Burnley v Manchester City
The Clarets were doing OK till getting smashed off West Brom last time out and they look up against here. City will have designs on going back to the top of the table (temporarily at least) and are heavy odds on for the win. Pep Guardiola’s men are 11/10 to score three or more at Turf Moor and when you factor in that they have averaged 2.6 goals a game against Burnley in their last 14 meetings that looks a fair shout.
Betting: Manchester City to score three or more at 11/10 (Coral)
Hull City v West Brom
West Brom are on a bit of a roll and can make it three Premier League wins on the spin here by seeing off the Tigers. War Baggies!
Betting: West Brom to win at 13/8 (Paddy Power)
Leicester City v Middlesbrough
Leicester might begin the last 16 of the Champions League but their league form has been scruffy as f**k this season and they are as short as 12/1 in places to be relegated this season. I don’t see that actually happening but I wouldn’t back them with stolen money to beat Boro here.
Betting: Draw at 13/5 (bet365)
Liverpool v Sunderland
At 1/7 on I don’t remember many teams in the history of the Premier League being chalked up as short as Liverpool are here against the Black Cats. And this despite the fact that David Moyes’ Sunderland have won their last two. The Wearsiders have never won at Anfield in the Premier League and look booked in for another defeat here, with the classy Philippe Coutinho fancied to get among the goals.
Betting: Coutinho to score anytime at 17/16 (Unibet)
Swansea v Crystal Palace
Alan Pardew needs to pull his finger out of his a**e if he wants to still be in a job after Christmas. That’s because his Crystal Palace side are bottom of the pile when it comes to points won per game in 2016 and they have the worst record of any side in England’s top four divisions. The Eagles – on a run of five straight defeats – are averaging a scandalous 0.71 points per game in 2016 and the pressure is on Pardiola to stop the rot, starting with this trip to Swansea. This won’t be a cakewalk though and they’ll need to stop Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has had a hand in six of Swansea’s 11 goals scored in the top flight this season (three goals, three assists).
Betting: Sigurdsson to score first at 13/2 (bet365)
Chelsea v Tottenham
Spurs have not won at Stamford Bridge since February 1990, a time when Nelson Mandela was still incarcerated and all British people thought Nando’s were swimming trunks for grandparents. The Lilywhites could not be facing Chelsea at a worse time either. Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose miss the clash against a Chelsea side who have not shipped a league goal in over 585 minutes of football. The home win looks an absolute mortgage job here and while it would perhaps be irresponsible of me to encourage readers of this column to bet their entire Christmas shopping budget on the Blues, I say lump and lump on large.
Betting: Chelsea-Chelsea HT-FT at 9/5 (Bet Victor)
Watford v Stoke City
The Hornets have been pretty solid at home so far this season and should have enough quality to see off Stoke here, where one might expect goals to be at a premium.
Betting: Draw-Watford HT-FT at 5/1 (Betfred)
Arsenal v Bournemouth
The Gunners are currently in the midst of their traditional ‘November Wobble’ and need a win badly against the Cherries after fluffing their Champions a League lines against PSG in the week. I reckon they can be trusted to get past Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth here especially given the fact in-form Jack Wilshere won’t be lining up against his parent club.
Betting: Arsenal (-1) to win at 11/10 (Coral)
Manchester United v West Ham
The Red Devs are rock solid favourites here following Thursday’s demolition of Feyenoord in Europe. Wayne Rooney was brilliant against the Dutch, the only thing missing from a fantastic display being the Paul Merson ‘Lager, Lager, Lager!’ celebration that should have followed his opening goal. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was given a standing ovation by the OT faithful and it would be a ballsy call should Don Jose change that side (with the obvious exception of David De Gea coming back) for the visit of the Hammers. West Ham have lost eight from 10 visits to the Theatre of Dreams since Carlos Tevez slotted home past Fabian Barthez for that famous 1-0 win back in May 2007, and they’ll lose again on Sunday.
Betting: Manchester United (-1) to win at 13/10 (Stan James)
Southampton v Everton
I think it was newsreader Trevor McDonald who once said ‘When a team with solid home form meets a side who are s**te away sometimes you just have to stop f**king about overthinking things and smash the 6/5’. I think. Or it could have been Jimmy Corkhill off Brookside.
Betting: Southampton to win at 6/5 (bet365)