2019/2020 EPL Week 17 Preview

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The festive fixtures are coming thick and fast in the English Premier League now.

For seven clubs they have just wrapped up their European commitments across the Champions League and the Europa League with every side advancing to the knockout phase of their respective competitions.

This is where Liverpool’s title challenge will be put to the test if they can find a way to maintain or even increase their lead over Leicester and Manchester City.

After facing Watford on Saturday they have to travel to the Club World Cup in Qatar adding to their fixture congestion later on in the season.

Elsewhere we also have the David Moyes Derby between Manchester United and Everton before Manchester City visits Arsenal.

We’ve got previews and plays for all ten Premier League matches right here.

Liverpool Vs Watford

Saturday 14 December, 11:30pm, Anfield

Liverpool 2 – Watford 0

Are we going to get a full strength Liverpool side before their journey to Qatar?

There is no chance they will take the 20th placed side lightly here and even at $17, I can’t see Watford having much of a chance here and it just comes down to how much Liverpool want to put them to the sword.

This is a great chance for Liverpool to pick up it its second straight clean sheet with Watford scoring a grand total of one goal in its last four matches and just nine on the season.

Back Liverpool to Win to Nil @ $1.95

Burnley Vs Newcastle

Sunday 15 December, 2:00am, Turf Moor

Burnley 1 – Newcastle 0

Full credit to Steve Bruce, he’s done something that few expected him to, make Newcastle a competitive side.

They seem to have worked out how to be competitive against mid to low table sides and Burnley has been knocked around in the last three weeks with three straight multiple goal losses.

It feels strange opting to back Newcastle here but at this price it’s worth taking a punt on.

Back Newcastle to Win @ $3.80

Chelsea Vs Bournemouth

Sunday 15 December, 2:00am, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 0 – Bournemouth 1

Let’s throw out that Everton aberration for Chelsea, it was a classic case of “the manager just got fired so let’s wake up for the Toffees” although in all honesty, Lampard’s troops were not that good.

Bournemouth is a perfect get right opponent as they try to find some form to take into the festive period.

Last January Bournemouth stunned the Blues with a 4-0 but that won’t be repeated here, I like Chelsea to win but I don’t have faith in them keeping a clean sheet so I’ll toss Both Teams to Score in for some added value.

SGM: Chelsea to Win & Both Teams to Score @ $2.63

Leicester Vs Norwich

Sunday 15 December, 2:00am, King Power Stadium

Leicester 1 – Norwich 1

The automatic “Vardy to Score and Leicester to Win” play isn’t the value bet it was a couple of weeks ago sadly, so we’ll have to get a bit creative finding some value for the Foxes clash with Norwich.

We’ll still start with Vardy as an Anytime Goalscorer since he’s still the in form striker in the Premier League.

Instead of just backing Leicester outright we’ll back them for the Halftime/Fulltime double since Norwich is in a bad way with just one win from their last five games, however, they have scored in their last four matches so I like their chances of getting one here in defeat.

SGM: Leicester Halftime/Fulltime, Both Teams to Score, Jamie Vardy Anytime Goalscorer @ $4.80

Sheffield United Vs Aston Villa

Sunday 15 December, 2:00am, Bramall Lane

Sheffield United 2 – Aston Villa 0

After both sides enjoyed promotion to the Premier League back in May, they will face off in the top flight for the first time since 2007.

So far they have experienced very different campaigns with Sheffield fulfilling the role of “the little club that could” as they sit in eighth spot, having taken points in 12 of their 16 matches so far.

Villa on the other had sits in 17th spot and is going to need to start picking up points in matches such as this one if they want to avoid a relegation battle after New Years.

Until they can improve on their away form, there’s no reason to back Villa to do anything other than lose this match,

Back Sheffield United to Win @ $1.87

Southampton Vs West Ham

Sunday 15 December, 4:30am, St Mary’s Stadium

Southampton 0 – West Ham 1

The pressure continues to build on Manuel Pelligrini who (at the time of writing) is still the West Ham manager despite five losses in his last six Premier League matches.

