Premier League Preview – Week 15
Chelsea v Newcastle
The Toon Army stopped the rot in midweek, rescuing a point after going 2-0 down at The Hawthorns against West Brom, following a run of four consecutive league defeats. The current champions fell further behind runaway leaders Manchester City last weekend, grabbing a late point at Anfield against Liverpool, but extended their unbeaten streak in the league to seven with a midweek win at home to struggling Swansea. With seven rounds of games to come over the hectic festive period, all against sides currently sitting in tenth place or below, Chelsea will need to replicate their December form of last year in order to put any pressure on City.
Prediction:- Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle
Top Tip:- Chelsea to win and both teams to score 15/8 – SkyBet
Outsider:- Morata and Hazard both to score 11/4 – SkyBet
Brighton v Liverpool
The home side are proving no pushovers, giving Manchester United a real game in a narrow 1-0 defeat last Saturday, and a dull 0-0 against bitter rivals Crystal Palace at the Amex in midweek means Brighton still remain in the top half. Their opponents Liverpool are going from strength to strength, only a freakish Willian goal late on prevented them from defeating Chelsea last weekend, and they had the luxury of benching both Coutinho and top goalscorer Mo Salah for the midweek trip to Stoke. The Egyptian dynamo still managed to come off the bench and add to his ever-growing tally, meaning it’s now twelve Premier League goals in fourteen games. You would not bet against the league’s top marksman furthering that total against the Seagulls.
Super 6 Prediction:- Brighton 0-2 Liverpool
Top Tip:- Half Time/Full Time Liverpool/Liverpool – 11/10 SkyBet
Outsider:- Salah to outscire the opposition 3/1 – SkyBet
Everton v Huddersfield
With Sam Allardyce taking the reins at Goodison Park, a new era is set to be ushered in on Merseyside. A Wayne Rooney treble in midweek in a 4-0 rout of fellow strugglers West Ham was a timely boost for Big Sam, after the crushing loss to Southampton prior to that. Huddersfield are starting to learn what the Premier League can be like, a cruel loss at home to Manchester City, sandwiched between two heavy away defeats to Bournemouth and Arsenal respectively, the latter a 5-0 loss, a somewhat unrepresentative scoreline. Both outfits sit side-by-side in the table, in 13th and 14th, and a win for either would push them towards the top-half. The Terriers have failed to score away since the opening day, a statistic which needs marked improvement if they are to survive this term.
Super 6 Prediction:- Everton 2-1 Huddersfield
Top Tip:- Everton to win – 7/10 SkyBet
Outsider:- RAB – Everton to win, Over 2.5 Goals, Under 12 Match Corners and 50+ Book img points 11/1 – SkyBet
Leicester City v Burnley
Two in-form sides clash at the King Power in an intriguing contest. The clarets are in sixth, having started unbelievably well, their latest away triumph coming on the South Coast against Bournemouth in midweek. They have taken double the amount of points on the road already than they did in the whole of last season. Likewise, Leicester have been impressive recently since Claude Puel took charge. A well deserved victory over Tottenham sees them occupy a top half spot also, so expect an high-octane clash full of attacking threat.
Super 6 Prediction:- Leicester 2-2 Burnley
Top Tip:- Both Teams To Score 10/11 – SkyBet
Outsider:- Vardy 1st Scorer 4/1 – SkyBet
Stoke City v Swansea City
Arguably two of the least in-form sides meet in a crucial battle. Mark Hughes is under pressure as Stoke manager, as is Paul Clement, with both men leading the betting market for the next Premier League managers to leave. As it is, Swansea sit nineteenth, 3 points from safety, without a win in six and just seven goals scored in thirteen, the lowest total in the league. Stoke have won just once since September having let 29 goals in, only West Ham have a worse defence. The importance on this game is not lost on both clubs, however another loss for Clement’s side could spell the end of his reign.
Super 6 Prediction:- Stoke 2-0 Swansea
Top Tip:- Stoke to win 10/11 – SkyBet
Outsider:- Choupo-Moting to score first 11/2 – SkyBet
Watford v Tottenham
Both sides will be looking to bounce back from defeats in midweek to Man United and Tottenham respectively. The visitors have a hit a slump domestically, not winning since before the international break, and have slid to seventh as a result. The absence of Toby Alderweireld in defence has proved damaging and the return of Erik Lamela after a year out is a welcome boost. Watford have shown they can be a force under Marco Silva going forward, but another four goals shipped in midweek means it is now 25 conceded in the league.
