The Premier League is full steam ahead going into December with teams having completed their first midweek set of fixtures for the season. Liverpool still lead the way at the top of the table whilst the likes of Leicester City and Manchester City look poised should the reds slip up at any point. Elsewhere, the battle for top 4 football looks to be intensifying with Tottenham finding form under Jose Mourinho and Arsenal looking for a manager to replace the sacked Unai Emery. At the bottom of the table, Norwich City, Southampton and Watford are just three of the sides that look engrossed in the relegation battle whilst the likes of Aston Villa and Newcastle need to keep picking up points to avoid being dragged into the mire.
Here are our picks for the 16th round of fixtures in the Premier League:
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Everton vs Chelsea – Stamford Bridge
Struggling Everton welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park as the pressure continues to mount on manager Marco Silva. The manner of their Derby Day drubbing at the hands of Liverpool will be a huge concern for all connected to the club and they are in real danger of slipping into the relegation mire this season. Meanwhile, Chelsea bounced back from consecutive Premier League defeats by overcoming Aston Villa in midweek and they will be hoping to continue their top 4 push under Frank Lampard. This should be an open game between two attacking sides and whilst Everton are good going forward, Chelsea should come through this one.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($2.85) Bet Now
Chelsea to win 3-1
Bournemouth vs Liverpool – Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth host Liverpool in an eagerly anticipated Saturday afternoon kick off. The Cherries’ lack of consistency has held them back in recent seasons and they will be keen to bounce back from consecutive away defeats to Tottenham and Crystal Palace in the last week. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are enjoying an astonishing run of form and they are well clear of the chasing pack in the race for the Premier League title. Both sides carry plenty of goal threats and Bournemouth won’t sit back but Liverpool are look too good for pretty much everyone they play currently and this looks set to be another comfortable afternoon for the reds.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($2) Bet Now
Liverpool to win 3-1
Tottenham vs Burnley – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat under Jose Mourinho as they host Burnley at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs have seen an upturn in results since the arrival of Mourinho, winning 3 of their first 4 games but they slipped to defeat to Manchester United last time out and they will need to improve here. Burnley meanwhile have been faring well in the Premier League all season but consecutive defeats to Crystal Palace and Manchester City have been the only real blotch in the copy book for Sean Dyche’s men. This should be a real battle and Burnley are very well organised but Tottenham should come through this test.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match to nil ($2.45) Bet Now
Tottenham to win 2-1
Watford vs Crystal Palace – Vicarage Road
Crystal Palace ($2.65)
Struggling Watford welcome London rivals Crystal Palace to Vicarage Road in what has the makings of a must win game for the Hornets. They have only won once in the league this season and they cannot seem to buy a win currently – having played well at Leicester but still being beaten last time out. Crystal Palace continue to churn out the results under Roy Hodgson and the manner of their 1-0 win over Bournemouth with 10 men last time out was highly impressive. Palace have played their best stuff away from home in the past couple of seasons and they will start as the heavy favourites going into this one and they could well leave North London with all three points.
Betting tip: Crystal Palace to win the match ($2.65) Bet Now
Crystal Palace to win 2-1
Aston Villa vs Leicester City – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($5.5)
Leicester City ($1.75)
High-flying Leicester City travel across the midlands to take on Aston Villa at Villa Park. Dean Smith’s men have acquitted themselves really well in the top flight this season but they came up short against Chelsea last time out and are looking over their shoulder at the relegation zone. Leicester meanwhile are in incredible form and find themselves in 2nd place in the Premier League table. The Foxes have enjoyed a stellar campaign under Brendan Rodgers so far this season and they will be hoping to keep their impressive form going as they look to finish the season inside the top 4 and qualify for the Champions League. Villa will push Leicester hard here but the Foxes are in the winning habit and they should clinch all three points here.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.75) Bet Now
Leicester City to win 2-1
Manchester City vs Manchester United – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.35)
Manchester United ($10)
The first Manchester Derby of the season is on the horizon and it promises to be a classic encounter with both sides needing points. City got back to winning ways over Burnley in midweek after enduring a poor run of form by their own impeccably high standards and they will be hoping to put a run together over Christmas. Pep Guardiola’s men are still fighting on four fronts and should never be written off but it feels each game is must win if they are to lift a third consecutive Premier League title. United have endured a mixed season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the manner of their home win over Tottenham was encouraging in midweek and they will be looking to continue in that vein with the hectic festive season upon us. Derbies are unpredictable encounters but City should have too much fire power for United here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2) Bet Now
Manchester City to win 2-1
Norwich City vs Sheffield United – Carrow Road
Norwich City ($3.75)
Sheffield United ($2.15)
Two promoted sides face off in East Anglia as lowly Norwich welcome high-flying Sheffield United to Carrow Road. The Canaries have struggled with consistency this season and find themselves very much in the relegation battle. They do however play their best football at home and have taken points off Manchester City and Arsenal in front of their home fans. Sheffield United meanwhile will be hoping to maintain their superb start to life in the Premier League. The Blades have been in fine form all season under Chris Wilder and they look to be assured of Premier League safety even at this early stage. With a unique style of play, they seem to be catching sides unawares and they will be looking to take the game to Norwich from the outset. This could be a lot tighter game than many people think and it could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.4) Bet Now
Newcastle United vs Southampton – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($2.1)
Newcastle host Southampton in what has the makings of a relegation six-pointer in the North East. Steve Bruce’s Newcastle have impressed this season and they picked up a fantastic point against Champions Manchester City in their last home game which looks to be very important to their survival hopes. Southampton meanwhile have clambered away from the drop zone with wins over Norwich and Watford in the past week but their away form has been patchy this season and they are far from safe at this point. This could well be an edgy encounter at St James’s Park that could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.5) Bet Now
Brighton vs Wolves – AMEX Stadium
High-flying Wolves travel to Brighton with both sides needing points for their respective aspirations this season. The Seagulls have impressed at times during this season under Graham Potter but they can’t seem to fully detach themselves from the relegation scrap just yet and will need to keep picking up points – especially at home. Wolves meanwhile may have one eye on a Champions League spot following a superb run of form that has seen them climb into the top 6. They have also assured their progress to the last 16 of the Europa League and look to be set upon attempting to climb the table as high as possible. This could be an excellent game between two forward thinking sides and it could well be Wolves who leave with all three points in the bag.
Betting tip: Wolves to win the match ($2.45) Bet Now
Wolves to win 2-1
West Ham United vs Arsenal – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($5)
A classic London Derby rounds off the fixture list as West Ham host Arsenal at the London Olympic Stadium. The Hammers have lacked consistency this season and the pressure looks to be very much on Manuel Pellegrini as his side slip towards a relegation battle. They do tend to perform against the bigger teams in the league though; epitomised by their win at Chelsea last weekend. Arsenal’s struggles continue and the sacking of Unai Emery is yet to yield any instant rewards. The Gunners will be hoping to push for a top 4 finish this season but clearly need to rebuild quickly before the Christmas fixture chaos hits. This could be a very open game between two exciting sides with Arsenal the most likely to run out as winners.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and both teams to score ($2.75) Bet Now
Arsenal to win 3-2
EPL Week 16 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week in our multi bet with a stake of $50:
Everton vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Bournemouth vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
Tottenham vs Burnley – Tottenham to win
Aston Villa vs Leicester City – Leicester City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $343.55 if successful at the current odds – Bet Now