The festive season has just begun but it’s already served up some cracking Premier League football.
A revitalised Arsenal take on Man City this weekend in the pick of the games, while Monday night serves up a tasty M23 derby as Crystal Palace host bitter rivals Brighton.
Here’s our round-up of Arsenal vs Man City and the rest of the action as we look at the latest Premier League betting for Gameweek 17.
Arsenal vs Man City previewed plus the rest of Gameweek 17’s Premier League fixtures
Saturday’s games – 3pm unless stated
LIVERPOOL VS WATFORD, 12:30
The lowdown: Nigel Pearson faces a baptism of fire in his first game in charge of the Hornets as he travels to a Liverpool that currently look unstoppable at the top of the league. The Reds raced to a 5-0 win in this fixture last season and Watford have yet to pick up a point at Anfield since returning to this level in 2015/16.
Verdict: No perfect start for Pearson. 3-0
Best Bet: Liverpool to be leading 2-0 at half-time at 43/10.
BURNLEY VS NEWCASTLE UTD
The lowdown: Two teams experiencing contrasting fortunes in recent weeks meet at Turf Moor with Burnley looking to put a bad week quickly behind them. The improving Magpies suffered a blow in midweek with the news Allan Saint-Maximin will be out for a month. Newcastle picked up a priceless 2-1 away win here last season.
Verdict: Tight afternoon at Turf Moor. 0-0
Best Bet: Under 0.5 goals at 69/10.
CHELSEA VS BOURNEMOUTH
The lowdown: This young Blues side showed they can cope with pressure in midweek as they held firm against Lille in the Champions League to book their place in the Round of 16. Frank Lampard will be hoping his side can continue their mini revival against a Bournemouth side on their worst Premier League slump under Eddie Howe. The Cherries famously have form at Stamford Bridge, however, picking up a shock 3-0 win in West London in 2018.
Verdict: Comfortable day’s work for the Blues. 2-0
Best Bet: Chelsea to win and under 2.5 goals at 18/5.
LEICESTER CITY VS NORWICH CITY
The lowdown: Norwich’s survival hopes suffered a hammer blow last time out as they surrendered a lead to suffer an arguably season-defining defeat at home to Sheffield Utd. Life might not get easier as Daniel Farke’s side travel to the division’s form side. Jamie Vardy remains on track to break his own Premier League record for scoring in consecutive games, after scoring eight games in a row.
Verdict: Foxes to show no signs of faltering. 3-1
Best Bet: Both teams to score and Leicester to win at 81/50.
SHEFFIELD UTD VS ASTON VILLA
The lowdown: Chris Wilder’s remarkable Blades continue to show they are no pushovers after an impressive fightback against their 2018/19 Championship counterparts Norwich City. They’ll be looking to back that win up this weekend against another promoted side as Aston Villa journey north. Villa’s away form remains a concern with Dean Smith’s side’s 5-1 demolition of the Canaries their only victory on the road to date.
Verdict: Blades to battle to all three points. 2-1
Best Bet: Aston Villa to score in the second half at 109/100.
SOUTHAMPTON VS WEST HAM UTD
The lowdown: Anything but all three points could prove terminal Manuel Pellegrini as his struggling Hammers head to fellow relegation candidates Southampton. The Saints’ recent resurgence was brought to a halt last week with defeat at Newcastle, but home form has picked up at St Mary’s after two wins in two. West Ham took the spoils here last season with a 2-1 win.
Verdict: Hammers to halt the losing run. 1-1
Best Bet: West Ham to open the scoring at 147/100.
MAN UTD VS EVERTON, 14:00
The lowdown: Man Utd have momentum on their side as they host the managerless Toffees. Two huge wins from games against Spurs and Man City have seen the Red Devils move up to fifth in the league. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a great chance to build on that run against an Everton team that have gone six years without a win at Old Trafford. A win for Duncan Ferguson here would surely put the Toffees legend in the conversation to land the job on a longer basis.
Verdict: Ole’s fightback to continue. 2-0
Best Bet: Man Utd to win by two goals at 87/20.
WOLVES VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, 14:00
The lowdown: Wolves are the division’s draw specialists. Nuno’s side did little to dispel that reputation at the Amex last week as they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw to record a ninth stalemate in 16 games. His opposite number Jose Mourinho will be looking to move on quickly from a midweek defeat to Bayern as he continues his rebuilding job in North London. This game served up a 3-2 thriller last season in favour of the away side.
Verdict: Spurs to settle for a point. 1-1
Best Bet: Score draw at 69/20.
ARSENAL VS MAN CITY, 16:30
The lowdown: Man City head to one of their happier hunting grounds knowing a win is needed to keep the pressure up on Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s side have won both of their most recent trips to the Emirates without reply. A win on Sunday would make it six wins in a row in all competitions for City against the Gunners. Freddie Ljungberg finally broke his duck as interim manager with a gutsy 3-1 win over West Ham on Monday night.
Verdict: City to take the spoils. 1-3
Best Bet: Both teams to score and over 3.5 goals at 121/100.
CRYSTAL PALACE VS BRIGHTON, 20:00
The lowdown: Expect an ill-tempered evening at Selhurst Park as the Premier League’s most unusual rivalry returns. Both sides are enjoying steady seasons, but this will be Graham Potter’s first taste of the derby. Roy Hodgson will be out to restore some pride after the Seagulls scored a double over the Eagles in 2018/19.
Verdict: All square in the M23 derby. 0-0
Best Bet: A 0-0 draw at 67/10.
Odds correct at time of writing, but may be subject to change.
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