The Premier League’s last unbeaten record is on the line again this weekend as runaway leaders Liverpool journey to north London to take on Jose Mourinho’s Spurs. Tottenham vs Liverpool heads up the action, but there’s also a big relegation six-pointer to look forward to towards the bottom of the table as Bournemouth host Watford.
Here are our predictions for all this weekend’s Premier League games as we look at where the value lies in the football betting markets heading into Gameweek 22….
Tottenham vs Liverpool & Gameweek 22: Can the Reds’ unbeaten record survive at Spurs?
SHEFFIELD UTD VS WEST HAM, 20:00
The lowdown: The Premier League action kicks off at Bramall Lane with Sheffield Utd in danger of losing three consecutive league games for the first time under Chris Wilder. David Moyes would become the first West Ham manager since 2008 to win his opening two league games with victory in South Yorkshire. Bramall Lane has been an unhappy hunting ground for the Hammers, with only one win in their 13 top flight trips to Sheffield.
Verdict: A point for Moyes to build on. 1-1
Best Bet: Score draw at 69/20
Saturday’s games, all 3pm unless stated
CRYSTAL PALACE VS ARSENAL, 12:30
The lowdown: Palace could set a Premier League club record with a win in the early kick-off. Three points would take them to a tally of 31 points after 22 matches – their best return in the top flight. The Eagles are unbeaten in eight but have often stumbled at home to the Gunners, with the away side only losing two of their 19 trips to Selhurst Park.
Verdict: All square in South London. 1-1
Best Bet: Nicolas Pepe to score the last goal at 5/1
CHELSEA VS BURNLEY
The lowdown: Frank Lampard enjoyed some much-needed respite in the FA Cup as Chelsea’s recent home wobble ended with a 2-0 victory over Championship side Nottingham Forest. That said, the Blues have lost five of their last nine league fixtures, but will look to put that right against a Burnley team that have won just one of their 11 Premier League meetings with Saturday’s opponents. The Clarets have now lost six out of their last eight league games.
Verdict: Blues back on track on home soil. 2-0
Best Bet: Both halves to have under 1.5 goals at 51/25
EVERTON VS BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
The lowdown: If Carlo Ancelotti had any doubts as to the size of his task at Goodison Park, last week’s limp FA Cup defeat to rivals Liverpool would have instantly dispelled them. The Italian will look to get back to winning ways against a Brighton side that have never won on Merseyside during their most recent Premier League spell. The Seagulls may have to do without midfield ace Aaron Mooy, who faces a late fitness test.
Verdict: Ancelotti to get a response against travel-sick Seagulls. 2-1
Best Bet: Both teams to score and Everton to win at 66/25
LEICESTER CITY VS SOUTHAMPTON
The lowdown: It’s the fixture every Saints fan has been dreading since October as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side attempt to make amends for their 9-0 home thumping to the Foxes earlier this season. Fortunately for Southampton, they actually have a respectable recent record at King Power, winning one and drawing two of their last three games in the East Midlands. A win on Saturday would make it three straight wins in all competitions for the Saints.
Verdict: Saints to keep the scoreline respectable at the King Power. 2-0
Best Bet: Ricardo Pereira to score at any time at 8/1
MAN UTD VS NORWICH CITY
The lowdown: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign slumped to a new low in midweek as Utd were comprehensively outplayed by neighbours Man City in their EFL Cup semi-final first-leg meeting. The Canaries tend to be generous opponents for Utd, with the home side winning six of the last seven encounters. This fixture could be overdue a draw, however. It hasn’t finished all-square in 15 meetings.
Verdict: Ole to see a reaction at Old Trafford. 3-1
Best Bet: Draw in first half and Man Utd to win at full time at 63/20
WOLVES VS NEWCASTLE UTD
The lowdown: Wolves come up against one of their ultimate Premier League bogey teams this weekend, with the home side failing to beat the Magpies in five attempts at Molineux. Nuno’s side are building a reputation as the division’s draw specialists, and six out of nine top-flight meetings between these two sides have ended in honours even. Newcastle are sliding back towards danger after three defeats on the spin.
Verdict: Scrappy home win for Wolves. 1-0
Best Bet: Newcastle to have the most corners at 39/5
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS LIVERPOOL, 17:30
The lowdown: It’s the game of the weekend, but it’s already one that will be giving Jose Mourinho a headache as he tries to solve his Harry Kane conundrum with the January transfer window now open. With Spurs’ star man out to April, the Tottenham manager will be forced to shuffle the back as he looks to mastermind Liverpool’s first defeat of the season. The Reds could chalk up another landmark this weekend by becoming the first side in the top European leagues to record 20 wins from their first 21 games.
Verdict: Spurs to feel Kane’s absence. 1-2
Best Bet: Liverpool to win from behind at 87/10
BOURNEMOUTH VS WATFORD, 14:00
The lowdown: The pressure is building on Eddie Howe with the Cherries boss’ future being openly questioned for the first time since guiding Bournemouth to the Premier League. The home side badly need a win after picking up just four points from 10 Premier League games. However they come up against Watford at the worst possible time. The Hornets look a team revived under Nigel Pearson and have an irresistible opportunity to finally escape the relegation zone for the first time this season.
Verdict: Ding-dong battle at the Vitality. 2-2
Best Bet: Both halves to have over 1.5 goals at 49/10
ASTON VILLA VS MAN CITY, 16:30
The lowdown: It’s been a cruel month for relegation-threatened Villa on the injury front. However, a steely performance against Leicester City in midweek has set them up nicely for this fixture, which could possibly act as a dry run for the 2020 EFL Cup Final in March. Dean Smith’s side enjoyed some late festive cheer with a gutsy 2-1 away win at Burnley last time in the league but have nine out of their 11 most recent meetings with the reigning champions. Sergio Aguero will be looking to add to his tally against promoted sides – hitting 31 against top-flight newcomers – a divisional record.
Verdict: City to exploit injury-hit Villains. 0-3
Best Bet: First half to have the most goals at 39/20.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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