Liverpool FC: Christmas Crack Me Up Challenge
Much still to play for in the Premier League with vital games midweek with Champions League qualification and relegation in mind.
The meeting between Swansea and Southampton at the Liberty Stadium is a real six pointer, while Arsene Wenger will manage his second-to-last Premier League match as Arsenal travel to a struggling Leicester City.
Swansea v Southampton
The Swans begin the game against Southampton in the drop zone for the first time in over two months, but I wonder if Southampton will be left rueing the two points they dropped at Goodison deep into injury time on Saturday.
A win for either side would relegate West Brom and the Saints would guarantee their Premier League status with a win given their goal difference is so superior to that of Huddersfield and Swansea.
The Swans are without a win in their last seven games but if there is to be a winner at the Liberty Stadium midweek, I feel it will be the hosts in what is sure to be a tight, tense, nervous affair.
Tip: Swansea Draw no bet at 5/4
Chelsea v Huddersfield
Good results for both sides on Sunday but both have plenty to play for at the Bridge with Huddersfield not yet guaranteed their PL status next term and Chelsea making an unlikely late charge for Champions League qualification.
The teams to hold Man City scoreless at home this season:
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The Terriers started their season winning 3-0 at Palace – since then they have lost all seven games against sides from the capital by an aggregate scoreline of 22-2. Their last game of the season is the visit of Arsenal to the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday!
Huddersfield are likely to defend deep and in numbers, but it is Chelsea to keep the points at the Bridge.
Tip: Chelsea to win to nil at 5/6
Leicester City v Arsenal
Arsene Wenger’s penultimate game as Arsenal manager and the Frenchman has never lost against Leicester City in twenty-two previous meetings.
Arsenal go into the game as the only side in English football yet to pick up a point on the road in 2018 losing all six games, but the Foxes haven’t won any of their last six at the King Power Stadium and they were readily brushed aside by West Ham at the weekend.
Arsenal can add to Leicester’s end-of-season woes and I wonder if both sides will have new managers at the start of the 2018/19 season.
Tip: Arsenal to win at 1/1
Manchester City v Brighton
Brighton confirmed their PL status with a well-deserved win against an out-of-sorts Manchester United at the Amex on Friday and a win at the Etihad would be an extremely rare double. In the history of the PL only Spurs back in 1996 have beaten United and City in successive games.
City failed to score at home against Huddersfield on Sunday for just the third time under Pep Guardiola, but I cannot see them being as benevolent against Chris Hughton’s side and expect normal service to be resumed.
Tip: City -2 at 37/40
Tottenham v Newcastle
Both sides suffered disappointing defeats at the weekend but I expect the hosts – with the carrot of a top four finish and Champions League qualification – to keep the points in the capital following this Wembley clash.
United have lost their last three, but are still in pole position for a top ten finish although, with Chelsea the visitors to St James’s Park on Sunday, it is fair to say they have a demanding last week of the season.
Tip: Spurs halftime/fulltime at 4/7
West Ham v Manchester United
Jose Mourinho was disappointed with his players after their loss against Brighton on Friday and I expect to see a much-improved showing from United at the London Stadium.
Davis Moyes has never beaten Jose Mourinho in a PL game in ten previous attempts and I cannot see the Hammers beating the FA Cup Finalists despite a fine win at Leicester at the weekend.
The Irons have not won back-to-back in the league since last January and I just see them coming up short in what promises to be an entertaining game with chances at both ends.
Tip: United to win and both teams to score at 5/2
My midweek treble: Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs at 2/1