As we move past the halfway point of the 2020/2021 Premier League season, the title favourite Manchester City has moved into top spot on the table.
This weekend sees them face a resurgent Sheffield United side that has won two of its last three… and still finds itself as a massive outsider.
The unquestioned biggest match of the weekend however features the other Manchester club as second placed United travels to North London to face Arsenal.
We have previews and our best bets for all 10 matches below so read on to see who we are backing.
Saturday 30 January, 11:30pm, Goodison Park
Everton 0 – Newcastle 2
It’s a fairly straightforward match to kick off the weekend as a horrendously out of form Newcastle travels to Goodison Park to face Everton.
The Toffees were a Jordan Pickford howler away from their fourth straight victory while Newcastle lost their sixth consecutive match and extended their winless run to 11.
On the plus side for Newcastle, they scored their first goal since January 4 against Leeds however I can’t back them to break down Everton here.
Back Everton to Win to Nil @ $2.35
Sunday 31 January, 2:00am, Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 1 – Wolves 0
If both of these sides are going to get themselves back into Europe, their Premier League form needs to improve quickly.
Heading into their 21st match of the campaign, they sit in 13th and 14th place with Wolves ahead on goal difference having taken 23 points to date.
Working in Wolves’ favour is the fact they won the FA Cup meeting between these teams three weeks ago, however their Cup form is very different to what we have seen in the Premier League.
Their last win in the league came on December 16 while Palace’s lone win since December 6 came against Sheffield United.
There’s not a lot to separate these sides on paper and chances are it will be similarly close on the pitch.
Back the Draw @ $3.10
Sunday 31 January, 2:00am, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 1 – Sheffield United 0
Sheffield is looking to complete the second half of the Manchester double after a stunning 2-1 victory at Old Trafford this week.
City is a slightly tougher out however, with Pep Guardiola’s side winning 11 consecutive matches in all competitions and perhaps more impressively, conceding just one goal in their last nine Premier League matches.
Since the Blades returned to the Premier League they have lost all three matches against City and have failed to score in every match.
The value in this play has dropped but it’s still a good balance builder to take.
Back Manchester City to Win to Nil @ $1.60
West Bromwich Albion
Sunday 31 January, 2:00am, The Hawthorns
West Brom 2 – Fulham 2
Thankfully this is not the only match kicking off at this time and if you’re setting up for a long night in front of the TV, this one won’t warrant even the small part of a picture in picture display.
West Brom have lost their last five home matches by an aggregate score of 22-1 but what might save them from further embarrassment here is the fact Fulham cannot score.
The last time Fulham scored more than two goals in 90 minutes was on December 1 against Leicester.
In the subsequent 11 matches, the Cottagers have been kept scoreless seven times.
West Brom can’t score, Fulham can’t score, maybe someone accidentally finds the back of the net but it won’t be intentional if so.
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ $1.70
Sunday 31 January, 4:30am, Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 0 – Manchester United 0
The Arsenal Premier League resurgence took another step in the past week with a pair of victories either side of an FA Cup defeat at Southampton.
Mikel Arteta can now turn his attention to knocking off a Manchester United side that has put together one of the most impressive run of results away from home in recent memory.
Domestically, United have the best away record in the Premier League with eight wins and two draws, extending a phenomenal run that dates back to last season.
There are major questions over the likes of Thomas Partey, Kieran Tierney and Emil Smith-Rowe (among others) and the rebuilding Arsenal squad just doesn’t have the depth to cover the absences of so many key players.
There is every chance that United was overlooking Sheffield during the week with an eye on this match and there is every chance they will be raring to go here.
Back Manchester United to Win @ $2.45
Sunday 31 January, 7:00am, St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton 0 – Aston Villa 1
Southampton’s busy 10 day stretch finally caught up to them against Arsenal where they went down after a pair of FA Cup matches they clearly sold out for.
Aston Villa has struggled in 2021, losing four of their five matches so far and their history against the Saints is nothing short of horrible, losing their last four meetings and failing to record a victory since December 2013.
I’ll take the Saints to rebound after fatigue got the better of them during the week.
