English Premier League Review For Week 14

Liverpool Coach Jurgen Klopp

Nigel Seeley

Friday, December 2, 2016 4:26 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 4:26 PM UTC

With Man City and Chelsea kicking off the weekend, we take a brief look at the different odds for the English Premier League's action. Read on as we go through all the matches and provide the best betting angles available for you.


The biggest game of the weekend and arguably the biggest match of the 2016/17 season is Saturday lunchtime's clash from Etihad between Manchester City and table toppers Chelsea.

The home side are the clear favourites with the layers at a short looking 2.20 and with two wins against their title rivals last season both 3-0 and no loses in the last five against the Londoners' recent history is certainly on their side. Just two months ago Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was the bookies odds-on favourite to lose his job at Stamford Bridge after an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at Arsenal. Since that loss, he's reverted to a back three and has won seven Premier League matches on the spin and kept six clean sheets in the process.

The Blues' are 3.70 with BetVictor to maintain their winning form, but yet again I think that is opposable as they might be happy to take a point from what is their toughest test of the season. With so much attacking flair on display for both sides but mainly the two top strikers in the Premier League Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero it will come as a surprise to most that I like the under 2.5 goals in this match at 2.15 with Betfair Sportsbook.

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No team has a worse record in the Premier League in 2016 than Crystal Palace and it's impossible to make any case for the Eagles in this one even at the 3.50 being offered by Bet365. Alan Pardew is under serious pressure at Selhurst Park and he needs a win if he's got any slim chance of hanging on to his job. Last week Palace were awful in 5-4 defeat at fellow strugglers Swansea and judging by the defending in that game they look certain to concede against the in-form visitors. The Saints' are 2.30 for the win and they will arrive in south London in great spirit after a 2-0 cup success against Arsenal at The Emirates in midweek and they are a strong fancy to get three points.

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As far as Premier League games go this one at The Bet365 Stadium between Stoke and Burnley is one that I would avoid like the plague. This is certainly not a game for football purists and it's not a surprise that under 2.5 goals is in my thoughts and the 2.00 available does look tempting.

Burnley just don't score goals away from Turf Moor with just one goal on their travels and I can't see Stoke scoring more than two, but I do believe that they will score and a Stoke win to nil at 2.70 with BoyleSports looks tempting.

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Another match that looks tough to call is from the Stadium of Light where struggling Sunderland host champions Leicester. This one is certainly one to avoid with the home side showing great improvement with two wins in their last three and a gallant effort last week in the 2-0 defeat at Anfield. Manager David Moyes' will be encouraged by recent weeks but not enough for me to back them at 3.40 with Bet365.

Leicester have had a shocker of a title defence and they just can't win on the road unless it's in the Champions League and after they let me down at home to Middlesbrough last week I can't take the risk on them again  at 2.36 with Ladbrokes.

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The Spurs finally lost their long unbeaten Premier League record last week at Stamford Bridge but they've been handed the perfect opportunity to bounce back with a win at home to Swansea.

Mauricio Pocchetino's side are a 4/11 for the win with Bet365 and I expect them to win and put on some kind of show. Swansea were defensively awful in their 5-4 win against Crystal Palace last weekend and if they defend like that against Harry Kane and co they are in for a long afternoon. I am taking Spurs' to win this and win it very well and I like the home side -1.5 goals on the asian hadicap lines and around 2.00.

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OVER the years this has been a banker for under 2.5 goals but there is something very different about this two sides this season. Last year in the two meeting between the sides just one goal was scored and in the last five clashes four of them saw under 2.5 goals, but the trend is certainly not your friend in this latest renewal.

In the last four West Brom home games 16 goals have been scored and in the last five Watford away games 16 goals have been scored as well and this could be a surprisingly entertaining affair and I am taking both teams to score as a "yes" which is a general 2.00.

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A big London derby on Saturday night  when West Ham entertain Arsenal at The London Stadium and this promises to be one of the better matches of the weekend fixture list. After a fantastic first season in charge of West Ham for Slaven Bilic this season has so far been a total nightmare and his side arrive at the crucial part of the season struggling for any form with no wins from their last five matches.

The fixture list hasn't been kind to the Hammers' though with recent matches against Tottenham and Man United twice in that period and despite the results, the performances have been encouraging, but it's still very difficult to make a case for them in this one even at the general 5.50. Arsenal arrive in east London after a disappointing 2-0 cup defeat at home to Southampton, but not one player that featured on Wednesday night will be in the starting XI for this one and that cup shock should be overlooked.

In the Premier League it's a very different story with Arsene Wenger's side not losing since the opening day of the season and they are 1.80 with Betfred to keep up their good form and I believe they will. Despite West Ham's recent struggles they are still managing to score goals with five in their last four matches and in every one of those games both teams have managed to find the back of the net.

It's a very similar story at Arsenal with six of their last seven matches seeing both teams to score and I am expecting a few goals in what could be a very entertaining match-up. Last season this fixture ended 3-3 and in it's always a clash that sees goals and I really like both teams to score at 1.66 with Bet365 and I will also be backing over 2.5 goals at the same price 1.66.

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Liverpool make the long trip south on to the Vitality Stadium when Eddie Howe's Bournemouth are the opponents. This should be a good watch for the neutrals as both sides like to play football in the right way and anybody tuning in should expect to witness an entertaining couple of hours. Bournemouth are the big outsiders for the match at 5.00 and with just one win in their last five Premier League matches, it's very hard to make a case.

The one thing The Cherries do well is beat teams that are in or around them in the Premier League standings, but when they go up against the big boys, well they usually come out second best as showed already this season with heavy losses to Man United, Man City and Arsenal. The visitors are on an unbeaten run of 15 matches and I like them a lot at the stand-out 1.80 with BetStars to win again and I am expecting Jurgen Klopp's side to start the match at a lot shorter price when the Asian betting syndicates get stuck in.

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The bookies will tell you it's a tough one to call on Super Sunday this week when Everton take on Manchester United at Goodison Park in one what looks one of the more difficult fixtures on the Premier League coupon, I completely disagree.

The home side, after a bright start to life under Ronald Koeman have hit the buffers in recent weeks after a poor run of just one win in their last nine matches and they are priced up at a tempting 3.75 with BetVictor a price that you would've been all over at the start of the season.

United make the short trip to Merseyside unbeaten in their last five matches and they will count themselves very unlucky not to have beaten both West Ham and Burnley in that run and despite those draws will be the more confident of the two sides.

In midweek they faced West Ham again in the Football League Cup and they produced their best performance under Jose Mourinho in the second half in a convincing 4-1 win and if they can reproduce that kind of performance there is only going to be one winner so take the 2.15 with Paddy Power.

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AFTER some cracking Premier League fixtures over the weekend we end on a low on Monday night with Middlesbrough v Hull from the Riverside. In protest to Sky TV showing this I refuse to watch it and will be taking the kids to see Santa.

But if you do want to endure it I would suggest a bet on under 2.5 goals as both sides are struggling for any kid of fom and offer very little in an attacking force at the general 1.62 across the odds board. In six of the last seven meeting between these two sides both sides have failed to score and on a freezing cold night in Teeside that is the way to play again at 1.75 with BetVictor.

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