It was all change at the top of the Premier League last week as Manchester City succumbed to Chelsea leaving Liverpool as the only unbeaten side in the division and top of the table. The Reds will be looking to keep their good run of form going as they take on Manchester United at Anfield whilst City look to have a tough game against Everton next. Elsewhere, Arsenal and Tottenham kept pace with gritty wins and they will be hoping to gather momentum over the hectic festive period.
The relegation plot has thickened in recent weeks with Southampton, Burnley and Fulham currently occupying the bottom three places and all three sides will be looking to pull clear as quickly as possible.
Here are our picks for the seventeenth round of fixtures in the Premier League:
10:30pm Manchester City vs Everton – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.25)
Pep Guardiola will be keen to see his Manchester City side bounce back from defeat to Chelsea as they welcome Marco Silva’s Everton side to the Etihad. City currently sit a point behind Liverpool at the top of the table and will go top of the table (for 24 hours at least) with a win whilst Everton will be hoping to hold City at the Etihad – something they’ve managed to do in each of the last 2 seasons. Manchester City succumbed to their first defeat of the Premier League season last time out against Chelsea and they will be eager to put the record straight here. City have 41 points from their opening 16 games and came back from a goal down to beat Hoffenheim and secure top spot in their Champions’ League group in midweek.Everton showed real resolve last time out to clinch a point at home to Watford with the last kick of the game – through Lucas Digne’s free kick. The Toffees currently sit 7th in the Premier League table with 24 points and they will be hoping to keep things tight here and frustrate City. Everton will take the game to City and will fancy their chances but the Pep Guardiola needs to see his men bounce back with a win here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.55) – BET NOW
Manchester City to win 3-1
1:00am Crystal Palace vs Leicester City – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($2.7)
Leicester City ($3)
Roy Hodgson is a man under fire and he will be eager to see his charges put in a big performance at home against Leicester City. The Foxes have struggled for consistency all season and they will be looking to pick up points on the road whilst Crystal Palace only sit 2 points above the dreaded drop zone and will need to win this one to ease immediate relegation fears. Back to back defeats at the hands of Brighton and West Ham have piled the pressure on Roy Hodgson who is now the 2nd favourite as the next manager to lose his job in the Premier League. They are 16th in the table and only sit 2 points clear of the drop, a statistic the Eagles need to rectify quickly. Leicester’s unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Tottenham last time out (losing 2-0) and they will want to bounce back here. They have picked up some of their better results on the road this season and tend to play well on the counter attack – with their speedy outlets upfront. This should be a very good game between two strong sides that look very even on paper and with crucial points on the line, not losing the game will be key for both teams.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.55) – BET NOW
1:00am Huddersfield Town vs Newcastle United – John Smith’s Stadium
Huddersfield Town ($2.6)
Newcastle United ($3)
Premier League survival is top of the agenda in West Yorkshire as Newcastle travel to Huddersfield with both sides battling to preserve their top-flight status. With the hectic festive period very much next on the agenda, six pointers present huge opportunities for both sides to pull away from trouble and leave their opponent with more work to do to pull away from the relegation mire. Three consecutive defeats at the hands of Brighton, Bournemouth and Arsenal have pushed the Terriers back into the relegation zone. Currently sat in 18th place in the table and with 10 points to their name from their opening 16 games played, Huddersfield look to be engrossed in a basement battle once again this season. Despite failing to pick up a win in their last 3 matches, Rafa Benitez has seen his charges improve in recent weeks. Their heart breaking defeat at the hands of Wolves will be motivation to bounce back here and improve on their league position – currently 15th. 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 ($4.33) – BET NOW
1:00am Tottenham vs Burnley – Wembley Stadium
The pressure is mounting on Burnley boss Sean Dyche as he takes his struggling Burnley side to Wembley to take on a Spurs side looking to claw themselves back into the Premier League title race. Despite their home win last weekend, the Clarets are still very much immersed in the basement battle and need to start picking up points quickly, something that could be a tall order here. Tottenham have won their last 2 Premier League games – beating Southampton and Leicester and find themselves 3rd in the table – 6 points off table topping Liverpool. Confidence should be purring within the Tottenham squad after they showed real resilience at the Nou Camp in midweek to secure a draw and qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League. Burnley ended their winless run last time out – with a gritty 1-0 win over Brighton to pull themselves out of the relegation zone for the time being. Sean Dyche will be hoping that result can inspire his troops over the coming months – with the hectic festive period upon us. Tottenham look to be finding form and need to keep winning to stay in touch with the leaders at the top of the league and should get a comfortable home win under their belts here.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match to nil ($1.85) – BET NOW
Tottenham to win 2-0
1:00am Watford vs Cardiff City – Vicarage Road
Cardiff City ($6)
Two physical sides face off in North London in what promises to be a fascinating clash of styles. Watford continue to be plucky under Javi Gracia and find themselves picking up results on a weekly basis whilst pre-season relegation favourites Cardiff have been in great form of late – particularly at home – and they will be looking to start picking up points on the road here. Watford were seconds away from a sweet victory over Everton and their former manager Marco Silva last time out – before being cruelly denied in the 96th minute. Javi Gracia’s men are in the midst of a 6 match streak without a win and they will be eager to make the most of home advantage and get back to winning ways. The Bluebirds have their home form to thank for their current league position of 14th and they should be full of confidence following a 1-0 win over Southampton. Cardiff have 14 points to their name and they need to keep picking up points if their survival bid is to take hold. Watford have been inconsistent following an impressive start to the season and could kick back into gear over the next few weeks and should get a solid home win on the board here
