2018/2019 EPL Week 19 Preview

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Festive football, how can you not love it?

Less than 3 days after one round of Premier League action finished, we get the traditional Boxing Day feast of action with all ten Premier League clubs back in action.

While there aren’t any “big clashes” in this round of fixtures no side will want to drop points as a single loss can turn into a losing streak pretty quickly at this time of year.

Read on for our previews, predictions and same game multis for all 10 midweek fixtures.

Fulham Vs Wolverhampton

Wednesday 26 December, 11:30pm, Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 – Wolves 1

An all promoted sides clash at Craven Cottage gets Round 19 of the Premier League underway as Fulham take on a Wolves side they have struggled with in recent years.

While the Cottagers did win the last meeting, their record in the Championship was less than ideal, losing six of the eight meetings.

At least they have comfort in the fact they have been a strong side at home this season, picking up eight of their nine points in front of their fans.

That being said the history is too hard to ignore and Wolves, despite their loss against Liverpool over the weekend, is at too good of a price to pass up.

Back Wolves to Win @ $2.30

SGM: Wolves to Win, Over 3.5 Goals, Raul Jiminez Anytime Goalscorer

Burnley Vs Everton

Thursday 27 December, 2:00am, Turf Moor

Burnley 1 – Everton 5

Burnley gave it their all against Arsenal at the Emirates but still fell 3-1 however they face an Everton side fresh off a 6-2 hammering from Tottenham.

The Clarets did win both meetings last season and have claimed three of the last four, which won’t inspire confidence in an Everton side that has lost five straight.

Neither side is in great form and you can’t feel great backing any play in this game, it might be worth steering clear of for the time being.

NO BETS

Crystal Palace Vs Cardiff

Thursday 27 December, 2:00am, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 0 – Cardiff 0

The festive mood around Selhurst Park would have been very joyous after their stunning upset of Manchester City, giving them their first winning streak of the season.

Both Premier League meetings between these sides have seen Palace win while holding Cardiff scoreless.

With Cardiff conceding an average of over two goals per game this is a great chance for a Palace side that was struggling to score to extend their streak of games with a goal to six.

For a Same Game Multi play, the Both Teams to Score market has hit in four of Cardiff’s last five so expect a few goals in this game as well.

Back Crystal Palace to Win @ $1.62

SGM: Crystal Palace to Win, Over 3.5 Goals

Leicester City Vs Manchester City

Thursday 27 December, 2:00am, Etihad Stadium

Leicester 2 – Manchester City 1

Who saw Manchester City losing two of their last three games going into Christmas?

Probably not Pep Guardiola but at least he can take comfort in the fact his side has won five straight against Leicester in all competitions.

Of course, two of those wins came on penalties in the League Cup but they still count as wins for City.

Even the defending champions not looking quite like themselves, they should be able to take care of business here, even if it is a bit of a grind.

Back Manchester City to Win and Under 2.5 Goals

SGM: Manchester City to Win, Under 2.5 Goals, Gabriel Jesus First Goalscorer

Liverpool Vs Newcastle

Thursday 27 December, 2:00am, Anfield

Liverpool 4 – Newcastle 0

Every manager has that bogey side they tend to struggle against and for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, it’s Newcastle,

In four matches in charge, he has picked up just one win having lost once and drawn the other two.

Liverpool will be putting an unbeaten home record on the line here and they do have some comfort in the fact Klopp’s lone win over Newcastle came at Anfield.

That being said the Boxing Day fixtures always throw up a surprise or two and this has the makings of one with Liverpool perhaps overlooking this one.

Back Newcastle Win/Draw Double Chance @ $5.75

SGM: Newcastle to Win, Under 2.5 Goals

Manchester United Vs Huddersfield

Thursday 27 December, 2:00am, Old Trafford

Manchester United 3 – Huddersfield 1

It’s the home debut for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and in all fairness, it’s a fairly cushy landing spot as they face a Huddersfield side on a five game losing run.

The Terriers did pick up a massive upset last October but United won at Old Trafford in the League as well as the FA Cup since then, both by a scoreline of 2-0.

United were much improved in their 5-1 win at Cardiff over the weekend and there is no reason to think they shouldn’t breeze by a struggling opponent.

It’s low hanging fruit but United are just so talented they should be able to handle Huddersfield at home here.

Back Manchester United to Win -1 Goal @ $1.67

SGM: Manchester United Win, United to Score Over 2.5 Goals, Marcus Rashford Anytime Goalscorer

Tottenham Vs Bournemouth

Thursday 27 December, 2:00am, Wembley Stadium

Tottenham 5 – Bournemouth 0

After thumping Everton 6-2 over the weekend, Tottenham enter the Bournemouth game as clear favourites here, which makes finding a value play potentially tough.

In six Premier League meetings. Spurs have won five, with the other game in October 2016 ending in a draw.

There are two options for a play in this game, either Tottenham to Win to Nil or Tottenham to Win and Both Teams to Score.

It has been three games since the Both Teams to Score Market hit for Bournemouth but with 27 goals in their 18 games that may break here.

