Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 13

Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 13

Another fantastic weekend of football and some great games to look forward to. Everton play Arsenal, looking to add more misery on the Gunners. Another exciting clash is the battle between Manchester United and Leeds United, we’ve waited 16 years for hostilities between these two to resume. Join us as we preview all the games.

Match of the Day

Our match of the day features an exciting clash between Everton & Arsenal. Everton had a storming start to the season bfore an inconsistent run of form. Arsenal are suffering their worst start in 22 years, will the misery continue against the Toffees?

Everton v Arsenal
Everton Form Guide DWDWD
Manchester City Form Guide DLWLW
  • Venue: Goodison Park
  • Saturday 19 December 17:30
  • Referee: Andre Marriner
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 29/20 D:13/5 A: 39/19

About the Game:

Everton will come to this game on the back of two big wins, beating Chelsea 1 – 0 and their midweek 2 – 0 victory against Leicester City. Carlo Ancelotti’s team appears to have gotten over a rough patch and are back playing the type of football that saw them start the season on fire, winning four consecutive games. The Italian is playing by his side strength compact at the back and explosive counter-attack with the devastating pace of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin giving defenders problems. Most impressive is the fact that they have kept two clean sheets against very strong attacking sides and were not bullied, nor dominated in these games.

A big blow was Brazilian Allan who has been core to their resurgence in the midfield limping off in their win against the Foxes with a hamstring injury. Gylfi Sigurdsson was once again impressive in the creative midfield role, feeding the forwards well and creating lots of opportunities with the side managing 11 shots with six on target. Before the Leicester win, all their previous away wins came by a single goal margin. Although Arsenal doesn’t have the fear factor this season, Everton will still need to bring their A-game and will be boosted by 2,000 fans inside “The Grand Old Lady”, as Everton are one of only four clubs that can welcome supporters. Everton sits fifth in the table, Arsenal 15th, but league positions are likely to mean little at kick-off.

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Arsenal is the third-best side in the league in terms of titles with 13 trophies only eclipsed by Liverpool (19) and Manchester United (20). They will be facing the fourth side closer to them, Everton with (9) titles. That said, Arsenal seems further away than ever to adding to these titles. Mikel Arteta has guided Arsenal to their worst start to the Premier League in 22-years, gaining the least points at this stage ever in the club’s history. Defensively they have failed to keep a clean sheet in eight games and have had three players sent off in the last four games.

Arteta is an inexperienced manager who before the taking over the helm at Arsenal had never managed even an academy side. He now faces his first crisis and has to handle big personalities in the dressing room. In Arsenal’s last game, Southampton’s Theo Walcott punished his former side with a goal in the 18th minute but had to settle for a 1-1 draw as with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ending his goal drought, levelling the game in the 52nd minute. Arsenal will take some positives from the game, the goal they scored was the first in open play for two months, the goals they scored in that time came from a corner and the penalty spot. Results need to come quickly as they are just five points clear of the relegation zone. Still, the games don’t get any easier, after Everton they face Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup before facing Chelsea in the league on Boxing Day.

Prediction: Draw, BTTS.

Rest of the Premier League Games

Coming up are our previews and Premier League betting tips for all the rest of the weekend’s action.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Crystal Palace Form Guide LLDWL
Liverpool Form Guide WWLDD
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Saturday 19 December 12:30
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Quick Glance OddsH:11/2 D: 10/3 A: 1/2

About the Game:

Christian Benteke went from hero to villain in Palace’s last game, scoring in the 34th minute and then being sent off in the 70th. The striker will be grateful that West Ham didn’t make up for the extra man for 20 minutes in the 1-1 draw. Benteke has had the second-best numbers for the most headed goals (28) in the Premier League, only eclipsed by Oliver Giroud since his debut in the 2012-13 campaign. The rejuvenated striker continued his impressive form after scoring two goals against West Brom and despite not scoring in the next game against Tottenham, he played well in the 1-1 draw and will be a miss due to his suspension. The three goals scored this campaign is as many as he scored in the previous 48 games. Wilfred Zaha will be the main goal threat; he is the leading scorer in the team on seven goals. Palace’s problems are at the back as they have not kept a clean sheet in the last 12 Premier League games, their worst run since their 14-game stretch between May and November 2019.

Liverpool climbed to the top of the table after beating Tottenham 2 – 1 in their last game and maintained their incredible home form which has seen them unbeaten in 66 games. Mohammed Salah is back to his best and has been the spark in the side and against Tottenham he opened the scoring in the 26th minute, firing a deflected shot past Hugo Lloris. Robert Firmino escaped the clutches of Toby Alderweireld and leapt the highest to head in Andy Robertson’s corner in the final minute of normal time. Tottenham had equalised in the 33rd through Son Heung-min, but Liverpool was rewarded for their more attacking approach and deserved the win. Liverpool are struggling with injuries, with eight players ruled out for this clash, giving Palace hope of a shock win here.

Prediction: Liverpool win, BTTS.

Southampton v Man City
Southampton Form Guide LLWDL
Manchester City Form Guide DLLDW
  • Venue: St. Mary’s Park
  • Saturday 19 December 15:00
  • Referee: Mike Dean
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 6/1 D: 15/4 A: 18/35

About the Game:

Southampton won the previous game between the two sides at their own turf 1 – 0 and would be confident that they can hurt them once more, being in a better form than the City side. The return of Danny Ings, who is on six goals, to the side raises their attacking threat alongside Che Adams who has been in his best form (4 goals) since deputising for the England international. Southampton missed a chance to top of the table in their last game, a 1-1 draw with Arsenal. The Saints were unable to take advantage of playing against ten men for half an hour. They currently sit third, just a point off second and four off leaders Liverpool.

Although Manchester City has only lost two of twenty games, they have played this season, their league form shows just two wins in their last five games, and they find themselves in 9th, eight points adrift but with a game in hand. David Silva is missed greatly on the creative front at the heart of the team with the side relying on Phil Foden to replicate his magic. Kevin De Bruyne and Bernado Silva feel like very different players without the Spaniard, and in the last game, they settled for a 1 – 1 draw against West Brom, who are a side in the relegation zone. Sergio Aguero is back having managed just 123 minutes in the Premier League so far. He will need to get his scoring boots on with Gabriel Jesus scoring two and Sterling three in the time that Aguero was out, a very low number by their standards. Raheem Sterling has 148 goal involvement for Man City (95 goals 53 assists) which is more than any other player. Pep Guardiola will not be pleased about dropping points against sides they would normally brush aside and will be expecting a result against Southampton.

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals.

Newcastle v Fulham
Newcastle United Form Guide LDWWD
Fulham Form Guide LLLDD
  • Venue: St James Park
  • Saturday 19 December 20:00
  • Referee: Darren England
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 18/11 D: 40/17 A: 39/11

About the Game:

Two consecutive wins for the Magpies was followed a big 5 – 2 thumping by Leeds United. The worrying factor from this loss is that the keeper made some crucial saves to prevent an even bigger deficit in the game facing 25 shots as the Whites ran riot on them. They need to sort out their defensive frailties ahead of a busy festive season where they will face Leicester City, Liverpool, and Man City. The coronavirus has hit the Magpies hard, and it still isn’t clear who is fully fit in the squad, but Javi Manquillo and Fabian Schar are ruled out. Four other players are ruled out for non-Covid-19 reasons, including the impressive Allan Saint-Maximin who has a calf injury. Callum Wilson has been their spark so far this season with seven goals and three assists and has formed a great partnership with Joelinton. Wilson has been involved in 10 goals in 11 games, more than he managed in the entirety of last season for Bournemouth.

Fulham has been a threat to the big boys, beating Leicester City 2 – 1 and earning an excellent 1-1 draw against Liverpool last weekend. The 0 – 0 draw against Brighton in midweek shows the fighting spirit in the side. Against Brighton, both sides had clear cut chances to take all three but would be more relieved to get points on the board, Fulham only has nine and sit in 18th, the last relegation spot. December is historically bad for Fulham in the Premier League, out of 25 games, they have won just four. Another worrying fact for the London club is that they have failed to win in 23 of their last 25 away games. Mario Lemina, Tom Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrovic will be hoping for recalls on Saturday, Mitrovic would love to start against his old team and prove a point in what has been a pretty indifferent campaign for the Serbian. Up-front they have struggled, failing to score in six games this campaign.

Prediction: Newcastle win.

Brighton v Sheffield United
Brighton Form Guide DWDDL
Sheffield United Form Guide LDLDW
  • Venue: Amex Stadium
  • Sunday 20 December 12:00
  • Referee: Peter Bankes
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 10/13 D: 37/13 A: 9/2

About the Game:

Brighton has won one of their last 11 Premier League matches and has won just two of their last 17 away matches played, but they are a team that has been impressive in the games they have played despite not getting the results they desired. The game against Leicester, in which they lost 3-0, was one of the rare instances where they failed to be competitive. Sitting in 16th, they are on 11 points, just two above a relegation spot. Neal Maupay is the team’s main goal threat, having four goals and an assist so far, also worth watching is Danny Welbeck who scored in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa. One thing to remember about Brighton is that they are used to relegation battles, having finished in the bottom six for the past three seasons.

Sheffield United had the edge against Brighton when the two sides met over the two games last season. They beat them at this stadium and drew at Bramall lane. The Blades need to be positive to avoid a situation where a team concedes relegation very early in the seasons, which is highly possible in their current devastating form earning just one point of the possible 39. United’s saving grace is their work ethic, against Manchester United on Thursday their never say die attitude nearly earned them a draw with the Manchester United superstars desperately hanging on to claim a narrow 3-2 win. If they replicate this performance, they could easily treble their current points tally with a win against Brighton.

Prediction: Draw, BTTS

Tottenham Hotspurs v Leicester City
Tottenham Form Guide WLWWD
Leicester Form Guide WDWLD
  • Venue: Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium
  • Sunday 20 December 12:00
  • Referee: Craig Pawson
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 13/12 D: 11/4 A: 27/10

About the Game:

Son Heung-Min has 11 goals in 13 games, equaling his tally from the entirety of 2019-20 campaign. Alongside striking partner Harry Kane (9 goals 10assists), the pair have scored 20 of their side’s 25 goals this season. Against Liverpool, Jose Mourinho side completed just 75 passes in the first half, the fewest in a league game for Mourinho since his Real Madrid side completed 54 against Barcelona in April 2012. In the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool, Spurs had some good chances, alongside Kane’s goal, they hit the post and the England captain missing from close range. They were made to pay, conceded a late goal from a corner kick when they were caught ball watching. The defeat means Spurs have won just once in 27 games against The Reds. They sit second in the league, three points behind Liverpool.

Four of the last five games in this fixture has been won by the home side, but Leicester City has a habit of delivering surprising results as they did beating Man City 5 – 2 at the Etihad. This is a game that will feature three early contenders for the Golden Boot with Jamie Vardy, the representative for the Foxes. Brendan Rodgers should be worried about finding cover for the England international or divide the efforts amongst themselves as their performances have been entirely dependent on how he has been playing. A good example is their defeat against Everton where he was denied space to run into, and they couldn’t figure out a plan B to get something from the game. Against Spurs, who also love breaking, could be yet another game where they would have little or no openings in the game and would need to have a backup if Vardy’s runs do not yield goals.

Prediction: Tottenham win, BTTS.

Manchester United v Leeds
Manchester United Form Guide LLLLL
Leeds United Form Guide DWDWW
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Sunday 20 December 16:30
  • Referee: Antony Taylor
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 3/4 D: 7/2 A: 19/5

About the Game:

Manchester United bounced back from their UEFA Champions League exit earning a 0 – 0 draw against their City rivals in a game that won’t last long in many people’s memories. The stalemate ended a four-match winning streak. United returned to winning ways in Thursday’s 3-2 victory over Sheffield United, but not without the basement club giving the Manchester club a fight. Bruno Fernandes has been the spark for the Red Devils with seven goals and four assists to his name, and while United haven’t been struggling for goals, their home form is terrible, and there is likely to be a few nerves as they welcome a fierce rival to Old Trafford. It’s a shame there won’t be fans as this is a fixture that supporters have waited 16 years to see.

Leeds scored five goals in a home game in their 5-2 win over Newcastle, for the first time since May 2001 when they beat Bradford. Bamford became their all-time goal scorer under Marcelo Bielsa, beating Fernando Llorente, who managed 34 for Atletico Bilbao. Hernandez provided two assists in the Newcastle game, becoming the oldest player to do so. Rodrigo also impressed, showing great quality with his finishing. Leeds are quickly becoming a favourite for the neutrals; their gung-ho approach may not always be effective, as they are always susceptible to the counter, but they are sure fun to watch. Having a day extra of rest, expect to see a full-blooded battle here.

Prediction: Draw, BTTS.

West Brom v Aston Villa
West Brom Form Guide WDLDD
Aston Villa Form Guide WWWLW
  • Venue: The Hawthorns
  • Sunday 20 December 19:15
  • Referee: Martin Atkinson
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 14/5 D: 29/10 A: 42/41

About the Game:

Despite West Brom sitting in 19th place, they have already given their supporters reason to cheers with a great 3-3 draw against Chelsea, and a shock 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Tuesday. Against City, West Brom’s keeper Sam Johnstone made two point-blank save in stoppage time to stop Man City from taking the three points. It was their first point they collected against the Citizens since August 2005 and ended a 13-game losing streak against them. Even in defeat, the Baggies have put in some good performances. Losing 1-0 to both Tottenham and Manchester United shows they have a resilient side but are struggling to score goals, Callum Robinson and Conor Gallagher are the club’s top scorers on just two goals.

Aston Villa has produced the biggest surprises so far this season, beating three Premier League winners already. Villa beat Liverpool 7-2, Arsenal 3-1 and Leicester 1-0. The trouble with the Villians is consistency as seen in the 1-0 defeat to Stoke in the EFL, 3-0 defeat to Leeds, 4-3 loss to Southampton, 2-1 against Brighton and the 2-1 defeat at West Ham. Their numbers have been great in attack, creating an average of 2.2 chances per game and scoring 2.1 goals per match. They have also been impressive in their defence, keeping five clean sheets so far and have scored 21 goals. Ollie Watkins has been the threat, but Jack Grealish (5 goals and 5 assists) has been the engine of the team.

Prediction: Villa win.

Burnley v Wolves
Burnley Form Guide LDDDW
Wolves Form Guide WWLWD
  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Monday 21 December 17:30
  • Referee: Graham Scott
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 14/5 D: 23/10 A: 13/10

About the Game:

Burnley got three precious points at the weekend against Arsenal at the Emirates, condemning the Gunners to four consecutive defeats. It was just a second win for Burnley who sit in 17th place, a point from the drop zone. Against Arsenal, the defensive partnership of James Tarkowski and Ben Mee produced 15 clearances, four blocks and they regained possession eight times, earning a deserved clean sheet. Aubameyang headed into his net for their 6th goal in 12 games. The win ended a 15-winless run against the Gunners (drawn four, 11 losses). It is a lack of quality upfront which is dragging Burnley towards relegation, they have managed just 29 shots all campaign. A stark contrast to the Burnley we saw just two years ago as they competed in the Europa League.

Wolves did well in this week’s 2-1 victory against title-chasing Chelsea. Without their star man Raul Jimenez, who had a fractured skull in their 2-1 win against Arsenal in November, Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto were on target to produce a shock result in a game that had a thrilling finale with a 94th-minute goal. Each of Wolves’ last 83 goals has been scored by a non-British player; only Arsenal has had a longer run in the competition (171). All four of Podence goals have been against London clubs so far, a pattern that he’ll hope to break in this game against Burnley. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side has lost just one of their last six Premier League home games.

Prediction: A draw for two inconsistent sides.

Chelsea v West Ham
Chelsea Form Guide DDWLL
West Ham United Form Guide LWDLL
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Monday 21 December 20:00
  • Referee: Chris Kavanagh
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 11/21 D: 4/1 A: 31/5

About the Game:

The return of Hakim Ziyech is a big boost for Chelsea as they have lost their attacking acumen without him and lost all their games in his absence. Timo Werner has not scored in eight games, and Kai Havertz seems to be struggling to get to his best form. The 21-year-old failed to create a chance and did not attempt a shot in the 71 minutes he featured in the 2-1 defeat to Wolves. The two away defeats put an end to the 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions that they were on until then. They will be looking for inspiration from Oliver Giroud, who has six goals in four away games in all competition. 

West Ham are having a great season and have suffered just one defeat in the last six; a 3-1 loss at home to Manchester United. Wins against Fulham, Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Leeds has seen them climb to 8th place. They did blow a chance to go above Chelsea in the league; the Hammers could only manage a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, a solid Roy Hodgson backline starving West Ham of chances. West Ham have goals all over the team; they have had eight different scorers, with four players on three goals or more.

Prediction: Draw, BTTS.

Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*

Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Everton v Arsenal Everton win 29/20 2.45
Newcastle v Fulham Newcastle win 6/4 6.12
Brighton v Sheffield United Draw 11/4 22.96
West Brom v Aston Villa Villa to win 19/20 44.78
Chelsea v West Ham Draw 4/1 223.94

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