MatchDay 17

Published by on December 11, 2017

MatchDay 17

The Premier League schedule gets increasingly hectic around this time of year, with all 20 sides in action in midweek. 
 
Manchester City moved another step closer to the title with a win over United on Sunday, but it's still all to play for elsewhere. 
 

Burnley vs Stoke

Stoke completely capitulated in the 5-1 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday, whereas Burnley continue to go from strength to strength. The Clarets have lost just once in their last eight at home and are set to pile more pressure on Mark Hughes' reign of mediocrity. 
 
Recommended bet: Burnley to win at 5/4
 

Crystal Palace vs Watford

Christian Benteke single-handedly has to take the blame for Palace dropping two points against Bournemouth. The Belgian overruled his team-mates to take a last-minute penalty and missed, robbing the Eagles of what could have been a vital win. Even so, they are much improved and haven't lost in five games, drawing their last three. 
 
Recommended bet: Draw at 5/2
 

Huddersfield vs Chelsea

After such a promising start to the season, the Terriers have started to struggle of late, winning just one of their last five games. Chelsea, of course, had a blip last week against West Ham, but Antonio Conte has only twice lost back-to-back games as Blues manager. 
 
Recommended bet: Chelsea to win both halves at 11/10
 

Southampton vs Leicester

Charlie Austin has been behind Southampton's decent form of late, scoring four goals in as many games. Meanwhile, Claude Puel returns to St Mary's for the first time, bringing a Leicester side who have only beaten the Saints once in their last four attempts. 
 
Recommended bet: Charlie Austin to score in 90 minutes at 7/4
 

Newcastle vs Everton

The Magpies had a disappointing celebration of their 125th anniversary, suffering a late comeback against Leicester to lose 3-2. They meet an Everton side who haven't lost since Sam Allardyce took over, and the former Newcastle boss will be confident of continuing that run. 
 
Recommended bet: Everton to win at 21/10
 

Swansea vs Manchester City

The title is basically City's to lose. Swansea picked up a crucial win against West Brom, but their momentum is likely to be disrupted again here. Against the teams currently in the relegation zone, Pep Guardiola's side have scored seven goals in two games. 
 
Recommended bet: Raheem Sterling to score at 5/4
 

Tottenham vs Brighton

Spurs got back to winning ways in style against Stoke. Albion have conceded 10 goals in four games against the big six so far, which doesn't bode well for their chances at Wembley. Harry Kane wasn't even at his best against the Potters and still scored twice. It could be a heavy defeat for Chris Hughton against his old employers, though they recently gave a good account of themselves against Manchester United. 
 
Recommended bet: Harry Kane to outscore the opposition at 6/4
 

Manchester United vs Bournemouth

It was an agonisingly frustrating derby weekend for United. Jose Mourinho may have his complaints about the officials, but his side simply didn't go for it against City. In classic flat-track-bully style, they are expected to get back on track with a comfortable win against Bournemouth, who have lost exactly half of their league games so far this season.
 
Recommended bet: Manchester United to win to nil at 1/1
 

Liverpool vs West Brom

West Brom will be hoping to exploit Liverpool from set pieces - even if they manage that, it's going to be very difficult for them to stop the Reds' attack. Jurgen Klopp's men have scored 16 goals in their last four games, including seven against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League. 
 
Recommended bet: Liverpool to win by three goals at 3/1
 

West Ham vs Arsenal

What a way for David Moyes to get his first win as West Ham manager - Arsenal will be hoping to avoid the same fate as Chelsea. This game is usually high-scoring, with an average of four goals a game over their last 10 meetings.  
 
Recommended bet: Arsenal to win both halves at 5/4