Meanwhile, Tottenham look to get back on track at Cardiff and Chelsea welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge
The next round of fixtures in the FA Premier League includes one of the most anticipated games of the season, with league leaders Liverpool heading to the home of defending champions Manchester City. Pretenders to the throne Tottenham need to get back on track at Cardiff, while Chelsea will look to continue their recent recovery against Southampton.
First things first
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First up, a trip to Wales for the match between Cardiff and Tottenham. The Welsh club are priced at just 2.00 to be relegated back down to the EFL Championship, but currently find themselves three points and three places above the drop zone, having taken four points from their last two games without conceding a goal.
Tottenham, sit third in the table but are a huge nine points behind Liverpool at the top of the pile and a shock 3-1 loss at home to Wolves last time out could have derailed their title bid. Three points on the road on 1 January is now an imperative.
And it is visitors Tottenham who come in as the overwhelming favourites to get the points in this one. You can back the away side to win at just 1.50 while Cardiff, despite home advantage, are out at 7.50 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.50, according to Oddsshark.
And we expect the honours to be shared in this one. A 1-1 draw comes in at 8.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$42.50 pay out, while you could more than double your money by backing under 2.5 goals in the game at 2.20.
Chelsea to make it three in a row against Southampton
The following day, Chelsea welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge looking to make it three league wins in a row. The Blues could go above Tottenham with a win, depending on how Spurs’ game against Cardiff ends the previous day.
Southampton, meanwhile, are trying to pull away from the bottom three, but two defeats in a row has left them level on points with Burnley, and just a point ahead of Fulham, who are in 19th place. Nevertheless, Southampton are all the way out at 6.00 to be relegated.
And home side Chelsea come into this game as the clear favourites to pick up another victory. You can back the home side to make it three wins on the bounce at just 1.28, with visitors Southampton all the way out at 11.00 to pull off a shock victory – a draw is priced in the middle at 6.50.
And we are expecting the Blues to take the points with minimum fuss. A comfortable, 3-1 win for Chelsea is priced competitively at 12.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment, while you could double your money by backing both teams to score at 2.00.
City and Liverpool meet in title clash
And finally, Manchester City host Liverpool on 3 January in a key match between the two title favourites. Champions City got back to winning ways last time out against Southampton, but prior to that had lost three in four as they surrendered top spot.
Liverpool, by way of comparison, are simply flying after nine league wins in a row which has seen them open a seven-point lead at the top of the table. They are scoring comfortably at over two goals per game and have the best defensive record in the division.
But with home advantage, it is City who come into this contest as the favourites to take the points. You can more than double your money by backing the champions to win at 2.05, with Liverpool out at 3.60 to do the same – a draw would appear to be the least likely result of all and is priced accordingly at 3.80.
And we are expecting Liverpool’s winning streak to continue. A 2-1 win for the league leaders comes in at 13.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$65 pay out, while a combo bet of an away win, coupled with both teams to score, is paying out at 5.50.
Premier League round 21 fixtures:
Tuesday, 1 January
(2.05) Everton x Leicester (4.00); draw (3.50)
(1.33) Arsenal x Fulham (9.50); draw (5.75)
(7.50) Cardiff City x Tottenham Hotspur (1.50); draw (4.50)
Wednesday, 2 January
(2.60) Bournemouth a Watford (2.75); draw (3.60)
(1.28) Chelsea x Southampton (11.00); draw (6.50)
(2.20) Huddersfield x Burnley (4.00); draw (3.10)
(1.95) West Ham x Brighton (4.00); draw (3.75)
(2.00) Wolverhampton Wanderers x Crystal Palace (4.33); draw (3.40)
(6.00) Newcastle United x Manchester United (1.61); draw (4.20)
Thursday, 3 January
(2.05) Manchester City x Liverpool (3.60); draw (3.80)