Match Day 23 saw Manchester City’s remarkable unbeaten record come to an end at the hands of Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp describing the victory as ‘historic’. Arsenal and Chelsea dropped points once more in their respective pursuits of Champions League football next term whilst Crystal Palace, West Ham and Swansea all picked up points in their relegation scraps.
Transfer speculation is dominating the Premier League too with the January Transfer Window now open with the likes of Ross Barkley, Theo Walcott and Virgil Van Djik all having moved clubs in an attempt to better their careers, it remains to be seen if the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Jonny Evans and Henrikh Mkitaryian will do the same this month.
Here are our picks for the twenty-fourth round of fixtures in the Premier League:
02:00 Brighton vs Chelsea – AMEX Stadium
Antonio Conte’s very public spat with Jose Mourinho is proving to be the perfect distraction from his team’s distinct lack of creative options currently and the Blues are in serious danger of losing ground in the race for European football this season. Brighton too are slipping towards a relegation fight and need to inject some goals into their team quickly. Chris Hughton’s Seagulls have made a really good fist of the first half of the season but find themselves in 16th place – only 3 points clear of the dreaded drop zone. With 23 points from their opening 23 games, they will need to start picking up points quickly to avoid becoming embroiled in a relegation scrap. Antonio Conte’s Blues continue to disappoint in their title defence and currently find themselves 15 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City. The Blues are currently 4th in the table, level on points with Manchester United and Liverpool above them and very much involved in the scrap for Champions League football. Chelsea’s form has been indifferent of late but they need points in their pursuit of Champions League football and should get all 3 against Brighton.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match to nil ($2.5) BET NOW
Chelsea to win 1-0
02:00 Arsenal vs Crystal Palace – Emirates Stadium
Crystal Palace ($7)
The Gunners are in freefall and with speculation over the future of Alexis Sanchez seemingly having a detrimental effect on the team; Arsene Wenger has a multitude of problems he needs to address quickly. Crystal Palace are in fine fettle under Roy Hodgson and look full of confidence and will be relishing the opportunity to inflict more misery on Arsenal if possible. The Gunners have had a disastrous period in which they have dropped 8 points off the pace in the race for Champions League football. With 39 points from their opening 23 games, Arsenal sit 6th in the table and their 23 point gap to Manchester City will concern all connected with the club. Palace have picked up 25 points in 19 games under the stewardship of Roy Hodgson and have climbed to 12th place in the Premier League table as a result. They have only lost 1 of their last 12 Premier League matches and dug deep last time out to beat high-flying Burnley 1-0. Arsenal’s form has been disastrous of late and they need points in their pursuit of Champions League football but will have to be at their best against Palace.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and both teams to score ($2.9) BET NOW
Arsenal to win 2-1
02:00 Burnley vs Manchester United – Turf Moor
Manchester United ($1.6)
Jose Mourinho will be hoping his charges can keep the pressure on Manchester City as they travel to Burnley to face Sean Dyche’s Clarets. United are 12 points off the pace in the Premier League but will be enthused by City’s first defeat of the campaign to Liverpool. Burnley meanwhile, need to get back to winning ways following a difficult festive period. The Clarets have enjoyed a remarkable start to the season and sit well clear of the relegation picture in 7th place with 34 points from their opening 23 games. Without a win in their last 6 matches, Sean Dyche’s men are enduring their worst run of the season and will be eager to get back to winning ways here. The Reds have struggled in recent weeks, particularly at Old Trafford and whilst they haven’t been beaten since their derby defeat to Manchester City back in early December, they’ve fallen 12 points off the pace in the title race although 50 points from 23 games is a solid return for United. Burnley look to be running out of steam in the second half of the season and United will want to put them to bed as quickly as possible.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match to nil ($2.3) BET NOW
Manchester United to win 1-0
02:00 Everton vs West Bromwich Albion – Goodison Park
West Brom ($3.8)
