As Christmas approaches, the Premier League table is beginning to take shape. But with the division still as unpredictable as ever, just about anything can happen in the English top flight. Here are some tips to aid your weekend’s betting. Remember to bet carefully and responsibly.
West Ham have won at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City this season, and they’ll be hoping to take another big scalp at Old Trafford. But the Hammers’ 4-1 defeat to Tottenham last month saw the end of Slaven Bilic’s side incredible run on the road. Manchester United are unbeaten in 13 Premier League games against West Ham, winning 11. The Red Devils could remain unbeaten in their opening seven league home matches for the first time since 2010-11; they beat West Ham 3-0 during that run. The visitors are three goals short of conceding 600 away from home in the Premier League.
Bournemouth have conceded 30 goals in the Premier League so far this season, the joint-most in the top flight with Newcastle United. Their incredible 3-3 draw against Everton last weekend proved that they can score goals too, but they’ll need to tighten things up at the back to avoid a thrashing against Chelsea. Jose Mourinho’s side were understandably conservative at White Hart Lane last weekend. Against Bournemouth, though, the Blues will surely go all out to emphatically secure all three points in the hope of getting the fans back onside.
Providing he doesn’t injure himself in the warm up, Daniel Sturridge will be keen to add to his midweek double against Southampton when Liverpool travel to struggling Newcastle. Jurgen Klopp’s side oozed confidence at St Mary’s, and Sturridge’s performance was emblamatic of what the team is striving to achieve under their new manager. Sturridge has scored in all three of his Liverpool league appearances against Newcastle, and has scored more times against the Magpies (6) than any other single opponent.
No Everton player has ever scored in five consecutive Premier League games - Romelu Lukaku could change that on Monday night against Crystal Palace. After scoring 10 goals in a total of 36 league appearances for the Toffees last season, Lukaku has already scored 10 in only 14 league matches this term. The Belgian was also on the scoresheet at Middlesbrough earlier in the week. His form shows no signs of stopping after becoming only the fifth player to score 50 Premier League goals before his 23rd birthday.
Arsenal vs. Sunderland - HOME WIN
Man United vs. West Ham - HOME WIN
Southampton vs. Aston Villa - HOME WIN
Swansea vs. Leicester - DRAW
Watford vs. Norwich - DRAW
West Brom vs. Tottenham - AWAY WIN
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