EPL Soccer Picks: Match Day 19 Betting Preview & Predictions

Nikki Adams

Saturday, December 26, 2015 8:15 PM GMT

Two rounds of the Premier League in as many days feature over the Christmas Break. Join us as we preview match day 19 and serve up choice soccer picks.

Recapping Match Day 18
Leicester City slip to their first defeat since a 5-2 loss at Arsenal in September. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds defeated the league leaders 1-0 at Anfield to end a three-month undefeated run for the Foxes. Leicester City are still sat atop the table, but Arsenal are yet to play their fixture with Southampton to round out match day 18.

Elsewhere, Stoke City came to the good on our soccer picks with a 2-0 win over Manchester United. The loss marks the third straight defeat for Louis Van Gaal, piling the pressure on the Red Devils as they look ahead to match day 19. 

Interim coach Guus Hiddink suffered his first set back as Chelsea manager when in-form Watford forced a draw on the Blues at Stamford Bridge. Finally, Man City closed the gap on the top tandem of Leicester and Arsenal with a 4-1 win over Sunderland.

Man United vs. Chelsea
Louis Van Gaal is in the hot seat after Man United’s third straight loss in the Premier League, a run of poor form that also includes a run of seven games across all competitions without a win. Yikes. On the flip side of the coin, Guus Hiddink suffered his first little setback as the interim coach when the Blues settled on a 2-2 draw with Watford at Stamford Bridge. Clearly, neither side is up to their lofty standards, making it anybody’s guess which side will win this game. But it’s still going to be one of the must-see games of the week. Something is going to have to give when the Dutch coaches and their respective lads collide. We have to give the edge to the hosts because home advantage and a better position in the table. That and the Blues still don’t look like they’re bothered about their Premier League destiny this season.

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Soccer Picks: Man United +160
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Arsenal vs. Bournemouth
At first glance, Arsenal appear to have a straightforward clash with Bournemouth on match day 19 with which to advance their title bid. Indeed, they are the runaway favorites at -250 soccer odds to win outright. However, Bournemouth are enjoying good form in recent weeks, riding an undefeated run of six games that began with a 2-2 draw over Swansea (away) in November and is yet to lose steam with draws to Everton and Crystal Palace as well as wins over Man United, Chelsea and West Brom. That alone makes Bournemouth at +700 soccer odds worth a think for your soccer picks, particularly considering the quick turnaround between match day 18 and 19, with Arsenal at the slight disadvantage by playing the late game on Saturday and on the road. Undoubtedly, Arsenal should win but Bournemouth could give them a run for their money, if not win outright then by forcing the draw. That’s a double chance soccer pick at +200 at bet365.

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Soccer Picks: Arsenal -250 & Over 2.5 
Best Line Offered: at Bet365

 

Leicester City vs. Man City
All of a sudden, the clash between Leicester City and Man City becomes even more relevant than it was a few days ago. Leicester slipped to defeat on match day 18 while Man City closed the gap on the Foxes with a straightforward win over Sunderland. Obviously, odds makers favor the Sky Blue ever so slightly on the Premier League odds board. You’ll find Man City anywhere from +100 or higher at various sportsbook outlets. True to form, odds makers install the Foxes at the disadvantage at +260 soccer odds and the draw at the exact same price. They’ve only been disadvantaging the Foxes for the better part of the season. Granted the Foxes wobbled at Anfield on Saturday and a date with Man City is hardly a tonic for the disappointing loss. However, Leicester City are a solid 5-2-1 at home this season while the Citizens are a rather unconvincing 3-2-3 on the road.

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Soccer Picks: Leicester City to win at +300 or to win/draw at -118 in double chance
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes