Premier League Matchday 14 Preview – Prediction + Tips 2017/18

We’re not quite into December and the Christmas period yet, but from this point on, the games will pick up thick and fast for the Premier League teams.

Over the next month, there’s eight games for each team to play. The hectic schedule kicks off now, with all teams playing a midweek game, followed by a full fixture list at the weekend, with all teams having played last weekend too. These packed schedules often throw up a number of surprise results so it will be interesting to see which teams will be at each end of the table.

Match of the Day

There are no real clashes among the top five as we’ve had in recent weeks, but nevertheless, our game of the week could be an intriguing one. Watford are flying high and in great form, while Manchester United only stuttered to victory at the weekend at home against Brighton.

Watford v Manchester United
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Manchester United Form Guide LWLWW
  • Venue: Vicarage Road
  • Tuesday 28th November 20:00
  • Referee: Jonathan Moss
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 19/4 D: 3/1 A: 4/6

About the Game:

Watford were clinical last weekend away at Newcastle. Emerging 3-0 victors, they were never really threatened and always looked dangerous in attack. Richarlison was once again fantastic, while Abdoulaye Doucouré and Tom Cleverley held things up well in midfield and Will Hughes scored his second goal in three starts.

The hornets now have back-to-back clean sheets, after failing to record one since early September. If Watford can play defensively as well as they attack, then they really could pose a challenge to any team in the league. This is the first of a tricky run of three fixtures though. Spurs wait after Manchester United, followed by a home match against Burnley, who are as difficult to beat as anyone this season.

There is also the distraction of Everton’s interest in manager Marco Silva, with Watford reportedly ready to issue a formal complaint about Everton’s handling of the situation. But, that hasn’t yet seemed to have an affect on either players or manager, so we expect the same focused and prepared approach from the Hornets.

Bet on the match of the week between Watford and Manchester United at William Hill

The result is all that matters, but United were slightly fortunate to take all three points from Saturday’s match against Brighton. It took a deflected shot from Ashley Young to break the deadlock in a match where United struggled to break the visitors down. The problems seem to be in attack for the Red Devils, where the £75m Romelu Lukaku has just one goal in his last six. While United kept a clean sheet, first-choice defenders Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are both expected to miss out again, meaning Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelöf should start as the central defensive pairing.

United themselves have a tricky short-term run of fixtures. After this they head south to the Emirates to face Arsenal, followed by the game everyone has been waiting for, the Manchester derby with neighbours Manchester City. Many think that result will go a long way to deciding the season, but in truth, with the gap already large, United need to vastly improve in the preceding two games to make sure they are not already out of touching distance of City before the Manchester Derby.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Manchester United simply can’t afford to lose, while Watford will be well up for this one and will cause the opponents plenty of problems.

Rest of the Premier League Games

There are four games on Tuesday night, with our game of the week being one of them. Wednesday though has six remaining fixtures for us to sink our teeth into, with Arsenal, Chelsea, and Man City all playing at home in very winnable fixtures.

Brighton v Crystal Palace
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Crystal Palace Form Guide LDLDW
  • Venue: AMEX Stadium
  • Tuesday 28th November 19:45
  • Referee: Andre Marriner
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 17/20 D: 11/5 A: 19/10

About the Game:

Brighton were unlucky to lose to Manchester United on Saturday and caused their opponents plenty of problems. That defeat brought the Seagull’s six game streak without a loss to an end, but Brighton left Old Trafford with their heads held high. Bottom of the table Crystal Palace is a much more winnable game, though Brighton will be well aware that Palace have improved and will be looking at games like this as a route out of the relegation zone.

Palace finally got the three points their performances of late have deserved with a late win against Stoke on Saturday. The win wasn’t enough to lift them off the bottom of the table, but it does put them within touching distance of safety. The fixture list over the next month is favourable, though this is a tricky away trip to a team that fully deserve their place in the top half of the table.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Palace are scoring goals and so are Brighton. This should be a tight game, but we can see both teams getting on the scoresheet.

Leicester v Tottenham
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Tottenham Form Guide WLWLD
  • Venue: King Power Stadium
  • Tuesday 28th November 19:45
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 4/1 D: 29/10 A: 3/4

About the Game:

Leicester led from early on in Friday night’s game against West Ham, but a spirited comeback from the hosts meant the game ended in a draw. It was probably a fair result and means that excluding the loss against Manchester City, Leicester are six games unbeaten. Jamie Vardy got an assist but couldn’t add to his six goals so far this season, but with Tottenham clearly suffering at the back through the absence of Toby Alderweireld, he will be hoping to get back to scoring ways on Tuesday.

A few weeks ago Hugo Lloris perhaps rather inadvertently communicated the realities of this season, commenting that the team’s first job is to finish in the top four. After the last two seasons, many see Tottenham as being title challengers, but things haven’t worked out so well so far this season and perhaps reality is setting in in North London. Spurs have just four points from the last twelve and have now dropped out of the top four. Harry Kane finally scored at the weekend and will have to do so more often to ensure Spurs don’t fall further down the table.

Prediction: Tottenham Draw no bet – Spurs are better away from home and will know Leicester’s game plan.

West Brom v Newcastle
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Newcastle Form Guide WLLLL
  • Venue: The Hawthorns
  • Tuesday 28th November 20:00
  • Referee: Lee Probert
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 29/20 D: 11/5 A: 23/10

About the Game:

West Brom’s board will feel vindicated in their decision to sack former manager Tony Pulis after Saturday’s draw against Tottenham. The Baggies got an early goal and could have won the game, having perhaps the best chance of the game late in the match. The Baggies sit precariously just above the relegation zone, but in their next three games, they face 14th place Newcastle, followed by the bottom two teams in the league, Swansea and Crystal Palace. This is the time for the Baggies to turn around the season, starting with this match against struggling Newcastle.

Newcastle were thoroughly undone by Watford on Saturday. The hosts never really threatened and the problems off the pitch at St James’ now seem to be spilling onto it. The club need a resolution to that situation quickly, though it seems unlikely to come. Rafa Benitez is already looking forward to the January transfer window, but Newcastle will have to significantly improve to keep their heads above water in the meantime.

Prediction: U 2.5 goals – Both teams are struggling for goals and West Brom should be a little rejuvenated and re-organised at the back with Pulis now gone.

Arsenal v Huddersfield
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Huddersfield Form Guide WLWLL
  • Venue: The Emirates
  • Wednesday 29th November 19:45
  • Referee: Graham Scott
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 1/5 D: 13/2 A: 16/1

About the Game:

Arsenal finally made it back into the top four thanks to an extremely late and lucky penalty against Burnley. The match was tight and defeat was harsh on Burnley, especially in such a manner. Arsenal won’t mind though. They will be fully expected to win here and with Alexis Sánchez hitting form at just the right time, the Gunners could have a strong run over the Christmas period. Arsenal’s perfect home record should be maintained here.

Huddersfield almost pulled off the impossible last week by holding Manchester City to a draw. It took a late goal to sink Huddersfield to defeat, but it was a spirited performance nonetheless. The realities of the Premier League have definitely set in for the Terriers, but they are fighting hard. Defeat here though would be the sixth in eight games. With just a win and a draw away from home this season, few will be expecting Huddersfield to pick up points here.

Prediction: Arsenal win + O 2.5 goals – Arsenal have won all of their home league games this season and having just entered the top four, we expect an emphatic win.

Bournemouth v Burnley
Bournemouth Form Guide WLWWD
Burnley Form Guide LWWWL
  • Venue: Dean Court
  • Wednesday 29th November 19:45
  • Referee: Roger East
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 21/20 D: 5/2 A: 3/1

About the Game:

Bournemouth didn’t have enough to find a goal against Swansea on Saturday, but another point earned meant the Cherries are three matches unbeaten and have as many consecutive clean sheets. Burnley though are the first top half of the table opponents they will face since the defeat to Chelsea, so perhaps a more cautious approach will be adopted. Eddie Howe will know full well how difficult Burnley are to break down, which could make for an interesting encounter.

A devastating and questionable late penalty against Arsenal on Sunday meant Burnley fell to just their third defeat of the season. Manager Sean Dyche was left raging by the decision, but Burnley played well once again, while The Clarets are still in 7th position and have a nice run of fixtures over the next couple of weeks, so they need to move straight on from the pain of the defeat to Arsenal. Bournemouth themselves are unbeaten now in three but Burnley have shown a clinical edge this season and will likely be well prepared to deal with the Cherries.

Prediction: U 2.5 goals – Both teams are organised and on a good run, so we expect this to be a tight affair.

Chelsea v Swansea
Chelsea Form Guide WWWWD
Swansea Form Guide LLLLD
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Wednesday 29th November 19:45
  • Referee: Neil Swarbrick
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 2/11 D: 7/1 A: 16/1

About the Game:

Chelsea were fortunate to get a point against Liverpool on Saturday, both via the performance and the nature of the equalising goal itself. A mishit cross from substitute William somehow looped over Mignolet and into the back of the net in a game where Chelsea were really second best. The Blues will likely take the initiative in this one though and Hazard and Morata should be much more influential. Prior to Saturday’s draw, Chelsea had four wins out of four, and should get straight back to winning ways.

Swansea finally earned a hard-fought point at the weekend, but it was their first in five games, meaning they still sit in the relegation zone. This would not have been Paul Clement’s chosen fixture when trying to put together a run of games avoiding defeat. Tammy Abraham is ineligible to play against his parent club, so it’s hard to see where the goals will come from for Swansea to mount a challenge.

Prediction: Chelsea win – Antonio Conte will expect much more from his men after Saturday’s lacklustre performance.

Everton v West Ham
Everton Form Guide LLWDL
West Ham Form Guide LDLLD
  • Venue: Goodison Park
  • Wednesday 29th November 20:00
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 13/10 D: 12/5 A: 12/5

About the Game:

Another game, another thumping defeat for Everton. After losing 5-1 in the Europa League, Everton were once again smashed by Southampton 4-1 on Sunday. The Toffees had gone two games undefeated prior, but their defensive fragility was laid bare for all to see on Sunday. West Ham could be buoyed by the point they earned at the weekend, so while Everton should be confident going into this one, they must also be cautious.

David Moyes’ earned a point in his first home game for West Ham thanks to a spirited second half performance. Following that up with a win against his former team would be a dream scenario for the Scotsman and with Everton currently in as much disarray as West Ham, it is a distinct possibility. The Hammers will still be without Chicharito, but will be hoping to welcome back Antonio from a rib injury. Jose Fonte also could return from injury, which would go someway to patching up the Hammers’ leaky defence.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Both teams are leaking goals and are desperate for points, so we expect an attacking approach from both sides.

Manchester City v Southampton
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Southampton Form Guide WDLLW
  • Venue: The Etihad
  • Wednesday 29th November 20:00
  • Referee: Paul Tierney
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 1/5 D: 7/1 A: 14/1

About the Game:

Manchester City’s winning run almost came to an end on Sunday against Huddersfield of all teams. While City were clearly the better team, it took a late and somewhat fortunate goal from Raheem Sterling to secure all three points. City dominated, but perhaps lacked the cutting edge we have seen from them this season. With the depth in their squad, we expect some rotation for this match, especially in the attacking positions. This should provide a freshness to their attack which could prove the difference between the two teams.

Southampton did away with their goal scoring problems by putting four past Everton on Sunday. Charlie Austin scored two, but the Saints are unlikely to find it anywhere near as easy in this match. This is the start of a tough run for Southampton, who will face Chelsea and Arsenal within three weeks after this game. Bournemouth immediately follow though, so perhaps the players’ minds will be on that game as a source of points.

Prediction: Manchester City + O 2.5 goals – A City win still seems like a given, while at home the Citizens are averaging over 2 goals a game.

Stoke v Liverpool
Stoke City Form Guide LWDDL
Liverpool Form Guide LWWWD
  • Venue: bet365 Arena
  • Wednesday 29th November 20:00
  • Referee: Martin Atkinson
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 5/1 D: 7/2 A: 4/7

About the Game:

A last minute goal meant Stoke fell to defeat against bottom place Crystal Palace at the weekend. Another wonder goal from Xherdan Shaqiri was not enough, as consistency still evades the Potters. That was Stoke’s first defeat in four games, but they had only won one of the previous three, drawing the remaining two. Despite Ryan Shawcross being back in the team, Stoke are having issues in defence. A match against perhaps the league’s most attacking team is likely not something Mark Hughes will be looking forward to.

Liverpool dominated the game against Chelsea on Saturday, but hadn’t created much in the way of chances until Salah scored in the second half. Chelsea too hadn’t created much, so it looked like Liverpool were heading for a win, until an extremely lucky Chelsea goal meant the game ended in a draw. A frustrating result for the Reds then, but they must move on and go for the win here against a Stoke team that are currently struggling in defence.

Prediction: Liverpool win – Klopp rested both Sadio Mané and Firmino on Saturday. Both will return fresh, meaning Liverpool will likely have too much for Stoke to handle going forward.

Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*

Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Brighton v Crystal Palace Both teams to score 1/1 2
Arsenal v Huddersfield Arsenal win + O 2.5 goals 8/13 3.23
Bournemouth v Burnley U 2.5 goals 4/6 4.38
Chelsea v Swansea Chelsea win 2/11 6.36
Manchester City v Southampton Manchester City win + O 2.5 goals 8/15 8.75

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* All our selections are provided for entertainment only and should only be used for informational purposes. Whilst we use our experience and knowledge to help inform you to make a considered bet, we are not responsible for any losses that may arise from actual results being different than predicted.

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