It’s Derby Weekend in the Premier League with local rivalry at stake all over the country. Saturday plays host to a fierce London derby between West Ham and Chelsea, Sam Allardyce will get his first taste of a Merseyside Derby as Everton face Liverpool and its Pep vs Jose as the Premier League’s top 2 face off with the pride of Manchester at stake at Old Trafford.
Here are our picks for the sixteenth round of fixtures in the Premier League: BET NOW
23:30 West Ham United vs Chelsea – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($7.5)
Derby weekend in the Premier League kicks off with a mouth-watering tie between two London clubs with a mutual hatred of each other. Chelsea will be looking to continue their excellent form of late and Antonio Conte’s men will be hoping to cash in on any slip ups from the Manchester sides above them. West Ham were spirited in defeat against Manchester City but they are still embroiled in a relegation battle and David Moyes will be aware of the need for his team to start picking up points quickly. The Hammers put in an impressive performance at Manchester City last time out but ultimately came up short against Pep Guardiola’s side. David Moyes has only managed 1 point from his first 4 games in charge of the Irons and they currently find themselves in 19th place in the table – 3 points from safety. Chelsea have been in excellent form in the Premier League lately – picking up 19 points from a possible 21 in their last 7 matches. Antonio Conte’s men find themselves in 3rd place in the table – 11 points behind Manchester City at the top of the tree.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and Eden Hazard to score anytime – as a double ($3.67)
Chelsea to win 2 – 0
02:00 Burnley vs Watford – Turf Moor
The two surprise packages in the Premier League meet at Turf Moor on Saturday with both teams eager to extend their excellent starts to the season. Both sides are dreaming of European football in next season and are sat 7th & 8th respectively in the Premier League table. It should be a fascinating battle between two of the brightest young managers in the league too with Sean Dyche and Marco Silva facing off. The Clarets have had an incredible start to the campaign and with 25 points to their name already, they look to have steered well clear of the relegation picture this season. They have the joint-third best defensive record in the league – only conceding 12 goals in their 15 games played so far. Similarly, the Hornets have had a sensational start to the season and sit only 3 points behind Burnley in 8th position. Marco Silva has engineered a bright, young team that has taken points off Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.
Betting tip: Both teams to score and the match to end as a draw ($4.5).
02:00 Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($2)
Two sides immersed in the relegation picture face off on Saturday in what promises to be an intriguing battle. Roy Hodgson has galvanised Crystal Palace in recent times with performances and results improving whilst Bournemouth too are in decent form – only losing 1 of their last 5 Premier League matches. The Eagles looked doomed in October, without a win, point or goal in their first 7 league games but their 2-1 win over Chelsea has been the catalyst. Roy Hodgson’s men have clawed their way up to 18th in the table and now sit 3 points from safety and are unbeaten in their last 4 Premier League matches. The Cherries have been in excellent form of late – 1 defeat in their last 5 has pulled them 5 points clear of the dreaded drop zone. Their 1-1 draw with Southampton last time out has left them in 14th position with 15 points from their opening 15 games. This should be an intriguing battle between two teams scrapping for their Premier League status.
Betting tip: Match to end as a draw and both teams to score ($4.5).
02:00 Huddersfield Town vs Brighton – John Smith’s Stadium
Huddersfield Town ($2.7)
Two newly promoted sides meet on Saturday and with a hectic period looming, both sides will be looking to seize the opportunity to put 3 points on the board. Huddersfield had a fantastic start to life in the Premier League but the Terriers are without a win in their last 4 league games and have slipped into the relegation picture in 16th place in the table. Brighton’s defeat to Liverpool last time out was only their 2nd defeat in their last 7 games but their 5-1 thumping is cause for concern for Chris Hughton. The Seagulls are in 12th place in the table – 7 points above the dreaded drop zone. This should be a very cagey encounter between two evenly matched teams fighting for their lives.
Betting tip: The match to end as a draw and both teams to score ($4.75)
02:00 Swansea City vs West Bromwich Albion – Liberty Stadium
Swansea City ($2.6)
West Bromwich Albion ($3)
Premier League safety is on the agenda in South Wales as Swansea face fellow strugglers West Brom. Paul Clement’s men dropped to the foot of the Premier League table last weekend following defeat to Stoke City and the pressure is starting to mount on the former Chelsea assistant manager. With 9 points from 15 games and only 8 league goals scored all season, the Swans look to have a mountain to climb currently. Alan Pardew has been tasked with engineering West Bromwich Albion’s route to safety and the Baggies are 3 points clear of the relegation zone with 13 points from their 15 games played. 3 draws on the spin will give Pardew belief he can turn things around but they are without a league win since August – a record they will need to change to stay up.
Swansea look bereft of confidence currently and West Brom could capitalise for their first win in months.
Betting tip: West Bromwich Albion to win the match to nil ($4.5)
West Bromwich Albion to win 1-0
02:00 Tottenham vs Stoke City – Wembley Stadium
Stoke City ($12)
Tottenham face Stoke in desperate need of points having only recorded 5 Premier League points from their last 6 games – leaving them in danger of being cut adrift in the league title chase. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have fallen off the pace in the Premier League and currently find themselves 16 points behind Manchester City. Defeats to Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester City as well as draws with West Bromwich Albion and Watford, have left Spurs concentrating on securing Champions League football for the time being. Stoke managed their first win in nearly 2 months last time out with a hard fought win over Swansea at the Bet 365. Mark Hughes’s men are struggling for consistency this season and subsequently find themselves in 13th place in the league with the 2nd worst defensive record in the league.
Spurs are enduring a difficult spell in the league but should bounce here against a Stoke side that have struggled on their travels this term.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match and over 2.5 goals in the game – as a double ($2.02)
Tottenham to win 3-0
04:30 Newcastle United vs Leicester City – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($2.75)
Leicester City ($2.95)
Rafa Benitez’s Toon Army will be looking to ease their relegation fears as they take on Claude Puel’s in-form Leicester side at St James’s Park. A run of 6 games without a win has left Newcastle in 15th place in the Premier League table – 5 points above the drop zone. The goals have dried up for Benitez’s men with only 14 scored in 15 games so far which will be their primary concern. Leicester have been resurgent under Claude Puel, losing only once under his stewardship and with impressive wins over Tottenham and Burnley last week, the Foxes are up in 9th position.
Leicester will fancy their chances here but Newcastle are always tough to beat with home support behind them.
Betting tip: Both teams to score and the match to end as a draw ($4.25)
23:00 Southampton vs Arsenal – St Mary’s Stadium
Arsenal travel to the South coast as they look to get over their gut-wrenching defeat at the hands of Manchester United last time out. The gunners were denied by David de Gea on numerous occasions as they lost 3-1 at home to leave themselves 15 points adrift of Manchester City at the top of the league. Southampton picked up a solid point on the road at Bournemouth last time out as Mauricio Pellegrino continues to struggle to find a winning formula. The Saints are 11th in the table, with 27 points from 15 games but their goals tally of 15 will be their most concerning statistic.
The Gunners thumped BATE Borisov in the Europa League in a confidence boosting win and should put the Saints to the sword too.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and Alexandre Lacazette to score anytime – as a double ($4.72)
Arsenal to win 2-0
01:15 Liverpool vs Everton – Anfield
It’s the first Merseyside Derby of the season with bragging rights at stake in Liverpool. The Reds go into the game in a fine run of form, scoring 15 goals in their last 3 games in all competitions and Jurgen Klopp’s men appear to be playing free-flowing football with a real swagger currently. Liverpool sit 14 points off the pace in the Premier League title race but sit in 4th place and with Champions League progress secured, confidence at the club is high. Sam Allardyce’s arrival at Goodison Park has had the desired effect with the Blues winning their last 3 games in all competitions and scoring 9 unanswered goals in the process. They have steered clear of the relegation picture too and currently reside in 10th place and they will have a good crack at their bitter rivals.
Sam Allardyce will make Everton very hard to beat but Liverpool are brimming with confidence and should have too much quality for the Toffees.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and over 2.5 goals in the game – as a double ($1.73)
Liverpool to win 3-1
03:30 Manchester United vs Manchester City – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($3.45)
Manchester City ($2.25)
One of the bitterest Premier League rivalry reignites on Sunday as unbeaten Manchester City travel to Salford looking to continue their unbeaten streak. Scrappy 2-1 wins over Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham could give the chasing pack hope of catching the blues or potentially outline just how resilient Pep Guardiola’s men are. Manchester United will be buoyed by their win over Arsenal last time out where they combined resolute defence with free-flowing counter-attacking football. United sit in 2nd, 8 points behind City and they will need to go for it if they are to catch the Blues this term. Remarkably, only Everton have taken points off Manchester City with 15 games of the Premier League played this season and Pep Guardiola’s men sit 8 points clear at the top of the league. Their remarkable +35 goal difference after 15 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.
The pressure is all on City to keep their remarkable run going whilst United could relish the opportunity to try and catch their rivals.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match ($3.45)
Manchester United to win 2-1
EPL Week 16 Multi Bet
We’re backing four results this week as a fivefold with a betting stake of $50:-
Southampton vs Arsenal – Arsenal to win
West Ham United vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Tottenham vs Stoke City – Tottenham to win
Liverpool vs Everton – Liverpool to win
Pays $5.07 if they all win
A $50 wager would pay out $253.50 if successful at the current odds.