Premier League Preview and Tips for Matchday 22
After what has been an incredible few weeks in the Premier League, we have seen a number of surprise results at the top and bottom of the table which have really set us up for an exciting second half of the season in 2019 and beyond and once again we are back with our regular tips article on the ten games taking place this coming weekend.
Last weekend was FA Cup Third Round weekend and there were surprises in store for a few Premier League sides as the likes of Liverpool, Cardiff City, Leicester City, Bournemouth, Fulham and Huddersfield all bit the dust, while Southampton and Newcastle United both face tricky replays to secure their passage into Round Four.
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With teams playing a total of four games in the Premier League over the festive period, those 12 points on offer proved to be a boon for some teams who collected many of them, Manchester United picking up all 12, while for others it was a nightmarish Christmas as they picked up very few, Huddersfield and Fulham being the prime examples.
At the end of it all, it left Liverpool at the top of the table four points clear of Manchester City in second, with Spurs a couple of points further back. Arsenal and Chelsea have now dropped a little off the pace being set by the top three and they are being caught by Manchester United in sixth, who have been resurgent under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
At the bottom of the table, it looks desperate for Huddersfield who are now eight points from safety, while Fulham are four away from Cardiff in 17th with Southampton two points behind the Welsh team in the final relegation spot. That said both Burnley and Newcastle also have 18 points and the relegation battle does seem to be between these six teams.
This weekend sees a number of crucial games including a couple of massive relegation six-pointers, as well as an intriguing set of games for the top six teams, including Tottenham facing Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday.
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Let’s take a look at our tips now for each of the games this coming weekend.
*Odds shown correct with bet365 as of 1pm on Thursday 10th December 2019
West Ham v Arsenal
Arsenal have a superb record against West Ham in this fixture in recent times and in truth, West Ham’s inconsistency this season means I can’t really see them improving that record here today. The Gunners have been scoring plenty of goals in recent times, and shipping a few too, so I can see the Hammers scoring, but I think Arsenal still run out comfortable winners.
Full Time Result – Arsenal to win – Evens
Correct Score – West Ham 1-3 Arsenal – 14/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – 11/10
Brighton v Liverpool
Liverpool come into this game having lost two games in a row, to Man City in the Premier League and then Wolves in the FA Cup. However, Jurgen Klopp’s team will be back to full strength as much as it can be, for the trip to Brighton, The home side have been strong at times this season at home, but I think Liverpool should have enough quality to get the job done.
Full Time Result – Liverpool to win – 3/10
Correct Score – Brighton 0-2 Liverpool – 11/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Mo Salah (Liverpool) – 8/11
Burnley v Fulham
A crucial relegation battle at Turf Moor sees Burnley take on Fulham in what should be a dramatic encounter. Fulham are not shipping as many goals of late but they still look weak defensively and with Burnley having won all of their last three, I think they are the team with the form and confidence enough to take the points here, albeit narrowly.
Full Time Result – Burnley to win – 13/10
Correct Score – Burnley 2-1 Fulham – 9/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Chris Wood (Burnley) – 7/4
Cardiff v Huddersfield Town
Another crucial six-pointer at the foot of the table pits Huddersfield, without a win in nine, against a Cardiff side whose home form has been the foundation of their season so far. This will not be a game with many goals but I do feel that if anybody is going to score one, then it will be the home side and I am backing them to get what could be a decisive win here.
Full Time Result – Cardiff City to win – 6/5
Correct Score – Cardiff City 1-0 Huddersfield Town – 11/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) – 3/1
Crystal Palace v Watford
Both these teams have been inconsistent this season but for me Palace are the more frustrating as I think this is a genuinely talented team. However wasteful finishing and poor individual errors have cost them dearly. Watford are a team that can take advantage of that and while I don’t think they’ll win, I can see the Hornets and Palace sharing the points.
Full Time Result – Draw – 6/5
Correct Score – Crystal Palace 1-1 Watford – 11/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) – 13/5
Leicester City v Southampton
It seems to me like Ralph Hassenhuttl is starting to get some positive displays from his Southampton side, a 0-0 draw away to Chelsea being a case in point. I think the Saints would happily settle for the same again here against a Leicester City side who have often struggled more in games against lesser opponents this season and could do so again here.
Full Time Result – Draw – 23/10
Correct Score – Leicester City 0-0 Southampton – 8/1
Anytime Goalscorer – No Goalscorer – 8/1
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Chelsea were held by Southampton in their last home game and then lost to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup in midweek, so I think Mauricio Sarri will want a reaction from his team in this game and against a Newcastle side that is sorely struggling for goals, especially on the road, I think the home fans will get it and a secure three points.
Full Time Result – Chelsea to win – 9/2
Correct Score – Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United – 13/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Pedro (Chelsea) – 8/5
Everton v Bournemouth
Everton’s recent home form hasn’t been that great while Bournemouth’s form in general over the last month or so has been poor. Eddie Howe has brought in a couple of players, but I think at the moment theh are still settling in. Marco Silva knows he needs a home win to galvanise his team and the fans and I think they’ll achieve that against a Bournemouth team out of sorts at the moment.
Full Time Result – Everton to win – 8/11
Correct Score – Everton 2-0 Bournemouth – 9/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Richarlison (Everton) – 5/4
Tottenham v Manchester United
The biggest game of the weekend comes at Wembley as Spurs, who are yet to draw in the Premier League this season, take on a resurgent Manchester United who have won all of their last five under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United do look a much better team now and I am backing them to give Spurs a very tough afternoon and perhaps secure a point, as they did against Chelsea earlier in the season.
Full Time Result – Draw – 13/5
Correct Score – Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United – 13/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – 15/8
Manchester City v Wolves
After winning their last two home games 7-0 and 9-0 against Rotherham and Burton, Man City fans will be eagerly awaiting the visit of Wolves who managed to secure a 1-1 draw with City earlier in the season. Wolves will make it difficult and I think City will find this a much tougher game but even so, I am expecting them still to come through and claim the win.
Full Time Result – Man City to win – 1/6
Correct Score – Man City 3-1 Wolves – 11/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Raheem Sterling (Man City) – 21/20