Premier League Matchday 15 Preview and Tips
Last weekend, Manchester City made certain of being top come Monday morning with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at the Etihad, even without the likes of Sergio Aguero or David Silva in the team, City eventually cruised to a win which meant that it was now up to the chasing pack to match them, with several of these teams involved in Derby Day Sunday.
Chelsea duly obliged with a 2-0 win over Fulham but Tottenham who had lay third in the table, were put to the sword by a rampant Arsenal display, with the Gunners eventually running out 4-2 winners after a truly astonishing game in front of their home fans. The Merseyside derby had drama of a different sort as a 96th minute howler from Jordan Pickford handed Divock Origi the chance to head Liverpool’s winner in a game that the Toffee’s had played particularly well in.
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That meant that Liverpool and City now opened up a five and seven point gap respectively over Chelsea in third, with Spurs and Arsenal a further point back behind the other London team, although these teams are now eight points clear of Everton and Manchester United, who lie in 6th and 7th spot respectively with 22 points apiece.
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The midweek games sees plenty of intriguing action with Tuesday night seeing four games including Manchester City’s trip to Watford, Bournemouth taking on Huddersfield and West Ham facing Cardiff City. The most exciting game could well be Brighton’s clash with Crystal Palace, given the fierce rivalry between the two teams.
The remaining six games take place on Wednesday and involved all the teams chasing City. Liverpool travel to Turf Moor to take on a struggling Burnley side, while Chelsea are also on the road as they head to the Midlands for a clash with an out of form Wolves side who have lost five of their last six games.
Spurs face Southampton at Wembley and there are two big other clashes Everton facing Newcastle and Fulham facing Leicester in a game that will have plenty of meaning especially for new Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri, who was Leicester manager when they won the Premier League back in 2016.
Let’s now give you our tips for the games taking place in the Premier League during the week.
Premier League Matchday 15
Preview and Tips
*Odds were correct as of 12pm on Monday 3rd December 2018
- Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town
This is a much tougher game to call than it would have been a few weeks ago. Bournemouth have lost four on the bounce and Huddersfield’s recent results are much improved, apart from losing to Brighton at the weekend. They were somewhat unluckilu reduced to 10-men in that game which was the main factor in that defeat and I can see the visitors pushing hard here, but I just feel Bournemouth’s extra attacking quality will see the Cherries claim a narrow victory.
Full Time Result – Bournemouth to win – 3/4
Correct Score – Bournemouth 2-1 Huddersfield Town – 8/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – 11/10
- Brighton v Crystal Palace
This should be a cracking game on Tuesday night as Brighton, who picked up another rare away win at the weekend, take on a Palace team who also enjoyed a rare win, 2-0 at home over Burnley. If Palace had taken all their chances, they’d have won that game at a canter and I feel they are good enough to get a goal, but with Brighton’s home form very solid against lower half teams, I think that Brighton will just have enough to claim a win.
Full Time Result – Brighton to win – 2/1
Correct Score – Brighton 2-1 Crystal Palace – 12/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Glenn Murray (Brighton) – 2/1
- West Ham v Cardiff City
A fine display of counter attacking football gave West Ham a superb 3-0 win over Newcastle at the weekend, as Cardiff City were also picking up three points at home to Wolves. It’s a different story on the road for Cardiff at the moment though as they are struggling to get anything going. They will make it difficult for West Ham and I think it will be late on the Hammers start to exert their influence and finally put the game to bed.
Full Time Result – West Ham to win – 7/10
Correct Score – West Ham 3-1 Cardiff City – 14/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) – 11/10
- Watford v Manchester City
Can you make any case for Watford stopping the Manchester City juggernaut at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night? I can’t think of any. The Hornets did beat Spurs earlier on in the season but Liverpool beat them comfortably ten days ago and in truth, City are well equipped to do the same if not more. I can see Watford scoring a goal as this City team can give you a chance defensively at times, but City should run out comfortable winners.
Full Time Result – Manchester City to win – 3/10
Correct Score – Watford 1-3 Manchester City – 10/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Leroy Sane (Man City) – 6/4
- Burnley v Liverpool
Things are not quite firing for Liverpool at the moment and they are stumbling through games and against a better side than Burnley that could be a problem, but the home side have been struggling all season long and defensively they are looking very weak, and they were well beaten 2-0 by Palace at the weekend, with Palace missing a number of gilt-edged chances. Liverpool are not firing on all cylinders but they may not need to in order to secure the win at Turf Moor.
Full Time Result – Liverpool to win – 2/7
Correct Score – Burnley 0-2 Liverpool – 11/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 6/5
- Everton v Newcastle United
Everton will be frustrated at gifting a win to Liverpool in the 96th minute of the Merseyside derby last weekend, but they have the perfect opportunity to bounce back against a Newcastle team that they hold an excellent record over in recent times. Rafa Benitez’s team recent improvement in performance came to a halt against West Ham at the weekend and in truth I can’t see things getting much better for them at Goodison Park on Wednesday.
Full Time Result – Everton to win – 3/5
Correct Score – Everton 3-0 Newcastle United – 12/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) – 9/4
- Fulham v Leicester City
Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham will host his former club, Leicester City, the team he took to the Premier League in 2016 in what will be an evocative game for the emotional Italian. However, with Fulham at the foot of the table, he cannot let emotion override their need for three points. Leicester’s form has improved of late with Jamie Vardy returning to goalscoring form and I think he will be a real threat to Fulham all game. However, I am backing the home side to pick up another point here as they are showing real improvement under Ranieri.
Full Time Result – Draw – 5/2
Correct Score – Fulham 1-1 Leicester City – 6/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) – 6/4
- Wolves v Chelsea
Wolves boss Nuno Santo must be concerned at the fact his team has lost five of their last six Premier League games and picked up just one point of the last 18 available. Chelsea bounced back to form with a win over Fulham at the weekend and they seem to be visiting Wolves, whom Man City and Man Utd have struggled against this season, at just the right time. As such, with confidence for the home side low, I am backing Chelsea to grab another three points here.
Full Time Result – Chelsea to win – 3/4
Correct Score – Wolves 0-2 Chelsea – 8/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Pedro (Chelsea) – 13/5
- Manchester United v Arsenal
A massive game in the Premier League in any season, this game has been brought into sharper focus due to Arsenal’s 19 game unbeaten run and Manchester United’s tribulations this season. United need a positive result here after not winning any of their last three Premier League games but they are beset with injuries and Arsenal are bang in form. The Gunners have the players to cause United plenty of problems defensively and for that reason, I am backing them to land the win.
Full Time Result – Arsenal to win – 2/1
Correct Score – Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal – 11/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 10/11
- Tottenham v Southampton
A 4-2 defeat to Arsenal will have stung Spurs at the weekend and they will want to bounce back against a Southampton side who sacked manager Mark Hughes on Monday after eight months in charge. It’s hard to see a new man taking over in time for this game which I feel puts the Saints at an even bigger disadvantage, hence I am backing Spurs to complete a pretty rudimentary win in front of their home fans.
Full Time Result – Tottenham to win – 2/5
Correct Score – Tottenham 3-0 Southampton – 9/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Dele Alli (Tottenham) – 2/1