The Premier League toasts the start of 2020 in style as a new decade begins with back-to-back games to help blow away the cobwebs on New Year’s Day.
Arsenal vs Man Utd rounds off the action at the Emirates with Mikel Arteta still looking for his first win in charge of the Gunners.
Here are our predictions for Gameweek 21 as we look over the latest football betting for the New Year Premier League fixtures….
Arsenal v Man Utd and all the New Year fixtures in the Premier League previewed
BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION VS CHELSEA, 12:30
The lowdown: After impressive victories over Arsenal and Spurs earlier this season, Graham Potter’s Brighton are looking to make it a hat-trick of wins against Big Six sides from London as they welcome Chelsea to the Amex. The history books suggest it could be a tough ask, with the Seagulls failing to take even a single point off the Blues since winning promotion to this level in 2017. Only Liverpool boast a better away record than Chelsea this season, with Frank Lampard recording seven wins from 10 games on the road.
Verdict: Seagulls to come unstuck against the Blues. 1-2
Best Bet: Over five corners for Brighton at 33/20.
BURNLEY VS ASTON VILLA, 12:30
The lowdown: Two teams enduring a bumpy post-Christmas period have a chance to make amends as they meet at Turf Moor. Inconsistency has been a running theme of Burnley’s seasons with back-to-back wins against Newcastle and Bournemouth swiftly followed by consecutive defeats to Everton and Man Utd. Sean Dyche will be looking to take advantage of an Aston Villa team with a woeful away record so far. Villa have picked up just four points out of 30 on their travels.
Verdict: Comfy win for the Clarets. 2-0
Best Bet: Jeff Hendrick to score the last goal at 11/1.
NEWCASTLE UTD VS LEICESTER CITY, 15:00
The lowdown: Brendan Rodgers gambled by reshuffling his pack away at West Ham. It paid off handsomely for the Northern Irishman as the understrength Foxes recorded a 2-1 win to end the Manuel Pellegrini era in East London. Leicester now travel north-east to take on a Newcastle team keen to recover quickly at St James’ Park following only their second home defeat of the season against Everton. The Foxes won the reverse fixture 5-0 earlier this season.
Verdict: Foxes to strengthen their top-four grip. 1-2
Best Bet: Both teams to score and Leicester to win at 13/5.
SOUTHAMPTON VS TOTTENTHAM HOTSPUR, 15:00
The lowdown: Slowly, Ralph Hasenhüttl seems to have hit on the right formula with Southampton, with his team edging clearer towards safety after just two defeats in eight Premier League games. Home form remains patchy at St Mary’s, and opposite number Jose Mourinho will be looking to capitalise after Spurs dropped valuable points away at bottom club Norwich last time out. The Saints battled back to grab a gutsy 2-1 win in this fixture last season en route to retaining their Premier League status.
Verdict: Mourinho to get back to winning ways. 1-2
Best Bet: Dele Alli to score the first goal at 9/2.
WATFORD VS WOLVES, 15:00
The lowdown: He might not be to their usual taste, but Nigel Pearson already looks the ideal fit at Watford with the relegation strugglers starting to motor under the brusque former Leicester boss. The Hornets are on their best run of the season after picking up seven points from their last three games. Wolves will be out to make it a league double over their New Year’s Day opponents after winning the reverse fixture 2-0.
Verdict: A point apiece at Vicarage Road. 1-1
Best Bet: Draw in the first half and draw at full-time at 19/5.
MAN CITY VS EVERTON, 17:30
The lowdown: The reigning champions moved on quickly from defeat against Wolves to return to winning ways against a dogged Sheffield Utd. They host an Everton side that already looks much improved under Carlo Ancelotti, with the Italian out to preserve his perfect record. This game finished in a 3-1 victory for the hosts last December.
Verdict: Guardiola to burst Ancelotti’s bubble. 2-0
Best Bet: A goal in the first 15 minutes at 143/100.
NORWICH CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACE, 17:30
The lowdown: It’s tough being bottom of the table at the halfway stage, but Norwich showed enough signs of life against Spurs to suggest it’s still far too early to write them off completely. The Canaries have arguably been unlucky to pick up just a solitary point from their last three fixtures and have a chance to put that right against Crystal Palace. The Eagles are unbeaten in three, keeping a clean sheet in both of their last two games.
Verdict: Relief at last around Carrow Road. 2-1
Best Bet: Norwich City to win from behind at 45/4.
WEST HAM UTD VS BOURNEMOUTH, 17:30
The lowdown: He’s back – but David Moyes faces an uphill battle to convince West Ham fans he’s the right man to take the struggling Hammers forward. Nevertheless, the fixture gods have served up a kind first fixture for the Scotsman as they take on a Bournemouth side suffering their worst Premier League spell under Eddie Howe. The Cherries have now won only once in nine attempts after their 2-0 defeat to Brighton.
Verdict: Moyes to silence some of his critics. 2-0
Best Bet: Robert Snodgrass to score any time at 85/40.
ARSENAL VS MAN UTD, 20:00
The lowdown: Mikel Arteta’s already imprinted his own stamp on Arsenal, but the late collapse at home to Chelsea shows he’s no miracle-worker despite improved performance levels against their London rivals in the first half. The Spaniard will be looking for his first win at the third attempt against a Man Utd team starting to hit their stride under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The home side took all three points last season in a 2-0 win.
Verdict: The wait goes on for Arteta. 1-1
Best Bet: Score draw at 13/4.
LIVERPOOL VS SHEFFIELD UTD, 20:00
The lowdown: Like all probable champions-elect, Liverpool are finding ways to win even when not at their best. Bar VAR controversy, the 1-0 win against Wolves won’t live long in the memory, but Jürgen Klopp won’t mind one bit as the Reds notched up a 50th home league game without defeat. The runaway leaders will be hoping that record continues against a Sheffield Utd side that finally succumbed to a first Premier League away loss at Man City.
Verdict: One step closer for Liverpool. 2-0
Best Bet: Liverpool to win and under 2.5 goals at 66/25.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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