The Premier League has passed the half way point with Liverpool 7 points ahead of the chasing pack as they seek their maiden Premier League title. Manchester City got back on track in their pursuit of the Reds last time out whilst Tottenham and Arsenal were the latest teams to drop points at the top of the league whilst Manchester United continue to impress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Wins for Fulham, Cardiff and Burnley once again has opened up the relegation scrap – which threatens to go down to the wire this term.
Here are our picks for the twentieth round of fixtures in the Premier League:
10:30pm Everton vs Leicester City – Goodison Park
Leicester City ($4.05)
Two sides engrossed in the mid table battle face off on Merseyside as Everton welcome Leicester City. Inconsistency is blighting both sides with Everton beating Burnley before losing to Brighton whilst Leicester beat Manchester City before losing to Cardiff. Everton succumbed to an embarrassing 6-2 defeat at the hands of Tottenham before Christmas and will be eager to respond at home. Leicester seemed to run out of energy over the festive period and succumbed to a last gasp defeat to Cardiff last time out. Their wins over Chelsea and Manchester City will still live long in the memory however and they have plenty of tools to hurt Everton. This should be an excellent game between two sides more adept at attacking than defending and goals look guaranteed at Goodison.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.2) – BET NOW
1:00am Arsenal vs Fulham – Emirates Stadium
Unai Emery’s Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from an embarrassing 5-1 defeat at Liverpool last time out as they go in pursuit of Champions League football next season. The Reds are 5th but have Manchester United breathing down their necks and need to start finding form once more with the second half of the season often proving to be the most crucial. Fulham pinched all three points at Huddersfield Town last time out and Claudio Ranieri looks to be revitalising the Cottagers this season. This promises to be an entertaining tie between two footballing teams but it’s should be a comfortable afternoon for Arsenal in front of their home fans at the Emirates.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and both teams to score ($3.1) – BET NOW
Arsenal to win 3-1
3:30am Cardiff City vs Tottenham – Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff City ($8.2)
Third placed Tottenham saw their inconsistencies rear their ugly head once again last time out as they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Wolves at home to leave them 9 points adrift of Liverpool in the title race. Optimism was growing around Wembley following impressive showings over Bournemouth and Everton (scoring 11 goals in the process) and Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be hoping to recover here. Neil Warnock’s Cardiff have been relentless in their pursuit of Premier League safety, epitomised by their last-gasp 1-0 win at Leicester last time out. Whilst they still have a long way to go to ensure their Premier League status, they are holding their own in the top flight and should pressurise Spurs here. Despite this pressure, Tottenham should bounce back here and edge this potentially fiery encounter.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match and both teams to score ($3.45) – BET NOW
Tottenham to win 2-1
5:45am Bournemouth vs Watford – Vitality Stadium
Another mid table battle takes place on Wednesday evening as Watford travel to the South Coast to take on Bournemouth in what should be a hum dinger of a fixture. Both sides play attractive football and have been operating in the top half of the table for the first half of the season but must keep that form going to stay their for the remainder of the campaign. Heavy defeats to Tottenham and Manchester United have checked Bournemouth’s progress in recent weeks and the Cherries will be eager to return to form at home here. Watford failed to pick up a win over the festive period but Javi Garcia’ men are an industrious outfit that often make life very difficult for their opponents and will look to stifle the Cherries as much as possible. Goals look guaranteed on the South Coast and it could be impossible to split these two sides on the day.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($5.25) – BET NOW
5:45am Chelsea vs Southampton – Stamford Bridge
Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea will be hoping to keep pace in the race for too 4 football as they welcome Southampton to West London. The blues suffered a shock defeat to Leicester in their last home game but bounced back impressively with wins over Watford and Crystal Palace on the road to stay in 4th place – only 2 points behind Tottenham. Southampton have been revitalised under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl but defeats in their last two games (to West Ham and Manchester City) look to have checked their progress somewhat and they will be aware of the magnitude of the task in front of them here. Chelsea must win to stay in touch with the teams above them and should have too much about them for Southampton in key areas and kick the new year off with a comfortable win.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match to nil ($2.45) – BET NOW