Back Southampton to Win @ $2.75
Sunday 31 January, 2:00am, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 2 – Burnley 0
It’s fair to say the Thomas Tuchel era got off to a somewhat drab beginning in a 0-0 draw with Wolves.
The Blues completed an awful lot of passes to one another but it wasn’t all that effective as they found their attack stifled by Wolves.
Burnley has enjoyed a good week, winning all three of their matches including an FA Cup tie with Fulham.
History says that Chelsea should still win this match with the Blues winning five of the last six meetings and I’ll back the German boss to instil some confidence in his side.
Back Chelsea HT/FT @ $2.05
Monday 1 February, 1:00am, King Power Stadium
Leicester 1 – Leeds 3
No Vardy, no Leicester?
The Foxes were held to a 1-1 draw and needed a bit of luck to get to that point against a resolute Everton side.
Leeds is a much softer landing spot and a side that can leave themselves open on the break.
They have conceded eight goals in their last four matches and the Foxes still have the talent to get themselves by.
Back Leicester to Win @ $1.83
Monday 1 February, 3:30am, London Stadium
West Ham 1 – Liverpool 3
The challenge here is to not overreact to Liverpool’s comfortable win over Tottenham in the final match of Week 20.
That being said, it’s hard not to be impressed with how they saw off an in form Spurs side.
It will be another tough test for them this weekend when they face a West Ham side on a six match winning streak.
There is plenty of attacking talent on both sides and we all know about Liverpool’s defensive injury crisis.
At that price I’ll back the visitors to come away with all three points and pair it with both teams to score in a Same Game Multi.
SGM: Liverpool to Win & Both Teams to Score @ $3.24
Brighton And Hove Albion
Monday 1 February, 6:15am, Amex Stadium
Brighton 1 – Tottenham 0
Fatigue appears to be the only thing that will stand in the way of Tottenham comfortably collecting all three points against Brighton.
It’s a short turn around after their clash with Liverpool but Spurs still have the squad to take care of business against a side they are considerably better than.
At this price, I have to jump on the value of Spurs.
Back Tottenham to Win @ $2.15
The Premier League’s festive calendar wraps up with the New Years Day fixtures over the next couple of nights.
Headlining Matchweek 21 is the clash between the fading superpowers Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates while Sheffield United is the next opponent to (probably) get run over by the Liverpool freight train.
The third round of the FA Cup is coming up on the weekend and with some teams having tough draws to contend with, there may be some squad rotation in place to consider.
Brighton And Hove Albion
Wednesday 1 January, 11:30pm, Amex Stadium
Brighton 1 – Chelsea 1
So far this festive period, Chelsea has defeated Tottenham and Arsenal while losing to… Southampton.
Despite being on the back foot for large portions of the Arsenal match, Chelsea took full advantage of the opportunities at the end to come away with an important three points.
Brighton’s win over Bournemouth snapped a winless run but it seems like the market has put a bit too much emphasis on that result.
Chelsea has won all five Premier League meetings between the two, four of which have been to nil, and their only loss to Brighton came in the 1933 FA Cup, there’s only one play for this match.
Back Chelsea Halftime/Fulltime @ $3.10
Wednesday 1 January, 11:30pm, Turf Moor
Burnley 1 – Aston Villa 2
Burnley can’t score and Villa can’t defend, this one should be a real treat to watch if you are so inclined.
There is no chance this one will be high scoring when you look at the form line, three of Villa’s last four have seen one team keep a clean sheet and Burnley’s last five have seen a clean sheet (three of which have been the Clarets).
A 0-0 draw at $11 does look tempting but it’s too much to expect both of these sides to avoid an accidental concession.
Back Both Teams to Score (No) @ $2.05
Thursday 2 January, 2:00am, St James’s Park
Newcastle 0 – Leicester 3
Jamie Vardy should be back in the Leicester lineup after missing the win over West Ham for the birth of his child.
If Leicester didn’t have enough of an edge going into this game, the return of their main marksman is going to get them over the line here.
I can’t back them to keep a clean sheet though, their desire to attack does leave them open and Newcastle have scored in four of their last five as well.
SGM: Leicester to Win, Both Teams to Score, Jamie Vardy Anytime Goalscorer @ $4.78
Thursday 2 January, 2:00am, St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton 1 – Tottenham 0
Tottenham showed a remarkable ability to Spurs things up against Norwich, finding a way to draw with the 20th placed side in the Premier League.
