Premier League Matchday 16 Preview – Prediction + Tips for 2017/18

The games are racking up for the Premier League’s elite, who, after games last weekend, played European football in midweek. Next up are this weekend’s fixtures, followed immediately by midweek games next week.

Chelsea start us off once again, with a London derby against struggling West Ham. All eyes though will be on the most anticipated fixture of the season, the Manchester Derby, on Sunday afternoon.

Match of the Day

Sunday’s match of the day is perhaps the game we’ve all been waiting since the start of the season, when both Manchester clubs made it clear they were going to be title challengers. The Manchester derby could be the one that dictates the two teams’ fortunes over the short-term, while it will certainly have some influence in the long-term too..

Manchester United v Manchester City
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  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Sunday 10th December 16:30
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 11/5 D: 5/2 A: 23/20

About the Game:

Manchester United featured in our game of the week last week and what a cracker that was. Emerging winners in that game against Arsenal was no easy feat. Arsenal were unlucky to lose, but it’s a credit to the strength and organisation of United that they took three points from an incredibly tough game. That and the fact that they have David de Gea in goal. The Spaniard made fourteen key saves and without him, United surely wouldn’t have fared so well.

The damage done by that encounter remains to be seen, though one certainty is that United will be without Paul Pogba, after a straight red card sees the Frenchman banned. This is a key loss and may force Mourinho to alter his setup somewhat. Nemanja Matic is also carrying a knock but managed to play through the full ninety last week, though if he too is out, United’s midfield will be critically weakened. Elsewhere, Phil Jones has rejoined training and could soon be back in the team. Romelu Lukaku couldn’t end his goal drought last week and still has just one goal in the last eight league games. In comparison, he had scored seven in his first eight. He did however get on the score-sheet in United’s win against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night in the Champions League. United came from behind in that match to top the group, with five wins from six games.

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Manchester City too had a testing fixture last weekend, though somewhat more surprisingly. West Ham setup to defend and did so very well, even taking the lead before the break. City, as they have consistently done this season, found a way through though, and are on their way to breaking a number of Premier League records.

Pep will face far less personnel headaches than his counterpart Mourinho. John Stones and Benjamin Mendy remain the only injuries, while all are aware of the heaps of attacking talent at his disposal. David Silva didn’t travel with the squad for Wednesday night’s Champions League match, but this is said to have been more of a caution than an injury. Incidentally, City lost that Champions League match, the first time they’ve tasted defeat in 227 days. Guardiola said after the match that his team needed to lose to regain their focus. But in truth, not too much stock should be put into that defeat. City changed seven players from the weekend’s win against West Ham, whilst handing a debut to 17 year old Phil Foden. City will be back at full-strength for this match, though Silva will be a huge loss, should his injury be worse than thought.

Prediction: Manchester City Draw no bet – United are formidable at home, with just one goal conceded in the league. But City are always formidable and the loss of Pogba will be key in the midfield battle. City may not win this one, but we don’t expect them to lose.

Rest of the Premier League Games

The action begins in London on Saturday with the early kick-off a London derby between West Ham and Chelsea. The Manchester derby rounds off the action, while there is also a tasty Merseyside derby on Sunday afternoon between high-flying Liverpool and Everton.

West Ham v Chelsea
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  • Venue: London Stadium
  • Saturday 09th December 12.30
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 13/2 D: 16/5 A: 9/20

About the Game:

The Hammers can count themselves unlucky not to have gotten a point on Sunday against Manchester City. They can’t dwell on that game though; next up is Chelsea, followed by another tough fixture against Arsenal. The gap between those in the relegation zone and those above is already growing and West Ham could soon find themselves in an almost irreversible situation if they don’t pick up points soon. Michail Antonio is back from injury and played against City, though the defensive problems continue, with Fonte and Reid likely to miss out again, and Cheikhou Kouyaté also potentially absent.

It was the Eden Hazard show last weekend in Chelsea’s match against Newcastle, as the Belgian scored and assisted to propel Chelsea to victory. He will be key for Chelsea over the Christmas period, as he was on Tuesday in the Blues’ final Champions League match. However, Chelsea could only draw with Athletico Madrid, meaning they finished second in the group, behind Roma. Nevertheless, Chelsea are on a fine run and have only lost once, against Roma, since mid October.

