Hull City v Everton
The Toffees recorded an excellent 2-0 win on the road against Leicester last time out and Romelu Lukaku looked sharp once again in that one. Hull were put to the sword by a rampant Manchester City side and it is getting difficult now to see just how they are going to arrest such dire recent form.
Betting: Half-time result – Everton at 17/10 (Coral)
Burnley v Sunderland
It’s all about the home form here. The Black Cats are tough to beat on Wearside but look a different animal away from the Stadium of Light, losing six of their last seven away games. Burnley meanwhile have won four of their last five home games and look a proper tempter here at 29/20.
Betting: Burnley to win at 29/20 (Hills)
Chelsea v Stoke City
Chelsea are fast turning into the story of the season and have never lost to Stoke at Stamford Bridge. The Blue machine just keeps churning out win after win and surely only a small minority of idiots will be thinking about backing Mark Hughes’ men here.
Betting: Chelsea to win to nil at 21/20 (Bet Victor)
Leicester City v West Ham
Slaven Bilic’s side have drawn at Liverpool and Manchester United in recent times while last time out they thumped Swansea 4-1 in their own back yard. The Hammers have actually won three on the spin so I am at a bit of a loss as to why the camel coats have them as big as 11/4 to beat a Leicester side who are a mere shadow of the immovable force that shocked the world of football last season.
Betting: West Ham to win at 11/4 (Paddy Power)
Manchester United v Middlesbrough
The Boro have shattered many an odds-on jolly away from home this season having secured draws at Arsenal and Manchester City already. They’ll be setting up not to lose this too but face a United side who are hitting some real form. Paul Pogba has looked sensational in recent weeks and has been the driving force behind the Red Devils’ resurgence. The Frenchman is creating chances and looks a fair price at 15/8 to add to his goal tally in this.
Betting: Pogba to score anytime at 15/8 (Betfred)
Southampton v West Brom
The Saints are unbeaten in six meetings with the Baggies but could still be hurting following that 4-1 home defeat by Spurs. West Brom are very organised and I can see them grinding out a point at St Mary’s.
Betting: Draw at 11/4 (Hills)
Swansea v Bournemouth
It has not been the best Christmas for Bob Bradley. Sacked by Swansea then going onto talkSPORT and swearing about the fact Swansea made a mistake in sacking him after just 85 days. For what it is worth I do feel sorry for the big American, who wasn’t even afforded a single transfer window so he could put his own stamp on the squad. Ryan Giggs, Chris Coleman and that rubber-faced old rascal Harry Redknapp have all since been linked with the vacant post but the Swans need to turn things around ASAP after a run if just two wins from 11 matches.
Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 2/1 (Hills)
Liverpool v Manchester City
The Premier League fixture computer deserves mad f**king props here. What a game to see out 2016, and goals look all but assured. No team has scored more goals than Liverpool this season, who looked excellent in smashing Stoke 4-1 the other night. Both teams have now won their last three but the suspicion is Pep Guardiola’s City might not be able to live with the Reds at Anfield.
Betting: Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 3/1 (bet365)
Watford v Tottenham
Spurs closed the gap on Arsenal and the top four to just one point by winning at St Mary’s, where Dele Alli was so brilliant he got Jamie Redknapp all hot under the collar. Redknapp claimed Del Boy “possesses everything to become one of the best midfielders in the world” before likening him to Stevie Gerrard. Alli has six goals already this season and might be worth tickling to score first here.
Betting: Alli to score first at 13/2 (Paddy Power)
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Arsene Wenger going up against Big Sam once again should be tasty but it is hard to make a case for Palace here. They remain a threat going forward but there is a frailty about them defensively that the likes of Alexis Sanchez and the mercurial Mesut Ozil can expose here. Arsenal, who have won six of their last seven against the Eagles, are the pick.
Betting: Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 2/1 (Betfair)