THE 2015-16 English Premier League table is starting to take on a more familiar aspect as we approach the Christmas holidays.
Manchester City – the $2 title favourites at WilliamHill.com – reclaimed top spot with a 3-1 victory over Southampton last week, while Manchester United (third), Arsenal (fourth), Tottenham Hotspur (fifth) and Liverpool (sixth) round out a conventional-looking top six.
The only anomaly is Leicester City, who remain a point off the lead in second place after holding the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw.
At the other end, Aston Villa – now only $1.90 at CrownBet.com to finish bottom – went down 3-2 at home to Watford, while Newcastle United took another step towards the drop after conceding five to Crystal Palace.
There could be more woe for the stragglers this weekend, as four of the relegation favourites are playing teams in the top six.
Here are all the odds for Premier League Matchday 15, including the best value bets from our top-ranked online bookmakers.
Stoke City vs. Manchester City
12:45pm local time on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Britannia Stadium
Stoke – $5.50 (Sportsbet.com)
Man City – $1.70 (WilliamHill.com)
Draw – $3.85 (Luxbet.com)
Stoke’s 2-0 loss to Sunderland last week was only their second defeat in nine EPL matches. It was also the second time in seven games they failed to keep a clean sheet. Man City have lost only twice to the Potters in 14 league games, although they have managed only one win in seven attempts at the Britannia.
– Man City to win ($1.70 at William Hill)
– Under 2.5 goals ($2 at Bet365)
– Sergio Aguero to score first goal ($4.25 at William Hill)
Arsenal vs. Sunderland
3:00pm local time on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Emirates Stadium
Arsenal – $1.29 (Sportsbet.com)
Sunderland – $12.50 (Luxbet.com)
Draw – $6 (WilliamHill.com)
Having been the form team in the competition throughout September and October, the injury-riddled Gunners have now slid to fourth spot after three games without a win. They haven’t lost to Sunderland in any of their last 11 meetings, although four of the Black Cats’ last seven visits to the Emirates have ended in 0-0 stalemates.
– Arsenal to win ($1.29 at Sportsbet)
– Only Arsenal to score ($1.96 at CrownBet)
– Joel Campbell to score first goal ($7.50 at Bet365)
Manchester United vs. West Ham United
3:00pm local time on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Old Trafford
Man United – $1.45 (CrownBet.com)
West Ham – $8 (Sportsbet.com)
Draw – $4.50 (Bet365.com)
The Red Devils haven’t lost to West Ham since 2008, winning 11 out of their last 13 league match-ups. But the Hammers – now without the injured Diafra Sakho – have broken a few curses of late and are looking to become the first team in Premier League history to beat United, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool away in the same season.
– West Ham to win ($8 at Sportsbet)
– Both teams to score ($2.14 at CrownBet)
– Mauro Zarate to score first goal ($15 at Bet365)
Southampton vs. Aston Villa
3:00pm local time on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at St. Mary’s Stadium
Southampton – $1.50 (WilliamHill.com)
Aston Villa – $7.50 (Sportsbet.com)
Draw – $4.20 (Bet365.com)
The normally sound Saints defence has taken a battering in the last week, conceding nine goals in consecutive losses to Man City and Liverpool. But they downed Villa 6-1 last time they met, with Sadio Mane scoring the fastest-ever Premier League hat-trick, and should fancy themselves against a side which hasn’t won in 13 outings.
– Southampton to win ($1.50 at William Hill)
– Over 3.5 goals ($3.50 at CrownBet)
– Sadio Mane to score first goal ($6 at Bet365)
Swansea City vs. Leicester City
3:00pm local time on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Liberty Stadium
Swansea – $2.75 (Sportsbet.com)
Leicester – $2.60 (CrownBet.com)
Draw – $3.40 (WilliamHill.com)
Swansea are in wretched form, with their last 10 games producing six losses, three draws and a solitary win. This week they host a red-hot Leicester side which has gone undefeated since September. The Foxes are also the second-highest scoring team in the league, with only one goal fewer than Man City (30).
– Leicester to win ($2.60 at CrownBet)
– Leicester to score in both halves ($3.50 at CrownBet)
– Jamie Vardy to score first goal ($5.50 at William Hill)
Watford vs. Norwich City
3:00pm local time on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Vicarage Road
Watford – $2.15 (Sportsbet.com)
Norwich – $3.60 (WilliamHill.com)
Draw – $3.40 (Bet365.com)
Watford remain on the fringe of the top half after winning away at Aston Villa last week, while Norwich’s draw with Arsenal has put a little more breathing space between them and the drop zone. The Canaries did the double over the Hornets last season in the Championship and have scored in each of their last 22 meetings.
– Draw ($3.40 at Bet365)
– Correct score 2-2 ($15 at CrownBet)
– Alessandro Diamanti to score first goal ($10 at Bet365)
West Bromwich Albion vs. Tottenham Hotspur
3:00pm local time on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at The Hawthorns
West Brom – $4.50 (Bet365.com)
Tottenham – $1.91 (Sportsbet.com)
Draw – $3.50 (CrownBet.com)
The Baggies managed four points from a tricky November schedule to stay well clear of the drop zone in 13th. Spurs remain undefeated since round one, although they had to settle for a goalless stalemate against struggling Chelsea last week. The Lilywhites have lost only one of their last 11 EPL matches against West Brom.
– Spurs to win ($1.91 at Sportsbet)
– Spurs half-time/Spurs full-time ($3 at Bet365)
– Christian Eriksen to score first goal ($8.50 at Bet365)
Chelsea vs. Bournemouth
5:30pm local time on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea – $1.40 (WilliamHill.com)
Bournemouth – $8.60 (CrownBet.com)
Draw – $5 (Sportsbet.com)
Last weekend’s derby draw with Tottenham means the Blues have now gone two games without a defeat – their longest unbeaten run of the season. The reigning EPL champions will look to make it three when they play host to promoted Bournemouth, who sit third last and have shipped a league-high 18 goals away from home.
– Chelsea to win ($1.40 at William Hill)
– Both teams to score ($1.88 at CrownBet)
– Eden Hazard to score first goal ($5 at Sportsbet)
Newcastle United vs. Liverpool
4:00pm local time on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at St. James’ Park
Newcastle – $5.50 (Luxbet.com)
Liverpool – $1.68 (CrownBet.com)
Draw – $4 (Sportsbet.com)
Fresh off a 5-1 thrashing by Crystal Palace, 19th-placed Newcastle must now front up to a Liverpool side which smashed six past Southampton in midweek. This tends to be one of the highest-scoring fixtures in the EPL, with meetings between the Reds and the Magpies producing 3.14 goals per game on average.
– Liverpool to win ($1.68 at CrownBet)
– Liverpool to score in both halves ($2.54 at CrownBet)
– Daniel Sturridge to score first goal ($5 at William Hill)
Everton vs. Crystal Palace
8:00pm local time on Monday, December 7, 2015 at Goodison Park
Everton – $2.05 (CrownBet.com)
Crystal Palace – $3.75 (Sportsbet.com)
Draw – $3.50 (WilliamHill.com)
The Toffees have a poor home record against Palace, who have won on four of their six Premier League visits to Goodison. That includes the last two, with the Eagles winning 3-2 on both occasions. But Everton haven’t copped a single loss in their last 15 Monday night fixtures, winning seven and drawing eight.
– Draw ($3.50 at William Hill)
– Correct score 1-1 ($7.50 at William Hill)
– Ross Barkley to score first goal ($8.50 at Bet365)
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