Back Tottenham to Win and Both Teams to Score @ $2.75

SGM: Tottenham to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, Harry Kane Anytime Goalscorer

Brighton and Hove Albion Vs Arsenal

Thursday 27 December, 4:15am, Emirates Stadium

Brighton 1 – Arsenal 1

Last time Brighton hosted Arsenal, they pulled off a huge upset toppling the Gunners 2-1 in a result that made everyone laugh (except for Arsenal fans).

While the road woes of the Gunners are not completely gone, they are much more composed away from home under Unai Emery.

With four wins and two draws from their eight away games so far, you can feel confident backing Arsenal, although don’t be surprised if this is level at 1-1 for a while.

Back Arsenal to Win @ $1.70

SGM: Arsenal to Win, Arsenal to Score Over 2.5 Goals, Alexandre Lacazette Anytime Goalscorer

Watford Vs Chelsea

Thursday 27 December, 6:30am, Vicarage Road

Watford 1 – Chelsea 2

If you are looking for positives from Chelsea’s loss to Leicester last weekend, they have not lost back to back Premier League matches this season.

After losing to Tottenham, they responded with a 2-0 against Fulham, after losing to Wolves, they claimed the massive scalp of Manchester City.

While Watford did win this fixture last February you have to back Chelsea to show some resilience and come away with a rebound victory.

Back Chelsea to Win to Nil @ $3.10

SGM: Chelsea to Win, Eden Hazard First Goalscorer

Southampton Vs West Ham

Friday 28 December, 6:45am, St Mary’s Stadium

Southampton 1 – West Ham 2

The final Boxing Day round clash takes place after Boxing Day with suddenly scary Southampton hosting a West Ham side whose form was brought to a sudden halt with a loss to Watford.

Both sides are more than capable of scoring goals and this has the makings of a high scoring fixture.

Each of the last four meetings between these sides has featured three or more goals so get ready for a couple of frustrated goalkeepers here.

Back the Draw @ $3.40

SGM: Draw, Over 2.5 Total Goals


2017/2018

While most European leagues are off on a winter break right now the Premier League just gets busier and busier.

Saturday morning’s blockbuster between Arsenal and Liverpool kicks off a run of 40 Premier League matches in 14 days.

It will be a crucial period for the Gunners as they close out this patch by hosting Chelsea on the morning of January 4.

For all clubs, this is seen as make or break time with so many points on offer and with the bottom half of the table so tightly congested, it is an opportunity to separate from those around them.

Arsenal Vs Liverpool

Saturday 23 December, 6:45am, Emirates Stadium

Will this be a happy homecoming for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain?

His last game for Arsenal was a 4-0 loss against the side that would go on to buy him days later.

Liverpool have won the last three meetings between these sides and Arsenal have not won since April 2015.

This game has way too many variables to confidently back any result but with the way both teams have been defensively this has the makings of a high scoring contest.

Back Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.30

Everton Vs Chelsea

Saturday 23 December, 11:30pm, Goodison Park

A comfortable win for Everton cemented their place in the top ten of the Premier League and they have their second shot at Chelsea after the Blues won in August.

That game was decided by strikes from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata but it is a very different Everton side coming to play this week.

They are five games unbeaten and have a renewed commitment under Sam Allardyce.

Even so Chelsea should still find a way to get by in a low scoring arm wrestle.

Back Chelsea to Win & Under 2.5 Goals @ $3.70

Brighton And Hove Albion Vs Watford

Sunday 24 December, 2:00am, Amex Stadium

Another rematch from late August, this game finished as a 0-0 draw with Watford playing most of the match with ten men.

That meant that Brighton were able to dominate possession and Watford were held without a shot on target.

Neither side is in a great run of form with two draws and three wins from their last five and this will not be the game either side breaks out of that slump.

Back the Draw @ $3.10

Manchester City Vs Bournemouth

Sunday 24 December, 2:00am, Etihad Stadium

There really is not much more you can add about City’s unbelievable start to the season.

With seventeen wins and a draw from eighteen matches, you will start to hear more and more talk of when they will claim the Premier League title.

In the meantime, that does not make the win markets all that enticing so you will have to look elsewhere for the value.

With an average of just over three goals scored per game and having put four past Swansea and Tottenham in the past fortnight, they should win and boost the goal tally while they are at it.

Back Manchester City to Score Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.05

Southampton Vs Huddersfield

Sunday 24 December, 2:00am, St Mary’s Stadium

Huddersfield got back into the winners circle with a convincing 4-1 hammering at Watford last week.

Southampton’s poor run continued when Liverpool put four past them at the weekend which followed a slim loss to Manchester United.

Even so I like the chances of Huddersfield in an upset away from hom.

Back Huddersfield to Win @ $6.00

Stoke City Vs West Bromwich Albion

Sunday 24 December, 2:00am, bet365 Stadium

With Mark Hughes seat getting hotter with each passing match, Stoke look like a side ready for a breath of fresh air.

Five defeats from their last six matches has Stoke looking for answers but their opponents are not exactly setting the world alight this season.

West Brom are sitting second from last but have been able to grab three draws from their past five and a win here would put them up above Stoke on the table.