Prediction: Chelsea win – With five wins and four clean sheets in their last six, it’s difficult to envisage Chelsea slipping up here.

Burnley v Watford
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  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Saturday 09th December 15:00
  • Referee: Lee Probert
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 11/8 D: 11/5 A: 2/1

About the Game:

Burnley narrowly slipped to defeat again last week, their second in five games. While it’s results that count, the Clarets have maintained a high performance level and are well on course for the best points score in the Premier League. This is another testing match though and Burnley’s famously resolute defence will have to be at its best to keep out the attacking talents of visiting Watford.

An impressive draw against Tottenham last week earned the Hornets another point as they sit comfortably within the top ten. Watford are just one win behind Burnley and can overtake them with a win here, so there’s an extra incentive. Not that the Hornets need one. They’ve played some fantastic attacking football this season and we expect nothing different here.

Prediction: Both teams to score – A tough one to call. Burnley score few but are tight at the back, while Watford are exactly the opposite. Watford have scored in almost all their away games and Burnley are strong at home.

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth
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  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Saturday 09th December 15:00
  • Referee: Kevin Friend
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 19/20 D: 5/2 A: 14/5

About the Game:

Palace finally got themselves off the bottom of the table at the expense of Swansea with a draw against Brighton. That’s four games unbeaten now and Palace have undeniably improved under Hodgson. With form and fixtures on their side, Palace will be hoping to shoot up the table over December.

Bournemouth too are on a good run after a disastrous start to the season. They’ve lost just one of their last five and sit five points above Palace and the relegation zone. Bournemouth will be without Adam Smith, who is suspended, though there are no other new injuries.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Two teams that are at the wrong end of the table, but are in relatively good form and scoring goals.

Huddersfield v Brighton
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  • Venue: Kirklees Stadium
  • Saturday 09th December 15:00
  • Referee: Stuart Attwell
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 8/5 D: 2/1 A: 19/10

About the Game:

Huddersfield are on a poor run that has seen them lose their last four matches. A game against fellow promotion winners Brighton would seem a good game to try and get back to winning ways, but the Seagulls are proving a difficult team to beat this season. Liverpool managed it with ease last week, but Huddersfield are having real problems scoring goals lately; they’ve scored just four goals in their last nine games.

A run of four games without a win has seen Brighton drop out of the top ten, but on the whole, the Seagulls are still performing well. Defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool are, it’s perhaps not unfair to say, expected, though the manner of last week’s defeat to Liverpool will have been disappointing. Brighton can pick themselves up though and look forward to a very winnable fixture.

Prediction: Brighton Draw no bet – The Seagulls will pick themselves up after last week’s defeat against a struggling Huddersfield.

Tottenham v Stoke
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  • Venue: Wembley
  • Saturday 09th December 15:00
  • Referee: Roger East
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 1/4 D: 19/4 A: 10/1

About the Game:

Tottenham’s misery continues as they dropped yet more points against Watford last week. Toby Alderweireld looks set for an extended stay on the sidelines and is a key loss, as Spur’s defence looks noticeably weaker in his absence. The defensive problems were also compounded after Davinson Sánchez received a red card and is suspended until December 23rd. Tottenahm were given a confidence boost on Wednesday though, where victory against APOEL meant they topped their Champions League group ahead of Real Madrid.

Stoke came from behind to snatch victory from struggling Swansea last week, after being inspired by another fantastic performance from Xherdan Shaqiri. This will be a much tougher test, though Mark Hughes knows that Tottenham are currently low on confidence and don’t seem to like playing at Wembley. This could be an interesting encounter.

Prediction: Over 1.5 goals – We expect goals here, with Stoke hitting some decent form and Spurs looking like they have finally re-found form.

Swansea v West Brom
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  • Venue: Liberty Stadium
  • Saturday 09th December 15:00
  • Referee: Mike Dean
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 29/20 D: 2/1 A: 21/10

About the Game:

Defeat to Stoke last week means that Swansea have now replaced Crystal Palace at the foot of the table. The Swans haven’t won since the middle of October and have picked up just one point in the time since. Paul Clement has a real job on his hands to motivate the players and turn this one around. This week’s opponents are also struggling, but have improved since parting ways with former manager Tony Pulis.

West Brom sit precariously just one win above the relegation zone, but have put together a run of three games unbeaten. The Baggies have drawn all three of those and are still without a win since the second week of the season, but they have improved and now have Alan Pardew in-place. One win could get the Baggies back into form and this is the perfect chance to try to get it.

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals – A tough one to call in terms of who will win, with neither team in form, but one thing both teams are doing of late is struggling to score.

Newcastle v Leicester
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  • Venue: St Jame’s Park
  • Saturday 09th December 17:30
  • Referee: Neil Swarbrick
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 6/4 D: 9/4 A: 9/5

About the Game:

Like fellow promotion winners Huddersfield, Newcastle are another team on a very bad run of form. The Magpies haven’t won any of the last six, while drawing just one. This is another tough fixture against one of the most in-form teams in the league, but nevertheless, Newcastle will have to stop leaking goals and losing matches soon, to halt their fall down the table.

Another impressive result and great performance last week meant Leicester beat Burnley by a single goal and moved up to ninth in the table. The Foxes have lost five games this season and all of them have come against the current top five teams. That suggests that they struggle against the best of the best, but Leicester are in great form, and have had no problems against any other teams they’ve faced of late.

Prediction: Leicester Draw no bet – Leicester are in fantastic form and don’t expect them to lose this match.

Southampton v Arsenal
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  • Venue: St Marys’
  • Sunday 10th December 12:00
  • Referee: Bobby Madley
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 16/5 D: 23/10 A: 10/11

About the Game:

Nothing could separate Southampton and Bournemouth last week as the Saints earned a point in a tricky fixture. It’s the kind of game that Southampton from seasons past would have won, but the Saints are lacking a cutting edge this year. Charlie Austin has been the man to step forward and score goals, but he will have his work cut out for him to get on the score-sheet here.

Arsenal took part in what was undoubtedly the match of the season last week and despite being by far the better team, they lost the match 3-1 to Manchester United. If the Gunners play like that in an attacking sense, they won’t struggle this season. Though defensively they must improve, as it was two defensive mistakes that led to the opponent’s first two goals. Mustafi went off with an injury and could miss out, which will not help the Gunners defensive problems.

Prediction: Arsenal win – The Gunners were desperately unlucky to lose last week. Play even half as well here as they did in the last match and they should have no problems winning.

Liverpool v Everton
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  • Venue: Anfield
  • Sunday 10th December 14:15
  • Referee: Craig Pawson
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 2/7 D: 17/4 A: 9/1

About the Game:

Liverpool have some of the best form in the league currently and that confidence is high at the club was evident last week against Brighton. With the attacking talent at their disposal, Liverpool should be capable of easily doing away with opponents and they are doing so with style of late. Joel Matip is injured, which won’t help Liverpool’s much talked about defensive weaknesses, but elsewhere, Klopp has a wealth of options at his disposal. Wednesday’s Champions League match highlighted the scary potential of Liverpool as they cruised to another massive 7-0 victory and qualified top of their group.

Everton seem to have well and truly turned things around and are up to 10th place, with two wins on the bounce and three in their last five. What an occasion to try to officially mark their return back to form then, as a Merseyside derby awaits. The Toffees also have two clean sheets in a row, but this will be the toughest test their defence has faced for a while.

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals – Both teams are scoring for fun of late and neither will want to lose one of the World’s most fiercely fought derbys.

Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*

Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Burnley v Watford Both teams to score 19/20 1.95
West Ham v Chelsea Chelsea win 9/20 2.82
Swansea v West Brom U 2.5 goals 19/40 3.17
Newcastle v Leicester Leicester Draw no bet 10/11 6.96
Liverpool v Everton O 2.5 goals 19/40 10.74

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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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