Sam Allardyce will be hoping his Everton side can get back to winning ways as they welcome Alan Pardew’s West Bromwich Albion to Goodison Park, fresh off the back of their first win under his stewardship. The Baggies are now 2 points from safety following their win at the weekend and the West Brom faithful will be hoping he can have a similar impact to that of Allardyce’s this season. The Toffees had been in great nick under Sam Allardyce although 4 consecutive defeats in all competitions have checked their progress and the former Bolton boss spoke of his fury at their 4-0 loss to Tottenham last time out. With 27 points from their opening 23 games, they currently sit 9th in the Premier League table – 7 points away from the relegation picture. The Baggies notched their first win since August last time out and are now only 3 points adrift in the relegation zone although they remain serious danger of losing their Premier League status. Although with 3 draws and one win in their last 7 matches, the Baggies will be hopeful of continuing their run away from relegation trouble in 2018. This is a huge game for both teams but Everton look very strong at home under Sam Allardyce.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match to nil ($3.45) BET NOW
Everton to win 1-0
02:00 Leicester City vs Watford – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($1.86)
Two-teams locked in the middle of the table meet on Saturday as Marco Silva’s all action Hornets travel to Clause Puel’s increasingly consistent Leicester. Watford started the season on fire whilst Leicester endured a torturous start to the campaign but Leicester have overtaken Watford in the table and both teams now look well set to push clear of the relegation picture. Claude Puel has steadied the ship at the King Power and the Foxes currently sit in 8th place in the Premier League with 31 points from 23 games. They were in the midst of a 5-match streak without a win before their 3-0 thumping of Huddersfield on New Year’s Day and they kept that run going with a 0-0 draw at Chelsea last time out. Marco Silva’s Hornets were lauded for their early season performances and were competing in the European places until December. Their run of one win in 10 has left them 10th in the league – with 26 points from 23 games and they are now only 6 points above the relegation zone – although their last gasp equaliser against Southampton could improve team morale. Both sides look to play on the front foot and it could be an entertaining game between two attack-minded teams.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.5) BET NOW
02:00 Stoke City vs Huddersfield Town – Bet 365 Stadium
Stoke City ($2.05)
Huddersfield Town ($4.2)
Paul Lambert is the man the Stoke City board have entrusted with the manager’s job and he looks to have a rather substantial task on his hands to pull the Potters away from the relegation zone. Huddersfield meanwhile were thumped last time out at home to West Ham and need results to improve quickly to avoid being dragged into the mire themselves. The Potters find themselves in 18th place in the table with only 20 points from their opening 23 games, following their 3-0 defeat to Manchester United. Huddersfield are currently 14th in the Premier League with 24 points from their opening 23 games and they are now only 4 points clear of the relegation zone. Following last weekend’s 4-1 humbling at the hands of West Ham, they find themselves in the midst of a 5 match streak without a Premier League win and need points quickly. This is a crucial game for both sides, one that neither side can afford to lose but Stoke could be buoyed by their manager.
Betting tip: Stoke City to win the match and both teams to score ($5) BET NOW
Stoke City to win 2-1
02:00 West Ham United vs Bournemouth – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham ($1.3)
Two improving sides meet at the London Olympic Stadium on Saturday with Premier League safety at the top of the agenda. Both West Ham and Bournemouth have picked up crucial points in recent weeks as they’ve orchestrated their respective paths towards safety and with confidence flying high in both teams, it promises to be an intriguing battle. David Moyes continues to defy the naysayers and has overseen a transformation at West Ham that has pushed them up to 11th place in the Premier League table. They are now 5 points above the relegation picture and have only lost once in their last 8 games in the Premier League. The Cherries sit 13th in the Premier League – 4 points clear of the drop zone following their impressive comeback win over Arsenal last time out. Eddie Howe’s men are unbeaten in their last 5 matches in all competitions and look to be finding form at a crucial stage of the season. Bournemouth won’t roll over here and could make it very difficult for the Hammers but Moyes’s men are in excellent form at the moment.