Best case scenario for them is that was a blip on the radar and this clash with Southampton is going to be a return to form.
It’s hard not to back them at over even money, especially against Southampton.
Considering they have Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on the weekend they can afford to put out a few more frontline players and ensure that their top four hopes don’t take a hit.
Back Tottenham to Win @ $2.10
Thursday 2 January, 2:00am, Vicarage Road
Watford 2 – Wolves 1
Just a reminder here, Wolves is a good Premier League side and Watford is not.
Yes Watford has defeated Manchester United and Villa in the last fortnight, either side of a draw with Sheffield but I’m still finding myself in “back against them” mode with them.
Even if Wolves opt to rotate a few players out with one eye on their FA Cup tie with Manchester United, they have been able to accumulate a good enough squad to make them competitive here.
Back Wolves to Win @ $2.25
Thursday 2 January, 4:30am, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 2 – Everton 1
City managed to get back on track against Sheffield but they now face a revitalised Everton side, winners of their last two under Carlo Ancelotti.
It will be a big ask for the Toffees, even though City are well below par at the moment, and it seems like this one could be the first defeat for the Italian manager.
City has won the last four meetings between these sides and I like them to make it five here.
Back City Halftime/Fulltime @ $1.80
Thursday 2 January, 4:30am, Carrow Road
Norwich 1 – Crystal Palace 1
Despite not winning a match since November 24, Norwich is still somehow favoured in this game after holding Spurs to a draw.
For a club on the bottom of the table though, it is in no way realistic to expect them to pull off a second straight strong performance considering they have only taken points in back to back matches once this season.
Palace is always capable of a letdown performance but as outsiders here, take the value, even if it might not be the best game to watch.
Back Palace to Win @ $2.88
Thursday 2 January, 4:30am, London Stadium
West Ham 4 – Bournemouth 0
West Ham is the next candidate for the new manager bounce… although the face that new manager is David Moyes is enough to give you cause for concern backing them against Bournemouth here.
Neither side is travelling all that well at the moment but with both sitting just above the relegation zone, they have to do everything they can to avoid defeat here.
I’ll back both sides to do just that and take the draw.
Back the Draw @ $3.60
Thursday 2 January, 7:00am, Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 – Manchester United 0
Remember the glory days of Fergie taking on Wenger with the Premier League title on the line?
Arteta against Solskjaer doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, and the Gunners Spanish boss is still looking for his first win in charge.
It hasn’t been an easy introduction and Arsenal’s history against United doesn’t suggest there’s a lot of hope for them here.
A late letdown cost them against Chelsea, so will we see more of the same here?
Considering most of United’s points this year have come against fellow members of the Big Six, why not back them to get themselves up and prolong Arteta’s wait.
Back Manchester United to Win @ $2.45
Friday 3 January, 7:00am, Anfield
We’re going to have to get creative to find a value play for Liverpool here since it’s basically just working out what kind of victory they will have.
It has been four straight Premier League matches with a clean sheet so backing them to win to nil against a Sheffield side seems like a good starting point.
With a Merseyside Derby on the weekend as well, it would not be surprising to see them try to race out of the blocks to an early lead and close the match off from there so we’ll also take them in the Halftime/Fulltime market to boost the value a bit.
SGM: Liverpool Halftime/Fulltime & Liverpool to Win to Nil @ $2.70
At some point these players will get a break, just not in the next week or so.
Most of these sides are preparing for their fourth game in the last 12 days and have an FA Cup tie this weekend to look forward to as well.
Without a doubt, the big clash of Round 21 of the Premier League is the final one, with the defending champions taking on the league leaders.
Read on for our previews, predictions and Same Game Multis from all 10 Premier League matches this weekend.
Tuesday 1 January, 11:30pm, Goodison Park
Everton 0 – Leicester 1
Two sides coming off upset losses kick start the New Years Day program with Everton and Leicester both eager to start 2019 on a winning note.
Three of the last four meetings have gone the way of Everton with Leicester recording just one Premier League win at Goodison Park since 2000.
Looking at the history of this fixture, you can almost throw out the possibility of a draw, the last one came in February 2015.
Both of these sides been somewhat streaky but Everton being at home is enough to be the difference here.
Back Everton to Win @ $2.00
SGM: Everton to Win, Over 2.5 Goals
Wednesday 2 January, 2:00am, Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 4 – Fulham 1
Arsenal’s backline was torn to shreds by a rampant Liverpool side, but they do have a chance for redemption against a Fulham side that has not scored more than one goal in its last seven Premier League matches.
The Gunners destroyed Fulham at Craven Cottage back in October and if there is to be any response to the shambles from the weekend, this is the chance to do that.
As much as Arsenal has struggled at times, they have been very good at the Emirates Stadium and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang loves playing in front of his home fans.
Back Arsenal to Win to Nil @ $2.45
SGM: Arsenal to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang First Goalscorer
Wednesday 2 January, 4:30am, Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff 0 – Tottenham 3
One of these sides is coming into this match on the back of a much needed win while the other has showed in the space of a week why it can be and should not be considered title contenders.
Cardiff dragged themselves clear of the relegation zone thanks to four points in their last two and did give Tottenham some trouble when they met earlier this season.
Spurs did win that one 1-0 but any overconfidence in their dressing room was quickly taken out when they were upset by Wolves at home.
As tempting as a potential upset may be here, it’s hard to look past Cardiff’s struggles throughout the season and with Tottenham under $1.50 to win, this might be a good one to stay out of.
Thursday 3 January, 6:45am, Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth 3 – Watford 3
If this one follows the same pattern as October’s meeting, Bournemouth will be very, very happy having won that initial clash 4-0.
Watford has proven to be a somewhat formidable foe for many sides on their travels this season with three wins and three draws from nine games so they will not roll over.
Since both sides were promoted in 2015, the draw has been the most common result happening in five of the seven meetings and that looks like a good value play here.
Back the Draw @ $3.40
SGM: Draw, Both Teams to Score, Over 3.5 Goals
Thursday 3 January, 6:45am, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 0 – Southampton 0
While you can’t take anything for granted in the Premier League at this time of year, this one looks about as straightforward as it can get.
Chelsea has won each of the last seven matches between the sides including three of the last four to nil.
With just two clean sheets in its last six (one of which came against Manchester City no less), it would be a big confidence booster for the Blues to add to that tally here.
Back Chelsea to Win to Nil @ $2.15
SGM: Chelsea to Win to Nil, Under 3.5 Goals
Thursday 3 January, 6:45am, John Smith’s Stadium
Huddersfield 1 – Burnley 2
For the second week in a row, last placed Huddersfield will take on a side also in the relegation zone.
Having lost on the weekend to help Fulham move up to 18th place, Burnley would happily take all three points here.
These sides played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the season and both will be eager to avoid defeat here.
A conservative gameplan from both sides might be on the cards and that should limit the scoring opportunities as both teams are happy to take a point.
Back the Draw @ $3.10
SGM: Draw, Under 2.5 Goals
Brighton and Hove Albion
Thursday 3 January, 6:45am, London Stadium
West Ham 2 – Brighton 2
Three Premier League meetings between West Ham and Brighton, three Premier League wins for West Ham.
The Seagulls won a hard fought game on the weekend over Everton with David Button filling in for absent keeper Mat Ryan.
West Ham on the other hand got a confidence boosting win over Burnley to move up to seventh place and a win would help their season ambitions greatly here.
Back West Ham to Win @ $1.91
SGM: West Ham to Win, Lucas Perez Anytime Goalscorer
Thursday 3 January, 6:45am, Molineux Stadium
Wolves 0 – Crystal Palace 2
Apparently being rank outsiders against a flying opponent does not phase Wolves one bit after a huge win against Tottenham at Wembley.
That has them installed as slight favourites against the giant killing Crystal Palace who wrapped up 2018 with a 1-0 loss against Chelsea to cap a successful December.
It might be a case of giving too much weight to the most recent performance, but Wolves are a very good side and look over the odds here.
