Chelsea were the latest side to be usurped at the top of the Premier League table, as they dropped points at London rivals West Ham, allowing Manchester City and Liverpool to make up ground. Manchester United’s Ralf Rangnick era got off to the perfect start with a gritty win at home to Crystal Palace, whilst Antonio Conte’s Tottenham side appear to be quietly going about their business. Everton picked up a much needed win over Arsenal, whilst Newcastle picked up their first win of the season at the expense of Burnley.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
EPL Week 16 Tips
Brentford vs Watford – Brentford Community Stadium
Two promoted sides do battle on Friday evening as Brentford host Watford in West London. The Bees have been one of the surprise packages in the Premier League this season but their relative inconsistency in recent weeks has prevented them from climbing the table. Inconsistency is plaguing Claudio Ranieri’s Watford too, who thumped Manchester United last month but have since been on the end of defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea. This should be a very good game, with both sides likely to play on the front foot and a draw looks the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.5) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester City vs Wolves – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.18)
Champions Manchester City will be looking to continue their recent league winning streak as they host Wolves. The blues have climbed to the top of the table in recent weeks, following a host of solid results across November. They did slip up in the Champions League in midweek however and Wolves will be looking to exploit that. Bruno Lage’s side were seconds away from clinching a point at home to Liverpool last time out and are a side that are more than capable of giving anyone a game on their day. City are purring in the league though and should prevail here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match ($1.18) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester City to win 3-1
Arsenal vs Southampton – Emirates Stadium
Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat at Everton last time out as they take on Southampton. The Gunners have been a side reborn since the start of the season under Mikel Arteta but old habits have crept back in through defeats to Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton in recent weeks. Southampton meanwhile, picked up a decent point at home to Brighton last weekend and every point inevitably counts as they look to pull away from the Premier League relegation zone. This could be tighter than people think but Arsenal should come out on top at home here.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match ($1.7) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Arsenal to win 2-0
Chelsea vs Leeds United – Stamford Bridge
Leeds United ($11)
Chelsea will be looking to respond to their London Derby at West Ham, as they take on an improving Leeds side. The blues were knocked off top spot in the Premier League following their defeat at the Olympic Stadium, but they are a side packed with quality and Thomas Tuchel will want a response here. Leeds meanwhile were able to thank Patrick Bamford for clinching a point at home to Brentford last time out and they will be hoping that is a catalyst over the busy festive period. This should be one-way traffic at Stamford Bridge however and Chelsea should prevail comfortably.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match ($1.33) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Chelsea to win 3-1
Liverpool vs Aston Villa – Anfield
Aston Villa ($13)
Liverpool will be looking to keep pace with Manchester City as they host their former player Steven Gerrard and his Aston Villa side. The hosts have really dug in recently, epitomised by their super win earned late on at Wolves and Jurgen Klopp will feel his side are ready to kick on as the season develops. Villa meanwhile have been in superb form under Gerrard, winning 3 of his 4 games in charge and they will be out to upset the love in here at Anfield. This should be an excellent game, between two good footballing sides, which Liverpool should just about prevail from.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match ($1.27) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Liverpool to win 2-1
Norwich City vs Manchester United – Carrow Road
Norwich City ($7.5)
Manchester United ($1.51)
Manchester United will be looking to build on their winning start under Ralf Rangnick, as they take on Norwich City. The Canaries are still battling away at the bottom of the Premier League table but have seen improved results and performances under Dean Smith and they will be hopeful a steady revival is on the cards this season. Manchester United meanwhile have struggled for form and consistency this term and look to be in a battle for a top 4 spot, rather than for the title. They should have no issues here though against an inconsistent Norwich City side.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match ($1.51) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester United to win 3-1
Brighton vs Tottenham Hotspur – AMEX Stadium
Brighton take on Tottenham on the South Coast, with the Spurs squad obliterated by COVID 19 running through the camp. The Seagulls are a side in decent form, sitting pretty in the top half of the Premier League table and Graham Potter will want to see his side kick on over the festive period. Tottenham meanwhile have had their preparations for this one hampered massively, and they look to be up against it in terms of squad selection. With uncertainty surrounding the players available to play the game, it’s difficult to predict an outcome, making the draw the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.4) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Burnley vs West Ham United – Turf Moor
West Ham United ($2.08)
Burnley will be doing all they can to pull away from a relegation scrap as they host West Ham. The Clarets have struggled this season but are capable of anything under Sean Dyche and only a fool would bet against them staying in the Premier League come the end of the season. West Ham meanwhile have been in superb form this term and their win over Chelsea last time out was just the latest example of that. They won’t be relishing this trip to Burnley however and this could end up being a stodgy one, with the draw the most likely outcome in Lancashire.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.69) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Leicester City vs Newcastle United – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($1.73)
Newcastle United ($5.1)
Leicester City will be looking to get their season back on track as they host Newcastle United. The Foxes cannot seem to hit the heights of last season and their lack of consistency has left them way off the pace in the battle to finish in the top 4 or 6 this season. Newcastle meanwhile will be looking to build on their excellent win over Burnley last weekend and for Eddie Howe’s side this is yet another free hit on the road. This could be an entertaining game, between two sides that look to play good football, with Leicester most likely to prevail with three points in the bag.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match ($1.73) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Leicester City to win 3-1
Crystal Palace vs Everton – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($2.36)
Two sides looking to break into the top half come the end of the season face off, as Crystal Palace welcome Everton to East London. Palace have picked up some excellent results under Patrick Vieira but were undone by a moment of quality from Manchester United last weekend and will want to bounce back here. Everton meanwhile managed to beat Arsenal, with a moment of quality of their own and they will want to carry that momentum into this tricky looking tie. This should be a very good game, with the draw the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.3) – Bet @ Sportsbet
EPL Week 16 multi bet
We’re backing four results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Manchester City vs Wolves – Manchester City to win
Chelsea vs Leeds United – Chelsea to win
Liverpool vs Aston Villa – Liverpool to win
Norwich City vs Manchester United – Manchester United to win
A $50 wager would pay out $313.00 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
Combining his sports coaching career with freelance journalism, Sam is a sports betting writer for various online publications. He is looking to develop both his respective coaching and writing careers, whilst incorporating his other huge passion – travelling the world.
Sam currently lives and works in Milan, Italy and playing/following/writing about cricket, football (soccer), tennis, formula 1 and golf continue to take up much of his spare time.