MatchDay 14

Published by on November 28, 2017
Matchday 14 - this is where the Premier League gets hectic. 
 
Squads are about to be squeezed as the festive period brings the games thick and fast, and while the table is already shaping up nicely, the next few weeks could have a big impact on how the season pans out. 
 

Leicester vs Tottenham 

Aside from their Champions League form, it's been a disappointing couple of weeks for Spurs, in which they've picked up just a point from two games. However, they have been strong on the road this season. Under Claude Puel, Leicester have won one, drawn one, and lost one, 
 

Brighton vs Crystal Palace

All of a sudden, the Eagles look as though they might actually have a chance of staying up. That's testament to how bad the rest of the Premier League's bottom half sides have been, but it also gives Roy Hodgson's men an incentive against what has become a solid Brighton outfit. A draw at 2/1 looks a decent price as both sides lack a cutting edge but 
 

Watford vs Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku has escaped punishment for his kick against Brighton, which comes as a huge bonus for Jose Mourinho. United absolutely have to win to keep in touching distance of Manchester City, and they're at 8/13 - Watford are undoubtedly a potential banana skin, however, and United were far from convincing against Brighton on Saturday
 

West Brom vs Newcastle 

Newcastle are looking over their shoulders again rather than upwards after losing 3-0 to Watford last time out. West Brom did well to take a point off Spurs, but they still haven't won in 12 games. The Baggies are slight favourites at 11/8. 
 

Arsenal vs Huddersfield

The Gunners have been faultless at home this season. They should be a pretty safe bet here, and there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to first goalscorer. Alexis Sanchez has netted in consecutive league games, while Alexandre Lacazette remains their top scorer - Arsene Wenger actually seems likely to start the latter in what should be a physical encounter. 
 

Bournemouth vs Burnley

Burnley should certainly not be written off at 3/1 - they continue to surprise and were a tad unlucky not to take a point off Arsenal. Bournemouth have at least dragged themselves out of trouble in recent weeks, losing just one of their last five league games. They will do well to keep that going against Sean Dyche's well-organised Clarets. 
 

Chelsea vs Swansea 

It's a wonder Paul Clement isn't under more pressure, with Swansea having failed to win any of their last six games. Chelsea, meanwhile, will be looking to cement their place in the top four. Eden Hazard has been their key man over the past fortnight, and the Belgian is at 11/4 to score first at Stamford Bridge. 
 

Manchester City vs Southampton

City's win over Huddersfield was arguably their biggest test so far this season. Southampton, meanwhile, come into this game on the back of their biggest win of the campaign, a 4-1 thrashing of Everton. City are on a club record 11 consecutive Premier League wins and are 5/4 to win by three or more goals - something they've achieved nine times in all competitions this term. 
 

Everton vs West Ham

At least one of these teams is going to have to venture into the unfamiliar territory of picking up points. The bonus West Ham have is that they at least have a permanent manager, which Everton do not. The Toffees could also be without as many as 10 first team players. A draw is at 23/10, while an away win is at 21/10. 
 

Stoke vs Liverpool

There's no way Stoke aren't scoring here. Incredibly, Liverpool haven't kept one away clean sheet in all competitions this season. They were unlucky not to beat Chelsea, though, conceding late on, so we're backing a Reds win with both teams to score at 7/4. 
 

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