Having seen the final Champions League and Europa League fixtures of 2019 played out this week, attention now moves on to the weekend’s Premier League fixtures. We are now moving towards a jam-packed festive period for top-flight football in England and this weekend’s fixtures have thrown up some intriguing match-ups. Here at Compare Betting Sites we will preview all ten games taking place from Saturday through to Monday, offering odds courtesy of our popular betting partner, Coral.
Saturday 14th December (kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Liverpool vs Watford (12:30pm)
The first game of the weekend will see league leaders, Liverpool, hope to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign as they welcome Watford to Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have dropped just two points from their opening 16 matches and a win at Saturday lunchtime will see the Reds open up an eleven-point lead over the chasing pack.
Liverpool are yet to keep a clean sheet at Anfield this season, conceding 19 goals in 12 league and cup games. They are however red-hot favourites to extend their club-record run of 33 league games unbeaten. Therefore, Liverpool to win and both teams to score will prove popular at 17/10.
All of Liverpool’s front three boast excellent goal-scoring records against Watford and will all be prominent in the betting for Saturday. Mo Salah has six goals in four league games against the Hornets whilst Roberto Firmino boasts as record of five in six. Top scorer, Sadio Mane, has five goals in five games versus Watford but having been rested last time out at AFC Bournemouth, bettors would be wise to wait for team news before committing to a first goal scorer selection.
Here are Coral’s latest goal scorer odds for Watford’s trip to Liverpool:
Mo Salah – 13/5
Sadio Mane – 3/1
Roberto Firmino – 3/1
Mo Salah – 7/10
Sadio Mane - 5/6
Roberto Firmino - 13/10
Watford are now under the management of former Leicester City boss, Nigel Pearson. Whilst Liverpool are inevitably favourites against struggling Watford, the impact a new manager can have on a team should not be underestimated.
Liverpool – 2/11
Draw – 6/1
Watford – 16/1
Burnley vs Newcastle United
Form is with the away side ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Burnley. Steve Bruce’s side are now just two points off fifth place after a run of just one loss in their past six league games. The Magpies also have the psychological edge over Burnley having won both home and away when the sides met last season.
In contrast to Newcastle’s fine run of form, Saturday’s hosts, Burnley, have lost six of their past eight league games, including each of the last three. The Clarets are however six points better off than they were at this time last season and will be encouraged by a spate of injuries that have hit Newcastle’s preparations. Top scorer, Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron are doubts and if they miss out they’ll join Allan Saint-Maximin, Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles, Ki Sung-Yeung and Matt Ritchie on the sidelines.
Burnley – 21/20
Draw – 23/10
Newcastle United – 14/5
Chelsea vs AFC Bournemouth
Chelsea have stuttered in the league recently, losing three of their last four games but the visit of AFC Bournemouth offers Frank Lampard’s side the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways. Bournemouth’s injury-ravaged squad have lost five consecutive league games; their worst run in Premier League history.
Nathan Ake is the latest defender to find himself on the Cherries treatment table. The ex-Chelsea defender sustained a hamstring injury in the defeat to Liverpool and is set for up to six weeks on the sidelines. With Chelsea’s transfer ban set to be lifted in January, the Blues are rumoured to be interested in bringing Ake back to Stamford Bridge. His current injury status and the alleged buy-back clause in Ake’s contract mean we may have seen him in a Bournemouth shirt for the last time.
If Ake returns to Chelsea, he’ll join a growing number of academy graduates in the first team squad. Another of those ex-youth players, Tammy Abraham, is the Blues’ top scorer this season and already has 11 Premier League goals to his name. Abraham will come up against a makeshift Bournemouth defence on Saturday so should be backed at 23/10 to score two or more. If you want a more conservative option then the England international is 1/2 to score at any time or 21/10 to score first.
Chelsea – 1/4
Draw – 5/1
AFC Bournemouth – 12/1
Leicester City vs Norwich City
Leicester City are emerging as serious title contenders and welcome struggling Norwich City to the King Power Stadium on a club-record run of eight consecutive league wins. The Foxes have scored at least two goals in each of those eight matches whilst Norwich have conceded at least two in 13 of their last 16 league games.
Jamie Vardy has been in red-hot form for Leicester and has scored in every game during their eight-game winning streak. Vardy is now closing in on his own record of scoring in eleven successive Premier League games. You can back the ex-England man to add to his 16 league goals at 4/11. Norwich City have conceded first in a league-high ten games already this season therefore, Leicester City players dominate the first scorer market. Vardy is inevitably at the head of this market at 7/4. If you’re looking to back someone at a bigger price then what about former Norwich City midfielder, James Maddison? Maddison has five league goals to his name this season and is 6/1 to score first.
Leicester City – 2/9
Draw – 11/2
Norwich City – 12/1
Sheffield United vs Aston Villa
Two promoted clubs meet at Bramall Lane as Sheffield United play host to Aston Villa having enjoyed contrasting starts to their respective returns to the top flight. The Blades currently sit eighth in the league, above Arsenal and just two points off Manchester United in fifth. Meanwhile, Aston Villa only remain out of the bottom three on goal difference.
