The Premier League returns on Saturday with Liverpool’s unbeaten run still intact after the Reds returned from North London with all three points against Spurs last time out.
The Reds’ deadly rivals Man Utd will be aiming to end their unbeaten run, but can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer come up with a plan to thwart the runaway league leaders?
Here are our predictions for Gameweek 23 as we look over the latest Premier League betting for the weekend ahead.
Liverpool vs Man United & The Rest of the Premier League Action
All games 3pm unless stated
WATFORD VS SPURS, 12:30
The lowdown: The great escape is on for Watford after they finally escaped the relegation zone with a thumping 3-0 win over struggling Bournemouth last Sunday. However, the Hornets have won just one of their 12 Premier League meetings with this weekend’s opponents. Spurs are still looking for their first clean sheet of the season on the road.
Verdict: Hornets to make life hard for Mourinho. 1-1
Best Bet: Troy Deeney to score first and the 1-1 draw at 24/1.
ARSENAL VS SHEFFIELD UTD
The lowdown: Arsenal will have to make do without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this weekend as Mikel Arteta comes up against Chris Wilder’s wily Blades. Sheffield Utd won the reverse meeting between the pair 1-0 earlier this season in a game that started to unravel Unai Emery’s tenure at the club. A win for the Blades would see them become the first promoted side to complete a double over Arsenal since the 1992/93 season.
Verdict: Home win for the Gunners. 2-0
Best Bet: Arsenal to win both halves at 43/10.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION VS ASTON VILLA
The lowdown: A shellshocked Villa head to the South Coast hoping to put their 6-1 thumping at the hands of Man City swiftly behind them. They take on a Brighton side struggling to convert improved displays into points, winning just one of their last seven games. Villa have been a bogey team for the Seagulls in recent times, with Albion winless in seven games against Saturday’s opponents.
Verdict: Nervy home win at the Amex. 2-1
Best Bet: Under 1.0 goals in the first half at 33/25.
MAN CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACE
The lowdown: Man City are in red-hot form heading into the fixture but will be on their guard against Palace. The Eagles were the only Premier League side to beat them on home soil last season – their first ever win at the Etihad Stadium. That result looks like an outlier, however, with City winning seven of the last nine meetings. City’s 6-1 thumping of Aston Villa last time out was the 15th time a City side coached by Pep Guardiola recorded a victory by a five goals or more.
Verdict: City to edge out the Eagles. 2-0
Best Bet: Man City to win by two goals at 69/20.
NORWICH CITY VS BOURNEMOUTH
The lowdown: The nerves will be jangling on Saturday as the division’s biggest strugglers look for three points that could help re-ignite their flagging campaigns. The Cherries are in freefall, but Eddie Howe can take a crumb of comfort from the fact they have lost only two of 14 league games against their opponents from Norfolk. Attack may be the best form of defence for Bournemouth. The home side haven’t kept a clean sheet in 15 attempts at Carrow Road.
Verdict: Canaries to shade the six-pointer. 2-1
Best Bet: Teemu Pukki to open the scoring at 3/1.
SOUTHAMPTON VS WOLVES
The lowdown: The Saints successfully banished painful memories of their 9-0 mauling by Leicester last autumn by beating the Foxes on their own patch last weekend. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s will look to pull further clear of trouble against a Wolves team that remain winless in 2020. Only Liverpool and Man City have won more points than Southampton over the last 10 games, while Nuno’s side will be looking to avoid a third straight league defeat for the first time since March 2016.
Verdict: The score draw at St Mary’s. 1-1
Best Bet: Southampton to be leading 1-0 at half-time at 13/2.
WEST HAM VS EVERTON
The lowdown: It’s the ‘David Moyes derby’ at the London Stadium as the Hammers boss comes up against the club where he enjoyed his greatest success. The Scotsman’s unbeaten start to his second spell in East London came to an end in controversial circumstances last Friday as VAR denied the Hammers a hard-fought point away at Sheffield Utd. New Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti got the response he had demanded as his charges beat Brighton 1-0 at Goodison Park last weekend. He’ll be hoping the Toffees’ record of only one defeat in 11 outings away at West Ham holds once again on Saturday.
Verdict: Even-steven in East London. 0-0
Best Bet: Neither team to score at 17/2.
NEWCASTLE VS CHELSEA, 17:30
The lowdown: Steve Bruce managed to stop the rot last time out as his side ended their three-game losing streak to pick up a credible draw at Molineux. The Newcastle boss will be more pleased about the upturn in form of Miguel Almiron and Joelinton, with Utd’s much-maligned attacking duo finally finding some form in recent games. Chelsea ended their poor recent run at home with a comfortable win against Burnley and have won six of their last eight meetings against the Magpies.
Verdict: Blues to steal it at St James’ Park. 1-2
Best Bet: Chelsea to win from behind at 43/5.
BURNLEY VS LEICESTER CITY, 14:00
The lowdown: Burnley are badly in need of a win from somewhere after four Premier League defeats on the spin. Could they get it against a Leicester side showing just a few signs of flagging after a low-energy display against Southampton? Sean Dyche’s side have traditionally struggled against the Foxes but did record home wins in this fixture in both 2017 and 2018. A win for Brendan Rodgers’ side would be their first league double over Burnley since 2012/13.
Verdict: More dilemmas for Dyche. 0-2
Best Bet: Leicester City to score in both halves at 183/100.
LIVERPOOL VS MAN UTD, 16:30
The lowdown: The Premier League saves the best until last on Sunday as Liverpool put their unbeaten record on the line against old enemies Man Utd. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side dented Liverpool’s flawless start with a 1-1 draw back at Old Trafford in October but will be searching for a first win at Anfield since 2016. Jurgen Klopp may be pleased to see the back of this fixture if the Reds can escape unscathed. Utd are statistically his trickiest opponents, with the German recording a win ratio of just 20% in this famous rivalry.
Verdict: Advantage Reds at Anfield. 2-0
Best Bet: Liverpool to win the first half and draw the second half at 21/2.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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