Betting tip: West Ham to win the match and both teams to score ($4.33) BET NOW
West Ham united to win 3-1
04:30 Manchester City vs Newcastle United – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.14)
Newcastle United ($26)
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were finally beaten on Sunday at the hands of Liverpool, bringing their remarkable 30 match unbeaten Premier League run to an abrupt end. With their lead at the top of the table seemingly unassailable, the big question will be how they bounce back from that disappointment at the hands of Newcastle and Rafa Benitez. Pep Guardiola’s men have only dropped 7 points from their opening 23 games this term and they look imperious in the Premier League – with a 12 point lead at the top. Only Liverpool, Everton & Crystal Palace have stopped City so far, who have a remarkable +50 goal difference with less than half of the season left to play. The Toon have lacked consistency all season and as a result find themselves in 15th place in the Premier League table – 3 points above the dreaded drop zone. 23 points from 23 games isn’t the return Rafa Benitez would have hoped for but with limited funds to spend and boardroom unrest plaguing the club, the Toon are currently prioritising Premier League safety. Newcastle will be up for the challenge playing against Manchester City is sure to pose but the Blues should have too much about them here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match with a -2.5 Asian Handicap ($2.04) BET NOW
Manchester City to win 3-0
03:00 Southampton vs Tottenham – St Mary’s Stadium
Mauricio Pochettino takes his Spurs side back to his old stomping ground as he looks to continue Spurs’ fine run of form in recent weeks. The Saints meanwhile are in the midst of a relegation scrap and with the departure of Virgil Van Djik earlier in the transfer window, look to have a huge void to fill in their squad. Mauricio Pellegrino has not had the start he would have hoped for at St Mary’s and the Saints are in real relegation trouble currently. They are winless in their last 10 Premier League games and sit in 17th position and with only 21 points registered and 4 wins to their name; they are only one point outside the relegation zone. Tottenham sit in 5th place in the Premier League, 3 points outside of the Champions League places with 15 games still to play. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have 44 points from their opening 23 games and are unbeaten in their last 6 games in all competitions. Southampton are sure to make life difficult for Spurs but the North Londoners should have too much quality for the Saints in key areas.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match to nil ($2.83) BET NOW
Tottenham to win 2-0
07:00 Swansea City vs Liverpool – Liberty Stadium
Swansea City ($13)
Liverpool will be hoping to build on their historic victory over Manchester City when they travel to Swansea to take on Carlos Carvahal’s resurgent side. The Reds tore the form book to shreds with their incredible 4-3 win at Anfield and now look well set to chase down Manchester City at the top of the table and if their vociferous celebrations at full-time are anything to go by, they will not let this opportunity slip up. Carlos Carvahal has had an instant impact at the Liberty Stadium – only losing one of his 5 games in charge so far in all competitions. Their 1-1 draw at Newcastle last time out in the Premier League has left them only 3 points from safety, with 17 points from their opening 23 games. The Reds have been in great form in recent weeks and are unbeaten in their last 18 games in all competitions. Jurgen Klopp has guided his men to 3rd in the Premier League table, with 47 points from their opening 23 games and they have only lost twice all season. Swansea will have home support backing them but Liverpool are one of the form teams in Europe at the moment and look capable of beating absolutely anyone.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match with a -2.5 Asian Handicap ($2) BET NOW
Liverpool to win 3-0
EPL Week 24 Multi Bet
We’re backing five results this week as a five-fold with a betting stake of $50:-
Burnley vs Manchester United – Manchester United to win
Southampton vs Tottenham – Tottenham to win
Brighton vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Swansea City vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
Manchester City vs Newcastle United – Manchester City to win
Pays $6.62 for all to win.
A $50 wager would pay out $331.00 if successful at the current odds – BET NOW