By William Hill
Last Updated: 6th December 2019
The Premier League has entered its busy festive period and with games coming thick and fast, we preview this weekend’s slate of fixtures.
Everton vs Chelsea
The early kick-off on Saturday has a bit of extra spice after Marco Silva was relieved of his duties late on Thursday evening. Everton have been hapless in recent weeks and are 13/5 underdogs at Goodison Park. Visitors Chelsea have experienced a good season under Frank Lampard so far, successfully navigating a tricky midweek tie against Aston Villa. Lampard’s young guns Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham both scored in that fixture, with the youngsters forming a formidable partnership. Chelsea to win is even-money, which looks good value against a poor Everton side who are severely lacking in confidence after their Merseyside derby hammering.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side are in a slump having lost their last four and take on the runaway league leaders Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium. Such has been the dominance of the Reds this season that they have only failed to win a match on one occasion in the league, helping them to build up an eight-point lead at the top. The Cherries need to regain some confidence, with some poor results in recent weeks, but a talented squad offers hope that they could turn it around. Bournemouth are 7/1 underdogs, while the visitors are just 4/11. However, as the fixture lists start to take its toll, Bournemouth could offer a closer game than expected. The handicap draw (Bournemouth +1) is 11/4.
Tottenham vs Burnley
The Jose Mourinho resurgence hit a barrier last time out as Tottenham lost to his former side, Manchester United, at Old Trafford. That being said, Burnley offer a different challenge to United, and Spurs are 4/11 to secure the home win. The travelling Clarets face a tough task against a Spurs team featuring the revitalised Dele Alli and are 8/1 to pick up all three points at White Hart Lane. The free-scoring Alli is 10/3 to be the first goalscorer on Saturday and in his vital role in Mourinho’s system could play a big part.
Watford vs Crystal Palace
Watford have had a very difficult start to the season, with last year’s FA Cup finalists having sacked more managers than they’ve won games in the 2019/20 campaign. The Hornets are 11/8 to win at home, while visiting Crystal Palace have quietly snuck up the table, sitting in seventh place. The Eagles are 21/10 and you would expect them to get a result at Vicarage Road given the troubles both off and on the pitch that have blighted Watford’s season so far.
Aston Villa vs Leicester
Aston Villa have looked a different side since Jack Grealish returned to the starting line-up, with the Villains unlucky to lose to Chelsea in midweek. The home side are 10/3 to win on Sunday, but have a difficult encounter with second-placed Leicester. The Foxes have been revitalised under Brendan Rogers, while star striker Jamie Vardy has scored in seven consecutive games. The visitors are 78/100 to win and Vardy is 7/10 to continue his scoring streak and score anytime.
Newcastle vs Southampton
While this game could still have relegation implications, the two sides both enter with considerably more optimism than a few weeks ago, with Newcastle picking up four points from their last two fixtures, while Southampton have back-to-back victories. Allan Saint-Maximin has proven a real handful for defenders this season and he could be the x-factor in this close affair, having scored in Thursday’s win over Sheffield United. Newcastle are 8/5 for the win, while Saints are 9/5, but with the Toon Army getting behind Steve Bruce’s side at St James’ Park, a home win seems the most likely outcome.
Norwich vs Sheffield United
Last season’s top two in the Championship have experienced very different fortunes in the Premier League. Norwich are languishing in 19th, while Sheffield United have experienced a good start to life in the top tier and sit ninth. Both have stuck to their promotion formula though, to their credit, so this could be one to throw away the form book and watch a good game of football. Norwich are 2/1 for the victory, while the Blades are 27/20. However, this could easily be a fixture where two sides cancel each other out, with both teams to score and a draw available at 6/4.
Brighton vs Wolves
In Sunday’s late game, Brighton host Wolves. Graham Potter has made a bright start to life on the south coast and a win against Arsenal midweek was a big scalp for the Seagulls. They will need to improve against a Wolves side that has recovered from a slow start to the season to sit fifth in the table. Despite this, Brighton enter the fixture as favourites at 13/8. On paper, Wolves have far too much for Brighton, and look good value at 9/5 to return home with all three points.