Premier League Matchday 17 Preview and Tips
There was drama aplenty in the Premier League last weekend as we witnessed a change of hands in the lead at the top of the table. Liverpool went to the top of the table on Saturday lunchtime after they produced a fine display to beat Bournemouth 4-0 away from home, Mo Salah back to his best with a fine hat-trick in what was a clinical display from the Reds.
However, unlike other weeks, the Reds then held on to top spot as in the teatime kick off, previous leaders Manchester City saw their unbeaten record come to an end after they were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge by Chelsea. The home side may have ridden their luck to lead 1-0 at the interval, but a fabulous second half display saw Chelsea claim a famous win.
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With Tottenham and Arsenal also winning, that meant that Liverpool now held a one-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table, with Spurs a further six points further back and Chelsea and Arsenal just one point behind their London rivals.
Chasing the top five are Manchester United and Everton, United jumped into sixth spot by virtue of a solid 4-1 home win over Premier League bottom team Fulham, while Everton slipped to seventh due to the fact that they were held 2-2 by Watford at Goodison Park on Monday night.
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This weekend, we have a number of clutch games at the top and bottom of the table to enjoy and the action gets underway at lunchtime on Saturday with Manchester City having the chance to go back to the top of the table as they take on Everton at the Etihad. Everton managed to secure a draw from the same fixture last season, but Marco Silva’s team are going to have to be at their best and then even better to land something from this tough fixture.
Other big games this weekend include a couple of key relegation battles as Huddersfield take on Newcastle United, while Fulham face a crucial home game against London rivals West Ham in a game that you feel Claudio Ranieri’s team will have to get something from.
There’s three games on Sunday too including Brighton facing Chelsea, Southampton having a tough assignment at home to Arsenal ahead of the massive game on Sunday as Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield, in a game which the home side have a poor record in over the last few years.
Here’s our tips for the Premier League games taking place this weekend.
Premier League Matchday 17
Preview and Tips
*Odds were correct as of 12pm on Wednesday 12th December 2018
- Manchester City v Everton
Last season, Everton picked up a point at the Etihad and I am sure Marco Silva would take that right now if he was offered it. However, after their defeat at Chelsea last week, I am sure City will want to put that right here and I think it is a bad time for Everton to be playing the Champions. As such, even if Aguero is not fit, I am backing City to pick up a solid win here.
Full Time Result – Manchester City to win – 1/5
Correct Score – Manchester City 3-1 Everton – 10/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Raheem Sterling (Man City) – Evens
- Crystal Palace v Leicester City
Crystal Palace should not be so low down the Premier League table based on their talent but their propensity to let in sloppy goals and miss gilt-edged chances has hurt them so often this season. Leicester are a team that will not be so profligate in front of goal but while I can see the Foxes scoring and not losing this game, I do feel Palace have the quality to ensure that they get a point.
Full Time Result – Draw – 11/5
Correct Score – Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City – 11/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Luka Milovojevic (Crystal Palace) – 11/2
- Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United
Huddersfield Town are struggling for goals at home and Newcastle have had several 0-0 draws against teams on the road and as such, I think this is set up to end that way. A point would not be a disaster for either side, though it would be a better result for Newcastle. I just don’t’ see either attack having the teeth to do damage to what are two relatively well-organised defences against lower level opposition.
Full Time Result – Draw – 21/10
Correct Score – Huddersfield Town 0-0 Newcastle United – 6/1
Anytime Goalscorer – No Goalscorer – 6/1
- Tottenham v Burnley
After a solid win away to Leicester last week, Spurs then produced a fine display in the Nou Camp to earn a 1-1 draw, a result which saw them qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League. I think the confidence boost from that display will carry them into this game against a Burnley side that is sorely lacking confidence and as such, I can only see a solid win for Spurs in this one.
Full Time Result – Tottenham to win – 1/6
Correct Score – Tottenham 3-0 Burnley – 13/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – 6/4
- Watford v Cardiff City
Watford were very unlucky not to pick up maximum points away to Everton on Monday night after a fine comeback in the second half. However they face a Cardiff side who have been poor on the road this season, even if their home form is improving. That said, the Hornets have more than enough quality to get the job done here and pick up that elusive win.
Full Time Result – Watford to win – 8/13
Correct Score – Watford 3-1 Cardiff City – 14/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Roberto Pereyra (Watford) – 2/1
- Wolverhampton v Bournemouth
After a run of poor results, Wolves have bounced back to form with two brilliant wins over Chelsea and Newcastle in their last two games. They now face a Bournemouth side who are in a poor run of form and who were well beaten last weekend by Liverpool. This is a tough fixture for them to go and get something from and as such, I am backing the home side to pick up a narrow win.
Full Time Result – Wolves to win – Evens
Correct Score – Wolves 1-0 Bournemouth – 15/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Raul Jiminez (Wolves) – 11/8
- Fulham v West Ham United
London derby games can be tough to predict at times and this one is a fiercely fought contest but the big issue here is Fulham’s inability to defend and the amount of goals that they concede. That makes it so difficult for them to pick up points and against a West Ham side that is just starting to pick up some steam, I think the home side is going to come unstuck as the Hammers land another away day victory.
Full Time Result – West Ham to win – 11/8
Correct Score – Fulham 1-2 West Ham – 10/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Javier Hernandez (West Ham) – 6/4
- Brighton v Chelsea
Brighton have produced some excellent performances at home this season, notably when beating Manchester United, so Chelsea will have to be on their guards here. However, that win last weekend over Manchester City should have given Chelsea a massive boost in confidence and I think they will back that up with a solid performance against the Seagulls here.
Full Time Result – Chelsea to win – 4/9
Correct Score – Brighton 1-3 Chelsea – 12/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) – 11/10
- Southampton v Arsenal
Southampton really do worry me as I have said on several times this season and I cannot see how even a new manager in Ralph Hassenhutl can change their fortunes, especially against an Arsenal side that have now gone 21 games unbeaten. There’s too many problems in that Saints back line for me to be confident of anything other than a strong Arsenal victory in this game.
Full Time Result – Arsenal to win – 10/11
Correct Score – Southampton 0-2 Arsenal 11/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 4/6
- Liverpool v Manchester United
With both these teams through to the Champions League second phase in the New Year, both will be happy with their progress in that tournament, but in the Premier League, it is Liverpool who will be by far the happier. United have struggled this season and though they have a solid record against top teams, I think the home side are long overdue a win against a United side that have lost just one of the last ten meetings between the teams.
Full Time Result – Liverpool to win – 4/7
Correct Score – Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United – 15/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Mo Salah (Liverpool) – 10/11