Following plenty of drama in the FA Cup 3rd round, the cut and thrust of the Premier League is back.
With a winter break shoehorned into the mix too, it promises to be another fascinating week of fixtures.
Liverpool sit top of the tree currently and they look good value to collect four trophies at the end of the season.
Arsenal, Manchester City and Aston Villa remain in hot pursuit, with the likes of Tottenham also in contention.
At the bottom of the pile, Sheffield United, Luton and Burnley continue to struggle on, with Everton and Nottingham Forest also looking over their shoulders.
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EPL Week 21 Predictions
Burnley vs Luton Town – Turf Moor
Luton Town ($4.10)
Two sides scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the Premier League face off, as Burnley host Luton Town. The Clarets have perked up in recent weeks and with results and performances improving, they will be hopeful of pulling away from relegation trouble over the second half of the season. Meanwhile, Luton Town are also a side that are showing signs of improvement and how they would love to continue to prove people wrong this term. This will be a good one, with Burnley perhaps most likely to come out on top.
Betting tip: Burnley to win the match ($2)
Burnley to win 2-1
Chelsea vs Fulham – Stamford Bridge
The West London derby catches the eye on Saturday, as Chelsea host Fulham in what should be an excellent game at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are a side on the up and with a chance of progressing in both domestic cup competitions too, they may feel they can improve during the second half of the season. Meanwhile, Fulham keep plugging away under Marco Silva and despite a couple of recent losses, their win over Arsenal last time out will be a real boost. This will be tight, but Chelsea could well have too much here.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match ($1.61)
Chelsea to win 2-1
Newcastle United vs Manchester City – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($6)
Manchester City ($1.58)
A blockbuster fixture is in prospect at St James’s Park, as Newcastle United host Manchester City. Toon have hit a bump in the road this season, but they remain a very tough nut to crack, especially at home and they will bang up for this one against the champions. City meanwhile continue to develop under Pep Guardiola and there is a feeling that they are starting to click into gear at just the right time once more. This will be eagerly fought however, and a draw could well be on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($4.50)
Everton vs Aston Villa – Goodison Park
Aston Villa ($2.40)
Aston Villa will be looking to keep their Premier League title hopes alive as they travel to Everton. The Toffees have improved markedly under Sean Dyche in recent times, and they will be hopeful that they can continue to pull away from trouble, despite their 10-point deduction. Villa meanwhile are firmly in the mix in the race to finish in the top 4 and they will need to keep up their consistency over the second half of the season. This will be a tight one, which Villa could just about edge.
Betting tip: Aston Villa to win the match ($2.40)
Aston Villa to win 2-1
Manchester United vs Tottenham – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($2.20)
Manchester United will be eager to start 2024 on the right footing as they welcome Tottenham. 2023 was broadly a year to forget for United but they will be hoping a change in mood off the pitch transcends onto the field of play. Tottenham meanwhile will relish this challenge and they are currently playing without fear under Ange Postecoglou. This will be a fantastic watch for the neutral, with an entertaining draw on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($4.10)
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace – Emirates Stadium
Crystal Palace ($10)
Arsenal will be desperate to get their season back on track, as they take on Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have lost their last 3 games in the Premier League and FA Cup and a crisis of sorts appears to be transcending on Mikel Arteta’s men. Crystal Palace meanwhile are in a similar funk under Roy Hodgson, and they will be hoping to be as difficult to beat as possible here. This will be a closer one than the odds suggest but Arsenal should come out on top.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match ($1.36)
Arsenal to win 3-1
Brentford vs Nottingham Forest – Gtech Community Stadium
Nottingham Forest ($3.80)
Brentford take on Nottingham Forest, as the Bees look to plot their way away from relegation trouble. The return of Ivan Toney should be a welcome boost for Brentford, who have really struggled this season and they will be hoping for a more positive second half of the campaign. Nottingham Forest meanwhile are a side who have enjoyed good moments this season but remain inconsistent and they will be out to make this difficult for the Bees. Calling this one is tough, with the draw perhaps the best bet.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.71)
Sheffield United vs West Ham United – Bramall Lane
Sheffield United ($4.10)
West Ham United ($2)
Lowly Sheffield United will be hoping they can build some momentum in 2024, as they take on West Ham. The Blades have Chris Wilder in the hotseat once more and they will see this game as a chance to kickstart their season somewhat. West Ham meanwhile are firmly in the mix in the top half of the table, but a lack of consistency does look to be their Achillies Heel this term. Sheffield United will be bang up for this one but West Ham should have enough firepower to pull through.
Betting tip: West Ham United to win the match ($2)
West Ham to win 2-1
Bournemouth vs Liverpool – Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth have been in good form this season, and their next test comes against Liverpool. The Cherries have begun to develop a consistent streak to their game of late and it is matches such as this that they will be looking to test themselves against the best. Liverpool meanwhile look imperious currently and they will be eager to keep winning and push on at the top of the table. This will be a good one, but Liverpool should have way too much about them for Bournemouth.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match ($1.68)
Liverpool to win 3-1
Brighton vs Wolves – AMEX Stadium
Brighton take on Wolves in what should be a fascinating encounter on the South coast. The Seagulls have lacked consistency this season, but they are one of the most dangerous sides in the Premier League on their day. Wolves meanwhile have developed a meaner streak under Gary O’Neill, and they will be hopeful of pulling off a shock result of sorts here. However, Brighton are an exciting side at home, and they should prevail in this one.
Betting tip: Brighton to win the match ($1.68)
Brighton to win 3-1
EPL Week 21 multi bet
We’re backing four results this week as an accumulator with a betting stake of $50:
Brighton vs Wolves – Brighton to win
Chelsea vs Fulham – Chelsea to win
Sheffield United vs West Ham United – West Ham United to win
Bournemouth vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
A $50 wager would pay out $454.41 if successful at the current odds.
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