After a busy mid-week of Champions League action, the Premier League’s Christmas fixture list provides a plethora of presents which Santa and his band of selfless elves on zero-hours contracts couldn’t be prouder of.
Our football expert looks at all the Premier League odds for a busy weekend of betting.
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Bournemouth to end their run of 5 defeats with a point at Chelsea, 10/1.
Arsenal to beat Man City 5/1.
Norwich to end Leicester’s winning run, at 13/1.
Liverpool v Watford
18-1. That’s the aggregate scoreline from the last four encounters at Anfield between these two sides. Under new manager Nigel Pearson, the Hornets and their little legs will have a 14/1 mountain to climb if they can do the unthinkable and disrupt Klopp’s side from their current winning streak. We’ve have in-form Mane and Salah each at 18/1 to net a hat-trick.
Burnley v Newcastle
With three defeats in a row (including their last two at Turf Moor), Dyche will be desperate to cauterize the claret’s catastrophic bleeding, or else risk a nervy spell going into Christmas. But despite though Steve Bruce’s side being capable of causing an upset wherever they play this season – Burnley are evens to claim all three points on Saturday.
Chelsea v Bournemouth
The Cherries travel to Stanford Bridge in pathetic form. Five defeats on the trot, Eddie Howe’s side are just one point from the drop zone. However this fixture tends to throw up surprise score lines – most notably the Cherries’ 0-3 win at the Bridge in January 2017, and more recently they thrashed the Blues 4-0 at home in January 2019. That said, given Lampard’s side’s form, they’re comfortable favourites, at 1/4. However, a Bournemouth upset at 10/1 is tantalisingly long.
Leicester v Norwich
The last time the Canaries triumphed over Leicester was in November 1994. Since then the Foxes have reigned supreme over Norwich in all league meetings. And it looks very much like they’ll do so again this Saturday at the King Power. Off the back of eight straight wins, we have Leicester at 1/5 to cast aside Daniel Farke’s men. And we fancy in-form Kelechi Iheanacho score first, at 4/1.
Southampton v West Ham
It’s 16th versus 18th in Saturday evening’s mouth-watering match – with both sides looking to bounce back from defeats in the last gameweek. Will the GOAT Danny Ings’ purple-patch continue? At 19/5 he’s worth a punt to open the scoring.
Man Utd v Everton
The Red Devils go into Sunday’s lunch-time game on the back of two resounding performances against Spurs and City. With Martial and Rashford both back among the goals, they’re hot favourites to pick up all three points, at 10/13. However, I’ve a sneaky suspicion that the latest run is another false-dawn for Solskjaer. And coupled with the potential new manager bounce that’s currently in full effect at Everton, the possibilities of a surprise away win, are tempting, at 19/5.
Wolves v Spurs
Unbeaten in 11, Wolves will fancy their chances against a Spurs side whose defence, last weekend’s clean sheet aside, has looked anything but impregnable this season. This game looks a certainty for both sides to score (7/10). And at 4/1 to score first, I’m tipping Harry Kane to draw first blood.
Arsenal v Man City
The Arsenal haven’t strung two league wins together since gameweek 2. And this Sunday the Gunners face their toughest test yet if they’re to convince their supporters that they’ve turned any kind of corner. Last weekend’s win away at West Ham came off the back of a ten-minute spell of promising play – but before that they were ponderous, and this unconvincing quality is reflected in the rather long 5/1 to beat Pep’s out-of-sorts Champions. If Freddie reverts to his trusted youth prospects, expect the young Gabriel Martinelli, at 11/4 to score, and his chance to impress with both hands.
Crystal Palace v Brighton
Don’t expect a goal-fest from Monday night’s fierce M23 derby! The Eagles have mustered just 4 goals in their last 6 games. Meanwhile Brighton’s patchy form has seen them fail to capitalise on the impressive win at the Emirates a fortnight ago. In what will be Hodgson’s one hundredth game in charge at Selhurst Park, they’re 31/20 to win. And their main man, Wilf Zaha, is 16/1 to bag a goal and an assist.