As we enter the winter, games come thick and fast and this week sees every side playing in midweek fixtures. With most teams only facing a three-day break from their previous games, the squad depth often proves pivotal during these moments of the season as teams attempt to carry momentum over into the frantic Christmas period.
With Man City and Liverpool fighting it out at the top, the battle to avoid relegation becomes more and more intriguing with just four points separating the bottom seven teams. Our football betting expert guides you through the bet bets from the upcoming Premier League fixtures.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace
Dubbed the ‘M23 derby’, both teams come into this match off the back of important victories last weekend.
Brighton stuttered against Huddersfield having gone behind after just one minute but may consider themselves fortunate to have won the match following a sending off to Steve Mounie which gave the Seagulls a big advantage to go on and win the game.
Palace, meanwhile, had struggled for form before comfortably beating Burnley with Wilfried Zaha once again proving just how important he is to the side with yet another man of the match performance.
The Eagles enter the derby as slight favourites at 13/8 with Brighton going in as underdogs at 15/8. There isn’t much to separate the two sides but Brighton tend to do well in front of their own supporters so I expect a home win for the Seagulls. Under 1.5 goals at 7/4 looks good value in what I think could be a very cagey affair.
Man Utd v Arsenal
In the standout fixture of the week, Man Utd take on an Arsenal side full of confidence following their 4-2 victory over North London rivals Tottenham on Sunday.
United, on the contrary, look completely bereft of confidence having drawn their last two Premier League sides against Southampton and Crystal Palace, games you would expect United to win comfortably.
Pressure continues to mount on Jose Mourinho who sees his side in seventh position, already eight points behind the top four. Arsenal, on the other hand, are flying at the minute and with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang leading the goal scoring charts, he will relish the chance of coming up against an incredibly shaky United defence who continue to concede very cheap goals.
Despite their poor form the Red Devils go into this one slight favourites at 11/8 with Arsenal sitting at 15/8. With Mourinho having lost just twice in 19 matches against Arsenal throughout his managerial career, I think United will nick this one, with Lukaku getting back to scoring ways. 9/2 for the Belgian to open the scoring looks good value to me as he looks to keep his critics quiet.
Fulham v Leicester
This game sees Claudio Ranieri up against the team he amazingly won the Premier League with. However, his new side Fulham, see themselves at the bottom of table after losing to Chelsea.
The Cottagers enter this game needing points, particularly at home but Leicester are in a good spell at the moment, having not been beaten in the league since October.
With hardly anything to separate them Leicester go in favourites at 11/8 with Fulham fancying their chances at 2/1. I think a draw is a likely outcome here and I think a 1-1 draw at 11/2 offers good value.