Back Wolves to Win @ $2.05
SGM: Wolves to Win, Both Teams to Score, Over 3.5 Goals
Thursday 3 January, 7:00am, St James’s Park Stadium
Newcastle 0 – Manchester United 2
All is solved at Manchester United right?
Back to back big wins kick started the Solskjaer era and after another convincing win over Bournemouth, you can expect Newcastle to be in for a rough time as they look to end a three game winless run.
The Magpies did record a shock upset in this fixture last season, pulling off a 1-0 win at St James’ Park but with United looking free and happy, this should go one way.
Back Manchester United to Win @ $1.73
SGM: United Win, Over 3.5 Goals, Marcus Rashford Anytime Goalscorer
Friday 4 January, 7:00am, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 2 – Liverpool 1
Set your alarms for this one, it is going to be a huge clash.
Liverpool could open up a double digit lead at the top of the table with a win over a City side they defeated three of the last four times they have met.
These sides played out a scoreless draw in October but it is hard to see this match following that same pattern, particularly with Liverpool’s forwards in phenomenal goalscoring form.
Having spent the last three and a half weeks on top of the table, Liverpool are going to finish this week still in first place regardless of the result.
Their nine game winning run is in real danger here as the City side that has struggled mightily in its last few matches is all set for a rebound.
Back the Draw @ $3.60
SGM: Draw, Both Teams to Score, Mo Salah Anytime Goalscorer
Just nine fixtures in the Pre-New Years round of Premier League action as it kicks off six straight days of action.
Across rounds 21 and 22, each side is in action twice, some with just a single day between games which is great for the fans but a potential trap for the punters.
It is good to keep on top of injuries and squad news, particularly with the middle of the night kickoffs making sure that a star player is not being rested with an eye on the next match.
West Ham and Tottenham’s game was rescheduled for the end of Round 22 and will be played on the morning of January 5 so Spurs and Irons fans can find our preview for that game in the Round 22 EPL preview.
Otherwise here we go again with our discussions and recommended plays.
Sunday 31 December, 2:00am, Vitality Stadium
Everton claimed the first meeting at Goodison Park back in September and are looking to extend their two game winning streak against Bournemouth.
Since Bournemouth entered the Premier League in 2015, the Toffees have won four of the six meetings however last time they visited the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth emerged 1-0 winners.
Looking at their recent form however, neither side is inspiring a lot of confidence with two scoreless draws for Everton and Bournemouth winless since November 19.
Expect a Big Sam Special away from home and look for a draw here.
Back the Draw @ $3.20
Sunday 31 December, 2:00am, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have won the last three games against Stoke and have not lost at Stamford Bridge since a League Cup match in 1995.
The September meeting ended 4-0 to Chelsea and you would expect something similar given Stoke’s propensity to ship goals in bunches.
Chelsea should get this game over and done with as soon as possible and turn their focus onto their next match in the second half.
Back Chelsea to Win -2 Goals @ $2.30
Sunday 31 December, 2:00am, Kirklees Stadium
Huddersfield have not beaten Burnley in any of their last four meetings with the most recent match ending in a 0-0 draw in September.
Burnley’s season has been nothing short of phenomenal and their draw at Old Trafford in their last outing is nothing short of exceptional.
They are winless in their last three matches but that should come to an end here with an upset victory away from home.
Back Burnley to Win @ $3.40
Sunday 31 December, 2:00am, Anfield
Liverpool will not be able to unveil their big money signing Virgil Van Dijk just yet so they will have to make do with the defenders they already have when Leicester come to town.
At Anfield, it has been one way traffic in this fixture with three wins and a draw for Liverpool since the Foxes Premier League return in 2014.
This season their home ground has been a fortress with five wins and five draws as well.
There is not a lot of great value in Liverpool win plays so instead look for a high scoring affair.
Back Both Teams to Score and Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.60
Brighton and Hove Albion
Sunday 31 December, 2:00am, St James’ Park
Two sides with a combined two wins in their last five matches each, both are coming off losses to big clubs in Round 20.
Newcastle came as close as anyone to ending City’s unbeaten run while Brighton went down to Chelsea.
Brighton have not fared well on their travels this season losing seven of ten and that run should continue with Newcastle getting up here.
Back Newcastle to Win @ $2.10
Sunday 31 December, 2:00am, Vicarage Road
A 2-1 win over Leicester came not a minute too soon ending a six-match winless run and four losses on the trot.
As a part of their impressive start to the season, Watford beat Swansea at the Liberty 2-1 and there is a good chance that result will repeat itself here.
Swansea are in the middle of a season from hell with five points away from home and it is hard to see them getting anything out of this game here.
Back Watford to Win @ $1.67
Sunday 31 December, 4:30am, Old Trafford
Southampton will not be happy that they have to back up from their hammering at the hands of Tottenham with a trip to Old Trafford.
It was a close win for United when these sides met earlier this year however this has the feel of a game where Romelu Lukaku runs riot.
Expect a multi goal win by United here and there is a great value play with this handicap.
Back Manchester United to Win -1 Goal @ $4.80
Sunday 31 December, 11:00pm, Selhurst Park
City got away with one against Newcastle having to scrap for a 1-0 win to extend their streak to eighteen.
With such a big gap on the table there is not a lot of hope for an upset here as it seems like this game can only go one way.
Captain Vincent Kompany left the Newcastle game injured and that will certainly impact the City defensive stocks.
With that uncertainty there is not a lot of value here as there is a chance that many players will be rested.
West Bromwich Albion
Monday 1 January, 3:30am, The Hawthorns
Arsenal head into this game on a very short rest so there is the potential for a lot of rotation here with one eye on Chelsea coming up midweek.
West Brom won the corresponding fixture 3-1 last season however their form this season is not inspiring any confidence whatsoever.
When playing a second team in the Europa League the Arsenal backups handled themselves well and they should be able to get by in this game.
Back Arsenal to Win @ $1.75
The English Premier League returns after a weekend off for international football and there are plenty of big games this weekend.
Manchester United and Liverpool will continue their storied rivalry at Old Trafford, Leicester City will renew acquaintances with Chelsea and Manchester City will host Everton.
Throw in a London Derby between West Ham and Crystal Palace and it is another huge weekend of football and we have the all the recommended betting plays below!
West Bromwich Albion
Saturday 14 January, 11:30pm, White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur 4 - West Bromwich Ablion 0
Tottenham produced one of their best performances of the season to beat Chelsea last weekend and they will go into this clash as clear favourites.
Tottenham have generally proven tough to beat in front of their home fans this season and they have won 12 of their past 17 games as home favourites for a profit.
West Bromwich Albion have won two games on the trot, but they obviously face a much tougher challenger against Tottenham this weekend.
West Brom have won four of their past 18 games as away underdogs for a clear profit, but their record against Tottenham is extremely poor.
Tottenham should be able to get the job done once again.
Back Tottenham To Win To Nil @ $2
Sunday 15 January, 2:00am, Turf Moor
Burnley 3 - Southampton 0
Southampton have lost three games on the trot in the English Premier League, but they will still go into this clash as clear favourites.
They have won four of their past nine games as away favourites for a narrow profit and winning away from home has generally not been an issue.
Burnley were far from disgraced against Manchester City and before that they go the job done against both Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
Burnley have won six of their nine games as home underdogs this season for a big profit and they have proven to be one of the best betting sides in the English Premier League this season.
There is not as much between these two teams as the current market suggests and Burnley are over the odds at their current price.
Back Burnley To Win @ $3.50
Sunday 15 January, 2:00am, KC Stadium
Hull City 3 - Bournemouth 1
Hull City have lost four of their past five games and it is no surprise that Bournemouth will start this clash as clear favourites.
Bournemouth recorded a dominant victory when these teams met earlier this season and Hull City have won just two of their past nine games as home underdogs.
The problem for Bournemouth is that winning away from home has been easier said than done and they have won just one of their past three games as home favourites.
This is a clash that the market looks to have got just about right and I am happy to stay out from a betting standpoint.
Sunday 15 January, 2:00am, Stadium Of Light
Sunderland 1 - Stoke City 3
Stoke City finally returned to winning form against Watford and they will go into this clash with Sunderland as narrow favourites.
This will be just the second time in over 12 months that Stoke City have started an away game as favourites, but they did win that clash and they generally perform well as the punter’s elect.