Betting tip: Watford to win the match to nil ($2.95) – BET NOW
Watford to win 2-0
1:00am Wolves vs Bournemouth – Molineux Stadium
Molineux plays host to an exciting looking fixture as two of the Premier League’s most aesthetically pleasing teams face off in the Black Country. Wolves have kicked back into gear in recent weeks, with impressive wins over Chelsea and Newcastle whilst Bournemouth have had to endure a tough run of fixtures yet still find themselves flying high in 8th place in the Premier League table. Back to back league wins have given Wolves fans and players a huge boost as the hectic festive period looms large (wins over Newcastle United and Chelsea). With 16 games played, Nuno Esporito Santo’s men find themselves in 10th place, with 22 points to their name and they will be eager to kick on here in front of home support. With only one win in their last 5 Premier League games, Bournemouth look to have stalled a little bit in recent weeks – despite a relatively unkind fixture list. Eddie Howe’s men sit 8th in the table, with 23 points to their name and their brand of attacking, potent football continues to impress. With Bournemouth arriving in the midst of a barren run, Wolves will feel they can take the game to Eddie Howe’s side and put them under pressure but both teams know their strengths and it could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($5) – BET NOW
3:30am Fulham vs West Ham United – Craven Cottage
West Ham United ($2.4)
Fulham’s survival bid will need to start taking hold quickly if they are pull away from relegation trouble and they will be looking to use home advantage as they take on West Ham United at Craven Cottage. The Hammers have put a mini run together in recent weeks to push towards the top half of the table whilst Fulham are bottom of the pile under new manager Claudio Ranieri. Fulham sit bottom of the Premier League table and the Cottagers are 3 points adrift so need to start accumulating points quickly. Claudio Ranieri looks to be getting to grips with his new side as he has overseen 4 points gained from his first 4 games in charge at Craven Cottage. Three wins on the spin have given the Hammers a huge boost in recent weeks and things are looking up at the London Olympic Stadium. Manuel Pellegrini’s men now sit 11th in the Premier League table, with 21 points to their name and they will be targeting a continuation of their good form and to distance themselves from the bottom of the table. With two forward thinking managers facing off in what promises to be a fascinating tactical battle, goals look on the menu between two sides that prioritise attacking over defending.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.3) – BET NOW
11:30pm Brighton vs Chelsea – AMEX Stadium
Chelsea will be looking to kick on from their famous victory over Manchester City as they travel to the South Coast to take on a Brighton side that have played their best football at home this season. Maurizio Sarri’s men have been inconsistent in recent weeks but they will be hoping that the historic win over City can be a catalyst for consistency in the upcoming weeks as they look to mount a Premier League title charge. The Seagulls will be hoping last week’s defeat at Burnley was a minor blip as they look to bounce back here and improve on their league position of 13th. 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. Chelsea picked up a crucial 2-0 win over Manchester City to claw themselves back to 7 points behind the leaders at the top of the Premier League table. The blues still sit in 4rd place in the table and they will be prioritising finishing in the top 4 for the time being. Chelsea look to be one of the outside contenders for the Premier League this season and games such as this they will need to negotiate successfully if they are to pick up the trophy in May.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($3.55) – BET NOW
Chelsea to win 2-1
11:30pm Southampton vs Arsenal – St Mary’s Stadium
Struggling Southampton will be hoping to start picking up points in their survival bid as they welcome Arsenal to the South Coast. The Gunners are in impressive form in the Premier League and look to be maintaining their challenge for top 4 football whilst Ralph Hasenhuttl looks to have a big job on his hands to oversee Southampton’s path to safety. The Saints sit 19th in the Premier League table, following last week’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cardiff City and they will be hoping to start picking up points quickly. 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. The Gunners sit 5th in the table and following their gutsy win over Huddersfield last time out, look to have the credentials to maintain a top 4 challenge this season. With Europa League qualification secured too, Unai Emery’s men look well set to mount a challenge on 4 fronts this season. Southampton need to start picking up points quickly as their relegation troubles begin to take hold but Arsenal are a really tough opponent and should get three more points in their top 4 pursuit on Sunday afternoon.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match to nil ($3.4) – BET NOW
Arsenal to win 2-0
2:00am Liverpool vs Manchester United – Anfield
Manchester United ($6)
Premier League leaders Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield in what promises to be a hum-dinger on Merseyside. Jurgen Klopp’s men are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League and it very much looks like their title to lose – even at this very early stage. Manchester United have lacked consistency in recent weeks but will be looking to spoil the party at Anfield on Sunday. The reds are unbeaten in the Premier League and currently sit top of the table – 1 point clear of Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp looks to have instilled a real belief into his charges this season and with Champions League knockout stages qualification secured, confidence is flowing at Anfield. Manchester United got back to winning ways in the league with a 4-1 win over Fulham last time out but the manner of their Champions League to defeat to Valencia will concern Jose Mourinho. 26 points from 16 games played isn’t the type of return Jose Mourinho and his men were looking for although they have now climbed to 6th place in the table. Anfield will be rocking this could be a real battle between the North West rivals and Liverpool should have too much fire power and keep the reds right up there in the title battle.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($2.75) – BET NOW
Liverpool to win 2-1
EPL Week 17 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as an accumulator with a betting stake of $50:
Liverpool vs Manchester United – Liverpool to win
Tottenham vs Burnley – Tottenham to win
Southampton vs Arsenal – Arsenal to win
Manchester City vs Everton – Manchester City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $230.88 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW