Premier League Matchday 20: Fortress Anfield To Claim Another Victim8 min read
Liverpool lead the Premier League by six points at the halfway stage after champions Manchester City lost at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day. Brand Ambassador Michael Owen again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on the last fixtures of 2018.
Brighton v Everton
Everton have not won an away game against one of the south coast sides since August 2015 and I feel they will have to settle for a point at the Amex against a Brighton side who were good value for their home point against the Gunners midweek.
Everton put behind a nightmare defensive display against Spurs last weekend to score five at Turf Moor on Boxing Day, but they are unlikely to find Chris Hughton’s side in as benevolent a mood.
Game to finish in a draw at 12/5
Correct Score: 1-1
Fulham v Huddersfield
A huge game at the foot of the table with the bottom two going head-to-head at Craven Cottage.
Alexsandar Mitrovic had seven attempts at goal in the first half of the Cottagers home draw with Wolves midweek, but the Serb is a handful for any side when at the top of his game and I think the hosts will keep the points in the capital.
Fulham to win and both teams to score at
Correct Score: 2-1
Leicester City v Cardiff City
Leicester have won their last two games – both against “big six” opposition – and it would be a surprise if they didn’t make it nine points out of nine over the Christmas period when Cardiff visit the King Power.
Cardiff got a welcome point at Selhurst Park on Boxing Day, but they rode their luck against a Palace side who had over 30 attempts at goal but still drew a blank. A home win for me.
Leicester -1 at
Correct Score: 2-0
Tottenham v Wolves
Spurs have scored 11 times in their two games over the Festive period, but I feel they will find Wolves a tough nut to crack at Wembley.
Spurs are without a draw in their first 19 PL games of the season and, if they are to mount a realistic title challenge, they need to pick up maximum points.
Spurs to win to nil at
Correct score: 1-0
Watford v Newcastle United
Watford have won their last three home games against Newcastle in all competitions and the Hornets will be looking for revenge having been, arguably, unfortunate to lose the reverse fixture at St James’s Park earlier in the season.
The Hornets were undone by an Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea midweek while Newcastle found Liverpool too hot to handle at Anfield. I expect United to score but Watford to edge a thriller.
Watford to win and both teams to score at
Correct score: 2-1
Liverpool v Arsenal
Liverpool are only the fourth side in the history of the PL to remain unbeaten in the first half of the season and they can maintain that sequence when Arsenal visit Anfield on Saturday evening.
The Reds have scored 17 times in their last five home games (at least two in each match) against Arsenal and I was disappointed with the second half display of the Gunners at Brighton on Boxing Day.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score at
Correct score: 3-1
? | Liverpool's home form in the Premier League ⬇️
3️⃣0️⃣ games unbeaten, a run stretching back 6️⃣1️⃣2️⃣ days. #LFC
✅ 21 Wins
➖ 9 Draws
❌ 0 Losses
⚽️ 70 Goals Scored
⚠️ 12 Goals Conceded
7️⃣2️⃣ Points out of a Possible 9️⃣0️⃣
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— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) December 26, 2018
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Palace had over 30 attempts on goal without scoring against Cardiff earlier in the week and they cannot afford such profligacy against Chelsea who had talisman Eden Hazard to thank for their win at Watford last time.
This promises to be a full-blooded London derby with the visitors keeping the points.
Chelsea to win at
Correct score: 0-2
Burnley v West Ham
Burnley were thrashed by Everton at Turf Moor on Boxing Day, but I expect a much-improved show from Sean Dyche’s side against West Ham.
Both teams have scored in the four previous PL games between the clubs at Turf Moor and I expect that trend to continue on Sunday.
Both teams to score at
Correct score: 1-1
Southampton v Manchester City
City have conceded from the first shot they have faced in three of the last four PL games they have played, and they won’t have things all their own way against a Saints’ side who, at the time of writing, have scored six goals and picked up six points from their last two games.
City have won the last four PL games between the sides by an aggregate of 12-2, however, and I expect to see goals at St Mary’s in a game that City cannot afford to lose.
City to win and both teams to score at
Correct score: 1-3
Manchester United v Bournemouth
Eight goals and six points for United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the managerial reins at Old Trafford and Paul Pogba (two goals and two assists) has looked a different player under the Norwegian.
Bournemouth conceded five at Spurs on Boxing Day and have never won at Old Trafford in their seven previous visits in all competitions. United to maintain their good recent record against the Cherries.
United -1 on the handicap at
Correct score: 3-1
?? @PaulPogba under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:
? 2 Games
⚽️ 2 Goals
? 2 Assists
? 8 Shots
? 5 On Target
? 2 MOTM
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— S P O R F (At ?) (@Sporf) December 26, 2018
Michael’s weekend wager: Leicester City, Liverpool and Manchester United at