Premier League Matchday 15 Preview – Prediction + Tips 2018/19

We were treated to another weekend of fantastic football action at the weekend, with the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham the highight. But, there’s barely time to breathe, as the teams kickoff once again on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Southampton sacked their manager Marc Hughes after a torrid start to the season. Elsewhere, there’s a tasty home fixture for West Ham to look to move up the table, while Champions Manchester City travel to Watford.

Match of the Day

Arsenal are by far the inform team of these two, after just beating Tottenham in the North London derby to extend their unbeaten run to an incredible 19 games. Manchester United are currently in 7th position way off the pace. If they don’t pick things up soon, then a Champions League place will be out of the question, let alone the title.

Manchester United v Arsenal
Man U Form Guide WWLD
Arsenal Form Guide DDDWW
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Wednesday 05 December 20:00
  • Referee: Andre Marriner
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 7/5 D: 13/5 A: 2/1

About the Game:

Things are not looking good on the red side of Manchester. Qualification to the Champions League knock-out stage is about the only success boss Mourinho has had this season. Domestically, performances have been drab and the poor results an accurate reflection of that. United currently languish in 7th place, already a massive 16 points from league leaders and rivals Manchester City.

No-one really seems to have put their figure on what exactly is the problem. A team of overpaid superstars, jumbled together without any thought of cohesion is the typical criticism, but as both a team and individuals, United players are underperforming. The one exception seems to Anthony Martial, who has ironically been almost banished from the team at times. He was rested at the weekend against Southampton, where United had to come back from two goals down just to salvage a draw, so should be certain to return here. While a lack of goals is certainly an issue, the real problem is in defence. Usually so robust, the United defence this season is an open gate, and if it doesn’t shut firmly against high-flying Arsenal, this could be another embarrassing result.

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Things are much more rosey in North London. Unai Emery stretched his and Arsenal’s unbeaten run to a whopping 19 games with the emphatic win against main rivals Tottenham on Sunday. It was a fine performance in what was an absolutely enthralling derby, and one that maent Arsenal leap-frogged Spurs into fourth place.

Andre Lacazette came on as a second half substitute so may get the nod here, as fatigue will certainly be an issue among some players. However, dare Emery rest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? His two goals fired Arsenal to the win and himself to the top of the Premier League’s topscorer table. The one dampener at the Emirates is the situation surrounding Mesut Özil. He has missed the last two games, though Emery said it was a tactical decision. Whether the Germanplays here remains to be seen, but after such a great performance, surely Emery will want to change as little as possible.

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals – Arsenal are sure to score past the leaky United defence, but the Guners still remain unable to keep a clean sheet themselves.

Rest of the Premier League Games

Despite games being played at the weekend, the EPL is back on Tuesday, as the Christmas schedule begins. Leaders Manchester City are away at Watford, while new Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri returns to the King Power where he pulled off perhaps football’s greatest ever miracle.

Bournemouth v Huddersfield
Bmouth Form Guide WLLLL
Huddersfield Form Guide LWDWL
  • Venue: Vitality Stadium
  • Tuesday 04 December 19:45
  • Referee: Roger East
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 3/4 D: 14/5 A: 17/4

About the Game:

Despite losing, Bournemouth did themselves proud against Manchester City at the weekend. Their goal from a Callum Wilson header was the first goal from open play the Champions had conceded in the league for three months. It was a disciplined performance, but the Cherries will be looking forward to releasing the shackles and playing their own, more attacking brand of football here.

A Steve Mounie red card turned a game in which Huddersfield led from the first minute at the weekend. Nevertheless, the Terriers appear to have turned a corner and are scoring goals and playing better. This game certainly won’t be easy, but there is more confidence surrounding the team.

Prediction: Bournemouth win – It’s four defeats in a row for Bournemouth, but they have played very difficult opposition. This is a chance for them to return to winning ways and they should take it.

Brighton v Crystal Palace
Brighton Form Guide WLLDW
Crystal Palace Form Guide DLLDW
  • Venue: AMEX
  • Tuesday 04 December 19:45
  • Referee: Kevin Friend
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 19/10 D: 2/1 A: 15/8

About the Game:

Brighton turned things around to come back and snatch a win against Huddersfield on Saturday. Glen Murray was rested and should return to the starting lineup here in a game the Seagulls will expect to win.

Crystal Palace finally got the win their strong performances at home have deserved. It has been a tricky period for the Eagles, who, despite playing some good football, have not gotten the results manager Hodgson thinks they deserve. The next step is to pick up some consistency, but it won’t be easy to make it two wins from two against Brighton.

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals – Palace have recorded two clean sheets in a row but we think Brighton will have enough to snatch a low scoring win.

West Ham v Cardiff
West Ham Form Guide LWDLW
Cardiff Form Guide LLWLW
  • Venue: London Stadium
  • Tuesday 04 December 19:45
  • Referee: Graham Scott
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 7/10 D: 29/10 A: 9/2

About the Game:

The Hammers pulled of a somewhat surprise but emphathic win away at Newcastle on Saturday. Chicharito scored two goals and repaid the manager’s gift of a place in the starting lineup, but importantly, West Ham looked more sturdy at the back and kept just their second clean sheet of the season.

Beating Wolves must have been especially sweet for Neil Warnock a day before his 70th birthday on Friday. That win meant Cardiff have lifted themselves out of the relegation zone as things finally look like they are starting to click.

Prediction: West Ham win – The Hammers have the quality to win here in front of their own supporters.

Watford v Manchester City
Watford Form Guide WLDLL
Man C Form Guide WWWWW
  • Venue: Vicarage Road
  • Tuesday 04 December 20:00
  • Referee: Paul Tierney
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 10/1 D: 5/1 A: 3/10

About the Game:

Watford are on a difficult run that has seen them win just one of their last five games. Without a win in four, Watford will know that realistically, their chances of any succcess here are very slim./p>

It wasn’t perhaps vintage City on Saturday, but Bournemouth were valiant opponents. Despite missing Sergio Agüero, City still scored three, but they did concede their first goal from open play in three months. Pep places a great weight on keeping a clean sheet, so expect the defence to be extra careful here.

Prediction: Man City Win & Both teams to score no – City barely concede in the league and in this form a win seems always on the cards.

Burnley v Liverpool
Southampton Form Guide LLDLL
Liverpool Form Guide WDWWW
  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Wednesday 05 December 19:45
  • Referee: Stuart Atwell
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 12/1 D: 5/1 A: 2/7

About the Game:

Burnley’s awful run continues with four defeats in their last five matches. They currently sit in the relegation zone and it’s unlikely they will pick up any points here.

Liverpool won in the most bizarre circumstances in Monday’s Merseyside derby. That victory has papered over the cracks of what have been a string of subpar performance. Nevertheless, the Reds are a brickwall at the back and part of football is winning games when you’re not playing well.

Prediction: Liverpool Win & Both teams to score no – Liverpool have conceded just five goals all season, while Burnley’s attacking threat is currently non-existent.

Everton v Newcastle
Crystal Palace Form Guide LWDWL
Newcastle Form Guide DWWWL
  • Venue: Goodison Park
  • Wednesday 05 December 19:45
  • Referee: Lee Mason
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 3/5 D: 29/210 A: 6/1

About the Game:

An absolute howler from Jordan Pickford meant Everton lost the Merseyside derby in the 95th minute. That brought the Toffees good run to an end, but it was another decent performance, so there’s no reason to think they won’t return to winning ways here.

Newcastle’s winning run also came to an abrupt end after getting brushed aside by West Ham in front of their own fans. Benitez continues to work miracles at Newcastle, but it will be interesting to see how they bounce back from that defeat.

Prediction: Everton Win – Everton were seconds from their third consecutive clean sheet on Sunday. They are playing well and are more resolute at the back now.

Fulham v Leicester
Fulham Form Guide LLLWL
Leicester Form Guide DWDDW
  • Venue: Craven Cottage
  • Wednesday 05 December 19:45
  • Referee: David Coote
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 2/1 D: 5/2 A: 29/20

About the Game:

Claudi Ranieri couldn’t win against his former team Chelsea on Sunday, but he returns to another former team here to give it another shot. Ranieri pulled off a miracle during his time at Leicester and can surely expect a warm welcome. His Fulham team are improving and their attacking style means they should score at home, but their defence remains worryingly leaky.

Leicester are unbeaten in five and hitting some great form. Jamie Vardy is scoring goals and the defence is keeping clean sheets. The Foxes will fancy their chances of extending their unbeaten run here.

Prediction: Leicester Draw no bet – Fulham will give it a great go, but Leicester will have a game plan to exploit them on the counter. More importantly, they have the players to pull it off.

Wolves v Chelsea
Wolves Form Guide LLDLL
Chelsea Form Guide WWDLW
  • Venue: Molineux
  • Wednesday 05 December 19:45
  • Referee: Jonathan Moss
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 4/1 D: 29/10 A: 3/4

About the Game:

After a strong first quarter to the season, Wolves are now on an awful run, taking just one point front their last six matches. The aren’t creating enough chances and the defensive resilience from early on in the season has vanished. Things must improve quickly. This is the first real testing period Santos has faced as Wolves’ manager, so his reaction will be interesting to watch.

Chelsea returned to winning ways to cement third sport in the league. Patience paid off on Sunday against Fulham, but the Blues were far from their best. This will be another tricky encounter, but the Blues should prevail.

Prediction: Chelsea Over 1.5 team goals – The Wolves defence is porous and Chelsea are refinding their goalscoring rhthym with each game.

Tottenham v Southampton
Spurs Form Guide LWWWL
Soton Form Guide DLDLD
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Wednesday 05 December 20:00
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 2/5 D: 4/1 A: 8/1

About the Game:

Sunday’s North London derby was perhaps the game of the season so far, so defeat must have been a bitter pill to swallow for Spurs, especially after beating Chelsea so emphatically the game before. Spurs were second best on Sunday, but Southampton will not offer the same kind of threat as Arsenal did, so we expect a different outcome here.

Southampton showed massive signs of improvement against Manchester United but still managed to let a two goal lead slip. The Saints are still without a win in six, but crucially, have lost five of their six away games. There were signs of improvemnet in terms of the performance, but manager Marc Hughes was relieved of his duties on Monday. This is make or break time for the Saints.

Prediction: Tottenham Win & Over 2.5 goals – Southampton are weak away from home and with Harry Kane hitting his stride, we expect there to plenty of goals here.

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Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Bournemouth v Huddersfield Bournemouth Win 3/4 1.75
West Ham v Cardiff West Ham Win 7/10 2.93
Burnley v Liverpool Liverpool Win & Both teams to score no 10/11 5.60
Fulham v Leicester Leicester Draw no bet 4/6 9.34
Everton v Newcastle Everton Win 3/5 14.94

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