Only Leicester City and Liverpool boast a better defensive record than Sheffield United after the first 16 league games of the season. Chris Wilder’s side have conceded just 16 times in the league but they have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their past five matches. Aston Villa have been less solid at the back, conceding 28 times but they do boast the best goal return of any side currently in the bottom half. Dean Smith’s side have scored 23 goals already this season with captain, Jack Grealish, at the top of the charts with six goals. Grealish is 9/1 to score first at Bramall Lane or 16/5 to score at any time.
Sheffield United claimed a 4-1 win in this fixture last season and could prove too good for Aston Villa again on Saturday. Sheffield United to win and both teams to score is 5/2 with Coral.
Sheffield United – 20/23
Draw – 13/5
Aston Villa – 16/5
Southampton vs West Ham United (5:30pm)
Saturday’s late fixture comes from the south coast where Southampton host West Ham United at St Mary’s. Hammers boss, Manuel Pellegrini, is the bookies’ overwhelming favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave this post. At 1/7 this fixture could prove to be win or bust for the Chilean.
West Ham’s surprise win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge recently offered Pellegrini some respite but his side now have seven defeats in their past nine league games.
Defeat for West Ham could see them finish the weekend in the bottom three, a position currently occupied by Saturday’s hosts, Southampton. The Saints are hoping to win a third consecutive home league game since 2016 and have been boosted by the recent form of striker, Danny Ings.
At 13/5, Ings is a great shout to score first on Saturday. If the Saints forward can find the back of the net against West Ham, he’ll become the first Southampton player to score in six consecutive Premier League games since James Beattie 16 years ago. Ings is 5/6 to score at any time.
Southampton – 10/11
Draw – 27/10
West Ham United – 11/4
Sunday 15th December
Manchester United vs Everton (2:00pm)
Duncan Ferguson is set to be in the Everton dugout again on Sunday as the Toffees continue their search for a new permanent manager. Ferguson can stake a claim for the permanent position with another positive performance at Old Trafford. The 47-year old oversaw a deserved 3-1 win against Chelsea last weekend and is currently the 3/1 third-favourite to be named as Marco Silva’s successor. David Moyes is tipped to make a return to Goodison Park and is currently the bookies’ 11/8 favourite whilst at 13/8 the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti would be a serious statement of intent from the Toffees.
Sunday’s hosts, Manchester United, have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes and followed up impressive league wins over Spurs and Manchester City with a comfortable 4-0 Europa League win over AZ Alkmaar on Thursday.
The Red Devils have not won three consecutive league games since January but they are unbeaten in all competitions at Old Trafford in ten matches. Sunday’s game will see Manchester United reach an incredible milestone as they are set to field at least one academy graduate for the 4,000th consecutive game; a run stretching back to 1937.
One academy graduate above all others has been instrumental in United’s recent upturn in fortunes. England international, Marcus Rashford, has already equalled his career-best tally of ten league goals in a season and seven of those have come at the Theatre of Dreams. Rashford is 10/11 to score at any time on Sunday whilst you can get a very tempting 13/5 on the Manchester United forward to open the scoring.
Manchester United – 4/5
Draw – 27/10
Everton – 7/2
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Tottenham Hotspur (2:00pm)
Two clubs that were in European action in midweek meet at Molineux as Wolves host Spurs on Sunday afternoon. Just one point and one position separate the two clubs in the league at the moment and the bookies’ odds highlight how tough this game will be to call.
Wolves have now gone eleven league games without defeat and September’s 5-2 loss to Chelsea is their only defeat at Molineux in their past sixteen meetings.
However, Sunday’s visitors have been rejuvenated since Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as manager. Spurs have lost just one of their four league games since Mourinho took charge and could quite easily prove too strong for Wolves in this.
Harry Kane is in fine goal-scoring form as always and has bagged nine league goals already in this campaign. However, it is his England teammate, Dele Alli, that has shown the biggest improvement since Mourinho took over. Alli now has three goals and three assists in Mourinho’s four league games. You can back the 23-year old to score at any time at Wolves at odds of 15/8.
Wolves’ main danger man in the past couple of seasons has been Raul Jimenez but the Mexican international has failed to score in any of his last three league games. As Jimenez endures a mini-drought, Diogo Jota, has stepped up. The Portugal international fired in a Europa League hat-trick in midweek to add to the brace he scored at Brighton last weekend. With five goals in a week, we are backing Jota to be amongst the goals again on Sunday. You can back the Wolves and Portugal forward at 13/5 to score at any time.
Wolverhampton Wanderers – 9/4
Draw – 12/5
Tottenham Hotspur – 6/5
Arsenal vs Manchester City (4:30pm)
By the time Manchester City take on manager-less Arsenal on Sunday the current Premier League champions could find themselves a massive 17 points behind league leaders, Liverpool, making their trip to the Emirates a must-win game.
City will again be without top scorer, Sergio Aguero, for the trip to north London. But, stand-in forward, Gabriel Jesus, will be buoyed by his midweek Champions League hat-trick. The Brazilian international has scored ten times in all competitions this season with every strike coming away from home. Jesus is 10/3 to open the scoring at the Emirates.
Arsenal ended a run of seven games without a win by claiming all three points at West Ham United last weekend but with just one clean sheet at home in the league this season, we are predicting City to prove too strong for the Gunners. Check out Coral’s 13/10 on Manchester City to win and both teams to score or the 7/5 on offer for City to win and over 3.5 match goals.
Arsenal – 11/2
Draw – 4/1
Manchester City – 4/9
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