The Premier League title race took a dramatic turn in game week 18 with Manchester City losing to Crystal Palace at home – to leave Liverpool 4 points clear at the top of the pile. Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea all kept pace at the top of the league too whilst Manchester United picked up an emphatic 5-1 win in their first game under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
At the bottom of the table, Fulham, Burnley and Huddersfield continue to struggle as the hectic festive period hots up and precious points are there to be gained.
Here are our picks for the nineteenth round of fixtures in the Premier League:
Fulham vs Wolves – Craven Cottage
Premier League survival is top of the agenda for Fulham as they welcome Wolves to West London to open up the Boxing Day Premier League programme. Fulham’s survival bid will need to start taking hold quickly if they are pull away from relegation trouble with the Cottagers are 4 points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table. Claudio Ranieri is looking to inspire his charges and with 20 games to play, they will need to improve on their points tally of 10 immediately. As the hectic festive period takes hold, Nuno Esporito Santo’s men find themselves in 10th place with 17 games played and with 25 points to their name they will be eager to kick on here on the road. Wolves have kicked back into gear in recent weeks, with three wins in their last four games and they will be fancying their chances here of picking up three points on the road. This promises to be a real hum-dinger of a clash between two forward thinking sides and it could end up honour even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.2) – BET NOW
Burnley vs Everton – Turf Moor
Two sides in need of a boost face off in Lancashire on Boxing Day as Everton travel to Burnley. The Clarets sit in the drop zone – following back to back defeats at the hands of Arsenal and Tottenham and Sean Dyche will be hoping that he can inspire his troops over the coming months. Burnley have played their best football at home this season and they will be hoping for a repeat performance here. Everton succumbed to an embarrassing 6-2 defeat at the hands of Tottenham last time out and need to bounce back quickly. The Toffees currently sit 11th in the Premier League table and they will need to improve upon that quickly to appease their notoriously itchy fan base. Everton need to bounce back quickly here but Burnley are tough to beat at home and it could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.6) – BET NOW
Crystal Palace vs Cardiff City – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($1.67)
Cardiff City ($6)
Following their famous win over Manchester City, Crystal Palace will be hoping to carry on their solid form of late as they welcome Cardiff City to East London. Crystal Palace not sit 14th in the table with 18 points to their name and look to be pulling away from the relegation zone and looking up the table as the New Year looms. The Bluebirds have their home form to thank for their current league position of 17th but their hefty 5-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City will have dented the confidence within Neil Warnock’s squad. This promises to be an entertaining tie between two excellent sides but Palace – riding the crest of a wave following their win over City should pick up all three points here.
Betting tip: Crystal Palace to win the match and both teams to score ($3.6) – BET NOW
Crystal Palace to win 3-1
Leicester City vs Manchester City – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($5.5)
Manchester City ($1.36)
Manchester City will be desperate to get back to winning ways as they travel to the East Midlands to take on Leicester City. Their defeat to Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side last time out leaves them 4 points behind Liverpool and they will be looking to bounce back quickly. Leicester come into this one fresh off the back of a famous win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and things are looking up for Claude Puel’s men. The Foxes sit 9th in the table and they will fancy their chances after pushing City all the way in the Carabao Cup earlier this month. This should be a very good game between two strong sides but City should have too much about them in key areas for the Foxes to cope with.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($3.1) – BET NOW
Manchester City to win 3-1
Liverpool vs Newcastle United – Anfield
Newcastle United ($21)
Premier League leaders Liverpool are riding the crest of a wave and they sit 4 points clear of the chasing pack in the Premier League. Confidence is flowing at Anfield and with the reds unbeaten in the Premier League they will be the hot favourites here against Newcastle United as Rafa Benitez returns to his former club. Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Wolves underlined their title credentials and they will be desperate to keep their good run of form going here. The Toon picked up a solid point at Fulham last time out as well as a crucial 1-0 win at Huddersfield to climb the table to 15th as they look to navigate a route to safety. The Magpies are currently in good form but Liverpool are the side to beat in the Premier League and should pick up three comfortable points here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match to nil ($2.2) – BET NOW
Liverpool to win 3-0
Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.3)
Huddersfield Town ($13)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to keep his impressive start going in front of his home faithful as Manchester United welcome Huddersfield Town to Old Trafford on Boxing Day. Manchester United need to start climbing the table and their return of 29 points from 18 games sees them sit 6th in the Premier League and they could have their answer in Solskjaer. Premier League survival is top of the agenda for Huddersfield who are in the midst of the relegation scrap. Five consecutive defeats have curtailed the Terriers progress in recent weeks and David Wagner will be hoping his side can defend with all their might here at the Theatre of Dreams. Manchester United look reborn under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and should pick up all three points at home here.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match to nil ($2.6) – BET NOW
Manchester United to win 2-0
Tottenham vs Bournemouth – Wembley Stadium
High-flying Tottenham welcome Bournemouth to the home of football in what promises to be an entertaining Boxing Day clash. Tottenham have won their last 4 Premier League games and following their incredible 6-2 win over Everton last time out, they look to be immersed in the title race and only sit 6 points behind Liverpool at the top of the table. Bournemouth are 8th in the Premier League and despite only winning 2 of their last 7 Premier League matches are always a potent threat for any defence they come up against. This should be a very good game between two of the most exciting managers in the Premier League and despite Bournemouth’s obvious threats; Tottenham should just about get the job done here.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match and both teams to score ($2.72) – BET NOW
Tottenham to win 3-1
Brighton vs Arsenal – AMEX Stadium
Brighton welcome Arsenal to the AMEX Stadium with both sides looking for points for very different reasons. The Seagulls will be hoping to improve on their league position of 13th and 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. Arsenal are still in contention for Champions League football following their 3-1 win over Burnley and they will be looking to kick on the road here. Brighton are a tough side to beat at home but Arsenal are a consistent side under Unai Emery and should pick up all three points on the South Coast here.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and both teams to score ($3.25) – BET NOW
Arsenal to win 3-1
Watford vs Chelsea – Vicarage Road
London pride is at stake on Boxing Day evening as Chelsea travel to Watford in search of crucial Premier League points. Watford have won their last 2 games – including an impressive 2-0 win at West Ham last time out. They will be looking to build upon that showing here and improve upon their league position of 7th. Chelsea lost to Leicester in front of their home fans last time out as the gap between themselves and the top of the table grew to 11 points. Maurizio Sarri’s men are in danger of dropping out of title contention and will be focusing on Champions League qualification currently. 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 and Chelsea should just prevail if they play to their potential.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($3.8) – BET NOW
Chelsea to win 2-1
Southampton vs West Ham United – St Mary’s Stadium
West Ham United ($3.2)
Ralph Hasenhuttl has enjoyed the dream start in charge of struggling Southampton back to back wins over Arsenal and Huddersfield seeing the Saints climb to 16th in the table and with 6 goals scored in his opening 2 games – it could be an exciting season on the south coast. West Ham too are a team on the rise with four wins from their last five games and the Hammers are in the mid table mix with 24 points to their name. Manuel Pellegrini’s men now sit 12th in the Premier League table and they will fancy their chances at Southampton but the Saints look a team reborn of late and this one could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.6) – BET NOW
EPL Week 19 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as an accumulator with a betting stake of $50:
Liverpool vs Newcastle – Liverpool to win
Tottenham vs Bournemouth – Tottenham to win
Brighton vs Arsenal – Arsenal to win
Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town – Manchester United to win
A $50 wager would pay out $173.99 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW