The Last Set Of Premier League Fixtures Before The New Year7 min read
The fixtures keep coming thick and fast during the Xmas period and brand ambassador Michael Owen again looks forward to the last set of Premier League fixtures before the New Year exclusively for BetVictor.
Brighton v Bournemouth
Brighton haven’t won in their last four league games, but I expect them to get back to winning ways at the Amex against a Bournemouth side who continue to struggle despite getting a much-needed point at home to Arsenal on Boxing Day.
Tip: Brighton to win at
Arsenal v Chelsea
Chelsea have lost seven league games so far this season, and they were brought back down to earth after the euphoria of their win at Spurs on Sunday when they lost to Southampton at the Bridge on Boxing Day.
This will be Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge of Arsenal at the Emirates and, after workmanlike draws at Everton and Bournemouth, I think the Gunners will have to again settle for a point in this London derby.
Tip: Game to finish in a scoring draw at
Newcastle United v Everton
Newcastle are unbeaten in their last seven home league games at St James’ Park, but they may have to settle for a point against an Everton side unbeaten in five and who gained a much-needed three points against Burnley on Boxing Day in Carlo Ancelotti’s first game in charge at Goodison.
Tip: Game to finish 1-1 at
Southampton v Crystal Palace
A terrific win for Southampton at Chelsea on Boxing Day, but Palace came from behind to pick up an excellent win themselves at home to West Ham earlier in the week.
The Saints have picked up more points on the road than at home so far so far this season, but they have gained vital wins against Watford and Norwich at St Mary’s of late and I expect the hosts to keep all three points.
Tip: Southampton to win and both teams to score at
Watford v Aston Villa
Villa gained a much-needed three points at home to Norwich at Villa Park last time out while Watford built on their pre-Xmas win over Manchester United with a good point at Bramall Lane on Boxing Day.
I can’t split the sides at Vicarage Road and expect it to be a point apiece.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw at
Norwich v Spurs
Spurs bounced back from their home reverse to Chelsea on Sunday to come from behind to beat Brighton on St Stephen’s Day and I expect them to build on that success at Carrow Road.
The Canaries have only won one of their last 14 league games and Norwich will start 2020 – irrespective of their result against Spurs – in the drop zone.
Tip: Spurs to win at
West Ham v Leicester City
West Ham lost the lead and all three points at Selhurst Park on Thursday and it is a case of one step forward and two back for Manuel Pellegrini’s side at present.
Leicester were no match for Manchester City at the Etihad before Christmas and were soundly beaten back at the King Power by a rampant Liverpool less than 48 hours ago.
The Foxes need to bounce back after those chastening losses but will find these calmer waters much more to their liking.
Tip: Leicester City to win at
Burnley v Manchester United
One goal has been enough in Burnley’s last couple of games and I expect to see another low-scoring affair at Turf Moor when Manchester United are the visitors.
United disappointed at Vicarage Road on Sunday but did put four past Newcastle at Old Trafford last time out. I feel chances will be at a premium and can’t split the teams.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw at
Liverpool v Wolves
Liverpool’s extraordinary season shows no sign of abating and their outstanding display against Leicester at the King Power on Boxing Night really was the stuff of champions.
Wolves are next up for the league leaders and, at the time of writing, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had yet to entertain Manchester City in their first post Xmas fixture.
Whatever the result at Molineux the Reds are taken to march on at the top of the division at Anfield from what promises to be another hugely entertaining clash.
Tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score at
Manchester City v Sheffield United
Manchester City are bidding to do what no other side in the Premier League has done so far this season and beat Sheffield United on home soil. The Blades proud unbeaten away record is set to fall at the Etihad, but the fact that they proudly sit sixth in the table, ahead of the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, shows what a fantastic job all at Bramall Lane have done in the first half of the season.
With a trip to Anfield to come over New Year, however, things are going to get more difficult for the Blades. If they are still unbeaten on the road in a week’s time, having played, arguably, the two best sides in Europe, then it really will be a remarkable achievement.
Tip: City -2 at