Assuming there is no last minute change to the situation at West Ham the temptation here is to back against the side in a bad run of form.

The problem there is that means you have to show some faith in Southampton which is a big ask.

West Ham has won the last three meetings between these sides but they are as frustrating to back as anyone at the moment so we’ll steer clear of the result and back both teams to score which has hit in 12 of Southampton’s 16 matches.

Back Both Teams to Score @ $1.53

Manchester United Vs Everton

Monday 16 December, 1:00am, Old Trafford

Manchester United 1 – Everton 1

For a while, this was one of those bogey fixtures that Manchester United always seemed to struggle with.

Maybe Everton is able to pull out a performance similar to what they did last week against Chelsea in the aftermath of Marco Silva’s departure, but do they have that in them two weeks in a row?

As long as United does not have any sort of hangover after their huge Manchester Derby win last weekend they should be able to pick up all three points here.

Back Manchester United to Win @ $1.75

Wolverhampton Vs Tottenham

Monday 16 December, 1:00am, Molineux Stadium

Wolves 1 – Tottenham 2

Forget the midweek Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, Spurs will have a full strength squad taking to the pitch against a rejuvenated Wolves team this weekend.

Since September 29, Wolves have not lost a match, with five wins and six draws to get them up to sixth place and ahead of Spurs by a point.

I’ll back the visitors to overtake Wolves with a win here, but it should be a good game with Wolves also saving players for this weekend’s Premier League clash.

Both Teams to Score has hit in 12 of 16 matches for both teams so far this season so it’s worth tossing that into a Same Game Multi, along with Spurs leading marksman Harry Kane to back up from his brace against Burnley with another goal here.

SGM: Tottenham to Win, Both Teams to Score & Harry Kane Anytime Goalscorer @ $6.70

Arsenal Vs Manchester City

Monday 16 December, 3:00am, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 0 – Manchester City 3

The relief was evident around the Gunners as Freddie Ljungberg picked up his first win as interim manager, ending the nine game skid which brought about the departure of Unai Emery.

Unfortunately up next is a frustrated Manchester City side that is looking to atone for a derby defeat and keep their Premier League title hopes alive.

An optimistic Arsenal fan (the three that are left anyway) would be hoping to take advantage of a vulnerable City side with just two wins from their last five in the league.

Realistically though, the Gunners have lost five straight against City in all competitions and one good half against West Ham is not enough to convince me that they will get over the line here.

SGM: Manchester City to Win, Both Teams to Score @ $2.39

Crystal Palace Vs Brighton And Hove Albion

Tuesday 17 December, 7:00am, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 1 – Brighton 1

This is a game that looks like it should be well worth making the effort to watch with Palace on a three game unbeaten run and Brighton finding some form thanks to a win over Arsenal and taking a point off Wolves.

Last season Brighton won both clashes with Palace, however this looks like a much more evenly matched contest.

In terms of the result, a draw looks like the most likely outcome however I’ll go for the slightly safer play and back both teams to score which hit in both meetings last season.

Back Both Teams to Score @ $1.85


2018/2019

With the European commitments wrapping up for 2018 midweek, the six English clubs all know their respective fates on the continental stage, some will be pleased with their performance, others… less so.

That means that for the next couple of months they can devote their focus solely to their domestic competitions, starting with the Premier League as fixtures start to come in thick and fast.

This weekend is bookended by two very tantalising fixtures with Everton facing Manchester City while Manchester United travel to Anfield.

Read on for our previews, predictions and same game multis from all ten Premier League fixtures.

Manchester City Vs Everton

Saturday 15 December, 11:30pm, Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 3 – Everton 1

City suffered their first loss of the Premier League campaign, just their third in the last two seasons last weekend at Chelsea.

