December has arrived which only means one thing for Premier League fans, a whole host of action to get stuck into. Manchester City and Liverpool were the big movers last time out, beating West Ham and Southampton respectively to make up ground on Chelsea above them. Ralf Rangnick is the man Manchester United have turned to in order to see a turnaround in their fortunes, whilst the pressure is starting to grow on Rafa Benitez at Everton. Newcastle are the only winless side in the division, and they will be keen to start their revival as soon as possible.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
EPL Week 14 Picks
Newcastle United vs Norwich City – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($2.1)
Norwich City ($4)
A relegation six-pointer is on the agenda at St James’s Park as Newcastle United take on Norwich City. The Toon are winless this season but have looked to have made some improvements under Eddie Howe in recent weeks and they will be looking to climb the table at a rate of knots. They will see this as a real opportunity against a Norwich City side that are also very much in the relegation scrap but have managed to start picking up some points under Dean Smith. Neither side will be too fearful heading into this one, but Newcastle should have the home crowd on side here and they could pick up a precious win.
Betting tip: Newcastle United to win the match
Newcastle United to win 2-1
Leeds United vs Crystal Palace – Elland Road
Leeds United ($2.4)
Crystal Palace ($3.35)
Struggling Leeds United will be looking to start picking up points quickly as they take on Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace at Elland Road. The whites picked up a decent point on the road at Brighton on Saturday but have only won a couple of games this season under Marcelo Bielsa and they need to string some wins together. They host a Crystal Palace side that have shone at times this season but their recent defeat to Aston Villa was somewhat of a reality check. This should be an excellent game in Yorkshire, with the draw looking the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw
Southampton vs Leicester City – St Mary’s Stadium
Leicester City ($3)
Southampton will be looking to bounce back from their trouncing at the hands of Liverpool as they take on Leicester City. The Saints haven’t been able to string results together this season but are an excellent side, particularly at home and they will see this as a real chance to have a crack at a side playing European football. Leicester City meanwhile got back to winning ways against Watford last time out and look to finally be finding some consistency this term. This should be a really good game, between two sides that like to play football, but Leicester are most likely to come out on top.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match
Leicester City to win 2-1
Watford vs Chelsea – Vicarage Road
League leaders Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways as they travel to former manager Claudio Ranieri and his Watford side. The Hornets picked up a famous win over Manchester United just 10 days ago but succumbed to a 4-2 drubbing by Leicester at the weekend and can’t seem to find the consistency. Chelsea meanwhile are top of the table and flying in the Champions League but were pegged back by Manchester United last week in the league and they will be seeking a response here. Watford are a decent side at home, but Chelsea should have too much for them here.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match
Chelsea to win 3-0
West Ham United vs Brighton – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($2.06)
Two sides that have enjoyed excellent starts to the season do battle as West Ham host Brighton at the London Olympic Stadium. The Hammers have been in sublime form this season, they sit 4th in the table and have progressed in both the Carabao Cup and Europa League with relative ease. They take on a Brighton side that have also enjoyed the dizzying heights of top 4 football this season but have dropped to 9th in recent weeks – something they will be keen to rectify. The Seagulls will give this a go, but West Ham are strong at home and should prevail here.
Betting tip: West Ham United to win the match
West Ham to win 2-1
Wolves vs Burnley – Molineux
Wolves will be looking to build on their superb recent run as they take on Sean Dyche’s Burnley side. The hosts are sitting pretty in 6th spot in the table and look to be thoroughly enjoying their football under Bruno Lage. They take on a Burnley side that have enjoyed 10 days rest due to snow postponing their meeting with Tottenham last weekend and the Clarets could be refreshed for this one. This should be an excellent game in the West Midlands, with Wolves most likely to edge it by the odd goal.
Betting tip: Wolves to win the match
Wolves to win 2-1
Aston Villa vs Manchester City – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($9.5)
Manchester City ($1.4)
Champions Manchester City travel to Aston Villa as they look to put a dent in Steven Gerrard’s unbeaten start in charge of the Villains. Having climbed to 13th under Gerrard’s stewardship and with wins over Brighton and Crystal Palace under their belt, the Villains should be confident heading into this one. City however are one of the toughest nuts to crack and they have closed the gap on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League to just one point. This should be an excellent game, with City likely to have just too much quality in key areas.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match
Manchester City to win 2-1
Everton vs Liverpool – Goodison Park
The Merseyside Derby is the headline fixture once more as Rafa Benitez takes on his former employers Liverpool. Benitez is a man under the pump though, with Everton currently on a 7 game winless run and languishing down in 14th place in the table. They welcome cross-city rivals Liverpool who are in sublime form and find themselves in 3rd place in the table, very much in the running for the Premier League title. Derbies are always hard to predict and whilst Everton will give this a good go, Liverpool should have way too much quality when it matters.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match
Liverpool to win 2-0
Tottenham Hotspur vs Brentford – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham will be looking to bounce back from an embarrassing Europa league defeat in Slovenia as they take on Brentford. The whites have Antonio Conte at the helm, who has been tasked with bringing trophies to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as quickly as possible. They take on a Brentford side that have acclimatised well to Premier League life and last Sunday’s 1-0 win over Everton saw them climb up to 12th in the table. This should be a very good game in North London, with Spurs most likely to seize the initiative and come out on top here.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match
Tottenham to win 2-1
Manchester United vs Arsenal – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($2.05)
Manchester United host old foes Arsenal in what is shaping up to be a real battle at Old Trafford. The Red Devils now have Ralf Rangnick at the helm and how they would love to build on last week’s gritty point on the road at Chelsea. Arsenal meanwhile are banging on the door of the top 4 under Mikel Arteta and confidence looks to be high in the Gunners camp. They comfortably beat Newcastle last time out and how they would love to back that up here at Old Trafford. This should be an excellent game, between two well matched sides and a draw looks the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw
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