The Premier League takes centre stage this week with a full round of fixtures taking place over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night. Liverpool are currently eight points clear of Leicester but will that be the case after the Foxes host Watford at the same time Jurgen Klopp’s side face their neighbours Everton in the first Merseyside derby of the season? Charlie Mullan assess all the fixtures and picks out some that could be worth adding to your accumulators.
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BTTS: Crystal Palace v Bournemouth, Man Utd v Tottenham, Arsenal v Brighton
If Bournemouth’s (12/5) trip to Crystal Palace (23/20) is half as good as the corresponding fixture on the final day of last season, then we could be in for an early Christmas cracker. The two sides combined for eight goals with four before half-time and four in the second half as Palace emerged victorious 5-3. That is one of four successive meetings in the top flight in the last two seasons that has seen both the Eagles and the Cherries find the back of the net. Those four encounters have produced a total of 19 goals and it would be no surprise to see BTTS land in this fixture.
Bournemouth’s 3-2 defeat at Tottenham on Saturday was the 10th time in their 14 league games in which there have been goals for Eddie Howe’s side and their opponents. Palace are looking to make it two wins in four days after beating Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday. Roy Hodgson’s side were denied a point in their last game at Selhurst Park when they were beaten 2-1 by league leaders Liverpool. Wilfried Zaha equalised with eight minutes to play but Roberto Firmino sealed the win for the Reds three minutes later. SportPesa are offering odds of 5/6 for both teams to score in this game. Palace are 16/5 to win with goals for both them and their visitors who are 21/4 to win with Palace scoring at least one goal.
At Old Trafford, two sides who like to score and concede goals in equal measures meet when Jose Mourinho makes his first return to the Theatre of Dreams as a manager following his dismissal 12 months ago. Mourinho has been in charge of Spurs for three games – two in the league and one Champions League group game – and goals for both teams have been a common denominator. In fact, Tottenham’s three league games before Mourinho’s arrival have seen BTTS land and they face a United side that has no problem scoring goals with 12 in their last five games in all competitions, but they are prone to conceding goals too.
Against Aston Villa, United were unable to hold on to a 2-1 lead when Victor Lindelof gave United the lead and that will be a concern for all associated with the team. Mourinho will have his players fired up to make it a winning return for the boss while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the man who replaced Mourinho, needs a win to keep him in the job he started on December 19 last year. Spurs (8/5) have won the last three league meetings with United looking for the win to keep them in the mix for a top four spot. SportPesa are offering odds of 7/2 for United to win with Spurs getting at least one goal. The visitors are 16/5 to win with BTTS to land while a score draw is trading at 3/1.
The last two league meetings between Arsenal and Brighton have ended in 1-1 draws. On the south coast on Boxing Day, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring only for Jurgen Locadia to earn Brighton a point. In the return fixture at the Emirates in May, Aubameyang was again on target this time giving the Gunners the lead from the penalty spot. However, Glenn Murray cancelled that out with a penalty of his own.
The last three goals Arsenal have scored against the Seagulls have been scored by Aubameyang who leads the first goalscorer market at 13/5. He is also 4/5 to be an anytime scorer and add to the 10 league goals he already has this season thanks to his double at Norwich on Sunday. Murray is 7/1 to score the game’s first goal and he’s 12/5 to score at any time at the Emirates. Arsenal are 7/2 to score a penalty while Brighton are 23/4 to find the net from the spot. In their last three away league games, Brighton have been involved in games where there have been goals for both teams. Unfortunately, all three ended in defeat for Graham Potter’s side who should be encouraged by the fact that the last five teams to visit the Emirates have scored. BTTS has landed in all five of those games and this could be another BTTS game to add to that list. Arsenal are 17/10 to win with BTTS landing while the visitors are 7/1 to win with the home side scoring at least one goal. A score draw, like two of Arsenal’s last three games is available at 33/10.
2.5 goals: Burnley v Man City, Chelsea v Aston Villa, Leicester v Watford
It seems like every game Manchester City (20/83) plays has the potential to see three or more total goals scored. That has been the case in their last five Premier League games and could well be the case when they make the short trip to Turf Moor. Six of the last eight meetings between City and the Clarets have seen over 2.5 total goals scored. City have dropped 11 points in four games already this season with many pundits writing their title hopes off after their 2-2 draw at Newcastle on Saturday. In each league game following a loss or a draw, City have won and outscored their opponents 15-2.
City know they are going to have to go on an incredible run of form and hope that Leicester and Liverpool both slip up. Burnley (11/1) have featured in their own high-scoring games recently with five of their last six games producing three or more goals. Sean Dyche’s side will want to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace and they are 20/1 to inflict a fourth defeat of the season on City with a minimum of three total goals scored. City are 2/3 to pick up the three points with three or more total goals scored. Both teams to score and over 2.5 total goals is trading at 5/4.
One of the shock results of the season came at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when West Ham beat Chelsea 1-0 to ease the pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini. Blues boss Frank Lampard will hope another shock result is not in store for him and his players when Aston Villa visit. No team has been involved in as many high scoring games as Dean Smith’s Villa side have with 10 of their last 11 games in all competitions seeing at least three goals netted. That includes their 2-2 draw at Manchester United on Sunday which showed once again the positive manner in which Smith sends his players out to play.
It was the fifth game in which Villa (9/1) scored first this season but failed to win, but they did show great character to rescue a point after United took a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute with Tyrone Mings’ equaliser two minutes later. Chelsea (2/7), who could welcome back leading scorer Tammy Abraham from injury, are 20/31 to win with three or more total goals scored at Stamford Bridge. Villa are 14/1 to make it back-to-back defeats for Lampard’s side with at least three total goals scored.
Leicester (10/27) overcame a rare obstacle in recent games to prove they have the character to be Liverpool’s biggest rival for the title when the Foxes came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at the King Power Stadium. Brendan Rodgers’ side kept battling to the very end and were rewarded with Kelechi Iheanacho’s winner coming in the fourth minute of injury time to pile more misery on Toffees boss Marco Silva. It was the fifth time in Leicester’s six home league games in which three or more goals has even scored and with Jamie Vardy leading the league with 12 goals in 14 games, there is a good chance a minimum of three goals will be scored when Watford (15/2) visit.
While Leicester came from behind to win, Watford lost 2-1 to Southampton after leading 1-0 with 12 minutes to play and the defeat cost Enrique Sanchez Flores his job as he was fired on Sunday. It was the third time in the Hornets’ last four league games which saw three or more total goals scored and if Vardy and find their rhythm early, Watford could be involved in another high-scoring game. Afterall, they beat Southampton 9-0. Leicester are 20/21 with SportPesa to win this game with three or more total goals scored while Watford are 13/1 to win their second away game of the season with a minimum of 2.5 total goals scored.
A £10 bet on the BTTS accumulator has potential returns of £50.18
A £10 bet on the over 2.5 goals accumulator has potential returns of £37.60