Super 6 Prediction:- Watford 1-2 Tottenham
Top Tip:- Over 2.5 Goals 4/6 – SkyBet
Outsider:- RAB – Kane to score, Tottenham to score 2+ goals, 6+ Tottenham corners and 20+ match booking points 7/2 – SkyBet
West Brom v Crystal Palace
Alan Pardew makes his bow against his former club Crystal Palace, whilst opposite number Roy Hodgson also returns to his former club at The Hawthorns. Palace have been on an upward curve recently, although they still occupy the bottom spot. Albion’s fragilities were exposed midweek when they surrendered a two-goal lead at home to Newcastle. It is no win in twelve now, although the draw away at Tottenham last week should provide Pardew with reason to be encouraged. A fast start under Pardew is required, given that they have Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal all to come before the year is out.
Super 6 Prediction:- West Brom 1-0 Crystal Palace
Top Tip:- Under 2.5 Goals 8/15 – SkyBet
Outsider:- Rondon 1st Scorer 11/2 – SkyBet
Arsenal v Manchester United
Another big meeting of two top sides at a critical time for the visitors. The arrival of their neighbours City in next week’s Manchester derby is being billed as make-or-break in terms of the title race, although the Gunners will fancy their chances of further damaging any title aspirations, given that they are yet to drop a point at the Emirates this campaign. However, the absence of their top goalscorer Alexandre Lacazette is a blow. United will need to improve their away record against the top six if they are to get anything from the game. In their seven away games under Mourinho, they have failed to win or score in any of them. Misfiring Romelu Lukaku is under pressure to deliver a big performance, after just one strike in his last ten appearances.
Prediction:- Arsenal 1-1 Man United
Top Tip:- Draw 12/5 – SkyBet
Outsider:- Xhaka and Pogba both to be carded 10/1 – SkyBet
Bournemouth v Southampton
A South Coast derby kicks off Super Sunday, and with just two points separating both clubs, its is about more than just bragging rights. Raheem Sterling’s 96th minute winner in midweek was heartbreak for Southampton, whom thought they’d done enough to snatch a a point from the Etihad. Bournemouth looked worryingly exposed in their 2-1 home defeat to Burnley, and they will need to tighten up defensively if they are to keep out the Saints. After a bizarre lecture from Pep Guardiola regarding his play, winger Nathan Redmond will be looking to make an impact, as will Charlie Austin, who scored two impressive headers in their 4-1 defeat of Everton last Sunday.
Prediction:- Bournemouth 1-2 Southampton
Top Tip:- Both Teams To Score 5/6 – SkyBet
Outsider:- Austin to score a header 15/2 – SkyBet
Manchester City v West Ham
If form is anything to go by, then this contest simply shouldn’t be one. City have amassed forty points quicker than any other side in Premier League history, the Hammers would simply be happy to have that total come May. West Ham were swept aside by Everton 4-0 in midweek, although had a Lanzini penalty been scored at 2-0, the game may well have turned out very differently. Raheem Sterling has been the hero this week, scoring two late winners in gritty wins over Huddersfield and Southampton. With a trip to bitter rivals Man United next weekend, City will look to extend their imperious record before at mouthwatering clash.
Prediction:- Man City 4-0 West Ham ‘
Top Tip:- Man City -2 Goal Handicap 8/11
Outsider:- Over 2.5 Goals, Over 10.5 Corners, Over 35 Booking Points 10/3 – SkyBet
Everton to win – 7/10
Leicester-Burnley Both Teams To Score – 10/11
Stoke to win – 10/11
Watford-Tottenham Over 2.5 Goals – 4/6
West Brom-Crystal Palalce Under 2.5 Goals – 8/15
£10.00 Stake with SkyBet pays = £158.34
- 1 Chelsea v Newcastle
- 2 Brighton v Liverpool
- 3 Everton v Huddersfield
- 4 Leicester City v Burnley
- 5 Stoke City v Swansea City
- 6 Watford v Tottenham
- 7 West Brom v Crystal Palace
- 8 Arsenal v Manchester United
- 9 Bournemouth v Southampton
- 10 Manchester City v West Ham
- 11 Accumulator Tip