They will look to bounce back against an Everton side who needed a last minute goal to draw with Watford, but have managed to hold their own in the last few meetings.

In their last five Premier League meetings each side has won one each and drawn three times with all three of those draws coming at the Etihad.

Even with those numbers at least giving some cause for concern, it is too hard to go consider City losing two in a row.

There just isn’t a lot of value in this game unless you fancy an Everton upset so steer clear of this one and look for better prospects over the rest of the weekend.

NO BET

Crystal Palace Vs Leicester City

Sunday 16 December, 2:00am, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 1 – Leicester 0

After back to back away losses, Palace return home to face a Leicester side they won both matches against last season.

They won their last game at home two weeks ago and would love to build some sort of winning streak at Selhurst Park as they try to climb up the table.

With just one win from their last five, Leicester will be desperate for all three points here but it is unlikely either side will be able to find a key breakthrough here.

Back the Draw @ $3.00

SGM: Draw, Jamie Vardy Anytime Goalscorer, Andros Townsend Anytime Goalscorer

Huddersfield Town Vs Newcastle

Sunday 16 December, 2:00am, John Smith’s Stadium

Huddersfield 0 – Newcastle 1

The Socceroos suffered a big blow to their Asian Cup hopes with midfielder Aaron Mooy suffering a knee injury but his club side Huddersfield will feel his absence even more.

They take on a Newcastle side they have split their results with over the last two seasons as both earned promotion following the 2016/2017 campaign.

Last season both fixtures were decided by the game’s lone goal and it would not be at all surprising to see a similar scoreline this time, especially with both teams struggling to score this season.

Back Under 1.5 Goals @ $2.60

SGM: Draw, Under 2.5 Goals

Tottenham Vs Burnley

Sunday 16 December, 2:00am, Wembley Stadium

Tottenham 1 – Burnley 0

Spurs got another honour to add to their trophy cabinet with their Champions League progression thanks to an impressive draw in Barcelona.

They return home to face struggling Burnley and while nothing should ever be viewed as a certainty, a Spurs win here is pretty close to that.

A once stingy Burnley defence is now conceding at an average of two goals per game this season, the second worst number in the competition.

To find value here you have to look for the handicap market and it is simply a case of how much you think Tottenham will win by or if you have confidence in them winning to Nil.

Back Tottenham to Win -1 Goal @ $1.53

SGM: Tottenham to Win, Over 3.5 Goals, Christian Eriksen Anytime Goalscorer

Watford Vs Cardiff

Sunday 16 December, 2:00am, Vicarage Road

Watford 3 – Cardiff 2

Watford are firmly entrenched as a mid-table side this season although another couple of losses could see them drop down to the relegation battler zone with Cardiff.

These sides last met in December 2014 when both sides were in the Championship and both will be desperate to win the first Premier League meeting between the two.

Cardiff are making a steady rise up the table with three wins from their last five and are picking up points against the sides they are expected to beat.

With Watford in a major form slump, this could be a perfect opportunity for the Welsh side to close the gap on their opponents.

Back Cardiff to Win @ $5.50

SGM: Cardiff to Win, Both Teams to Score, Andre Gray Anytime Goalscorer

Wolverhampton Vs Bournemouth

Sunday 16 December, 2:00am, Molineux Stadium

Wolves 2 – Bournemouth 0

Write off either of these sides at your own peril, two of the battlers this Premier League campaign have built impressive campaigns as they sit just one point apart.

Wolves are the form side at the moment with back to back wins in the last week, including an impressive upset against Chelsea.

Bournemouth on the other hand have just one win from their last five.

Earlier on we mentioned that you should steer clear of the Everton-City game and find better value plays, this is one of them with Wolves at their current odds.

Back Wolves to Win @ $2.00

SGM: Wolves to Win, Wolves to Score 2+ Goals

Fulham Vs West Ham

Sunday 16 December, 4:30am, Craven Cottage

Fulham 0 – West Ham 2

This will be the first meeting between these clubs since New Years Day 2014 and West Ham are looking for their fourth straight win.

Given they are facing the Premier League’s bottom side in Fulham, they do enter this game as slight favourites.

With Fulham having conceded 40 goals already this season, this is a great chance for West Ham to add to their current streak of scoring three goals in three straight games.

Back West Ham to Win @ $2.38

SGM: West Ham to Win, West Ham to Score Over 2.5 Goals

Brighton and Hove Albion Vs Chelsea

Monday 17 December, 12:30am, Amex Stadium

Brighton 1 – Chelsea 2

It has been six long games since Brighton last kept a clean sheet but they have been able to weather that storm with two wins and a draw in that time.

They are in for a touch task when Chelsea come to town, even with the visitors fresh off a Europa League tie.

Despite being at home, the Seagulls will set up to frustrate Chelsea and make life difficult but if the Blues can score first they should be able to go on with it and win by a few goals.

Back Chelsea to Win Both Halves @ $3.50

SGM: Chelsea to Win to Nil, Chelsea to Score Over 1.5 Goals

Southampton Vs Arsenal

Monday 17 December, 12:30am, St Mary’s Stadium

Southampton 3 – Arsenal 2

Arsenal away to Southampton is not the automatic result many might assume, with the Saints giving the Gunners plenty of trouble over the last few seasons.

Over their last six Premier League trips to St Mary’s Stadium, Arsenal have won just once and have been held to draws on three occasions.

This isn’t the old Arsenal of the Wenger era and they have shown this year they are capable of picking up points and breaking old trends so you should be able to back them with some relative confidence here.

Back Arsenal to Win @ $1.83

SGM: Arsenal to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, Both Teams to Score

Liverpool Vs Manchester United

Monday 17 December, 3:00am, Anfield

Liverpool 3 – Manchester United 1

A huge clash for both sides as they back up from their final Champions League Group Stage games.

United managed to arrest a four game winless run in the Premier League in their last outing while Liverpool took over top spot with their 13th win of the campaign.

With four of the past five matches finishing as draws, that is a good value option here but instead, take a look at the total goals market.

United’s last three matches have seen the Both Teams to Score Market hit, bringing that tally to 13 of the 16 games this season so try to add that in for the Same Game Multi.

Back Over 3.5 Total Goals @ $2.63

SGM: Over 3.5 Goals, Both Teams to Score, Draw


2017/2018

You know that feeling around mid-December when things start to get so ridiculously busy you don’t know how you can fit everything in?

Well with the Premier League’s calendar starting to fill up, these players will be just like the rest of us.

The good news for fans however is that there will be plenty of Premier League action to keep us entertained.

Burnley Vs Stoke City

Wednesday 13 December, 6:45am, Turf Moor

Burnley’s solid start continued with another win at Turf Moor against Watford and they will be feeling pretty confident about their chances as they face a Stoke side coming off a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham.

Burnley however are not blowing teams out of the water or leaking goals; thirteen of their sixteen matches have featured two or fewer goals.

Expect a similar defensive resolve to get Burnley over the line here.

Back Burnley to Win & Under 2.5 Goals @ $4.20

Crystal Palace Vs Watford

Wednesday 13 December, 7:00am, Selhurst Park

Don’t look now but previously unable to even get a point Palace are now unbeaten in their last five matches.

Ideally for them it would be more than four draws in that time but those points might come in handy come May.

Watford will be smarting after just going down to Burnley at the weekend and will be hoping to put an end to their opponent’s streak.

Even though Watford are without a win in their last three this should be the game they get back on track.

Back Watford to Win @ $3.10

Huddersfield Town Vs Chelsea

Wednesday 13 December, 7:00am, Kirklees Stadium

Huddersfield ended their losing streak and freefall down the table with a win against Brighton but they have their work cut out for them with an angry Chelsea coming to down.

