Two Premier League stalwarts find themselves back in employment prior to game week 15 – Alan Pardew is the new man in charge at West Brom whilst Sam Allardyce has been brought in at Everton – both will be looking to add some much need stability to their respective clubs.
The midweek set of fixtures saw Manchester City grab a last minute winner through Raheem Sterling, Arsenal demolish Huddersfield and Manchester United survive a spirited Watford comeback. Liverpool, Chelsea and Burnley all won to keep them in the top 6 whilst a defeat for Tottenham at Leicester looks to have ruled them out of the title race for the time being.
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23:30 Chelsea vs Newcastle United
Newcastle United ($17)
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea will be keen to keep their strong run of form going as they welcome a Newcastle United side in free fall to Stamford Bridge. The Blues are currently 11 points behind Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and they will be hoping to push up the table during a hectic festive period. The Toon have lost their 4 of their last 5 league matches and are in danger of ruining their strong start to the campaign. The Blues find themselves in 3rd place in the table in defence of their league title – with 26 points to their name. They have won 4 of their last 5 Premier League matches and look to be coming into form and with Champions League progress secured they can concentrate on Premier League football. Newcastle have failed to win a match in over a month and have only scored 3 goals in their last 5 Premier League matches. 4 defeats and a draw have left them in 14th position and Rafa Benitez will be demanding an instant improvement from his men. Chelsea need to keep winning games like this to have any chance of catching Manchester City at the top of the league.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match, keep a clean sheet and Eden Hazard to score anytime – as a treble ($3.60) BET NOW
Chelsea to win 3 – 0
02:00 Brighton vs Liverpool
Brighton will be looking to bounce back from their heart-breaking defeat to Manchester United as they take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The Reds put in a strong showing against Chelsea but couldn’t muster the 3 points leaving them a remarkable 14 points off the pace in the Premier League. Brighton’s defeat to United was their only loss in their last 7 games and the Seagulls will be desperate to avoid defeat once again. Jose Mourinho described Brighton as the toughest team they’ve faced this season. Having only lost once in 7 matches, their good form in recent times has pushed Chris Hughton’s men well clear of the relegation picture – sat in 10th place – and they have only conceded 14 goals from 14 games suggesting their success has been built from the back so far this term. Jurgen Klopp’s men sit in 6th position in the league with 23 points from 13 games and they are 2 points behind 4th place Arsenal who currently occupy the final Champions League place.
Liverpool need to win to keep pace with the sides above them and should have a little too much quality for a resolute Brighton side.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($3.39) BET NOW
Liverpool to win 2-1
02:00 Everton vs Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield Town ($5)
Everton’s desperate start to the season has left the big-spending Toffees in the midst of a relegation battle and they have been without a manager for over a month. David Unsworth’s attempt at steadying the ship hasn’t gone to plan and they need to start picking up points quickly. Huddersfield by contrast have had a solid start to Premier League life and the Terriers sit in 12th place in the table with over a third of the season played. Everton’s problems this season have been well documented and in a week in which they have conceded 9 goals in 2 games, the sharks appear to be circling for David Unsworth in interim charge. They have only kept one clean sheet this season – against Stoke on the opening day and have conceded an alarming 28 goals in their 13 league games so far. David Wagner’s side have drawn many plaudits this term for a string of gritty displays that have seen them reside in 11th place in the Premier League table. They gave league leaders Manchester City a real scare last time out and will be relishing the opportunity to take on an Everton side low on confidence.
Sam Allardyce looks set to become Everton manager however and his presence should give the Toffees a boost in this huge game.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match and under 2.5 goals in the game ($4.2) BET NOW
Everton to win 1-0
02:00 Leicester City vs Burnley
Leicester City ($1.75)
Burnley will be keen to bounce back from their injury time heartbreak at the hands of Arsenal as they travel to Leicester. The Clarets conceded a controversial penalty to lose the game to the Gunners but they still go into the game in 7th position in the Premier League table. Leicester have lacked consistency this term and they will be eager to give their home fans two wins in a week following their impressive win over Tottenham. Claude Puel has over seen a major improvement since taking over at the King Power Stadium a month ago but their inability to kill off games is still costing them points. The Foxes are currently 9th in the Premier League table with 17 points to their name after 14 games following a 2-1 win over Tottenham. The Clarets have had a sensational opening third of the season and find themselves in 7th place in the Premier League table with 22 points from their 13 games played. Sean Dyche’s men have only lost once on the road this term – to Manchester City and are notoriously difficult to beat.
Leicester have a wealth of attacking talents but Burnley are a very confident team that should match the Foxes in key areas.
Betting tip: The match to end as a draw and both teams to score ($5.5) BET NOW
02:00 Stoke City vs Swansea City
Stoke City ($1.8)
Swansea City ($4.5)
Two teams in desperate need of points meet at the Bet 365 Stadium as they look to pull clear of the relegation picture. Stoke have taken points off Arsenal and Manchester United this season but have lacked consistency and find themselves only 3 points off the dreaded drop zone. Swansea find themselves in an even more ominous position and are currently 2 points from safety. Mark Hughes’s Stoke side fell to a heart-wrenching last minute defeat to Crystal Palace last time out to leave them immersed in relegation trouble. The Potters are currently 16th in the table and have conceded 26 goals from their 13 games so far – a concerning statistic for Hughes’s side. Paul Clement’s problems are mounting with the Swans currently residing in 19th place in the Premier League table. With only 7 goals scored this campaign, they are the lowest scorers in the division – with their last league goal coming over a month ago.
Swansea need points but Stoke, with home advantage, are a game for anybody and should have too much quality.
