The season’s first round of midweek fixtures is here to kick off an action-packed month of festive Premier League football.
Here are our predictions for all the action as we look at where the value might lie in the Premier League betting markets…
Pressure on Solskjaer as Spurs visit Old Trafford, plus a look at all the Gameweek 15 Premier League games
CRYSTAL PALACE VS BOURNEMOUTH, 19:30
The lowdown: A fit and firing Wilfried Zaha is exactly what the doctor ordered for Roy Hodgson, as Palace’s star man finally turned on the style against Burnley after a low-key season to date with the Eagles. Palace have a chance to build on that win against a Bournemouth team that currently look out-of-sorts after three defeats on the spin.
Verdict: Eagles to exploit collapsing Cherries. 2-1
Best Bet: Crystal Palace to win from behind at 19/2.
BURNLEY VS MAN CITY, 20:15
The lowdown: Burnley were brought back down to earth with a bump on Saturday as Crystal Palace produced the perfect away display to snatch a deserved 2-0 win. Sean Dyche’s side welcome reigning champions Man City to Turf Moor on Tuesday night, with Pep Guardiola’s side winning five of their last six meetings against The Clarets.
Verdict: City to take all three points. 0-2
Best Bet: Kevin De Bruyne to score at any time at 12/5.
CHELSEA VS ASTON VILLA, 19:30
The lowdown: Frank Lampard is facing his first major blip as Chelsea boss with the Blues slipping to consecutive league defeats after a previously flawless autumn. The Blues welcome a resurgent Villa side to Stamford Bridge, with Dean Smith’s men picking up four points within the space of a week.
Verdict: Lampard to get Blues back on track. 2-1
Best Bet: Both teams to score in the second half at 39/20.
LEICESTER CITY VS WATFORD, 19:30
The lowdown: The managerial merry-go-round continues in Hertfordshire, with Watford already looking for their third boss of the season. Hayden Mullins faces the daunting task of picking the Hornets up off the floor after a deflating defeat to Southampton in Quique Sanchez Flores’ last game in charge. Leicester will be scenting blood as their surprise Champions League charge continues, although Watford won the last meeting between the pair at Vicarage Road back in March.
Verdict: Foxes to hunt down the Hornets. 3-0
Best Bet: Leicester City to win both halves at 111/50.
MANCHESTER UTD VS TOTTENHAM HOSTPUR, 19:30
The lowdown: The script is already written – but will Mourinho get his revenge as he returns to Old Trafford for the first time since his dismissal from the club last Christmas? It’s three wins from three for the new Spurs boss since his surprise appointment, and he’ll be looking to exploit any vulnerability from a Utd side that fluffed their lines against Aston Villa last weekend.
Verdict: Jose to steal the show at Old Trafford. 1-2
Best Bet: Tottenham to win by one goal at 33/10.
SOUTHAMPTON VS NORWICH CITY, 19:30
The lowdown: It’s a proverbial six-pointer at St Mary’s as two of the Premier League’s biggest strugglers clash on the South Coast. Both have shown signs of life in recent weeks, with Saints rallying to beat Watford and Norwich picking up four valuable points from tough-looking fixtures against Everton and Arsenal.
Verdict: Saints to make it back-to-back wins. 2-1
Best Bet: A 0-0 draw in the first half at 63/25.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS VS WEST HAM UTD, 19:30
The lowdown: The Hammers put their recent poor run behind them on Saturday as they held firm to record a memorable 1-0 away win at Chelsea. They come up against a Wolves side starting to gain a reputation as draw specialists – with eight of their 14 games finishing all-square. The home side eased to a 3-0 win in this fixture last season.
Verdict: Honours even at Molineux. 1-1
Best Bet: The score draw at 69/20.
LIVERPOOL VS EVERTON, 20:15
The lowdown: It’s make-or-break time for Marco Silva as he takes his struggling Everton side to neighbours Liverpool for the 234th Merseyside derby. Liverpool will be looking to break new ground by recording their longest unbeaten run in the top flight – 32 games if they avoid defeat on Wednesday. The signs aren’t promising for Silva – Everton have not tasted derby day victory for over nine years.
Verdict: More turmoil for the Toffees. 2-0
Best Bet: Draw in the first half and Liverpool to win at full time at 7/2.
SHEFFIELD UTD VS NEWCASTLE UTD, 19:30
The lowdown: Both teams will be looking to keep their recent good runs going as they meet for the first time in league action since 2010. The Magpies have found Bramall Lane a happy hunting ground in recent visits, winning both of their last two league outings.
Verdict: Point apiece in South Yorkshire. 1-1
Best Bet: Newcastle to open the scoring at 41/20.
ARSENAL VS BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION, 20:15
The lowdown: The midweek round of games concludes at the Emirates with Freddie Ljungberg looking for a first home win as caretaker manager. Brighton famously all but ended Arsenal’s Champions League chances last season in a 1-1 draw in the penultimate game of the season but have yet to record an away win against any of the ‘Big Six’.
Verdict: Ljungberg to stake his claim. 2-1
Best Bet: Both teams to score and Arsenal to win at 7/4.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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