Even so this is a game that screams draw with neither side really able to back themselves to take the chances that would produce a win.

Back the Draw @ $3.10

Swansea City Vs Crystal Palace

Sunday 24 December, 2:00am, Liberty Stadium

In the last two months, Palace have found a formula for survival if not success with the way they are managing to take points off the teams around them on the table.

A big win at the weekend over Leicester has fans buzzing and with Swansea up next they will be optimistic about getting halfway to the magical 40 point number at the exact midway point of the season.

Swansea claimed victory earlier this season at Selhurst Park but it shows how much the fortunes of these teams have swung that I am now liking Palace to get a win at these odds.

Back Crystal Palace to Win @ $2.50

West Ham United Vs Newcastle United

Sunday 24 December, 2:00am, Olympic Stadium

As it stands Newcastle’s return to the Premier League might be a brief one and after four straight losses things are looking bleak.

West Ham have not lost in their last three and considering who they have played that is a pretty decent achievement.

Having beaten Chelsea, drawn with Arsenal and then comfortably defeated Stoke, they should be able to beat a Newcastle side that is reeling right now.

Back West Ham to Win @ $2.10

Burnley Vs Tottenham

Sunday 24 December, 4:30am, Turf Moor

This season, whether it is wins or dropping points, Tottenham are a team that loves to go on streaks.

If they win once chances are it will be backed up with another win or at worst a draw, whereas a loss tends to kick start a couple of weeks of poor results.

Add in the fact that Burnley showed they can compete with Tottenham during their 0-0 draw in August and this has the makings of a result Burnley will be very happy with.

Back Burnley Win or Draw Double Chance @ $2.50

Leicester City Vs Manchester United

Sunday 24 December, 6:45am, King Power Stadium

Now is a great chance to see what Leicester are made of as their winning streak was brought to a screeching halt by Crystal Palace.

With a big game coming up against Manchester United, a rebound performance to show it was just an aberration will go a long way to their quest to continue climbing up the table (even if it does mess with whatever title race is left).

Since their Derby loss, United are not doing things the easy way grinding out low scoring wins but they are finding ways to outscore their opponent and they have a good opportunity to do that here.

Back Manchester United to Win @ $1.80


2016/2017

This is the half-way mark of the 2016/2017 English Premier League season and every team in the competition has now played each other once.

There is a number of intriguing matches on what will be a big New Year’s Day of action, but the feature match will be at Anfield when Liverpool and Manchester City do battle.

Leicester City will be halfway through the title defence when they face West Ham in front of their home fans at King Power Stadium, while Manchester United will host Middlesbrough.

Hull City Vs Everton

Saturday 31 December, 7:00am, KC Stadium

Hull City 2 - Everton 2

Hull City have won two of their eight games as home underdogs this season for a narrow profit, while Everton are 4-1-3 as away favourites.

Back Hull City To Win @ $4.20

Burnley Vs Sunderland

Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Turf Moor

Burnley 4 - Sunderland 1

Burnley have won six of their ten games played at home this season and Sunderland have won just three of their past 17 games as away underdogs.

Back Burnley To Win @ $2.38

Chelsea Vs Stoke City

Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 4 - Stoke City 2

Chelsea have won their past four games without conceding a goal and Stoke City have won just three of their past 16 games as away underdogs.

Back Chelsea To Win To Nil @ $1.91

Leicester City Vs West Ham United

Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, King Power Stadium

Leicester City 1 - West Ham United 0

Leicester City have won nine of their past 16 games as home favourites, while West Ham have taken at least a point from nine of their past 15 games as away underdogs.

Back The Draw @ $3.40

Manchester United Vs Middlesbrough

Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Old Trafford

Manchester United 2 - Middlesbrough 1

The under has saluted in 12 of the past 19 home games played by Manchester United and six of the nine away games played by Middlesbrough this season.

Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $1.91

Southampton Vs West Bromwich Albion

Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, St Mary's Stadium

Southampton 1 - West Bromwich Albion 2

Southampton have won ten of their past 13 games as home favourites and West Bromwich Albion have won just three of their past 18 games as away underdogs.

Back Southampton To Win @ $1.67

Swansea City Vs Bournemouth

Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 0 - Bournemouth 3

Swansea City will go into this clash with yet another manager and they have won just two of their past eight games as home underdogs.

Bournemouth have won one of their past three games as away favourites.

No Bet

Liverpool Vs Manchester City

Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Anfield

Liverpool 1 - Manchester City 0

This is easily the biggest game of the weekend in the English Premier League.

Liverpool have won only eight of their past 16 games as home favourites for a clear loss, while Manchester City have won two of their past three games as away underdogs.

Back Manchester City To Win @ $3

Watford Vs Tottenham Hotspur

Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Vicarage Road

Watford 1 - Tottenham Hotspur 4

Watford have won three of their past nine games as home underdogs for a clear and Tottenham have also proven to be a profitable winning play as away favourites.

No Bet

Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace

Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 2 - Crystal Palace 0

Arsenal have won 12 of their past 18 games as home favourites for a narrow loss, while Crystal Palace have won two of their past 15 games as away underdogs.

No Bet