After a break for FA Cup and EFL ties the Premier League returns this weekend and the lunchtime game on Saturday pits Tottenham against West Brom. Spurs are in a rich vein of form having won their last 6 games in all competitions. They’ve scored 17 times and conceded just 3 in that run, so are in good condition at both ends of the pitch. They’ll be firm favourites against Tony Pulis’ men at 3/10, but it’s not likely to be a massively one-sided affair – the Baggies may have only won 3 of their last 13 away games in all competitions but they haven’t lost any of those by more than one goal. A cagey game may be on the cards, and bearing in mind that West Brom lost 1-0 away to both Chelsea and Arsenal last month a repeat scoreline is the most likely outcome and as such is 6/1 at bet365 .
From the 3pm kick-offs Arsenal look to be the standout team as they’re away to a Swansea side who’ve lost 5 of their last 6 games in all competitions and have the worst home defensive record in the league, conceding 23 times in 10 games. Coincidentally that’s the same number of goals that Arsenal have scored on their travels in the league this season, so this game is pitching the league’s most prolific away attack against its most porous home defence. Olivier Giroud is in fine form for the Gunners, having scored in each of his last three games, whilst Alexis Sánchez has been consistently brilliant throughout the season, claiming 13 goals and 8 assists so far in this league campaign either of which will be likely to make first goalscorer with Giroud priced at 10/3 and Sanchez at 7/2 both with bet365.
Onto Sunday and there’s two massive games to finish off the weekend. Everton host Manchester City at 1:30pm, and the Toffees will be looking to extend an impressive home record that’s seen them lose just once in their last 13 league games at Goodison Park. City have lost 3 of their last 6 away games in the league, so there’s every chance that the home side can pick up at least a point here and at the attractive price of 10/3 with bet365 many will be tempted to back the ‘underdogs’.
The last game of the weekend is the one everyone will be watching, as Manchester United take on bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford. United are unbeaten in their last 15 games in all competitions and have won the last 9, while Liverpool had only lost 1 of their previous 23 games before losing to Southampton in the EFL Cup last night. Neither side can really be faulted on their current form, so Sunday should be an lively encounter – United scoring in all of their last 10 league fixtures and Liverpool in all of their last 8. BTTS is most likely at 3/4 and over 2.5 goals will also be a favoured bet for this fixture at 19/20 again with bet365.
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* Prices correct as of 12.30 GMT 26/12/16
** Odds mentioned in this article do not represent our tips for the respective matches but are used for promotional purposes.