We have ten games in the Premier League this weekend, eight on Saturday and two on Sunday, with the big game of the weekend taking place on Saturday evening. That game is a clash between Arsenal and Manchester United, two teams who are currently in the top four and would love to get a win over their rivals.
Manchester United are already at the stage where they can’t really let Manchester City get any further ahead in the Premier League, and that means they need to win this game, despite it being tough. City already have an eight-point lead over United, and with them facing West Ham at home, they are likely to pick up another three points this weekend.
Arsenal will also be looking to win the game to remain in the top four after showing some improved form to fight their way into the top four over the past few weeks. That improved form has included a great victory over London rivals Tottenham and they will be hoping for a similarly good performance against another rival this Saturday evening.
The first and third-placed Manchester City and Chelsea both look to have relatively easy games this weekend and should be able to consolidate their league positions without much trouble. The other two clubs challenging for the top four have tough away games, with Liverpool travelling to Brighton and Tottenham travel to Watford. From being in third place, Tottenham are now 7th after just one win from their last five games, something they must improve on very quickly if they are to recover.
At the bottom of the table, there are many great games taking place and teams will be desperate to pick up the valuable points that are on offer. The biggest game at the bottom of the table sees 17th placed West Brom host bottom club Crystal Palace. West Brom are just ahead of the relegation zone and need to start winning and get themselves clear before it is too late and they are involved in the scrap after Christmas. Crystal Palace are still bottom of the league, but are on the up and have performed but better recently, losing just one of their last five.
Elsewhere 16th placed Stoke host 19th placed West Ham in what is another important game at the bottom of the table. While Stoke have done ok so far, they are not clear of the relegation zone and games like this against their rivals are huge for them if they want to kick clear and create a gap. Swansea have been very disappointing recently and desperately need a win to improve their position, playing against another rival who is down there will give them hope that they can take something from the game.
The final game to mention is Everton at home to Huddersfield, Everton are on the way up and they are trying to climb the table, while Huddersfield are slipping down the table towards the relegation zone. A good run of games would bring the feel-good factor back to Everton and that is what they will be aiming for before Christmas, while Huddersfield will be desperate to stop their slide down the table. That should give us a good contest between these two clubs, both need the points for different reasons and will no doubt be battling hard to land them.
Chelsea v Newcastle – Chelsea win
Brighton v Liverpool – Draw
Everton v Huddersfield – Everton win
Leicester v Burnley – Draw
Stoke v Swansea – Stoke win
Watford v Tottenham – Tottenham win
West Brom v Crystal Palace – West Brom win
Arsenal v Manchester United-Arsenal win
Bournemouth v Southampton – Draw
Manchester City v West Ham-Manchester City win
What Games are on TV?
Chelsea v Newcastle – Saturday 12:30 pm, Sky Sports
Chelsea host Newcastle at Stamford Bridge and both come here on the back of very different recent records. In their last five games, both have drawn one game, but that is where the similarities end, Chelsea have won the other four while Newcastle have lost the other four. This is going to be a huge test for Newcastle and with the run, they are on it is nearly impossible to fancy them for this trip to London. Chelsea should be far too strong and can win this game comfortably.
Arsenal v Manchester United – Saturday 5:30 pm, BT Sport
The big game of the weekend sees Manchester United travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal on Saturday evening. Arsenal have fought their way into the top four and will want to stay there, while Manchester United cannot afford for their rivals Manchester City to get any further ahead in the league standings. That should make for a cracking game, although Arsenal have been playing very well recently and grinding out results, and they can do that again in this one, and take what should be a very good game on Saturday evening.
Bournemouth v Southampton – Sunday 1:30 pm, Sky Sports
Bournemouth and Southampton have really struggled to get going, although at the start of the season Bournemouth were performing much worse. They have fought their way back and are now out of the relegation zone and just two points behind Southampton. Neither team have played too well recently, Bournemouth have won two, lost two and drawn one from their last five while Southampton have won one, lost three and drawn one. It is an important game for both teams, and both will want to win but they may have to share the spoils, with a draw looking like the most likely result.
Manchester City v West Ham – Sunday 4 pm, Sky Sports
The first game of the weekend looks to be a real mismatch and as the last game of the weekend, this also looks to be the same. Manchester City are flying high at the top of the Premier League right now and West Ham look to have little hope of being able to stop them. City are still unbeaten this season,
while West Ham have lost three and drawn two of their last five, and are now in the relegation zone. Anything other than a convincing Manchester City win to end the weekend’s action would be a huge surprise on Sunday.
All betting odds correct at the time of writing.
Accumulator punters will have their eye on this weekend, with many of the big clubs playing lower clubs, setting up what you be described by some people as a banker acca. The main two teams in pretty much every accumulator this season are going to be Chelsea, who are best priced at 1/4 and Manchester City who are priced at 1/8. To add to your accumulator many people will be looking towards Liverpool who are priced at 1/2 and Tottenham who are 8/11, both of them are away from home.
Those who are looking for value will notice West Brom are 6/4 at home against Crystal Palace, the same price as what Arsenal are at home to Manchester United in the big game of the weekend. If you like backing draws then the games between Leicester and Burnley, and Bournemouth and Southampton will no doubt interest you, and you can back the draw at 27/10 and 23/10 respectively.
– Those who want to place a bet on the big game this weekend can take advantage of a huge offer from Coral on the game. They are offering new customers 25/1 on a goal to be scored in the game by either team, which is a huge price in what looks like being a hugely competitive game between two teams who score plenty of goals.
– If you fancy Chelsea to beat Newcastle in the first game of the weekend then Ladbrokes have a huge offer on for you to take advantage of. They are offering new customers the chance to back Chelsea at 25/1 to win the game, a huge price and much bigger than elsewhere for those who think Chelsea can win.
– If you are looking for a value multiple bet the William Hill have enhanced a treble for the weekend. They have enhanced the price on Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham to all win their games from 3/1 to 6/1. That is a huge enhancement, giving you back double returns compared to the standard price, so is certainly one to take advantage of if you fancy the three teams to win.
– If you are looking to back a first goalscorer this weekend then take a look at the offer you can take advantage of with Betfred. If your player scores first during the game they will pay you out at the normal price, however, if your player goes on to score a second you get double the odds and if he scored a third you will get treble the odds. This is a great fun promotion and could mean you get paid out a huge amount of money if your first goalscorer goes on to score a hat-trick in the game