Betting tip: Stoke City to win the match to nil ($2.95) BET NOW
Stoke City to win 2-0
02:00 Watford vs Tottenham
Tottenham travel to Vicarage Road in desperate need of points having only recorded 4 Premier League points from their last 5 games – leaving them in danger of being cut adrift in the league title chase. Watford have been impressive this season – picking up points against Liverpool and beating Arsenal and Marco Silva’s men currently reside in 8th place in the table, with an outside chance of European football. The Hornets have been one of the surprise packages in the Premier League this season – sat in 8th place with 21 points from their opening 14 games. Marco Silva has assembled an attacking team filled with some of the brightest young talents in the Premier League and their free-flowing attacking football has won them many plaudits. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have fallen off the pace in the Premier League and currently find themselves 13 points behind Manchester City. Defeats to Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester City as well as a home draw with West Bromwich Albion, have left Spurs concentrating on securing Champions League football for the time being.
Watford are a quality side and Spurs are enduring a difficult spell but they need to bounce back quickly and should do here.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match and both teams to score ($3.4) BET NOW
Tottenham to win 3-2
02:00 West Bromwich Albion vs Crystal Palace
West Bromwich Albion ($2.55)
Crystal Palace ($3.1)
Two struggling teams meet at The Hawthorns in a classic relegation six-pointer. Crystal Palace have been stranded at the bottom of the Premier League since the opening day of the season whilst West Bromwich Albion’s plight has been more gradual – both teams are in serious trouble. Gary Megson and Roy Hodgson look to have had galvanising effects on their respective teams and they will be keen to keep that up with such a huge game on the line. Tony Pulis’ departure brought about instant success with the Baggies picking up back to back draws with Tottenham and Newcastle under the stewardship of Gary Megson. The Baggies have not won a league game since August and sit in 17th position in the league – one point above the bottom 3. The Eagles have picked up 4 points from their last 2 matches meaning they are now 2 points from safety but with only 2 wins from their 14 games so far, their form will need to improve markedly to steer clear of the relegation picture.
Crystal Palace will be up for this crucial match but may find West Bromwich Albion a tough nut to crack in a big game for both clubs.
Betting tip: West Bromwich Albion to win the match to nil ($3.85) BET NOW
West Bromwich Albion to win 1-0
04:30 Arsenal vs Manchester United
Manchester United ($2.95)
Two Premier League heavyweights meet on Saturday evening as they look to strike a crucial blow in their pursuit of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. Both sides have beaten Tottenham in recent weeks to underline their title aspirations but they are 12 and 8 points off City respectively and have plenty of work to do. Arsene Wenger will be delighted with his sides’ domestic record since the international break. Gritty wins over Tottenham and Burnley have seen the Gunners fire back into Champions League contention. Although 12 points behind City, Arsenal now find themselves in the top 4 – with 25 points from 13 games played. Similarly, United have won both of their league games since the international break with their only slip up coming in the Champions League. United are sat in 2nd place – 5 points behind arch rivals City, having notched an impressive midweek win at Watford on Tuesday. Both sides cannot afford to lose in pursuit of Manchester City and Jose Mourinho tends to make it very difficult for home teams when he brings his United side into town.
Betting tip: Both teams to score and the match to finish as a draw ($4.5) BET NOW
00:30 Bournemouth vs Southampton
Sunday plays host to a proper South Coast Derby as Southampton travel to arch-rivals Bournemouth in a big game for both clubs. Southampton were buoyed by a 4-1 win in their last home game and they will be eager to carry on that form at Bournemouth. The Cherries are unbeaten in their last 3 Premier League matches and look to be showing form at an important period of the season. The Cherries smashed Huddersfield in their last home game before clinching a decent point at Swansea City – making it 3 clean sheets in a row. The return of Callum Wilson seems to have added a focal point to their attack, from which they are benefitting. Eddie Howe’s men have climbed to 13th place in the table, with 14 points to their name after their opening 13 matches. Prior to their 4-1 win over Everton, the Saints had struggled for goals this term – but they now have 13 goals from their first 13 games. The Saints have now climbed to 11th place in the table – on 14 points and they will be eager to push on up the league from there.
With local rivalry at stake the atmosphere is sure to be fiery but they are two very well matched sides on paper.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score – ($4.5) BET NOW
03:00 Manchester City vs West Ham United
Manchester City ($1.1)
West Ham United ($26)
Manchester City continued their unbeaten streak with a scrappy 2-1 win over Huddersfield which could give the chasing pack hope or potentially outline just how resilient Pep Guardiola’s men are. David Moyes’s West Ham are the next team in town and with Pablo Zabaleta returning to the Etihad there is sure to be a fantastic atmosphere on Sunday afternoon. Remarkably, only Everton have taken points off Manchester City with 13 games of the Premier League season and Pep Guardiola’s men sit 5 points clear of the chasing pack at the top of the league – with a game in hand. Their remarkable +34 goal difference after 12 games has struck fear into most of their opponents – with the only question marks being whether they can maintain the run of form all season.
David Moyes got the reaction he wanted in his first home game in charge of the Hammers – with a spirited 1-1 draw against Leicester City. The Hammers are still in the bottom 3 – but lie only one point from safety with 10 points from their opening 13 games.
The pressure is all on City to keep their remarkable run going but Guardiola’s men simply look too good at the moment.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match with a -2.5 Asian Handicap ($1.83) BET NOW
Manchester City to win 3-0
EPL Week 15 Multi Bet
We’re backing four results this week as a fivefold with a betting stake of $50:
West Bromwich Albion vs Crystal Palace – West Bromwich Albion to win
Chelsea vs Newcastle United – Chelsea to win
Manchester City vs West Ham United – Manchester City to win
Stoke City vs Swansea City – Stoke City to win
Everton vs Huddersfield Town – Everton to win
Pays 12.99 if they all win – BET NOW
A $50 wager would pay out $649.50 if successful at the current odds.
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