Liverpool continue to set a record-breaking pace at the top of the Premier League after their facile 3-0 win at Bournemouth last weekend.

Here are my predictions for all the Matchday 17 fixtures exclusively for BetVictor.

 

Liverpool v Watford

Watford have failed to score in nine league games so far this season, but leaders Liverpool have yet to keep a clean sheet in any competition at Anfield this term.

The Hornets may find the back of the Reds’ net in Saturday’s early kick-off, but the Reds have won 24 of their last 25 league games and scored two or more goals in 23 of those fixtures. Those are remarkable statistics.

I can’t see past another comfortable home win as top entertain bottom.

Tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score

 

Burnley v Newcastle United

Burnley have lost six of their last eight league games while Newcastle are unbeaten in three and have picked up seven points from the last nine available.

The Clarets begin the weekend only three points above the drop zone and they badly need a positive result at what is likely to be a nervous Turf Moor. I expect them to pick up a valuable point against a Magpies side whose upturn is epitomised by Jonjo Shelvey who has been in outstanding form of late.

Tip: Game to finish in a draw

 

Chelsea v Bournemouth

Chelsea's English head coach Frank Lampard attends a training session at Chelsea's Cobham training facility in Stoke D'Abernon, southwest of London on November 26, 2019, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group H football match against Valencia. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea have lost three of their last four league games, but Bournemouth have lost their last five and are struggling with injuries.

Nathan Ake is likely to miss a large proportion of the busy Xmas period having hobbled off with a hamstring injury against Liverpool and the Cherries will badly miss the Dutch international at the heart of their defence.

The Blues were no match for a resurgent Everton at Goodison on Saturday, but they are a side with genuine quality and I expect them to return to winning ways against a Bournemouth side who are very much in a relegation battle.

Tip: Chelsea -1

 

Leicester City v Norwich City

Leicester have won their last eight league games – a club record in top-flight football and they could, and probably should, have scored more than the four they hit at Villa Park on Sunday.

Jamie Vardy has scored in eight successive league games and continues to grab many of the headlines, but this is a real team effort with all involved at the King Power at the top of their game.

Norwich lost the lead and all three points against Sheffield United at Carrow Road on Sunday and I can’t see them posing much of a threat to this rampant Foxes outfit.

Tip: Leicester -2 on the handicap

 

Sheffield United v Aston Villa

Sheffield United were strangely passive in the first half against Norwich on Sunday, but they improved dramatically in the second 45 minutes and maintained their unbeaten away league record with another excellent win.

Villa must do without England international defender Tyrone Mings who looked to injure a hamstring against Leicester at Villa Park on Sunday, but they have found the back of the net in their last seven games in all competitions and I think they will take a point at Bramall Lane.

Tip: Game to finish in a scoring draw

 

Southampton v West Ham United

SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 07: A general view of St. Mary's Stadium on May 7, 2011 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

West Ham have won just one of their last ten league games and they visit a Southampton side who have won their last couple at St Mary’s against fellow strugglers Watford and Norwich.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side dominated the first half against Arsenal earlier in the week, but they were easily brushed aside in the second 45 minutes and they badly need a positive result at St Mary’s.

I expect the game to finish in a low-scoring draw.

Tip: Game to finish 1-1

 

Manchester United v Everton

Everton gained a tremendous win against Chelsea at Goodison on Saturday, but they are, arguably, meeting United at the wrong time following tremendous league wins for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side against Spurs at Old Trafford midweek and City in the Manchester derby on Saturday.

United will not to be able to break on Everton as easily as they did against the champions at the Etihad, but United played with a pace and energy that was a pleasure to watch and they ran out worthy winners.

It promises to be a cracking game played in a derby atmosphere with opportunities at both ends, but I think United will keep the points.

Tip: United to win and both teams to score

 

Wolves v Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur's Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho attends a press conference on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between FC Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur at the stadium in Munich, southern Germany, on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

Two in-form sides go head-to-head at Molineux. Wolves are unbeaten in their last 11 league games while Spurs bounced back from their Old Trafford reverse to thrash Burnley at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the weekend.

There is only a point between the sides in the table and I am finding it difficult to split the sides at the weekend.

Tip: Game to finish in a scoring draw

 

Arsenal v Manchester City

Arsenal picked up a valuable three points at the London Stadium on Monday, but I can’t see them stopping a City side who will still be smarting after their defeat in the Manchester derby at the weekend.

City have won the last five games between the clubs since the FA Cup semi-final in April 2017 and scored 14 times in those victories. Despite that win at West Ham earlier in the week, I remain unconvinced that Arsenal can live with Pep Guardiola’s side although they do, of course, have some excellent attacking options.

Tip: City -1

 

Crystal Palace v Brighton

Palace have kept a clean sheet in their last three games. but I think they will have to settle for a point against Brighton in the M23 derby on Monday evening.

The Seagulls won at Arsenal in their last game on the road and they played their part in an entertaining 2-2 draw against in-form Wolves at the Amex on Sunday. The Eagles, meanwhile, showed their resilience when beating Bournemouth with 10 men in their last home game.

It is one of the most unlikely derbies in the calendar, but it promises to be a cracking atmosphere at Selhurst Park, and I expect it to be a point apiece.

Tip: Game to finish in a draw

Michael’s weekend treble: Chelsea, Manchester City and Leicester

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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