Saturday 21st December 2019 Fixtures
Everton vs Arsenal (12:30pm)
Aston Villa vs Southampton (3pm)
Bournemouth vs Burnley (3pm)
Brighton vs Sheffield United (3pm)
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace (3pm)
Norwich vs Wolves (3pm)
Manchester City vs Leicester City (5:30pm)
Sunday 22nd December 2019 Fixtures
Watford vs Manchester United (2pm)
Spurs vs Chelsea (4:30pm)
Everton vs Arsenal: Both Teams To Score (BTTS)
The early game is between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park. Both clubs are on the brink of the appointment of new managers. Arsenal's newly appointed head coach, Mikel Arteta (who has played for both Everton and Arsenal in his playing career) will be watching from the sidelines. Everton meanwhile are also close to selecting a new manager with Carlo Ancelotti virtually a done deal.
Arsenal will have particular reason to bounce back after a dreadful performance against Manchester City last time out. The Gunners are without Saed Kolasinac, and also likely to be without Mesut Ozil, Rob Holding, and Hector Bellerin. Everton meanwhile should have a number of key first team players back in the squad with Sigurdsson and Lucas Digne likely to be fit to play.
Arsenal won in their last away game against West Ham, and if you fancy the Gunners to win the match Unibet are offering odds of 39/20. Given Arsenal's recent form and woeful defence, having conceded at least two goals in seven out of their last eight games it's difficult to see Arsenal keeping a clean sheet. Meanwhile Everton's last fives games have averaged four goals, with Everton failing to keep a clean sheet in any of those games.
I think we're likely to see a little Arsenal bounce, but Everton won't be easy to push over and should take at least a point from the game. A 1-1 (Bet Victor at 7/1) or 2-2 (Bet Victor at 21/2) score could be a likely result, but i'm going to back both teams to score at 8/15 with William Hill!
Wolves to stroll to Victory against Norwich!
Wolves vs Norwich Saturday 3pm match up looks a good game in the making. Wolves have been in decent form since a poor start to the season, while Norwich have struggled after an initial burst in the early games of the season.
Norwich are in a bad run of form with only one win in their last 12 league matches (losing eight of those games). Norwich did play well to get a point away to Leicester City last week, and if you fancy a draw again in this one then Betfred are best odds at 11/4. Norwich's only point in their last five matches at Carrow Road, was in the 2-2 draw against out of form Arsenal
Wolves meanwhile are in a hot streak despite the 2-1 defeat against Spurs last time out. Wolves have only notched up one defeat in their last 12 and are 4th in the form table in that period. Jimenez and Jota have been particularly impressive and they will have too much for a vulnerable Norwich defence. Wolves have looked particularly strong away from home and I fancy that run to continue. Also of note is Betfred's 5/2 on Diego Jota to score at any point in the match.
Teemu Pukki has had a decent season in the scoring charts and is only one away from reaching double figures in the Premier League. If you fancy the Finish striker to score the first in the game, Coral are offering 10/3 odds. The market favourite is the Mexican striker, Raul Jimenez 4/1 to score the first goal with Coral.
I really like the look of the odds for Wolves to beat Norwich and think this should be a comfortable win for Nuno Espirito Santo's team. Unibet are offering 21/20 which you should take while you can! Wolves to beat Norwich City!
Man City Win and BTTS vs Leicester City
Manchester City vs Leicester pitches 2nd against 3rd in what is a another 'must win' game for City in the pursuit of runaway leaders, Liverpool.
Manchester City won't overtake Leicester if they win, but the game is crucial to restore confidence for Pep Guardiola's side as they move into the second half of the season. Both teams will see this as the match up to decide the main challenger rather than a genuine title chance.
City big hitter, Sergio Aguero should be back in contention after being out injured since November. Aguero is 10/3 to score the first goal with Coral, the favourite. Kevin De Bruyne has been in immense recent form and Paddy Power are offering a decent 12/5 on De Bruyne to score anytime. Leicester City have virtually a fully fit team to choose from for the Saturday evening game.
Man City got exposed by Manchester United at home a few weeks ago, but Leicester City don't pack the same pace and power as United. Manchester City will be wary of a very fluid Brendan Rogers side, but at home Man City should have more than enough to dominate the game.
Manchester City are 4 from 5 against Leicester City in their last Premier League matches and that run should continue. Leicester will cause problems, score a goal, but City will get the win and that's why i'm going for a Manchester City win and both teams to score, best odds 6/4 with Coral!
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