The Premier League fixture list is hotting up and the real test of squad depth comes into its own as December’s chaotic schedule looms large. Manchester City survived a strong Watford fight back to keep their lead at the top of the table whilst Liverpool kept pace with a comeback victory of their own at Burnley. Chelsea dropped more crucial points – this time at Wolves – whilst Manchester United and Arsenal played out a classic 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.
Southampton slipped back into the relegation zone after losing at Tottenham whilst Fulham and Burnley make up the bottom three as it stands.
Here are our picks for the sixteenth round of fixtures in the Premier League:
10:30pm Bournemouth vs Liverpool – Vitality Stadium
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side have shown real character in recent games to stay in touch with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and a win at Bournemouth would see them top the pile – for a few hours at least. Bournemouth bounced back from a barren spell to beat Huddersfield in midweek and Eddie Howe will be hoping his side can forge a run of form here. The Cherries bounced back in style from four defeats on the spin to beat Huddersfield and take their points tally to 23 for the season. Eddie Howe’s men sit 7th in the table and their brand of attacking, potent football continues to impress. Liverpool’s title charge continues to gather pace, following their comeback victory at Burnley in midweek. Jurgen Klopp looks to have instilled a real belief into his charges this season and whilst they remain 2 points behind Manchester City, they look well placed to make an assault on the Premier League title race this term. The Vitality Stadum is a very difficult place to go and Bournemouth are a very good side but Liverpool look to have a new found resilience under Jurgen Klopp this season and look well set to clinch all three points as their title charge continues to gather momentum.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($3.1) – BET NOW
Liverpool to win 2-1
1:00am Arsenal vs Huddersfield Town – Emirates Stadium
Huddersfield Town ($12)
Unai Emery’s Arsenal will be looking to continue their impressive form as they welcome David Wagner’s struggling Huddersfield Town side to the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal find themselves very much in the top 4 mix following impressive results against Tottenham and Manchester United and they will be eager to keep their good form going against the Terriers, in front of their home support. The Gunners sit 5th in the table and are unbeaten since August in all competitions – following impressive showings against Manchester United and Tottenham in the Premier League. In Unai Emery, they look to have a manager capable of bringing the glory days back to the Emirates and there is a real sense of optimism in North London. Back to back defeats to Brighton and Bournemouth have stalled Huddersfield’s progress in recent weeks and they sit 17th in the table. With 10 points to their name from their opening 15 games played, the Terriers look to be engrossed in a basement battle once again this season. Huddersfield Town will make life very difficult for Arsenal with their resolute approach but the Gunners possess such quality – particularly in attacking areas – that they should have no issues picking up the win here.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match to nil ($2.15) – BET NOW
Arsenal to win 3-0
1:00am Burnley vs Brighton – Turf Moor
Sean Dyche’s Clarets find themselves immersed in the Premier League relegation scrap with over a third of the campaign played and they will be looking for crucial home points, against a Brighton side that have impressed this season. Whilst both sides are far from safe, the emphasis will be on Burnley here – to seize the initiative at home and start navigating their route towards Premier League safety. The problems are mounting for Burnley who cannot seem to sustain the run of form needed to pull themselves away from relegation trouble. Winless in their last 8 games in all competitions, Sean Dyche will be hoping he can inspire his troops over the coming months – with the hectic festive period upon us. Back to back wins have propelled Brighton to 10th in the Premier League table and the manner of their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace was impressive. With 21 points to their name already, Chris Hughton will be hoping his side have enough about them to steer away from the drop zone this term. This promises to be a real hum-dinger of a clash between two sides fighting for their lives and not losing this crucial game could be more important than winning it in the context of each side’s season.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and under 2.5 goals in the game ($4.2) – BET NOW
1:00am Cardiff City vs Southampton – Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff City ($2.8)
Survival is top of the agenda in South Wales on Saturday afternoon as struggling Southampton travel to Cardiff in search of crucial points. With both sides engrossed in the relegation battle and only 2 points separating them, this has the makings of a stereotypical six-pointer at the bottom of the table. The Bluebirds have their home form to thank for their current league position of 16th and they will be looking for another famous win at home here. Cardiff have 11 points to their name after 15 games played and they will be looking to bounce back from defeat at West Ham United last time out. Ralph Hasenhuttl is the man Saints have turned to in order to navigate their route to safety and the Austrian will be aware of the size of the job on his hands.They sit 18th in the Premier League table with only 1 win all season and with only 9 points from 15 games played, they look to have a real survival scrap on their hands. Cardiff will look to exploit home advantage here against Southampton but they more than capable of holding their own defensively, whist possessing attacking options and this could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.6) – BET NOW
1:00am Manchester United vs Fulham – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.35)
Jose Mourinho will be hoping his side can once again demonstrate their defensive spirit as his Manchester United side welcome lowly Fulham to Old Trafford. Claudio Ranieri has given the Cottagers a boost in recent weeks and he will be hoping to inspire his charges to a famous victory at the Theatre of Dreams here. Following back to back 2-2 draws with Southampton and Arsenal, Manchester United have dropped to 8th in the Premier League table. 23 points from 15 games played isn’t the type of return Jose Mourinho and his men were looking for and improvements need to be made quickly. Claudio Ranieri looks to be getting the best from his players as he has overseen 4 points gained from his first 3 games in charge at Craven Cottage. They still sit bottom of the Premier League table but the Cottagers are level on points with the teams above them so should fancy their chances of pulling away from the dreaded drop. Despite their struggles this season, Manchester United possess plenty of fire power and should get past Fulham here.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match to nil ($2.5) – BET NOW
Manchester United to win 2-0
1:00am West Ham United vs Crystal Palace – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($2.3)
Crystal Palace ($3.3)
Roy Hodgson is very much a man under pressure at the helm for Crystal Palace and he won’t be relishing the trip across London to take on in-from West Ham United. The Hammers have won back to back games and look to be finding form under Manuel Pellegrini whilst Palace are sure to be still reeling from their heavy 3-1 defeat to rivals Brighton in midweek. Back to back wins over Newcastle and Cardiff have given the Hammers a huge boost going into the festive period. Manuel Pellegrini’s men now sit 13th in the Premier League table, with 18 points to their name and they will be targeting breaking into the top half of the table as soon as possible. Prior to their defeat to Brighton in midweek, Crystal Palace looked to have turned the corner in recent weeks – drawing with Manchester United and beating Burnley. They are 15th in the table and only sit 3 points clear of the drop, a statistic Roy Hodgson is under pressure to change rapidly. Crystal Palace are really struggling to keep clean sheets and it could be a long afternoon for them as West Ham are in good form of late and they should manage to get the job done here.
