THE hectic holiday fixtures are starting to take their toll as we approach round 22 of the 2015-16 English Premier League campaign.
Only one of the top four managed a win in midweek, with Leicester City downing Tottenham to go level on points with Arsenal at the summit.
There’s a real logjam in the top half now, with only five points separating fourth-placed Spurs from ninth-placed Liverpool.
But the big news comes from the bottom end of the table, where Sunderland and Aston Villa both picked up extremely valuable victories in their fight for survival.
Now England’s top 20 clubs have to do it all again this weekend, with only a couple of days’ rest under their belts.
Here are the top match odds, value bets and player props from our most trusted 2015-16 Premier League betting sites.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland
12:45pm local time on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at White Hart Lane
Tottenham – $1.34 (CrownBet.com)
Sunderland – $10 (Sportsbet.com)
Draw – $5.50 (WilliamHill.com)
Spurs suffered their third defeat of EPL 2015-16 on Wednesday, losing 1-0 at home to Leicester. It was a very different story for Sunderland, who won 4-2 away at Swansea City in what could prove a vital result in the relegation fight. But the Black Cats haven’t beaten Tottenham since 2010, losing eight and drawing three in that period.
– Spurs to win ($1.34 at CrownBet)
– Spurs half-time/Spurs full-time ($2 at CrownBet)
– Dele Alli to score first goal ($8.60 at CrownBet)
Chelsea vs. Everton
3:00pm local time on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea – $1.75 (CrownBet.com)
Everton – $5 (Sportsbet.com)
Draw – $3.75 (Luxbet.com)
Chelsea are now undefeated in their last five Premier League games, although they could only draw 2-2 with West Brom in midweek after leading twice. Everton have managed just one win in their last eight, although they won’t be too disappointed with back-to-back draws against Man City and Spurs. The Toffees claimed a 3-1 win at home in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
– Draw ($3.75 at Luxbet)
– Both teams to score ($1.75 at William Hill)
– Romelu Lukaku to score first goal ($8 at William Hill)
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace
3:00pm local time on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Etihad Stadium
Man City – $1.40 (Sportsbet.com)
Crystal Palace – $9 (Sportsbet.com)
Draw – $5 (Bet365.com)
Only a late goal from City substitute Kelechi Iheanacho separated these two in the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park in round five. The Citizens were five from five then, but now they sit three points off top after winning only four of their last 10 league games. A win here for eighth-placed Palace would put them right back in the mix for Champions League qualification.
– Man City to win ($1.40 at Sportsbet)
– Under 2.5 goals ($2.35 at Luxbet)
– David Silva to score first goal ($8 at William Hill)
Liverpool vs. Manchester United
2:05pm local time on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Anfield
Liverpool – $2.40 (Sportsbet.com)
Man United – $3.30 (CrownBet.com)
Draw – $3.25 (Luxbet.com)
Injury-hit Liverpool might be struggling for numbers, but that didn’t stop them from putting on one hell of a show in Wednesday’s classic 3-3 draw with Arsenal. Man United, meanwhile, will be disappointed to have shared the spoils with lowly Newcastle after netting three times themselves. Recent results are in the visitors’ favour here, as Liverpool haven’t beaten the Red Devils since Louis van Gaal took charge.
– Liverpool to win ($2.40 at Sportsbet)
– Correct score 2-1 ($10 at Bet365)
– Roberto Firmino to score first goal ($8 at CrownBet)
Stoke City vs. Arsenal
4:15pm local time on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Britannia Stadium
Stoke – $4.33 (Sportsbet.com)
Arsenal – $1.91 (Sportsbet.com)
Draw – $3.60 (WilliamHill.com)
After a very slow start to Premier League 2015-16, Stoke now find themselves sitting seventh thanks to six wins in their last 10 outings. Arsenal’s epic draw with Liverpool kept them top of the table, although Leicester have caught up with them on points. Stoke have lost to Arsenal only once in seven EPL matches at the Britannia, where they have already beaten Chelsea, Man City and Man United this season.
– Stoke to win ($4.33 at Sportsbet)
– Both teams to score ($1.86 at CrownBet)
– Xherdan Shaqiri to score first goal ($12 at CrownBet)
More 2015-16 Premier League match odds
Saturday, January 16
Bournemouth $1.90 – Draw $3.50 – Norwich $4
Newcastle $2.50 – Draw $3.30 – West Ham $2.80
Southampton $1.66 – Draw $3.60 – West Brom $5.50
Aston Villa $3.30 – Draw $3.30 – Leicester $2.20
Monday, January 18
Swansea $2.40 – Draw $3.10 – Watford $3.10
Odds provided by www.WilliamHill.com
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