Chelsea to win 2-0
5:45am Huddersfield Town vs Burnley – John Smiths Stadium
Huddersfield Town ($2.2)
Two sides immersed in the relegation scrap face off in West Yorkshire as Burnley travel across the Pennines to play Huddersfield. Defeats to Manchester United and Fulham have seen the Terriers drop into serious relegation trouble and they will be hoping to channel their performances from the second half of last season as they search for Premier League safety once again under David Wagner. Sean Dyche’s Burnley picked up an impressive 2-0 win over West Ham last time out and the Clarets will be hoping to start picking up points on the road quickly – something that has eluded them for the most part this term. This should be a real battle, between two sides battling for their lives and it could well end up honours even at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.2) – BET NOW
5:45am West Ham United vs Brighton – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($1.95)
Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping his charges can kick on into 2019 as West Ham welcome Brighton to the capital. Both sides have lacked consistency at times this season and will be targeting this as a winnable game to kick off the new year. The Hammers picked up an impressive win at Southampton before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at Burnley to check their progress somewhat. Brighton meanwhile finished the year in style – picking up a 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal before beating Everton 1-0 to conclude a sensational 2018. Their away form however has been an issue all season and they will have to be at their best to beat the Hammers on their home patch. West Ham have been good at home and with new signing Samir Nasri in the ranks, could pick up all 3 points here.
Betting tip: West Ham United to win the match and both teams to score ($3.3) – BET NOW
West Ham United to win 2-1
5:45am Wolves vs Crystal Palace – Molineux Stadium
Crystal Palace ($4.3)
Wolves will be looking to kick on from their impressive end to 2018 – beating Tottenham at Wembley – as they welcome Crystal Palace to the West Midlands. Nuno Esporito Santo’s men have been in fine form throughout the Premier League season and will be looking to cement their place in the top half of the table in 2019. Crystal Palace have lacked consistency under Roy Hodgson this term but 2 wins from their last 3 games (including a famous win at Manchester City) have propelled the Eagles away from relegation trouble – for the time being at least. Confidence is running high in both of these teams and it could well end up honours even between two teams that will look to get the ball down and play.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.3) – BET NOW
6:00am Newcastle United vs Manchester United – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($6)
Manchester United ($1.64)
An age old Premier League rivalry reunited in the North East as Manchester United travel to Newcastle to face off against Rafa Benitez and his charges. The Toon are far from safe in the Premier League and continue to flirt with the relegation places once again this term. They will be fully aware of the need to pick up points quickly and regularly in 2019. Manchester United have enjoyed the dream start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – winning their opening 3 fixtures in what has been an impressive run – scoring 13 goals in 3 games. This looks set to be his biggest test thus far in charge of the Red Devil’s and despite Newcastle’s notoriously belligerent defence, United should have too much fire power here for the Magpies.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match and both teams to score ($2.6) – BET NOW
Manchester United to win 3-1
6:00am Manchester City vs Liverpool – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($2)
A potential title decider takes centre stage on Thursday evening as Liverpool travel to Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp’s reds have a 7 point lead at the top of the table and are unbeaten this season in the Premier League as they look to emulate City’s performances from last season. City have wobbled in recent weeks – losing to Crystal Palace and Leicester but look to have key men returning to the fray at the right time here. Liverpool have blown all in front of them away this season but could count themselves a little fortunate not to have lost to City in the reverse fixture – with Riyad Mahrez missing a last gasp penalty to deny City all three points at Anfield back in October. Both sides will be targeting this as a crucial game in their respective seasons and for City it could well be curtains if they lose to Liverpool in front of their home fans. This should be the biggest game of the season so far and it could well end up honours even at the Etihad.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.9) – BET NOW
EPL Week 20 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as an accumulator with a betting stake of $50:
Newcastle United vs Manchester United – Manchester United to win
Cardiff City vs Tottenham – Tottenham to win
Arsenal vs Fulham – Arsenal to win
Chelsea vs Southampton – Chelsea to win
A $50 wager would pay out $193.45 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW