The festive season is well underway, and with it comes a seemingly endless amount of Premier League action. Of course we are not complaining, and after an incredible round of midweek action the greatest League in the world returns for matchweek 16. Read on to see who EPL EGGHEADS is backing…
Bournemouth v Liverpool
Liverpool has done well to stay on the heels of Manchester City. City face Chelsea so Liverpool will want to win this and apply a little psychological pressure.
Bournemouth has been ok at home so far this season but I can’t see how they will be able to win this game. Don’t get me wrong Liverpool might not necessarily have it all their own way; I just can’t see the Reds losing. For this reason Liverpool/Draw + both teams to score @ 19/20 is appealing.
Cardiff v Southampton
Southampton has announced the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl taking over from Mark Hughes and I am quite excited! The Austrian manager comes into the League with quite a reputation after his achievements with Club RB Leipzig and is himself excited about the challenges the Premier League offers.
Southampton may have let a two-goal lead slip against Manchester United, but they did play well. Cardiff will pose a very real threat for the Saints on Saturday afternoon but I Think Hasenhuttl picks up 3 points in his first game in charge.
Back the Saints @ 33/20.
Arsenal v Huddersfield
Huddersfield have been really unlucky recently, on another day they could have come away with something from their games against both Bournemouth and Brighton, but still I cannot see David Wagner’s side trouble the Arsenal at the Emirates.
20 games unbeaten now for Unai Emry’s men and they are looking good. I don’t think they were at their level best against United – both of their goals were United defensive errors – but they are playing an attractive brand of football these days.
Arsenal to win with a (-1) handicap @ 15/20 is the tip.
West Ham v C Palace
I’m not sure what’s happened at Palace but they just don’t seem to be able to convert chances into goals. They looked so comfortable against Burnley but then a couple days later Brighton rinses them.
West Ham look to have turned a bit of a corner and are playing with real confidence at the moment. This really picks itself, West Ham win. Get on @ 5/4.
Manchester United v Fulham
Is this a must win game for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United? I mean in the context of top 4 surely it is. If United can’t beat Fulham at Old Trafford then I don’t know…
Fulham did well against Chelsea but they were never going to win. There has definitely been an improvement since King Claudio arrived but I think United have too much quality. I hope for United’s sake they continue with their approach to Wednesday evening’s game, if so (dare I say it) they could salvage their season.
I think the best value is found in the “Matchflow” market, back United to score first and then go on to win @ 5/10.
Burnley v Brighton
Brighton have had an excellent run of form recently, they’ve managed to go back to back against both Huddersfield and Palace and if they manage to come away with something from Turf Moor I think they can be proud.
Burnley showed a bit of character against Liverpool, they were up for the game and their home supporters got right behind them. I wouldn’t be surprised at any result here so I’ll go for both teams to score @ 1/1.
Chelsea v Manchester City
After a shock defeat to Wolves in midweek Maurizio Sarri’s men will want to get a positive result here. Naturally the rest of the League will be rooting for Chelsea to ‘do them a favour’ but I think Chelsea will want this for their own ambitions of a top 4 finish.
On form alone City win this no question, but as we all know all too well, football isn’t played on paper or in statistics.
City didn’t impress me against Watford and at times they looked really vulnerable. I think if Chelsea can make the most of their chances and take the game to City we could be in for a surprise here.
I’m going to stick my neck and out and say Chelsea win/draw + both teams to score @ 16/10.
Leicester v Tottenham
Spurs will have too much for Leicester. Leicester seem to give away too many chances to their opposition to think about winning this one. Spurs have had an incredible season thus far – apart from the second half at Arsenal – and I can’t see a reason for that to change at the King Power.
Yes, Leicester have threats in the likes of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison but I can’t see past a Spurs win. Back them @ 19/20.
Newcastle v Wolves
Toughest game of the weekend (in terms of taking a bet). Newcastle was hammered by West Ham but then went to Everton and got a point – The same Everton who gave Liverpool a hard time at Anfield. The same goes for Wolves. They had seemed to hit a brick wall recently; they didn’t look like winning and then went and beat Chelsea. I guess that is just another reason we love this League!
This could either challenge for game of the weekend, or peter out to nothing really. At 1/1 I’ll get behind both teams to score for this one.
Everton v Watford
This is another tricky game to call. I know many will disagree but I think Watford were unlucky against City in the week. Irrespective of how you’re getting dominated football is about taking your chances and Watford didn’t take theirs.
Everton were really good against Liverpool but really lack lustre against Newcastle. They are a good team but I think Marco Silva will be happy to take something away from this game.
I’m going to go with over 2.5 goals @ 17/20 for my bet though, get on!