As the Premier League starts to heat up ahead of a busy Christmas period, there are plenty of exciting match-ups to look forward to. We’ve previewed match week 13 and picked out some of the best bets available on NetBet Sport’s football odds page.
Arsenal to beat Newcastle – 4/9
After an impressive run of form, Arsenal were humbled last time out in a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool. The loss was a reminder for Mikel Arteta’s side that there is still a way to go in reaching the levels set by the likes of Liverpool and City. However, the Gunners are much improved this season, tightening up defensively which has allowed their attackers the freedom to flourish. No team has picked up more points at home this season and they face a visit from a Newcastle side with the joint worst away record. Emile Smith-Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be too good for the league’s worst defence.
Liverpool to beat Southampton – 20/73
Southampton have struggled for any kind of consistency this season, and a surprise 2-1 defeat to Norwich in their last outing ended a run of four matches without defeat. Unfortunately for the Saints, Liverpool are firing on all cylinders despite their bump in the road against West Ham. The Reds bounced back with dominant victories over Arsenal and Porto, with Premier League top goalscorer Mo Salah finding the net in both. They are averaging nearly three goals a game, and at this rate, we’re not sure there any many teams that can stop them.
Wolves to beat Norwich – 11/10
Dean Smith picked up Norwich’s second win of the season in his first game in charge, helping lift the Canaries off the bottom of the table. It was a spirited performance at Carrow Road, but had Southampton been a little more clinical, things could have ended differently. They will host a Wolves side on a good run of form, winning five of their last seven and suffering just one defeat. Hee-Chan Hwang has been an influential performer since his signing from RB Leipzig and Raul Jimenez has started to rediscover some of the form that had him linked with England’s biggest clubs before his horrific injury. They have been defensively solid as we have come to expect from Wolves, with only the league’s top three having conceded fewer. Norwich won’t have quite enough to pick up a third consecutive win.
Crystal Palace to beat Aston Villa – 23/10
Patrick Vieira has done a remarkable job with the Eagles thus far, taking them on a seven match unbeaten run. They have been particularly strong at Selhurst Park and are yet to face defeat on home soil. The upturn in form of Christian Benteke has surprised even Palace fans and Conor Gallagher seems to get better on a week by week basis. Steven Gerrard was able to stop the rot in his first game in charge with a 2-0 win against Brighton, but five defeats prior to that outing have left Villa in a spot of bother. The home side tend to get the better of this fixture at Selhurst Park, winning four of the last five and losing only once in 12 Premier League meetings at the ground. Vieira has got the Eagles playing, and we think momentum will take them past Villa.
Brighton to draw with Leeds – 23/10
After a strong start to the campaign, Graham Potter’s side are now without a win in their last seven league games. They have struggled for goals in that time, scoring just five and conceding 10 on the run of poor form. Although they are finding wins hard to come by, it is more a case of the Seagulls failing to capitalise on good possession rather than being completely outplayed – they have drawn five of those seven games. They will host a Leeds team that is as inconsistent as any in the league. Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been unable to make a similar impact as they did in their first season in the top-flight and their only wins this season have come against newly promoted Watford and Norwich. These two are fairly evenly matched and both lacking in form.
Man City to beat West Ham – 5/18
After losing to Crystal Palace at the Etihad, City have looked unstoppable since. Wins and clean sheets against Man Utd and Everton were followed up with a dominant display over PSG. With Chelsea looking so strong, Pep Guardiola can’t really afford to slip up and drop points. West Ham will pose a difficult challenge and have proven they can compete with the best in their game against Liverpool, but City’s attacking fluidity is an entirely different problem for the Hammers. With Angelo Ogbonna injured, it’s questionable whether a potential pairing of Kurt Zouma and Craig Dawson has the defensive nous to deal with their opponent’s attacking intelligence. The visitors will put up a fight, but we don’t think it’ll be enough.
Brentford to draw with Everton – 43/20
This fixture features the two Premier League sides in the worst form. Both have picked up just a single point in their last five games and will be desperate to come away from this tie with all three. Everton have been unable to find the net consistently in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and they will potentially be without two other forwards for this game – Richarlison is suspended after picking up five yellow cards, whilst Demarai Gray is suffering with a groin strain. Brentford’s main concerns are at the opposite end of the pitch. They have scored in each of their last four games but have conceded 10 goals – they must improve defensively to avoid a relegation battle. Both are lacking in confidence and quality in recent weeks, leading to what could be a scrappy affair.
Burnley to draw with Tottenham – 12/5
Antonio Conte suffered his first defeat with Spurs at the hands of Slovenian side Mura. The loss came after a relatively strong start to life back in England, but highlighted the problems in existence at Tottenham. They will travel to face a Burnley side that doesn’t lose too many, but doesn’t win consistently either – they have drawn five of their last seven fixtures. Ivorian Maxwel Cornet has been a revelation at Turf Moor, scoring five in his first seven, adding some much needed flair and quality to Sean Dyche’s front-line. Burnley don’t look capable of outclassing teams, but the visitors aren’t exactly on fire either.
Leicester to beat Watford – 5/8
After winning just once in their previous six, the 4-1 win was a much needed victory for newly promoted Watford. Whilst the Hornets were impressive going forward, they were fortunate that United were dreadful and disorganised at the back. They have failed to score in over half of their league games this season, an issue that Claudio Ranieri must fix if they are to avoid the drop. Ranieri will be looking to get one over on his former side Leicester, who have also failed to reach the performance levels that they showed under Brendan Rogers last season. However they do have an abundance of quality in midfield and tacking areas which will likely give them the edge over the visitors.
Chelsea to beat Man Utd – 10/17
There isn’t too much that needs to be said about this fixture. Chelsea might be the most in-form team in Europe right now, whilst United are at a crossroads after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and failing to bring in a replacement in time for the game. It is the same coaches that have been leading sessions all season that will be in charge of trying to turn around United’s awful form at Stamford Bridge. They did manage to beat Villareal in the week and secure Champion’s League qualification, but Chelsea are a slightly different animal. Thomas Tuchel’s side are fresh off a 4-0 hammering of Italian giants Juventus. There has been a huge gulf in quality and tactical know-how between these two teams this season, and we can’t see anything other than a Chelsea win.
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