Betting tip: West Ham United to win the match and both teams to score ($4.75) – BET NOW
West Ham United to win 2-1
3:30am Chelsea vs Manchester City – Stamford Bridge
Manchester City ($1.95)
Saturday evening sees the biggest game of the weekend take place in West London as Pep Guardiola’s title chasing Manchester City travel to Chelsea – who have found consistency hard to come by in recent weeks. City sit 2 points clear at the top of the table and are there to be shot at and a win for Chelsea would instil belief at Stamford Bridge once again this season. Maurizio Sarri’s blues suffered a shock defeat to Wolves last time out, losing crucial ground in the title race as they now sit 10 points behind Manchester City going into this one. Chelsea still sit in 4rd place in the table and they will be prioritising finishing in the top 4 for the time being. Despite a nervy last 5 minutes, Manchester City were good value for their 2-1 win over Watford as they continued to look to defend their title. Pep Guardiola’s men have 41 points from their opening 15 fixtures and they look well placed to be right in the title mix once again this term. 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 ($4.75) – BET NOW
5:45am Leicester City vs Tottenham – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($3.9)
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side travel to the East Midlands looking for crucial points in pursuit of Champions League football – as they take on Leicester City, who themselves are looking to establish their standing in the top half of the table. Both teams have lacked consistency in recent weeks and this should be a very entertaining encounter between two naturally attacking teams. The Foxes have sit 9th in the table following their 1-1 win at Fulham last time out and they look to be generating some form (unbeaten in their last 6 games). They have been a little wasteful in recent weeks and they will be hoping to test themselves against one of the big boys here and the King Power is sure to be rocking. Tottenham’s got back to winning ways against Southampton last time out and they will be looking to build upon that impressive showing here. Spurs sit 3rd in the table, two points clear of Arsenal and Chelsea and the push for Champions League football next season looks to be going down to the wire. This should be an excellent Saturday Night Football fixture and despite Leicester’s obvious quality, Spurs should come through this one, in what promises to be a highly entertaining fixture.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match and both teams to score ($3.75) – BET NOW
Tottenham to win 2-1
2:00am Newcastle United vs Wolves – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($2.8)
Rafa Benitez’s resurgent Newcastle side welcome Wolves to the North East as Super Sunday takes hold between two sides looking to pull away from relegation trouble. The Toon have only lost once in their last 6 Premier League matches whilst Wolves recovered from a barren run in style last time out, to beat Chelsea in front of their home fans. Rafa Benitez has seen his charges improve in recent weeks and he will be buoyed by the manner of his side’s 1-1 draw at Everton last time out. Such was their poor start in the Premier League, that Newcastle only sit 4 points clear of relegation trouble and they will be keen to improve on their standing of 14th place. Wolves have only won one of their last 7 Premier League matches but the manner of that win – over Chelsea last time out – will give all associated with the club a boost. With 19 points from their opening 15 games they will be keen to kick on here and push back in to the top half of the table quickly. This could be an arduous fixture between two teams needing points and the spoils could well be shared.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.6) – BET NOW
6:00am Everton vs Watford – Goodison Park
Monday Night Football sees Marco Silva welcome his former employers to Goodison Park in what should be a fascinating battle between two attacking sides. With only 3 points separating the sides, this could be a very tight battle with both sides sure to be looking to cement their places in the top half of the Premier League table. The Toffees have only picked up 1 point from their last 2 Premier League games but they have been in good form prior to that and look to be in European football contention. Marco Silva looks to be impacting his ideals on his players and the Toffees currently sit 6th in the table – with 23 points from their opening 15 games played. Despite their spirited showing at home against Manchester City last time out, the Hornets have dropped to 11th in the table, with the all too familiar strong start to the season in danger of fading. Javi Gracia’s men are in the midst of a 5 match streak without a win and they will be eager to prvoe a point here against Marco Silva who infamously spoke of his desire to manage Everton rather than Watford last season. This should be a highly entertaining clash between two very good teams and Everton, with home support backing them should come through and clinch 3 crucial points in what looks to be a very even and open game.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match and both teams to score ($3.75) – BET NOW
Everton to win 2-1
EPL Week 16 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a four-fold with a betting stake of $50:
Bournemouth vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
Leicester City vs Tottenham – Tottenham to win
Arsenal vs Huddersfield Town – Arsenal to win
Manchester United vs Fulham – Manchester United to win
A $50 wager would pay out $307.13 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW