We are midway through a rare midweek selection of games in the Premier League. At the time of writing, we have witnessed 10-man Crystal Palace earn a fine win, their second in two games, over a lacklustre Bournemouth and in the later kick off, Manchester City got back to winning ways with a commanding and richly deserved 4-1 win away to Burnley.
Tonight’s action sees six other games, with the remaining two games taking place on Thursday, but we are going to scan ahead to the games taking place on Matchday 16 this coming weekend, which features a number of intriguing matches and includes a massive Manchester derby at the Etihad as Manchester City welcome their local rivals Manchester United.
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Let’s now take a look ahead to this weekend’s games in the Premier League.
All kick off times are 3pm on Saturday unless stated. All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 2pm on Wednesday 4th December 2019.
Premier League Matchday 16
- Everton v Chelsea (12.30)
Will Marco Silva still be in charge for the early kick off on Saturday at Goodison Park? The Portuguese manager is under huge pressure after a dismal opening half of the season for the Toffees and speculation is rife that he could be out of a job, regardless of the result of the Merseyside derby tonight. Chelsea have hit something of a sticky patch too, winning just one of their last five games in all competitions. Even so, I still feel Chelsea will do enough to claim the win here and I’d back them with bet365 at even money.
- Bournemouth v Liverpool
Bournemouth come into this game on the back of four straight defeats and a really disappointing showing against 10-man Crystal Palace in the week, losing a game that they played for almost 75 minutes with a man extra. Liverpool play the Merseyside derby in midweek and if they win that game, then they will be confident of picking up three points here, despite the fact that they are not playing particularly well. This will likely be tight and edgy but I am backing Liverpool to win at 2/5.
- Tottenham v Burnley
After facing both the Manchester sides in midweek, Tottenham take on Burnley in London in what should be a good game. Burnley were totally outclassed against Manchester City in the week and were well beaten and they will want a reaction to that here. The problem is that I feel Spurs are gaining traction under Mourinho and I think with their decent home form, Tottenham should come out as the winners here at odds of 2/5.
- Watford v Crystal Palace
After facing Leicester away on Wednesday night, Watford come into this game probably feeling that it is a much more winnable fixture. However, Crystal Palace have won their last two games in fine fashion to move right back up the table and while they are not the most consistent side, they do tend to string wins together in patches. With Watford so poor at the moment, I feel that Palace can do a number on them here and claim the win. Back a Palace win at 9/4.
- Manchester City v Manchester United (5.30)
A cracking Manchester derby is in prospect on Saturday night with Manchester City desperate to try and catch up to Liverpool at the top of the table, while United need to improve markedly if they are not to miss out on Champions League or even Europa League football next season. City for me are the class act here and United’s away form means that I can’t even give them a puncher’s chance. City should win this comfortably as the odds of 3/10 suggest.
- Aston Villa v Leicester City (Sun – 2pm)
A midlands derby between two sides in very different battles, as Villa seek to avoid the drop and move away from the relegation zone, Leicester are hoping to reel in leaders Liverpool after a superb start to the season. Derby games are close, and I do feel Villa will push Leicester hard here but I can’t see the Foxes slipping up at the moment, so I am backing them here. Take Leicester to win at 8/11.
- Newcastle United v Southampton (Sun – 2pm)
Can Southampton make the long trip north and secure more points to help them away from the drop zone, or will Newcastle pick up more points at home? The Toon Army have been pretty decent at home in recent times and although Southampton are improving, I don’t feel they have quite enough to get anything from this trip. Back Newcastle to win at 13/8.
- Norwich City v Sheffield United (Sun – 2pm)
Two of the newly promoted teams clash at Carrow Road and both have had somewhat different starts to the season, with Norwich struggling and United in great form and in the top half. I can’t see the fortunes of either side changing much here and to be honest, I feel Sheffield United will win this one comfortably and are a great bet at 11/8.
- Brighton v Wolves (Sun – 4.30pm)
The games are not getting too much easier for Brighton, after matches against Liverpool and Arsenal this past week, they now face another top eight side in Wolves. The visitors have been hard to beat all season but have drawn a large number of their games. However, they do have an extra 24 hours to recover for this game and as such, I feel the black and gold visitors will earn the win here at 19/10.
- West Ham v Arsenal (Mon – 8pm)
Monday night’s game is another London derby between two teams whose recent form is, by and large, poor. West Ham did get a brilliant win away to Chelsea last weekend but after a tricky trip to Wolves, they now face an Arsenal side in the post Unai Emery era and who are desperate for a win. That said, I can’t see that happening here as West Ham are tricky at home for other London sides and I think a draw at 11/4 is the most likely outcome.