By News Team
Last Updated: 15th December 2020
Nothing says Christmas time like a constant influx of Premier League football and that is exactly what we are in store for this week as all 20 sides are in action over the next few days.
We take a look at the standout fixtures and assess the latest odds to keep an eye on.
A top of the table clash at Anfield
The standout fixture of the week comes from Anfield with Liverpool hosting Spurs in a crucial top of the table clash as first travels to second on Wednesday.
Liverpool have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League games against Spurs in a run which consists of 10 victories and four draws. Add to that the Reds’ superb run at Anfield, where they have not lost at home in the league since May 2017, and it does not come as a surprise that Jurgen Klopp’s side head into this fixture as the 4/5 favourites. Klopp has never lost a home fixture against a Jose Mourinho side in his career, with the German manager winning three and drawing two from their five meetings.
League leaders Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday and they will be looking for an improvement in their performance on Wednesday night. Harry Kane has been involved in an incredible 19 goals in 12 Premier League games this season with the Englishman having scored nine goals and gaining 10 assists. If Kane scores against Liverpool, he will reach double figures for both goals and assists quicker than any other Premier League player. He is currently priced at the enhanced odds of 6/1 to break the deadlock at Anfield.
Spurs are 7/2 for victory, but having proved against Chelsea earlier this season that they are capable of going away to a title rival and securing a point, the draw at 14/5 could be the most likely result here.
Chelsea to bounce back at Molineux?
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea travel to Molineux on Tuesday evening coming off the back of their first defeat in 14 fixtures in all competitions, but they will be looking to bounce back straight away in the Midlands. The last time Chelsea travelled to Wolves they run out 5-2 winners with Tammy Abraham scoring his first hat-trick for the club. Tammy Abraham, who will be hoping for a start ahead of Olivier Giroud, is 6/4 to score anytime here.
However, a key problem for Chelsea at the moment is the number injuries to their creative wingers, with the likes of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech having struggled for fitness. As a result, this has led to a drastic decline in the number of chances being created by the side – Kurt Zouma created the most chances on Saturday in the defeat to Everton with two, while Reece James came second with one. Chelsea are, however, the 7/10 favourites for victory on Tuesday.
Wolves, meanwhile, are struggling to put together a solid run of form in the Premier League at the moment with Nuno Espírito Santo’s side only winning once in their last five attempts. Since losing their key man Raul Jimenez to injury, Wolves have not scored and the Mexican striker’s presence was clearly missed on Saturday as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa. The hosts are priced as the 4/1 underdogs to win on Tuesday evening but you can never rule them out. The draw is 14/5.
Southampton to inflict more misery on Arsenal?
Arsenal’s miserable run continued on Sunday evening after suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley – the first time since 1959 that the Gunners have lost four in a row at home in the league. They will hoping to get back to winning ways against Southampton at the Emirates on Wednesday night, but that is no easy task with the Saints flying high in the table.
Arsenal were booed off by their fans on Sunday evening as they suffered their third Premier League defeat in a row. The Gunners have not won a game in the Premier League now since 1st November and have only scored one goal in their last five games. What’s more, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently having a season to forget, with the striker now having scored more own goals at the Emirates than he has for Arsenal this season. Although he is struggling, you would not put it past him to fire one in on Wednesday and enhanced odds of 9/2 for him to score first against the Saints are available.
Southampton are having a fantastic start to the 2020/21 season, with the Saints currently sitting fourth in the table and a result at the Emirates would see them continue their fine progress. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side currently have no injury concerns, with Danny Ings having returned to fitness, and with every player available, the Saints will certainly be confident of securing a result heading into the fixture. Southampton are 11/5 for victory on Wednesday, with Ings 9/2 to break the deadlock.