicarage Road will be rocking and Liverpool will be in for a real battle in North London but Salah, Mane and Firmino should have too much fire power and keep the reds right up there in the title battle.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($3.1) – BET NOW
Liverpool to win 2-1
1:00am West Ham United vs Manchester City – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($13)
Manchester City ($1.26)
Manuel Pellegrini hosts his former club as table-topping Manchester City travel to East London with their unbeaten record on the line. Pep Guardiola’s men have been imperious once more in their title defence – epitomised by their Derby Day mauling of Manchester United last time out whilst inconsistency continues to blight West Ham’s season, despite their obvious attacking talents. The Hammers will be looking to keep their improved domestic form going as they welcome the Champions to the Olympic Stadium. They showed resolve to come from behind last time out to get a draw with Huddersfield and their home form has been a positive for them this season – with Manchester United the headline scalp. The Manchester City train is fully up and running again this season – with comprehensive wins over Southampton, Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester United prior to the international break. Pep Guardiola’s charges are currently purring and look set to be the team to catch again this season as they sit top of the pile with 32 points acquired from their opening 12 fixtures. This should be an excellent fixture between two attacking managers and whilst West Ham are sure to be very much up for it, City look to have too much quality and belief currently.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.65) – BET NOW
Manchester City to win 3-1
3:30am Tottenham vs Chelsea – Wembley Stadium
The race for Champions League football finds itself on the agenda on Saturday evening as unbeaten Chelsea travel to the Wembley to take on Tottenham in a classic London derby. Both sides have been in fine fettle this term and with only one point and one place separating the sides in the table, this has all the makings of a classic encounter. Mauricio Pochettino’s men currently sit 4th in the table and showed real resolve to win at Wolves and Crystal Palace in recent weeks. Spurs have won six of their last seven Premier League games to push themselves back into Champions League contention in what looks to be a real battle for top 4 football this term. The Blues have impressed so far this campaign and look well placed to mount a sustained title challenge once again – despite their turgid draw with Everton last time out. Maurizio Sarri seems to have breathed new life into his charges – who are also progressing nicely in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup as well as sitting 3rd in the Premier League. Both sides will be bang up for what looks to be the biggest game of the weekend and it could well end up honours even between two very strong sides.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.6) – BET NOW
11:30pm Bournemouth vs Arsenal – Vitality Stadium
Two sides in the chase for European football at the end of the season face off on the south coast as high-flying Bournemouth welcome Arsenal to the Vitality Stadium. As the 5th and 6th places sides in the division, picking up points to stay in the hunt is crucial and this could be a very entertaining clash between two fundamentally attacking sides. The Cherries sit 6th in the Premier League, with 20 points to their name already and Eddie Howe’s men have displayed real resolve and quality once again this term. Back to back defeats at the hands of Manchester United and Newcastle have checked their progress in recent weeks but they are still outperforming expectations in the Premier League. Arsenal currently sit 4th in the Premier League table and Unai Emery looks to have instilled an impenetrable belief into his charges this season. The Gunners have picked up 3 consecutive draws in their last 3 games in all competitions but look well placed to progress in the Europa League and challenge in the Premier League. Bournemouth are an exciting side but have lost their last two whilst Arsenal have been in good nick and should pick up 3 more points on the road here.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and both teams to score ($3.25) – BET NOW
Arsenal to win 2-1
2:00am Wolves vs Huddersfield Town – Molineux
Huddersfield Town ($8)
An intriguing clash of styles looks to be on the cards in the Black Country as inconsistent Wolves welcome struggling Huddersfield to the West Midlands. Both sides have struggled in recent weeks and with the hectic festive period very much on the horizon, both managers and sets of players will be mindful of the importance of picking up points in games like this. Despite being winless in their last 4 Premier League matched, Wolves are flying high in the table – picking up 16 points from their opening 12 games. They suffered setbacks against Watford, Brighton and Tottenham but Nuno Esporito Santo’s men showed real resolve to get a point at Arsenal last time out. David Wagner’s men are immersed in the relegation scrap but have shown glimpses of survival form in recent weeks – picking up 4 points from their last 2 games. The Terriers currently sit 19th in the table – with 7 points to their name from their opening 12 games played. Wolves have struggled for goals and form in recent weeks and Huddersfield will be hoping to come away from the West Midlands with a hard earned point.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($4.4) – BET NOW
6:00am Burnley vs Newcastle United – Turf Moor
Newcastle United ($2.8)
Monday Night Football plays host to a fascinating relegation six-pointer between Burnley and Newcastle United. Both sides have struggled for goals and form throughout the season and will be hoping to find form with the hectic festive period looming large. Sean Dyche and Rafa Benitez are seasoned campaigners and both will be targeting games such as this to navigate a route to Premier League survival. Burnley will be looking to propel themselves up the league following a difficult start and with 9 points to their name from 12 games played – results do need to improve. Winless in their last 5 games, the Clarets currently sit 15th in the Premier League table – only one point above the dreaded drop zone. Back to back Premier League wins over Watford and Bournemouth have propelled Newcastle to 14th place in the Premier League table. The Toon have for goals throughout the campaign and with only 9 points to their name from their opening 12 fixtures, Rafa Benitez will be eager to see his side pick up their first away win of the campaign here. Burnley are a resolute outfit and will be very difficult to break down and with Newcastle’s struggles on the road this season, this could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.75) – BET NOW
EPL Week 13 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a four-fold with a betting stake of $50:
Watford vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace – Manchester United to win
Everton vs Cardiff City – Everton to win
West Ham United vs Manchester City – Manchester City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $205.30 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW