Chelsea vs West Ham is the pick of the action this week in the Premier League, with Manuel Pellegrini looking to avoid becoming the latest manager to start making early plans for his Christmas holidays.
Elsewhere, Arsenal start life without Unai Emery away at relegation-threatened Norwich City.
Here are our predictions for Gameweek 14 as we look over the latest Premier League betting markets…
Premier League Predictions Gameweek 14
Saturday, all 3pm unless stated
NEWCASTLE VS MAN CITY, 12:30
The lowdown: The Magpies will be looking for another win over the reigning champions after sealing a dramatic 2-1 victory last season – which came after a 22-game winless streak against City. Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking to continue a scoring run that has seen them score in all of their last 17 away games.
Verdict: City to pick off the Magpies. 1-3
Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals at 117/100.
BURNLEY VS CRYSTAL PALACE
The lowdown: Burnley are bouncing after two consecutive 3-0 wins and have kept clean sheets in four of their victories at Turf Moor in this campaign. The away side are going through a lean patch and are without a win in five. Palace won this fixture 3-1 last season.
Verdict: A battling home win for the Clarets. 1-0.
Best Bet: Burnley to win to nil at 49/20.
CHELSEA VS WEST HAM
The lowdown: Frank Lampard’s Chelsea were brought back down to earth with a first Premier League defeat in seven against Man City last time out. They’ve got an irresistible opportunity to bounce back against a Hammers side sliding alarmingly towards the relegation dogfight. Manuel Pellegrini is dicing with danger with his side drawing two and losing five of their last seven games.
Verdict: More pain for Pellegrini. 2-0
Best Bet: Christian Pulisic to open the scoring at 31/10.
LIVERPOOL VS BRIGHTON
The lowdown: The record books await for Liverpool if they can simply avoid defeat at Anfield. A win or draw will equal their longest unbeaten run of 31 games in the top flight. Brighton haven’t beaten the Reds in any competition since 1984.
Verdict: Another Anfield win for the Reds. 3-1
Best Bet: Brighton to score in the second half at 183/100.
SPURS VS BOURNEMOUTH
The lowdown: It’s not been all plain sailing, but Mourinho has made the ideal start as Spurs boss with two wins from two. Bournemouth will be looking to avoid losing three league games on the bounce for the first time this calendar year.
Verdict: More joy for Mourinho. 2-0
Best Bet: Tottenham to win by two goals at 61/20.
SOUTHAMPTON VS WATFORD, 17:30
The lowdown: It’s the battle of the basement boys at St Mary’s. Southampton have shown plenty of fight without the results to show for it since losing 9-0 at home to Leicester last month, while Watford look as if they are back to square one after a limp 3-0 home defeat to Burnley in their previous fixture.
Verdict: Saints to shade it. 1-0
Best Bet: Under 1.5 goals at 49/20.
NORWICH VS ARSENAL, 14:00
The lowdown: It’s a fresh start for Arsenal after they opted to dispense with Unai Emery’s services on Friday. Freddie Ljungberg will be hoping for a morale-boosting win as the interim Gunners boss, but faces a potential banana skin against a Norwich side revitalised after taking all three points at Everton.
Verdict: Ljungberg to lift the mood. 0-2
Best Bet: Draw in the first half and Arsenal to win at 39/4.
WOLVES VS SHEFFIELD UTD, 14:00
The lowdown: Two of the Premier League’s most consistent performers meet at Molineux as they clash for the first team in the Premier League. Wolves won their last Championship meeting 3-0 in February 2018.
Verdict: Wolves to blunt the Blades. 2-0
Best Bet: Second half to have most goals at 121/100.
LEICESTER CITY VS EVERTON, 16:30
The lowdown: Brendan Rodgers’ side are showing all the signs of being bona fide Champions League contenders after ruthlessly dispatching Brighton last week. Marco Silva could face his last stand with patience running out on Merseyside after another below-par display against Norwich.
Verdict: Foxes to fly out the traps. 3-1
Best Bet: Leicester to win and both teams to score at 113/50.
MAN UTD VS ASTON VILLA, 16:30
The lowdown: Utd will attempt to put an embarrassing Europa League defeat behind them and maintain their recent strong home form at Old Trafford. Villa bounced back from three consecutive defeats to get back to winning ways against Newcastle on Monday night.
Verdict: Ole to take some pressure off. 2-0
Best Bet: Man Utd to be leading 1-0 at half-time at 61/25.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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