Their shock loss at West Ham caused Antonio Conte to all but concede the title race but thy will still have one eye on the Manchester clubs currently ahead of them on the table.

Expect Chelsea to come out firing and ready to make amends for their performance here with a much more ruthless showing.

Back Chelsea to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.05

Newcastle United Vs Everton

Thursday 14 December, 6:45am, St James’ Park

Confidence at Goodison Park is sky high after nabbing a draw in their derby to extend their unbeaten run to three.

Newcastle are a side that needs something to break their run of poor results and even a point here would be an achievement.

Two sides that are relative mainstays in the Premier League have a long history of games against one another and that recent history is heavily slanted towards Everton.

That being said, playing at home should give Newcastle enough to find a way to get a point here.

Back the Draw @ $3.20

Southampton Vs Leicester City

Thursday 14 December, 6:45am, St Mary’s Stadium

Three wins in a row for Leicester now and that is good enough for the second longest active streak in the Premier League behind Manchester City.

They needed a bounce or two to go their way against Newcastle, but it will take a bit more than that to get by a resilient Southampton side.

Fresh off a 1-1 draw against Arsenal where they were defending for almost the entire game, they showed just how dangerous they can be.

Even then it is hard to back against Leicester in their current form and I will ride them until the streak ends.

Back Leicester to Win @ $3.40

Swansea City Vs Manchester City

Thursday 14 December, 6:45am, Liberty Stadium

A clash of sides at opposite ends of the table, Swansea clawed their way onto 19th spot thanks to a 1-0 win against West Brom.

City of course had the derby against that other team in Manchester (their words not ours) and sit even further ahead at the top after their victory.

It has been a long time since Swansea tasted victory against Manchester City was in 2012 and the odds suggest it might be a little while before that happens again.

Even if City do opt to rotate players, having had a midweek Champions League fixture last week and a busy slate coming up, they should still win here.

There is not a lot of value with such short odds so dip into the goals markets and back City to put three or more past the Swansea defenders.

Back Manchester City to Score Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.91

Liverpool Vs West Bromwich Albion

Thursday 14 December, 7:00am, Anfield

It’s been a while for West Brom, their last league win against Liverpool came in February 2013 at Anfield.

Since then it has been slim pickings with four draws and four losses in that time.

It will be interesting to see how Liverpool handle backing up after their derby draw but they should have enough to get by.

Unfortunately there is not enough value to really recommend a play here.

NO BET

Manchester United Vs Bournemouth

Thursday 14 December, 7:00am, Old Trafford

United’s derby loss snapped a 40-game unbeaten run at home and Jose Mourinho would ideally like to get a new one started as soon as possible.

Since Bournemouth’s ascension to the Premier League two seasons ago, they have lost and drawn at Old Trafford.

As much as they would be hoping to continue that progression with a win in this game, the mismatch is just too great.

Back Manchester United to Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.85

Tottenham Vs Brighton And Hove Albion

Thursday 14 December, 7:00am, Wembley Stadium

It is the first time these sides have met in the league since their Division One matchup in April 1983.

That was won by Brighton 2-1 however it would take a monumental effort to produce something similar with Spurs coming into this game in red hot form.

They put five past Stoke at the weekend and while Brighton will put up a fight, they simply cannot compete with the firepower and it may be a very long night for Mat Ryan.

Back Tottenham to Win to Nil @ $1.87

West Ham Vs Arsenal

Thursday 14 December, 7:00am, Olympic Stadium

After upsetting the Champions at the Olympic Stadium over the weekend the Hammers now get to host another London side with European aspirations in Arsenal.

Last season the Gunners were rampant in this fixture winning both matches 5-1 and then 3-0.

After seeing what West Ham are capable of against Chelsea they will not take this game lightly and instead approach this as a great opportunity for three points.

Back Alexis Sanchez to Score and Arsenal to Win @ $2.75


2016/2017

This is the final weekend of English Premier League action before Christmas and this is when the majority of experts really start to pay attention to the table.