Sunderland have won just one of their past six games, but they have actually been a profitable betting team as home underdogs this season – they are 3-3-5 in this situation over the past 12 months.
The betting market that does stand out in this clash is the $2 available for over 2.5 goals to be scored.
The over has saluted in 11 of the past 19 games played at the Stadium of Light and backing the over has been a profitable play in Stoke City games this season.
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $2
Sunday 15 January, 2:00am, Liberty Stadium
Swansea City 0 - Arsenal 4
Arsenal came from 3-0 down to draw with Bournemouth in their most recent EPL clash and the market suggests they will return to winning form this weekend.
The Gunners have not been the most consistent side away from home this season and they are 7-5-2 as away favourites over the past 12 months for a clear loss.
Swansea City ended a four-game losing streak with a win over Crystal Palace and they have had some success against Arsenal in recent seasons.
They have still only won two of their past eight games as home underdogs for a loss and they are a tough side to trust from a betting perspective.
It is tough to find any real value in this clash and I will be staying out.
Sunday 15 January, 2:00am, Vicarage Road
Watford 0 - Middlesbrough 0
This is one of the most interesting games of the weekend from a betting perspective.
It is Watford that will start as narrow favourites – despite the fact that they have lost four of their past five games and have really struggled in front of goal.
The Hornets have won just three of their past nine games as home favourites and have been a very poor betting proposition in this scenario.
Middlesbrough have struggled badly away from home and they have won just one of their past nine games as away underdogs, but they have been able to draw five of these games.
This game has stalemate written all over it and the $3 is excellent value.
Back The Draw @ $3
West Ham United
Sunday 15 January, 1:00am, Olympic Stadium
West Ham United 3 - Crystal Palace 0
West Ham have lost two games on the trot, but they will still start this clash with Crystal Palace as favourites.
The Hammers have made a tricky start to their life at the Olympic Stadium, but they have still won seven of their past 12 games as home favourites for a narrow profit.
Crystal Palace have not won a game for over a month and they were particularly poor against Swansea City last weekend.
They have won just two of their past 16 games as away underdogs for a big loss and they are 2-5-15 on the back of a loss over the past 12 months.
West Ham should be able to return to winning form and anything better than even money is excellent value.
Back West Ham To Win @ $2.15
Sunday 15 January, 4:30am, King Power Stadium
Leicester City 0 - Chelsea 3
Chelsea finally had their winning run ended by Tottenham, but they will still go into this clash as dominant favourites.
Chelsea have been nothing short of outstanding over the past couple of months and their record as away favourites over the past year is a highly profitable 10-2-2.
Leicester City continue to be inconsistent in the English Premier League this season and they were handily defeated by Chelsea earlier this year.
The Foxes have won two of their past three games as home underdogs for a clear profit, but their recent form has not been up to this level.
It would take a braver man than me to tip against Chelsea and they should be able to win while keeping a clean-sheet in the process.
Back Chelsea To To Nil @ $2.63
Monday 16 January, 12:30pm, Goodison Park
Everton 4 - Manchester City 0
Both these teams head into this clash off last start victories and it is Manchester City that will start as clear favourites.
Manchester City have won eight of their past 15 games as away favourites, but they have still been a losing betting proposition in this scenario over the past 12 months.
Everton have not beaten Manchester City since 2013 and their record as home underdogs this season does not build confidence.
They have won just one of their past six games as home underdogs, but they were able to take a point from their past two meetings with Manchester City.
This is a tricky game to analyse, but the market looks to have it just about right and I can’t find any real value in this clash.
Monday 16 January, 3:00am, Old Trafford
Manchester United 1 - Liverpool 1
This is easily the highlight of the weekend and should be an excellent game of football.
Manchester United have won six games on the trot, but it is fair to say that this is their biggest challenge in some time.
They continue to be a losing betting proposition as home favourites – although only narrowly – and Jose Mourinho still has not worked out his best side for these meetings with the biggest clubs in the English Premier League.
Liverpool have not lost a game for over a month and their record against their title rivals this season is excellent.
They have won two of their four games as away underdogs over the past 12 months and they have actually not lost any games in this scenario.
Liverpool are more than capable of taking the three points from this clash and they are the best value of the weekend at the current price.