The rivalry between Everton and Liverpool is one of the fiercest in all of English football and they will go battle in another Merseyside Derby this weekend.

The other highlight of the weekend will take place at Etihad Stadium when Manchester City take on Arsenal in what is likely to be an extremely crucial fixture.

Crystal Palace Vs Chelsea

Saturday 17 December, 11:30pm, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 0 - Chelsea 1

Chelsea have continued their outstanding run of form and they have now won nine of their past 13 games as away favourites for a clear profit, while Crystal Palace have won just one of their past seven games as home underdogs.

Back Chelsea To Win To Nil @ $2.63

Middlesbrough Vs Swansea City

Sunday 18 December, 2:00am, Riverside Stadium

Middlesbrough 3 - Swansea City 0

Middlesbrough will start this trust as clear favourites, but they have won just two of their past five games as home favourites.

Swansea City have been one of the most profitable teams in the English Premier League as away underdogs and they are capable of recording an upset win.

Back Swansea City To Win @ $3.50

Stoke City Vs Leicester City

Sunday 18 December, 2:00am, Brittania Stadium

Stoke City 2 - Leicester City 2

Leicester City were beaten as away underdogs by Bournemouth earlier this weekend and their record away from home this season has been very poor.

Stoke City have won six of their past 11 games as home favourites for a narrow profit and their recent form has been strong.

Back Stoke City To Win @ $2.40

Sunderland Vs Watford

Sunday 18 December, 2:00am, Stadium Of Light

Sunderland 1 - Watford 0

There is very little between these two teams and Sunderland will go in as narrow favourites.

Sunderland have won three of their past eight games as home favourites for a loss, but Watford have generally struggled as away underdogs and they are 4-3-10 in this scenario.

No Bet

West Ham United Vs Hull City

Sunday 18 December, 2:00am, White Hart Lane

West Ham United 1 - Hull City 0

West Ham have won just five of their past ten games as home favourites and they have been a tough team to trust from a betting standpoint this season.

Hull City have not been any better and they have won just one of their past seven games as away underdogs.

No Bet

West Bromwich Albion Vs Manchester United

Sunday 18 December, 4:30am, The Hawthorns

Manchester United finally returned to winning form last weekend, but they have still only won four of their past 11 games as away favourites for a clear loss.

West Bromwich Albion have won four of their past nine games as home underdogs for a big profit and they are the type of side that can frustrate Manchester United.

Back West Bromwich Albion To Win @ $5

Bournemouth Vs Southampton

Monday 19 December, 12:30am, Goldsands Stadium

Bournemouth 1 - Southampton 3

Bournemouth beat Leicester City earlier this weekend, but they will still go into this clash as underdogs.

The Cherries have won three of their past eight games as home underdogs for a clear profit, while Southampton have won just three of their past nine games as away favourites.

Back Bournemouth To Win @ $2.90

Manchester City Vs Arsenal

Monday 19 December, 3:00am, Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 2 - Arsenal 1

Manchester City have lost to both Chelsea and Leicester City in recent weeks, but they will still go into this clash with Arsenal as clear favourites.

They have won just eight of their past 17 games as home favourites for a clear loss, while Arsenal have drawn their past four games as away underdogs.

Back The Draw @ $3.50

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Burnley

Monday 19 December, 3:00am, White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Burnley 1

Tottenham are the shortest-priced favourites of the weekend and they have won ten of their past 16 games as home favourites, while Burnley are yet to win a game away from home this season.

Tottenham should be able to get the job done, but there is no value at their current price.

Everton Vs Liverpool

Tuesday 20 December, 7:00am, Goodison Park

Everton 0 - Liverpool 1

Liverpool will start their clash with their crosstown rivals as clear favourites and need to win in order to stay in touch with the leading English Premier League contenders.

Liverpool have only won seven of their past 15 games as away favourites, while Everton have drawn three of their past four games as home underdogs.

Back The Draw @ $3.60